Archive | June, 2013

Taboo Revue Burlesque Variety Show At Wise Hall Sat. June 29th

28 Jun


In 2003 a small group of friends got together with a simple goal – to figure out how to entertain themselves on Monday nights. What started as a simple project has, over the last 10 years, developed into one of the largest and most influential Burlesque troupes in the world today.

Screaming Chicken Theatrical Society has produced well over 200 shows.  They co-founded the Vancouver International Burlesque Festival, one of the largest and longest running events in the burlesque world. They have introduced many performers to the stage, been twice nominated for Best Group by Burlesque Hall of Fame in Last Vegas and helped raise money for various charities as well as being a driving force behind Vancouver’s thriving burlesque scene.

This Saturday, June 29th, the ‘Chickens’ will be celebrating their 10 year anniversary with a spectacular show at the Wise Hall, 1882 Adanac Street.  The three act show will feature favorite numbers from throughout their history and representing all aspects of the company’s performances. This will include tributes to their first production, the R-rated ‘Game Show Night’, their theatrical productions ‘Ed Wood’s Orgy of the Dead’, ‘Sex, Violence and Nursery Rhymes’, ‘SHINE – A Burlesque Musical’, ‘Grease Does Greece’, ‘Terror at Rock Out Beach’, and ‘Oliver Fannie’, the graduation recitals for their ‘Becoming Burlesque’ and ‘Becoming Boylesque’ programs and their flagship ‘Taboo Revue Burlesque Variety Show’. The show will also feature special guests including many of the early alumni and long time friends such as Cass King of the legendary Wet Spots.

Screaming Chicken Theatrical Society is a volunteer run not-for-profit organization and all ticket proceeds go to the continued development and presentation of burlesque in Vancouver and around the world. 5% of all ticket sales go directly to the Burlesque Hall of Fame to support the preservation of the art forms history. The doors open at 8:00 p.m. The show gets under way at 9:00 p.m.  Tickets are $15.00 and available from

Free Friday Flick of Rise of the Guardians

26 Jun


Have some time off before the long weekend?  Well there aren’t many free things in life, but here’s one to enjoy.  Fraser River District, 8683 Kerr Street, is showing the Rise of the Guardians this Friday, June 28th at 4:00 p.m.

When an evil spirit lays down the gauntlet to take over the world, the immortal Guardians must join forces for the first time to protect the hopes, beliefs, and imagination of children all over the world.

Fresh buttered popcorn will be on hand.   What a great way to start off the long weekend!

Looking for Volunteers to Help Plan MetamorFest

25 Jun


The Mount Pleasant Neighbourhood House, 800 East Broadway, is looking to expand their annual fall street festival MetamorFest. They are looking to rebrand this event as a community-driven festival focused on the whole of Broadway East and to include the transformations happening in this neighbourhood. This year, MetamorFest will take place on three “off Broadway” locations and they are looking for volunteers to help plan the program.  Western Front continues to be their key partner in this fall festival, and they are working with several other potential partners. They would like to make this festival a signature annual event that will continue to highlight the assets along the Broadway East corridor between Prince Albert and Prince Edward. If you wish to participate in the planning of this event, contact Allen Smith at Mount Pleasant Neighbourhood, T: 604 879 8208 or E:

Rescue Me – Teak & Shadow Looking For Their Forever Home

24 Jun


Welcome to the first installment of Rescue Me.  Two weeks ago we featured the SPCA’s over 60 year history in East Vancouver.  Every two weeks we will be featuring animals waiting to be adopted into their forever homes.    This week we would like to introduce you to Teak and Shadow.  They are actually media darlings having recently been featured on Global BC News.

