Archive | February, 2014

Porno Death Cult At Firehall Arts Centre March 5 – 8

28 Feb


Porno Death Cult makes its world premiere at the Firehall Arts Centre March 5 – 8, 2014. Tara Cheyenne Friedenberg brings her unique, inquisitive eye for horror and hilarity to the big questions of spirituality and existence with her new solo work.  

Porno Death Cult is one of Friedenberg’s most personal works yet.  Tara says “It certainly mines more of myself”. In 2010, she walked the Camino de Santiago pilgrimage route through Southern France and Spain, which prompted her to examine her own skepticism about religion and her relationship with spirituality. While not religious herself, she was fascinated with the opulent, gilded Spanish cathedrals and the huge statues of the bleeding Jesus. In the piece she draws on elements of her own lived experience – the contradictions of West Coast yoga culture (she’s been practising yoga since she was 3 years old), southern Baptist traditions of North Carolina where her father lives, and the questions that walking the Camino raised for her. 

The show draws on a diverse range of talented collaborators to create an immersive live experience where dance, art and theatre converge. Porno Death Cult runs March 5th – 8th at the Firehall Arts Centre, 280 East Cordova. Tickets range from $20 – $30 and are available online. Show runs at 8:00 pm each evening with an artist talkback on March 6th. 

New Indoor Market: Baker’s Dozen At The River District Sunday March 2nd

27 Feb


A new indoor bakers’ market starts up this weekend called ‘Baker’s Dozen’ at River District, 8683 Kerr Street, in SE Vancouver.  Starting Sunday, March 2nd and running consecutively for 5 weeks you will find lots of delicious treats from 13 local vendors including one of my personal favourites Sweet Salt Bakery with lots of German treats. The Baker’s Dozen will have many other delicious offerings from Biscotti Joe, Bon Ami Bakery, The Butter Bar, Damien’s Belgian Waffles, Mrs. Chip, Stepping Stones Bakery as well as some gluten free options from Happily Stuffed Baking Co. and High Crow Gluten Free.  The markets run every Sunday in March, being March 2nd, 9th, 16th, 23rd and 30th from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 pm. Admission is free. 

Photo Credit: Sweet Salt Bakery

The Irish Edge At The Rickshaw Theatre Saturday March 8th

25 Feb
Celtic Fest Vancouver now in its 10th year takes over Vancouver from March 8th – 16th with a series of events that include live music, dance and theatre. Among the line up of many great events, is the Irish Edge at the Rickshaw Theatre, 254 E. Hastings Street, Saturday, March 8th. 

The night kicks off at 9:00 pm with Ireland’s hottest band Hermitage Green in their first ever Canadian performance. Following them is Vancouver’s own, Vagabonds, an all Irish group bringing you Celtic-edged contemporary rock and traditional Irish favourites.  Dancing Gaelic-style is encouraged!  Tickets for this event are available for $25 at Tickets Tonight, or $30 at the door, provided the event isn’t sold out. Doors open at 8:00 p.m. for what is sure to be a lively eventful evening.
Photo: Hermitage Green (Celtic Fest Vancouver)

Crystal Shawanda Saturday March 1st At The York Theatre

21 Feb


The Talking Stick Festival presents Crystal Shawanda on Saturday, March 1st at the York Theatre, 639 Commercial Drive.  Crystal Shawanda is a member of the Wikwemikong Native Reservation on Canada’s Manitoulin Island in Ontario.  Crystal Shawanda released her first single in Canada in 2008 “You Can Let Go”. It was the fastest climbing  single on the Canadian Country Singles Chart since Carolyn Dawn Johnson’s “Georgia” in 2000. Her latest album, Just Like You, was released in 2012.  In January 2013, Crystal performed at the Presidential inauguration in Washington, DC. She has also won her first Juno Award for Aboriginal Album of the Year.   You are invited to take in what I expect will be a great performance in an intimate space in the newly refurbished York Theatre on Saturday, March 1st at 8:00 pm.  Tickets are available online at The Cultch and prices range from $18.75 to $35.75.

