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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What’s On Weekend – January 19 – 22, 2012

What is up this weekend?

Ongoing:
– ongoing until Jan 21st at The Cultch, Blackbird Theatre are presenting Waiting For Godot
– ongoing at Vancouver Art Gallery until Jan 22nd is “Distance Between You & Me” works from 3 contemporary artists from Vancouver, LA and Guadalajara. Plus 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

Thursday Jan 19th
– opening tonight as part of PuSh Festival Do You Want What I Have Got? A Craigslist Cantana runs until Feb 11th
City & Colour opens the first of two nights at the Queen Elizabeth Theatre
– LA soul outfit Fitz & the Tantrums rock the Commodore Ballroom
– get a little naughty (or at least learn how to be) at the Taboo, Naughty…but Nice Show on at the Vancouver Convention Centre from tonight until Jan 22nd
– for some evening entertainment, see the male dancers get their “Junk” out at Oasis Ultra Lounge

Friday Jan 20th:

– Disney pop group Allstar Weekend brings their teen pop to the Vogue Theatre
– Comedian Bob Saget brings his blue humour to River Rock Show Theatre
– 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
Five-Sixty plays host to the Taboo After Party “A Lingerie Affair”

Saturday Jan 21th:

– legend Tony Bennett swings into the River Rock Show Theatre
– the Biltmore Cabaret presents Hard Drugs, Weather Pines & Johny Wakeham

What’s on weekend – Jan 5-7, 2012

Happy New Year!
Here we are with the busy Holiday season behind us and already a week into 2012.

Thursday Jan 5th:
– ongoing until Jan 21st at The Cultch, Blackbird Theatre are presenting Waiting For Godot
– MOV: Museum of Vancouver has a Curator’s Talk and Tour of their current exhibit Neon Vancouver/Ugly Vancouver
– for some evening entertainment, see the male dancers get their “Junk” out at Oasis

Friday Jan 6th:
– ongoing at Vancouver Art Gallery until Jan 22nd is “Distance Between You & Me” works from 3 contemporary artists from Vancouver, LA and Guadalajara. Plus until Jan 29th, “Shore, Forest & Beyond: art from the Audain Collection”, one of the most important private holdings of BC artists
– Biltmore Cabaret & Beat Route Magazine present an evening of music from Dead Voices, Hard Feelings and The Radii at The Biltmore.

Saturday Jan 7th:
– comedian Demetri Martin brings the laughs to The Centre in Vancouver for Performing Arts
– The Vogue Theatre stage welcomes The Jim Cuddy Band

Blood Brothers – Arts Club Theatre

Now playing at The Arts Club Theatre Company’s Granville Island Stage, Blood Brothers is a tale of nature vs nurture told in a musical retelling of the Alexandre Dumas tale, The Corsican Brothers.  Set initially in the working class industrial slums of 1960’s Liverpool the first act centers around single-mother of 7, Mrs Johnstone who, barely able to feed her family, works as a cleaner for the wealthy but childless, Mr & Mrs Lyons.  Finding out she is pregnant with twins, she is distraught at the prospect of two more mouths to feed, so reluctantly she agrees to secretly give one twin away to Mrs Lyons. This begins the diverse upbringing of the two boys, one in poverty, the other in privilege. However, different their circumstances they still manage to find each other and become “blood brothers” and best friends. Their live intertwine for the next 20 years until they meet a tragic and fateful demise brought about by their mothers; one in an attempt to separate them and the other to bond them.
The Willy Russell musical was first brought to the stage in London in 1983 when the poverty of 60’s and recession of the 80’s, as represented in the play, were still fresh in people’s memories. This production’s stage design well represent these eras and the cast do a valiant job of keeping their accents authentic to the region and class. Leads Terra C. MacLeod as Mrs Johnstone and John Mann (Spirit of the West) as Narrator provide  anchors to the production, each contributing strong vocals and presence when onstage, which is most of the time.  Adam Charles and Shane Snow play separated twins Eddie Lyons and Mickey Johnstone both doing capable jobs as they age from 7 to 20.  With the entire cast made up of just 12 players they almost all do double duty playing multiple parts of the ensemble.  While the staging and eras are no longer up to date the story is timeless and told in a timeless manner and provides an enjoyable evening out.

