Picks of the Week – September 6, 2017

We may be past Labour Day weekend but Summer isn’t over yet, let’s see what we can find to keep the season going through these picks of the week

Shakespeare:  Tonight, the contemporary work, Shylock joins the line-up at Bard on the Beach from Sept 6 – 15 while Much Ado About Nothing and The Winter’s Tale, The Merchant of Venice and Two Gentlemen of Verona continue until September 23rd.

Facade: Every evening this week, take a look at the Georgia Street facade of the Vancouver Art Gallery as Facade Festival illuminates the building with works of art created by a new artist each evening, until September 10th.

Fringe: Starting tomorrow, September 7th the Vancouver Fringe Festival brings cutting edge works to the stages and venues around Granville Island until September 17th

Laughs: Thursday at Queen Elizabeth Theatre, stand-up comic, playwright, author and social commentator Lewis Black brings his 49th Parallel Tour to Vancouver.

Art: Vancouver artist David Wilson draws inspiration from Instagram for his newest exhibition “Interrupting the Interface” opening Thursday at Kimoto Gallery, showing until September 30th.

Downs: The BC Lions return to BC Place on Friday night for a game against Montreal Alouettes.

West End: Saturday join in the family-friendly fun at West End Fest, gate open at King George Secondary / West End Community Centre at 11am for a BBQ, entertainment, games and more

Kicks: Saturday at BC Place, Whitecaps FC hope to maintain their potential play off position when they host Real Salt Lake

Pop – Up: The final, free, pop-up party of the Public Disco season comes to Jim Deva Plaza in the West End this Saturday with DJ Heather and more spinning the tunes.

Comedy: Saturday at The Fox Cabaret, comedian Graham Clark kicks off a new monthly night, Quiz Show – part quiz, part comedy, all fun.

Rock: Saturday night at The Imperial, rockers Bear Mountain take to the stage.

Graham Clark’s The Quiz Show comes to The Fox Cabaret

Laughter is the answer when Canadian comedian, Graham Clark, and co-producer Chris Bentzen bring “The Quiz Show” to The Fox Cabaret this Saturday September 9th at 8:00pm. 

A live hybrid of American game show and British panel show, “The Quiz Show” grew from Clark’s love of game shows, and originally debuted in 2016 at the now defunct Hot Art Wet City. “The Quiz Show” has grown from a spoof on segments from game shows past into all original segments, and features local comedians as contestants doing their best to make audience members laugh – and win prizes, of course!

The Quiz Show host, three-time Canadian Comedy Award winner, Graham Clark Clark is also a regular on CBC’s The Debaters and has appeared at Just for Laughs, Halifax Comedy Festival, Winnipeg Comedy Festival (where he won best stand up in 2016), and the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. He is a winner of the Yuk Yuks “Great Canadian Laugh Off” and has appeared on HBO’s Funny As Hell.
As the host of “The Quiz Show”, Graham “Sparky” Clark says, “What’s more fun than being in the audience at Quiz Show? A party at Elton John’s probably…but this is something YOU are invited to!”

This Thursday’s performance of “The Quiz Show” is the kick off of a monthly edition of the evening at The Fox Cabaret.  Tickets for the September 9th edition of “The Quiz Show” at The Fox Cabaret are on sale now and available online on Eventbrite.

Picks of the Week – August 9, 2017

The buzz of the BC Day long weekend, Vancouver Pride, Celebration of Light and so much more has come and gone but there’s still plenty in the picks of the week to keep you entertained all week.

Arts: The 27th Harmony Arts Festival  is underway now. Tonight, Best Of The West showcases local restaurants and wineries, then tomorrow Mixology Night On The Pier is a cocktail competition, all alongside the rest of the line up of arts & entertainment to West Vancouver.

