Picks of the Week – October 18, 2017

The late October is upon us, the picks of the week are filling with more and more hauntingly good fun.

Tastes: Tonight, explore the new flavours of Chinatown as Tasting Plates explores the historic neighbourhood.

Pop: Hard to believe but the trio of brothers, Hanson, are celebrating their 25th Anniversary with the Middle Of Nowhere Tour stopping at The Vogue Theatre on Wednesday

Books: The 30th Annual Vancouver International Writer’s Festival is now underway on Granville Island until October 22nd.

Beer: Raise your stein and cheer as #dasoriginal Oktoberfest continues for a final weekend at Vancouver Alpen Club.

Lookout: Elevate your experience with Vancouver Heritage Foundation takes at The Lookout at Harbour Centre’s Perspectives series of Talks, October 19th is Historic Crime: Early Forensic Investigations

Jedi: Laugh yourself to another world at Vancouver Theatresports League with Improv Wars: The Laugh Jedi, sharing the Improv Centre stage until November 18.

Diwali: Part of Diwali in BC, The Cultch presents Encounter by Navarasa Dance Theatre until October 22nd and The Firehall Arts Centre presents Happy Place until October 29th.

Rail: There’s an Alien Invasion going on in Stanley Park at the 2017 Ghost Train, running until October 31st

Broom: Hops on your broom and pick up your diploma from Broomelda’s academy at Fly Over Canada until Halloween

Kimmel & Wright
photo: Emily Cooper

Music: Friday night, the Gateway Theatre 2017-18 season opens with A Little Night Music, running until October 21st.

Benefit: The final David Foster Miracle Gala and Concert brings a star studded roster to the stage at Rogers Arena on Saturday

Pigskin: The BC Lions take the field at BC Place to host Edmonton Eskimos on Saturday evening

Scene: Saturday night, Broken Social Scene play the Commodore Ballroom

Stage: The Arts Club Theatre Company sets the table for Thanks For Giving running at the Granville Island Stage until November 4th and King Charles III starts in previews this week at Stanley Industrial Alliance Stage

Fright: The 2017 Fright Night at Playland spooks the patrons with houses of horror and thrilling rides until Halloween

 

A Little Night Music lights the Gateway Theatre season

Cast Photo: Emily Cooper

Gateway Theatre’s 2017 / 2018 season got underway this week with a lavish performance of Stephen Sondheim’s classic A Little Night Music.

A co-presentation with Patrick Street Productions, and directed by Peter Jorgensen, the Tony award winning musical is set in Sweden at the turn of the last century.  A tale of romance and class structure,  as characters deal with forbidden lust, infidelity, long-lost loves,  jealousy and reminisce about past liaisons. Through the characters’ trials and tribulations of love Jorgensen lets the comedy of the situations shine through.  The director took inspiration from Ingmar Bergman, the director of the source film of the musical, Smiles of  Summer Night, finding comedy in tragedy.  Patrick Street Productions and Jogensen have added their modern touch to the show with hints of sexual fluidity in the maid Petra’s character.

Kimmel & Wright
photo: Emily Cooper

Led by the always dependable Warren Kimmel as Fredrick Egerman, and Katey Wright as Desiree Armfeldt, who both have the acting and musical talents to all eyes on them when they’re onstage.  The cast also included stand-out turns from Arinea Hermans and Caleb Di Pomponio as Fredrick’s virgin (2nd) bride and his angst-ridden son, Henrick. Nick Fontaine’s Count Carl-Magnus and Lindsay Warnock as his put-upon wife, Countess Charlotte provide scenery chewing comedy performances. Young Elizabeth Irving displays talent beyond her years as Desiree’s daughter, Fredricka.  The capable ensemble rounds out the cast, making the performance light and breezy, in spite of its 2.5 hour run time.  Coming towards the end of the show, the musical gets late energy boost from the famed Send In The Clowns.  Throughout the show, Sondheim’s music, and Hugh Wheeler’s book, share the storytelling duties effortlessly.  Alan Brodie’s simple set and lighting design help to highlight Jessica Bayntun’s lush, period costumes.

Set & Lighting Design by Alan Brodie, photo by Emily Cooper.jpg

Find your own reasons to love and laugh as A Little Night Music continues at Gateway Theatre until October 21st.

