Archive | September, 2013

Mind Games Starts October 3rd at Simply Delicious Galleria Sushi Lounge On Main

30 Sep


Aether Avenue presents Mind Games at Simply Delicious Galleria Sushi Lounge, 4316 Main Street, this Thursday, October 3rd.  Aether Avenue is a Vancouver based theatre group that focuses on elements of the extra dimensional and supernatural. They have a simple motto. Entice, Engage, Enthral. They promise that all their productions will fuel your imagination and peak your curiosity. Engage the audience, as every show is interactive. They will enthrall you with their riveting plots, compelling characters, and thought provoking stories of an abundant variety. They will explore the obscure, odd, and eccentric weaving tales that promise to captivate you. Their Thrilling Thursday Mind Game pays homage to the Twilight Zone. They tell fun, quirky stories, using elements of the supernatural with an ironic twist.

The show starts at 7:00 pm with seating beginning at 6:00 pm. Tickets are $10 and available in advance at Eventbrite.  If you miss this week’s show, there will be further shows on October 10th, 17th and 24th.  If you are set on attending this event, advance ticket purchase is recommended. This production was wildly popular during a recent run at Falconetti’s on the Drive, but quickly outgrew the venue.  They have now moved this show to a larger venue, but if you want to be sure you have your spot, best get your ticket(s) in advance.

River District This Weekend: Farmers Market, BC Rivers Day & March Of The Penguins

28 Sep


It is another busy weekend at the River District with lots of great activities. First, today kicks off with the River District Farmers Market which is located at the foot of Kerr Street just one block South of SE Marine Drive.  Lots of great local produce, cheese, crafters, garden plants, bread and more.  The market runs every  Saturday from 10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. until October 26th.

Sunday, September 29th,  is BC Rivers Day which the River District is celebrating with a sustainability-themed event that will run from 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.   There will be a kids clothing sale from 10:00 a.m. – Noon. They will have on hand gently-worn clothing for infants and children under 5. All items will be priced $1, $2 or $5 and will be cash only.  All proceeds from the clothing sale will support Fraserlands Family Place for the purchase of new toys, books and educational items.

Victory Gardens will be on hand with planter demos and activities for the kids including newspaper pots and decorating seed packs.  If you have gardening questions, you are encouraged to bring them. This is a knowledgeable team that specializes in transforming all types of urban space for food production.

Free Geek Vancouver will be on site to collect your e-waste for responsible disposal.    View their website for what items are acceptable to bring.

Lastly, at 3:00 p.m. River District will have a FREE screening of March of the Penguins. This is a documentary about the annual journey of the Emperor Penguins of Antarctica. The film follows the penguins as they return to their ancestral breeding grounds every autumn, strive for a successful courtship and if their chick hatches, then both parents have to make multiple trips between the ocean and the breeding grounds to ensure the survival of their chick.  This film won the 2005 Academy Award for Best Documentary Feature.

If you get hungry before, during or after any of these activities, Romer’s Burger Bar is located directly next to the River District. They have a long list of good eats, but I do recommend the Drunken Doughnuts, the Hali Burger and onion rings. All delicious! 

Mount Pleasant: Metamorfest, Broadway East Art Walk & Robson Park Clean Up Sept. 28th

26 Sep


Lots to see and do in Mount Pleasant this Saturday. First off, Metamorfest presented by the Mount Pleasant Neighbourhood House gets under way. This is an annual Harvest Festival showcasing arts and culture in the lively, vibrant, and diverse neighourhood that is Mount Pleasant. The day will include live bands featuring a wide array of local talent. There will be face painting, henna, a play for children, food and much more. Come down and check out the festivities which begin at Noon and run till 6:00 p.m.

While in Mount Pleasant, take in the next installment of the Broadway East Art Walk. This group of passionate community minded individuals have come together to bring you art in unexpected places and have married businesses with local artists.  You will find art along the Broadway stretch from Prince Edward to Prince Albert. For a complete listing of artists and locations, visit Broadway East Art Walk. The event runs from Noon – 5:00 pm with short film screenings at 7:00 pm at Western Front, 303 E. 8th Ave, Vancouver, BC.

