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World Premiere Of Do You Mind If I Sit Here? At The Russian Hall January 26-29

14 Jan

Theatre Replacement announces the world premiere of their latest work: Do you mind if I sit here? which will be performed at the Russian Hall January 26 – 29, 2022.  This production is part of the PuSh International Performing Arts Festival. Do you mind if I sit here? is about 3 social planners that visit the Russian Hall 30 years from now. They intend to repurpose the space for common use, but discover a squatter that has been living there through decades of an environmental catastrophe. The performance is eclectic in style with a metaphorical narrative. They will dare you to imagine the future in terms of our most important hopes, fears and beliefs. This is an in person event with Covid-safety protocols in place which include 50% seating capacity. For more information and to purchase tickets, visit PuSh International Performing Arts Festival.

The Firehall Arts Centre Opens Their 2022 Season With John January 12 – 15

8 Jan

The Firehall Arts Centre opens their 2022 season with Helen Walkley’s powerful dance/theatre piece, John. The production takes place from Wednesday, January 12 to Saturday, January 15, 2022.

“John is a memoir of my oldest brother who disappeared from Vancouver in May of 1969, never to be heard from again. I sourced from an archive of family letters dating from 1959–2010, which document the years leading up to his disappearance, his medical history, and the subsequent tracking my parents did of his disappearance. He was twenty-three at the time and I was thirteen.” – Helen Walkley.

“John is such a powerful, intimate piece that you are left feeling like you know this mysterious person,” says Artistic Producer Donna Spencer. “The performers, Josh Martin and Billy Marchenski, work together and apart in a manner that captures the inner feelings and outer conflicts of this young man. The work takes you on a journey of hope and loss with gentleness and frustration – it is a wonderful and memorable night of dance theatre.” – Helen Walkley

The production is choreographed by Helen Walkley and performed by Josh Martin and Billy Marchenski, John premiered and wowed audiences during its sold-out run at the 2019 Dancing on the Edge Festival.

Performances at the Firehall Arts Centre are continuing live at 50% capacity, masks and proof of vaccination will be required. To purchase tickets for the live performance, visit Firehall Arts Centre.

Photo Credit: Chris Randle

Missed the Culture Crawl? Ditch The Crowds And Meet Some Makers of The Mergatroid December 18

16 Dec

If you didn’t get a chance to hit the Eastside Culture Crawl this past November, don’t fret! This coming Saturday there’s a chance to ditch the heavy crowds from last month and hit the Mergatroid Open House. When it comes to East Vancouver’s art scene many think of the iconic Parker Street building. However, the Mergatroid building across the street also hosts a variety of local talent, from ceramicists to glassblowers and now here’s your (second) chance to see their open studios and do some of last-minute Christmas shopping. With the amount of artisans opening up their studio spaces this weekend, there is bound to be a gift for everyone still on your list.  We’ve set out below which studios will be open to visitors this Saturday from 11:00 am to 4:00 pm at the Mergatroid, 975 Vernon Drive.

Glassware:

Glassblowers make up the heart of the Mergatroid building. Attached to Terminal City Glass Coop, this building houses a variety of different glassblowers, all having unique techniques and skillsets. Find Dougherty Glassworks, Maria Ida Designs, Scott Mcdougall and Felicia Vandenboogaard in #259 where they’ll be hosting their iconic “seconds sale” – a great chance to find those unique gifts that no one else has, at a discounted price.

Ceramics:

Who doesn’t love receiving pottery as a gift? Find Eikam Ceramics, a Vancouver favourite when it comes to ceramic décor and tableware. If you’re looking for a one-of-a-kind ceramic piece, visit Firebelly Clayworks at #230 for unique but functional sculptural bowls, teapots and mugs.

Textiles & Fashion: 

Are you looking gift for that trendsetter in your life? Check out Bronsino’s handcrafted and bespoke leather bags and accessories. Find their workshop at #225 in the Mergatroid Building. For gifts for someone that loves the West Coast, visit Bettina Matzkuhn at #235 for her embroidered landscapes and cartography inspired pieces. 

