Picks of the Week – June 20, 2018

Summer 2018 is upon us and bringing with it a plethora of entertainment to keep your week moving along with these picks.

Eat: Take a flavourful tour of Vancouver’s West End on Vancouver Foodster’s Tasting Plates West End edition.

Bard: Make your picks between a Beatles themed version of As You Like It or the Scottish Play in the Bard on the Beach 2018

Jazz: The Vancouver and Victoria International Jazz Festivals both get underway June 22 with Macy Gray, Dee Dee Bridgewater & The Memphis Soulphony, Robert Plant & The Sensational Space Shifters, Bonobo, The Jerry Douglas Band and more

Queer Arts Festival: Skin & Metal: Homoerotic Music Theatre Works by Barry Truax

Arts: The 10th Anniversary Queer Arts Festival is underway until June 28th at Roundhouse Community Arts & Recreation Centre.

Kicks: Get your FIFA World Cup fix and soak up the global vibes at various venues around town

Exhibit: Get away to the cabin at the Vancouver Art Gallery as Cabin Fever a new exhibit tracing the history of the North American cabin as an architectural form and a cultural construct, on view until September 30, 2018. As well, David Milne: Modern Painting  on until September 9th, offers highlights of Milne’s half-century career, which took him from New York City, to the battlefields of Northern  France and Belgium, and back to the wilderness of Canada and the US.

Fest: The Vancouver Inter-Cultural Orchestra presents the Global Soundscape Festival a celebration of Middle Eastern music at venues around town June 16 – 27, 2018

Concert: Saturday night at Vancouver Playhouse, Sweet Bubbling Nights, presented by Soulful Productions is a sizzling celebration of soul, Motown, funk, show tunes and drag in support of LGBTI Pulse Memorial Scholarship.

Inked: The Bill Reid Gallery of Northwest Art reopens after renovations with BODY LANGUAGE: Reawakening Cultural Tattooing of the Northwest an exhibition deep-rooted traditions of Indigenous tattooing, piercing and personal adornment curated by Dion Kaszas of the Nlaka’pamux First Nation

MammaMiaAbba: You’ll have a hard time not singing along at the Abba musical Mamma Mia! at the Arts Club Stanley Industrial Alliance Theatre Stage, until August 12th

Irish: The final show of the 2018 Arts Club Theatre Company season closes with ONCE, at the Granville Island Stage.

Outdoor: DOXA Documentary Film Festival presents, Ethiopiques: Revolt of the Soul, for its annual Outdoor Summer Screening at Robson Square on Saturday at 9:30pm

Resist: Until October 8th at MOA, Arts of Resistance: Politics and the Past in Latin America, invites visitors to take a closer look at the political and social significance of Latin American artistic traditions to express political realities.

Midway: Enjoy summer excitement at Playland on weekends with three added rides for the family’s excitement.

Wild: The Museum of Vancouver opens a new exhibit Wild Things: The Power of Nature in Our Lives, which takes a look at the relationship between local plants and animals and the people and places in the city.

Egypt comes to Royal BC Museum

Journey back to a time when civilization grew along the Nile, pyramids rose above the desert and the people believed gods walked among us, with Egypt: The Time of Pharaohs at the Royal British Columbia Museum.

Running until December 31, the impressive exhibition, now open with more than 300 original artifacts, some up to 4,500 years old, covering all aspects of ancient Egyptian life, from the emergence of ancient Egyptian civilization along the fertile Nile valley to the Ptolemaic and Roman eras millennia later. 

Egypt: The Time of Pharaohs includes a mix of interactive displays, video and dioramas, to support the ancient artifacts which include the coffin of Nakht, an 790 kilogram sandstone bust of Hatshepsut, thousands of year old stoneware and pots, ornate gold and stone jewellery and much more.

Step into the exhibit’s temple doors, and learn about everyday life on the fertile belt of the River Nile, to the worship of the ancient Gods. Look at the life of the Pharaohs – Gods among men, and test your heart to see of you’ll make the voyage to the afterlife.