7th Annual Ladies First Art Show & Tour Opening Reception Hot Art Wet City February 20th

19 Feb


Hot Art Wet City, 2206 Main Street, plays host to the 7th Annual Ladies First Art Show and Tour.  Beginning with an opening reception this Thursday, February 20th, this event features international, local, up and coming and legendary female pop artists. The show is curated by Tart Arts and after its run in Vancouver, will travel to various US and Canadian cities throughout the year.  Some of the artists included in this year’s show and where they are from are listed below:

Lisa Petrucci (Seattle)
Edith Lebeau (Montreal)
Kirsten Easthope (Denver)
Miss Meow (Vancouver)
Sara Ray (Los Angeles)
Holly Ruth Anderson (Vancouver)
Vicki M. (Vancouver)
Nicole Steen (Vancouver)
Paige Reynolds (Toronto)
Bonni Reid (Vancouver)
Emily Thomas (Toronto)
Iris Satijn (Amsterdam)
Lizzie Carr (Calgary)
Phresha Le Vandale (Vancouver)
Megan Besmirched (Chicago)
Kelly Haigh (Vancouver)
Jenn Brisson (Vancouver)
Avrell Fox (Nelson)
Emma Mount (Wimborne,UK)
Megz Majewski (Vancouver)
Redd Walitzki (Seattle)
Carol Nottingham (Victoria)

Come out Thursday and enjoy the art and music by DJ Kookie.  If you miss the opening reception which kicks off at 7:00 pm, the 7th Annual Ladies First Art Show & Tour runs until March 8th.  Hot Art Wet City is open Wednesday to Saturday 12 – 5 pm.

Clue: The Musical At Havana Theatre February 20th – March 8th

17 Feb


Ghost Light Projects presents Clue: The Musical at the Havana Theatre, 1212 Commercial Drive.  All your favourite characters will be brought to life from this classic board game. On stage starting February 20th you will find Colonel Mustard, Professor Plum, Miss Scarlet, Mrs. White, Mrs. Peacock and Mr. Green.  Expect to find a funny twisted tale of crime and passion to music.  Each night you will see the demise of the victim, Mr. Boddy, but the question is in which room was the crime committed and with what weapon? The Detective played by Meggie McKinnon will help you uncover who the real killer is.   Best of all, this magical experience has 216 possible endings. Which one will you be there for?

Will it be Colonel Mustard in the Billiard Room with the Candlestick? OR
Will it be Professor Plum in the Dining Room with the Rope?  OR
Will it be Miss Scarlet in the Library with the Revolver?  OR
Will it be Mrs. Peacock in the Kitchen with the Knife? OR
Will it be Mr. Green in the Conservatory with the Lead Pipe? OR ….

Find out for yourself and see Clue: The Musical which starts Thursday, February 20th with performances running Tuesday through Saturday at 8:00 pm with special Saturday matinees at 2:00 pm until Saturday, March 8th. Doors open 30 minutes prior to each performance. Seating is by general admission. Tickets are available from $20 – $40 at Brown Paper Tickets.

An Evening Of Balkan Bhangra Dancing At The Russian Hall February 15th

13 Feb


You are invited to come and experience an evening of Indian and Balkan music and dance this Saturday night. This event hosted by Slivovica Productions and Transformation Projects promises to be an energetic and fun evening.   The evening will kick off with a dance workshop led by Nada Putnik of the Gradina Balkan Dancers and Deep Sahota of the Royal Academy of Bhangra.  They will be teaching you Indian dances as well as some traditional community folk dances.  No experience is necessary to participate. Everyone is welcome to attend. The only request is that you arrive on time so you can take part in the lessons.

After the dance lesson, the show begins.  The evening will showcase the talents of the Vancity Bhangra dancers, one of Metro Vancouver’s most popular dance troupes and the Vijay Indian Brass Band performing traditional Indian wedding music.  To mix things up, Orkestar Slivovica, a Balkan Brass band, will showcase their talents by performing music in the Roma-trumpet-band tradition from Southern Serbia and Macedonia.  And if that’s not enough, Luciterra Fusion Bellydancers will perform a modern fusion dance. 

