Call To Local Artists – Create Something Amazing In Strathcona

23 Jan

10BlocksOfPassion

If you are a local artist and would like to see your work featured publicly, then be sure to check out Strathcona’s new project 10 Blocks of Passion Street Gallery.  Some of you may have heard Stathcona’s aim to be one of the City’s most walkable communities. “Made In Strathcona” and the Strathcona Business Improvement Association are taking the next step to make this happen.  They aim to feature original art work that tells stories about the Strathcona neighbourhood.  They would like to bring the streets to life.  Local artists are invited to create art installations for public display in the neighbourhood which will be showcased until the end of the summer.  Applications are now being accepted until January 29th. To learn more, you can email partnerships@myloudspeaker.ca or check out the online application form which also has a few inspirational ideas 10 Blocks of Passion Street Gallery. Personally, we would like to see the amazing art that appears when it rains in the City, bring a bit of life to our wet grey days in Vancouver.  If you haven’t seen pics of what we mean, visit Rainworks.

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Body Soul & Spirit Expo – February 2 – 4, 2018 At The Croatian Cultural Centre

22 Jan

Spiritual-OceanIt’s the New Year and for many people resolutions are top of mind. Whether you are thinking to learn something or experience something new, or tackle a project at long last maybe taking and/or making some time for self-care. The term self care we’ve noticed has magically been given the green light meaning it’s ok to look after yourself as it should. When you look after yourself, you are a happier more productive person for it. So we think it fitting we let you know about The Body Soul & Spirit Expo being held at the Croatian Cultural Centre starting February 2nd.  The show is billed as a “Holistic, New Thought and Spiritual Lifestyle Expo, that showcases products, services and resources for growth, and fosters the individual quest for wholeness, health and self understanding.”   Organizers have been producing this show for 20 years in cities across Canada. The aim is help you be happier, healthier and connect you with other positively focused individuals.  The expo features a number of lectures and workshops throughout the weekend starting on Friday February 2nd. Some lectures are part of the cost of admission, others have an added cost and require registration. Jeffrey Armstrong kicks things off on Friday afternoon discussing Ayurvedic Dosha (body types), followed by a workshop by Lynn Andrews Living Life Intentionally. A variety of workshops continue throughout the weekend including Donna Fairhurst presenting one Psychic’s Journey, Della Resdie with Cellular Consciousness Healing and Debra Metzker Meehl with Joyful Transformation.   You can purchase tickets for The Body Soul & Spirit Expo in advance online for $15 if you plan to attend 1 day, or $35 gets you admission over all 3 days.  If you prefer last minute, you can purchase a ticket at the door for $20.

Contributing Writer Tiva Quinn Reviews Black Boys On Now Until January 20th

18 Jan

BlackBoysThe Cultch, Buddies in Bad Times Theatre, Saga Collectif and Zee Zee Theatre bring you an inspiring production, Black Boys. Tiva Quinn checked out opening night of this stand out show.  Here is what she had to say:

Black Boys is right up there at the pinnacle of what alternative theatre can do. It includes complex ideas, raw emotion, music, dance and poetry, and it feels like a story that could only be so excellently told using a non-linear, multi-media approach.

It’s about what it means to be a black gay man in Canada and what it means to make theatre about that experience in a world where you’re already painfully aware of how the straight white majorities see you.

It’s about the furthest our words can go to wound or heal one another, and the ways we use screaming or dance or sex to express ourselves when words are not enough. It’s about how we define ourselves both through stories about our past and in acts of judgment and opposition towards the people in our own communities.

It’s just really, really good. I laughed, I cried, I yelled, “Stellaaaa” with a  bunch of strangers. You should go see it if it’s not sold out yet. To get your tickets, visit The Cultch.

By Contributing Writer Tiva Quinn

 

The PuSh International Performing Arts Festival: January 16 – February 4, 2018

17 Jan

PUSHFestivalThe PuSh International Performing Arts Festival is a feast of live performance art. The Festival takes place over a 3 week period from January 16th to February 4th in various venues around the City. In East Vancouver, The Fox Cabaret, The Cultch and The Russian Hall will be hosting a number of the performances.  Expect to find performances from international, Canadian and local artists in a variety of genres including dance, film, music, multimedia and theatre. Check out some of the original and creative works which will be showcased during PuSh.  We’ve set out below the productions coming to East Vancouver. To purchase tickets, visit PuSH Festival and note, if you wish to see several performances, 4 pack and 6 pack ticket options are available.

 

The Fox Cabaret, 2321 Main Street

 Cris Derksen Trio (February 2–3, 2018)

Daughter (February 1, 2018)

Dickie Beau: Unplugged (January 19–20, 2018)

HINKYPUNK (January 26, 2018)

Joseph Keckler (January 26–27, 2018)

RPM Records: Live in Vancouver (February 3, 2018)

Songs of Insurrection (January 22–23, 2018)

Spokaoke (February 2, 2018)

Torrey Pines (January 20, 2018)

The Cultch, 1895 Venables Street

Dublin Oldschool (January 30–February 3, 2018)

I’m Not Here (January 24–28, 2018)

Reassembled, Slightly Askew (January 17–February 4, 2018)

The Russian Hall, 600 Campbell Avenue

Pushoff Mixer (February 1, 2018)

Symposium: Field Notes (February 3, 2018)

The Events (January 17–28, 2018)

Contributing Writer Nicole Alivojvodic Reviews Hot Brown Honey

16 Jan

HotHoneyBrownHiveUnapologetically provocative, Hot Brown Honey shatters preconceptions in an explosion of colour, culture, and controversy. From Australian theatre company Briefs Factory comes this loud wake up call featuring six fierce and talented women communicating important messages through song, dance and, most of all, humour. The 75-minute show has you itching to get out of your seat and join the party on stage – and some get plucked out of the audience to do just that!

Check your privilege at the door and get ready to make noise because “fighting the power never tasted so sweet”. Throughout the show the women tackle several culturally relevant issues such as colonization, white privilege and namely, feminism. Tangled up in colour and acrobatics the show itself smashes the preconception that women are to be silent subjects by the sheer volume of the performance, both literally and figuratively. Their open defiance of stereotypes and the patriarchal expectations of the world we live in is not only hilarious, but incredibly powerful.

For tickets to this wild and fantastic show, on now until January 27th at The York Theatre, visit The Cultch.

By Contributing Writer: Nicole Alivojvodic

Photo Credit: Dylan Evans

The Wood Shop Workers Co-Op Offers Do-It-Yourself Projects Starting February 3rd

15 Jan

WoodWorkingEducation

Are you interested in tackling a do-it-yourself project for home this New Year, but don’t have the space? You may wish to check out the classes being offered by The Wood Shop Workers Co-op. They regularly offer 1 day classes wherein they provide the space, materials and the tools for the project you wish to tackle. You can choose to make a dining table or storage trunk with reclaimed wood. Each workshop is led by an experienced Wood Working Educator in a professional wood working shop.  You will learn how to use wood working tools and learn some introductory fabrication and finishing concepts. When they aren’t teaching classes, the Wood Shop crafts one-of-a-kind furniture and home décor items out of reclaimed wood. The cost of each class varies depending on what you choose to make, but they are offering a variety of dates starting February 3rd. Workshops take place at 251 Southern Creek in the False Creek Flats near Main Street and Terminal Avenue. Note, gift certificates are available should you wish to give a class as a gift to someone.  For more information or to register, visit their website at The Wood Shop Workers Co-op.

Photo Credit: The Wood Shop Workers Co-Op

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