What’s On Weekend – March 29 – 31, 2012

Looking for some April Fools Fun?

Ongoing:
– at Vancouver Art Gallery : Offsite on West Georgia at the Shangri-la Hotel courtyard, until Sept 16th, is a large scale wooden tableau by Kota Ezawa
– within the Vancouver Art Gallery, An Autobiography of our Collection shows a behind the scenes look at how a collection is put together from the Gallery’s permanent collection. As well Beat Nation showcases the Art, Hip Hop and Aboriginal Culture, take a look back at Lights Out! Canadian Painting from the 60’s and the Gallery’s newest exhibition Emily Carr and the Theatre of Transcendence
– see the bright lights at MOV: Museum of Vancouver with their ongoing exhibit Neon Vancouver/Ugly Vancouver & compare the waterfronts of Vancouver and Dubai with Maraya Project-Seawalls Of Vancouver And Dubai
– at Arts Club Theatre Company’s Stanley Industrial Alliance Stage find out The Importance Of Being Earnest until April 15th.
– the Giggle Dam Theatre, dinner/comedy/musical theatre, bring the laughs Under The DAM Big Top…Cirque Du So Lame until June 16th.

Thursday Mar 29th
– UBC faculty, students and alumni hit the stage to see if UBC’s Got Talent in support of the University’s United Way Drive.
– Join DJ Michael Venus at The Narrow Lounge for some nineties goodness
– for some evening entertainment, see the male dancers get their “Junk” out at Oasis Ultra Lounge

Friday Mar 30th
– At the Biltmore Cabaret, Ladyhawk with guests Baptists take to the stage.
– Funnyman Jay Mohr brings laughter to the River Rock Show Theatre
– the Vancouver Canucks take on the Dallas Stars at Rogers Arena
–  SPIT: The Rubix Cube Party, moves back to the newly renovated Anza Club.
– dig out a costume and celebrate FalseOween V at 560
– in the West End head to Oasis for Gay’er Friday with DJ Jeffery Michael

Saturday Mar 31st
– R&B icon Gladys Knight is at the River Rock Show Theatre
– the Canucks have another home stand against rival Calgary Flames
– laugh along with Scottish comedian Danny Bhoy at the Centre For Performing Arts
– metalheads unite for for the multi band Metal Alliance Tour 2012 at Rickshaw Theatre
– show up early for free entry before 11pm at 560 for Poni! Saturday

What’s On Weekend – March 22 – 24, 2012

Another week of fun…

Ongoing:
– at Vancouver Art Gallery : Offsite on West Georgia at the Shangri-la Hotel courtyard, until Sept 16th, is a large scale wooden tableau by Kota Ezawa
– within the Vancouver Art Gallery, An Autobiography of our Collection shows a behind the scenes look at how a collection is put together from the Gallery’s permanent collection. As well Beat Nation showcases the Art, Hip Hop and Aboriginal Culture and the Gallery’s newest exhibition Emily Carr and the Theatre of Transcendence
– see the bright lights at MOV: Museum of Vancouver with their ongoing exhibit Neon Vancouver/Ugly Vancouver
– at Arts Club Theatre Company’s Revue Stage is Gordon on until March 24th and at the Stanley Industrial Alliance Stage find out The Importance Of Being Earnest until April 15th.
– the Giggle Dam Theatre, dinner/comedy/musical theatre, bring the laughs Under The DAM Big Top…Cirque Du So Lame until June 16th.

Thursday March 22nd
– continuing all week is Vancouver Fashion Week – Fall/Winter 2012 at the Chinese Cultural Centre, shows daily until Sunday.
– Alt-rockers Drive-By Truckers are onstage at the Commodore Ballroom
– Join DJ Michael Venus at The Narrow Lounge for some nineties goodness
– for some evening entertainment, see the male dancers get their “Junk” out at Oasis Ultra Lounge

Friday March 23rd
– at the Biltmore Cabaret, White Rabbits bounce onto the stage.
– join DJ’s SKLA, Right Hand Barber, Rachel Sehl and more at the kick off to Cirque Friday’s at Five-Sixty
– for something completely different, psychic legend Sylvia Browne, is on her 50th Anniversary tour and stopping at the River Rock Show Theatre
– in the West End head to Oasis for Gay’er Friday with DJ Jeffery Michael

Saturday March 24th
– coming off their historic first road win, Vancouver Whitecaps FC are back home at BC Place to kick-off against DC United
– across the street at Rogers Arena, local boys Hedley take over the stage with Classifies, Anjulie & Kay.
I Predict A Riot as The Commodore Ballroom welcomes Kaiser Chiefs
– at Five-Sixty it’s a take over, Poni Saturday is getting a British Invasion as Room Service from London bring their event to the West Coast.

