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issy McIntosh has hot sauce on her chin. But that’s part of the fun of sitting on ledge near the Vancouver Art Gallery on a sunny winter afternoon and being able to devour one of the “pimped out” sandwiches from Mom’s Grilled Cheese Truck. She laughs as she wipes off the remnants of her “Dine Out — Outside” experience. “If you’re going to eat at food trucks, you have to be prepared to get a little messy.” The Vancouver blogger (LifeBitesMM.blogspot. com) is taking an extended lunch break from her job as a development associate at Fusion TV to take a tour of some of her favourite food truck vendors. Today, the centre of her food universe is Robson Square. Look in any direction and you’ll see a line up of people, some of them with faces upturned towards the sun as they take a break from their indoor jobs, others chatting with friends or continuing their office conversation. There’s life and energy on the street. “It gets you in a good mood for going back to work,” she says. One of the things she loves about street food is its sense of community. You watch the vendors make your food and, if they’re good at more than just cooking, you engage with them on a personal level. Friendships form.
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but it allows them to meet the people who produce it. Wine is poured by the makers and producers who will take the time to explain the whys and hows of what they do. A person who is new to wine can get just as much from the festival as someone who, like Hertscheg, has studied it for years. It is an exploration, a journey that is to be continued; it’s not about confirming that we already know where we’re at. “There are always new discoveries,” says Hertscheg. “Part of our mandate is
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Harry Hertscheg toasts the Playhouse International Wine Festival. Rob Newell photo
to inform, educate and entertain. The more information you have, the more engaged you are…. And the more you learn, the more you realize you don’t know.” Hertscheg sees the festival as an opportunity to open up the senses. “Our senses of sight and sound are already strong. We don’t need people to tell us what we see or hear. But our senses of smell and taste aren’t as well developed. Part of it is that, culturally, we don’t have the confidence to feel comfortable with smelling and tasting.” To widen your comfort zone, go to PlayhouseWineFest.com.
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You’re killing me, too Re: “You’re killing me,” Rants Feb. 2. I completely agree with him. There isn’t a street corner where I’m not passing someone smoking. A lot of smokers don’t even have the ability to go to gum or patches. I even see people leave home without a cigarette in their hand. It’s almost like a security blanket. Also, I live on assistance and I don’t mind giving it to someone on a street corner, but not to someone who’s smoking. Smokers, you really need to consider the rights of other people. You make a choice to do what you want to do to your body but city officials need to enforce anti-smoking bylaws. I have a challenge for Occupiers: you could throw a real swerve ball to the tobacco industry, one of the biggest corporations of death, by stopping to smoke. Anonymous, via Rant Line
Reformed smoker agrees Re: “You’re killing me. “As a reformed smoker I love what Paul Richards had to say. I know it’s hard to quit, but if I can do it, so can you. I feel sympathy but walking through those pockets of smoke makes me want to puke. Anonymous, via Rant Line
But what about car exhaust? All you people complaining about cigarette smokers — everyone forgets all the noxious chemicals that are being emmitted by automobiles into the environment! Not too mention the annoying and deafening sound of beeping and car sirens going off while some of us trying to get a bit of peace and quiet in our beautiful city! Anonymous, via email
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Re: “Global warming joy,” Feb. 2 Rave. Are you for real? I love your Rufous hummingbird but global warming is a misnomer. Extreme weather is what it’s about. It’s not something to celebrate. It’s an ecological disaster. It will wipe out your Rufous hummingbird and polar bears. Enjoy your naivety. Anonymous, via Rant Lane
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Don’t sit behind me I like to go to an independent, single-screen theatre for the late show because there aren’t too many people and the noise is kept to a minimum. Several times, we sit in a nice comfortable seat. There is hardly anyone else in the place, with lots of room, but someone will sit right behind us, rattling paper, kicking seats, talking. Why is this? We’ve had to move a couple of times. It’s beyond understanding. Anonymous, via Rant Line
Missing men inquiry The Missing Women Inquiry is proving that the Vancouver Police and RCMP have their heads up their ass. I’m seeing posters of mostly missing men. Can we assume we’ll soon see a Missing Men Inquiry so I can say “I told you so”? Why is no one listening? There is another serial killer on the loose. Anonymous, via Rant Line
Conservative sneak attack I would like Prime Minister Stephen Harper or any Conservative MP to explain what they think will happen to disabled, lowincome seniors if they’re blocked from getting Old Age Security and therefore unable to access any Guaranteed Income Security benefits. Disabled seniors are often unable to work and will have low pension benefits. The last Canadian politician to mount such an unprincipled sneak attack on innocent people was Gordon Campbell, who left office with a nine per cent approval rating. Canadians will not tolerate the politics of sneak attacks, as Gordon Campbell found out. If you want Granny living in your basement, just keep this up. Anonymous, via Rant Line
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This is the year of the Fat Dragon OnThe PLATE By Andrew Morrison
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few nights ago I toured the construction site of what I think might prove to be the most interesting restaurant of 2012. It’s a 50-seat Chinese BBQ joint called Fat Dragon. 566 Powell Street is on one of the Downtown Eastside’s most unnerving blocks. Sitting half a block east of Oppenheimer Park, it’s the last place I’d ever expect to see a good restaurant in Vancouver. Fat Dragon is coming to us courtesy of two young restaurateurs, Tom Doughty and Robert Belcham, the very same pair that gave us the two Campagnolos (1020 Main and 2297 East Hastings). The grizzly, bearded, heavily-tattooed Belcham won the coveted Chef of the Year accolade in 2009 for his work in fine dining at Fuel in Kitsilano (his first restaurant), only to see it close later that same year after the recession took hold. (It was successfully rebranded as the more casual Refuel.) Doughty, a heavy metal-loving, guitarplaying winemaker and past Sommelier of the Year, suffered a stroke several months ago, but is well on his way to a recovery that is being described as a “miraculous”. Joining them as a co-owner is chef Ted Anderson, who has emerged as a culinary force to be reckoned with after tours of duty at all of Belcham and Doughty’s restaurants. (Doing the actual cooking at Fat Dragon will be Adam Johnson, lately of Campagnolo and Gastown’s Pourhouse.) The food concept of Chinese-themed BBQ will see all items with licks of either southern American smoke or spice in an environment reminiscent of a 1920s-style opium den (the designer is Marc Bricault, the aesthete behind Vij’s, Campagnolo, and Thierry). They’ll be serving up smoked and fried Dungeness crab with chilies, crispy shallots and cilantro; smoked Isan-style pork sauages; marinated and smoked crispy tofu
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Robert Belcham, Tom Doughty and Ted Anderson are joining their formidable forces to create the Fat Dragon, a 50-seat Chinese BBQ joint set to open this spring in the heart of DTES. Andrew Morrison photo bao buns; smoked whole fish; smoked pig’s head; and Jalor Alor-style chicken wings, among a great many other things. The price points will vary from $2.50 for small items all the way to $60 for the pig’s head. I think $9 to $20 per dish will be the norm, which is to say competitive. Pair it all with a good cocktail list serving the 13-seat bar and a short wine list as clever as Doughty’s others, and we have something interesting that will easily transcend the sketchiness of its address. Fat Dragon will not be a “fancy” restaurant (Belcham has assured me that it will be the most casual room in their stable), but because it might prove to be a hit, there’s a good chance that it might have a hand in improving the neighbourhood. They will be called “gentrifiers,” for certain, because even though they’re doing what they love in a neighbourhood that needs help, they represent the change that is already well underway in other parts of the DTES. Politics and social activism aren’t the concerns of this
column. My job is to seek out delicious things, plain and simple. But I have to say... so far, gentrification has been pretty kind to my neighbourhood. Take, for example, Bao Bei. The room is gorgeous, they have an excellent bar program, the soundtrack is fantastic, it’s always full, and the inventive Shanghainese food is so good that it landed chef Joel Watanabe at last year’s Gold Medal Plates cooking competition, where he took the Bronze Medal. If that’s counted as gentrification, I’ll take it anywhere I can get it. Fat Dragon will open in April, if not before. The installation of its neon sign — depicting a fat dragon — will signal its imminence, so keep a look out.
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the fresh sheet FOOD & DRINK HAPPENINGS Yaletown’s new hotspot for Chinese cuisine is now serving Dim Sum brunch from 11 am to 3 pm on weekends. Created by executive chef Ryan Mah, Chinois’ 26-item menu has options that range from siu mai, lo bak, and gai lan with oyster sauce to fried chicken, deep-fried crab claw, BBQ pork steamed buns and crispy squid with chillies. Dishes are priced from $5 to $10. Reservations are recommended. (1035 Mainland, 604-629-8808 (ChinoisVancouver.com) West Broadway’s award-winning Cru restaurant will play host to a special four-course supper paired with Quail’s Gate wines on Feb. 26. Winemaker Grant Stanley will be in attendance. Tickets are $98, which includes both food, wine, tax, and gratuity. Tickets from Cru.ca or by phone at 604-677-4111. So you think you know your wines. Are you ready to put it to the test? As part of the Vancouver Playhouse Wine Festival, the Pacific Institute of Culinary Arts is hosting the Blind Tasting Challenge. It’s open to three categories: hospitality professionals; chefs and cooks; and consumers. The Feb. 29 event is sponsored by the Mark Anthony Group. The registration fee is $30. Call 604-873-3311. Ki Modern Japanese + Bar is hosting Sparkle in Silver, Dream in Style featuring an ethereal winter palace court created by The Social Concierge, auction, raffle, complimentary cocktails and a sushi and steak bar. Performers include the Burlesque Beauties, Tara Lett, Destineak, DJ Christian Alvarez and funk king Kraig Docherty. The gala is a fundraiser for Face of Today, which helps underprivileged youth. The evening starts at 7pm on Feb. 29. Tickets are $275 (with a $200 tax receipt) from FaceOfToday.ca. See MORE FRESH SHEET on page 10
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It’s time to let your freak flag fly Cos 2010 Frappato | Sicily | $32.99 | BC Liquor Stores
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his week’s City Cellar is going to take you off the beaten path by asking you to try one of these bottles that us wine guys love to geek out over for their value, quality and outright weirdness. The wine world offers so many journeys, opportunities and experiences that too often a whole flock of great ones fly under the radar. We’re gonna leave the Merlots, Chardonnays and all of their familiar brethren behind, venturing into what I hope will be uncharted territory for most.
