Firehall Arts Centre Presents The Unbroadcast – The Life Of Mildred Bailey October 14 & 15

28 Sep

The Firehall Arts Centre along with the Red Cedar Theatre are pleased to present The Unbroadcast Life of Mildred Bailey for two evenings only Friday, October 14th and Saturday, October 15th.  

The production was created by award-winning composer and traditional singer from the Lil’wat Nation, Russell Wallace. The Unbroadcast Life is a live podcast play featuring the life and music of Salish jazz singer, social darling and musical pioneer of the 1930s, Mildred Bailey.  She was known as “The Queen of Swing”, “The Rockin’ Chair Lady” and “Mrs. Swing”, Mildred Bailey was one of the first female singers to make a name for herself in the American pantheon of jazz. She captured the subtleties of the 1930s’ African American blues and ragtime music and became the first female jazz singer to perform regularly with a band. The Unbroadcast Life of Mildred Bailey explores the singer’s life and impact on the jazz scene and offers glimpses into that era’s rehearsal rooms, music studios and lively, star-studded wingdings. Tickets start are $20 and are available online at Firehall Arts Centre.

The Portuguese Kids Present: Faz O Relax! At The York Theatre October 22nd

21 Sep

For anyone that has grown up with immigrant parents, you will likely find something relatable when the Portuguese Kids come to town Saturday, October 22nd with Faz O Relax! The Portuguese Kids are an ethnic based comedy group from Massachusetts, USA. For nearly two decades, they have been highlighting the funnier side of growing up as first generation kids of immigrant parents. The show is a mix of sketch comedy and improv comedy. They say it’s like SNL meets Who’s Line is it, Anyway? but with an ethnic twist. The show is performed in English 90% of the time. Joining them on stage will be Luso-Canadian standup comedian Mike Rita and from California, comedian Taylor Amarante. The show is for one night only, Saturday, October 22nd at the York Theatre. Tickets are $35.25 and $45.25 and available online at The Cultch.

Bad Parent Premieres At The Cultch October 13-23

20 Sep

The Cultch and vAct (Vancouver Asian Canadian Theatre) present Bad Parent, a brand new play from renowned award-winning playwright, Ins Choi. Bad Parent will have its Vancouver premiere at The Cultch Historic Theatre, October 13-23, 2022. It was originally scheduled to run in the spring of 2022, but had to be postponed due to COVID.

The production features Norah and Charles who are trying to navigate their lives as parents of a toddler, but are figuring out who they are in relation to their son, to each other, and to the audience. Bad Parent, is a billed as a hilarious new feel-good comedy from Ins Choi, the creator of the hit CBC sitcom and play Kim’s Convenience, is an honest, no-holds-barred portrait of young parents struggling to find their way through the messy reality of parenthood.

Like all the best fiction, Bad Parent was born of true experience. “There was a turbulent time, early in our marriage, when my wife and I argued a lot. I began writing long unfiltered rants in an attempt to clarify how I was feeling and why,” says playwright Ins Choi. “Many years later, I came across those rants and felt sorry for that couple back then trying to make ends meet, meet each other’s needs and the needs of a newborn.”

Renowned award-winning Vancouver theatre company vAct has gained a reputation in the city for premiering groundbreaking works by some of the biggest names in Canadian theatre. They are one of the only theatre companies in the country to focus on Asian Canadian creators, and they have been responsible for creating and producing some of the most exciting theatre on Canadian stages. Bad Parent, the latest of their Mainstage productions, written by one of Canada’s most famous contemporary playwrights continues the legacy of telling great stories from incredible Asian Canadian talent. “Stories disarm by inviting us into the lives of others wholly different from ourselves only to help us realize how similar we all are,” says Choi. “Through stories, we’re entertained as a group and comforted to know we’re not alone both in our struggles and what we find funny.”

Bad Parent takes the stage in the Historic Theatre at The Cultch from October 13 to 23, 2022.  Tickets start at $29 and are available online at The Cultch.