Godspell – The Revival on Broadway

Prepare Ye, for a good time at the Theatre!
40 years after its initial run, Godspell returned to Broadway’s Circle In The Square Theatre in late 2011 and has been packing them in since.
Grammy and Academy Awards winning composer Stephen Schwartz has updated and renewed Godspell to include today’s technology and references; including Donald Trump, smartphones and reality tv.  Told as a series of parables based on the Gospels of Matthew, Godspell is a tale of friendship, loyalty and love.  The young cast of Godspell in this production, led by Hunter Parrish (from Showtime’s Weeds), are so at ease with the material it feels as though the whole production is ad-libbed. The theatre in the round layout of the Circle In The Square Theatre makes the audience feel as through they are part of the show too. The band members are interspersed and the cast perform throughout the aisles and different levels of the theatre.  The interaction with the audience goes even further for a lucky few who are brought onstage to participate in some of the scenes. The intermission happens shortly after Jesus turns water into wine and the production brings dozens of small glasses of wine onstage and invites the whole audience to come up and drink and dance with some of the players still beating their drums. This really takes the light and casual, free style of the play to another level, which is already magical but add in this ad-libbed style intermission brings it up and even higher step. This production of Godspell is truly one of the most fun occasions at the theatre I’ve ever attended.  I highly recommend seeing it, if you’re in New York soon.
Godspell is now playing at Circle In Square Theatre at 1633 Broadway (at 50th) in New York City.

How To Succeed In Business Without Really Trying – The Musical Comedy

Even though the original material is decades old, the general story behind “How To Succeed In Business Without Really Trying” is timeless; juggling career & love aspirations while climbing to the top of the corporate ladder.
Perfectly on trend to fit into today’s Mad Men styled retro chic the musical plays u p the humour in an innocent manner as the comedy of errors and good fortune unfolds. This revival garnered much attention upon it’s debut in spring 2011 by featuring Daniel Radcliffe (Harry Potter) in the lead role of J Pierrepont Finch the young window washer who aspires for a seat inside the corner office, rather than hanging outside the window looking in.
Following Radcliffe with a run by Darren Criss (Glee) and now by Nick Jonas (Jonas Brothers) plays the lead.  Beau Bridges has taken over for Tony nominee John Larroquette as J.P. Biggley the boss of World Wide Widgets, and Michael Urie (Ugle Betty) is Biggley’s smarmy nephew and Finch’s prime nemesis Bud Frump.  The lovely Stephanie Rothenberg, makes her Broadway debut as the love interest/secretary Rosemary Pilkington.
The play opens with Finch hanging from his window washer’s harness reading his “How To Succeed In Business” book, which is narrated by Anderson Cooper throughout the performance. Each chapter of the book helps get Finch one step closer to achieving his desired level of success.  As one expects in a comedy things rarely go smoothly but, like water off a ducks back, none of the misfortune ever seems to stick to Finch.  Although the songs and dialogue may at times seem dated, that adds to the quaint and kitchy humour.  Jonas amiably provides the linchpin holding the show and audience (including many, many young Jonas Brothers fans) in the palm of his hand.  Already a broadway veteran having appeared in Beauty and The Beast, Les Miserables and Annie Get Your Gun before joining this production. Michael Park, understudy to Beau Bridges, performed the role of Finch’s boss.  The slapstick and comedy are well-timed and choreographed throughout the show, some of the numbers work the cast into a sweat, especially considering the heavy suits and sweaters the men wear.
The show culminated in the big production number featuring most of the cast and ensemble for “Brotherhood Of Man”.  How To Succeed is a fun show that’s definitely worth a viewing if you get the chance.
How To Succeed In Business Without Really Trying is now playing at Al Hirshfeld Theatre at 302 West 45th Street New York.

The Silicone Diaries

A mesmerizing one woman show now playing at The Cultch, The Silicone Diaries tells the story of Nina Arsenault’s evolution from a 5 year old little boy in awe of the womanly naked figure of a mannequin in a department store to the post-surgical figure of a living mannequin. Rather than being a gender study, or transgender as it were, the Diaries’ entries, as told by the author herself, delve more into her seemingly never-ending quest for perfect beauty.  Part colourful drama and part controversial comedy, while Arsenault recalls the problems, people and procedures in her journey with a very controlled calm voice, her eyes give away an emotional depth that attempts to pull her into a dark abyss. Her voice breaks and and eyes water as she relives more recent memories along her voyage to silicone enhanced splendor. More humour seems to accompany the past memories, perhaps because hindsight has made her recall them with more fondness.
Relive your own memories and learn a good lesson about being happy within your own skin

The Silicone Diaries is playing nightly at The Cultch until February 25.

