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A Play About Pipelines – Bears Comes To The Cultch May 8 – 12, 2018

23 Apr

BearsA very timely and much anticipated production comes to The Cultch, Bears.  This is billed as ‘Comically drak. Unapologetically political. A play about pipelines.”  This multi-disciplinary dark comedy is about the Kinder Morgan Trans Mountain Pipeline. The Alberta Aboriginal Performing Arts and Punctuate! Theatre from Edmonton presents this production which is written and directed by Matthew MacKenzie.  Bears gives a voice to the voiceless animals and vulnerable landscapes, desecrated by industrial expansion. At the same time, the production strives to increase dialogue about the devastating effects on Canada’s First Nations peoples. This is an Indigenous-led play told through dramatic storytelling and choreography, with an eight-person chorus, enchanting projections, and an evocative electronic soundscape, BEARS is an emotional, empathetic performance experience.  Bears is only on for a short run from May 8 – 12, 2018.  Tickets can be purchased online at The Cultch.

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A World Without Us At The Cultch April 17 – 29, 2018

4 Apr

WorldWithoutUsThe Cultch is bringing an interesting production to the stage,  one which features an eco-disaster.   World Without Us is a new production about the end of humanity and what comes after it. Think about it … no more mortgage, no more long lines at the bank, no coffee shops, no honey in glass jars, no Skytrain, no buses, animals running wild, no more towers being built, no exercise class, no swimming pools.  Ontroerend Goed, creators of Fight Night, ask the question would it ever get this far?  Would we find a solution? Read the news any given day, some days you think it might just come to this. So what would a world without us be like? To find out, check out this poignant production coming April 17th to 29th at The Cultch.

What people are saying about World With Us:

A poignant premonition of eco-disaster” — The Guardian

As ever, it is the clarity, simplicity and brilliance of the form found in order to express specific content that dazzles when it comes to Ontroerend Goed’s work” — exeunt magazine

The story is compelling, inventively written and implacably delivered” — The Stage

What’s On East Van: March 30th Edition

30 Mar

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Our weekly feature What’s On East Van sets out lots more cool events for the upcoming long weekend.   Beyond the week, we invite you to check out our Event Listing which is updated daily and features events for the month and beyond.

Rio Theatre – Old School #SaveTheRio Fundraisers – March 30th and 31st 

If you are a fan of the Rio Theatre and wish to support a great spot for independent theatre, musicians and performers, check out the telethon like fundraising events happening this weekend. First up, is An Evening With Kevin Smith. There are 2 shows 7:00 pm and 9:30 pm on Friday, March 30th. Advance tickets are sold out, but there will be some tickets at the door. Saturday, March 31st is a telethon style fundraising event which is a little bit of everything. To learn more, visit Secret Screening #SaveTheRioFundraiser. Doors open 4:30 pm.

Butcher – The Cultch – Till March 31st

Last weekend to catch this psychological crime thriller at The Cultch. Check out our contributing writer’s review on Butcher.

Golden Egg Hunt – River District – April 1st

River District in SE Vancouver is hosting a golden egg hunt Sunday, April 1st from 10:00 am to 1:00 pm. There will be chocolate egg hunts, balloons, cotton candy, crafts, face painting and a chocolate bunny draw.  Starbucks will be on hand serving hot chocolate and coffee. Romer’s Burgers providing frozen yogurt and mini doughnuts. This is a free event, but registration is requested.

Easter Eggstravaganza Swim – Britannia Pool – April 1st 

Britannia Pool at Britannia Community Centre is hosting a free family swim this Sunday, April 1st from 2:30 – 5:00 pm. They will also have some Easter treats on hand and games for everyone to play.

Holiday Free Skate – Britannia  Ice Rink – April 2nd

If you are looking to ice skate, Britannia Ice Rink is hosting a free family skate this Monday, April 2nd from 1:00 to 3:30 pm.

Chelsea Hotel: Songs Of Leonard Cohen – Firehall Arts Centre – April 21st

Haunted by memories of his tumultuous love life, a writer checks into New York’s infamous Chelsea Hotel desperate to find the words and inspiration for his next song. Wading through past relationships, he reluctantly comes face to face with the love of the present, a love he wishes he could not only forget, but erase from memory. This is the premise of the Chelsa Hotel which pays tribute to the songs of Leonard Cohen. This production on its final run continues this weekend. For tickets and information, visit the Firehall Arts Centre.

Live Music, Comedy & Entertainment

If you are looking for some live music this weekend, the Kin Balam Quartet is at Café Deux Soleils Saturday night at 8:00 pm. The Winter Farmer Markets continue this weekend with Saturday’s being held at Nat Bailey Stadium from 10 am to 2 pm and Sunday at Hastings Parking 10 am to 2 pm.  To see more of what’s on in East Vancouver, check our Event Listing. Happy Easter.

Image Credit: June Hunter

 

Little Conversations An Evening Of Music & Words With Blue Dirt Girl At The Cultch April 6th

28 Mar

LittleConversationsReal. Honest. Sad. Funny. Whether they’re in-depth talks or brief exchanges on the street, conversations are how we connect with the world.  Through her music, blue dirt girl unearths, unbuttons and examines all of her conversations—from her working and writing sessions with her bandmates to the regular Friday morning discussions with the women behind Thinking Ship poems, and Sob Stories podcasts to the spontaneous chats she has with the people she meets throughout the day. Out of these little conversations come inspiration and collaboration.

