What’s On Wednesday – August 9 – 11, 2012

Ongoing Activities:
– visit Vanier Park for Bard On The Beach now presenting Taming Of The Shrew, Macbeth, Merry Wives of Windsor and King John.
– head outside every Friday, Saturday and Sunday night this summer visit one of the three night markets in Richmond and Vancouver. Summer Night Market runs until September 16th on Vulcan Way, Richmond Night Market has a new home near Bridgeport Station at River Rock Resort and Chinatown Night Market is at home in downtown Vancouver.
– spend your summer days at one of Vancouver’s great Farmer’s Markets; Main Street on Wednesdays, West End and Trout Lake Markets on Saturdays with Kitsilano Market on Sundays
– 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 welcomes it’s summer exhibit, Collecting Matise and Modern Masters: The Cone Sisters of Baltimore, highlighting one of the foremost private collections of early European Modernism.  Meanwhile 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, Spiritlands: t/here: Marian Penner Bancroft Selected Photo Works 1975-2000, a photo exhibit by the Vancouver photographer.  Through A Glass, Darkly offers diverse perspectives on perception with specific reference to memory and loss.
– see the bright lights at MOV: Museum of Vancouver with the last week of the exhibit Neon Vancouver/Ugly Vancouver & step back to examine the Art Deco Chic – glamour between the wars or just take a look back to summer 2011 to Reading The Riot Boards, a display of 15 of the post-Stanley Cup Final riot messages written on the boards covering broken windows downtown.
The Alter Boyz, ‘raise the praise’ at the Arts Club Theatre’s Revue Stage until September 1st and Buddy:The Buddy Holly Story is rocking and rolling the Stanley Industrial Alliance Stage until August 26th
– dinner and laughter, go together perfectly at The Giggle Dam Theatre with Cabin Fever at Lake Beaver now playing

Thursday Aug 9th
Dead Can Dance are at the Orpheum Theatre
– The ‘ska-mazing’ English Beat are at Rickshaw Theatre with Los Furios
The Rocking River Music Fest starts 3 days of music for country fans featuring headliners like; Aaron Pritchett, Dwight Yoakam, Randy Bachman, Blue Rodeo and George Canyon
– the final weekend of Harmony Arts Festival in West Vancouver brings arts, crafts and music to the North Shore
– pop over to Biltmore Cabaret for Ping Pong Club Night
Chocolate Milk! Vancouver’s classic house and dance night is Thursday nights at Shine
– Thursday nights at Oasis On Davie means 90?s tunes and sexy shadow dancers for Escapade
– it’s Dirty Thursday at Junction Pub

Friday Aug 10th
– the legendary Bonnie Raitt is on the Queen Elizabeth Theatre stage
Whoopi Goldberg brings the laughter to River Rock Show Theatre
– it’s friday Socielle at Ginger 62 with Pleasurekraft and Tyler Johnson
– the fabulouse Symone glams up Oasis on Davie for some drag, dinner and Dressing On The Side followed this week by DJ Adam Dreaddy’s Fag.Friday
The hilarious Ryan & Amy how laughs it up at Five-Sixty for two nights benefiting Canadian Cancer Society
– this weeks Stereotypes at Celebrities it’s Funkagenda
East Van Social Club is at Biltmore Cabaret

Saturday Aug 11th
Burnaby Blues and Roots Fest at Deer Lake Park is a full day of music with Indigo Girls, Jimmie Vaughn and Meshell Ndegeocello
– the Lululemon SeaWheeze Marathon is a new race around the Vancouver Seawall wrapping up with a free concert with Hey Ocean! at Jack Poole Plaza
Vancouver Canadians start a 5 game home stand against Yakima Bears
– Whoopi Goldberg moves the laughs over to the Red Robinson Theatre in Boulevard Casino

Bloomsbury Bowling Lanes

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Foosball

Stepping down into Bloomsbury Lanes, you can easily forget you’re leaving the streets of central London, but rather a classic North American bowling alley. Picture Donald Draper on a day off, turtleneck and slim trousers accompanied by a poodle skirted honey. Bloomsbury Lanes is a hive of activity, 8 classic (albeit slightly short appearing) bowling lanes, ping pong tables, foosball tables and classic diner tables and food replicate the ‘all-American’ entertainment suitable for the Happy Days set. However, adding in a long bar, built from bowling lane wood, a large dance floor with a small stage and a group of Karaoke rooms ensure that there is fun for everyone