Beauty & The Beast – Roars into Vancouver

Be Our Guest!
That is probably one of the best loved songs and definitely a centerpiece of NETworks production of Disney’s Beauty & The Beast, now playing at The Queen Elizabeth Theatre in Vancouver.
The audience of young and old seemed to enjoy reliving memories of the Academy Award Best Picture nominated Disney film, from which the musical is based, on opening night Wednesday Feb 8.
Transforming an animated classic into a live theatre production is no easy task but the production keeps the set simple and effective, allowing the audience to fill in the blanks when creating Belle’s provincial village or The Beast’s imposing castle. The grand Busby Berkley style set piece for “Be Our Guest” is over the top fun. An ever-changing set and multitude of costume changes for the chorus as they switch from portraying the flatware to the dishes to salt & pepper shakers. The explosion of confetti at the end of the song was a highlight for many of the children in the audience.
Bringing the characters to life on stage is even more difficult and it’s here where the production was a little uneven. Some characters were spot on renditions and truly brought the animated character to life. Particularly good were Logan Denninghoff as Gaston and Michael Haller as Lumiere, both were able to bring personality to a two dimensional character, both of whom could easily become overly camp renditions. Their crisp portrayals overshadowed some of the other players when on stage. Andrew Kruep as Le Fou put in a very good effort but since he’s the sidekick of Gaston he’s always (partially intentional) in the shadow.
Belle is played amiably and sung beautifully by Emily Behny, she would have been a standout if not for the fact that she was mostly performing opposite the production’s weakest character, The Beast.  Dane Agostinis’ Beast felt weak and unimposing, the complete opposite to what was expected. Having The Beast’s solo ballad “If I Can’t Love Her” (not in the movie) follow the huge production of ‘Be Our Guest’ left it feeling like an after thought stuck in before the intermission.  While the character is supposed to go through the most change in the story, The Beast wavers between angry bravado and a camp Cowardly Lion, as the second act continues he does find his footing as he falls in love with Belle and the kind hearted Beast seems to be a more comfortable fit for the actor. Being opening night a few bugs are expected but this production seemed to have very few, the only issue seemed to be some ‘muddy’ sound during the bigger numbers when the entire chorus was singing and volumes overlapping each other. Overall Disney’s Beauty And The Beast is a fun, entertaining evening of theatre good for the whole family.  It may be ‘a tale as old as time’ but is only around for a short time in Vancouver, get your tickets and see it before it ends February 12th.

What’s On Weekend – January 26 – 29, 2012

Hard to believe we’re already one month into 2012!

Here’s what’s happening!

Ongoing:
– held over until Jan 28th at The Cultch, Blackbird Theatre are presenting Waiting For Godot
– ongoing at Vancouver Art Gallery until until Jan 29th, “Shore, Forest & Beyond: art from the Audain Collection”, one of the most important private holdings of BC artists
– see the bright lights at MOV: Museum of Vancouver with their ongoing exhibit Neon Vancouver/Ugly Vancouver
Vancouver Playhouse’s production of the Tony Award winning play Red runs until February 4th.
– Canadian, First Nations & international arts and music performances fill the city as PuSh Festival takes over until Feb 4th
– The Arts Club Theatre & PuSh Festival present Do You Want What I Have Got? A Craigslist Cantana runs until Feb 11th

Thursday Jan 26th
– opening tonight and running until Feb 26th, The Arts Club presents an adaptation of the film Calendar Girls.
– the Rickshaw Theatre has alt-rockers Concrete Blonde on their stage.
– Electric Owl hosts Brit band Fujiya & Miyagi
– for some evening entertainment, see the male dancers get their “Junk” out at Oasis Ultra Lounge

Friday Jan 27th
– Boulevard Casino welcomes Canadian Celtic sensations The Rankin Family
– SWAK Presents brings Humans to The Biltmore Cabaret
– start your evening with some entertainment from the great Joan-E and Raye Sunshine at SnapDRAGon at Oasis Ultra Lounge on Davie.
– stay later or return to Oasis for the new Gay’er Friday with DJ Jeffery Michael

Saturday Jan 28th
– the brilliant punk duo The Pack A.D. are at the Rickshaw Theatre

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