What’s On Weekend – May 24 – 26, 2012

Ongoing Activities:
– 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
– The Vancouver Art Gallery indoors prepares for it’s next exhibits while Beat Nation showcases the Art, Hip Hop and Aboriginal Culture, and the Gallery’s exhibition Emily Carr and the Theatre of Transcendence continues all summer as does their ‘Next Series of New Artists from the Pacific Rim‘ – Fifth Night by Yang Fudong, a multi-channel video installation.  Again, Again, Again is a exhibit of artists using repetitive or serial images taken from the Gallery’s permanent collections.
– still running at the Giggle Dam Theatre, dinner/comedy/musical theatre, keeps them laughing with Under The DAM Big Top…Cirque Du So Lame
– see the bright lights at MOV: Museum of Vancouver with their ongoing exhibit Neon Vancouver/Ugly Vancouver & step back to examine the Art Deco Chic – glamour between the wars
– Pacific Theatre has the ongoing production of 100 Saints You Should Know until May 26th.
– at Arts Club Theatre Company’s Henry & Alice : Into the Wild is at Granville Island Stage until May 25th and at the Stanley Industrial Alliance Stage the swelegant, elegant High Society , is on until June 24th.

Thursday May 24th:
– at Biltmore Cabaret White Lung celebrate their LP release with performances by B-Lines, Systematick and Men At Adventure
– French DJ Medeon spins away the night at Caprice Nightclub
– another Thursday another night of dancers getting their JUNK out at Oasis On Davie
– it’s Dirty Thursday at Junction Pub

Friday May 25th
The Fugitives and Dan Bern co-headline the night at The Waldorf Hotel
Socielle at Ginger 62 features DJ Ron Carroll this week.
– buzz band Bon Iver kicks off the outdoor concert season at Deer Lake Park in Burnaby
Australia’s Thunder From Down Under storm the stage at Red Robinson Theatre in Boulevard Casino
– the Rio Theatre features a multiplex of laughter as Patrick Maliha presents Legion of Stand-Up Comedians
– DJ/Producer Wolfgang Gartner is at Stereotype Saturday at Celebrities

Saturday May 26th
– The Wet Spots East Side Spectacular is an adult variety show at the Rio Theatre, featuring music, comedy, film and burlesque.
Spiritulized bring their British ‘space-rock/dream-pop’ to the Rickshaw Theatre
– relive a little retro-rock with Creadance Clearwater Revisited at Red Robinson Theatre
– the first concert in the new BC Place is Roger Waters: The Wall Live

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What’s On Weekend – May 17 – 20, 2012

Ongoing Activities:
– 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
– The Vancouver Art Gallery indoors prepares for it’s next exhibits while Beat Nation showcases the Art, Hip Hop and Aboriginal Culture, and the Gallery’s exhibition Emily Carr and the Theatre of Transcendence continues all summer as does their ‘Next Series of New Artists from the Pacific Rim‘ – Fifth Night by Yang Fudong, a multi-channel video installation.  Again, Again, Again is a exhibit of artists using repetitive or serial images taken from the Gallery’s permanent collections.
– still running at the Giggle Dam Theatre, dinner/comedy/musical theatre, keeps them laughing with Under The DAM Big Top…Cirque Du So Lame
– 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 or step back to examine the Art Deco Chic – glamour between the wars
– Pacific Theatre has the ongoing production of 100 Saints You Should Know until May 26th.
– at Arts Club Theatre Company’s Henry & Alice : Into the Wild is at Granville Island Stage until May 25th and at the Stanley Industrial Alliance Stage the swelegant, elegant High Society , is on until June 24th.

Thursday May 17th:
White Hills plus guests are at Biltmore Cabaret
– another Thursday another night of dancers getting their JUNK out at Oasis On Davie
– it’s Dirty Thursday at Junction Pub

Friday May 18th:
George Thorogood & The Destroyers bring their rock and blues to River Rock Show Theatre
Fred J Eaglesmith performs at St James Hall on West 10th.
#FFWDWKND at L.E.D. Bar takes off with DJ’s Timeline, Marino and Marcello
Cirque Fridays get the dance on at Five-Sixty
Gay Fridays with DJ Jeffery Micheal is on at Oasis on Davie

Saturday May 19th:
– it’s a Cascadia Cup rivalry match as Seattle Sounders journey up the I-5 to take on Whitecaps FC at BC Place
George Thorogood & The Destroyers rock a second night, this time at Boulevard Casino’s Red Robinson Theatre
Sweetheart,Sharks! On Fire! Everyone Everywhere,Bridges Out and Friends of 7 all put on an All-Ages show at Tom Lee Music
Max Grahman spins at Stereotype at Celebrities
– It’s Afrojack night as he takes over The Vogue Theatre first before moving over to Celebrities for a second later show.
– Grammy Award winner Peter Rauhofer brings the ‘Glitter’ out at Five-Sixty

