Entertainment Beat for Oct. 3, 2017

James Levac with his pianos on the boardwalk. PHOTO: Submitted

David Occhipinti performs at the Beach United Church Saturday, Oct. 7 from 4:30 to 5:15 p.m.

The guitarist and composer’s performance is the first Jazz and Reflection concert of the season, a series that features music that “moves the spirit.”

Juno-nominated Occhipinti’s original compositions combine elements of contemporary chamber music with improvisation. Occhipinti is joined on stage as part of a new group with Aline Homzy on violin and Jeff LaRochelle on clarinets. This performance’s theme is “Upon the Stars”.

Beach United Church is located at 140 Wineva Ave. Freewill offering.

The Beach’s own boardwalk pianist James Levac is doubling his creative outlets. The popular performer, who can be found regularly on warm nights playing his solar powered piano on the boardwalk near the Leuty Lifeguard Station, has assembled a second portable piano, this one to be placed at the new Beach House Bar and Grill, 1953 Queen St. E. (in the former location of The Peppery Cat). That’s where he is going to hold a weekly residency on Wednesday evenings from 7 to 9 p.m.

For more information, visit the artist’s website at www.jameslevac.com.

If you’ve been looking for an excuse to test out Rorschach Brewing Co., one of a handful of excellent new breweries that have popped up in the East End recently, look no further than their Thursday night music night, featuring local band The Bently Collective (We-B3) playing some jazz, soul, and R&B from 8 to 11 p.m.

The trio of musicians, Brooke Blackburn, Pat Perez, and Ian Desouza, can boast that they are all Juno nominees or winners. Rorschach Brewing Co. is located at 1001 Eastern Ave., one block west of Coxwell. More info at www.rorschachbrewing.com or 416-901-3233.

Hope United Church, 2550 Danforth Ave., steps into fall programming with KlezFactor, part of the Music @ 12:15 series from 12:15 to 1 p.m.

Featuring Mike Anklewicz on saxophone/clarinet, Georgia Hathaway on violin, Jarek Dabrowski on guitar, Paul Georgiou on bass, and Noah Sherman on drums.

Oct. 14, from 4:30 to 5:15 p.m., sees the church’s Gospel, Blues and Praise Service, inspirational music that will touch the soul and lift the spirit.

For more information, call 416-691-9682, or visit www.HopeUnited.ca.

Mortar and Pestle Productions kicks off their second season with the adult-themed, fast-paced comedy Breaking Legs by Tom Dulack, produced and directed by Melissa Beveridge.

“In this farcical comedy we are introduced to a group of successful Italian mobsters looking to strike it big by entering the world of theatre by producing an original play,” reads the show description. “Enter Terrence O’Keefe, the down on his luck playwright and former college professor and love interest of the Mob Boss’ beautiful daughter, Angie.”

The “heartwarming disaster of a comedy” at the intimate Gerrard Art Space theatre features performances by Craig Estrella, Keith Williams, Kiel Frank, Jackie Mahoney, Andrew Smith and Caedmon Ricker-Wilson.

Showtimes are Oct. 12-14 at 8 p.m., Oct. 19-20 at 8 p.m. and Oct. 14 and 21 at 2 p.m. at 1475 Gerrard St. E.

Tickets are $15 at the door or  online at: https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/breaking-legs-by-tom-dulack-tickets-38212461501.



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