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A very juicy and herbaceous biodynamic red made from the Frappato grape, which you’d be hard pressed to find beyond Sicily’s shores. Quite plummy with sweet bing cherry notes and a light dusting of fresh dill, thyme and anise. At first sip you may think it’s pretty simple and quaffable, but almost like those Magic Eye posters of the late-90s, if you look a little closer you’ll be surprised at how much depth there is. This cult-favourite, critical darling works best in place of a Gamay or Pinot Noir with things like poultry, duck or salmon.
Chateau Musar 1999 White | Bekaa Valley, Lebanon | $35-ish | Private Wine Stores Growing at 1200 metres above sea level on Mount Lebanon, the Obaideh and Merwah grapes that go into this blend are most similar to Chardonnay and Semillon respectively. Of course, I have no experience with either one on its own, so I’m just gonna take their word for it. Organically grown and then fermented in oak for nine months, the wine ends up tasting like a crazy combination of a heavily-oaked Chardonnay, a briney
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The Food Network’s Top Chef Canada competition catapulted Dale MacKay into the restaurant scene’s stratosphere. Trevor Bird must be very aware of the glories that await if he can win the same honour in this year’s competition. Formerly of Vancouver’s Shangri-La Hotel, Bird owns the Trevor Bird Cooking catering company and is opening his own restaurant. He’s the only Vancouver chef whose cooking will come under the intense gaze of judges Mark McEwan and Shereen Araazm. The show’s new season premieres March 12.
Fino Sherry and a classic scrumpy apple cider. The crazy thing is that it works. I’d venture to say if you like at least two out of those three things, you’ll like this wine. Promise me three things though; ensure it’s not too chilled (it shows off more character this way,) drink it out of the biggest wine glasses you own (same reason) and give it at least three sips before you reach your verdict. As a fun bonus for all that extra effort, it pairs well with everything from fish to steak.
Alliance Loire ‘Les Legeriens’ Rose d’Anjou | Loire Valley, France | $14.95 | BC Liquor Stores Steadfast and focussed, I’m continuing on with my gospel of drinking pink wine in the winter (We drink whites during these months, don’t we?) they can be some of the best food wines for your table. Made from the Grolleau grape and tasting like red Jolly Ranchers, this thirstquenching delight comes out of the western reaches of France’s Loire Valley, where paté, charcuterie and saltier seafood provide a good match. A light peppery character and nice acidity keeps it from being too cloying, just be sure to keep the bottle nicely chilled. Follow along my own wine journey at KurtisKolt.com
Fiona Forbes from Shaw TV’s Urban Rush will emcee an anti-bullying luncheon for ladies at Society Dining Lounge in Yaletown on Feb. 24. The event, which will be attended by Karen Khunkhun from CFOX Radio, Jen Schaeffers from CKNW Orphans’ Fund and Shannon Bosa Yacoub of Glowbal Group, is part of Pink Shirt Day. Proceeds in support of the Boys and Girls Club anti-bullying programs. Tickets can be purchased at EventBrite.com. Coast Coal Harbour Hotel took top honours for guest satisfaction in the 31-member chain’s award program. It also secured the marketing award of the year for its sponsorship of Raise-A-Reader Day in support of family literacy programs. Coast Vancouver Airport Hotel snagged the Ambassador Survey Index Award.
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Orange Anise Poached Pear with Mascarpone Cream and Toffee Sauce 2 firm Bosc pears 2 cups dry white wine, Champagne or sparkling wine 1 cup water ¾ cups granulated sugar 1 vanilla bean 4 tbsp freshly grated orange zest 4 tbsp anise Peel, cut in half and core pears. Place anise in a Ziploc bag and crush with a mallet or rolling pin to release flavour. In a saucepan, combine the wine, water, sugar, anise and orange zest. Bring to a boil. Slice your vanilla bean down the centre and scrape out the seeds. Add seeds to the liquid. Reduce heat and let simmer for five minutes. Strain to remove the anise and orange. Place liquid back in a saucepan. Keep the poaching liquid to a simmer. Add the pears and poach pears on a low simmer for approximately 25 to 30 minutes or until tender. Cool pears in the poaching liquid. Toffee Sauce ¼ cup unsalted butter 1 cup brown sugar 1 cup whipping cream Place all ingredients together in a saucepan. Stir over low heat until all is combined. Bring to a boil for five minutes. Cool.
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ollywood stars have been known to frequent Absolute Spa at the Century Plaza Hotel; Gwyneth Paltrow, Janet Jackson, Uma Thurman, Sharon Stone, and Renée Zellweger have all been sighted here. But men will love Absolute Spa at the Fairmont Hotel Vancouver, with its leather chairs, masculine decor and gentlemen’s treatments. Shangri-La Hotel Vancouver is home to CHI Spa, where each treatment room features a fireplace, private bath and relaxation area. After a spa treatment, dine at Market by Jean-Georges or
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Library hosts speed dating for book lovers here’s one potentially big problem for book lovers: reading is something you can only do alone. Sure there can be other people in the room, but in essence it’s a solitary activity. So how can one book lover fall in love with another book lover? The Vancouver Public Library wants to help. It’s launching an innovative new program called Read Dating. Participants pre-register and will be assigned a famous book character name along with a gmail account to ensure privacy. Then, on either Feb. 13 (for people aged 35 to 55) or Feb. 15 (for people older than 55), participants gather at the library. They bring along their favourite book, movie or CD to use as their conversation-starter. They are given five minutes to chat with each person. Participation is free but you do need to register by dropping by the popular reading information desk on the second level or calling 604-331-3691.
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rab a partner, create a two-minute performance and skate your heart out to become Vancouver’s Valentine’s Ice Dance Champion. The competition takes place at the Robson Square ice rink from 7 to 8pm on February 14. It’s free and open to all ages and skill levels. First prize includes a couple’s ski holiday to Big White and Silver Star Ski Resort in Kelowna, including two nights’ hotel accommodation and two-day lift passes. Second prize is a Helijet return flight for two to Victoria. Third prize a dinner for two at Bacchus Restaurant in Vancouver. All prizes have been generously donated by the companies mentioned above. Space is limited for the competition. For more information or to pre-register, please visit the skating rink concession stand at Robson Square or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Mar. 15-Apr. 15 at Stanley Industrial Alliance Stage, 8pm (Wed-Sat), 7:30pm (Tues). Matinees: Wed, SatSun, 2pm. $29-$65 from 604-687-1644.
on a true story about a middle-aged woman who loses her husband to cancer and embarks on a cheeky way to raise money for research. To Feb. 26 at Stanley Industrial Alliance Stage, 8pm (Wed-Sat), 7:30pm (Tues). Matinees: Wed, SatSun, 2pm. $29-$65 from 604-687-1644.
GORDON A dark comedy
SCAR TISSUE A man at-
about two criminals who take refuge in a rundown house and end up involved in a peculiar homecoming. Mar. 1-24 at Revue Stage, 8pm (Mon-Sat), 7:30pm (Tues). Matinees: Wed, Sat 2pm. $25-$35 from 604-687-1644.
tempts to uncover why his mother abandoned him two decades earlier before her Alzheimer’s ravages her mind and body. Apr. 5-28 at Revue Stage, 8pm (Mon-Sat), 7:30pm (Tues). Matinees: Wed, Sat 2pm. $25-$35 from 604-687-1644.
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HENRY AND ALICE: INTO THE WILD A sequel to the
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examine their relationship issues. Apr. 19-May 26 at Granville Island Stage, 8pm (Mon, Wed-Sat), 7:30pm (Tues). Matinees: Wed, Sat 2pm. $29-$49 from 604-687-1644. HIGH SOCIETY Screwball
musical comedy based on The Philadelphia Story with songs by Cole Porter. May 10-June 24 at Stanley Industrial Alliance Stage, 8pm (Wed-Sat), 7:30pm (Tues). Matinees: Wed, SatSun, 2pm. $29-$65 from 604-687-1644.
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ment of the popular Jessie Award-winning adaptation of Arnold Lobel’s beloved books. Ages 3+. Mar. 3-Apr. 8 at Carousel Theatre. $12-$29. Times, tickets and info: CarouselTheatre.ca. JASON AND THE ARGONAUTS Contemporary
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comedy tackling the classic Greek myth. Ages 3+. Apr. 13-28 at Carousel Theatre. $12-$29. Times, tickets and info: CarouselTheatre.ca.
THE VERY HUNGRY CATERPILLAR AND OTHER ERIC CARLE FAVOURITES Nova
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THE SILICONE DIARIES
Transexual Nina Arsenault shares the stories of the 60+ cosmetic surgeries that have transformed her from an awkward man to a glamazon bombshell. Feb. 14-25 at the Cultch, 8pm.