Sunday May 20th:
– Sweden’s Rebecca + Fiona bring the long weekend fun to Venue
– get out the leather and fetish gear as Xtra! presents: Hard at Five-Sixty

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Rock Of Ages – Broadway Across Canada


Last night the audience at The Centre in Vancouver for Performing Arts experienced some time travel as they were transported back to a time when hair was huge, pants were skin tight, shoulder pads were wide and the music was glam! The late 1980’s is the era and LA’s famous Sunset Strip is the setting for Rock Of Ages, a classic boy meets girl, boy loses girl, boy finds girl story.  The tale evolves to the power rock classics of the late 80’s like, Poison, Twisted Sister, Starship, Pat Benatar, Europe and Journey.
As narrated (with tongue planted firmly in cheek) by Lonny (Justin Colombo), the story centers on Drew (Dominique Scott) a bar-back at “The Bourbon Room” who helps fresh-of-the-bus, wannabe actress Sherrie (Shannon Mullen) get a job. Then throw in an aging, druggie bar owner, a soon to be washed up and often shirt-less rock-god, alongside an antagonistic German developer, a Berkley hippie, an assortment of scantily clad waitresses and strippers and the requisite bawdy big voiced diva to complete the paint-by-numbers characters.  While the simple book by Chris D’Arienzo, will never be compared to Shakespeare it’s told with camp conviction, the limited dialogue serving as a bridge between the vast array of retro-tastic power ballads.  The kids of the 80’s in the audience ate up the healthy doses of sugary sweetness. The second act ups the camp factor even more as the pieces of the story are put together according to Lonny’s “Musicals for Dummies” handbook. With narrator Lonny continually breaking the fourth wall to speak directly to the audience, it allowed the crowd to feel part of the show and therefore treated it more like a rock concert versus a theatrical performance, cheering and shouting back to the performers. Foregoing a traditional orchestra in the pit, Rock Of Ages incorporates the band into the show by having the Bourbon Room’s house band, Arsenal, playing the musicals orchestrations.
While the far from traditional musical won’t be for everyone but for those who grew up with the music and era, it’s a nostalgic trip down memory lane. Judging by the groups of 80’s kids, especially ladies, around us having a great time, singing along, cheering and dancing in their seats, Rock Of Ages is highly recommended for a fun night out.

Broadway Across Canada’s Rock Of Ages plays at The Centre In Vancouver For Performing Arts until Sunday May 13th, visit Ticketmaster for ticket availability.

What’s On Weekend – May 10 – 13, 2012

Ongoing Activities:
– 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
– The Vancouver Art Gallery indoors prepares for it’s next exhibits while Beat Nation showcases the Art, Hip Hop and Aboriginal Culture, and the Gallery’s exhibition Emily Carr and the Theatre of Transcendence continues all summer
– still running at the Giggle Dam Theatre, dinner/comedy/musical theatre, keeps them laughing with Under The DAM Big Top…Cirque Du So Lame
– 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 or step back to examine the Art Deco Chic – glamour between the wars
– Pacific Theatre has the ongoing production of 100 Saints You Should Know until May 26th.
– at Arts Club Theatre Company’s Henry & Alice : Into the Wild is at Granville Island Stage until May 25th
Thursday May 10th
– Arts Club Theatre Company debuts the swelegant, elegant High Society , on until June 24th.
– Broadway Across Canada brings the touring company of Rock Of Ages to the Queen Elizabeth Theatre until Sunday.
– over 100 films are presented during the DOXA Film Festival at venues throughout the city before it ends on May 13th
– another Thursday another night of dancers getting their JUNK out at Oasis On Davie
– it’s Dirty Thursday at Junction Pub

Friday May 11th
– Legendary BB King is on stage at The Boulevard Casino’s Red Robinson Show Theatre in Coquitlam
Great Lake Swimmers are at Commodore Ballroom with guests Cold Speck
East Van Soul Club is happening at Biltmore Cabaret
– ginger 62?s Friday brings Socielle Local Love to the room
Cirque Fridays get the dance on at Five-Sixty
Gay Fridays with DJ Jeffery Micheal is on at Oasis on Davie

Saturday May 12th
– The Vancouver Art Gallery launches a new exhibit in their ‘Next Series of New Artists from the Pacific Rim‘ – Fifth Night by Yang Fudong, a multi-channel video installation.  Again, Again, Again is a exhibit of artists using repetitive or serial images taken from the Gallery’s permanent collections.
– warm up your lungs and come along and Sing-Along to Sound Of Music at River Rock Show Theatre
– Ten dance teams compete to be the Best In The West in Bhangra Idol at Red Robinson Show Theatre
– Say farewell to SPIT:Vancouver at PONI at Five-Sixty

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What’s On Weekend – April 19-21, 2012

Already into the second half of April…where’s the time go?!

