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Nicole Alivojvodic Reviews Much Ado About Nothing On Now At The Cultch Until February 16th

11 Feb

muchadoaboutnothingThe Cultch’s Femme Series is currently featuring Shakespeare’s classic comedy Much Ado About Nothing. You might be thinking, as I was, that it’s unlike The Cultch to put on this type of production; but this is not the classic show you know and love: it’s classic chic. Brought to the stage by Classic Chic Productions, Much Ado About Nothing is a bold and playful romp through the extremes of desire and ambition, loyalty and redemption.

Based in Vancouver, the not-for-profit theatre company is known for their all female cast and crew, believing that there are great male and female roles in theatre that appeal to all human beings. By casting women in male parts they are creating a forum for women to explore these possibilities as well as develop their acting, designing and directing skills. It has been the experience of Director Rebecca Patterson “that gender-blind casting speaks to a diverse audience—straight and queer, men and women—and is a true reflection of our complex contemporary community”.

In Much Ado About Nothing, we see female and male roles that are firmly rooted in tradition. However, whether intentionally or not, performing Shakespeare with an all female cast is a delightful play on these gender roles that Shakespeare himself seemed to enjoy, as evident in plays like The Twelfth Night and Macbeth. What’s more, as his plays were originally performed by an all male cast – since women were not allowed in the public sphere – this provides another subtle layer of fun in Classic Chic’s production.

Don’t miss this classic tale with a twist, on now until February 16th. For tickets, visit The Cultch.

By Contributing Writer:  Nicole Alivojvodic

What’s On East Van: February February 8th Edition

8 Feb

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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.

Piano Karaoke with Eddie Lam – Café Deux Soleils – February 8th

Feeling brave? Have a song you’d like to sing to piano music, you may wish to check out Piano Karaoke this Friday night at Café Deux Soleils. Fun gets under way at 9:00 pm. Costs is $5 or by donation.

June Hunter Valentine’s Studio Sale – February 9th and 10th

East Van Artist and Crow Whisperer, June Hunter is hosting a Valentine’s Studio Sale this weekend. If you are looking for something for your Valentine, or maybe a birthday gift, June will have an array of beautiful items perfect for gift giving. June’s studio is located in the Hastings Sunrise area at 2785 Parker Street (one block west of Renfrew – between Hastings St. and First Avenue). The Studio Sale happens Saturday & Sunday from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm.

Heart Garland Workshop – Britannia Community Centre – February 9th

Looking to make something personal for someone this Valentine’s, Britannia Community Centre is hosting a Heart Garland Workshop this Saturday from 1:00 to 4:00 pm. This is a free workshop facilitated by East Van artist Paula Luther.  All materials are supplied.

Snowed In Comedy Tour – Rio Theatre – February 9th

If it’s laughs you are looking for, this is the spot to be Saturday night with the Snowed In Comedy Tour. Evening features comedians Dan Quinn, Paul Myrehaug, Pete Zedlacher, Erica Sigurdson.

Backyard Composting – Trout Lake Community Centre – February 10th

If you wish to learn about composting organic matter in your backyard, Trout Lake Community Centre is hosting a workshop from 2:00 – 4:00 pm.  Cost is $20. To register, visit City of Vancouver.

Free Family Concert w/ Will’s Jams – Firehall No. 1 – February 10th

There will be a free family concert at the Firehall No. 1 in Strathcona with music by Will’s Jams at 2:00 pm.  Donations will be collected for the Fire Fighters Burn Fund.

Valentine’s Party/Dance – Alpen Club – February 10th    

If you love ballroom dancing and want to kick off Valentine’s a little early, you may wish to check out the Valentine’s Dance Party at The Alpen Club (Victoria & 33rd Avenue) this Sunday night. Admission is $12 and includes 1 hour group lesson, dance party to follow. Doors open at 6:30 pm and goes till 11:00 pm.

Circle Game: Reimagining The Music Of Joni Mitchell – Firehall Arts Centre  

Last weekend to catch the music of  Canadian icon, Joni Mitchell with Circle Game at the Firehall Arts Centre. For tickets information, visit Firehall Arts Centre.

