BigMouth at The Cultch York Theatre

Until February 21st, The Cultch presents BigMouth a one-of-a-kind spoken word show at The York Theatre.

A hit at the famed Edinburgh Fringe Festival, BigMouth is directed and performed by Belgian writer/actor Valentijn Dhaenens the show appears to be a one man show but it has over two dozen voices.  BigMouth is a curated collection of 2500 years of memorable speeches. From the Grand Inquisitor to Ann Coulter, with Socrates, JFK, Ronald Reagan, Osama Bin Laden and more in between. When taken out of context and assembled together, it’s remarkable how similar some of the content of the oration becomes even though they were perhaps told years or great distances apart.

Between the clusters of speeches, songs and sounds, produced only by Valentijn’s own mouth, break the themes and periods with more unique pieces of verbal performances art.

BigMouth runs at The Cultch – The York Theatre, 639 Commercial Drive until February 21, 2016.  The performance runs 85 minutes, no intermission.

JFL Northwest adds more comedy

With just a week to go, JFL Northwest is making sure you will have plenty of laughs during the run of the comedy festival.

From Feb 18 – 27, venues all across the city will be packed with comedy. Big names like Trevor Noah, Wanda Sykes, Miranda Sings, Margaret Cho, Jeremy Holtz, Janeane Garofalo and Tim Meadows perform throughout the festival.  However, for every big name there’s plenty more big laughs from a wide variety of events.  Just For Laughs Showcases, The Nasty Show, Comedy Short Shorts, Turkish Star Wars, Waiting For Guffman, and more.

Local comedy is represented too in the SiriusXM Best of the West with The Ryan and Amy Show, Phantom Signal, Vancouverite, 10 Speed, The Sunday Service and much more.

JFL Northwest has so much comedy it can’t all be contained within the 10 day festival, in coming months Duncan Trussell is at Rickshaw Theatre on April 27 and Russell Howard is at Rio Theatre on May 16.

Get tickets for JFL Northwest shows now and look for Hotel + Ticket packages for a BeVancouver hotel + 2 for 1 ticket deals.

Picks of the Week – February 10, 2016

Don’t be surprised of you’re seeing red in these picks of the week…a lot of red as we’re in the midst of Chinese New Year celebrations and Valentine’s Day wraps up the week.

Here’s the picks of the week;

Chinese New Year_LionDragon: At Fly Over Canada catch the double bill of a spectacular ‘flight’ over Canada and catch the excitement of Flight Of The Dragon, a thrilling flight around China until March 6th

Ivories: Wednesdays at XY start your evening with live Showtunes at Keys – Piano Bar & Live Showtunes

Gurls: It’s East Meets West when The Queen of East Van, Isolde N Barron joins the West End’s Carlotta Gurl at The Junction for The Barron Gurl Show every Wednesday

Electro: Canadian electronic duo Adventure Club makes a trip to the Commodore Ballroom on Thursday evening.

Brats: XY Thursday nights the brats take over – The Bratpack; Valynne Vile, Jane Smoker, Shanda Leer, Jem and Gia Metric get their beats from DJ Nick Bertossi

Drag: Thursday it’s the Quarter Finals in the Search for Vancouver’s Next Drag Superstar at Celebrities

FestLunar Fest 2016 at the Vancouver Art Gallery plaza February 12 – 14 join the Monkey King and Friends as they welcome the whole family with entertainment, exhibits, crafts, markets and more

Tuck: Friday night at Emerald East Van Supper Club, get Tucked and see the debut of Tuck Entertainment’s Tuck Girls – a stellar line-up of Vancouver Drag Entertainers

Stage: The Arts Club Theatre’s Boom! at the Granville Island Stage closes on Saturday while Pride & Prejudice is at The Stanley Industrial Alliance Stage and The (Post)Mistress is at Goldcorp Stage at BMO Theatre Centre until Feb 28

Huntr: On Friday at XYYVR, Dreaddy says goodbye Huntr with music from DJs Lando, Patrick Kelly and Nathan Mots

Puck: The Vancouver Canucks take on the Minnesota Wild on Saturday night at Rogers Arena

Soul: R&B/Soul legend Booker T Jones plays a solo show at The Vogue Theatre on Saturday night

VALentine: On Saturday night, Vancouver Arts & Leisure brings some sexy love to VAL Valentine’s Day

Funk: Sunday start your Valentine’s night with an early show from local funk act and Fall In Love with Queer as Funk at XYYVR

Swing; The Fox Cabaret gets into the swing of things for Valentine’s with a Swinging Sinatra Valentine’s Party on Saturday night.