On April 6th you have the rare opportunity to listen in on the conversation between the music of blue dirt girl and the poems of Thinking Ship; take a moment to engage with Sob Stories who will be collecting conversations for the podcast in the Founders’ Lounge at The Cultch.  A performance follows at 8:00 pm in the Historic Theatre. Tickets are $25 and available online from The Cultch.

If you aren’t familiar with Blue Dirt Girl, it is Kathryn Sutherland on lead vocals and electric guitar, AlbertKlassen on stand up and electric bass and vocals, and Jason Overy on drums and percussion. After collaborating on and off for 17 years, the trio formed blue dirt girl in 2016 and recorded their first album, Crazy Beautiful in 2017. With a sound that moves from swing to pop and back again, blue dirt girl pulls it all together with a jazzy vibe and Kathryn’s soulful vocals.

Start a conversation, more than likely, it will change your day.

A Crime Thriller The Butcher Comes To The Cultch March 20th to 31st

20 Mar

TheButcherThe Cultch and Prime Cuts Collective invite you to take a ride on a philosophical crime thriller, The Butcher.  Who is the Butcher? At a police station a mysterious old man is found wearing a foreign military uniform and a Santa hat. A butcher’s hook hangs around his neck, and gouged on the end is a business card with the words, “Arrest me,” scrawled on it. As a lawyer, a police officer, and a translator struggle to unravel the truth, they uncover a past that won’t stay buried, and a decades-old quest for justice that must be served.  Dark secrets come to light. A past that won’t stay buried. A decades-old quest for justice that must be served.  The production we hear is not what you might expect and will have you guessing the entire time.   The Butcher takes place in the Historic Theatre at The Cultch March 20th to March 31st. Tickets start from $22 and are available online at The Cultch.

What others are saying about The Butcher:

 “Can a play about torture be too entertaining?”
The Globe and Mail

“A devilishly clever piece of work”
National Post

“A live entertainment game changer”
Toronto Stage

“[A] funny, horrifying, serpentine stage thriller” 
CBC Arts

Nicole Alivojvodic Reviews The After After Party On Now At The Cultch Till March 17th

8 Mar

AfterAfterPartyTheCultchStrap in for a night of shameless, riotous comedy with Jules and Fiona at Vancity Culture Lab. Winner of the 2016 Cultchivating the Fringe Award, “The After After Party” is the perfect girls night out! Written and performed by Katey Hoffman and Cheyenne Mabberley, this gloriously relatable play will fire up nostalgia in anyone who was a teen in the early 2000’s. Grab your BFF, sit back with your Cosmopolitan (or glass of straight Fireball) and reminisce about the NSYNC posters that were plastered on your bedroom wall and Wheatus’ “Teenage Dirtbag” being perpetually stuck in your head.

What starts off as a high school version of “The Hangover”, quickly morphs into a tale of female friendship and acceptance. Albeit ridiculous at times, Hoffman and Mabberley have become leaders in female forward comedy, and their company, “After Party Theatre”, is committed to fostering the careers of women. This show will throw you back to the desperation you felt as a teen to be beautiful and popular and remind you to value your female friendships through the inconvenient and unconditional love between Jules and Fiona.

Celebrate International Women’s Day with tickets to this shamelessly fun show, on now until March 17th. Visit The Cultch for further details and show times.

Photo Credit: Helenka Boden

The Chelsea Hotel: Songs Of Leonard Cohen Returns To Firehall Arts Centre

6 Mar

Chelsea-Hotel-Adrian-Glynn-Marlene-Gineader-2credit-David-Cooper-560x418New York’s infamous hotel, The Chelsea Hotel, makes a return to the Firehall Arts Centre March 17th to April 21st, 2018. Leonard Cohen’s powerful and inspirational music is the heartbeat of Chelsea Hotel, as six performers play seventeen different instruments in a rollicking tribute to the remarkable writer.  Haunted by memories of his tumultuous love life, a writer checks into New York’s infamous Chelsea Hotel desperate to find the words and inspiration for his next song.  Wading through past relationships, he reluctantly comes face to face with the love of the present, a love he wishes he could not only forget, but erase from memory.

Conceived and directed by Tracey Power, with musical arrangements by Steve Charles, Chelsea Hotel: The Songs of Leonard Cohen is an inventive fusion of music, dance, and theatre that invites its audience into the hotel room of a creative mind and takes them on a poetic musical journey.  The production premiered in February of 2012 and was nicknamed ‘the make out show’ as patrons were often caught kissing outside the theatre after the show.  It was remounted by popular demand in the Fall of that same year and went on tour to Saskatoon, Winnipeg, Calgary, Edmonton, Victoria, and Toronto.

With over 200 shows since its premiere, Chelsea Hotel: The Songs of Leonard Cohen has played to audiences of all ages and received praise across the country for its imagination and creativity.  It received Ovation Awards for “Outstanding Ensemble Production” and “Outstanding Director,” and received numerous nominations for awards including the Jessie Richardson Theatre Award, Calgary Theatre Critics’ Award, and Elizabeth Sterling Haynes Award.  The production kicks off in Vancouver March 17th. For those on a budget, note the Firehall Arts Centre offers Pay What You Can shows on Wednesdays at 1:00 pm.  Also for anyone 30 years of age and under, you can get in for $20 any day with proof of age. Tickets are available online at Firehall Arts Centre.

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