Photo: Emily Cooper

First Pick Handmade – Fall Pop Up Sale At Heritage Hall September 24 & 25

17 Sep

First Pick Handmade is back at the Heritage Hall, 3102 Main Street, on Saturday, September 24th and Sunday, September 25th.  The Fall Pop Up Sale features fashions for you and the home. There will be a wide range of high quality Canadian designs.  For this Fall Show, you can also expect to find size inclusive and gender-neutral designs for all body types.

Some of the designers on hand including Givers and Takers Clothing, Jessica Redditt Designs, Kate & Francis, Uni Design, Winterluxe Recycled Cashmere, Joanna Lovett Sterling, Zula Jewelry + Design, art by Lydia Cecilia and Sola Fiedler as well as skin care and beauty products by Conscious Care. Whether you are looking for something for your home, for yourself, or as a gift, there will be lots to choose from with all of this talent under one roof. Stop by and check it out between 11:00 am and 6:00 pm September 24th and 25th. Admission is $3.00 at the door or online.

More Great Cooking Classes This Fall At Gourmet Warehouse

13 Sep

Gourmet Warehouse has added more cooking classes to their Fall season which includes one for those interested in mastering the art of making cocktails. If you haven’t already experienced one of their classes, it is a great way to spend an afternoon or evening with some like-minded food lovers. If you have participated, you know it’s a great way to pick up some knowledge and some great tips in the kitchen. Added bonus is after each cooking class all the participants are offered a 10% discount for purchases made the day of your class. We have set a few of their upcoming classes that caught our eye.  For a full line up of all the classes Gourmet Warehouse is offering visit Cooking Classes.

The Flavours of Peru – October 18, 2022

You are invited to take a journey and experience the flavours of Peru with local chef Shelome Bouvette. She will be showcasing classic Peruvian comfort food with a contemporary twist. Chef Shelome has expertise from such infamous restaurants Lolita’s and CHICHA. If you’ve been to either, you know it’s going to be good. Menu for the evening will be:

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• Chicha Morada – Traditional spiced purple corn drink
• Peruvian Ceviche – Classico – seasonal white fish, poached yam, Peruvian cancha corn, sweet corn, salsa criolla, aji amarillo chili, citrus broth.
Causa del Cangrejo – Peruvian aji amarillo chili, whipped & chilled potato, layered with Dungeness crab, mango, avocado, topped with cherry tomato corn salsa and poached local prawns
• Locra de Zapallo Empanadas – Corn, kale, potato, cheese and Aji Amarillo butternut squash empanadas, lime crema
• Picarones – Peruvian sweet potato donuts with spiced honey and pisco raspberry sauce

Pasta Like A Pro: Italiano Classico – October 19, 2022

Do you love fresh pasta, but think it’s too difficult to make in your own kitchen? Think again! Chef Deniz will show you how to mix, roll, shape, and cook fresh pasta. You’ll learn how to make ricotta gnudi, tortellini, and traditional egg noodles, along with simply delicious sauces to pair with each! We’ve set out the delicious menu:

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• Autumn Salad of Roasted Squash with Marinated Apples, Goat Cheese, Aged Balsamic Dressing, Fall Greens
• Tortellini With Mortadella and Parmesan in Cream Sauce
• Traditional Egg Noodles with Sunday Ragu
• Vanilla Gelato with Olive Oil & Sea Salt

Intro Into Cookie Decorating: Fall Favourites – October 23, 2022

Chef Lizzy Wong from Butter Baked Goods is back to guide you through an array of colourfully decorated seasonal cookies using classic Royal Icing Techniques on sugar cookies. You will learn about consistencies, colouring and piping techniques along with some advanced techniques to wow a few people with your new skills.   Each attendee from this class will leave with delicious cookies to take home. Here’s whats on the menu for this class:

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• Cherry Pie Cookies
• Warm Sweaters
• Ripe Pumpkins

To see all the classes being offered and or to register, we invite you to visit GourmetWarehouse.ca.