If you feel like helping out your community and cleaning up a neighbourhood park, Moksha Yoga East Van is organizing a clean up of Robson Park located near Fraser & Kingsway.  Meet up time is 11:00 am by the playground and runs till about 12:30 pm. A picnic will follow afterwards. To sign up, contact Moksha Yoga East Van.  Kudos to them for undertaking this initiative and helping keep our parks green and clean!

Hawkers Market Is Back At East Van Studios, Sat. Sept. 28th

25 Sep


The Hawkers Market is back this Saturday, September 28th at East Van Studios, 870 E. Cordova Street.  If you have not checked out this event, you are missing a delicious treat. This underground foodie event has a different group of vendors each month, so each one is unique. Lots of samples available and small affordable portions for purchase so you can taste your way around the room.

This weekend, you can expect to find ramen burgers, ceviche, short ribs, pakoras, samosas and wontons.  And, of course, there will be refreshments. Whether you are looking for floats, cocktails, craft beer or wine, they will have you covered. Some of the vendors on hand will be Yaya’s Kitchen, Ramen Burgers, Chou Chou Crepes, Blue Mule, Endless Meal, Nice Pops with some wickedly delicious flavours, JoJo The Wonton Girl, BPP Ice Cream featuring the adult sundae bar, the Aussie Pie Guy and Happily Stuffed.  Come tantalize your taste buds and help support young local entrepreneurs.Tickets are $10 in advance and available online at Eventbrite or at the door for $15. Event gets underway at 7:00 pm. If you can’t make this market, the next one is scheduled for Saturday, November 9th.

Greek-inspired play ‘Penelope’ Kicks Off The Cultch’s 40th Anniversary Season Sept. 25th

23 Sep


The Cultch kicks off their 40th anniversary season with the Canadian premiere of Penelope this Wednesday, September 25th. The play is Enda Walsh’s critically acclaimed take on Homer’s The Odyssey brought to you by Rumble Theatre

It’s 11:30 a.m. and already 35 degrees. At the bottom of a drained swimming pool on a sun-scorched Greek island, four ridiculous men face their inevitable deaths, and lock horns over another man’s wife. They are the last of the hundred suitors vying for Penelope’s hand as she waits ten lonely years for her husband, Odysseus, to return from the Trojan Wars. They preen and posture and drink in a ludicrous ritual of courting and competition. But as the day wears on and the signs of Odysseus’s arrival grow more ominous, one of them must win Penelope’s love or they will all die trying! The play promises to be riveting, savage and a wildly funny take on the classic Greek myth.

Penelope runs from September 25th to October 13th at The Cultch, 1895 Venables Street. Tickets can be purchased online starting at $18, or by  phone at 604.251.1363, or in person at The Cultch Box Office, 1895 Venables Street.    

If you’d like you check out a few of the characters, here are a couple of teasers. First meet Dunne, then meet Fitz, then come out to the show and see it live!

21st Century Flea Market at Croatian Cultural Centre Sunday, September 22nd

21 Sep


21st Century Flea Market is holding a flea market this Sunday, September 22nd at the Croatian Cultural Centre, 3250 Commercial Drive. There will be 175 vendors on hand with a variety of items including antiques, collectibles, memorabilia, jewellery, pottery, postcards, records, retro furnishings, dolls, toys and so much more.   Should you be in need of having an item appraised, they will be holding ‘drop-in appraisals’ from 10:00 am – 3:00 pm on a first come first served basis.  They do ask that the items be small enough to carry, with a maximum of three items per person.  The cost for a verbal appraisal is $8 per item or $20 for 3 items, cash only.   The drop-in appraisals will be conduct by Gale Pirie, an independent accredited member of the Canadian Canadian Personal Property Appraisers Group.   The market runs from 10:00 am – 3:00 pm. General admission is $5 at the door. There will also be a special early-bird admission for $20 from 7:00 am – 10:00 am for those wanting a jump on things. Children under 13 are free with adult admission.