Speaking Of Dance Conversations 2017-18


Speaking of Dance Conversations
 is a series of free public dialogues and roundtable conversations about the world of dance. Presented by Dance House with SFU Woodwards Cultural Programs, the series is a study of the place dance holds within culture and society.  Moderated and presented by noted local writers, artists and creative thinkers, Speaking of Dance Conversations is a platform for everyone to share and develop their own observations and interpretations, and engage in conversation.
 

All of the series’ conversations are free, open to the public, and are scheduled to be held at Djavad Mowafahian World Art Centre, within SFU Goldcorp Centre for the Arts at 149 West Hastings, Vancouver. 

The first of the Speaking of Dance Conversations is coming up next week on October 24th at 7pm. 

Cultural Policies in a Global World: a Comparison

The evening will be moderated by Janet Smith, Arts Editor at The Georgia Straight,  in conversation with Jarkko Lehmus (Tero Saarinen Company, Circo – Center for New Circus, Finland), Charlie Wu (ACSEA-Asian-Canadian Special Events Association, TAIWANfest Managing Director), and others.

The upcoming events in the series are;

Marshall McLuhan: Global Village
Date: 21 November 2017, 7pm
Moderated by Richard Cavell (Founder of Bachelor of Media Studies at UBC, Author of McLuhan in Space: A Cultural Geography)

Vancouver and Toronto’s Cultural Scenes in the 70s: A Comparison
Date: 20 February 2018, 7pm
Moderated by Pia Lo (Globe Dancer) 

Creative Arts Therapies: Arts and Health Care
Date: 13 March 2018, 7pm
Moderated by Peta Schur (Cofounder of the Expressive Arts Therapy Training Program, Langara)

Tap Dance and Jazz Music: the Evolution of an Art Form
Date: 10 April 2018, 7pm
Moderated by Sas Selfjord (Vancouver Tap Dance Society)

The complete list of speakers and guests will be announced in advance of each Conversations date, check for details at dancehouse.ca/speaking-of-dance

Halloween Time At Fly Over Canada

Starting today, the Witch Academy is back in session at Fly Over Canada.  Broomelda the Witch invites all members of the family to graduate from her Haunted Halloween School.

Brace yourself for a spooky set up as you attend pre-flight Witch Academy.  Then hop on your broom for a kid-friendly version of the Ultimate Flying Ride Fly Over Canada, keep your eyes out for Broomelda and her spooky friends in the sky.  After your flight, graduate with flying colours and receive
your Witch Academy Diploma.

Halloween at Fly Over Canada runs October 12 – 31.
Weekdays: 4pm – 9pm
Weekends & Oct 31: 10am – 9pm

Regular FlyOver Canada Shows run: 10am – 3pm

Halloween Flights have a ‘spook-factor’ suitable for kids ages 4 years + (children must be 120cm tall to ride)

Reserve your flight online at flyovercanada.com/halloween
Phone 1 888 290 3060 for information
Fly Over Canada is located at the tip of Canada Place.

 

 

Picks of the Week – October 11, 2017

Hope you’ve had your fill of Thanksgiving goodness but if not there’s plenty in the picks of the week to satisfy you for another week.

HipHop: Tonight at the Pacific Coliseum, Miss Lauryn Hill and Nas take the stage.

Kings: Nashville rockers Kings of Leon make a return to Rogers Arena Wednesday night

Jedi: Hot on the heels of the most recent Star Wars trailer, Vancouver Theatresports League brings laughter with Improv Wars: The Laugh Jedi, sharing the Improv Centre stage until November 18.

Improv: The 19th Vancouver International Improv Festival takes over 4 venues on Granville Island for 5 days of improv comedy, Oct 11 – 14

Faceoff: Vancouver Canucks take the ice at Rogers Arena twice this week; Thursday vs Winnipeg and on Saturday vs Calgary.

CircusThe Goblin Market, a contemporary Kiwi circus troupe continues the action at The Cultch York Theatre until October 14th

Dance: October 12 – 14, The Dance Centre Global Dance Connections Series presents Compañia Sharon Fridman from Spain with two works Hasta Dónde…? + All Ways

Margaritas: Friday night, Rogers Arena becomes Margaritaville when Jimmy Buffett comes to town.

Music: Friday night, the Gateway Theatre 2017-18 season opens with A Little Night Music, running until October 21st.

Beer: Raise your stein and cheer as #dasoriginal Oktoberfest continues on weekends through the month at Vancouver Alpen Club.