Laughs: The dynamic duo of comedy Ryan Steele and Amy Goodmurphy bring another edition of The Ryan and Amy Show to XYYVR for two nights, August 10th & 11th

Shakespeare:  Bard on the Beach is under the tents at Vanier Park, Much Ado About Nothing and The Winter’s Tale are on the BMO Mainstage with The Merchant of Venice and Two Gentlemen of Verona in previews on the Howard Family Stage

Culture: The New West Culture Crawl gets underway Friday night with an Opening Night party at Anvil Centre, kicking off the weekend Culture Crawl around the Royal City

Bach:  2nd Vancouver Bach Festival presented by Early Music Vancouver brings chamber music concerts, ensembles and soloists bringing classical music to Christ Church Cathdral and The Chan Centre until Friday.


Murals: Saturday the Vancouver Mural Festival hosts the Mount Pleasant Street Party, 10 blocks of car-free entertainment, arts, markets and performances by Yukon Blonde and Louise Burns.

HeldOver: Now that the season has been extended until August 26, there’s even more evenings to enjoy in Stanley Park at Theatre Under The Stars presenting Mary Poppins and The Drowsey Chaperone on alternating evenings.

Take Off: Celebration all things aviation at the 50th Abbotsford International Airshow, as static displays, aerial exhibitions, entertainment and fireworks fill Abbotsford Airport this Friday, Saturday and Sunday

Roar: Sunday, BC Lions play host to Saskatchewan Roughriders and their hardcore fans at BC Place

Croon: Famed English singer/songwriter Bryan Ferry brings his smooth sounds to the Orpheum Theatre on Sunday evening.

Picks of the Week – July 26, 2017

Where does the time go? July is already coming to a close but never fear there’s plenty of fun in these picks of the week…

Kick off: The 2017 Downtown Pride Premiere brings a taste of things to come with entertainment, Queens, food trucks, games and more at Robson Square, today from 3pm – 10pm

Mars: Not the planet but the popstar Bruno Mars comes to Rogers Arena for two nights, Wednesday and Thursday

Drum Is Calling Festival

Drum: Celebrate Indigenous Arts and Culture at the Drum Is Calling Festival, Free at Larwill Park until July 29th

Highschool: See the gritty and intense Girls! Girls! Girls! presented by Excavation Theatre at Havana Theatre  before it closes July 29th

Games: Head to Jim Deva Plaza on Davie for West End for some fun and play on West End Games Night on Thursday

Mary & Bert on a Jolly Holiday
photo: Tim Matheson

Stars: Enjoy the evening in Stanley Park at Theatre Under The Stars this season presenting Mary Poppins and The Drowsey Chaperone on alternating evenings.

KidFree:  Leave the kids at home and head to Playland, where Friday’s in July are Adults-Only. Spend your evening with a drink in hand as you wander the park surrounding by those 19+ only

Brit: Singer-Songwriter,  and sometime GoT guest, Ed Sheeran comes to Rogers Arena for a concert on Friday night

Arts: The Arts Club Theatre Company   season comes to a close this weekend when Bittergirl The Musical closes July 29th at Granville Island Stage

Sissy: The Odyssey gets Pride off to an early start with Sissy Boy: Pride! featuring the best of the 70s, 80s & 90s on Friday night

Shakespeare:  Bard on the Beach is under the tents at Vanier Park, Much Ado About Nothing and The Winter’s Tale are on the BMO Mainstage with The Merchant of Venice and Two Gentlemen of Verona in previews on the Howard Family Stage

Mystery: Join Joel, Jonah, Crow, Tom Servo and Gyspy as they Watch out for Snakes! on Mystery Science Theatre 3000 Live at Orpheum Theatre on Sunday

The Winter’s Tale Opens at Bard on the Beach

This week, Shakespeare’s The Winter’s Tale joined the schedule at Bard On The Beach.  Director Dean Paul Gibson, a Bard veteran, has crafted a classic interpretation of the complex play.  Part tragedy, part romance, part comedy, the production is divided into two acts, two eras and two locations.

The Winter’s Tale

Opening in Sicilia, the simple staging finds five columns serving duty to form the multiple locations within the island. Designer Pam Johnson’s stripped down set allows the graceful Greco-Roman costuming, by Carmen Alatorre, to shine, bringing a regal air to the court of Leontes, King of Sicilia (Kevin MacDonald). Noble woman Paulina, charismatically played by the multiple Jessie Award-winning Lois Anderson, serves as narrator and a central player moving the play through its 16 year narrative.   The rest first act plays out like a typical tragedy; lust, jealousy, betrayal, judgement, death all rear their heads.

