As you may be aware, I attend a lot of concerts and over the years have noticed many concert-goers demonstrating a lack of respect for the other patrons and the artist by display poor concert etiquette while watching the show.
Before you go out to check out your next gig you might want to consider some of these pointers to make sure everyone has a good time!
1. DO temper your drinking before the band starts so you aren’t ridiculously drunk and falling down while the band plays. 2. DON’T block others behind you if you’re tall or at least don’t stand directly in front of someone shorter. 3. DO smoke pot (c’mon…this is Vancouver, we all know it happens) in the middle of the crowd, not the edges, security is less likely to hassle you. 4. DON’T carry your drink into the middle of the crowd or mosh pit…it will splash on someone, probably yourself! 5. DO pay attention to the volume of your voice if you must talk throughout the performance. Yes, the band is loud, you are still louder. 6. DON’T shout out requests or quotes from different bands/artists, remember what band you are seeing. 7. DO dance all you like and while it’s lovely and spiritual to dance as tho no one is watching…in reality we all are watching especially if you’re bouncing all over and tromping on our feet! 8. DON’T need to travel in packs, ladies, holding hands as you push your way into and out of the crowd. It’s not the Red Sea, it will not part for you. 9. DO-udes, keep your fist pumping & high-fiving to a minimum…you may think you’re from the Jersey Shore…but really you just look like a douche! 10. DON’T be ‘that guy’ who shouts out “I LOVE YOU” “YOU ROCK”, if the artist is trying to play a quiet acoustic tune, interrupting the intimate moment does not make you cool and no they will not love you back!
Prophetik designer Jeff Garner’s latest eco-friendly collection entitled “Artists Wonderment” is inspired by the court of Louis XV. Featuring all natural plant and earth based colours. Ripped silks and organic velour are combined with 100 year old southern quilts, handed down from Jeff’s grandmother. The classic stylish gowns show why Jeff has dressed many celebrities including Taylor Swift, Sheryl Crow and most recently Livia Firth, wife of Oscar winner Colin Firth, for the Golden Globes. In addition to the luxurious gowns and well tailored jackets this men’s and women’s show featured live performances by actor/musician Thomas Ian Nicholas and local bluegrass band Viper Central
Designer/Recycling Activist/Project Runway Finalist Kim Cathers wears many hats but on this night at Eco Fashion Week she was her to debut her latest Kdon clothing collection. All of the fabric for her 100% recycled eco-friendly line is sourced from Our Social Fabric a local textile recycling non-profit organization.
Designer Margarita Angelatos’ second line at Eco Fashion Week, Peridot Kiss (her other being Red Jade) is another eco-friendly, comfortable, casual, hemp clothing collection made for today’s woman. This line is aimed to bring high quality style at an affordable price point to women of all ages.
Designer Margarita Angelatos is one busy artist, not only is the 2008 Generation Next Award winner presenting a new Red Jade collection at Eco Fashion Week but also has a second line, Peridot Kiss. With a mantra – Love, Laugh, Play – Red Jade highlights feminine comfortable garments right for today’s busy confident women…or very young women as demonstrated by the debut model of the show, who we took to be the designer’s young daughter, a real heartbreaker in the making.
zero.0.lab is a collaborative project developed by artist/designer, Katherine Soucie to produce an in house design label for My Sister’s Closet, a non-profit thrift store program in Vancouver. These garments, debuted at Eco Fashion Week, are a way to repurpose materials donated that are not able to be resold in the thrift store. This project will not only serve to develop opportunities for research and exploration but will encourage a more localized means of creative and cultural production.
The Broadway Across Canada tour of Legally Blonde: The Musical opened tonight in Vancouver for a limited run of 8 shows. If you like smiling and laughing (and pink) you should make an effort to get out to see it. Tickets are still available from Ticketmaster.
The musical adaptation of the 2001 Reese Witherspoon movie of the same name, Legally Blonde tells the “fish out of water” tale of Elle Woods and her journey from vapid, blonde “Malibu Barbie” to Harvard Law student and legal wiz. Along the way Elle faces many obstacles, rivals and roadblocks, while looking outstanding in a dazzling array of bubblegum pink outfits. Don’t feel that you have to have seen the movie to enjoy this musical, in fact it might even be better if you haven’t seen it. This adaptation eliminates and combines a few characters and scenes to give room to some brilliant comedic singing and dancing with a little romance…ok, a bunch of romance thrown in along the way.
Lead Nikki Bohne does an amazing job of growing up, from a ditsy college senior into a capable “serious” Harvard grad student, before our eyes. The supporting cast and chorus include male leads Matthew Ragas as Warner Huntington III, Elle’s college boyfriend who she follows to Harvard, and Nic Rouleau as Emmett Forrest, the Yale law teaching assistant who helps her to find herself. Supporting Elle and lending an sympathetic ear is Paulette the hairdresser with the lackluster lovelife, played with over-the-top verve by Jillian Wallach. Although there seemed to be some slight audio tweaks that were done during the first number all of the cast sounded great and the dance numbers were excellent. Especially the second act which gets into some of the larger song and dance pieces. All of it was FUN, I would think it hard to find someone who didn’t smile throughout the show (or at least part of the time) and I’m sure there was hardly anyone who didn’t leave the theatre humming “Oh My Gawd, Oh My Gawd, You Guys!”