$21 and up from Tickets. TheCultch.com. HUNCHBACK
Co-production with the Playhouse and Edmonton’s Catalyst Theatre, known for its highly original, gothic productions, offers a new take on Victor Hugo’s classic story about the deformed bell ringer, Quasimodo. Feb. 18-Mar. 10 at Playhouse Theatre, 8pm. Matinees: Wed, Sat, 2pm. $34-$74 and up from 604-873-3311. IGNORANCE The Old Trout
Puppet Workshop presents a puppet documentary about prehistoric humanity. Feb. 28-Mar. 10 at the Cultch,
A sampling of some of the hottest concerts in the second half of the VSO’s Season. Full concert listings online at vancouversymphony.ca
(/(&75,)<,1*1$'-$6$/(5126211(1%(5* SAT & MON • MAR 24 & 26 • 8PM • ORPHEUM THEATRE Andrew Litton conductor Nadja Salerno-Sonnenberg violin GLINKA Russlan and Ludmilla: Overture SHOSTAKOVICH Violin Concerto No. 1 PROKOFIEV Symphony No. 4 Nadja Salerno-Sonnenberg has remained one of the classical world’s most electrifying performers since she burst forth on to the music scene nearly twenty-ﬁve years ago. Her fearless interpretations and powerful, no-holds-barred playing makes her a perfect match for Shostakovich’s exciting Violin Concerto No. 1.
SATURDAY & MONDAY FEBRUARY 11 & 13 8PM • ORPHEUM THEATRE
Bramwell Tovey conductor Joyce Yang piano
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GOOD The Kiss RACHMANINOFF Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini R. STRAUSS Der Rosenkavalier: Suite RAVEL La Valse Celebrate Valentine’s with the VSO! Sensational pianist Joyce Yang performs Rachmaninoff’s breathtakingly beautiful Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini, and the orchestra plays a suite from Der Rosenkavalier (the Knight of the Rose) and Ravel’s intense, Romantic La Valse.
Kazuyoshi Akiyama conductor Yevgeny Sudbin piano MOZART The Magic Flute: Overture MOZART Piano Concerto No. 24 DEBUSSY L’isle joyeuse DEBUSSY La Mer Yevgeny Sudbin is a shooting star in the musical ﬁrmament, and his passionate, thrilling performances take audience’s collective breath away and leave critics searching SYMPHONY SUNDAYS MAY 28 SERIES SPONSOR CONCERT SPONSOR for superlatives. Yevgeny Sudbin
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Steven Reineke conductor Wicked Divas: Emily Rozek, Julia Murney Broadway new and old, with New York Pops Conductor Steven Reineke, and stars of the long-running Broadway show Wicked. You’ll hear outstanding arrangements from Ragtime, Titanic, The Wizard of Oz, Wicked, and more in a concert featuring two of Broadway’s top talents.
Bramwell Tovey conductor Erin Wall soprano Laura Whalen soprano Judith Forst mezzo-soprano Roger Honeywell tenor James Westman baritone Phillip Ens bass UBC Opera Ensemble TOVEY/MURRELL The Inventor Don’t miss the Vancouver debut of the concert version of Bramwell Tovey’s spectacular opera, The Inventor. Featuring the original cast, and Maestro Tovey conducting..
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PLASTIC ACID ORCHESTRA Classical favourites bump up against rock ’n’ roll in the eclectic repertoire of the sprawling, 45-piece, Vancouver-based Plastic Acid Orchestra. Bryan Deans, the orchestra’s musical director, pushes his group of young composers further outside their comfort zones by pairing up with infamous East Van folk-cabaret band Maria in the Shower Feb. 25 at the Vogue. WE spoke with Deans — who began busking as a child with his cello at Granville Island and is now a music teacher at St. John’s School — about his interest in experimental music. Q: Where did you get the idea for the Plastic Acid Orchestra? A: The name illustrates something different, whacky. Acid is a mixture of different elements, like an orchestra, and as the name has a different sound to it, so does the band. Put them together and you get an unforgettable ensemble that is new! Q: What pieces might one hear during a Plastic Acid Orchestra program? A: Plastic Acid’s originals 8pm. $16 and up from Tickets.TheCultch.com. L’ORCHESTRE D’HOMMESORCHESTRES Quebec
City-based orchestra tackles the music of American icon, Tom Waits. Mar. 22-24 at the Cultch, 8pm. $28 and up from Tickets.TheCultch.com. THE LAST DAYS OF JUDAS ISCARIOT With Rumble
Productions as part of the 2012 Tremors Festival, Pound of Flesh Theatre presents this dramatic courtroom retelling of the man on trial for betraying Christ. Apr. 10-21 at the Cultch, 8pm. $16 and up from Tickets.TheCultch.com. BLUE BOX Nightswimming/
Neworld Theatre present Carmen Aguirre’s onewoman show chronicling her life as an underground Chilean revolutionary to her Hollywood romance to the present day. May 1-12 at the Cultch, 8pm. $16 and up from Tickets.TheCultch.com.
• FIREHALL ARTS CENTRE Info: 604 689-0926 FirehallArtsCentre.ca
GOODNESS Drama about
a recently divorced writer who embarks on a journey to discover his family’s Holocaust history, only to meet a woman who’s lived through a more recent genocide. Mar. 6-11 at Firehall Arts Centre, 8pm. Matinees: Wed, 1pm; Sat, 2pm. $12-$30 from 604-689-0926. UBUNTU: THE CAPE TOWN PROJECT A woman and
man worlds apart are drawn together, using storytelling, music and dance. Apr. 12-21 at Firehall Arts Centre, 8pm. Matinees: Wed, 1pm; Sat, 2pm. $12-$30 from 604-689-0926. BC BUDS: SPRING ARTS FAIR
Eighth annual multidisciplinary arts festival. May 11-13 at Firehall Arts Centre, 8pm. Matinees: Wed, 1pm; Sat, 2pm. Free. SHELTER FROM THE STORM
Touchstone Theatre presents drama about a Vietnam draft doger takes in a traumatized
string piano and drum song, but arranged for full symphony. It’s high-energy, string-rock fusion music. Q: Where did the collaboration with Maria in the Shower come from? A: I met my long-time friend Martin Reisle and my nowgirlfriend Mariah Mennie in Invermere. I’m a glider pilot and the operation’s airport is based there, Martin, a member of Maria in the Shower, Mariah and I ended up collaborating in a small music event called Pinestock. Martin performed “Train of Pounding Hours” informally, and it became one of Maria’s hit songs, so I approached him with the challenge to arrange a song for full symphony orchestra, and he chose “Train.”
greedy, ambitious and bloody attempt to seize the Scottish throne. Mar. 22-31 at Frederic Wood Theatre. $10-$22 from UBCTheatre. UniversityTickets.com.
THE EXQUISITE HOUR
• METRO THEATRE
Vancouver Playhouse Theatre Company presents Relephant Theatre’s Fringe hit about a confirmed bachelor in 1962 whose life is turned upside-down by a mystery woman. Apr. 20-May 4 at Playhouse Recital Hall, 7pm. Matinee: May 5, 4pm. $20 from 604-873-3311.
• THEATRE LA SEIZIEME
Award-winning musical about the Parisian entertainer who finds success disguised as a man impersonating a woman, and unexpectedly attracts the attention of a mobster. Mar. 17-Apr. 7 at Metro Theatre, 8pm. $19-$28 from 604-266-7191. THE MOUSETRAP Based on Agatha Christie’s most famous “whodunnit” about a group of strangers stranded at a boarding house who discover there’s a murderer among them. Apr. 14-May 12 at Metro Theatre, 8pm. $19-$22 from 604-266-7191. EMMA New adaptation of Jane Austen’s classic novel about matchmaking and love in Victorian times. May 19-June 16 at Metro Theatre, 8pm. $19-$22 from 604-266-7191.
• PLAYHOUSE THEATRE
Info: 604-872-6622 Vancouver Playhouse.com
Co-production with the Cultch and Edmonton’s Catalyst Theatre, and the Cultch known for its highly original, gothic productions, offers a new take on Victor Hugo’s classic story about the deformed bell ringer, Quasimodo. Feb. 18-Mar. 10 at Playhouse Theatre, 8pm. Matinees: Wed, Sat, 2pm. $34-$74 and up from 604-873-3311. THE CAT CAME BACK Brand new fanciful experiment inspired by Fred Penner’s classic song, with feline puppetry and original music. Mar. 31-Apr. 5 at Playhouse, 8pm. $10 and up from 604-873-3311. GOD OF CARNAGE Two cou-
ples meet to discuss a fight between their young sons,
• STUDIO 58
Info: 604 323-5227 Langara.bc.ca/Studio58
JULIUS CAESAR A gender-
reversal on the Bard’s classic political tragedy. To Feb. 26 at Studio 58, 8pm. $12-22 (TT).
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LA LISTE Jennifer Trem-
blay’s award-winning drama about a woman consumed by guilt attempting to reconstruct the order of events that led to her neighbour’s death. Mar. 28-31 at Studio 16, 8pm. $24-$27 from 604-736-2616.
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Colin Thomas’ award-winning play for young audiences, translated by Toyoshi Yoshiha, about two kids affected by Hiroshima and nuclear fallout. Performed in Japanese with English surtitles. Feb. 10-11 at Frederic Wood Theatre, 7:30pm. Matinee: Feb. 11, 2pm. $24-$32 from UBCTheatre. UniversityTickets.com. WHO’S THERE? Theatre shorts celebrating beloved professor Peter Loeffler, with funds raised to benefit UBC’s Peter Loeffler Memorial Prize in Theatre. Mar. 3 at Frederic Wood Theatre. By donation.