Teak and Shadow are quite the duo.  Happy dogs until their previous guardian passed away and they found themselves without a home. Teak and Shadow are completely bonded like canine sisters, so it is imperative that they are adopted together. Teak is a 12 year old fluffy Pomeranian who loves to eat and will always have a smile for you.    Shadow, also 12, is a very cute schnauzer-terrier cross and if you watch the Global video clip, you will see she is quite the dancer.   Both dogs are a bit shy and timid in their new environment after the loss of their guardian. To help reduce their anxiety, their new home should be patient and willing to work on slow introductions to new people and situations.   These girls are vocal so are best suited for a detached house with people that are home most of the day, but like all dogs need their leisurely walks. Like all animals up for adoption,  Teak and Shadow deserve their forever home. So if you sound like the right companion for them, or know someone who might be, the Vancouver SPCA is waiting to hear from you.

By way of update, the darling blind cat Snowflake featured on June 10th is still waiting for her forever home. As are the little dachsunds, Wendy and Joey. Do you know someone that might be able to give them their forever home?  Please let them know with an email, a call, a tweet or a Facebook share.



Trout Lake Day Sunday June 23rd

22 Jun


You are invited to an afternoon picnic at Trout Lake in John Hendry Park this Sunday, June 23rd . The event being presented by the Grandview Community Centre Association is asking that you wear your light and bright summer colors, or an animal or superhero costume, should you have one handy.  You bring the picnic and blanket and they will provide the live music, theatre and dance.  Live music gets under way at 2:00 p.m.  At 2:30, 3:00 and 3:30 there will be Theatrical Bird Watching Tours on the East side of Trout Lake.  At 4:00 p.m., there will be a Hands Around The Lake where they will endeavor to set a world record of people holding hands around a lake.  At 5:00 p.m. there be cake!   Music and performances go until 6:00 p.m. and include The Ladies in White, Barefoot Bandits and Massive Bluegrass Jam. Come out and enjoy this great community event.

Multi-Address Garage Sale In South Hill Saturday, June 22nd

21 Jun


The South Hill Neighbours Society is putting on a multi-address community garage sale tomorrow, Saturday, June 22nd.   With so many participants, the chances of putting your hands on that perfect find are certainly greater.  Also, having everything centralized in one geographic area means you don’t have to travel far to the next home.  The garage sales get under way at 10:00 a.m.  We have set out a list of the participating addresses and a hint of some of the items that will be available:

> 5828 Sophia Street

> 528 East 44th Avenue – Lots of baby & kids’ items

> 286 East 45th Avenue (in the lane)

> 520 East 47th Avenue

> 626 East 47th Avenue (front yard) – Hockey & golf equipment, children’s       books, clothing & housewares.

> 586 East 48th Avenue – Vintage furniture, books, CDs, DVDs, wall décor & more.

> 660 East 51st Avenue – Multi-family sale  – The Education Building at First United Mennonite Church

> 427 East 55th Avenue (back yard sunny day, inside rainy day)

>  219 East 62nd Avenue (at Main Street) – ABC 123 Family Child Care   – Educational toys, children’s furniture & books, riding toys & other household.

The garage sales go ahead rain or shine.

Quinn Cummings: Adventures From My Awkward and Lovely Life At The Havana Theatre June 29th

21 Jun


The Havana Theatre, 1212 Commercial Drive, invites you to join the Academy Award-nominated child star turned author, Quinn Cummings, as she recounts charmingly absurd tales of life in Hollywood, from her acting days to her transition as an author. A talk and reading will be followed by an audience Q & A session and a silent auction.

Quinn Cummings is a former child star best known for her Oscar-nominated role in Neil Simon’s The Goodbye Girl and the acclaimed TV series Family, as well as the author of the humorous memoir Notes From the Underwire and a chronicle of homeschooling The Year of Learning Dangerously. She lives with her family in Los Angeles and maintains the popular blog, the QC Report.

All proceeds from this event will benefit Kids Help Phone, a free, anonymous and confidential phone and on-line professional counselling service for youth. Note tax receipts cannot be issued. To reserve your spot, visit  The show begins at 1:00 p.m. and is free, but attendees are asked to make a donation to

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