Picks of the Week – November 16, 2016

The super moon is waxing and the picks of the week show that the holidays are ticking ever nearer

Stage: The Arts Club Theatre Company’s Bakersfield Mist wrapsup November 20th at Stanley Industrial Alliance Stage while the hilarious Avenue Q returns to the Granville Island Stage November 17 – December 31st.

Ice: The Vancouver Canucks wrap up their 4 game home stand with a pair of games, versus Arizona on Thursday and then Chicago on Saturday

Rock: Thursday night at the Commodore Ballroom, Alaskan rock act Portugal The Man take the stage

Comedy: Just For Laughs presents the edgy stand-by comedian Dane Cook at the Vogue Theatre on Friday and Saturday nights

Crawl: The 20th anniversary edition of the East Side Culture Crawl finds East Van overflowing with arts, music and crafts

Craft: The 44th annual Christmas At Hycroft fair runs Nov 17 – 20 at the Edwardian Hycroft Manor.

HipHop: Saturday night, join Jane Smoker and Gia Metric at Playboy X Even Clayton, at XYYVR

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Miss Shakespeare (credit: Emily Cooper)

MissBard: At the Firehall Arts Centre, the Richardson Award Winning Miss Shakespeare runs from November 5 – 26th

Joseph: At the Michael J Fox Theatre in Burnaby, Joseph & The Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat plays until November 19th.

Aqua: Sunday night Brazilian musician, singer, actor Seu Jorge presents A Life Aquatic – tribute to David Bowie at the Vogue Theatre

Nicli Antica Pizzeria helps bring music to DTES

StJamesMusicIn Vancouver’s DTES, there is an organization that understands music’s incredible power to improve lives – The Saint James Music Academy provides free classical music lessons to children living in Canada’s lowest income urban neighbourhood.

NicliThis past December, Nicli Antica Pizzeria decided to do something to ensure that the music continued to flow for their neighbourhood’s children. “As most people know, traditional Neapolitan pizzas arrive at your table uncut,” says Nicli owner Bill McCaig. “For the month of December, we offered guests the option of paying an additional $2 to have the kitchen cut their pizzas for them. We thought it would be a simple way to help a local charity. We had no idea how successful the initiative would be.”

A ‘Toonie’ doesn’t seem like much, but it’s surprising how quickly they can add up to something significant. This week, Mr. McCaig and Nicli GM Anthony Sterne were pleased to present the music academy with a donation of $2,044 representing 1,022 cut pizzas.

“When we started, we had no idea how successful the idea would be and are so grateful to all our patrons for making this support possible,” says Mr. Sterne. “Thanks to them, local underprivileged children can continue to receive music lessons and so much more. The Academy gives the students an after school meal, provides them with esteem-building camaraderie and sanctuary from their often challenging home circumstances. I know that sometimes the instructors take the kids home because there is no one to pick them up after the lessons. This makes our guests’ response in supporting the Academy so heartwarming.”

While Nicli has returned to serving its pizzas ‘uncut,’ the restaurant doesn’t rule out the thought that they may offer the ‘cut’ option again in the future as a fundraiser.

Nicli Antica Pizzeria is located at 62 East Cordova Street, in Gastown.
No reservations are taken except for special events.
Call 604.669.6985 or visit them online for more information
Follow them on Twitter @NicliPizzeria or Facebook

Tasting Plates heads East!

tastingplates_1_bThe next edition of Tasting Plates, presented by Vancouver Foodster, heads to Vancouver’s East Village neighbourhood. Restaurants centered around the Nanaimo and Hastings Street area, will take part in the food event on November 27th from 6:30 to 9:30. Each of the eateries will offer up a tasting plate from their menu.  While tasting their plates participants can mingle amongst other food lovers, chat with the Chefs and learn about each restaurant.
After visiting the registration location, diners are free to roam between the restaurants at their leisure, dine and network across the neighbourhood. Tickets include a tasting plate at each location and some included beverages (drinks will also be available for purchase at most places)

Early-Bird tickets for Tasting Plates East Village are on sale now for just $24.50 / person until October 31, 2013. After October 31st tickets are $40 until November 22nd when regular priced tickets are $50.

Rickshaw Theatre – reopening

Wednesday night saw the music industry media and insiders celebrating the grand reopening of the new and improved Rickshaw Theatre.  Located near the corner of Main & Hastings Street, the 70’s era theatre was orginally built to show Chinese language kung-fu films but closed in the early 80’s and after sitting abandoned for over 2 decades it was brought back to life in 2008 as a performance space. 
Now the downtown eastside’s hidden gem live venue has been given a facelift and is ready to welcome bands and performers to the stage.  A new inviting lobby, modern art work, two new large video screens line the sides of the stage and still to come a enlarged bar in the auditorium.  The bonus of the venue having been a theatre is the good acoustics, sight lines and stage size compared to some of the city’s other live venues. 
The reopening party showed off the new elements and featured live performances by Prairie Cat, Whalebone, Humans and Bend Sinister.