Local round-up: what to see in February

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This is the Point — FirstOntario Performing Arts Centre, Feb. 14—16

Four lives. One play. One connecting thread: The lead actors of this piece of theatre all have cerebral palsy. This is the Point, a new play by Ahuri Theatre, details the ways in which this disability has affected the lives of four different people in surprisingly different ways. The play has been developed over a period of two years and utilizes various communication aids to allow the performers to get their point across as easily as possible. With the promise of hilarity, sincerity and an incisive look at issues surrounding cerebral palsy from the people who know it best, This is the Point might be one of the most powerful and personal shows to ever grace the stage at the FirstOntario.

21 Gun Salute — FirstOntario Performing Arts Centre, Feb. 17

Do you like loud guitars? Do you like classic rock? Do you like AC/DC? Then get ready for the night of your life. 21 Gun Salute are one of the most revered AC/DC tribute bands out there, handling everything from the rebellious wailing of High Voltage to the anthemic chimes of Hells Bells without missing a beat. Good old-fashioned hard rock is difficult to find in so pure a form these days: it seems the Aussie rockers themselves won’t be returning to the stage, so this might be the closest you’re going to get to seeing AC/DC live.

James Blonde & The Bandicoots — Warehouse, Feb. 20

Niagara’s favourite pop-rockers are back after a lengthy stint of shows in Toronto and the United States for their only local show of the winter season. Expect fun, frolicking and the most outrageous leg-based dance moves you’ve ever seen. Joining them are The Bandicoots, a group of flashy, up-and-coming rockers that look like they’ve come right out of the 70s. Together, their powers will combine to form a rock ‘n’ roll time loop from which we will never escape. I can’t wait.

All Expenses Paid — Marilyn I. Walker School of Fine and Performing Arts, until Feb. 28

The Permanent Vacation art collective is a group of Brock alumni who want to bring the experience of a tropical getaway to downtown St. Catharines for everyone to enjoy. All Expenses Paid is the collective’s second exhibition, which opened on January 31 and will run until the end of February at the MIWSFPA. The exhibit contains photographs, videos, a traditional art installation and a zine, as well as a studio that is free for local artists to use. The exhibit is open Tuesdays to Saturdays from 5:00 p.m to 8:00 p.m. and Permanent Vacation are encouraging patrons to embrace the holiday vibes and wear their best Hawaiian shirts to the exhibit.

The Treetops — Warehouse, Feb. 28

After blowing me away with their performance at Isaac’s in January, I’m excited for The Treetops to be playing another local show at the end of the month. This fabulous six-piece band combine powerful drum grooves with soaring guitars and incredible lead vocals to create something that couldn’t have existed anywhere else. They call themselves The Treetops but I have a suspicion that they come from another planet entirely. Joining them for this Warehouse show are Northern Heirs and Moonfox, equally as exciting acts that promise a delightful evening of sights and sounds that you’ll find yourself entranced by.

Brock Musical Theatre Take Mahtay: Part 2 — Mahtay Cafe, March 2

If you missed it the first time, Brock Musical Theatre will be doing another preview night for their upcoming production of Heathers in early March. The show’s cast and live band will take over the Community Room and perform a selection of songs from the show. What will they play? Who knows! But every song from Heathers is fabulous and Brock Musical Theatre have put together a cast that’s beyond incredible, so you’d be a fool to miss it!

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