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The evening we visited was “Bands, Burlesque & Beats” night, we’d gone to see our friend’s band, The God Damn Disasters, who’s Rockabilly sounds fit right in with the retro feel of the room. Following the band, The Folly Mixtures, a great troupe of Burlesque performers took to the stage for a thoroughly entertaining set of shows. Our group booked a bowling lane and a karaoke room so we all had something to participate in…along with a few beverages. After hours of fun we we’d all had our fill and a great time at Bloomsbury Lanes
Bloomsbury Lanes is located in the Lower Level, Tavistock Hotel, Bedford Way, London near Russell Square Underground Station. Email info@bloomsburybowling.com for bookings.

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Bowling

 

 

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The God Damn Disasters

 

What’s On Wednesday – July 26 – 28, 2012

Ongoing Activities:
– visit Vanier Park for Bard On The Beach now presenting Taming Of The Shrew, Macbeth, Merry Wives of Windsor and King John.
– head outside every Friday, Saturday and Sunday night this summer visit one of the three night markets in Richmond and Vancouver. Summer Night Market runs until September 16th on Vulcan Way, Richmond Night Market has a new home near Bridgeport Station at River Rock Resort and Chinatown Night Market is at home in downtown Vancouver.
– spend your summer days at one of Vancouver’s great Farmer’s Markets; Main Street on Wednesdays, West End and Trout Lake Markets on Saturdays with Kitsilano Market on Sundays
– 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 welcomes it’s summer exhibit, Collecting Matise and Modern Masters: The Cone Sisters of Baltimore, highlighting one of the foremost private collections of early European Modernism.  Meanwhile 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, Spiritlands: t/here: Marian Penner Bancroft Selected Photo Works 1975-2000, a photo exhibit by the Vancouver photographer.  Through A Glass, Darkly offers diverse perspectives on perception with specific reference to memory and loss.
– 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 or just take a look back to summer 2011 to Reading The Riot Boards, a display of 15 of the post-Stanley Cup Final riot messages written on the boards covering broken windows downtown.
get on your rollerskates for some camp good times at Xanadu at the Arts Club Theatre until August 4th. The Alter Boyz, ‘raise the praise’ at the Revue Stage until September 1st and Buddy:The Buddy Holly Story is rocking and rolling the Stanley Industrial Alliance Stage until August 26th
– dinner and laughter, go together perfectly at The Giggle Dam Theatre with Cabin Fever at Lake Beaver now playing

Thurs July 26th
Vancouver Canadians wrap up a long home stand against Eugene Emeralds
Price is Right Live with Jerry Springer moves on to Coquitlam’s Red Robinson Show Theatre at Boulevard Casino
– Fighting Chances Productions’ RENT is raising money for Friends For Life with tonight’s performance at Waterfront Theatre
Neon Trees are on stage at the Commodore Ballroom
– Steam Whistle Brewing, Georgia Straight & Solidarity Rocks presents the Unsigned Indie Music Series at Biltmore Cabaret
Chocolate Milk! Vancouver’s classic house and dance night is Thursday nights at Shine
– Thursday nights at Oasis On Davie means 90?s tunes and sexy shadow dancers for Escapade
– it’s Dirty Thursday at Junction Pub

Fri July 27th
– at Ginger 62 it’s Friday Socielle
– the fabulouse Symone glams up Oasis on Davie for some drag, dinner and Dressing On The Side followed this week by the return of DJ Adam Dreaddy’s Fag.Friday in it’s new home.
– this weeks Stereotypes at Celebrities has Lazy Rich & Hershee.

Sat July 28thl
– get out an run with Vancouver Frontrunners’ Pride Run & Walk
Collective Soul is playing the River Rock Theatre Show Theatre
Beirut takes to the Orpheum Theatre’s stage
#BeYouSaturday at Celebrities brings out Cedric Gervais
– Junction Pub welcomes Carlotta Gurl for her Absolut’ly Drag-u-lous Saturday night show

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In-Flight Fitness

I’m in the air heading to London today and a 9+ hour flight sitting in the same position can be a cramp and uncomfortable experience. So how does one stay alert and comfortable?
Looking for some simple things to do to keep the circulation flowing and the joints moving, here’s what seems to be the best suggestions to keep you limber from head to toe.

