Picks of the Week – May 15, 2019

It’s that time again, the unofficial kick off to Summer; Victoria Day, May Long, May Two-Four, whatever you might call this long weekend there’s no doubt you’ll find something entertaining to pick from…

Dance: The Scotiabank Dance Centre’s popular Discover Dance! series brings its season to a close with a performance of African dance by Jacky Essombe to the Centre on May 16th, for two shows, at noon + 6pm

Arts Umbrella Expressions Festival – Animal Farm

Festival: The Arts Umbrella brings a variety of performances to the stage with its Theatre & Music Department’s 2019 Expressions Theatre Festival, May 17 – 25 at Waterfront Theatre

Ballers:The Great Leap explores a 1989 exhibition basketball game in Beijing at The Arts Club BMO Theatre Centre until May 19th.

Balls: See if Whitecaps FC can notch another win when they play host to Atlanta United FC on Wednesday evening at BC Place

MOA : Shadows Strings & Other Things

Puppets: Museum of Anthropologie’s Shadows, Strings and Other Things features a broad array of puppets, old and new, from 15 countries across Asia, Europe, and the Americas from May 16 to October 14, 2019.

Jericho: Edward Bond’s The Sea, comes ashore at the Jericho Arts Centre, presented by The Slamming Door Artist Collective, from May 2nd to 19th.

Water: Bill Reid Gallery of Northwest Coast Art in downtown Vancouver presents the new exhibit, qa? y?xw – water honours us: Womxn and Waterways until October 2, 2019

Jazz: Vancouver’s Alan Matheson Septet bring their ‘little big band’ sound to the stage at Pyatt Hall on May 18th.

Improv: Vancouver Theatresports slays audiences with laughter at Throne and Games – The Last Laugh featuring some familiar characters along with a myriad of unexpected plot twists as suggested by the audience.

Art: Celebrate the Class of 2019 at The Show at Emily Carr University of Art + Design, the public exhibition of graduating student works until May 19th

Fairytale: May 16 – 26, Presentation House Theatre brings the comedic spin on ‘The Princess and the Pea” Once Upon A Mattress to the stage

Picks of the Week – April 24, 2019

Can you believe it’s already the last weekend of April?! All this fun packed into the picks of the week makes time fly!

Dead Peoples Things : Eileen Barrett (left) and Meaghan Chenosky (right) photo: Tina Krueger Kulic

Things: Until May 5th at Studio 17, Zee Zee Theatre presents Dead People’s Things a poignant, darkly comic tale based on true events is a reflection on the stories behind the things we collect as we go through life.

Out: Until May 4th, at The Arts Club Granville Island Stage, Bed & Breakfast is a comedy about “being out,” skeletons in the closet, and finding a place to call home.

Choir: Museum of Vancouver (MOV) presents the Happy Hour Choir Series with West End Chamber Choir and Rhythm ‘n’ Roots on Thursday April 25th.

Blossoms:  As the petals drop it’s the last week to celebrate the Vancouver Cherry Blossom Festival before it comes to a close April 28th.

Photography: Look around and you’re sure to see an example of the lens based art that the Annual Capture Photography Festival brings all corners of the city throughout April.

Water: Bill Reid Gallery of Northwest Coast Art in downtown Vancouver presents the new exhibit, qa? y?xw – water honours us: Womxn and Waterways until October 2, 2019

Fundraising: This Friday, Kickstart Disability Arts and Culture Celebrates its 21st Anniversary with a special fundraising evening featuring Gaelynn Lea in concert

VTS: Throne and Games – The Last Laugh

Improv: Starting April 26th VTS , Throne and Games – The Last Laugh will feature some familiar characters along with a myriad of unexpected plot twists as suggested by the audience.

Blues: Experience East Coast Canadian Blues as Guitarist Matt Andersen and The Mellotones take to the stage at Chan Centre for Performing Arts at UBC on Thursday evening

Jack & the Magic Bean
pic: Emiliano Leyva

Marionetas: North Vancouver’s Presentation House Theatre and Mexico’s Marionetas de la Esquina present Jack and the Magic Bean, at Presentation House Theatre from April 11th to 28th

Sweetener: Pop Princess Ariana Grande brings The Sweetener World Tour to Rogers Arena on April 27th

Box: The Vancouver Warriors lacrosse season comes to a close on Friday night when Toronto Rock comes to Rogers Arena

Retro: Platinum Blonde and Chilliwack bring their biggest hits from their heyday to the Molson Canadian Theatre stage at Hard Rock Casino Vancouver on Saturday night.