The only Canadian stop for this one of a kind collection, guests will be the among the first in North America to see the collection of artifacts curated from the collections of the Egyptian Museum in Berlin, the Roemer-und Pelizaeus-Museum in Hildesheim, Germany, the Gustav Lübcke Museum in Hamm, Germany, and the University Museum of Aberdeen in Scotland.

Egypt: The Time of Pharaohs runs at the Royal British Columbia Museum in Victoria until December 31, 2018.  In addition to the exhibit, visit the IMAX Victoria in the Royal BC Museum to watch Egypt: Mysteries of Egypt, a perfect companion to the exhibition.

Picks of the Week – April 4, 2018

April Showers seems to be fulfilling the first half of the proverb, but will they bring May flowers or more crazy weather? One thing is for sure, the Picks of the Week will keep you entertained to start your month.

Rock: The Darkness brings their glam pop/rock sounds to The Vogue tonight

Photos: The 5th Annual Capture Photography Festival opens this week, bringing a month long celebration of all things photographic and lens-based.

Once On This Island: Michael Gnansounou and Brianna Clark
Photo: Tina Clellan

Island: From Broadway to Granville Island, Fabulist Theatre brings a diverse cast to Once On This Island, a current hit on Broadway, opening April 6th, running at RedCard Review Stage until April 14th

Dance: Norwegian Dance Company WEE and Italian Choreographer  Francesco Scavetta collaborate on Hardly Ever an entertaining look at truth and falsehoods, at Scotiabank Dance Centre April 5 – 7

Take 6
photo: John Shyloski

Choir: Chor Leoni’s VanMan Male Choral Summit takes place this weekend, getting underway with a show from award-winning a cappella group Take 6 at Queen Elizabeth Theatre on Friday

Cohen: The Firehall Arts Centre celebrates its 35th Anniversary with its award winning Chelsea Hotel: The Songs of Leonard Cohen playing until April 21st.

Comedy: Letterkenny Live brings the Canadian sitcom to life, onstage at Orpheum Theatre

Haida: Until June 15, Museum of Vancouver has a new exhibition, Haida Now. A collaboration with The Haida Gwaii Museum bring 450 works together in a one of a kind collection of Haida arts and culture

Culture: Musqueam, Squamish, Lil’wat, Heiltsuk, Nisga’a, Haida are collaborating for the first time so you can learn more about the cultures of these First Nations and the importance of their cultural centres at the Museum of Anthropology at UBC’s exhibition Culture at the Centre, until October 8th.

Ice: Your last chance to catch Henrik and Daniel before they retire is Thursday night at Rogers Arena as Vancouver Canucks hosting Arizona

Family: The Arts Club Theatre Company has the Tony-Award winning family drama, The Humans onstage at the Stanley Industrial Alliance Stage and Stephen King’s Misery brings a fright to the Granville Island Stage

MOV debuts “City On Edge – A Century of Activism”

MOVVancouver has a long history of protest and activism, this month the Museum of Vancouver (MOV) examines this legacy with the new exhibition; City on Edge: A Century of Vancouver Activism.

The new photo-based exhibition will be on display at MOV from September 28, 2017 to February 18, 2018. The multi-media collection features 650 photographs of demonstrations, occupations, riots, blockades, and strikes from the early 1900s to the present day. Events like the race riots of 1907 to the recent Kinder Morgan protests.  In addition, visitors will find large digital projections, short films, and animated sounds of protest rallies and choirs, inviting the public to engage with and think about the impact of grassroots activism in their lives and the times when the city showed up, stood up, and rallied for change, or exploded in anger.  

Haney Students
1930s Haney Students Strike
credit: Stan Williams – Vancouver Sun

“Images of street demonstrations are uniquely gripping and beautiful. They highlight the agency of people in challenging the status quo and effecting social change,” explains Viviane Gosselin, City on Edge Co-Curator and Director of Collections & Exhibitions at MOV. “Several events depicted in the exhibition remind us that laws and policies that we often overlook today are the result of citizens taking their concerns to the street.”

