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Nicole Alivojvodic Review The Little Dickens On Now At The Cultch Until December 24th

10 Dec

LittleDickensBack again this holiday season is The Cultch exclusive hit Little Dickens. Award winning puppeteer Ronnie Burkett brings the classic tale of A Christmas Carol to life with the quirky and beloved characters of the Daisy Theatre. Before you assume that this is a show for kids, be warned that it most certainly is not! Little Dickens is a raucous, adults-only holiday treat, combining a mastery of marionette puppetry, playful songs, and improvisation. The far from traditional characters mixed in with raunchy commentary and audience participation make for a unique and riotous night at the theatre.

The story follows faded Daisy diva, Esmé Massengill, in the role of miserly, drunken, bitter Esmé Scrooge as she encounters Dickens’ familiar characters (with a twist) on her journey to redemption. Burkett wonderfully captures the different voices of dozens of characters in this one-man show and earned a standing ovation on opening night! This showbiz version of the Dickens classic is performed exclusively for Cultch audiences so make sure you see it while it’s on.

Little Dickens is on now until December 24th. Get your tickets at The Cultch.

By Contributing Writer Nicole Alivojvodic

What’s On East Van: December 7th Edition

7 Dec

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

East Van Panto: Wizard of Oz – The York 

If you are looking for some family fun this weekend, our choice would be the East Van Panto.  This production now in its 6th year has something for everyone. Fun digs and political references for the big adults and fun interaction for the wee ones.  The production as always pokes a little fun about the unique aspects of our City.  We highly recommend this for a fun night out, or if you prefer a matinee. Tickets available via The Cultch.

Daisy Theatre: A Christmas Carol – The Cultch Until December 22nd

If you have not seen Ronnie Burkett perform with his Daisy Theatre, you truly are missing out.  This production, which is puppets for adults, is back at The Cultch and runs till December 22nd. The energy and creativity that Ronnie brings to each show is nothing short of amazing.  For tickets, visit The Cultch.

Plant Club – Figaro’s Garden Centre – December 7th

We have to admit, we love Figaro’s Garden Centre at 1896 Victoria Drive (at 3rd Ave). This Friday, you are invited to Plant Club.  Stop by and have a glass of wine between 3:30 and 6:00 pm and talk plants, or stop by to make a swag or wreath with them for the holiday season.

Tugboat Landing Artisan Market – 2010 East Kent Avenue – December 8th

The 3rd Annual Tugboat Landing Artisan Market happens this Saturday at 2010 East Kent Ave (at Victoria Drive) on the Fraser River in SE Vancouver. This is a curated market with just over 20 vendors offering a great array of items perfect for gift giving this holiday season.  There will be coffee, tea and sweets available all by donation with proceeds benefitting the Vancouver BC SPCA.  Did we mention, ILiveInEastVan will be there as a vendor with tote bags, t-shirts, toques and more.  Stop by and say hello. Free admission. Event happens 11:00 am to 4:00 pm.

Mushroom Cultivation – Collingwood Neighbourhood House – December 8th

If you are interested in growing and cultivating mushrooms, there’s an introductory Workshop this Saturday at the Collingwood Neighbourhood House from 4:00 pm – 7:00 pm.  You will learn lots of simple DIY methods. Cost is $35. To register, email collingwoodurbanag@gmail.com.

Weirdos Holiday Market – Wise Hall – December 8th & 9th

This weekend the Wise Hall plays host to the Weirdos Holiday Market. Think eclectic, outlandish, unique and unusual gifts that are most definitely on the quirky side.  Admission is $2 and happens Saturday and Sunday 11:00 am – 6 pm.

Winter Wonderland – Mt. Pleasant Neighbhourhood House –December 8th

This weekend, Mount Pleasant Neighbourhood House hosts a Winter Wonderland. You are invited to walk through a Winter Wonderland, take a picture with Santa and enjoy a breakfast of pancakes, scrambled eggs and sausage along with coffee & tea. Cost for Winter Wonderland only is $2 per person.  For Breakfast and Winter Wonderland, the cost is $6 for adults, $3 for children 3-12 years, children 2 and under are free.  Breakfast event happens Saturday with time slots from 9:30 am to Noon.  Winter Wonderland is also available December 6th & 7th. To register, call 604.879.8208.

Shiny Fuzzy Muddy – Heritage Hall – December 8th & 9th

Shiny Fuzzy Muddy  happens this weekend at the Heritage Hall, 3102 Main Street. This is  a curated market featuring amazing talent in design, art and fine craft.  Their Holiday Showcase happens Saturday and Sunday from 11:00 am to 6:00 pm. Admission is $4.00 at the door.

Mr. Dance Christmas Party – The Alpen Club – December 9th

If you love to dance and want others to dance with, then the Alpen Club might be the place for you this Sunday.  Mr. Dance regularly features 1 hour dance lessons on Sunday nights at The Alpen Club on Victoria at 33rd Avenue. This Sunday is their Christmas Party which will again feature at 1 hour dance lesson at 6:30 pm followed by a dance show and dancing until 11:00 pm. There is free parking and hearty German food available from The Alpen Club.   Admission is $12.