Much Ado About Nothing – The Cultch 

Much Ado About Nothing Set in a mesmerizing theatrical world evoking Colonial North Africa, this serious and sublimely ridiculous story of soldiers in love and women confined by tradition—is a bold and playful romp through the extremes of desire and ambition, loyalty, and redemption. The all female cast is part of The Cultch’s Femme Series.

Comedy, Entertainment & Live Music

Looking for more live music, did you know The Heatley in Strathcona regularly features live music?  Every Sunday they offer bluegrass music with brunch 11 am – 3 pm.

Also 7 days a week, you will find live music at the Libra Room on The Drive. 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.

Looking to shop local? Be sure to check out one of the farmer markets happening this weekend. Saturday is Riley Park Farmers Market 10 am – 2 pm. Sunday is Hastings Park Farmers Market also 10 am – 2 pm.  To see more of what’s on in East Vancouver including local events for New Year’s Eve, check our Event Listing.  We also have a separate listing of Free Events for those watching their wallet and well who isn’t.

Image Credit: June Hunter

A Crow Called Canuck Book Signing At Les Amis Du Fromage February 9th

6 Feb

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There was a sweet story in the Vancouver Courier  this past December about a father and daughter duo that penned a children’s activity book after East Van’s famous crow. It is called A Crow Called Canuck and it tells the story of Canuck who flies to other areas of the Lower Mainland and visits other animals in and around Metro Vancouver. One trip sees Canuck visiting black bears in North Vancouver. We hear that the bears tell Canuck they have to look for food in garbage now as there are so few salmon in the local rivers. Canuck also flies to Delta to talk to the eagles about issues that are affecting their habitat.

The father, Arran Yarmie, is a long standing employee at les amis du fromage which will be hosting a book signing and selling this Saturday, February 9th at the East Van location, 843 East Hastings Street from 11:00 am – 1:30 pm. We invite you to stop by and support this budding author and environmentalist. If you can’t make the book signing this weekend, you can purchase the book online at Hancock House or on Amazon. It is available for $14.95. Partial proceeds from the sale of the book go to the Hancock Wildlife Foundation.

The Bench Bakehouse Is Now Open In The Il Mercato

5 Feb

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We recently had the pleasure of checking out The Bench Bakehouse located in the Il Mercato, 1641 Commercial Drive, at 1st and Commercial Drive.  This is a sweet spot that just opened 2 weeks ago. It’s located near the entrance of Super Value facing 1st Avenue. The Bench Bakehouse isn’t visible from Commercial Drive, but we encourage you to walk through the Il Mercato or the few feet from the Drive along 1st Ave. to check it out. They have lots of baked deliciousness including a great variety of freshly baked breads which are naturally leavened sourdough. They also offer a great array of the sweet stuff including brownies, brioche, croissants, a coconut mango cake we were tempted to walk out with, and shortbread cookies big enough for sharing. Did we mention all this sweet stuff is made with 100% real butter. The duo behind this new space know what they are doing having trained in Paris, France at the prestigious Ecole Gastronomique Bellouet Conseil.  The Bench Bakehouse is open 6 days a week and they have a couple seating areas if you want to park it and kick back for a bit.

June Hunter Valentine’s Studio Sale February 9th and 10th

4 Feb

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East Van artist, June Hunter, is hosting her Valentine’s Studio Sale this weekend. If you have a special someone to buy for who is a nature lover, then this is the spot for you. June has again been working on some new colourful designs. This weekend you can expect to find a host of beautiful items including heart shaped jewellery, cusjunehuntervalentine_cookies_1024x1024hion covers, totes, small prints, iPad covers, greeting cards, note pads, large scale wall art, tiles and much more.  As you will notice, nature and/or wildlife is a theme through all of her work.  In celebration of Valentine’s Day, heart shaped cookies will be available for nibbling and Geordie her rescue dog will be ready to greet you.  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 Saturday, February 9th and Sunday, February 10th from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm.

If you are not able to attend this weekend’s Valentine’s 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.

What’s On East Van – February 1st Edition

1 Feb

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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.

