Entertainment

Canadian comedian John Wing is coming to Oliver’s Venables Theatre on Sept. 24. (Photo- Courtesy of Train Wreck Comedy)
Canadian comedian John Wing is coming to Oliver’s Venables Theatre on Sept. 24. (Photo- Courtesy of Train Wreck Comedy)
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Here’s what’s happening this weekend in Penticton

A night of laughs, tailgate roller skating and the return of dragon boating headline the weekend

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Kelly McCormack plays Jess McCready in Prime Video TV series “A League of Their Own,” which uses the hit film as the basis for a new story. THE CANADIAN PRESS/HO-Anne Marie Fox-Prime Video TV
Kelly McCormack plays Jess McCready in Prime Video TV series “A League of Their Own,” which uses the hit film as the basis for a new story. THE CANADIAN PRESS/HO-Anne Marie Fox-Prime Video TV
Mega Motocross riders at the 75th Penticton Peach Festival on Friday afternoon, Aug. 5. (Logan Lockhart- Western News)

PHOTOS: Jaws drop in Penticton as Mega Motocross takes over Peach Fest

Some of Canada’s top riders performed their best tricks on Lakeshore Drive

Mega Motocross riders at the 75th Penticton Peach Festival on Friday afternoon, Aug. 5. (Logan Lockhart- Western News)
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Here’s what’s happening this weekend in Penticton: Peach Fest edition

Grand Parade, beloved tribute bands and return of fan-favourite performer among the headliners

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Jacksun Fryer, left, and Carlow Rush of Vancouver Island’s Funkanometry have advanced to live shows in ‘America’s Got Talent.’ Pictured here, the two at the Vancouver Island Exhibition in 2021. (News Bulletin file photo)
Jacksun Fryer, left, and Carlow Rush of Vancouver Island’s Funkanometry have advanced to live shows in ‘America’s Got Talent.’ Pictured here, the two at the Vancouver Island Exhibition in 2021. (News Bulletin file photo)
The Canadian Forces SkyHawks parachute team touched down at Okanagan Lake Park for the 75th anniversary of the Penticton Peach Festival on Aug. 4. (Logan Lockhart- Western News)

PHOTOS: SkyHawks take a dive for Penticton Peach Fest’s 75th birthday

Parchuters jumped 6,000 feet for the Peach City crowd landing at Okanagan Lake Park

The Canadian Forces SkyHawks parachute team touched down at Okanagan Lake Park for the 75th anniversary of the Penticton Peach Festival on Aug. 4. (Logan Lockhart- Western News)
Jacob Hoggard leaves court after being found guilty of one count of sexual assault, in Toronto, Sunday, June 5, 2022. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chris Young

Jacob Hoggard sexual assault case back before northeastern Ontario court today

Latest sexual assault charge related to 2016 incident in Kirkland Lake

Jacob Hoggard leaves court after being found guilty of one count of sexual assault, in Toronto, Sunday, June 5, 2022. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chris Young
This image released by Metro Goldwyn Mayer Pictures shows Teeradon “James” Supapunpinyo as Coach Ek, center, in a scene from “Thirteen Lives.” (Vince Valitutti/Metro Goldwyn Mayer Pictures via AP)

In ‘Thirteen Lives,’ Ron Howard directs the Thai cave rescue

The actors do most of the cave diving scenes themselves

This image released by Metro Goldwyn Mayer Pictures shows Teeradon “James” Supapunpinyo as Coach Ek, center, in a scene from “Thirteen Lives.” (Vince Valitutti/Metro Goldwyn Mayer Pictures via AP)
FILE - Actor Nichelle Nichols speaks during the Creation Entertainment’s Official Star Trek Convention at The Westin O’Hare in Rosemont, Ill., Sunday, June 8, 2014. Nichols, who gained fame as Lt. Ntoya Uhura on the original “Star Trek” television series, died Saturday, July 30, 2022, her family said. She was 89. (Photo by Barry Brecheisen/Invision/AP, File)

Nichelle Nichols, Lt. Uhura on ‘Star Trek,’ has died at 89

Nichols more recently known for role in TV series ‘Heroes’

