Picks of the Week – June 24, 2015

While it’s felt like it for weeks, we are into our first full week of summer, let’s see how the picks of the week can get your temperature rising…

Music: This evening from 5pm – 10pm, Gastown is filled with sounds as Make Music Vancouver returns for another year of great music and fun throughout the streets of Gastown

Stage: The Arts Club Theatre’s Granville Island Stage is filled day by day with the sounds of Godspell until August 1st.

Country: Thursday night, thousands of Kenny Chesney fans gather at the beautiful West Vancouver seaside venue of Ambleside Live

Rock: NYC band, Television plays the Commodore Ballroom on Thursday night.

Opening: After a long renovation, come find out what’s new at Davie Village’s newest nightclub, XY, grand opening event Thursday night with performances by Jane Smoker, Jaylene Tyme, Raye Sunshine and Valynne Vile

Retro: Back It Up Thursday’s & Lux Dance Company present That’s A Wrap on Thursday at Celebrities, with music by Jane Smoke & Lisa Delux and cohosted by Berlin, Tiffany Ann Co and Lux Artistic Director Moses Asher Christen with partial proceeds going to a Lux Scholarship Fund,

King: Broadway Across Canada’s The Lion King continues to roar at the Queen Elizabeth Theatre until July 12

Rap: Acclaimed American rapper, Goldlink brings his brand of hiphop to Alexander in Gastown on Friday night.

Dance: Stereotype Friday’s at Celebrities features the sounds of Russian DJ/Producer Arty 

Soccer: Team Canada is in FIFA Women’s World Cup Quarter Final action on Saturday at BC Place

Jazz: The Vancouver International Jazz Festival continues with free and tickets shows throughout the city, including The Harpoonist & The Axe Murderer at The Vogue on Saturday

Folk: The legendary singer/songwriter Gordon Lightfoot plays the River Rock Show Theatre on Saturday night.

Digital: Chinatown Mall + Vancouver Arts & Leisure present a unique instalation and pop-up shopping experience on Saturday , Digital Shopping Plaza is a social ecommerce space for up & coming artists and designer

Shade: stick around later at Vancouver Arts & Leisure for Shade 95.3 the official Digital Shopping Plaza after party, with performance & music by Buckmaster (PDX), Jane Smoker, Matisse, Jen Kenny and much more

Trumpet: Renowned trumpeter and composer Chris Botti is also at the River Rock, Sunday night

Drag: Displace Hashery’s monthly Sticky & Sweet Drag Show brings out hosts Katy Hairy & Evita Versace with performances by Amber Alert, Miss Understood, Karmella and Hailey Adler

Picks of the Week – May 13, 2015

Victoria Day long weekend is upon is, the pseudo start to the Summer Entertainment Season. Let’s see what the Picks of the Week includes;

Taste: New Westminster gets a visit from the hungry explorers as Tasting Plates visits New West tonight.

Cups: After being snowed-out last week, Whitecaps FC gets their Voyageurs Cup campaign underway tonight versus FC Edmonton. Then on Saturday it’s the MLS Cascadia Cup that brings Seattle FC to town.

Jazz: BC’s Diana Krall brings her piano and jazz vocal stylings to the Orpheum Theatre on Wednesday night.

Mix: The Stoli Key West Cocktail Classic comes to Numbers Cabaret on Thursday for a night of competitive cocktail concoctions

Naughty: Thursday, join Lost Girls Burlesque at Portside Pub as they present Nautical by Nature a Bootylicuous Burlesque show

Rock: The world biggest band, U2, with fill Rogers Arena with fans and sound when they bring their Innocence tour on Thursday & Friday night.

