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
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
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 firstname.lastname@example.org for bookings.
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.
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 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
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
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.
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
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!
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.
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.