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

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

 

13: The Musical brings back teen spirit

L to R: Julian Lokash (Archie), Julia Mclean (Patrice), Graham Verchere (Evan), Jason Sakaki (Brett), Kyra Leroux (Kendra), Michelle Creber (Lucy)
Photo Credit: Anita Alberto

Bring On Tomorrow Co’s production of 13 : The Musical, now playing at Waterfront Theatre, brilliantly brings back all the feelings of adolescents.  We’ve all been haunted by the spirits of teen angst but thankfully it’s much more enjoyable watching the trials and tribulations when it’s happening to someone else.

The company, made completely of teenaged actors, bring to life Dan Elish’s story of Evan Goldman.  Ripped from the comfort of his New York City life and plunked into Appleton, Indiana just as he turns 13 years old.  With his Bar Mitzvah plans now thrown into array, Evan must balance the tricky teen worlds of popularity and friendship.

Graham Verchere brings Evan to the stage with a believable awkward innocence of a boy becoming a man, or at least trying to navigate his way to teenhood, with a little help from his friends.  Patrice, literally the girl next door, played beautifully by Julia Maclean, and Archie, Julian Lokash, plays the ‘boy with the terminal illness’ not to be laughed at but laughed with.  While every character has moments of light and dark the powerhouse performance of Michelle Creber as Lucy the main manipulator of the gang, is a girl everyone remembers from school as is Brett, played by Jason Sakaki, the quintessential jock.

Just like back in school, the girls have developed earlier than the boys.  Most of these female performers have rich powerful voices while the adolescent boys bring back those memories and blushes of the occasional cracks and squeaks when you least expect them, bringing even more reality to Jason Robert Brown’s songs.  Chris Adams direction and Nicol Spinola’s choreography work hand in hand to juggle the large ensemble as they recreate the energy of the Dan Quayle Junior High School student body. Christopher David Gauthier’s simple set design makes quick changes to reveal all the halls and rooms of the school.

While Bring On Tomorrow Co’s 13 : The Musical ends on October 8th, if you have the chance get out and see it.  Relive the comedy and tragedy of being 13,  there’s sure to be a character who reminds you of someone you went to school with, if not yourself.

Picks of the Week – October 4, 2017

Shine on Harvest Moon…we have a bright full moon to light our nights as we explore these picks of the week

Angels: The Arts Club Theatre Company’s  Angels In America: Perestroika closes at the Stanley Industrial Alliance Stage this weekend, October 8th.

Circus: The Goblin Market, a contemporary Kiwi circus troupe swings into action at The Cultch York Theatre until October 14th

Keys: The Piano Guys tickle the ivories at Queen Elizabeth Theatre tonight, Oct 4th.

Beer: Raise your stein and cheer as #dasoriginal Oktoberfest kicks off on Friday at Vancouver Alpen Club.

R&B: Rogers Arena will be filled on Thursday night when The Weeknd takes the stage.

L to R: Julian Lokash (Archie), Julia Mclean (Patrice), Graham Verchere (Evan), Jason Sakaki (Brett), Kyra Leroux (Kendra), Michelle Creber (Lucy)
Photo Credit: Anita Alberto

Musical: Bring On Tomorrow Theatre Company presents 13: The Musical, a musical take on adolescence at Waterfront Theatre on Granville Island Oct 4th – 8th

Comedy: Funnyman Nick Offerman brings his brand of comedy to the Orpheum Theatre on Thursday night.

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

Talk: This Saturday afternoon gain some perspective on the city’s history at The Vancouver Lookout’s Perspectives Lecture Series.

Rock: Venerable local rock act 54-40 holds their yearly audience for their fans at the Commodore Ballroom on Friday and Saturday night.

Photo:  City on Edge: A Century of Vancouver Activism is a photo-based exhibition display at MOV running to February 18, 2018.

Dance: Based on Mary Shelley’s Frankenstien Miscellaneous Productions presents Monsters at the Vancouver Dance Centre Oct 6 – 7

Punt: The BC Lions play host to Ottawa Redblacks at BC Place on Saturday afternoon

Pucks: At Rogers Arena on Saturday night, the Vancouver Canucks and Edmonton Oilers take the ice to open their 2017/18 season.

DJ: Electronic legend DIPLO will keep the fans dancing when he plays the Pacific Coliseum on Saturday

Indie: Fans of indie/alt-pop will be giving thanks when Imagine Dragons take over Rogers Arena on Sunday night

Picks of the Week – September 27, 2017

September comes to a close this weekend but not before we find some fun picks of the week

Food: Tonight, eat your way around Westbrook Village and other parts of the Campus on Vancouver Foodster’s Tasting Plates – UBC

Joy: Australian singer-songwriter Vance Joy comes to the Vogue Theatre on Wednesday.

Angels: The Arts Club Theatre Company’s 2017-18 season is now underway with Angels In America: Perestroika on stage at the Stanley Industrial Alliance Stage until October 8th.

Pucks: The Vancouver Canucks preseason continues at Rogers Arena on Thursday when Calgary Flames come to town.

Movies: The 36th Vancouver International Film Festival (VIFF) takes over screens around the city from Sept 28 – Oct 13th

Country: Rogers Arena gets a little bit country on Friday as Miranda Lambert takes the stage

Dreams: Friday night, Coldplay brings their A Head Full Of Dreams tour to BC Place.

House: Doug Mitchell Thunderbird Sport Centre is the kick off point for DJ house/electronic music producer ZEDD’s Echo Tour 

Photo:  City on Edge: A Century of Vancouver Activism is a new photo-based exhibition display at MOV starting September 28, 2017 to February 18, 2018.

Piano: Ben Folds, brings his piano and voice to Vogue Theatre on Saturday night.

Brunch: Sunday join and dine at the 10th Annual Celebrity Dim Sum at Sheraton Wall Centre, get a great dim sum brunch and help benefit AIDS Vancouver

Arts: This weekend find events and culture in every corner during BC Culture Days on Friday, Saturday and Sunday.