Learn about The Birds & The Bees at The Arts Club

Turkey Semen, Beekeeping, Mothers & Daughters, , One Night Stands, N.S.A. Sex are just some of the unexpected topics found in The Birds & The Bees by Mark Crawford. The Canadian comedy is filling The Arts Club Granville Island Stage with laughter.

The Birds & The Bees is really a story about rolling with the punches. We never know what life is going to throw at you, how people react to expected turns defines their character, and in the case of this play, provide plenty of laughs and heart.

Centred on the strained relationship between, Gail (Susinn McFarlen) and her newly separated daughter Sarah (Dawn Petten), The Birds & The Bees takes place in just two upstairs bedrooms of Gail’s farmhouse as Sarah tries to move home after leaving her Turkey-farmer husband. The sudden change in living arrangements through both ladies’ lives in disarray. Things are complicated further by the arrival of university researcher Ben (Christopher Allen), here to study why Gail’s honey bees are dying, something she blames on the pesticides used by her tenant farmer Earl (Tom McBeath).

The intergenerational cast of The Birds & The Bees also shows that ages is really just a number, as the characters find new life and sexual awakening in their changing circumstances. From the audience’s reaction, who could clearly see themselves in at least one of the characters, it was easy to see that embracing their sexual side, at any age, was a welcome topic. Although the play finds them in plenty of slapstick situations, the four actors brought depth and heart to these roles, showing a great connection with each other as well as, the audience.

As the action, and Sarah, moves out of Gail’s house, the play wraps up but the audience would clearly like a sequel to follow up on the further adventures of Gail, Sarah, Earl and Ben.

The Birds & The Bees runs until October 26, 2019 at The Arts Club Granville Island Stage. For showtimes and tickets visit: artsclub.com

Tasting Plates visits Gastown and Chinatown

Tasting Plates Gastown and Chinatown invites you to find out what’s new in the oldest neighbourhoods. October 23, at 6pm, join other food fans to explore the restaurants and cafés in the downtown Vancouver food scene.

As with all Tasting Plates, participants will get to explore the neighbourhood with their friends, and family meet fellow foodies, while sampling the fare that Gastown and Chinatown’s chefs have prepared for the evening.  Vancouver Foodster has invited the chefs to create a tasting plate unique to the evening or bites curated from their existing menus. 

Tasting Platers will check in at the check-in location to collect their Tasting Plates maps, get their assigned first stop and then they’re off an running to taste the world of flavours.

Tasting Plates Gastown and Chinatown on October 23rd, includes the following restaurants in the line-up…so far;

Moltaqa Restaurant, 51 W Hastings Street
Trees Cheesecake + Organic Coffee, 321 Water Street
Wara Thai Eatery, 509 Main Street
Buttermere Patisserie Café, 636 Main Street
The Praguery Gastown, 221 Abbott Street

Watch for more restaurants to be added as the event gets closer.

Tickets are available now via Eventbrite (fees may apply)
Advance Tickets $45 per person after October 11, 2019
Regular Tickets $60 per person after October 20, 2019

Victoria Prepares for Beautiful: The Carol King Musical

Presented by Broadway In Victoria Beautiful—The Carole King Musical is the Tony & Grammy Award-winning Broadway musical about the early life and career of the legendary and groundbreaking singer/songwriter, premieres at the Royal Theatre, Victoria for 5 performances, January 31 – February 2, 2020. 

“Carole King might be a native New Yorker, but her story of struggle and triumph is as universal as they come – and her music is loved the world over,” producer Paul Blake said, “I am thrilled that Beautiful continues to delight and entertain audiences around the globe, in England, Japan and Australia and that we are entering our fifth amazing year of touring the U.S and CANADA. We are so grateful that over five million audience members have been entertained by our celebration of Carole’s story and her timeless music.”

Beautiful tells the inspiring true story of Carole King’s rise to stardom, from being part of a hit songwriting team with her husband Gerry Goffin, to her relationship with fellow writers and best friends Cynthia Weil and Barry Mann, to becoming one of the most successful solo acts in popular music history.   Beautiful features an array of the greatest hits from the American songbook, written by Gerry Goffin/Carole King and Barry Mann/Cynthia Weil, including “I Feel The Earth Move,” “One Fine Day,” “(You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman,” “You’ve Got A Friend” as well as the title song.