VW
VW
credit: Ralph Bower – Vancouver Sun

“The photographs reveal a wide range of social and political issues throughout Vancouver’s history,” adds Kate Bird, Co-Curator of City on Edge. “Some protests, especially those regarding affordable housing, urban development and heritage protection are hyper-local, while the peace and environmental movements reflect a more global activism. The powerful act of marching together with a shared purpose gives people a sense of community engagement with their city, province, country, and the world.”

Museum of Vancouver (MOV) is located at 1100 Chestnut St, at Vanier Park. City On Edge: A Century of Vancouver Activism runs September 28, 2017 until February 18, 2018. Permanent exhibits run continuously throughout the year.

Museum of Vancouver brings an Unbelievable new exhibition

After digging through their vaults, the Museum of Vancouver (MOV) is ready to unveil a new and “Unbelievable” exhibition. Unbelievable is a quirky new exhibition curated from the Museum’s own collections, on display at MOV June 24 – September 24, 2017.

Diving deep into the vaults of MOV, Unbelievable assembles iconic artifacts, storied replicas, and contested objects for an exploration of the role stories play in defining lives and communities – and what happens when we question the tales we’ve long relied upon. “Stories are how we create our community and nation. They are literally a matter of life and death, possessing the power to bring us together or tear us apart,” explained Gregory Dreicer, MOV’s Director of Curatorial and Engagement and the creative mind behind Unbelievable. “A shockingly diverse collection of objects will provoke laughter, nostalgia, and fear. What unifies them is not the physical objects themselves – but the contradictory and unbelievable stories that surround each of the treasures on display. We are taking people deep behind the scenes – in order to explore the creation of stories and how they define our past, present, and future.”

A carved wooden bear with open jaws. Collected at Nootka Sound by Midshipman Thomas Dobson on HMS “Discovery” under Captain George Vancouver 1791-1795. Dobson was brought onboard as a Spanish translator.
A carved wooden bear with open jaws. Collected at Nootka Sound by Midshipman Thomas Dobson on HMS “Discovery” under
Captain George Vancouver 1791-1795. Dobson was brought onboard as a Spanish translator. (MOV Collection)

The first large Unbelievable object that visitors will encounter is the Thunderbird totem pole. It appeared in controversial filmmaker Edward Curtis’ 1906 work In the Land of the Head Hunters. The totem pole has since been replicated in fiberglass, as well as re-carved to stand in Stanley Park – but the original has been tucked away within MOV’s vaults. The pole’s complex histories lay the groundwork for an exploration of stories, symbols, and struggles that follow.

Unbelievable will also include a search for other contemporary ‘totems’, each with contrasting stories about a point in time in Vancouver. These include the original ‘R’ from Arbutus Street’s ‘The Ridge’ sign (a replica now adorns condos); a full-scale bronze-cast model of Stanley Park’s derivative Girl in a Wet Suit; and opposing and battling Quatchi costumes from the 2010 Olympic Winter Games – one an official costume, the other an anti-mascot built by protestors.

Elephant foot table from prominent Vancouverite, Alexander Bruce Robertson’ taxidermy collection now housed at the museum. Mr. Robertson hunted the elephant himself while on safari in Africa, and the table was probably prepared at RJ Pop, a local taxidermy store Mr. Robertson used to mount his animals.
Elephant foot table from prominent Vancouverite, Alexander Bruce
Robertson’ taxidermy collection now housed at the museum. Mr.
Robertson hunted the elephant himself while on safari in Africa, and
the table was probably prepared at RJ Pop, a local taxidermy store
Mr. Robertson used to mount his animals. (MOV collection)

The artifacts will also illustrate the tangled threads of narrative around Vancouver’s relationship with First Nations communities. Pieces include a carving given to George Vancouver’s crew, a large mask of a bird depicting the European-brought disease of smallpox, and Pauline Johnson’s ‘Indigenous’ dress, a fantasy garment for a cultural celebrity with a vivid imagination.

Finally, more surprising items ask visitors to create their own stories about unique artifacts found within the MOV collection, such as a side table crafted from an elephant foot, a chair cobbled together from cattle horns, and favourite pieces of garbage salvaged by the City of Vancouver’s sanitation workers. This interactive component of the exhibition will encourage visitors to share their thoughts about how each object came to be, and then later present them with the opportunity to compare their narrative to MOV’s documentation of each artifact.