Fire: Saturday night, Arcade Fire takes to the stage at Pacific Coliseum.

Satire: Saturday night is sure to get a bit political when Bill Maher takes to the stage at the Queen Elizabeth Theatre.

Stage: The Arts Club Theatre Company sets the table for Thanks For Giving running at the Granville Island Stage until November 4th.

Films: The 36th Vancouver International Film Festival (VIFF) continues on screens around the city from until Oct 13th

Kicks: Sunday, Vancouver Whitecaps host San Jose Earthquakes for their final regular season home match

 

Vancouver’s Stop Podcasting Yourself celebrates 500 Episodes

Next Monday, October 16th, the Vancouver-based comedy podcast, “Stop Podcasting Yourself” (SPY) celebrates its 500th episode.

The three-time Canadian Comedy Award-winning podcast hosted by comedians Graham Clark and Dave Shumka.  “Stop Podcasting Yourself” is a weekly comedy podcast that features a different guest each week and has fans from around the world. The only Canadian podcast featured on L.A.-based network, Maximum Fun, which is run by Jesse Thorn and features shows by other comedy luminaries like John Hodgman (“Judge John Hodgman”), the McElroy Brothers (“My Brother, My Brother and Me”), and Adam Conover (“Adam Ruins Everything”).

Dave Shumka & Graham Clark

“Stop Podcasting Yourself” started in 2008 when Dave, who met Graham at a comedy show, asked if they should do a podcast together. Since then, SPY has regularly appeared on numerous ‘Best Of’ lists and has garnered three Canadian Comedy Awards: two for Best Podcast and one for Best Audio Series. As well the duo’s podcast has gained the admiration of other comedians who not only listen but also turn up as featured on-air guests such as; Paul F. Tompkins, Brent Butt, Nikki Glaser, Debra DiGiovanni, Dana Gould, Jon Dore, Jimmy Pardo, Jen Kirkman, Cynthia Hopkins, Rory Scovel, Matt Braunger, Scott Thompson, Todd Glass, Alicia Tobin, Charlie Demers, Ivan Decker, and many others.

Brent Butt says “SPY is the only podcast I listen to regularly. Graham and Dave are hilarious and genuinely spontaneous. They also manage to come across as truly pleasant young chaps, even when they’re eviscerating some shallow showbiz bonehead.”

Besides the listening to Stop Podcasting Yourself, keep your eyes open for live shows which have sold out all over the country.  Dave Shumka is a frequent collaborator with the creative team at CBC Radio’s “This Is That”, and Graham Clark appears regularly onstage at the Monday night Laugh Gallery at Havana

Fright Nights at Playland Opens Tonight

Western Canada’s most anticipated Halloween event, Fright Nights returns to Playland starting today October 6th until October 31st.  This year’s Fright Nights features returning favorites as well as never-seen-before attractions including a new haunted house, scaring up even more spooktacular entertainment for visitors.

For those looking for a paranormal experience, Haunted Mansion is geared to terrify even the bravest souls, and guests can attempt to overcome their fear of clowns in Car-N-Evil haunted house, and face their deepest terrors in Darkness. Favourite haunted houses, The Asylum, Fear, Hollywood Horrors, and Keepers Doll Factory are also back.

Guinness World Record holders for driving over a man on a bed of nails,  Monsters of Schlock, is back to terrify guests with three nightly shows from October 13 to 31. Guests can expect to be horrified with shows that feature meat hooks, and other cringe worthy entertainment. Look out for Playland’s favourite freak, Singe the Clown, who is up to his creepy antics for another year.  With freaky surprises, rides and a park full of gory ghouls, Fright Nights 2017 is spookier than ever and is the perfect event for every Halloween lover.

To maximize your thrills at Fright Nights, guests have the option to purchase a Rapid Pass, which offers the same access as a regular gate pass PLUS access to an expedited line for each Haunted House and The Beast, Wooden Roller Coaster, Atmosfear, and Hellevator. Guests will also be able to save $3 by purchasing tickets at participating 7-Eleven locations or online.

Playland warns that this event is not recommended for ages 12 and under, seniors 65+, people with sensitivity to strobe lighting or fog machines, people with high blood pressure, heart conditions, pregnant women or scaredy-cats. Absolutely no guest costumes or guest costume face make up allowed.