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• UNITED PLAYERS OF VANCOUVER
Canadian premiere of Peter Flannery’s adaption from the film of the same name about a revolutionary hero enduring Stalin’s oppressive regime. Mar. 30-Apr. 22 at Jericho Arts Centre, 8pm. $16-$20 from 604-224-8007.
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but rationality devolves into mass hysteria, name calling and bitterly funny accusations. Apr. 14-May 5 at Playhouse, 8pm. $33 and up from 604-873-3311.
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young American soldier who has deserted his post in Iraq. May 31-June 9 at Firehall Arts Centre, 8pm. Matinees: Wed, 1pm; Sat, 2pm. $12-$30 from 604-689-0926. Info: 604 266-7191 MetroTheatre.org
Februaryy 8 – March 27
A comedy of manners about a powerful man lured to the country by the promise of a rich and beautiful younger bride, only to fall for her heartier, fox-hunting cousin. June 1-24 at Jericho Arts Centre, 8pm. $16-$20 from 604-224-8007.
• INDEPENDENT THEATRE BEAUTY AND THE BEAST
Broadway Across Canada presents the Tony Awardwinning musical based on the popular Disney film. To Feb. 12 at Queen Elizabeth Theatre, 7:30pm (Thurs, Fri, Sun); Sat 8pm. Matinees: Sat, 11am and 3:30pm; Sun 2pm. $25 and up (TM). VINYL VAUDEVILLE
1930s-style vintage cabaret dinner theatre with trapeze, acrobats, music and food. Feb. 10-18 at Performance Works, 8pm. Matinees: Feb. 12 & 18, 2pm. $69-$149 from VinylVaudeville.com.
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Margaret Cho and more. Feb. 16-26. Tickets, dates and venues: ComedyFest. com.
CONFESSIONS OF THE OTHER WOMAN World
WHOSE LIVE ANYWAY?
premiere drama about a woman who meets her soul mate, only to discover that he’s married. Feb. 29-Mar. 11 at Performance Works, 8pm. $20-$30 from 604-873-3311. THE ODD COUPLE A female
version on the Neil Simon classic about opposite divorcees who share an apartment. Mar. 6-17 at Jericho Arts Centre, 8pm. $10-20 (BPT).
INTIMATE APPAREL The world’s largest collection of antique corsets is the inspiration behind the designs of Vancouver corsetière Melanie Talkington (above left). And since opening up shop, clients from around the world have come knocking on Talkington’s door for her custom fashions, expertly modeled after traditional Victorian corsets. So when the Arts Club decided to stage Intimate Apparel, a period piece about a New York seamstress in 1905, it made perfect sense that they turned to Talkington for her designs. Intrigued at a young age by Dolly Parton’s uncommon shape in the racy film The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas, she started asking about the garments used to get the hourglass figure and began acquiring the delicate antiques, some of which have been exhibited in the Louvre, as a way to preserve them from wear. With her collection, Talkington hopes one day to open a museum of her own.
In 1997, she established Lace Embrace, her own custom corset atelier, quickly gaining the patronage of clients such as burlesque goddess Dita Von Teese with her intricate reproductions. Talkington’s dedication to her craft is the reason she is approached for costume design. “I really enjoyed working with Alison (the play’s costume designer) to find the correct corset patterns, fabrics, trimmings that were based on the description in the play. The writer was very specific.” In the play, an independent African-American woman makes a good living sewing exquisite undergarments and corsets for brides-to-be but yearns to wear one of her own creations. When a mysterious stranger from the Caribbean strikes up a pen-pal relationship, the romance that blooms promises to fulfill all her dreams. Intimate Apparel runs to Mar. 10 at Granville Island Stage. $29-$49 from 604-687-1644 or ArtsClub.com.—Kelsey Klassen FOUR PLAY A four-part din-
ner/theatre love story that follows two people from their first date through to a wedding. Feb. 13, 20, 27 and Mar. 5 at Salt Tasting Room (45 Blood Alley, Gastown), 7pm. $65/show or 240 for all four from InTheHouseFestival.com. THE VAGINA MONOLOGUES / A MEMORY, A MONOLOGUE, A RANT AND A PRAYER UBC
VDay presents both shows to benefit local and international women’s charities. A Memory, a Monologue, a Rant and a Prayer (Feb. 14, 16, 18) and the Vagina Monologues (Feb. 15, 17, 18) at Frederic Wood Theatre, 7pm. $15 (BPT). THE CRUCIBLE Capilano college tackles the Arthur Miller classic about the mass hysteria of the Salem witch trials. Feb. 15-18 at Capilano University. $8-$22 from Tickets.CapilanoU.ca. LOST GIRLS OF NEVERLAND Bramwell Tovey with the VSO
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A musical comedy, borrowing heavily from Peter Pan, about shenanigans concerning the women of a dance troupe at a Gentlemen’s Club in New Orleans. Feb. 16-Mar. 3 at the ANZA Club, 8pm. $15-$25 (BPT). THE MYSTERY OF EDWIN DROOD Fighting Chance
Productions present the Tony Award-winning musical, based on Charles Dickens’ novel, with a ‘choose your own adventure’ ending selected nightly by the audience at intermission. Feb. 18-Mar. 3 at Metro Theatre, 8pm. $10-$30 (TT). THE UGLY ONE Plan B Theatre presents the Vancouver premiere of this satire about a man who undergoes plastic surgery but comes out of the operation “too beautiful.” Feb. 22-Mar. 4 at Jericho
FLOP! Delinquent Theatre presents Anton Lipovetsky’s solo musical about a theatre director eluded by success. Mar. 21-Apr. 1 at Studio 1398, 8pm. $12-$15 (BPT). HELLO DOLLY! Capilano College presents the beloved award-winning musical about a matchmaker’s adventures in turnof-the-century New York. Mar. 29-Apr. 7 at Capilano University. $8-$22 from Tickets.CapilanoU.ca. THE BOMB-ITTY OF ERRORS
A musical “ad-rap-tation” of the Bard’s beloved The Comedy of Errors, with a live DJ and original music. Apr. 3-22 at Studio 16, 8pm. $15-$25 (BPT). CATS Broadway Across Canada presents Andrew Lloyd Webber’s popular, Tony Award-winning musical (“Memory”). Apr. 10-15 at Queen Elizabeth Theatre, 8pm (Tues-Sat); Sun, 7:30pm. Matinees: Sat-Sun 2pm. $35 and up (TM). TREMORS Rumble Production’s contemporary theatre festival Apr. 10-28 at the Cultch and Little Mountain Gallery. $15 and up from 604-251-1363. • Apr. 10-21: The Last Days of Judas Iscariot (see The Cultch listing) • Apr. 17-21: Giant Invisible Robot 2011 Fringe hit about a painfully shy young man and his destructive robot. • Apr. 19-28: Endgame Main Street Theatre’s adaptation of Samuel Beckett’s absurdist classic about the end of life. • Apr. 24-28: A Last Resort A voyage to the dark side of society’s loose grasp on paradise. ROCK OF AGES Broadway
Across Canada presents the Tony Award-nominated rock musical, featuring 28 popular ’80s songs, set in a rock club in 1987 on the Sunset Strip in Los Angeles. May 8-13 at Centre for the Performing Arts. Tickets and times TBA. BARD ON THE BEACH
Award-winning annual Shakespeare festival features Taming of the Shrew, Macbeth, The Merry Wives of Windsor and King John. May 31-Sept. 22 at Vanier Park. $16.50-$145 (all four plays) from BardOnTheBeach.org.
Comedy improv show featuring Ryan Stiles, Greg Proops, Chip Esten and Jeff Davis. Feb. 18 at Red Robinson Show Theatre, 7pm. $34.50-$49.50 (TM). BRIAN REGAN Stand-up co-
median (recommended by Patton Oswalt), known for his sharply funny skewering of everyday life. Mar. 17 at Centre for Performing Arts, 7pm. $29.50-$39.50 (TM). SYLVIA BROWNE Worldfamous pyschic, spiritual teacher and author. Mar. 23 at River Rock, 7pm. $54.50-$64.50 (TM). JAY MOHR Comedian/ author/actor performs a night of standup. Mar. 30 at River Rock, 7pm. $49.50 (TM). JOAN RIVERS Legendary
comedian and fashion correspondent. May 5 at River Rock, 7pm. $49.50-$59.50 (TM). PENN & TELLER The master
comedy/illusionist duo returns. Mar. 30 at Red Robinson Show Theatre, 7pm. $79.50-$99.50 (TM). WHOOPI GOLDBERG
Actress/comedian/talk show host performs. Aug. 10 (River Rock) and Aug. 11 (Red Robinson Show Theatre), 7pm. $109.50-$129.50 (TM). THE COMEDY MIX Comedy club with themed pro-am nights and internationally renowned headliners. Tues-Thurs 8:30pm. Fri-Sat, 8pm and 10:30pm. At 1015 Burrard (inside the Century Plaza). THEATRESPORTS LEAGUE
Improv comedy at The Improv Centre on Granville Island (1502 Duranleau). Ticket prices vary $5-$25 from 604-687-1644 and VTSL.com.15 • Encore! A Musical Improv Series: Wed 7:30 • Improv Test Kitchen: Wed 9pm • Ultimate Improv Championship: Thurs 9:15pm • St. Valentine’s Day Massacre: To Feb. 11: Thurs, 7:30pm; Fri-Sat, 7:30pm and 9:30pm. Feb. 12-14 (Finals): 7:30pm and 9:30pm. • Scared Scriptless: Fri-Sat 11:15pm THE $100 WINNER TAKES ALL VARIETY SHOW Patrick Ma-
liha hosts this weekly variety show every Tues. The Fray (3980 Fraser), 9-11pm. Free. To sign up, contact Patrick Maliha via Facebook.