Inspiration for Unbelievable originated last fall in the wake of the American election, which highlighted an astonishing aspect of human nature: people reject facts that don’t fit their story, even if the information is true. MOV concluded an exhibition exploring the notion of truth – including the museum’s role as one of Canada’s most trusted institutions – could not be more timely or relevant. Essentially, lack of trust, the reach of the web, the crisis in journalism and democracy have sparked Dreicer to embark on a quest for stories to believe in. “We live in an age of information where alternative facts and absolute falsehoods have run rampant.” continued Dreicer, “In an era where nothing can be taken at face value, MOV wanted to create an exhibition that raises questions. With Unbelievable, we ultimately hope visitors will walk away awed by the power of story – with a different understanding and possibly skepticism – about the tales they encounter and the stories they tell themselves.”

Unbelievable run June 24 – September 24, 2017 at Museum of Vancouver at 1100 Chestnut Street.  Visit museumofvancouver.ca for more information on Unbelievable and the rest of the exhibits at the MOV on now.

Picks of the Week – May 31, 2017

Wrapping up May and kicking off June means we’re that much closer to Summer. Let’s see what the picks of the week have in store

Duo: Country Couple Faith Hill and Tim Mcgraw bring their Soul2Soul tour to Rogers Arena tonight.

Traces of Words at MOA

Soul: R&B Crooner, John Legend’s Darkness and Light Tour stops at Rogers Arena on Thursday June 1st.

Aussies: Take in a show under the stars when Midnight Oil performs at Malkin Bowl in Stanley Park on Friday June 2nd.

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.

Stage: The Arts Club Theatre Company has a pair of shows on now; Million Dollar Quartet at The Stanley Stage, until July 9th and Hand To God at The Goldcorp Stage, until June 25th.

Improv: The Vancouver Theatresports League Western World show continues to bring the laughs at the expense of HBO’s popular hit, Westworld.

Music: Celebrate the grand opening of the brand new flagship Tom Lee Music shop on Granville Street

Kicks: Our Vancouver Whitecaps FC continue their busy stretch with another match at BC Place on Saturday, hosting Atlanta United FC

Picks of the Week – May 17, 2017

It’s time for that unofficial kick off to summer, the May Long, May two-four, Victoria Day, or whatever you like to call it, is upon us and maybe the clouds will clear to get out and enjoy the picks of the week!

Eat: Tonight, explore the culinary flavours of The Heights on another edition of Vancouver Foodster’s food tour, Tasting Plates : Burnaby Heights 

Stand-up: Canadian funny man Gerry Dee brings his comedy to the stage at the Vogue Theatre tonight

Art: Tomorrow, catch a preview of the upcoming West of Main Art Walk, with the Roundhouse Exhibition, 10am – 9pm at Roundhouse Community Arts and Recreation Centre

Ice: Witness the best and brightest of the Figure Skating world as Stars on Ice comes to Rogers Arena Thursday

Drag: Comic Queen Bianca Del Rio brings her unique brand of humour to the Vogue Theatre Thursday night with her “Not Today Satan” Tour

Comedy on Wheels_Tanyalee Davis

Wheels: Comedy on Wheels: Celebrating Canada’s Birthday with Belly Laughs! from Realwheels Theatre brings a limited 3 day only show to performance works

 

 

Laughs: Mother’s Day may have passed but the laughs and heart tugging tales of the Arts Club Granville Stage Mom’s the Word 3 – Nest Half Empty are holding on for another week, closing May 27th.

Balls: Whitecaps FC kick off versus Sporting Kansas City this Saturday, at BC Place

Comedy: Saturday night, the multi-talented Fred Armisen of Portlandia and SNL fame takes the stage at the Commodore Ballroom

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.

Icon: There’s still time to head to the Firehall Arts Centre for the unique musical experience, Circle Game: Reimagining the music of Joni Mitchell, before it closes May 20