Tickets for Beautiful – The Carole King Musical are on sale now. Visit rmts.bc.ca, call 250-386-6121 or visit The Royal or McPherson Theatre Box Offices in person.  Broadway In Victoria presents the show for 5 performances only: Friday 8pm (Jan. 31st), Saturday 2pm & 8pm; Sunday 2pm & 7:30pm.

For more information and a video sneak peek, please visit BeautifulOnBroadway.com

Vancouver TheatreSports Welcomes the World of Improv

A world of laughter is coming to Vancouver from October 14 to 20 as Vancouver TheatreSports (VTS) hosts the 2019 International Theatresports Institute Conference and Festival

The International Theatresports Institute (ITI) is the largest improv network in the world, representing 90 improv companies, schools and universities from 22 countries on six continents. Every two years, ITI convenes a conference and festival that brings together improvisers from around the globe.

In addition to delegate-only workshops, the week includes more than 50 public performances in an International Theatresports Festival across three Granville Island venues – VTS’ home theatre The Improv Centre, The Waterfront Theatre, and intimate studio space The Nest. 

Currently, improvisers from as far away as India, Norway, Japan, Brazil, and New Zealand have signed up to attend the week-long Vancouver conference and perform in the Festival.

The Festival celebrates how the improv art form has evolved around the world to reflect the influences it receives from different cultural terroirs, showcasing signature shows/formats by some of the world’s leading improvisers and improv companies. 

The Toys Strike Back

One of the signature shows, The Toys Strike Back, by Norway’s Det Andre Teatret – a matinee show for families with children – creates its content from the toys that the kids bring with them to the performance. Another show, Lugares (Places), originally created by an international team of improvisers, will be directed in Vancouver by Patti Stiles (Australia) and Felipe Ortiz (Colombia).  Lugares invites members of the audience to describe a special setting and the cast creates exciting new stories and parallel worlds that will change the way we see the special places around us. For the El Jaguar Fiesta Tour of Vancouver, the audience jumps on a bus with masked Mexican luchador El Jaguar (Derek Flores, New Zealand) for a hilarious tour of the city where the focus is on fiesta, not facts. OK Tinder brings together a cast made up of VTS ensemble members and international delegates for a global take on the trials, tribulations, and triumphs of dating in the digital age. The Theatresports Summit explores the Theatresports format in the ‘four pillar’ companies – from Calgary’s Loose Moose Theatre, to variations as performed at Vancouver TheatreSports (Vancouver), Rapid Fire Theatre (Edmonton), and Unexpected Productions (Seattle). 

El Jaguar Fiesta Tour of Vancouver

“Vancouver TheatreSports turns 40 in early 2020 and we are excited to kick off our anniversary celebrations by sharing so much laughter with the people of Vancouver,” says Artistic & Executive Director Jay Ono. “It will be a fabulous opportunity for the public to see the different styles of improv as performed by the visiting delegates. Many Vancouverites do not realize that VTS is renowned globally as being a leader in the improv art form, with some of the best improvisers in the world being part of our company. It will be inspiring and instructive for all the improvisers, our own as well as the international delegates, to perform together and explore new formats and ways of playing. At the same time, the public will have a once-in-a-lifetime chance to see companies and improvisers who do not normally perform outside of their home country.”

For the full lineup of all the Festival shows; descriptions, locations, dates, and times visit vtsl.com/iti-conference/overview

Picks of the Week – October 9, 2019

Thanksgiving Weekend is upon us, time for us to give thanks to friends and family (and you readers), along with the plethora of entertainment and activities in the picks of the week.

Oktoberfest at Vancouver Alpen Club

Alpen#DasOriginal Oktoberfest continues the fun this weekend, and the the next at Vancouver Alpen Club

Spooks: The most frightful time of the year, Fright Nights at PNE, fills the fair with haunted houses, thrilling rides and ghoulish ghosts until Halloween

Trolley: Get spooked and learn some of the dark side of Vancouver’s history on the Haunted Vancouver Trolley Tour, from October 11 – 31

Pucks: Vancouver Canucks home opener brings LA Kings to Rogers Arena tonight, then Saturday night Philadelphia Flyers make a visit.

