Entertainment

Stacey Chomiak’s queer, illustrated, young-adult memoir ‘Still Stace: My Gay Christian Coming-of-Age Story’ is being released on Oct. 19, 2021. (Jenna Hauck/ Chilliwack Progress)

B.C. author says being gay and Christian is OK

Stacey Chomiak’s memoir aimed at LGBTQ youth makes peace with faith community and queer community

CHLY executive director Jesse Woodward and longtime volunteer Gord Bibby (from left) in the CHLY studio. This month VIU’s community radio station celebrates 20 years on the airwaves. (Josef Jacobson/News Bulletin)

Vancouver Island University community radio station celebrates 20th anniversary

CHLY 101.7 FM marks 20 years on the air with concert in downtown Nanaimo

Nanaimo writer Haley Healey has released her first fiction book, ‘Immortal Grit.’ (Photo courtesy Kristin Wenberg)

Nanaimo historical writer makes fiction debut with supernatural mystery novel

Haley Healey to unveil ‘Immortal Grit’ at book launch at Coach and Horses

Nanaimo children’s author and illustrator Lindsay Ford’s latest book is ‘Lonely Doug.’ (Photo courtesy Bread and Clutter)

Nanaimo children’s author writes about famous fir tree ‘Lonely Doug’

Writer and illustrator Lindsay Ford releases 10th children’s book

Nanaimo children’s author and illustrator Lindsay Ford’s latest book is ‘Lonely Doug.’ (Photo courtesy Bread and Clutter)
Michael Joseph, Alexis Barudin, Daleal Monjazeb, Athena Bardonnex, Jenna Gill and Cameron Le (from left) star in the VIU theatre department production of ‘A Drama Class’s Dream.’ (Josef Jacobson/News Bulletin)

VIU theatre students return to the stage with modern Shakespeare adaptation

‘A Drama Class’s Dream’ is VIU theatre department’s first production since March 2020

Michael Joseph, Alexis Barudin, Daleal Monjazeb, Athena Bardonnex, Jenna Gill and Cameron Le (from left) star in the VIU theatre department production of ‘A Drama Class’s Dream.’ (Josef Jacobson/News Bulletin)
In this handout photo provided by Sotheby's Auction House, the auction for Banksy's "Love is the Bin" takes place in London, Thursday, Oct. 14, 2021. A work by British street artist Banksy that sensationally self-shredded just after it sold for $1.4 million has sold again for $25.4 million at an auction on Thursday. “Love is in the Bin” was offered by Sotheby’s in London, with a presale estimate of $5.5 million to $8.2 million. (Haydon Perrior/Sotheby's Auction House via AP)

Shredded Banksy artwork sells for $25.4 million at auction

Price a record for the artist, and close to 20 times the piece’s pre-shredded price

In this handout photo provided by Sotheby's Auction House, the auction for Banksy's "Love is the Bin" takes place in London, Thursday, Oct. 14, 2021. A work by British street artist Banksy that sensationally self-shredded just after it sold for $1.4 million has sold again for $25.4 million at an auction on Thursday. “Love is in the Bin” was offered by Sotheby’s in London, with a presale estimate of $5.5 million to $8.2 million. (Haydon Perrior/Sotheby's Auction House via AP)
Playwrights Anna Marie Anderson, Kim Senklip Harvey and Yvette Menard (from left) are participating in TheatreOne’s upcoming Emerging Voices series. (Photos submitted)

Nanaimo’s TheatreOne announces lineup for upcoming staged play reading series

Three playwrights from Island and mainland to participate in 2022 Emerging Voices season

Playwrights Anna Marie Anderson, Kim Senklip Harvey and Yvette Menard (from left) are participating in TheatreOne’s upcoming Emerging Voices series. (Photos submitted)
Jody Wilson-Raybould published a political memoir called “Indian” in the Cabinet: Speaking Truth to Power. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward)

Former MP Jody Wilson-Raybould among finalists for $60K public policy book prize

Inaugural finalists announced for the Balsillie Prize for Public Policy

Jody Wilson-Raybould published a political memoir called “Indian” in the Cabinet: Speaking Truth to Power. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward)
This undated photo released by Netflix shows South Korean cast members, from left, Park Hae-soo, Lee Jung-jae and Anupam Tripathi in a scene from “Squid Game.” Squid Game, a globally popular South Korea-produced Netflix show that depicts hundreds of financially distressed characters competing in deadly children’s games for a chance to escape severe debt, has struck a raw nerve at home, where there’s growing discontent over soaring household debt, decaying job markets and worsening income inequality. (Youngkyu Park/Netflix via AP)

‘Squid Game’ strikes nerve in debt-ridden South Korea

Raising disturbing questions about the future of one of Asia’s wealthiest economies

This undated photo released by Netflix shows South Korean cast members, from left, Park Hae-soo, Lee Jung-jae and Anupam Tripathi in a scene from “Squid Game.” Squid Game, a globally popular South Korea-produced Netflix show that depicts hundreds of financially distressed characters competing in deadly children’s games for a chance to escape severe debt, has struck a raw nerve at home, where there’s growing discontent over soaring household debt, decaying job markets and worsening income inequality. (Youngkyu Park/Netflix via AP)
This photo provided by Jeopardy Productions Inc. shows “Jeopardy!” contestant Matt Amodio during a taping of the popular game show. Amodio’s historic run on “Jeopardy!” ended on Monday’s show, leaving the Yale doctoral student with 38 wins and more than $1.5 million in prize money. (Jeopardy Productions Inc. via AP)

