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Living with Art– Kim Stockwood will even be there!

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By Khaula Mazhar     Since not all of us will be roasting ourselves in the Bahamas for the winter vacation, it is a great time to soak up some culture instead. The Living Arts Center in Mississauga has a great variety of shows and programs for the fall and winter. Whether you are a food lover, have a passion for dance or want to get your fingers covered in paint or clay, the Living Arts has something for everyone. Since opening its doors on the 7th of October 1997, Living Arts has had more than 1.5 million visitors. Adhering fervently to their mission of “arts for life” they have enriched the community with incredible performances by talented musicians, dancers and actors as well as hosting exhibitions and providing diverse educational experiences through their performing and visual arts programming. Earlier this year in March they hosted a unique live painting exhibition by prominent Pakistani artist, Shahid Rassam. The show, which was in support of SickKids Foundation, included the unveiling of a lifelike portrait of Mayor Hazel McCallion. Shahid painted for the audience to live sitar music by Anwar Khurshid. Renowned poet Ashfaq Hussain also read some of his work. Lined up for this season are performances by Theaterworks USA, the State Ballet Theater of Russia and Juno nominee Kim Stockwood (see cover photo) among others. Theaterworks will be entertaining the kids with their musical, “If You Give a Mouse a Cookie and Other Story Books” on the 25th of November, while the State Ballet will mesmerize ballet enthusiasts with their rendition of “The Nut Cracker” on the 1st of December. If you are in the mood for traditional holiday stuff, Newfoundlander Kim Stockwood will bring a smile to your face with her comedic style as she delivers seasonal favorites in “I Love Santa” on the 7th of December. The LIVE Restaurant offers pre-theater buffet, post show dessert and coffee, daily weekday luncheon buffet as well as being available for private functions. So go on over to the Living Arts for your essential dose of art and culture:  http://www.livingartscentre.ca

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