Show: On Saturday night, Carlotta Gurl‘s Absolutely Dragulous show at The Junction features guest Mina Mercury 

Stage: The Arts Club Theatre Company is presenting the Tony award winning musical “In The Heights” until June 7th

Drag: The 4th Annual Mr or Ms Cobalt Drag Competition continues Sunday with Round 3 at The Cobalt

NYC: Sunday night go underground at Killjoy for SOHO:New York with DJs Sollors and Dreaddy

Wildlife: Lions and Tigers and Bears, oh my! It’s back, Bearracuda returns to Five-Sixty, Sunday night with DJs Matt Consola, Del Stamp, Robbie Rotten & Jay Douglas

Dance: UNITED: Victoria Day with Cindel keeps the party going late into Monday morning at Encore Dance Club


Farewell, My Lovely at The Arts Club Theatre

The Arts Club Theatre Company has brought the cinema to the stage with the opening of Farewell, My Lovely at the Granville Island Stage. While the Raymond Chandler classic detective novel has been put to film three times and performed as radio plays, this is the first stage adaptation.  The new play was developed as a Silver Commission Project, the Arts Club’s program for fostering new works.
Adapted by Aaron Bushkowsky, Farewell, My Lovely tightens the plot to fit the stage and keeps the plot moving along to suit live theatre. The very sparse set decorations are offset by the projections of film-noiresque clips and the costuming, especially the females, brings the 1940’s spirit to life. While the clean set design, resulted in some sanitizing of the grit expected from a detective crime story, the performances mostly fit their enigmatic characters in the adaptation.   Even though the plot has been trimmed there is still plenty of twists and turns to keep you interested in the 2 hour performance.

Farewell, My Lovely plays at The Arts Club Granville Island stage until May 2nd. 

Vanya & Sonia & Masha & Spike @ Stanley

vanya-and-sonia-and-masha-and-spikeThe Arts Club Theatre Company’s production of Christopher Durang’s Tony Award winning comedy, Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike, is playing until April 19th at the Stanley Industrial Alliance Stage.

In spite of its references to the works of Chekov, Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike is a ridiculously topical comedy. The mash-up of the classics and the world of mobile phones and short attention spans masking as “multi-tasking” collide brilliantly in the cross generation cast.  The male leads bookend the play; the always brilliant Jay Brazeau as Vanya, grounds the play with the hope of keeping things the same while Robert Salvador’s Spike strips off the ways of yesterday and brings the modern world into the monotonous day to day shared by Vanya and scattered, spinster sister Sonia (beautifully played by Susinn McFarlen). Hollywood diva sister Masha played by Anna Galvin is torn between the worlds which causes much angst in her attempt to stay relevant as she ages. Punctuated by a hilarious, scenery chewing performance by Carmen Aguirre as Cassandra the housekeeper and Nina, the classics fan, played by Katey Hoffman the whole company fits perfectly into their rolls.

Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike runs until April 19, 2015 at the Arst Club Theatre Company’s Stanley Industrial Alliance Stage. 

Picks of the Week – February 25, 2015

As we come to the end of February, we find some entertaining picks of the week to lead us into March;

portsidepubBeer: Hit up the Portside Pub tomorrow night for Meat, Beer and Cheese Night Vol 2, presented by Benton Brothers, Cheese Mongers, Parallel 49 & D Original Sausage Company, $20 gets a flight of 4 beer plus meat and cheese samples.

Sing: Irish singer-songwriter John Vincent Morrow plays the Vogue Theatre Thursday night.

Fest: The Talking Stick Festival continues at various location around the City until Sunday.

Dance: Now that Jane Smokr has been crowned Vancouver’s Next Drag Superstar, Liberace Thursdays at Celebrities returns to previously scheduled fun and entertainment.

Band: Join fan favourite, The Sam Roberts Band for two nights at the Commodore Ballroom on Friday and Saturday evening.

Retro: #HDFriday starts of with Gingerbear Todd playing the retro video you love on Flashback Fridays from 9-11pm

Tight: Head up to #HDFridays for BootyBox Tight & White Party with DJ Jay Douglas and host Alma Bitches Friday from 11pm

Stage: The Cultch historic theatre welcomes Cadre, a new work presented by the Chicago Shakespeare Theatre and Richard Jordan Productions Ltd with the Market Theatre of Johannesburg

Gigs: Acclaimed Canadian bands Stars and Hey Rossetta! play a pair of shows at Vogue Theatre on Friday and Saturday night.

Arts: Chutzpah Festival brings dance, theatre, music and comedy to venues throughout Vancouver until March 15.