Reclaimed Wood Sale – 2288 Clark Drive – Feb. 1st & Feb. 2nd 

First Growth Reclaimed has ‘TONS of reclaimed wood for sale” at discounted prices as well as a few tables that will be available.  Visit them at 2288 Clark Drive Friday and Saturday from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm. Watch for the Unbuilders sign.

Old Time Dance Party – Wise Hall – February 1st

If you love to dance, whether the 2 step, square dance or the country waltz, this is the spot to be Friday night.  The Old Time Dance Party with music by the Wooly Bears. Doors open 8:00 pm, dancing begins at 9:00 pm. Tickets are from $17.50.

Italian Culinary & Brewery Tour – Vancouver Brewery Tours – Feb. 1 & 2

This is your last weekend to catch Vancouver Brewery Tours delish dining experience featuring Italian food and great local beer.  Get picked up at Waterfront Station and you will be driven to each location in your tour which is 3.5 hours. Check out behind the scenes to see what happens at the local breweries, taste beer and have some great food, maybe make some new friends. Cost is $99. For tickets, visit Dine Out Vancouver.

Live Music With Jillian Lake – Havana Theatre – February 1st

You are invited down to Havana Theatre on the Drive for an intimate evening of live music by local neo-folk artist, Jillian Lake.  She will be featuring songs off her recently released E.P. ‘Honey’ as well as new unreleased singles off her upcoming full length record and a selection of covers. Tickets are $11 and available in advance through Showpass.

Bakery Pop Up – les amis du fromage – February 2nd

Ritchie’s Bakery will be on hand at les amis du fromage’s East Van location (843 East Hastings Street) this Saturday from 11:00 am to 3:00 pm with freshly baked bread and other sweet treats.

Circle Game: Reimagining The Music Of Joni Mitchell – Firehall Arts Centre  

The Firehall Arts Centre brings the music of a Canadian icon to the stage again this weekend with the Circle Game: Reimagining the Music of Joni Mitchell. A stellar line up of musicians will be performing her songs. For tickets information, visit Firehall Arts Centre.

Comedy, Entertainment & Live Music

Looking for more live music, did you know The Heatley in Strathcona regularly features live music?  Every Sunday they offer bluegrass music with brunch 11 am – 3 pm.

Also 7 days a week, you will find live music at the Libra Room on The Drive. 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.

Looking to shop local? Be sure to check out one of the farmer markets happening this weekend. Saturday is Riley Park Farmers Market 10 am – 2 pm. Sunday is Hastings Park Farmers Market also 10 am – 2 pm.  To see more of what’s on in East Vancouver including local events for New Year’s Eve, check our Event Listing.  We also have a separate listing of Free Events for those watching their wallet and well who isn’t.

Image Credit: June Hunter

It’s Not The Milk Man, It’s Better! Fresh Bread Delivery By Lakehouse Foods

30 Jan

lakehousefoodsbread2Oh but do I love the smell, taste and texture of fresh quality bread.  Spread butter on a piece of freshly baked bread, aaah it’s like a piece of heaven. It is one of life’s simplest pleasures.  Did you know you can get a weekly delivery of freshly baked bread?  It’s the Neighbourhood Bread Drop being offered by Lakehouse Food at 4 East Van locations. You order and pay for you your bread online and each location has a bread board and canvas totes with your name on it. Every Thursday, Lakehouse Foods delivers their freshly baked bread by bicycle we might add to each of the 4 locations and you just have to go and pick it up.  The current locations are:

Hastings Sunrise
Plenty + Spare Naturals
2168 East Hastings (11am-6pm)

Kensington / Cedar Cottage
Second Nature Home
3565 Commercial St. (12-7pm)

Mount Pleasant
Coco et Olive
3707 Main St. (12pm-5:30pm)

Strathcona
Luppolo Brewing
1123 Venables St. (3-11pm)

For first time customers, they offer 25% off your first month. Use the Promo Code REALBREADISBACK25.   To sign up or learn more, visit Lakehouse Foods. If you are in a location that isn’t serviced, visit their website, they are open to hearing what other locations you’d like to see their Neighbourhood Bread Drop.

Photo Credit: Lakehouse Foods

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