Have you ever been a step parent? Thought about being a step parent? Maybe you are one. Having had the personal experience, it is not for the faint of heart. Thick skin and patience are two pre-requisites for this role, but like all paths in life, there are the challenges but also the rewards. This March, Standing Room Theatre Only brings you a one woman show Almost A Stepmom. It is the true story of Keara Barnes who moves to Ireland and becomes a stepmom, well almost. This dark comedy shows you first hand the ups and downs of being a stepmom and brings you multiple characters including an attempted murder in this one woman show. Almost A Stepmom has received rave reviews at various festivals throughout Western Canada, most recently winning the Emerging Artist Award at the 2016 Calgary Fringe Festival. You catch the show at Havana Theatre on Commercial Drive between March 14 and 18. Tickets are $18 and available online from Brown Paper Tickets.
There are so many interesting events popping up around East Van, it’s hard to keep up with them all. As we love all things food and drink , this event caught our eye, The Renaissance of Vermouth. It is being hosted by Odd Society Spirits this Thursday, February 23rd from 7:00 to 9:00 pm. The cocktail lounge at Odd Society will be transformed into a Mediterranean tapas bar which will feature Italian and Spanish style bites prepared by Chef Jesse McMillan of Campagnolo ROMA. Vermouth will be poured with drinks expert Shaun Layton. This is a casual standing room only event with tickets running $65 per person which includes tax and tip. You can purchase your ticket(s) for this event by emailing Odd Society Spirits at email@example.com.
You are invited to take a peak inside one of Vancouver’s iconic eateries, the Elbow Room Café. The café is located in downtown Vancouver and is owned and operated by partners in life and in business, Patrice and Bryan, who have been running the café since 1983. The restaurant is known for its eclectic breakfast and brunch menu that serves up sarcasm along with your food. If you are lucky and you time it just right, you may also find a celebrity sighting or two. The Elbow Room Café – The Musical features local actors Dave Deveau and Anton Lipovetsky who we hear sink their teeth into the roles of owners, Patrice and Bryan. Together they explore the reality of aging in a Technicolour world which is complete with campy misfits, drag queens and the perpetually hung over. Elbow Room Café – The Musical runs March 1 to 12 at the York Theatre with artist talkback shows on March 3rd, 5th and 7th. Tickets are available online from The Cultch and start from $20. Expect a loud, colourful and unpredictable evening that’s full of heart.
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If you love whisky, you may wish to check out the Whiskey Pairing Dinner being held at Fets Whiskey Kitchen Tuesday, February 21st. Marcio Ramos, a brand ambassador for Beam Global, will take you on tasting tour of three of Scotland’s whiskey regions. Fets Whiskey Kitchen will be pairing 5 delish delishes with 5 whiskies from 4 distilleries. Cost for the event is $85 and there are only 25 spots. To get your ticket, check out the online registration at Fets Whiskey Kitchen.
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You are invited to a family friendly event at Café Deux Soleils on Sunday, February 19th called Disney On The Drive. A group of local artists will be featuring songs from popular Disney movies like Let It Go from Frozen and Kiss The Girl from The Little Mermaid. Some of the artists performing at this event include Julia Spitale, Shera Kelly, Michael Averill, Joseph Spitale, Ross Christopher Fairbairn and Matt Langill. Cover is $5-10, but we hear no one will be turned away for lack of funds. The show kicks off at 7:00 pm and although it may be a bit late for some very young children, kids of all ages are welcome.
East Van artist, June Hunter, is hosting a Valentine’s Studio Sale this weekend, February 11th and 12th. If you follow us regularly, you know we are big fans of her work. Nature features prominently in June’s work as do some iconic East Van landmarks. If you wish to know more about the crows that inhabit the green space in our neck of the woods, you may wish to check out some of her blog posts. She regularly features crows and other birds that come to visit her idyllic backyard which houses her working studio. This weekend, her working studio will be transformed to showcase all her creative works which include jewellery, small prints, large scale wall art, crow-bars, wall decals as well as some discontinued items. Befitting June’s fondness for crows, you will find Valentine Day cookies available with crows and hot chocolate to keep you warm while you shop. Her rescue dog Geordie will be on hand as ambassador to greet you. June Hunter’s Studio is located at 2785 Parker Street (one block west of Renfrew – between Hastings St. and First Avenue). The Valentine Studio Sale takes place Saturday, February 11th and 12th from 10:00 am. to 5:00 pm.
If you are not able to attend the Valentine Studio Sale, but want to pick up a special piece of jewellery for someone this Valentine’s Day, we invite you check out her online shop which is open 24/7. June also offers Gift Cards, so that special person can pick out exactly what they’d like since she has so many beautiful pieces, it could be hard to choose. You can also find some of June’s pieces at Doctor Vigari Gallery, 1816 Commercial Drive and Bird on A Wire Creations, 2535 Main Street.
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So crows are an ever present part of life in East Van. Do you ever wonder where they go at dusk? On Saturday, February 25th, the Still Moon Arts Society invites you to ride along with them and the crows for the annual Crow Roost Twilight Bike Ride. They will follow the crows on the Central Valley Greenway towards Burnaby which is approximately 5 km round trip. To ensure safety, organizers ask that you have lights and/or reflectors for the ride home. This is a free family friendly event. Everyone is welcome. Come ride with the crows! NOTE: This is a rescheduled date from the February 18th proposed date, but due to rain was rescheduled to February 25th. Let’s hope for better weather this weekend. The ride gets underway at approximately 4:45 pm at Renfrew Skytrain Station.