Blood Brothers runs until December 31, 2011 at The Arts Club Theatre Company’s Granville Island Stage. Tickets can be purchased online or by phone 604.687.1644

Falling In Time – Theatre Review

Falling In Time – Performance Works Theatre

Set in Vancouver in 1994 and Korea during the Korean War years, Falling In Time tells the tale of how the war directly affected those involved in the conflict and the generations to follow.
Four actors portray an array of a diverse characters; Nelson Wong playing a young Korean immigrant as well as his predecessor, Allan Morgan playing both the young and old verision of a Korean veteran.  Manami Hara and Kevin Kraussler fill out the cast, each playing numerous characters.  Kraussler plays a pivotal role as an English teacher for Wong’s character.
The play is sentimenal, emotional and bold, it definitely doesn’t hold back on raw, gritty adult language, sexual situations and male nudity so it is not recommended for those with delicate dispositions or sensitive ears. Some of the language is charged with racial and homophobic slurs that may offend some but does need to be taken in context as it helps explain the characters psyche and stresses the generation gaps. 
Falling In Time does a good job of being thought provoking and emotional, although obvious, writer G.E. Gatchalian never clearly explains how the charcters lives are intertwined leaving it to the audience to interpret and assume. 
Leaving the theatre wanting to learn more about the Korean conflict is a good sign the play gained the interest and intrigue of the audience. 
Playing at Performance Works on Granville Island, the Screaming Weenie production of Falling In Time runs until November 12th. For tickets and information visit the website.

What’s on Weekend – Oct 20-22, 2011

Another week, another fun-filled weekend of festivities

Thursday Oct 20
– enter a world of words, take part in one of the many readings, talks, interviews with 100 of the worlds top authors at the Vancouver International Writer’s Festival on until Sunday.
The penelopiad– Canadian writer Margaret Atwood’s The Penelopiad opens at the Arts Club Theatre Company’s Stanley Industrial Alliance Stage, until November 20.
– Seattle indie-rockers The Head and The Heart take on the Commodore Ballroom
– Vancouver’s Wild Weekend begins, offering over a dozen events for bears, otters, wolves and friends to help Camp Moomba, which sends children affected by HIV/AIDS to camp.
– as usual, it’s Thursday and therefore We Like Boys must be the night at The Helm

Friday Oct 21
– Canadian country singer-songwriter George Canyon is at Red Robinson Theatre

Death Cab For Cutie

– alt-rockers Death Cab For Cutie crosses the border for a show at Rogers Arena
– playing the first of two nights at Commodore Ballroom is Big Sugar
– country-pop star Shelby Lynne is at the Rio Theatre
– Five-Sixty has the opening party to Wild Weekend with Bearracuda

Saturday Oct 22
– Sam Roberts Band hits the Island at the Royal Theatre in Victoria
– legendary Lindsey Buckingham performs at The Centre for Performing Arts.
– as part of Wild Weekend, TFD & Celebrities Nightclub present Cub-a-licious with DJ Marcus Purnell
– Five-Sixty rings in Saturday night with another edition of Slut Puppy with guest DJ Marc Tattoo
– running just 8 night, you’d better hurry to catch Vancouver Opera’s production of West Side Story at the Queen Elizabeth Theatre

 

 

Aeriosa Dance Company

AeriosaHelping to celebrate the Scotiabank Dance Centre’s tenth anniversary, the Aeriosa Dance Company performs a visually stunning piece on the exterior of the seven story building.
Nightly from September 15-17 at 8:30pm grab a spot on the sidewalk and watch as the troupe combines the athleticism of rappelling and rock climbing and the grace and beauty of dance.  Swinging high above the audience, duos, trios and the entire troupe fly through the air like super heroes of dance.
AeriosaIn addition to Aeriosa’s performance, free events will take place at the Centre throughout the weekend, September 17th and 18th.  Participating artists and companies include: Ballet BC, Barbara Bourget, DancAeriosae 4U (salsa), Kinesis Dance, Mandala Arts and Culture, Raven Spirit Dance and Shiamak’s Bollywood Jazz. Visit the Dance Centre’s website for a full list of events.