This event takes place at the Russian Hall located in Strathcona at 600 Campbell Avenue. There will be a bar and food selection including some Indian sweets, spicy hot Chai tea, Bosnian savory pastries, signature Serbian sausages as well as wine and spirits and a selection of non-alcoholic drinks. Tickets are $20 in advance and available online at Brown Paper Tickets, or in person at Highlife Records, 1317 Commercial Drive. Tickets will also be available at the door for $25. Note all ages are welcome and those under 19 get in for $10.  Doors open at 7:00 pm with the dance workshop getting under way soon thereafter and the show gets under way at 8:00 pm.

Gluten Free Baking Demo Class At Gourmet Warehouse March 1st

12 Feb


You are invited to attend a Gluten Free Baking demonstration class on Saturday, March 1st at Gourmet Warehouse, 1340 East Hastings Street.  The class will be led by Pixie Porcellato who is co-founder of Butter Bakery in Vancouver and Cloud 9 Flour. After developing her recipe for gluten- free flour, Pixie helped her son open Cloud 9 Bakery in New Westminster.  Pixie is a seasoned baker with over 50 years baking experience. Although this is a demonstration class, class participants will go home with these goodies: 

  • Cats Head Biscuits
  • Pecan Chiffon Cake
  • Donut Holes

The Gluten Free Baking demonstration class will be held on March 1st from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Cost is $69 per person.  All registrants will receive a 10% storewide discount to use on the day of their class.  Classes tend to fill up quick, so register early if you wish to attend this class. You can register by contacting Gourmet Warehouse at T: 604-253-3022.

2nd Annual East Side Beer Fest Wise Hall March 5th

11 Feb


Liberty Merchant Company presents the 2nd Annual East Side Beer Fest tasting event on Wednesday, March 5th at the Wise Hall, 1882 Adanac Street. The event will feature craft beers from all over the world as well samples from food purveyors on Commercial Drive. This Liberty Merchant Company sponsored event is also a fundraiser for the Greater Vancouver Food Bank Society which helps provide food for up to 25,000 people in need each week. All ticket sales and draw prizes directly support the Greater Vancouver Food Bank Society. Tickets are $24.99 each and you are asked to bring a non-perishable food donation the night of the event.  Tickets are available at all Liberty Wine Merchant locations.  In East Vancouver, visit them at 1622 Commercial Drive or call them at 604.633.1922.  The event gets under way at 7:00 p.m. and goes till 9:00 pm.

The Baker’s Market Returns To SE Vancouver February 16th

9 Feb


The Baker’s Market is back for the Spring!  The first of 7 dates get under way Sunday, February 16th.  This much loved and well attended event took a hiatus this past fall while organizer, Connie, flew off to France.  She spent six months doing some intensive baking, studying and tastings to earn a Diplome de Patisserie from Le Cordon Blue in Paris, France.  Congratulations Connie!

If you haven’t attended this Baker’s Market, it is a community based event that brings out baking enthusiasts, pastry students, mommy bakers as well as budding entrepreneurs.  Each week you will find different bakers on hand offering a wide array of baked goods. Some of the delicious things you will find include exquisite French macarons by J’adore les Macarons, delicious lemons squares from The Lemon Square and delectable baked breads from the The Bread Lab. Other vendors on hand include Andrea’s Oven, GI Jane with Healthy Treats for hungry foodies and the ladies from Petit Four Pastries plus of course many more.  Each week has different vendors, so the offerings will be a bit different each time, but the types of goodies you can expect to find include organic muffins, brownies, handmade chocolates, Belgian waffles, scones, preserves, breads, tarts, granola and much more. If you have something specific you’d like, I do recommend you arrive early.

The Baker’s Market will be held at Moberly Arts & Cultural Centre, 7646 Prince Albert Street (60th & Fraser).  Admission to the market is free, there is ample parking and my favourite part, lots of samples! So come out and support your local talented creative bakers.   If you this miss the kick off Sunday, February 16th, not to worry, there will be 6 more markets on February 23rd, March 2nd,  March 9th,  April 20th, April 27th and May 4th. The market runs from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. each Sunday. 


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