Get Tickets for Tasting Plates Mount Pleasant – Feb 7th.

Vancouver Foodster’s Tasting Plates starts 2018 with a visit to Mount Pleasant.  The ever changing East Vancouver neighbourhood is due for another tour from the roaming restaurant hunt.
Join friends and foodies on Wednesday February 7, 2018, for a taste of the ‘hood, along Main Street, between 3rd and 16th. The eclectic neighbourhood is sure to tantalize taste buds as you explore.
Check in at the registration establishment, then set off and find out what the locales’ restaurant chefs and cafe owners have created for their tasting plates and cups.  Along with way visit with fellow food enthusiasts, the chefs and owners themselves.
Tasting Plates Mount Pleasant includes Mexican restaurant Maizel, 2815 Main St, Ignite Pizzeria, 2588 Main St, Panidor Cafe Bakery 3080 Main St plus more establishments to be added.
Get $35 early-bird tickets, on sale now until January 23rd. After January 23rd, $45 advance tickets are on sale until February 4th, then $60 tickets last minute.   Tickets are available on Eventbrite

Midtwenties Theatre Society goes Above The Hospital

photo: Chris Cho

Midtwenties Theatre Society and Red Gates Art Society present the new play Above The Hospital, until January 21st at Red Gates Review Stage on Granville Island.  The new production is the first written by director Beau Han Bridge, founder of Midtwenties Theatre Society.

As with Midtwenties Theatre Society’s debut, This Is Our Youth, Beau Han Bridge continues with millennial themes in Above The Hospital.  This time a young couple are forced to take a hard look at their lives and choices that come from choosing to live in expensive Vancouver.  As much about aspirations as broken dreams, Above The Hospital demonstrates how the frustration of living on a thread of a budget can bubble over into anger and anxiety.

Cameron & Lauren
Photo: Chris Cho

While those of us not of this generation may not relate to everything the young characters are going through, we’ve all harboured youthful hopes and dreams.  The cast of Above The Hospital seemingly represent all the stages of youth; Cameron is dreaming of being a recording star, girlfriend Lauren is the practical one, friend Abbey is a slightly flighty earth mother,  artist Bo is the success story, and young Michael is the ‘baby’ of the group.

The bones of Beau Han Bridge’s story show the potential in the young playwright’s ability, telling ‘millennial’ stories without being prejudged by or alienating other demographics is a delicate balance.

The 75 minute first act starts slowly but builds and reaches a dramatic climax but the 20 minute second act, acting as an epilogue to the main act, feels a bit rushed and leaves just as much unanswered as answered.
In the production we watched, most of the performances were strong especially from Mira Maschmeyer (Lauren) who carries a lot of dialogue, delivered with clarity and emotion and Zack Currie (Bo) who again demonstrates the strength he showed as a lead in This Is Our Youth.  Aaron Paul Stewart brings a surprising amount of character to role of Michael in spite of few lines.  Tristan Smith’s Cameron gives a taste of actor’s singing abilities but his delivery of his ample dialogue pales when opposite Maschmeyer’s Lauren.  Oftentimes, Smith cannot be heard clearly or at all, as he spends much of the show facing the back of the stage, and the rest of the time is smoking. On opening night, Smith appeared to forget his lines, Mira and he cover this flub well enough to make us wonder if it scripted or not, showing how comfortable they are becoming in the characters.  The rest of the cast appeared equally comfortable with their characters, however, with such rapid-fire dialogue the actor’s enunciation plays a vital role in their role. Nadya Debogorski’s Abbey suffered from such fast-paced speech that she seemed to speak over herself.  Being so hard to understand, the character fell to the wayside especially being paired with the charismatic Zack Currie’s Bo as her boyfriend.  Overall, Above The Hospital, is a slice of life in Vancouver that’s sure to resonate with many locals who will enjoy the inside jokes and digs at the city’s pros and cons.

Above The Hospital plays nightly at 7pm at Red Gates Revue Stage on Granville Island until January 21, 2018.  Purchase tickets $20 online at mtstheatre.com. 
Note: The show contains graphic language, simulated sexual content, some violence, drinking and drug use with non-toxic smoke throughout.

Dine Out 2018 serves up more great food events & menus

Now that you’ve had a couple weeks to get over your Holiday indulgences, Dine Out Vancouver Festival 2018 is here to serve you mouth watering events and set menus.

The 2018 line up of food events has been selling fast already and now the set menus have been released for participating restaurants to start taking reservations.   Three hundred + restaurants, wineries, breweries, and suppliers from Abbotsford to the North Shore, are featuring set lunch and dinner menus at $20, $30, and $40 for the 17 day Dine Out Vancouver Festival.