DANCE • BALLET BC
Info: 604 732-5003 BalletBC.com
WALKING MAD & OTHER WORKS The Canadian
premiere of choreogrpaher Johan Inger’s Walking Mad, set to Ravel’s Bolero, features nine dancers. Mar. 8-10 at Queen Elizabeth Theatre, 8pm. $22.50-$70 (TM).
Instant Theatre’s new improv comedy show. Feb. 12 at Waterfront Theatre, 7:30pm and 9:30pm. $8 from InstantTheatre.com.
BLISS World premiere of Ballet BC’s resident choreographer Jose Navas new work, with music from Mozart, Philip Glass, Henryk Gorecki and Ravi Shankar. May 10-12 at Queen Elizabeth Theatre, 8pm. $30-$77.50 (TM).
• THE CULTCH
Featuring locals and visiting headliners including Betty White, Carol Burnett,
Info: 604 251-1363 TheCultch.com
ELLES World premiere
of choreographer Serge Bennathan’s work exploring feminine strength. Mar. 13-17 at The Cultch, 8pm. $16 and up from 604-251-1363 or Tickets. TheCultch.com. IZM: BBOYIZM Street-dance
hip-hop show choreographed by Crazy Smooth. Apr. 24-29 at The Cultch, 8pm. $16 and up from 604-251-1363 or Tickets. TheCultch.com.
• DANCE ALLSORTS
Series of monthly Sunday recitals at the Roundhouse Community Centre, 2pm and 4pm. $5-$15 in advance from NewWorks.ca. Pay-what-youcan at the door (suggested $5-$20).
• Feb. 19: Project SOUL (Hip-hop) • Mar. 25: Silk Road Ensemble (Multicultural dance and music) • Apr. 15: Brief Encounters ft. The Tomorrow Collective • May 13: Justine Chambers & Arts Umbrella (Contemporary)
• DANCEHOUSE Info: 604-801-6225 DanceHouse.ca
WAYNE MCGREGOR’S RANDOM DANCE The London-
based dance company’s multimedia, contemporary piece, ENTITY. Feb. 10-11 at Playhouse, 8pm. $68.50-$75.50 (TM). GALLIM DANCE The NYCbased dance company makes its Vancouver debut with Blush, an exploration of intimacy, instability and physical exertion. Mar. 23-24 at Playhouse, 8pm. $68.50-$75.50 (TM).
• DANCE CENTRE
All events at the Scotiabank Dance Centre unless otherwise indicated. 604-606-6400 TheDanceCentre.ca
• Feb. 16-18, 8pm: Something(s) Relative Adventurous quartet exploring time, space and dreams, choreographed by Science Friction’s coartistic director Shannon Moreno. $18-$25 (TT). • Feb. 23, 12pm: Strathcona Chinese Dance Company Showcases a range of Chinese dance, from classical to folk. Part of the Discover Dance! series. $8-$10 (TT). • Mar. 29, 12pm: Vancouver Tap Ensemble Pays homage to Vancouver’s iconic The Cave Supper Club with its show, Heyday. Part of the Discover Dance! series. $8-$10 (TT). • Apr. 26, 12pm: The 605 Collective Showcases contemporary dance and excerpts from the company’s new work, Inheritor Album. Part of the Discover Dance! series. $8-$10 (TT). • June 7-9, 8pm: A Simple Way Kokoro Dance’s artistic director Barbara Bourget presents her newest solo work, with music by her composer son, Joseph Hirabayashi. $20-$28 (TT).
• INDEPENDENT DANCE DON QUIXOTE The National Ballet of Cuba makes its Canadian premiere with live music from the Vancouver Opera Orchestra, choreographed by Alicia Alonso. Feb. 16-18 at Queen Elizabeth Theatre, 8pm. $47-$97 (TM). CUADRO FLAMENCO Fla-
menco Rosario presents its annual showcase of dance and singing. Feb. 24 at St. James Hall, 8pm. $18-$22 from FlamencoRosario.org.
ENTER TO WIN 2 TICKETS TO CATS Go to WEVancouver.com by noon Wednesday, February 15 VANCOUVER INTERNATIONAL DANCE FESTIVAL
12th annual showcase of local, national and international contemporary dance, Mar. 2-11 at various venues. VIDF.ca. Highlights: â€˘ Mar. 2-3, 8pm: Alonzo King LINES Ballet â€˘ Mar. 6-7, 8pm: inkBoat COASTAL FIRST NATIONS DANCE FESTIVAL Featuring
some of the best dance groups from Coastal B.C., Yukon and Alaska. Mar. 8-11 at UBC Museum of Anthropology. Full schedule, details and tickets: Damelhamid.ca.
TALES OF THE COCKTAILS Vancouverites have long been known to like to eat well. But the word is spreading that we like to drink well, too. Last year, Tales of the Cocktail made its first foray out of the United States when it came to Vancouver. The organizers of this four-day celebration of the taste and science of cocktails were so impressed by the participantsâ€™ level of knowledge that they decided to bring another tour to Vancouver. From Feb.12 to15, the â€œwhoâ€™s whoâ€? of Vancouverâ€™s cocktail world will gather at the Fairmont Pacific Rim Hotel and other venues. There will be five tasting rooms, meet-and-greets, seminars and several opportunities to toast the cityâ€™s cocktail culture with the eventâ€™s official cocktail, Jacob Sweetappleâ€™s Roaming Buffalo Punch. â€œIt means our clients and bartenders, our entire food and beverage industry, is world class,â€? Lauren Mote says of the honour of having Tales of the Cocktail return. â€œIt brings together people who want to be part of something special.â€? The event is as much for cocktail lovers as it for
cocktail makers. The $195 pass, which covers entry to all tasting rooms, seminars and parties, is â€œan amazing dealâ€? because of its $600 value, Mote says, adding, â€œthese are people who are really good at throwing a party.â€?
FRAGMENTS: VOLUME 1
Montrealâ€™s Sylvain Emardâ€™s three solos and a duet. Mar. 14-17 at Firehall Arts Centre, 8pm. $12-$30 from 604-689-0926. SVENGALI Royal Winnipeg
Festival highlights include: â€˘ Feb.12: Hollywood North Official Opening Party
invites revelers to travel back to1930s Vancouver when glamour and excitement filled the air and U.S. prohibition sent party seekers above the border. Cocktails of the era will be served by Charlotte Voisey and friends with Hendrickâ€™s Gin, Glenfiddich, Sailor Jerry, Tullamore Dew, Grantâ€™s and Gibsonâ€™s Finest. At Rosewood Hotel Georgia, 8:30-11pm.
Balletâ€™s new production of seduction and control. Apr. 20-22 (Fri-Sat, 8pm; Sun, 2pm) at Centre for Performing Arts. $44-$96 (TM). DANCERS DANCING World
premiere of the Fine
Lineâ€™s multimedia dance work Twisted Angels. May 23-26 at 149 W. Hastings, 8pm. $15-$25 from SFUWoodwards.ca.
OPERA â€˘ VANCOUVER OPERA Info: 604-683-0222 VancouverOpera.ca
THE BARBER OF SEVILLE
The classic comic opera is set on a movie backlot in Seville in the 1940s. Mar. 17-25 at Queen Elizabeth Theatre, 7:30pm, with matinees at 1:30pm. $35-$165 from VancouverOpera.ca and 604-683-0222. AIDA Verdiâ€™s famed roman-
tic drama set in ancient Egypt. Apr. 21-May 3 at Queen Elizabeth Theatre, 7:30pm. $35-$165 from VancouverOpera.ca and 604-683-0222.
â€˘ UBC OPERA
Feb. 9-11 at Chan Centre, 7:30pm. Matinee Feb. 12, 2pm. $24 and up (TM).
â€˘ INDEPENDENT OPERA LOVE IN PUBLIC Vancouverbased composer David MacIntryeâ€™s contemporary opera cabaret reimagines Elizabeth Barrett Browningâ€™s Sonnets from the Portuguese. Apr. 19-29 at SFU Woodwards. $15-$25 from SFUWoodwards.ca.
CHORAL â€˘ CHOR LEONI
Info: 604-999-6153 â€˘ ChorLeoni.org
â€˘ Apr. 14: Rebirth Works by Schubert, Debussy, Brahms and more. At Ryerson United Church, 2pm, 7:30pm. $15-$30 (BPT).
â€˘ ELEKTRA WOMENâ€™S CHOIR Info: 604-833-1255 â€˘ Elektra.ca
Info: 604-822-8246 UBCOpera.com
RUSALKA Antonin DvorĂĄkâ€™s
Czech opera based on the original Slavic fairy tale, The Little Mermaid.
â€˘ Mar. 4: Pure Elektra At Ryerson United Church, 3pm. $22-$28 (BPT). â€˘ May 4: Choral Threads At
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DANCE CENTRE Science Friction Something(s) Relative â€œOnce a day allow yourself the freedom to dream.â€? â€“ Albert Einstein
Thursdayâ€“Saturday February 16â€“18, 2012 8pm Scotiabank Dance Centre
Tickets 604.684.2787 www.ticketstonight.ca Info 604.606.6400 www.thedancecentre.ca | www.sciencefriction.ca Presented through the Iris Garland Emerging Choreographer Award, with the support of the Artist-in-Residence programs of The Dance Centre and Dance Victoria.
