Anna Jacyszyn

I am a big fan of autumn because that’s when my closet is once again stocked with cosy clothing, scarves and long socks. I love walking by Mission Creek, enjoying the changing colours of nature that get so vibrant and beautiful as the temperature decreases.

It seems when I do get into this state of mind and in my happy place, I forget that the cold virus also awakens and starts to prey on victims. A simple sneeze, cough or a blow of the nose from person nearby and we are susceptible. I know, because last week it happened to me.

A reminder to eat more greens, take vitamin D, wash hands frequently, but don’t be afraid to get out and be social, because doctors have long seen a connection between illness and loneliness; some health authorities even consider social isolation a risk factor for chronic diseases.

If stress is your burden, then today from noon to 1:30 p.m., Dr. Kent Rempel and Dr. Em Burton will be at Staples giving a talk about How Your Stress is Killing You: 3 Ways to Outsmart It. Register through eventbrite.ca.

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I use music to alleviate stress and tomorrow, Thursday, at the Creekside Theatre in Lake Country, Juno-nominated jazz-folk-pop singer-songwriter Jill Barber will be in concert. Her latest CD, Metaphoria, is a more pop-based album with catchy tunes and song lyrics. Tickets are $34.95 plus fees, available through Kelowna Tickets.

Creekside Theatre is at 10241 Bottom Wood Lake Rd. Showtime is at 7 p.m.

She is also performing at the Dream Cafe in Penticton on Friday.

I won’t be able to make that show because just down the road at the Italian Kitchen I will be performing for diners from 6 to 9 p.m. with Loni Moger and Bernie Addington.

Also tomorrow is the School of Blues with Kenny “Blues Boss” Wayne and Sherman Doucette. This blues jam and concert starts at 7 p.m., right after the 5 p.m. jazz jam at the Rotary Centre for the Arts, 421 Cawston Ave.

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The Rotary Centre’s Mary Irwin Theatre is hosting Fred Skeleton Theatre Company’s final performances of Glengarry Glen Ross Thursday to Saturday. It’s a play by David Mamet that won the Pulitzer Prize in 1984 and was made into a film in 1992.

Like the film, this play is cast with arguably the best actors on the Okanagan, including Chris Froese as Richard Roma, Don Plant as Shelly Levene, Adam Weaver as John Williamson, Frank Takacs as James Lingk, Brandon Shalansky as George Aaronow, and Neville Bowman as Dave Moss.

The play shows parts of two days in the lives of four desperate Chicago real estate agents who are prepared to engage in any number of unethical, illegal acts — from lies and flattery to bribery, threats, intimidation and burglary — to sell undesirable real estate to unwitting prospective buyers.

Foul language warning: Almost every second word has profanities. Be brave and look past that to see what is on that stage and you will love that you saw it. Directed by multi award winner Rob Mason-Brown, tickets are $30 plus fees through the Rotary Centre for the Arts box office.

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There is Friday night comedy at Dakoda’s Comedy Lounge with Andrew Verge Live. An organizer of comedy shows all over B.C., Verge is funny, likable and worth the ticket price of $15 at the door or through eventbrite.ca.

Dakoda’s Comedy Lounge is at 1574 Harvey Ave. and showtime is at 9 p.m.

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Next Tuesday, the The Lantern Folk Roots Society presents Old Paint Duo in concert. This Victoria-based Americana/Canadiana, country, old-time folk singer-songwriters are in town to share their stories and music for the ticket price of $20 through lanternfolk.ca. The house concert will be held at 2754 Cameron Rd., West Kelowna and showtime is 7:30 p.m.

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Also in concert on Tuesday are The Mavericks at the Kelowna Community Theatre. The multi-platinum, Grammy-winning, masters of country-Latin rock ’n’ roll are rich with a cultural mix of Miami, tempered in Nashville. They are now celebrating their 30-year anniversary as a band. Tickets are $79 through Select Your Tickets. Location: Kelowna Community Theatre, 1375 Water St. Time: 7:30 p.m.

Anna Jacyszyn is an award-winning jazz singer. For interviews, arts news and Valley events list to Listen to Around the Valley with Anna each Saturday at 10.45 a.m. on OkanaganValleyRadio.com Email: artafactevent@gmail.com.