In addition to the set menus, check out over 40 unique food and drink events ranging from food tours, and food trucks to specialist tastings, to international chef collaborations, secret suppers and VQA wine tastings.

A sample of just some of the events include:

The Art of Tea Gastronomy at TWG Tea Salon & Boutique, Vancouver – various dates.
Pop Up Ocean Wise Cafe at Vancouver Aquarium with Chef Ned Bell – 2 seating per night, various dates.
The BC VQA Wine Brunch at Hart House, Burnaby – January 20th. 
Get Shucked Up at Fanny Bay Oysters – January 22nd & 29th.
The Perfect Vegan Pizza Cooking Class at Rocky Mountain Flatbread Company – January 29th
Vancouver World Chef Exchange with Chefs from Bangkok, Tokyo, Beijing, Nashville – various dates & locations

Coming from out of town, or even if you’re local, why not make a night of it and book one a night or package with one of the participating Dine Out Hotel Partners. 

Dine Out Vancouver Festival 2018 runs January 19 – February 4, 2018. For menu information, restaurant and hotel reservations and event tickets visit dineoutvancouver.com

 

 

Hot Brown Honey heats up The Cultch

Until January 27th, Hot Brown Honey is taking over The Cultch York Theatre.  You know you’re in for something special when the ushers are handing out earplug upon entering the Theatre, and indeed Hot Brown Honey, part of The Cultch’s Femme January, is something special.

The buzz is palpable as the audience took their seats in The Hive and welcomed the six Honeys; Kim ‘Busty Beatz – The Queen Bee’ Bowers, Lisa Fa’alafi ‘The Game Changer’ , Ofa Fotu ‘The Myth Slayer’, Hope Haami ‘Hope One The Beatboxer’, Elena Wangurra ‘The Truth Sayer’, Crystal Stacey ‘The Peace Maker’, to the York Theatre stage.  Hot Brown Honey, a hit at Edinburgh Fringe,  grew out of an original Australian burlesque show, Hot Brown Honey Burlesque, created by Kim Bowers, Candice Bowers and Lisa Fa’Alafi.  This show is a red hot, sassy, bold journey to shine a light on stereotypes and the patriarchy.  The six Honeys #makenoise about tough topics that are very much torn from today’s headlines, with a unique style of comedy, music and dance.  Rather than beating the audience over the head with their message they bring the beats to the floor with their brilliant hip hop style.  Rap, beatboxing, powerful vocals and prose, nothing is out of reach for the talented sextet as they entertain and empower with their mission to fight the power.

Hot Brown Honey is really a show that needs to be seen, heard and listened to to really appreciate the talented Honeys and their timely message.

Fighting the power never tasted so sweet.

Hot Brown Honey runs at The Cultch York Theatre, 639 Commercial Drive, until January 27, 2018.  For more show information and tickets visit thecultch.com or call The Cultch Box Office at 604.251.1363.

Picks of the Week – January 10, 2018

The first weekend of January and the new year is off and running with plenty of entertainment in the picks of the week…

Ice: Doug Mitchell Thunderbird Sport Centre welcomes the 2018 Canadian National Skating Championships until January 14th.

Festival: Vancouver Chinese Lantern Festival  bringing dozens of Chinese lanterns, throughout the 14 acre PNE site until January 21st

Fringe: Hot Brown Honey turns up the heat with a serving of sass and empowerment as The Cultch brings in the Edinburgh Fringe fave from January 9 – 27

Lights: Lights at Lafarge Coquitlam’s Winter Light Festival, the largest free light display in the Lower Mainland keeps the lights on until January 21st

Project: The topical play, The Pipeline Project, tackles the controversial topic of piplines in BC at the Firehall Arts Centre from January 10 – 20

Dreams: Midtwenties Theatre Society looks at Vancouver millennials and how current pressures affect their aspirations and dreams in Above The Hospital, playing January 12 – 21 at Red Gate Revue Stage

CBFSO Conductor Pang Ka Pang

Cinema: Friday at The Orpheum spend the evening with Cinema in Concert with the China Broadcasting Film Symphony Orchestra playing the sounds of movies

Bach: Early Music BC gets Bach To The Future: the Legacy of the Art of the Fugue – The Diderot Quartet on Friday night then The Eyebler Quartet  Private to Public: Journey of the String Quartet is on Saturday at Christ Church Cathedral

Canyon: Take to the treetops of the tallest illuminated trees and much more at Canyon Lights Winter Festival at Capilano Suspension Bridge Park  until January 28th, 2018. 

Stage: The Arts Club Theatre Company’s Stanley Industrial Alliance Stage welcomes Disney’s Beauty & The Beast until January 13th.

Improv: The Vancouver Theatresports Throwdown International Theatresports Festival is continuing, until Jan 13th, local teams of VTSL players improv their way to the best of Vancouver, before taking on International Improv teams next week.