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Photo: Chris Randle. Dancers: Alison Denham, Farley Johansson
677 Davie Street (at Granville), Vancouver
Early Music Vancouver
2 Paolo Pandolfo, solo viola da gamba Saturday evening 11 February, 8 pm Christ Church Cathedral
Christopher Bagan: An Apprenticeship with Bach Tuesday evening 28 February, 8 pm The Cellar Restaurant & Jazz Club
COMEDYFEST This year’s ComedyFest (Feb. 16-25) lineup already has us smiling in anticipation. Here’s why: 1) Betty White, everyone’s favourite great-grandma, and sole remaining Golden Girl, continues to cook up whitehot zingers, headlining two shows Oct.18 at Centre for Performing Arts.
Kassia, the ﬁrst female composer of the Occident Friday evening 2 March, 8 pm Christ Church Cathedral Call 604 732-1610 for details & ticket orders.
2) Actor (Fairly Legal) and comedian Baron Vaughn pulls all kinds of double duty, with guest spots in Paul Hooper’s shows, all at the Comedy Mix. Ryerson United Church, 7:30pm. Free admission, but must secure free tickets through BPT. • May 5: Tapestry International Gala Concert Celebrating the completion of the choir’s 25th season. At St. Andrew’sWesley United Church, 7:30pm. $22-$28 (BPT).
• MUSICA INTIMA
Twelve-member, selfdirected vocal chamber ensemble. 604-731-6618 Info: MusicaIntima.org
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• Apr. 13, 15: birdsong explores avian-inspired music and text, with Vancouverbased composer Ed Henderson’s Birdsong as its centrepiece. At St. Philip’s Anglican (3737 W. 27th), 7:30pm. $10-$33 from MusicaIntima.org. • May 16: season soirée hosts a wine and song pairing fundraiser with silent auction. At Scotiabank Dance Centre, 7pm. $75 from MusicaIntima.org.
• VANCOUVER CANTATA SINGERS 604-730-8856
• Feb. 9: Romancero! Latin American music for choir and marimba. At Roundhouse Community Centre, 8pm. $25-$30 from 604-730-8856. • Apr. 23: The Atrium Concert Music from the Renaissance age to the 20th Century, with trombone ensemble, I Tromboni. At Blusson Spinal Cord Centre (818 W. 10th), 8pm. Free.
• VANCOUVER CHAMBER CHOIR Info: 604-738-6822
• Feb. 11: Famous Families and Friends Jon Washburn and five conductors from the 32nd annual National Conductors’ Symposium lead the choir through selections by Bach and his sons, the Haydns and Mozart, and more. At Ryerson United Church, 8pm. $24.50-$28 (TM). • Mar. 16: Two Great Choirs The Vancouver Chamber Choir and the Elmer Iseler Singers of Toronto sing separately and together. At Christ Church Cathedral,
3) Writer/comedian Marc Maron might just be one of the best interviewers of all time. Thanks to a willingness to spill his guts to his famous guests on the brilliant podcast, WTF with Marc Maron, he creates a safe and revealing space where his openness is reciprocated. The live taping of his podcast is sold out, but you can see him Feb. 23 at the Comedy Mix and as part of the closing Gala with Bob Odenkirk and David Cross Feb. 25 at the Centre for Performing Arts. 4) Actress, writer and comedian Margaret Cho tackles feminism, racism, sexual-
8pm. $24.50-$28 (TM). • Apr. 6: The Art of the Motets Featuring Bach’s choral works. At Orpheum, 8pm. $19.50-$47.50 (TM). • Apr. 27: More Music from the Stage Featuring opera choruses and scenes from Verdi, Puccini, Gilbert and Sullivan and more. At Ryerson United Church, 8pm. $24.50-$28 (TM).
• VANCOUVER PHOENIX CHAMBER CHOIR
Info: 604-437-9200 • PhoenixChamberChoir.bc.ca
• Mar. 17: Visionaries Featuring James Whitbourne’s Luminosity, a work for choir, organ, tanpura, viola and percussion. At Holy Rosary Cathedral, 8pm. $10-$25 from 604-584-4755.
CLASSICAL • EARLY MUSIC VANCOUVER
All events at 8pm at Christ Church Cathedral unless otherwise indicated. $32-$35 from EarlyMusic.bc.ca
• Feb. 11: Paolo Pandolfo Internationally acclaimed viola de gamba performer, specializing in renaissance, baroque and contemporary music. • Mar. 2: Kassia: The First Female Composer of the Occident Featuring VocaMe, a women’s vocal ensemble dedicated to performing works by Kassia. • Apr. 17: Quatuor Mosaiques: Schubert’s Rosamunde And works by Haydn and Mendelssohn. At Playhouse Theatre. • Apr. 20: Alexander the Great: Hero, Warrior, Lover Featuring the Boston Camerata and the TurkishAmerican ensemble Dunya.
• April 11: Anton Kuerti plays Beethoven’s Appassionato. At Orpheum, 10:30am.
• VANCOUVER RECITAL SOCIETY Tickets from 604-602-0363
• Feb. 19: Florian Boesch (baritone) and Roger Vignoles (piano) Selections by Schumann and Schubert. At Chan Centre, 3pm. $36-$58. • Feb. 26: Rodion Pogossov (baritone) and Mikhall Senovalov (piano) Selections byTchaikovsky, Mozart and more. At Kay Meek Centre, 3pm. $48. • Mar. 4: Steven Osborne
ity and all things taboo with her Cho Dependent show Feb.19 at Centre for the Performing Arts. 5) Comedy-folk duo Garfunkel and Oates (actresses/comedians Riki Lindhome and Kate Micucci) make brilliantly funny music Feb.16 at the Opening Gala at Centre for Performing Arts, Feb.17 at Tom Lee Music Hall and Feb.18 with two shows at the Comedy Mix. The ComedyFest runs Feb.16-25 at various venues. Full lineup, tickets and information: ComedyFest.com.—Andrea Warner
(piano) Selections by Beethoven, Ravel and more. At Chan Centre, 3pm. $36-$58. • Mar. 8: Murray Perahla (piano) Selections by Bach, Chopin and more. At Chan Centre, 8pm. $36-$99. • Mar. 18: Ellas String Quartet English group performs selections by Mozart, Janacek and Mendelssohn. At Playhouse, 3pm. $36-$48. • Mar. 25: Andreas Brantelld (cello) and Shal Wosner (piano) Selections by Debussy, Brahms and more. At Kay Meek Centre, 3pm. $48. • Apr. 19: Kirill Gerstein (piano) Award-winning German pianist performs
selections by Weber, Knussen, Mozart and more. At Chan Centre, 8pm. $36-58. • May 14: Christian Gerhaher (baritone) and Andras Schiff (piano) Songs by Beethoven, Haydn and more. At Chan Centre, 8pm. $36-65.
• VANCOUVER SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA
The VSO presents its 2012 series of concerts. All shows at Orpheum Theatre, 8pm, unless otherwise indicated. Info: 604-876-3434 • Tickets from VancouverSymphony.ca.
• Feb. 11,13: Romantic Rachmaninoff and Ravel: A Valentine Celebration
TALKING STICK FESTIVAL Celebrate aboriginal arts Feb. 20-Mar. 4 at various venues. Full schedule, tickets and info: FullCircle.ca.
• MUSIC IN THE MORNING
At Vancouver Academy of Music (1270 Chestnut), 10:30am. Tickets $16-$35 from MusicInThe Morning.org
• To Feb. 10: London Haydn Quartet • Mar. 7-9: Bach — The Goldberg Variations
Featuring pianist Joyce Yang. $21.50-$84. • Feb. 18,20: John Lill plays Beethoven With additional works by Buhr, Elgar and more. $21.50-$84. • Feb. 24-25: Jupiter! The Magnificent Music of Mozart Featuring pianist Benedetto Lupo. At Chan Centre. $21.50-$84. • Mar. 1, 2pm: Come Fly With Me! Featuring violinist Jeanette Bernal-Singh and host Christopher Gaze. $21-$38. • Mar. 2-3: Wicked Divas Featuring New York Pops music director Steven Reineke and Broadway singers Emily Rozek and Julia Murney. $21.50-$84. • Mar. 17, 19: Peter Serkin and Brahms Featuring conductor Jun Marki and pianist Peter Serkin. $21.50$84. • Mar. 21: Renee Fleming Featuring famed soprano and conductor Sebastian Lang-Lessing. $20-$150. • Mar. 24, 26: Electrifying! Nadja Salerno-Sonnenberg The violinist performs selections by Glinka, Shostakovich and more. $21.50-$84. • Apr. 2: The Wizard of Oz Screening of the beloved film with live music performed by the VSO. $22.50-$80. • Apr. 12: Lehar: The Merry Widow Franz Lehar’s beloved operetta with the UBC Opera Ensemble. $21-$38. • Apr. 13, 14: Let’s Dance! Featuring 2010 National Jitterbug champion and So You Think You Can Dance choreographer Carla Heiney. $21.50-$84. • Apr. 15, 7:30pm: Seoul Philharmonic Featuring Wu Wei, the world’s leading sheng player. $22.50-$80. • Apr. 20-21: Bach & Mendelssohn, with Dale Barltrop Featuring the acclaimed violinist. At Chan Centre. $26.75-$66. • Apr. 26: Larry King Broadcaster’s new stage show based on stories from his lengthy career and audience Q&A. $37-$89. • Apr. 28 (8pm) and Apr. 29 (2pm): Gilber & Sullivan’s Trial By Jury Featuring pianist Peter Longworth and UBC Opera Ensemble. $16-$59. • May 11-12: Essential Brass with Allen Vizzutti Featuring the acclaimed trumpeter. $21.50-$84.