FILE - Actor Nichelle Nichols speaks during the Creation Entertainment’s Official Star Trek Convention at The Westin O’Hare in Rosemont, Ill., Sunday, June 8, 2014. Nichols, who gained fame as Lt. Ntoya Uhura on the original “Star Trek” television series, died Saturday, July 30, 2022, her family said. She was 89. (Photo by Barry Brecheisen/Invision/AP, File)
Shawn Mendes performs “Summer of Love” at the MTV Video Music Awards at Barclays Center on Sunday, Sept. 12, 2021, in New York. Mendes is one of several musicians to cancel Canadian concert dates in recent weeks.THE CANADIAN PRESS/Charles Sykes-Invision-AP

From Mendes to New Kids, concert cancellations prove a costly gamble for fans

Fans sometimes stuck with hefty travel, hotel expenses

Shawn Mendes performs “Summer of Love” at the MTV Video Music Awards at Barclays Center on Sunday, Sept. 12, 2021, in New York. Mendes is one of several musicians to cancel Canadian concert dates in recent weeks.THE CANADIAN PRESS/Charles Sykes-Invision-AP
Playland’s newest ride Skybender opened in the park July 21. (Jane Skrypnek/Black Press Media)

VIDEO: New Playland attraction is fastest single-rider ride in Canada

The Skybender spins amusement park goers in circles at 65 km/h

Playland’s newest ride Skybender opened in the park July 21. (Jane Skrypnek/Black Press Media)
The Dolce Vida team’s finished musically-inspired sculpture, which took first place in the Corporate Team Division at the 36th Rona Sandcastle Competition on August 8, 2019. (Brennan Phillips - Western News)

Sandcastle competition returning to Shaka Lake for Peach Festival

Sculptures will be judged on artistic content and intricacy

The Dolce Vida team’s finished musically-inspired sculpture, which took first place in the Corporate Team Division at the 36th Rona Sandcastle Competition on August 8, 2019. (Brennan Phillips - Western News)
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Here’s what’s happening this weekend in Penticton

Kim Mitchell, music in the park and a night for B.C. hockey all coming up

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Thousand of fans gathered at the San Diego Comic-Con in July, for the first in-person event in two years. (Associated Press/Screenshot)

VIDEO: Comic-Con welcomes back excited fans for first in-person event in 2 years

Thousands of fans are gathering in San Diego July 21 to 24

Thousand of fans gathered at the San Diego Comic-Con in July, for the first in-person event in two years. (Associated Press/Screenshot)
Sunfest is set to go on without Billy Currington. (Citizen file)

Billy Currington cancels B.C. Sunfest country music festival appearance

Classic rock legend Randy Bachman tapped to replace him at annual Vancouver Island bash

Sunfest is set to go on without Billy Currington. (Citizen file)
”At The Table” will be featured on back-to-back nights in Penticton later this week for improv theatre. (Visit Penticton)

Two days of audience-inspired improv coming to Penticton theatre

Tempest Theatre will host “At The Table” on July 22 and 23

”At The Table” will be featured on back-to-back nights in Penticton later this week for improv theatre. (Visit Penticton)
A member of the SkyHawks parachute team colours the skies over Okanagan Lake Park at the Penticton Peach Festival. (Western News file photo)

‘Bigger and better than ever’: 2 weeks until return of Penticton Peach Festival

The beloved festival runs from Aug. 3 to 7 and will feature both new events and community favourites

A member of the SkyHawks parachute team colours the skies over Okanagan Lake Park at the Penticton Peach Festival. (Western News file photo)
Jeremiah Ukponrefe (Website, Contributed).

3 comedians to bring life experiences and observations to Penticton stage

Funny Side Up tour stops in Penticton highlighting Jeremiah Ukponrefe, Robert Peng and Abdul Ali

Jeremiah Ukponrefe (Website, Contributed).
Penticton Speedway’s Return to Destruction event is back this weekend. (Photo- Phil McLachlan)

Here’s what’s happening this weekend in Penticton

Return of destruction at the speedway and Penticton’s longest-running triathlon all coming up

Penticton Speedway’s Return to Destruction event is back this weekend. (Photo- Phil McLachlan)
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