Anoushka Shankar photo: Anushka Menon

Sitar: Saturday April 27th, The Chan Centre For Performing Arts at UBC welcomes sitar player and daughter of the late Ravi Shankar, Anoushka Shankar performing songs from her new compilation album Reflections

Pitch: Saturday afternoon, Whitecaps FC hope to add another win to the column when they play host to Philadelphia Union at BC Place.

Opera: The Vancouver Opera Festival – Fairytales & Fales opens on April 27th with performances of the mainstage operas Faust and La Cenerentola  (Cinderella) plus many more events until May 5th

Picks Of The Week : April 17, 2019

Get a jump on an Easter holiday weekend full of entertainment picks this week!

Mariza

Folk: Tonight, the Chan Centre for the Performing Arts at UBC presents Portugal’s brightest star, Mariza, the internationally lauded fadista — a performer of Portugal’s traditional soul music, fado.

Kicks: Tonight, Whitecaps FC continue to look for their first win of the season as they host MLS league leaders LAFC at BC Place

Blooming: The city is in bloom as swaths of Cherry Blossoms paint the town pink, celebrate them all during the Vancouver Cherry Blossom Festival until April 28th.

Okanagan: On stage at The Arts Club Stanley Industrial Alliance Stage, until April 21, The Orchard (after Chekhov) is Chekhov’s  The Cherry Orchard, but told through the lens of a Punjabi-Sikh family in the Okanagan Valley. 

Out: Until May 4th, at The Arts Club Granville Island Stage, Bed & Breakfast is a comedy about “being out,” skeletons in the closet, and finding a place to call home.

King Richard and His Women
photo: Daniel Deorksen

Royal: King Richard and His Women are onstage at Seven Tyrants Theatre’s Tyrant Studio upstairs at The Penthouse Cabaret until April 19

Run: Hop to it and head to Jericho Beach Park for the Big Easter Fun Run and Egg Hunt, a 10k, 5k, 3k, 1k run on Saturday Apr 20th

Eggs: From Friday to Sunday bring the whole family to Van Dusen Gardens’ Eggciting Easter Hop. Hunt for eggs, take photos with the Easter Bunny and grab a bite from the food trucks on site to have a picnic on the great lawn

Never The Last – Anton Lipovetsky, Christine Quintana and Molly MacKinnon. Photo/Art by Bold Rezolution Studio.

BioDelinquent Theatre presents the emotional world premiere of Never the Last, as part of the SeeMore Theatre Series at Vancouver Civic Theatre’s Annex until April 20th.

Accessible: Until April 20th, The Cultch Historic Theatre welcomes Realwheels Theatre’s Act of Faith a multi-disciplinary premiere by one of Canada’s foremost playwrights, Janet Munsil

Photography: Look around and you’re sure to see an example of the lens based art that the Annual Capture Photography Festival brings all corners of the city throughout April.

Water: Bill Reid Gallery of Northwest Coast Art in downtown Vancouver presents the new exhibit, qa? y?xw – water honours us: Womxn and Waterways until October 2, 2019

Picks of the Week – April 10, 2019

April showers continue to be upon us but let’s make the most of the bounty of spring entertainment in this week’s picks

Glory pic: Barbara Zimonick

Hockey: At Gateway Theatre, Glory the story of women’s hockey in the 1930’s, continues until April 13.

Blossoms: The city is in bloom as swaths of Cherry Blossoms paint the town pink, celebrate them all during the Vancouver Cherry Blossom Festival until April 28th.

Orchestra: The Vancouver Symphony Orchestra’s Spring Festival brings two performances to the Orpheum this week, Revolutionaries: Stravinsky, Prokofiev & Shostakovich on April 12, and Visions of Joy: Beethoven’s 9th on April 13

Nisei: Continuing until April 13th, The Firehall Arts Centre presents the eye-opening, award-winning play The Tashme Project: The Living Archives which tells of the lives of the Nisei (2nd generation Japanese/Canadians) from being a child of the internment camps to post-war and beyond.

Okanagan: On stage at The Arts Club Stanley Industrial Alliance Stage, until April 21, The Orchard (after Chekhov) is Chekhov’s  The Cherry Orchard, but told through the lens of a Punjabi-Sikh family in the Okanagan Valley. 