• May 18-19: Jeffrey Kahane plays Bach and Mozart Featuring conductor/pianist performing selections such as Bach’s Keyboard Concerto No. 1 and more. At Chan Centre. $26.75-$66. • May 26, 28: Yevgeny Sudbin Featuring the acclaimed pianist under conductor Kazuyoshi Akiyama. Matinee: May 27, 2pm. $21.50-$84. • May 30: Last Night of the Proms Featuring the Vancouver Bach Choir. $21.50-$84. • June 2, 4: A Hero’s Life Featuring pianist Jan Lisiecki. $21.50-$84. • June 9, 11: Bramwell Tovey’s The Inventor The VSO conductor debuts the concert version of his new opera with soprano Erin Wall and more. $21.50-$84.
Benny Green Trio Famed NYC-based pianist. $64.99 (including two-course meal). • Feb. 23-24: Peter Bernstein Trio NYC-based guitarist w/ local musicians Jodi Proznick and Jesse Cahill. $16. • Mar. 2-3: Vincent Herring and the Tilden Webb Trio NYC-based alto saxophonist. $16. • Mar. 15: Van Django Gypsy jazz acoustic string ensemble. $15. • Apr. 5: Hal Galper Trio Acclaimed hard bop pianist. $16.
• CHAN CENTRE
Eclectic concert series featuring a variety of genres • All tickets from Ticketmaster.
• Mar. 9, 8pm: Tiempo Libre Acclaimed Grammynominated Cuban group. $51.50-$57.50. • Mar. 24, 8pm: Berlin Nights/Paris Days: The Art of Chanson Cabaraet singer Ute Lemper performs with the Vogler Quartet and Stefan Malzew. $51.50-$57.50. • Apr. 1, 7pm: Zakir Hussain and Masters of Percussion Percussion legend and tabla virtuoso. $51.50-$57.50.
• VETTA CHAMBER MUSIC
All shows at West Point Grey United Church (4594 W. 8th), 8pm, unless otherwise indicated. $12-$28 from VettaChamberMusic.com
• Mar. 30: Clarinet plus Quartets Quartets by Mendelssohn and Schumann, and a quintet by Brahms. • May 11: Beloved Piano Trios from Mozart, Simetana and Brahms.
TONY WILSON & A DAY’S LIFE BAND Famed local gui-
ETERNAL LIGHT The Vancou-
tarist celebrates the release of his novella, A Day’s Life, and performs with JP Carter, Jesse Zubot, Peggy Lee, Russel Sholberg and Skye Brooks. Feb. 17 at Ironworks Studios, 8pm. $10-$15 from 604-683-8240.
ver Academy of Music Symphony Orchestra performs a tribute in memory of Maestro Wallace Leung. Feb. 19 at the Orpheum, 7:30pm. $6-$10 from VancouverAcademyOfMusic.com. STILL IMAGE The Bozzini
THE PLASTIC ACID ORCHESTRA Local 45-piece orches-
Quartet of Montreal, with Vancouver’s François Houle and Jeremy Berkman, perform four major interrelated works spanning 1998-2011. Feb. 26 at SFU Woodwards, 7pm. $10-$40 from SFUWoodwards.ca.
tra that performs classical and popular music, with gypsy-inspired cabaret act Maria in the Shower. Feb. 25 at Vogue Theatre, 7pm. $20-$30 (H, RC, NT). LADYSMITH BLACK MAMBAZO Critically acclaimed
PACIFIC BAROQUE ORCHESTRA Presents A
among others. Mar. 20-25 at Western Front. Tickets prices TBA. Info: VancouverProMusica.ca. THE TOURÉ-RAICHEL COLLECTIVE Collaboration
between Mali musician Vieux Farka Touré and Israeli musician Idan Raichel play in support of their new work, The Tel Aviv Session. Apr. 29 at Norman Rothstein Theatre.
WORDS PANDORA’S COLLECTIVE 10TH ANNIVERSARY
Writing group celebrates and raises funds for its long-running Twisted Poets literary Salon with C.R. Avery, Jess Hill and Geoff Berner. Feb. 16 at Prophouse Cafe (1636 Venables), 7pm-12am. $10 plus a bottle of wine. ROBSON READING SERIES
All readings are free at the UBC Bookstore at Robson Square, 7pm, and free unless otherwise indicated. • Feb. 16: Steve Burgess (Who Killed Mom?) and Daniel Griffin (Stopping for Strangers) • Mar. 8: Sean Johnston (The Ditch Was Lit Like This) and Anne Simpson (Is) • Mar. 22: Dani Couture (Algoma) and Nicole Lundrigan (Glass Boys) • Apr. 3: Margaret Christakos (Welling), Steven Price (Omens in the Year of the Ox) and Leigh Kotsilldis (Hypotheticals) • May 3: Stephanie Bolster (A Page from the Wonders of Life on Earth)and Theresa Kishkan (Mnemonic: A Book of Trees) • May 17: Catherine Owen (Catalysts)and Waubgeshig Rice (Midnight Sweatlodge) • June 7: Phil Hall (Kildeer) and Aaron Bushkowsky (Curtains for Roy)
DON QUIXOTE If you have been holding your breath since 2005’s Swan Lake, for three days in February you can sigh and swoon with relief. A rarely performed and acclaimed classical ballet is coming to Vancouver. It was the dream of arts impresario David Lui two years ago to bring the National Ballet of Cuba, and their fiery signature ballet, Don Quixote, to a city that has typically embraced contemporary dance. Upon his passing in September of last year, friend and business partner Brent Belsher carried on to see Lui’s vision completed. Last week Belsher was in Victoria. He watched as Cuban dancers, some of the best in the world, discovered the city by bicycle, enjoying the sunshine after earning a standing ovation the night before.
All 75 members will be on stage at the Queen Elizabeth Theatre in Vancouver for the Canadian premier — revealing why it is said that the Cubans own Don Quixote. Belsher says he was drawn to the company by their excellence and the legend of choreographer and National Ballet of Cuba founder Alicia Alonso. Under her direction, the production effortlessly blends the drama of the 400-year-old classic with Russian showmanship and Latin passion. “Viengsay Valdés, the girl in the poster … she does 75 fouettés without ever going off pointe. She just keeps going and going, and that’s just her,” admired Belsher. Don Quixote runs Feb.16-18. $47-$97 from Ticketmaster.—Kelsey Klassen
South African band tours in support of its latest release, Songs from a Zulu Farm. Mar. 8 at Vogue Theatre, 7:30pm. $38.50-$42.50 from VogueTheatre.com.
Life for Art: Back, a Family of Virtuosi. Mar. 24 at St. Mark’s Church, 7:30pm and Mar. 25 at W. Vancouver United Church, 2:30pm. $10-$33 (BPT).
SONIC BOOM Annual festival of new music by B.C. composers, featuring the Vancouver Bass Project, Michael Murray and the world premiere of Owen Underhill’s new piece for a large brass ensemble
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February 9 - 15, 2012
YOUR GUIDE TO THE SEASON’S HOTTEST EVENTS Delhi 2 Dublin return to the CelticFest By Andrea Warner
n 2006, Sanjay Seran was recruited to play a one-off show at the CelticFest. Six years later, his band Delhi 2 Dublin is one of Vancouver’s most acclaimed live acts, touring the world over with its unique Bhangra-beatsCeltic-rock-world-fusion sound. In essence, D2D is the quintessential Vancouver band, a perfect sonic example of our multicultural mix. Seran spoke with WE about what it means to headline the festival that changed his life. The band was supposed to be a one-off, but now it’s been six years. Why does D2D work? Because we want it to. Any project VANCOUVER INTERNATIONAL READERS AND WRITERS FESTIVAL PRESENTS
All readings are free at Vancouver Public Library’s Alice MacKay room at 7:30pm unless otherwise indicated. • Feb. 22: Richard Wag-
can work if people are having fun and willing to put in the work. I think we’ve found that balance. We work our asses off on the business side of things, including the willingness to tour like mad, and then we work even harder at maintaining the relationships in the band. When it’s all said and done, we get on stage and have the time of our lives. What’s the next album’s direction? The focus for the next album is definitely on our song writing and the approach to the songs. We feel that in the past we’ve had some great song ideas with some great beats but have been a little lacking with regards to fully developed songs. So, for the last three months we have written just over 20 songs and we’ve done so more collec-
amese (Indian Horse), Anne DeGrace (Flying with Amelia) and Robert Hough (Dr. Brinkley’s Tower) • Mar. 7: Steven Bruck (Omens in the Year of the Ox), Julie Price (Monkey Ranch) • Mar. 21: Tamara Faith Berg-
tively than we ever have in the past resulting in what I think is a more refined and distinctive D2D sound. In the next two weeks we are going narrow down which songs are going to make the record, which ones get shelved, and which ones should never be heard by ears other than ours. What elements are critical in separating “good” fusion from “bad” fusion? The key is to not over think it. If it sounds good, go with it. There is no formula to make music and that still holds with fusion music. Once it starts to become contrived, I usually feel, it’s not going to work. All of us add our style and colour to whatever it is we may be working on and that keeps it organic, no one is faking it and thus it is real.
er (Maidenhead), Anakana Schofield (Malarky) and Ben Wood (The Bellwether Revivals) • Apr. 4: Will Ferguson (419), Yasuko Thanh (Floating like the Dead) • Apr. 18: John Boyne (The Absolutist), Buffy Cran (Ra-
dio Belly) and Owen Laukkanen (The Professionals) • May 9: Linden MacIntyre and Richard Strursberg • May 28: Pulitzer Prizewinning author Richard Ford (Independence Day) discusses his newest book, Canada. At Frederic Wood Theatre, 7:30pm. $19-$21 from VancouverTix.com.