Photo Credit: Gourmet Warehouse

Skate With Olympian Ice Skater Patrick Chan

9 Sep

If you, or anyone you know, has ever dreamed of skating with an Olympian skater, mark your calendar, your opportunity to do just that is here.   You are invited to come skate with Canada’s most decorated Olympian skater Patrick Chan. He will be be lacing up for two public skates on Saturday, September 17th at Hillcrest Rink or Saturday, October 8th at Trout Lake Rink. The events will also include a small circuit area with instructor for training as well as an off ice meet and greet.   The fee for this event is the regular fee for a public skate. For more information, visit Vancouver.ca

Improv Against Humanity At Cafe Deux Soleils September 30th

6 Sep

Improv Against Humanity is back! The improv group The Fictionals will be taking the stage at Café Deux Soleils on Friday, September 30th to showcase their unique and well honed improvisational talent.   Along with lots of laughs and a fun night, there will be some epic prizes to be won including the Most Horrible Person in Vancouver. Will you be crowned?  You are invited to come check out all the great local talent. Tickets are $10 at the door – cash only. Show gets under way at 9:00 pm.

Photos: The Fictionals

7th Annual McSpadden County Fair September 11

1 Sep

Although summer is winding down, there are still lots of great events to take in around East Van. The McSpadden Country Fair being one of them.  This community event now in its 7th year features fun activities for the whole family including live music, games, local vendors, food trucks and the ever popular East Van zucchini races. Last year they had 150 entries, so if you have an idea on how to make a fast zucchini, now’s your chance! If you cycle, Kickstand will be on hand doing bike tunes up by donation. As with any country fair, there will be raffles, contests and prizes.  The 7th Annual McSpadden County Fair takes place, as you might guess, in McSpadden Park which is located at 2125 Victoria Drive between 11:00 and 5:00 pm. To learn more about the event, you can visit them on online at www.mcspaddenfair.ca or on Facebook.

The 24th Vancouver Improv Festival Returns To The Cultch September 13-18

30 Aug

The 24th Vancouver Improv Festival returns to The Cultch September 13-18, 2022. Vancouver Improv Fest is one of North America’s longest running improv festivals, and celebrate spontaneity and collaboration through the art form of improvisation. This year’s festival features acts from Halifax, London (UK), Portland, Toronto and beyond. You are invited to check out one of the many performances lined, or attend a workshop which is open to improvisors of all skill levels. To see a full listing of shows and workshops, visit Vancouver Improv Fest. Tickets for the performances are $25 and available online at Vancouver Improv Fest.

Hot Honey Brown – The Remix At The York Theatre September 23 to October 8

29 Aug

The Cultch presents Hot Brown Honey—The Remix, the latest embodiment of the hit show Hot Brown Honey. Produced by Quiet Riot, in partnership with Kim “Busty Beatz” Bowers and Lisa Fa’alafi, Hot Brown Honey—The Remix plays the York Theatre, September 23 to October 8, 2022.

Steeped in the ‘Word of The Mother’ and packing a punch of Hip Hop politics, Hot Brown Honey is a world-renowned, award-winning production that spins tradition on its head, going above and beyond to challenge boundaries and embrace resilience. Equal parts theatrical masterpiece and social activism, a stellar posse of phenomenal World First Nations women smash stereotypes—through song, dance, beatboxing, striptease, comedy and spoken word—in an unapologetic celebration of our similarities and differences.

Hot Brown Honey played to sold-out houses at the York Theatre in 2018 and 2019. Cultch Executive Director, Heather Redfern enthusiastically expressed that the reason it is coming back for the third time is that, “it is that sensational of a show, and people have been asking to see it again…AND it’s the remix!”

Hot Brown Honey—The Remix brings back some familiar faces as well as a whole group of artists new to the York Stage. “We are bringing back everything you love from the original show but we are upping the anti with extra sweet treats!!” say The Honeys. “Including super talented new cast members, a whole lot of HBH original music mixed with a sprinkle of stupidity from our bros, the Hot Brown Homies, are just some of the surprises we have in store for you all.” Tickets starts from $49 and are on sale now at The Cultch.

What people are saying about Hot Honey Brown:

“It’s phenomenal – sexy, foot-stomping fun and radical consciousness-raising all at the same time.”
The Scotsman

“Hot Brown Honey is a loud, proud evening of consciousness raising; a series of lessons on race and gender that says you can have your revolution and dance to it, too” — Vancouver Sun

“…an all-female cabaret-style show from Australia that takes on gender, sexism, colonialism and race with a raucous glee..” The Guardian 

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