Act two move ahead 16 years and begins in Bohemia, focusing on the homeland of King Polixenes, also the mood of the play shifts greatly, from the tragic first act. In the rural, free-spirited setting of Bohemia, The Winter’s Tale becomes much lighter and comedic as we meet Autolycus, played by Ben Elliott in a slapstick turn reminiscent of Jim Carrey.  The Shepherd and Son also provide lighthearted diversion, from the more romantic act, as do their sheep and farm maids.  The Second act also brought music into the production, with Autolycus, Prince Florizel and his beloved Perdita all add songs, to varying effectiveness.  Shifting back to Sicily, the final scenes of The Winter’s Tale tie the stories together and bring the play back to the beginning and the end.

While Lois Anderson shines as the anchor of the play, the whole company of The Winter’s Tale fit nicely into their characters and believably carry the regal roles and costumes.  While nearly 3 hours, Dean Paul Gibson has kept The Winter’s Tale moving, entertaining and visually appealing that it doesn’t feel long.

The Winter’s Tale alternates with Much Ado About Nothing on the BMO Mainstage at Bard On The Beach until September 22, 2017.

Picks of the Week – June 21, 2017

Finally, Summer is upon us, with the long days that gives us more time for more picks of the week

Comedy: It’s Thursday Night Live when SNL comedian Michael Che takes the stage at The Vogue Theatre

Seeds: Australian act Nick Cave And The Bad Seeds bring down under to the Queen Elizabeth Theatre on Thursday night

Tents:  Bard on the Beach is underway at Vanier Park, Much Ado About Nothing is playing now and The Winter’s Tale comes to the tents starting Thursday night.

Rhythm: West Coast Hip Hoppers Jurassic 5 bring their unique brand of hip hop to the Commodore Ballroom on Friday and Saturday nights.

Words: The Museum of Anthropology’s exhibition Traces of Words: Art and Caligraphy of Asia examines forms of the written word around Asia, on until October.

Roar: The BC Lions 2017 regular season home schedule kicks off with Edmonton Eskimos at BC Place on Saturday night.

Stage: The Arts Club Theatre Company has a pair of shows on now; Million Dollar Quartet at The Stanley Stage, extended until July 16th, Hand To God at The Goldcorp Stage, until June 25th and Bittergirl The Musical running until July 29th at Granville Island Stage

Ring: The WWE Live Summerslam Heatwave Tour comes to Rogers Arena on Saturday night

Artifacts: The Museum of Vancouver has a quirky, exhibition running throughout the summer, Unbelievable demonstrating the stories behind some unique artifacts

Celebrate with your “SuperDad” at VTSL

This Father’s Day, Vancouver TheatreSports League (VTSL) welcomes guests to a special 2pm matinee performance in celebration of Dads…The SuperDad Show.

The SuperDad Show pokes fun at the foibles and complexities of what it means to be a father these days. Based on audience suggestions, VTSL’s quick-witted improvisers could explore such relevant topics as ‘the sensitive Dad,’ ‘Dads and their love affair with the barbecue,’ ‘hockey Dads,’ ‘Dad, can I have the keys to the car?’ or ‘Dads and Daughters’ to name a few of the endless possibilities.

The family-friendly SuperDad Show takes place at 2 pm, after brunch or leaving plenty of time after the show to take Dad to dinner or to fire up the barbecue.   The Neil Macrae Bar & Lounge at VTSL’s Improv Centre will be open at 1:30 pm for pre-show drinks and, weather-pending, the patio deck over-looking the picturesque Marina will be open for an sunny sip or take your drink into the theatre to enjoy during the show.

Give your ‘super’ Dad some belly laughs instead of headaches and bring him down to The Improv Centre for an afternoon of improv hilarity. Besides, he needs something to take his mind off the fact that the Canucks didn’t make the playoffs. Warning: SuperDad may contain ‘dad jokes.’

Tickets are only $20, including the show PLUS either a glass of House Wine or Beer on Tap or non-alcoholic beverage. Tickets are on sale now at vtsl.com.