Upstairs: Monroe: Saturdays at Heaven’s Door has no cover all night for your evening’s fun.

Pucks: The Vancouver Canucks return from the road to host the St Louis Blues at Rogers Arena on Sunday night.


Picks of the Week – February 4, 2015

The Ground Hogs have risen and said it’s a split decision on an early or late spring but in the meantime there’s plenty of fun in the picks of the week.

Broadway: It’s a tale as old as time when Broadway Across Canada’s Beauty & the Beast is on at Queen Elizabeth Theatre until Sunday

Festival: There’s just a few more days to see world class performing arts before the PuSh International Performing Arts Festival closes on February 8th.

EastSide: The Astoria is the place to be Wednesday night for Queer As F**k Party featuring DJs Kasey Riot and Northskill (from Germany)

Singer: Multiple 2015 BRIT Award nominee, Sam Smith is supported at Rogers Arena by fellow Brit George Ezra on Wednesday night

Pucks: Vancouver Canucks continue their homestand with showdown against San Jose Sharks at Rogers Arena on Thursday night and Pittsburgh Penguins on Saturday.

Drag: The Search for Vancouver’s Next Drag Superstar continues at Liberace : Thursdays at Celebrities.

Showtunes: It’s the first Friday of the month so that means it’s time, time for Showtunes at 1181

Gigs: Friday, The Imperial on Main Street is filled with the sounds of Canadian acts; Petunia & The Vipers and Miss Quincy and The Showdown 

Pound: #HDFridays brings out the Daddies for this month’s edition of Poundcake at Heaven’s Door

Hip: Canadian icons, The Tragically Hip fills Rogers Arena on Friday night

NoCover: Head up to Hoodrat 4 Long Weekend on Fleek with DJ Domtop and Jane Smokr at #HDForNow – Heavens Door on Saturday night with no cover charge all night.

90s: Saturday night, it’s Electric Circus 90’s Dance Party: Michael vs Janet Jackson at The Cobalt

NY: the resurrection of DJ Adam Dreaddy’s New York rises at Killjoy Bar in Yaletown as SOHO: New York with host Berlin on Sunday.

DJs: The Pacific Coliseum is filled for BluePrint Events Family Day Get Together 2015 featuring DJs Gareth Emery (UK), Myon & Shane 54 (Hungary), Will Sparks (Australia), Ilan Bluestone (UK), Jaytech (Australia) and more.

AfterHours: Close out your long weekend by dancing (or whatever you do) until dawn Monday morning at Encore Dance Club with DJ Phil B from SFO and DJ Del Stamp on the decks for UNITED afterhours Sunday, doors open 1am Monday


“One Man, Two Guvnors” – Lots of Laughs

one-man-two-guvnorsNow playing at the Stanley Industrial Alliance Stage, One Man, Two Guvnors is an uproarious funny comedy starring Andrew McNee as the ‘one man’, Francis Henshall.  Set in 1963 Brighton, England the play is performed in a classic British farce/vaudeville style.

Between scenes the cast take turns performing musical numbers alongside The Craze, the on-stage skiffle-band who ushered in the acts and perform songs that help reinforce the Swingin’ 60’s British invasion ambience. The plot, based on the 18th Century Italian comedy Servant of Two Masters,  revolves around the confusion of Francis trying to hold down two jobs, with subplots of mistaken identity, con-artists and love-triangles.  The juggling of predicaments results in hilarious slapstick and physical comedy, coming mostly from McNee and Andrew Cownden’s senior citizen character, Alfie. The remainder of the brilliant cast enhance McNee’s antics and even when playing the straight-man tongues are firmly planted in cheeks. Many break the ‘fourth wall’ for a wink and a nod to the audience but McNee smashed it down to venture out and speak directly with the audience and to choose unsuspecting audience members to ‘assist’ onstage for added hilarity.  The show makes the audience feel like they’re participating in the fun rather than just watching from the pews.

One Man, Two Guvnors runs at The Arts Club Stanley Industrial Alliance Stage until February 22, 2015, catch it before it sells out!