From Grandma With Love – Children’s Book Launch December 18 At Trout Lake Community Centre

10 Dec

Lately we’ve been coming across some amazing young people in our community like Bella Neville Cruz. Bella is 5 years old and has written a children’s book titled From Grandma With Love.  The premise is a 5 year old child seeking the love and approval of her Grandmother even when she misbehaves.  It is also about the reassurance and unconditional love from Grandma to the child.  How many people dream of writing a book? Then along comes Bella at 5 years of age, life goal of many already checked off the bucket list. Talk about inspiring.

On Saturday, December 18th, Bella and her family invite you to their book launch happening in the Grandview Room at Trout Lake Community Centre from 1:30 pm – 3:30 pm.  The book will be available for sale in English and Spanish in softcover for $12 and in hardcover in English for $22. We invite you to stop by and support and meet this budding author.  You can also follow them on Instagram @bellaandmombooks. If you can’t make the in person launch, books are also available on Amazon.

Graham Clark To Perform 24 Hours of Stand Up Comedy December 17-18 At Little Mountain Gallery

8 Dec

A beloved Vancouver comedian Graham Clark is set to perform 24 consecutive hours of stand-up from Friday, December 17 at 8:00 pm to Saturday, December 18 at 8:00 pm at Little Mountain Gallery (195 E. 26th Avenue). The veteran comedian is ready to launch into this marathon set with inspiration from his talented team of comedians as they feverishly write jokes for him to read, riff, and rate. Why is he doing a 24 stand up gig?

Funds are being raised for the Little Mountain Gallery’s Eviction Fund with the view to finding a new artist-run venue in which they can perform as an independent comedy centre in Vancouver. They only have use of their current space until January 1, 2022. The hope is that the money raised will be used toward a deposit on rent as well as covering outstanding space costs incurred between a move and opening, transportation of our equipment and basic-level recreation of a functional theatre space.

“Little Mountain Gallery’s closure is a big loss for the comedy scene in Vancouver,” says Clark. “We’ve had two full-time comedy clubs close and another long-time comedy hangout, The Kino, also shuttered. Our comedy community needs a place to really be able to experiment and build new audiences. I will try to keep this in mind when I’m at hour twenty.”

Tickets are $20 and will be available online on at www.standupfor24hours.com.  If you can’t attend in person, there will be a Livestream via Twitch.

East Van Panto Returns With Alice In Wonderland November 24 – January 2

12 Nov

We are excited to hear that the East Van Panto is back for its 9th year! This year it’s a trip through the looking glass with a terribly bored Alice who follows a White Rabbit onto the Skytrain, she falls down a hole only to find herself in a Grandview-Woodlands Wonderland. While tracking this elusive bunny, she encounters transit police officers Tweedle-Dee and Tweedle-Dumb, a busking Cheshire Cat, gets some questionable advice from a cannabis connoisseur caterpillar, and has a heck of a time at a Commercial Drive leftist tea party. Once Alice discovers that the dastardly online mega-store owner, The Queen of Hearts, is using cookies (chocolate chip, that is!) to secretly steal East Van-ers data, she decides to stop her before all the local shops are priced out of existence!

The Cultch and Theatre Replacement are thrilled to welcome everyone back to live in person theatre at The York for all the fun. If you aren’t quite ready for attending in person, you also have the option of joining them online. To grab your tickets, visit The Cultch online. Online tickets start from $35 and in-person tickets from $69.

Photo Credit: Tim Matheson

5 East Vancouver Artisans At Circle Craft Christmas Market

9 Nov

Christmas is around the corner, and luckily craft shows are back to ease the stress of finding that perfect gift. We are hearing that Vancouverites are especially excited to finally be able to shop in person at some of their favourite markets, Circle Craft Market being one of them. Although this event is held outside of East Van at the Vancouver Trade and Convention Centre, it is worthy to note who will be there. With over 180 artisans showcasing their work this week, The Social Refinery has put together a great list of 5 East Van artisans you will want to be sure to visit if you are heading to Circle Craft this week.