Ongoing Activities:
– 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 or step back to examine the Art Deco Chic – glamour between the wars
– at Arts Club Theatre Company’s Stanley Industrial Alliance Stage find out The Importance Of Being Earnest until April 15th and based on the novel by Michael Ignatieff, Scar Tissue runs until April 28th
– the Giggle Dam Theatre, dinner/comedy/musical theatre, bring the laughs Under The DAM Big Top…Cirque Du So Lame until June 16th.
– The Vancouver Cherry Blossom Festival blossoms with events throughout the city until April 28th

Thurs April 19th
– it’s opening night of Henry & Alice : Into the Wild at Arts Club Theatre’s Granville Island Stage.
Projecting Change Film Festival runs through the weekend until April 22nd
– making their come back after a hiatus, Our Lady Peace play the Commodore Ballroom with guests The Pack A.D.
– legendary Skatalites play Venue
– at The Waldorf The Gay Ninties hold their record release party presented by Sealed With A Kiss Presents & First Love Records
– DJ Micheal Venus is spinning at Narrow Lounge

Fri April 20th
– the sensational Coldplay play the first of two nights at Rogers Arena
– get your dance on at Ginger 62 for Hed Kandi with Andy Norman @ Socielle
– Blueprint Events presents iconic DJ Paul van Dyk spinning the turntables at Commodore Ballroom

Sat April 21st
– everybody’s working for the weekend as Loverboy takes the Commodore Ballroom stage
– it’s night two for Coldplay at Rogers Arena
– Olympic famed poet Shane Koyczan brings the spoken word to The Vogue Theatre
– Tuareg guitarist and singer/songwriter Bombino brings his worldly sounds to Fortune Sound Club
– PONI presents DJ/Producer Chris Cox at Five-Sixty

CATS – Broadway Across Canada


Broadway Across Canada’s production of CATS is now playing at Vancouver’s Queen Elizabeth Theatre until Sunday April 15th.
Based on the T.S. Eliot book of poems “Old Possum’s Book Of Practical Cats”, the Olivier and Tony Award winning musical tells the story of the Jellicle tribe of Cats (song: Jellicle Songs for Jellicle Cats) as they gather under a full moon for the Jellicle Ball. Through the course of the musical we are introduced to the various Cats of the tribe and learn the individual personalities of each one. From The Old Gumbie Cat, Jennyanydots, a slightly portly tabby to a rather camp but fickle The Rum Tum Tugger, to the formerly glamourous but now shabby grey cat Grizzabella: The Glamour Cat who arrives and relives the glory days that live only in her Memory. The elder statesman of the tribe Old Deuteronomy holds court as we are introduces to other cats like Skimbleshanks: the Railway Cat and the famous and Magical Mr. Mistoffelees or the master criminal Macavity: The Mystery Cat throughout the two acts. Being an all singing and all dancing musical, with no real spoken story, the cats (and the performers therein) do a masterful job of weaving a tale out of a book of poems set to the music of Andrew Lloyd Webber.
Being one of the longest running musicals on Broadway and The West End, many of the songs in CATS have become very familiar in popular culture even to those who’ve not seen the performance, especially Memory which has been recorded by over 100 artists. Debuting in 1981, some of the instrumentations reflect the era in style and sound as do some of the costume components, especially the leg warmers.
Overall, the music, the dancing, the costumes and set make for a pleasant family friendly evening. This touring company is in Vancouver only until April 15, tickets are still available.

What’s On Weekend – April 12 – 14, 2012

The sun is starting to shine, events are starting to bloom

Ongoing Activities:
– 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 or step back to examine the Art Deco Chic – glamour between the wars
– at Arts Club Theatre Company’s Stanley Industrial Alliance Stage find out The Importance Of Being Earnest until April 15th and based on the novel by Michael Ignatieff, Scar Tissue runs until April 28th
– the Giggle Dam Theatre, dinner/comedy/musical theatre, bring the laughs Under The DAM Big Top…Cirque Du So Lame until June 16th.
– The Vancouver Cherry Blossom Festival blossoms with events throughout the city until April 28th

Thursday Apr 12th
– Broadway Across Canada’s CATS continues its limited engagement through Sunday

Friday Apr 13th
– if you’re luck enough to have tickets, it’s Game 2 of Stanley Cup Playoffs Round 1 as the Vancouver Canucks host LA Kings
– it’s not bad luck at the Rickshaw Theatre when local legends The Odds with Grapes Of Wrath perform with quests The Salteens
East Van Soul Club is on at the Biltmore Cabaret

Saturday Apr 14th
– Wearable art, music, performances are the name of the game as Wiggle 2012 takes over Fortune Sound Lounge (early show 7pm door)
– feeling a little bit country, head to Pacific Coliseum for Johnny Reid
– another country great, Travis Tritt, is onstage at Boulevard Casino’s Red Robinson Theatre
– downtown Joel Plaskett Emergency is playing the Vogue Theatre

Sunday Apr 15th
– if you’re registered you’ll be up early and ready to run in the 2012 Vancouver Sun Run, if not get out and cheer on the runners in North America’s largest 10k fun run!

 

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