Matt Amodio’s history-making run on TV’s ‘Jeopardy!’ ends

Contestant ends 38-week game show run as the show’s third biggest money winner

This photo provided by Jeopardy Productions Inc. shows “Jeopardy!” contestant Matt Amodio during a taping of the popular game show. Amodio’s historic run on “Jeopardy!” ended on Monday’s show, leaving the Yale doctoral student with 38 wins and more than $1.5 million in prize money. (Jeopardy Productions Inc. via AP)
Sidney-based pianist Michael Kaeshammer is performing at the Port Theatre on Oct. 15. (Photo courtesy Tine Acke)

Vancouver Island pianist performs in Nanaimo after long absence

Sidney’s Michael Kaeshammer plays the Port Theatre on Oct. 15

Sidney-based pianist Michael Kaeshammer is performing at the Port Theatre on Oct. 15. (Photo courtesy Tine Acke)
A screen shot from last year’s One Minute Mobile Movie Challenge winner ‘Bro in a Box’ by Gord Bestwick and Todd Cameron, starring Bestwick and actor Emily Celeste. (YouTube screen shot)

Nanaimo filmmakers’ group presents One Minute Mobile Movie Challenge

Sixth edition of CineCentral Filmmakers Society competition to be screened online

A screen shot from last year’s One Minute Mobile Movie Challenge winner ‘Bro in a Box’ by Gord Bestwick and Todd Cameron, starring Bestwick and actor Emily Celeste. (YouTube screen shot)
Bowen Island poet Susan Alexander is the guest editor for the inaugural issue of Wordstorm Society of the Arts’s ‘Counterflow’ magazine. (Photo courtesy Karolina Turek)

Nanaimo spoken word group creating online art and literature magazine

Submissions open for WordStorm Society of the Arts’s new ‘Counterflow’ magazine

Bowen Island poet Susan Alexander is the guest editor for the inaugural issue of Wordstorm Society of the Arts’s ‘Counterflow’ magazine. (Photo courtesy Karolina Turek)
Nanaimo poet Joanne Dzierza’s latest book is ‘The Mountains Mock our Egos.’ (Photo courtesy Daiki Katawama)

Nanaimo poet gets ‘deeply reflective’ in her second book

Joanne Dzierza releases ‘The Mountains Mock our Egos’

Nanaimo poet Joanne Dzierza’s latest book is ‘The Mountains Mock our Egos.’ (Photo courtesy Daiki Katawama)
Sherri McLean, Pat Donaldson, Carolyn Kuhn, Sheila Fremont-Male, Kristin Forester, Stephanie Brossard, Natasha Ballantyne and Sheila Coultish (clockwise from top-left) star in the Nanaimo Theatre Group production of Talking With. (Josef Jacobson/News Bulletin)

Nanaimo Theatre Group returns to the stage with ‘off-beat’ monologues

‘Talking With’ is theatre group’s first production since last October

Sherri McLean, Pat Donaldson, Carolyn Kuhn, Sheila Fremont-Male, Kristin Forester, Stephanie Brossard, Natasha Ballantyne and Sheila Coultish (clockwise from top-left) star in the Nanaimo Theatre Group production of Talking With. (Josef Jacobson/News Bulletin)
Nanaimo artist Rod Corraini’s latest exhibition ‘Yesteryear’s Wheels’ is on display at Art 10 Gallery until the end of the month. (Josef Jacobson/News Bulletin)

Nanaimo artist paints cars from his childhood in new exhibit

Rod Corraini presents ‘Yesteryear’s Wheels’ at Art 10 Gallery through October

Nanaimo artist Rod Corraini’s latest exhibition ‘Yesteryear’s Wheels’ is on display at Art 10 Gallery until the end of the month. (Josef Jacobson/News Bulletin)
Kwakiutl chief Calvin Hunt working on the 30-foot totem pole. (Tyson Whitney - North Island Gazette)

VIDEO: New Coast Guard station totem making a statement on the North Island

Kwakiutl chief Calvin Hunt’s latest pole is taking shape outside Port Hardy

Kwakiutl chief Calvin Hunt working on the 30-foot totem pole. (Tyson Whitney - North Island Gazette)
Jann Arden, alongside “Jann” castmates Sharon Taylor (left) and Charlie Kerr (right), is shown in a handout photo. THE CANADIAN PRESS/HO-Derek Heisler

Jann Arden says while COVID-19 is very real, it won’t ever exist on her TV sitcom

Canadian sitcom star decided the pandemic wouldn’t exist in her TV version of the real world

Jann Arden, alongside “Jann” castmates Sharon Taylor (left) and Charlie Kerr (right), is shown in a handout photo. THE CANADIAN PRESS/HO-Derek Heisler
Student Okanagan Film Fest returns April 29. Photo: Pixabay

Hollywood’s behind-the-scenes crews vote to authorize strike

International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees authorize first strike in its history

Student Okanagan Film Fest returns April 29. Photo: Pixabay
Psychedelic rock duo Anunnaki - bassist Dave Read and drummer Arlen Thompson (from left) - has released its eighth record, ‘Martyr of Alexandria.’ (Photos courtesy Jason Felker)

Nanaimo psychedelic rock duo pays tribute to Egyptian philosopher on new EP

Anunnaki honours murdered fifth century scholar Hypatia with ‘Martyr of Alexandria’

Psychedelic rock duo Anunnaki - bassist Dave Read and drummer Arlen Thompson (from left) - has released its eighth record, ‘Martyr of Alexandria.’ (Photos courtesy Jason Felker)