Should you wish to have a coffee and/or lunch before or after your shop, consider Commercial Street Café. It’s a great little hidden gem tucked away a few blocks down the street from the Croatian Cultural Centre. Open Sunday from 9:00 am – 6:00 pm and located at 3599 Commercial Street, at East 20th Avenue.

Eastside Flea Returns To The Wise Hall September 21st

20 Sep


The ever popular Eastside Flea is back at the Wise Hall, 1882 Adanac Street, this Saturday, September 21st.  Like past events, you will find an array of items from collectibles such as Lux Ivy’s vinyl collection to beautiful handmade leather pieces by HJN Carry Goods Co.  Also on hand will be the Candy Meister Food Truck which will have natural and gluten free candies from Germany available.   For those planning to hit the market early, you can skip the coffee and head right to the market and enjoy your coffee by JJ Bean Coffee Roasters which will be on hand.  And to go with that coffee, a delicious chocolate croissant from the East Village Bakery.    The Flea gets under way at 10:00 a.m. and goes till 4:00 p.m.  If you miss it this weekend, the next scheduled dates are October 19, November 16 and December 21st .

Rescue Me: Jade, Happy English Springer Spaniel Looking For Her Forever Home

19 Sep


My name is Jade,  I am an adult brown and white English Springer Spaniel. I am looking for a new home as my elderly guardian was no longer able to lead the active lifestyle I needed.   So my temporary home is a foster home my friends at the Vancouver SPCA Shelter have found for me. I would really like a forever home.   I am very happy girl and smile a lot as you can see in my pictures.  I am a bit shy and nervous when meeting new people and dogs, but I do like both.  I also love to go for walks.  I am used to having someone at home most of the day, so I might need a little help with gradual departure exercises to get me a bit more comfortable about being left alone.  I would really like to find my forever home.  Could it be yours? If not yours, could you tell your friends I’m looking? Wet kisses by way of thank you and please tell my friends at the Vancouver SPCA.

UPDATE October 7, 2013: Jade has found her forever home and is so very happy now and thankful for everyone’s help.



Children’s Hour Coming To Havana Theatre Sept. 19 – 28th

17 Sep


Ghost Light Projects presents a provocative drama beginning this Thursday, September 19th at the Havana Theatre, 1212 Commercial Drive. Children’s Hour, originally written in 1934, was banned in five cities for its themes but found a home on Broadway.  Even though the topic of homosexuality was not permitted on Broadway at the time, audiences flocked to the show. The play examines the relationship between truth, power, and sexuality in a way that transcends the setting of the play. With school yard bullying, class privilege, and accusations of same sex desire providing the basis of this piece.

The journey of the Children’s Hour begins with a boarding school for girls run by Martha and Karen who have worked tirelessly and sacrificed to make their dream into a reality. Their vision is of an environment that fosters young women’s scholastic and personal development, readying them to enter a complex and changing world. However, a series of events leads one of the children to tell a vicious lie about the head mistresses. This act affected each of the characters in ways that will forever change them.

Directed by Randie Parliament and Greg Bishop, the production features a great line up of Vancouver talent.  Tickets range from $15 to $35 and can be purchased online through Brown Paper Tickets or by phone at 1-800-838-3006. Shows take place in the evenings at 8:00 p.m. with matinees on Saturday, September 21st and 28th at 2:00 p.m.

Steam Whistle Brewing Presents Oktoberfest At The Alpen Club Sept. 28th

16 Sep


Steam Whistle Brewing will be hosting Oktoberfest at the Alpen Club, 4875 Victoria Drive (& 33rd Avenue), on Saturday, September 28th. Enjoy authentic German food, traditional music and, of course, beer all  while decked out in your finest German costume.  Want some tips for a costume, well Steam Whistle Brewing has that covered too. For your authentic German look, check out What To Wear.   Tickets are available in advance online for $18, or at the door for $20 and include a one litre stein to take home. Event gets under way at 8:00 p.m. and goes till 2:00 a.m.

Psst and when the wonderful servers hand you another beer, you can practice your German with ‘danke’ (pronounced ‘DAHN-keh’) which means thank you in German.  Prost!

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