Out: Until May 4th, at The Arts Club Granville Island Stage, Bed & Breakfast is a comedy about “being out,” skeletons in the closet, and finding a place to call home.

Accessible: The Cultch Historic Theatre welcomes Realwheels Theatre’s Act of Faith a multi-disciplinary premiere by one of Canada’s foremost playwrights, Janet Munsil April 11 – 20.

Never The Last – Anton Lipovetsky, Christine Quintana and Molly MacKinnon. Photo/Art by Bold Rezolution Studio.

Bio: Delinquent Theatre presents the emotional world premiere of Never the Last, as part of the SeeMore Theatre Series at Vancouver Civic Theatre’s Annex until April 20th.

Handel: To end the Pacific Baroque Orchestra’s season, Early Music Vancouver presents Handel’s regal compositions, Coronation Anthems, and Ode for the Birthday of Queen Anne in a performance Sunday April 14th at the Chan Centre

Water: Bill Reid Gallery of Northwest Coast Art in downtown Vancouver presents the new exhibit, qa? y?xw – water honours us: Womxn and Waterways until October 2, 2019

Dance: DanceHouse welcomes the Canadian premiere of MOMIX : Viva MOMIX, on April 12 & 13, at the Vancouver Playhouse. 

Jack & the Magic Bean pic: Emiliano Leyva

Marionetas: North Vancouver’s Presentation House Theatre and Mexico’s Marionetas de la Esquina present Jack and the Magic Bean, at Presentation House Theatre from April 11th to 28th

Gaita: The Chan Centre for the Performing Arts at UCB presents the sounds of the Cristina Pato Quartet on April 11th in the Chan Shun Concert Hall. 

Pop: Friday night, April 12, Michael Buble returns to his hometown stage for a performance at Rogers Arena in support of latest album, Love

Drag: Sunday at The Vogue Theatre, don’t get mad, get everything when the First Wives Fight Club, a musical mash-up of First Wives Club & Fight Club brings RuPaul’s Drag Race superstars; Brook Lynn Hytes, Raja, Ginger Minj and Peaches Christ

Picks of the Week : April 3, 2019

No fooling, we’re already at the start of April, and of course some April showers, but not enough to dampen the entertainment found in this week’s picks.

Glory
pic: Barbara Zimonick

Hockey: Gateway Theatre finds Glory in the story of women’s hockey in the 1930’s, running April 4 – 13.

Blossoms: The city is in bloom as swaths of Cherry Blossoms paint the town pink, celebrate them all during the Vancouver Cherry Blossom Festival April 4th – 28th.

Nisei: Until April 13th, The Firehall Arts Centre presents the eye-opening, award-winning play The Tashme Project: The Living Archives which
tells of the lives of the Nisei (2nd generation Japanese/Canadians) from being a child of the internment camps to post-war and beyond.

Sons of Sissy

Pop: Grammy award winning PINK! brings her powerful pop and the Beautiful Trauma World Tour, with guest Julia Michaels, to Rogers Arena for two shows, Friday and Saturday nights

Dance: The Dance Centre brings Austrian choreographer Simon Mayer’s Sons of Sissy, to the stage as part of the Global Dance Connections series, April 4th to 8th

Orchestra: The Vancouver Symphony Orchestra’s Spring Festival brings two performances to the Orpheum this week, Libration: A Midsummer Night’s Dream on April 5, and From Russia With Jazz on April 6.

Comedy: Funnyman Gerry Dee brings laughter to a pair of shows, April 5 at Bell Centre For Performing Arts in Surrey and April 6 at The Centre in Vancouver

Whitecaps

Kicks: Still looking for their first win of the season, Whitecaps FC host LA Galaxy on Friday night at BC Place

Rock: Sunday night, Rogers Arena welcomes a pair of legendary acts to the stage as Weezer and Pixies share the bill.

Okanagan: On stage at The Arts Club Stanley Industrial Alliance Stage, until April 21, The Orchard (after Chekhov) is Chekhov’s  The Cherry Orchard, but told through the lens of a Punjabi-Sikh family in the Okanagan Valley. 