EVENTS TALES OF THE COCKTAIL
Featuring seminars, tasting rooms, bar crawl, dinner pairings, parties and more. Feb. 12-15 at various venues. Tickets, schedule and information: TalesOfTheCocktail.com.
WE’LL BE IN VANCOUVER, EXCHANGING THE OLD BC HYDRO METER ON YOUR HOME WITH A NEW SMART METER.
VANCOUVER WELLNESS SHOW 20th annual show-
case featuring over 300 exhibitors, demonstrations, workshops, and guest speakers, as well as info on pet wellness, massage and a kids play area. Feb. 17-19 at Vancouver Convention Centre East. Schedule, tickets and information: TheWellnessShow.com.
BC Hydro is upgrading homes and businesses with new smart meters. Moving to a more efﬁcient, modernized grid will help us meet the growing demand for electricity while continuing to deliver safe, reliable power throughout the province.
VANCOUVER PLAYHOUSE INTERNATIONAL WINE FESTIVAL 43th annual festival,
featuring more than 180 wineries, representing 15 countries. Feb. 27-Mar. 4 at Vancouver Convention & Exhibition Centre. Times and events vary. Info: PlayhouseWineFest.com
Here’s what you can expect: ã Typically, meter installation will take place Monday to Friday from 8:00 a.m.–8:00 p.m. PST. ã Meter installers will have BC Hydro and Corix logos on their trucks and uniforms, and photo identiﬁcation badges.
featuring noteworthy women. All shows at the Centre for Performing Arts, 7:30pm. $35-$85 from UniqueLives.com. • Mar. 6: Clara Hughes Athlete and multi-Olympic medalist. • Apr. 17: Marlo Thomas Actress, author and founding director of the MS Foundation. • May 16: Jamie Lee Curtis Actress, author. • June 5: Connie Chung Former news anchor. 21ST CENTURY FLEA MARKET Retro furnishings,
books, antiques, rhinestone jewellery, records and more at this “shabby-chic to ’50s-kitsch” market with more than 170 tables. Mar. 18 at Croatian Cultural Centre, 10am-3pm. Admission $5. Info: 604-980-3159 or 21CPromotions.com MOTOWN MELTDOWN Fea-
turing more than 25 Canadian vocalists backed by a 12-piece band performing classics from the Motown songbook, benefitting the ShootingStarsFoundation. org. Mar. 31 at Commodore, 7pm. $30 (H, TM). A 360 DEGREE VIEW OF THE WORLD WITH ANDERSON COOPER Journalism’s silver
fox and Emmy Awardwinning CNN news anchor
RAYMOND JAMES SOUL SHAKE Featuring Babe Gurr,
Jerry Doucette, Ali Milner, Don Stewart and more, benefitting the ShootingStarsFoundation.org. Apr. 21 at Red Robinson Show Theatre, 7pm. $35 (TM). FAN EXPO Trade show fea-
turing something for fans of gaming, comics, genre television and film, and more, with guests Adam West and Burt Ward (Batman), Tom Felton (Harry Potter franchise), Nicholas Brendon (Buffy the Vampire Slayer) and more. Apr. 21-22 at Vancouver Convention Centre. Full tickets, schedule and information: FanExpoVancouver.com. STARS ON ICE: LOVE ’N’ LIFE TOUR Choreographed and
co-directed by Kurt Browning, with Olympic medalists Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir, Joannie Rochette and more. May 18 at Rogers Arena, 7:30pm. $25 and up (TM).
FESTIVALS CHUTZPAH! The 12th an-
nual showcase of Jewish performing arts features dance (Holland’s Noords Nederlandse Dans); music
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(Hadag Nahash) and theatre (A Blessing on the Moon) and more. Feb. 11-Mar. 4 at various venues. Full schedule, tickets and info: ChutzpahFestival.com. TALKING STICK FESTIVAL
Celebrating established and emerging, local and international Aboriginal artists in music, poetry, dance, performance art, theatre and more. Feb. 20-Mar. 4 at various venues. Full schedule, tickets and info: FullCircle.ca. WINTERRUPTION MUSIC & ARTS FESTIVALThe 7th
annual festival celebrates arts and live music on Granville Island, featuring performances by Aidan Knight, Michael Bernard Fitzgerald, the Belle Game and Acres of Lions. Feb. 24-26 at various venues. Full schedule and information: GranvilleIsland.com/ Winterruption. VANCOUVER INTERNATIONAL CHILDREN’S FESTIVAL 35th annual
event featuring theatre, puppetry, animated film, dance and music from all over the world,. May 28-June 3 at Granville Island. Tickets, schedule and info: ChildrensFestival.ca. EAT! VANCOUVER FOOD & COOKING FESTIVAL
Featuring exhibitors, food tastings, samples, and food-related stars, including Food Network personalities. June 1-3 at Vancouver Convention Centre. Schedule and information: Eat-Vancouver.com
WIDE ANGLE MEDIA FESTIVAL First annual film
festival celebrating shorts and features by filmmakers with disabilities. Mar. 22-25 at various venues. Full schedule, tickets and information: Kickstar-Arts.ca. REEL 2 REAL INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAl
Session is hosted by Richmond Centre for Disability.
Youth film festival featuring shorts, documentaries, and features for audiences aged 9 to 19. Apr. 13-20 at various venues. Tickets, locations, and times: R2RFestival.org
For more information & assistance with RDSP account opening; call Ella at 604-232-2404 or visit www.rcdrichmond.org
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discusses his life experiences followed by a Q&A. Apr. 5 at the Vancouver Convention Centre, 10:30am. $175 (NT).
Hastings Community Centre (Auditorium)
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Delhi 2 Dublin plays Mar. 17 at the Vogue, 8pm. $30-$35 from VogueTheatre.com.
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UNIQUE LIVES AND EXPERIENCES 18th annual series
audiences from all walks of life is a real blessing. A lot of the time the best feeling is when people don’t understand the lyrics yet they are totally lost in, and enjoying, the music because then you know it’s the music and emotion that is connecting with them — that sounds so cliche and lame but it really does feel awesome!
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What does it mean to you to be able to cross genres and cultural divides with your music? It feels absolutely amazing. We’re able to make music which is truly Canadian and represents who we are as individuals. Growing up, there weren’t a whole lot of things that would represent both sides of who I was as a person, the little Punjabi kid and the kid who grew up in Richmond. Now to be able to make music that incorporates those elements and play it for
festival featuring films, panel discussions, and public forums. May 4-13 at various venues. Info, schedules, and tickets: DoxaFestival.ca
Wellness Show Feb. 17-19
Health & Wellness Three things to put you in a good mood By Joanna Runciman
am aware of the goings on of the economy and wider world but I have a feeling that it was ever thus. But since our ancestors did not have television and internet, life probably seemed less overwhelming for them. I am going to share three ways that can make your life better that do not cost money and, as a bonus, create more happiness in the world. Why not try these three things to put you in a good mood today: â€˘ Be grateful: gratitude is powerful and infectious. Somehow if you are grateful for, say, the glass of water sitting next to you or the food in your fridge, the birds singing in the garden or the shoes on your feet, then youâ€™ll find that you notice many other things to be grateful for. It is infectious â€” in a good way. â€˘ Be in nature: humans always lived in and around nature (before we built large towerblocks, concrete pavements/ sidewalks and mega motorways/ highways). Our ancestors walked outside on grassland or soil and as a result were more connected to the earth than we generally are. There is now considerable research showing that you thrive when grounded, as it were. So get out into nature, ideally in leather-soled shoes or bare feet. Hug a tree â€” it is really refreshing. â€˘ Be you: many magazines and televi-
sion programs give you all manner of ideas of how you can look Joanna Runcimann like a celebrity, look younger or look anything other than yourself. Why is this? I think this is destructive since you are you and are wonderfully made. It is far more positive to celebrate being you than constantly want to be someone else. A friend noted, â€œwould you be willing to put you back in the bag and get a new you out of the bag, bearing in mind that you may be someone else who is less fortunate than yourself? The answer is always a no, so quit moaning!â€? Direct but an interesting point, donâ€™t you think?
I would also add that being grateful is a habit, and a negative default pattern is remarkably common. Simply by starting to be grateful for your lunch, comfy bed or sunshine, for example, youâ€™ll notice that there are many more things to be grateful for. Try it, what do you have to lose? Will you be grateful? The results may surprise you. Joanna Runcimann set up Actual Organics to serve those wanting to make positive changes to improve their overall health, wellness and happiness. In the winter Joanna skis most of the time and works when she is not skiing. Find out more about how to take care of your physical and emotional health at FitnessGoop.com, which supplied this column.
he Wellness Show returns to the Vancouver Convention Centre from Feb. 17 to 19. This yearâ€™s show includes: â€˘ Celebrity cooking stage: Guest chefs and Spilling the Beans author Julie Van Rosendaal. â€˘ Demonstration stage: squaredancing, sufi whirling, speed badminton, pilates and Shimakâ€™s Bollywood workout. â€˘ Living Well stage: â€œBrainologyâ€? by Niv Harris, â€œHumour for Healthâ€? by Monique Hurteau and Lorne Cardinal (Corner Gas), and Master Zhi Gang Sha. â€˘ Women and Wellness stage: â€œEverything you need to know about hormonesâ€? with Lorna VanderHaegen, â€œMastering menopauseâ€? with Bev Maya and Gilly Thomas, and â€œHealing depression and anxiety holisticallyâ€? with Dr. Divi Chandna. WellnessShow.com
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