Dougherty Glassworks – Home Décor & Barware

Local glassblowing favourite, Cameron Dougherty uses traditional glassblowing techniques to elevate your home. Find mid-century modern bud vases and classic thumb divot glasses at booth # H14

Amara Blue Designs – Gold & Sterling Jewelry
Artisan Kassandra Taylor creates fine gold and silver pieces using ethically sourced metals meant to be cherished and worn for more than just a season. Find her personalizing jewelry on site at booth #D12

East Van Jam – Canned Jams 

Sweet, and always delicious! Artisan Natalie Ferrari-Morton has perfected the art of a great jam. Find her low sugar (and delectable!) jams at booth N07

Minori Takagi – Japanese Lampwork Jewelry

Fusing traditional Japanese techniques with modern Canadian fashion, artisan Minori Takagi creates unique statement jewelry pieces that will catch any eye. Find her all glass “chain” necklaces miniature fruit earrings at booth #G09 

Matthew Freed – Pottery 

Inspired by the beauty of the West Coast, artisan Matthew Freed experiments with unique glazes and textures with his pottery pieces. Find his mugs inspired by favourite locations around Vancouver, and stately dinnerware at booth #D14

If you are attending Circle Craft this year, it is suggested that you prepurchase your ticket online, as this year Circle Craft is releasing timed tickets for the duration of the event being November 10 – 14, 2021.

Have a favourite artisan that is not on the list? Tell us who you’re visiting at Circle Craft in the comments below.

Open Studios: Carving Pavilion At Britannia Community Centre

6 Nov

This November, you are invited to drop by the šx?q?el?w?n ct Carving Pavilion at Britannia Community Centre for a behind the scenes peek into carver in residence and Britannia alum Randall Bear Barnetson’s artistic practice. The Carving Centre will have open studio hours Wednesdays and Thursday through November from 10:00 am to 12:00 pm. You will have the opportunity to watch Randall work while he puts the final touches on transforming a cedar log into a bench for the Britannia campus. We’ve set out the full schedule below if you have an opportunity to stop by and watch the transformation first hand.

Full schedule:

November 3, 2021 | 10 am – 12 pm

November 4, 2021 | 10 am – 12 pm

November 10, 2021 | 10 am – 12 pm

November 17, 2021 | 10 am – 12 pm

November 18, 2021 | 10 am – 12 pm

November 24, 2021 | 10 am – 12 pm

November 26, 2021 | 10 am – 12 pm

Eastside Culture Crawl Is Back November 12-14 & November 18 – 21

31 Oct

We are happy to hear The Eastside Culture Crawl is back for another year.  Things will look a bit different this year, but there are still lots of ways to check out and support local artists.   The 25th Annual Eastside Culture Crawl happens November 12 – 14, 2021 and November 18 – 21, 2021 with Thursday and Friday dates being open for attendance from 5:00 pm to 10:00 pm and Saturday and Sunday being open for attendance 11:00 am to 6:00 pm.

You will be required to book in advance for The Preview Weekend which is the November 12 – 14, 2021 set of dates. For the Preview Weekend only, you will need to book by which building you wish to go to. For the first weekend not all buildings will be open to visitors. Then the November 18 – 21, 2021 set of dates, it will be Open Studio Festival Weekend in which no appointment will be required, but vaccine passports and masking will be in place to keep everyone safe.

As always, The Crawl provides an excellent Crawl Map online that will help you narrow down which studios you would like to see whether it’s by area, building, or type of art. As always, The Crawl has created a great online Program Guide that helps you narrow down what you’d like to see since there are a whole lot of options. Each visit to The Crawl inspires us and brings much pride in we are locally surrounded by so much creative talent. Be sure to mark your calendar and stop by for a visit.

Farm To Table – A New Kind Of Dinner Theatre Coming To The Cultch

9 Oct

The Cultch invites you to join them for a truly unique interactive experience. Farm To Table comes to their stage and your kitchen November 17 to 21, 2021.  Think of it as a Zoom cooking lesson with some drama and a whole lot of laughs. The added bonus is that you can cook along with the show.

Farm to Table is a new kind of dinner theatre in which Nadine, a struggling restauranteur has broken up with her boyfriend, closed her restaurant and moved-in with her mother.  Things are going smashing as you can tell. In an attempt to get back on her feet, she’s pivoted her passion for making delicious food into creating an online cooking show.   This is where the fun begins.

The Cultch has partnered with FreshPrep which ticket gets you the Chef’s Kiss Package delivered to your door so you can cook along with the show. Of course, if you prefer, you can buy your own groceries to cook, or just watch the fun unfold via Zoom.  Prices start at $29 for a solo ticket show and up to $69 for the Chef’s Kiss Package which, of course, includes your ticket for Farm To Table.  To purchase your ticket, visit The Cultch.

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