Transform: A Cabaret Festival – Virago Nationi

Fest: Transform: A Cabaret Festival continues, through this weekend, to take over the three stages of The Cultch with a multi-disciplinary festival of indigenous, local and international works

North: Take off and see the Great White North meets the Land of Fire and Ice as Flyover Canada welcomes Flyover Iceland to the cinematic adventure until October 20

BigTop: Cirque du Soleil brings their latest show, Luzia to the Big Top at Concorde Pacific Place, continuing through the end of the year

Pop: Friday night the Jonas Brothers : Happiness Begins Tour brings the trio, supported by Bebe Rexha and Jordan McGraw to Rogers Arena.

Suns: The Arts Club Theatre Company season begins with A Thousand Splendid Suns at the Stanley Industrial Alliance Stage, running until October 13th.

Bedrooms: The Arts Club Granville Island Stage opens The Birds & the Bees is a Canadian bedroom comedy about love, lust, beekeeping, and the artificial insemination of turkeys.

The Shipment

Stereotypes: Speakeasy Theatre’s production of the provocative work The Shipment by Young Jean Lee moves to Presentation House Theatre in North Vancouver until Oct 12th

Jazz: Friday Jazz is live at Tyrant Studios, this week featuring Nick Bracewell Trio.

Comedy: Saturday Comedy takes the stage at Tyrant Studios, this week’s stand-up finds Jacob Samuel and Chris Griffing supporting headliner Simon King

Improv: It’s your last chance to hit the books and laughs at The Improv Centre on Granville Island with Back to School Theatresports  closing October 12.

Rock: Local legends 54-40 make their annual visit to the Commodore Ballroom for two shows, Friday and Saturday night.

Icon: Sunday night, spend An Evening with John Fogerty: My 50 Year Trip, as the legendary musician revisits the sounds of 1969 – Woodstock and his Creedence Clearwater Revival songbook, at Rogers Arena

Prepare for a Taste of Yaletown

Yaletown is about to burst with flavour as the 15th Taste of Yaletown gets underway.

Running October 12 to 27, 2019, Taste of Yaletown is an annual celebration of Yaletown’s restaurants. Every year the neighbourhood chefs present unique sets of cuisine, tasting plates and pairings for the distinctive festival. Yaletown restaurants are offering special prix fixe lunch and dinner menus that show their eateries at the very best.

Set menus are priced at $35, $45 & $55 with some restaurants making offerings at multiple levels.  Taste of Yaletown lets patrons explore the world through the diversity of its restaurants, from Japanese cuisine at Bistro Sakana, Vietnamese at Little Saigon, to Mediterranean at The Greek by Anatoli, and French fare at Provence Marinaside, or Italian at Robba di Matti.

For the full list of participating restaurants and menus visit yaletowninfo.com

Thanksgiving Dinner To-Go Options

With just days to go until Thanksgiving Dinner, it’s hard to juggle a busy work and home week as well as plan to cook a bit meal for friends and family. Why not take some of the pressure off? Leave the cooking to someone else so you have more time to spend giving thanks for those gathered around the table.

Here’s a few places that will do the preparations for you this year;

Fairmont Vancouver Airport :
Fraser Valley Slow-Roasted Turkey
Dinner for 8-10 $399
Order by October 8th by phone: 604-248-3281 or email vancouverairport@fairmont.com
Pick-up on October 13th and 14th.

Sutton Place Hotel :
Thanksgiving Turkey To-Go
Dinner for 10-12 $375 (plus optional add-ons)
Order by noon October 8th by phone 604-682-5511 ext. 34
Pick up October 11th to October 14th

Hendricks Resto-Lounge at Westin Grand :
Thanksgiving Turkey Take Out
Dinner for 4 $240 / Dinner for 8 $450
Order by October 8th by phone 604-647-2521
Pick up October 12th to October 14th

Hawksworth Catering at Bel Cafe Kitsilano :
Herb-Roasted Turkey
Dinner for 8-10 $399
Order 3 days in advance of pick up by phone: 604-605-3325 ext 1 or online

H2 Rotisserie & Bar at Westin Bayshore :
Rossdown Farm Turkey Take-Out
Dinner for 6-8 $250 / Dinner for 10-12 $325
Order by email h2turkeytakeout@gmail.com

Whether you order from one of these, or go out to have dinner out, enjoy your Thanksgiving!