LateNight: Stay up later for some adults-only improv laughs at Vancouver TheatreSports presents The Late Show, Saturday nights at 11:15pm

Picks of the Week – March 27, 2019

March comes to a close with plenty of entertainment in the picks of the week to keep Spring in your steps

Buns: Vancouver Foodster takes it to the East Village with a new taste tour, Between The Buns Crawl celebrating what the neighbourhood’s bakeries and eateries can get between a bun.

Blossom: What’s spring without flowers, Metropolis at Metrotown’s Grand Court is the site of Blossom at Metropolis, an awe-inspiring, one-of-a-kind art installation made up of more than 250,000 cherry blossoms, until March 31

photo: Clark Smith

Joni: Tonight is your opportunity to listen to Merideth Kaye Clark perform Joni Mitchell’s iconic album BLUE performed live by in the Studio Theatre at Surrey Arts Centre.

Dance: The Vancouver International Dance Festival keep the city moving as it brings world of dance to stages around town until March 30th.

Soldier: At the Arts Club Goldcorp Stage at BMO Theatre Centre, Hardline Productions’ Redpatch tells the story of indigenous soldiers in WWI, on stag March 7 – 31.

Art: Spring Break Family Fuse Week at Vancouver Art Gallery welcomes families to explore the Gallery and get hands on with workshops, talks, tours and more

Hot: The bold, brash and beautifully entertaining troupe of Hot Honey Brown returns to The Cultch to turn up the heat, deliver lashings of sass and a hot pinch of empowerment, from March 15 – 30.

Multiple Organism / Jessica Gabriel Pic: Chloe Ziner

Puppet: The Cultch brings Mind of a Snail Puppet Co.’s Multiple Organism to the Vancity Culture Lab March 19-30, with nudity, projections, puppetry original music, and more to this eclectic work

Ice: Vancouver Canucks have a pair of games, versus LA Kings on Thursday and Dallas Stars on Saturday

Pop: Canadian group Marianas Trench bring their Suspending Gravity Tour to the Orpheum Stage, supported by pop duo Elijah Woods x Jamie Fine, on Friday night

Picks of the Week – March 20, 2019

Finally, Spring has arrived, with record breaking temperatures this week to wake us from our Winter slumber and get out and enjoy these picks of the week.

Conduct: The Gateway Theatre spring production, Gross Misconduct, tackles the topics related to the #MeToo and #TimesUp movements, running until March 23rd.

Blooms: What’s spring without flowers, Metropolis at Metrotown’s Grand Court is the site of Blossom at Metropolis, an awe-inspiring, one-of-a-kind art installation made up of more than 250,000 cherry blossoms, until March 31

Diva: If you missed it last night at the Chan Centre but you’re in Victoria tonight, catch Piaf! The Show, a musical celebration of the life and music of the legendary French chanteuse, Edith Piaf as performed by Anne Carrere at The Royal Theatre

Mclaren Senna

Cars: Does spring make you want to drop the top on a convertible and get out on the road in a new car? Find out what’s new on four wheels at the Vancouver International Auto Show, on until Sunday at the Vancouver Convention Centre

Dance: The Vancouver International Dance Festival keep the city moving as it brings world of dance to stages around town until March 30th.

Soldier: At the Arts Club Goldcorp Stage at BMO Theatre Centre, Hardline Productions’ Redpatch tells the story of indigenous soldiers in WWI, on stag March 7 – 31.

Composer: The 2019 Sonic Boom Festival brings four days of new music created by BC’s finest composers, performed by some of the province’s most talented musicians at Pyatt Hall and Orpheum Annex March 21 – 24

Musical: Until Saturday, you can stumble outta bed and head to The Blueshore at CapU to catch 9 to 5: the Musical, Dolly Parton’s musical adaptation of the 80s film.

Hot Brown Honey photo: Chrissie Hall

Hot: The bold, brash and beautifully entertaining troupe of Hot Honey Brown returns to The Cultch to turn up the heat, deliver lashings of sass and a hot pinch of empowerment, from March 15 – 30.

Francophone: Festival du Bois celebrates its 30th year of bringing francophone and French Canadian music and culture to BC audiences. Running from March 22-24, open to all ages at Mackin Park, Maillardville, Coquitlam

Puppet: The Cultch brings Mind of a Snail Puppet Co.’s Multiple Organism to the Vancity Culture Lab March 19-30, with nudity, projections, puppetry original music, and more to this eclectic work

Pucks: As the end of the season draws near, Vancouver Canucks play host to Ottawa tonight and Calgary on Saturday at Rogers Arena