Parade: Sunday, Chinatown is filled with celebrations for the Year of the Monkey, the Chinatown Parade starts at 1130 followed by lion dances and celebration throughout Chinatown and Dr Sun Yat-Sen park.

Country: On Valentine’s Day, country superstar Brad Paisley takes the stage at Rogers Arena





Pizza Palooza February 17th

PIzzaPaloozaYou’ve got just one week to get your tickets to Vancouver Foodster’s Pizza Palooza.  Get a taste of the world when you explore Neapolitan, Roman, and New York styles of pizza. While you’re getting your dough fix, there’s also a chance to experience a one of a kind Pizza themed art show; “I Chew-Chew-Chew You“, presented by Hot Wet Art City. IChewChew

Participating Pizzerias include; Straight Outta Brooklyn, ZeroZero Pizzeria, Ragazzi Pizza, Nonna’s Table, and Pizza Garden.

As with Vancouver Foodster’s Tasting Plates, Pizza Palooza participants will check in and pick up a map card outlining their route and tasting options. Then walk, ride, roll your way through the city to find your pizza pleasures.

Tickets for Pizza Palooza are on sale on Eventbrite now. Regular tickets are $55 or get them before February 12 to save $10.

Closer Than Ever at Gateway Theatre

Closer Than Ever is now playing at the Gateway Theatre until February 20, 2016.

The off-Broadway, two-act musical revue with music by David Shire and lyrics by Richard Maltby Jr, contains no dialogue but still manages to tell a story.  In-spite of having no book, the opening number “Doors” sets the stage for a show looking behind the doors of an apartment building.  Along the way, we hear stories of unrequited love, infidelity, divorce, dating, working out, working parents, friendships, second marriages, and much more.

Magnificently performing the cavalcade of characters Ma-Anne Dionisio, Caitriona Murphy, Kevin Aichele, and Chris D King lead the charge with Danny Balkwell and Caitlin Hayes onstage accompanying the singers on bass and piano respectively.  Balkwell and Hayes each join the characterization on a couple of entertaining numbers with King takes over piano for Hayes’ song.

While a revue can often be just a hodge-podge of tunes, Richard Maltby Jr’s witty Closer Than Ever lyrics hold the story together once you realize how to connect the dots or in this case “Doors”, for this entertaining show.

Take a peak behind the ‘doors’ of Closer Than Ever until February 20th at Gateway Theatre, in Richmond. Buy tickets online now.

PuSh Festival – L’immédiat

PushGuide_2015-11-09, 20 58 07The Push International Performing Arts Festival is always loaded with amazing performances and shows, L’immédiat is another one of these remarkable shows.

Presented as part of Push Festival’s Spotlight on France, the Camille Boitel’s Association Imme?diat show is an amazing piece of movement and performance.  Like the Marx Brothers meets a French circus, the slapstick mix of dance and pantomime cannot be described, you just need to see it.  Push Festival Artistic and Executive Director Norman Armour told the opening night audience that it has taken 3 years to get L’immédiat into the Push line-up and after playing at this year’s festival it returns to France for a couple of performances before being completely disbanded.

During last night’s opening performance, the audience was buzzing with energy after the laughter and excitement of the hour long show at Vancouver Playhouse. L’immédiat has two more performances, tonight and Saturday night at 8pm.  Buy a ticket now to see this one of a kind show.

The Arts Club shows Pride and Prejudice

Until February 28th, the Jane Austen classic, Pride and Prejudice comes to life, onstage at The Arts Club Theatre Company Stanley Industrial Alliance Stage.

The 200 year old story of manners is turned into a comedy of errors under direction of Sarah Rodgers.
The simple set decoration and costumes portray the British Regency occupied by Elizabeth Bennet, amiably played by Naomi Wright, her family, friends and acquaintances.
Eric Craig’s Mr Darcy does well to fill the shoes of one of the most loved leading men in literature. In an homage to Colin Firth’s legendary wet shirt scene in the BBC miniseries, Craig’s onstage shirtless moment is gravely understated, missing the chance to highlight Darcy becoming an object of affection.
While the majority of the cast were comfortable in the costume drama a few members of the cast didn’t appear confident in their British accent resulting in some wooden performances.  Some parts, like Mr Darcy and Elizabeth, were played like a straight drama while other characters, fell far to the farcical side creating many laughs. For those of us on the sides of the theatre, the vocals all but disappeared if the player turned the opposite direction, which contributed to making the play feel uneven, hopefully it was just an opening night technical issue.

While I found it uneven, from the laughs and comments of many in the audience, Pride and Prejudice was an enjoyable evening for many.

Pride and Prejudice runs until February 28th at The Arts Club Theatre Company Stanley Industrial Alliance Stage.

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