Neck Rolls: slouching into a cramped seats can tighten up the neck and back so neck rolls are a quick and easy way to keep limber. Sit upright in your seat, bend your head forward so your chin hits your chest. Arch your upper back to stretch out the muscles in your upper back, then roll your head clockwise slowly, this stretches the muscles in your neck on the opposite side of the direction you’re rolling. Hold the stretch for five seconds, then reverse the rotation until your chin is back on your chest.

Arm Stretches: stretching may seem like an impossibility in the tight confines of your seat if you have people beside you but it can be done. Extend your arm in front of you, grasp your fingers with the opposite hand and stretch your hand back towards you while keeping your arm outright, you’ll feel it working, hold for at least 10 seconds then switch arms.

Leg Stretches: Tired and cramped legs get a lot of attention with stories of deep vein thrombosis.  Tight seat pitch can make it difficult to stretch the legs but there are some ways to stimulate the leg muscles.  Sitting upright in the seat, grab your leg behind the knee and pull your legs up towards you to help stretch out your lower back and glutes. Then place your hands against the outside of your knees, push your legs outward holding them in with your hands, switch to the inner leg and push your legs together while pushing your legs outward with your hands. This will stimulate the leg adductor and abductor muscles.

Try these simple exercises next time you have a long flight and stay limber and arrive alert.

 

Whitecaps FC bend it with Beckham

Whitecaps FC vs LA Galaxy – BC Place Stadium – July 18, 2012

Before a sell out crowd, under clear blue skies of an open BC Place Stadium Whitecaps FC took on the visiting LA Galaxy.  The status of superstar’s David Beckham, Robbie Keane and Landon Donovan and teammates made sure there was lots of attention on this match. With television and with extra media on hand, the 21,000 fans kept atmosphere in the stadium was alive.  While Beckham was the thing that prompted them to buy the ticket, the fans were there to support the Whitecaps. The extra ticket sales was a great chance to add to the Whitecaps strong fan base as they came and saw some great football on the pitch.
The first half was dominated by the ‘caps as recent signings, as Barry Robson and Dane Richards

Dane Richards sprints across field to challenge Landon Donovan

making their home debut as well new Designated Player was introduced to the hometown crowd. Gershon Koffie scored early to the delight the fans and ramp up the atmosphere even further, then when Robson scored a brilliant header to bring the ‘caps lead to 2 it was deafening.  After the half, the Galaxy came back with new vigor and balanced the play more, hitting the woodwork a few times and testing Joe Cannon’s goalkeeping skills. Much to the delight and disappointment of the fans, Beckham scored a cracking goal in the 81st minute. Everyone was thrilled to witness the famous left foot in action but did not want to see the Whitecaps lead shrink. Then 5 minutes later air went out of the stadium as Jose Villareal brought the Galaxy

Shirtless David Beckham wraps up a good match

level at 2-2.  As much as they fought back, Robson missing the net by inches, hitting the cross bar and forcing the Galaxy’s keeper to make a great save, the home side could not find the winning goal. However, few in the audience felt they didn’t get a full effort from Whitecaps and their moneys worth from a great night of soccer. Plus I’m sure a glimpse or two of a shirtless Beckham in person was worth the price of the ticket for some.

What’s On Wednesday – July 19 – 21, 2012

Ongoing Activities:
– visit Vanier Park for Bard On The Beach now presenting Taming Of The Shrew, Macbeth, Merry Wives of Windsor and King John.
– head outside every Friday, Saturday and Sunday night this summer visit one of the three night markets in Richmond and Vancouver. Summer Night Market runs until September 16th on Vulcan Way, Richmond Night Market has a new home near Bridgeport Station at River Rock Resort and Chinatown Night Market is at home in downtown Vancouver.
– spend your summer days at one of Vancouver’s great Farmer’s Markets; Main Street on Wednesdays, West End and Trout Lake Markets on Saturdays with Kitsilano Market on Sundays
– 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 welcomes it’s summer exhibit, Collecting Matise and Modern Masters: The Cone Sisters of Baltimore, highlighting one of the foremost private collections of early European Modernism.  Meanwhile 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, Spiritlands: t/here: Marian Penner Bancroft Selected Photo Works 1975-2000, a photo exhibit by the Vancouver photographer.  Through A Glass, Darkly offers diverse perspectives on perception with specific reference to memory and loss.
– 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 or just take a look back to summer 2011 to Reading The Riot Boards, a display of 15 of the post-Stanley Cup Final riot messages written on the boards covering broken windows downtown.
get on your rollerskates for some camp good times at Xanadu at the Arts Club Theatre until August 4th. The Alter Boyz, ‘raise the praise’ at the Revue Stage until September 1st and Buddy:The Buddy Holly Story is rocking and rolling the Stanley Industrial Alliance Stage until August 26th
– dinner and laughter, go together perfectly at The Giggle Dam Theatre with Cabin Fever at Lake Beaver now playing