Comedy, Entertainment & Live Music

Looking for live music, Libra Room on The Drive has a regular line up of music. Tangent Café hosts live jazz Sunday nights  from 6:00 to 8:30 pm. Saturday, Pat’s Pub has live jazz Saturday afternoons from 3-7 pm, no cover.

Two winter farmer markets happen this weekend. Saturday it’s the Riley Park Farmers Market from a0:00 am to 2:00 pm and Sunday, the Hastings Park Farmers Market also happens from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm. To see more of what’s on in East Vancouver, check our Event Listing.

Image Credit: June Hunter

Shiny Fuzzy Muddy December 8 & 9 At The Heritage Hall

5 Dec

ShinyFuzzyMuddy2018This weekend you are invited to check out Shiny Fuzzy Muddy happening at the Heritage Hall, 3102 Main Street (at 15th Avenue).  This is curated collection of fine art and design. Shiny Fuzzy Muddy is now in its 16th and is brought to you by artists, Kari Woo, Janna Hurtzig, Arleigh Wood and Frances Dickinson.  The event features some of Western Canada’s brightest talent.  This weekend’s event is a Holiday Showcase which will feature a host of talented designers including Adhesif Clothing, Daub & Design, Winterluxe Recycled Cashmere, Biaca Barr Designs, Flight Path Designs, Claudia Szhulz Hats and a personal favourite Kari Woo Contemporary Art Jewellery. Admission is $4.00 at the door. Stop by Saturday or Sunday between 11:00 am and 6:00 pm.

Tugboat Landing Artisan Market Saturday December 8, 2018 In SE Vancouver

3 Dec

ChristmasTreePurpleWallThis weekend you are invited down to the Fraser River in SE Vancouver at the foot of Victoria Drive to an area called Tugboat Landing.   If you aren’t familiar with the area, it once housed just that a landing for tugboats on the Fraser River. It is now home to a community of condos and townhomes enjoying river front living at the foot of Victoria Drive and East Kent Avenue.  This area is located on a public walkway and cycle path just steps away from Gladstone Park and less than a mile West of the new River District development.

This Saturday, you will find the 3rd Annual Tugboat Landing Artisan Market happening at 2010 East Kent Avenue. This is a smaller curated artisan market with just over 20 vendors offering a wide range of items including handmade artisan chocolates by Ladner Artisan Chocolates , brioche donuts by Royal City Donuts, dog wear from ScouterWear, jewellery by Cord & Stone and Sole Tibi Studio.  Cookbook author Brad Hill will be on hand to sign his recently released Plant Based Foodie Cookbook. If you are looking to get your home ready for Christmas, Urban Farm Girl will be on hand with live floral arrangements to make your home festive and Mary Anne Dragan will have a selection of table arrangements. Also on hand will be a great line up of artisans featuring wood work from Toso Wood Gallery, beautiful ceramics by Pottery Works as well as gifts for the wee ones by Guava Jelly and Tigrelys. There will be art work by local resident Sandy Vogt as well as Tigrelys, Kat McPhee and Kassandra of Smudge Goods with stunning encaustic work. And if that’s not enough, yours truly editor of ILiveInEastVan will be on site with a full selection of ILiveInEastVan tote bags, cushions, t-shirts, toques and more.  If you had your eye on those Art of East Van canvas tote bags featuring the art of Kat McPhee, there will be a selection of those on hand.  Stop by and say hello. Admission is free. The fireplace will be roaring and the coffee, tea and sweets for nibbling while you shop will be ready. All by donation with all proceeds going to the Vancouver BC SPCA.  Event happens from 11:00 am to 4:00 pm.

 

What’s On East Van: November 30th Edition

30 Nov

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

Eastside Flea – 550 Malkin Avenue – Dec. 1st & 2nd

The Eastside Flea is in full swing this weekend for holiday shopping. Lots of great local vendors on hand to help make your Christmas shopping easy. PLUS, they are taking donations of a variety of personal items including cosmetics, toiletries, clothing, etc. which will be distributed to the WISH Drop In Centre Society and Ray Cam Cooperative Centre. The Eastside Flea happens from 11:00 am to 5:00 pm Saturday and Sunday.

June Hunter Studio Sale – November 30th – December 2nd

Calling all nature and wildlife lovers, this is the spot to head to this weekend to do some relaxed gift shopping. East Van artist June Hunter is hosting her annual Holiday Studio Sale this Friday (2:00 pm to 7:00 pm), Saturday and Sunday (10:00 am – 5:00 pm).  The setting is her idyllic back yard studio complete with an offering of mulled wine and Christmas baking.  We hear some delish Gingerbread muffins will be on hand. June’s studio is located in the Hastings Sunrise area at 2785 Parker Street.

Crafty Affaire  Holiday Market – Croatian Cultural Centre – December 1st

The Crafty Affaire Holiday Market happens at the Croatian Cultural Centre this Saturday from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm. They have a great line up of vendors including some favourites like Odd Society Spirits, Sriracha Revolver, Eb & Flo Designs, East Van Bees and Sealuxe to name a few.  Check out their website and we see some cool lamps by Usedful.  We’ll be keeping an eye on them.  Admission for the market is by donation.  First 25 people in the door will get a swag bag.