PuSh International Performing Arts Festival kicks off 2018

The 2018 PuSh International Performing Arts Festival is fast approaching. Opening January 16, 2018, the festival brings three weeks of cutting edge, creative performing arts to stages around Vancouver.

The PuSh program is packed with artistic experiences from around the world. Take a look through the listings to find what you’re interested in, here’s a sampling of what you’ll find;

Some Hope for the Bastards – Frédérick Gravel (Canada), the renowned Quebecois dance artist is creator & director of a musical-dance spectacle for the musically adventurous and visually attuned.
Opening Night January 17 at Vancouver Playhouse, 600 Hamilton St.

The Events – Pi Theatre (Canada) present the English Canadian premiere of David Greig’s daring play inspired by the 2011 killing of 69 people at a summer camp in Utøya, Norway.  Featuring a different Metro Vancouver choir each night sharing the stage with the two actors.
January 17 – 18 at Russian Hall, 600 Campbell Ave.

King Arthur’s Night – Neworld Theatre (Canada) presented with UBC Theatre & Film brings us the tale of King Arthur with the added entertainment of a live band and 20 member chorus
January 31 – February 4 at Frederic Wood Theatre 6354 Crescent Rd., UBC

Dickie Beau: Unplugged – Dickie Beau (England), innovative, drag performer discusses his love of drag and how his lip-sync performances have updated the art of drag.
January 19 at The Fox Cabaret, 2321 Main St
January 20 at Anvil Centre, 777 Columbia St., New Westminster

Reassembled, Slightly Askew – Shannon Yee (Northern Ireland), a survivor of a medically induced coma and brain injury, brings an audio experience like no other. Melding art and science, this multidisciplinary adventure is a head-trip in the literal sense.
January 17 – February 4 at The Cultch, Culture Lab, 1895 Venables Ave.

Blind Cinema – Britt Hatzius (England/Germany) gives the audience a chance to see the world through someone else’s eyes.  The blindfolded audience are blindfolded and seated in front of children who describe the audio-less film in hushed whispers.
January 24 – 25 / January 31 – February 1 at Vancity Theatre, 1181 Seymour St.

Birdman : Live – Antonio Sanchez (USA/Mexico), one of the world’s greatest drummers, provides a live accompaniment to the Academy Award-winning film Birdman onstage at the Vogue Theatre.
February 1 at The Vogue Theatre, 918 Granville St.

The Eternal Tides – Legend Lin Dance Theatre (Taiwan) and choreographer Lin Lee-Chen intertwines intricate age-old rituals, customs and ceremonies with song and dance to create a tribute to the waters that surround the island of Taiwan.
February 3 at Queen Elizabeth Theatre, 630 Hamilton St.

Amongst all these amazing artistic performance a collection of workshops, talkbacks and panels add to the PuSh Festival experience.
Passes and individual performance tickets are available online now, some shows are already selling fast and will sell out so make your selections soon.

 

2018 Canadian Figure Skating Championships hit the ice

Skate CanadaStarting today the best and brightest of the Canadian figure skating world are sharpening their skates for the 2018 Canadian Tire National Skating Championships.

The Championships return to Vancouver for the first time since 2008, when Patrick Chan scored the first of his 9 Senior Men’s titles, will he secure #10 as he returns to the Vancouver ice?

The 2017 champions in senior disciplines, Kaetlyn Osmond (Women), Patrick Chan (Men),  Meagan Duhamel & Eric Radford (Pairs),  Tessa Virtue & Scott Moir (Dance) hope to remain atop the podium in the lead up to the 2018 Winter Olympics in PyeongChang, South Korea.

As they hit the ice at Doug Mitchell Thunderbird Sports Centre the defending gold medalists will face tough competition from returning 2017 silver and bronze medalists; Gabrielle Daleman, Alaine Chartrand, Kevin Reynolds, Nam Nguyen, Lubov Ilyushechkina & Dylan Moscovitch, Kirsten Moore-Towers & Michael Marinaro, Kaitlyn Weaver & Andrew Poje, Piper Gilles & Paul Poirier as well as dozens of others hoping to step up to the podium.  With Canada having qualified the most entries (17) of any country for the 2018 Winter Olympics, everyone will be hoping to make a mark to gain one of those coveted spots.

In addition to the senior categories, competitors in Novice and Junior disciplines will complete in the week-long figure skating competition. All are hoping to make their name in the field and secure a place in respective national teams for International competitions.

The 2018 Canadian Tire National Skating Championships take place January 8 – 14, 2018 at Doug Mitchell Thunderbird Sports Centre at UBC, Vancouver.  For schedule, ticket information, stats and live stream visit skatecanada.ca