Thursday July 19th
– at the River Rock Theatre is the site for The Price Is Right Live, hosted by Jerry Springer, wrapping up on Sunday
– head out to Mission for music from 6 continents and the 7 seas at the Mission Folk Music Festival, on until Sunday.
– The Neanderthal Arts Festival and The Tomorrow Collective present Brief Encounters, at The Cultch, an interdisciplinary performance series designed to fuse genres and push artistic boundaries
– The Vancouver Canadians start a 5 game homestand against Spokane Indians
Strung Out is at the Biltmore Cabaret
Chocolate Milk! Vancouver’s classic house and dance night is Thursday nights at Shine
– Thursday nights at Oasis On Davie means 90?s tunes and sexy shadow dancers for Escapade
– it’s Dirty Thursday at Junction Pub

Friday July 20th
Richmond International and Media Arts Festival gets underway with a 3 day city-wide celebration of arts and culture through film, music and multimedia performances.
BC Lions celebrate Brent Johnson night as he’s honoured with the Ring Of Honour before they take on the Edmonton Eskimos
– The Biltmore Cabaret hosts an early show with The Spits onstage
Three Inches of Blood will have the music flowing at The Vogue Theatre
– hopefully the sun gods continue to reign as Florence & The Machine perform at Deer Lake Park (provided her vocal injury allows her to continue)
– watch for a haze in the air around the Commodore Ballroom as Snoop Dogg plays an early and late show.
– at Ginger 62 it’s Friday Socielle  with Tristan Garner
– the fabulouse Symone glams up Oasis on Davie for some drag, dinner and Dressing On The Side followed this week by the return of DJ Adam Dreaddy’s Fag.Friday in it’s new home.
– this weeks Stereotypes at Celebrities it’s Tristional

Saturday July 21st
– enjoy some summer fun on the 2nd Annual Van City Buzz Boat Cruise
– Vancouver Pride activities are starting off this weekend with the annual Picnic In The Park
Youth Lagoon are at Venue for an early show
– The legend Neil Diamond is at Rogers Arena
– another early show happening at The Biltmore welcomes King Tuff
The Coathangers (Atl, GA) and Pleasure Cruise are at The Waldorf along with Dead Ghosts
Los Furios with Easy Big Fella are at The Cobalt 917 Main Street
– Junction Pub welcomes Carlotta Gurl for her Absolut’ly Drag-u-lous Saturday night show

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A Successful Affair

Top Finisher Charlie Bewley

Last weekend, the streets of Vancouver were stormed by people who stripped down to their underwear, dressed up in skimpy costumes or superhero costumes to bring awareness to below-the-waist cancers. The Underwear Affair took place under hot sunny skies in it’s new location at Concord Pacific Place on the shore of False Creek. The huge fundraiser brought out more than 1000 people to run, volunteer and donate to the 2012 Underwear Affair, altogether, an incredible $633,000 was raised!

Men’s and Women’s Top Finishers

The 2012 run’s top finisher was Twilight star Charlie Bewley setting the pace and crossing the line at 37:40 and first lady was Hennisea Hoy at 41:05.
Proceeds from the Underwear Affair will benefit the BC Cancer Foundation, an independent charitable organization supporting research and care at the BC Cancer Agency. With cancer survival rates better than any other province in Canada, the BC Cancer Agency is a model for cancer care and control around the world and is leading the way in uncovering cures and putting these cancers behind us.

Fun Costumes abound

Together, we’ve all made a difference! For more information about The Affair and to register for next year’s Underwear Affair, visit uncoverthecure.org.

Hundreds turn out to bring awareness to Cancers below the belt