Vancouver Giants – Pacific Coliseum – December 1st

If you miss watching the Vancouver Giants play hockey at the Pacific Coliseum, this Saturday is your chance.  The boys will be back for a game against Tri-City Americans. Game starts at 7:00 pm. For tickets visit Ticketleader. Note, they are back for a second game December 8th which is the infamous Teddy Bear Toss. So you can purchase tickets for one event or both.

Mini Folk Fest – Wise Hall – December 1st

A fun all ages afternoon event at the Wise Hall. Professor Banjo and others host square dancing from 3:00 pm– 5:30 pm at the Wise Hall. Tickets range between $10 – $40, Kids under 5 are free.

The Enemy – Firehall Arts Centre – Until December 1st

A contemporary political drama finishes its run this weekend at the Firehall Arts Centre. The Enemy is an interpretation of Henrik Ibsen’s An Enemy of the People, a female Dr. Stockman discovers contamination in the community’s water source and is branded an enemy and accused of destroying the local economy. For tickets, visit Firehall Arts Centre.

Our Social Fabric: Fabric Sale – 1275 Venables Street – December 2nd

If you are doing some sewing or crafting for the holiday season, you may wish to check out the Fabric Sale at Our Social Friday this Sunday.  It’s their last sale of the year happening at 1275 Venables Street (at Clark) from 10:00 am – 1:00 pm. There will be some great deals to be had.

Comedy, Entertainment & Live Music

If it’s comedy you are after, Graham Clark’s Laugh Gallery happens at Havana Theatre every Monday night. For live music, Jillian Lake is performing at Havana Theatre on Friday evening 10:00 pm.  Also, the Libra Room on The Drive has a regular line up of music. Tangent Café hosts live jazz Sunday nights  from 6:00 to 8:30 pm. Saturday, Pat’s Pub has live jazz Saturday afternoons from 3-7 pm, no cover.

Two winter farmer markets happen this weekend. Saturday it’s the Riley Park Farmers Market from a0:00 am to 2:00 pm and Sunday, the Hastings Park Farmers Market also happens from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm. To see more of what’s on in East Vancouver, check our Event Listing.

Image Credit: June Hunter

June Hunter Studio Sale November 30th – December 2nd

28 Nov

JuneHunterHolidayStudioSale2018East Van artist, June Hunter, is hosting her Holiday Studio Sale this weekend. if you aren’t familiar with her work already, nature features prominently in June’s work especially crows. June has been busy working on new designs and was recently featured on CBC Radio about her fondness for crows and what she calls crow therapy.  Which really in a nutshell is taking a break in nature and taking a moment to appreciate the beauty that surrounds us each and every day.  Crows are,  of course, an ever present sight in East Vancouver, so they are part of our ongoing scenery.   June has again this year put together a City Crows Calendar which was mentioned in her interview on CBC Radio. Thus, they are now flying off the shelves, literally.  So if you wish to grab one, best stop by this weekend, or visit her online shop which is open 24/7.

At this weekend’s Holiday Studio Sale, you can also expect to find a host of beautiful items including jewellery, throw cushions, totes, small prints, iPad covers, large scale wall art, tiles and much more. We always hope her rescue dog Geordie will be on hand to greet you. He rarely disappoints us.  June Hunter’s studio is located at 2785 Parker Street (one block west of Renfrew – between Hastings St. and First Avenue). The Studio Sale takes place Friday, November 30th  from 2:00 pm to 7:00 pm and Saturday, December 1st and Sunday, December 2nd from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm.

If you are not able to attend this weekend’s Holiday Studio Sale, we invite you check out her online shop which is open 24/7.  You can also find some of June’s pieces at Doctor Vigari Gallery, 1816 Commercial Drive and Bird on A Wire Creations, 2535 Main Street in East Van as well as the Vancouver Art Gallery store downtown.

The Best Christmas Pageant Ever At The Havana Theatre December 6-16, 2018

26 Nov

The Best Christmas Pageant EverYou are invited to check out a new lively Christmas production The Best Christmas Pageant Ever coming to the Havana Theatre December 6 to 16, 2018. Naked Goddess Productions brings you a play that is not all sugar and spice but a truer picture of family life. Well some homes anyway. This story is about some real world SH_T disturbers, hmmm much like you may have found (or may still find) in East Van tucked away in that idyllic looking house down the street. The Best Christmas Pageant Ever is about six siblings, the Herdman kids. who take over an annual Christmas pageant resulting in quite a bit of mayhem and a lot of laughs.  The show runs Wednesday to Saturday evenings at 7:30 pm with matinees on Saturday December 8, 9, 15 and 16, 2018  at 2:00 pm. Tickets are $24 for adults, $18 for seniors/children.  Those on a budget, check out the half price preview on December 5th.  You can purchase tickets at the door or online at Showpass. Be sure to stop and have a little fun this holiday season. We think this is the perfect ticket.

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