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Tiva Quinn Reviews My Name Is Sumiko Part Of This Year’s Fringe Festival

9 Sep

Sumiko-11x17 poster-VanFringeIn case you haven’t heard, the The Vancouver Fringe Festival kicked off another year on September 5th.  There’s a great line of experimental local theatre happening around town.  Our contributing writer, Tiva Quinn, went to check our My Name is Sumiko on now at What Lab, 1814 Pandora Street. Here’s what she had to say about this production:

“I came away from My Name is Sumiko feeling that I almost liked it more than I should have. Long story short, this is a promising performer whose best work is yet to come, but see her now anyway, that’s just the sort of thing the Fringe is for.

June Fukumura starts out doing a riff on Marie Kondo, with her clown character, Sumiko, calls her “role model.” Joking about whether or not things spark joy is kind of played out, and each of her bits within the riff gets repeated to the point where it’s not funny anymore. And yet, Fukumura brings so much charm, energy and over the top silliness to her performance as Sumiko that it kind of works. The memory of laughing when she tried to decide if a dildo sparks joy the first time kind of carries you through with good enough humour when she does it the 7th time.

All in all, Fukumura riffs on 3 topics, and the finale, a mashup of Indiana Jones, Titanic, Austin Powers and online dating woes was by far the best.

The promo material that talks about “dicing up stereotypes” might make you think this is going to be a woke, intellectual sort of clowning, but it’s mostly just silly and there’s nothing wrong with that. Turn off your brain, go and enjoy.”

For tickets to this, or any other Fringe show, visit Vancouver Fringe Festival.

By Contributing Writer Tiva Quinn

What’s On East Van: September 6th Edition

6 Sep

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

Vancouver Fringe Festival – Various Venues – September 5th to 15th

The Vancouver Fringe Festival has kicked off for another year with a great line up of talent. Although many of the shows are playing on Granville Island, there are many shows happening at East Van venues including Havana Theatre, The Cultch, Wise Hall, What Lab and The Firehall Arts Centre.  Last year, the Fringe featured more than 700 performances by 90 artists in just over 11 days.  For a full line up, visit Vancouver Fringe Festival.

Summer Savour Festival – River District Centre – September 7th

Wesgroup Properties is hosting their last free summer event this Saturday in the River District Town Centre.  The afternoon starts off with Yeeri the Magician followed by music by Kutapira, Gina Lina and the Katherines.  Event happens between 2:00 and 6:00 pm. Lots of family friendly activities in the walkable town centre.   We recommend popping into the Everything Wine store in the heart of the Town Centre which has a great Wine Tasting Bar with free samples.

Studio Sale – AntiPod Workshop – September 7th

A few local artists are hosting an Open Studio Sale this Saturday, AntiPod Workshop, Rachael Ashe and Michelle Sirois-Silver at 201 – 1610 Clark Drive this Saturday. Stop by between 10:00 am and 5:30 pm to check out some local talent.

Come Draw With Me Alicia Tobin – Little Mountain Gallery – September 7th

Comedy show Alicia Tobin’s Come Draw With Me is back from a summer break and will be happening at the Little Mountain Gallery 8:00 pm.  Cost is $10 for advance tickets or $12 at the door (unless sold out of course). For advance tickets, visit Come Draw With Me.

Bayanihan Filipino Celebration – Trout Lake Community Centre – September 8th

You are invited to come experience a little taste of the Philippines this Sunday at Trout Lake Community Centre.   There will be music, dance, martial arts and Filipino food for sale.  The event is free to attend and happens between 11:00 and 2:00 pm.

Country Bluegrass Blues Brunch – September 8th – The Heatley

We learnt a little belated that the popular Country Bluegrass Blues Brunch that happens at The Heatley took a hiatus for the summer. For those interested in checking it out, it’s back this Sunday in Strathcona between 11:00 am and 3:00 pm.

Loading Dock Party – Storm Crow Brewing – September 8th

Love beer floats? Maybe you’ve never tried one.  This Sunday is your chance at Storm Crow Brewing. They are celebrating their 25th Anniversary with a Loading Dock Party between 1:00 and 7:00 pm and yes, beer floats will be available.

Comedy, Music & Entertainment & More 

Do you love cartoons? Miss those Saturday morning cartoons you used to watch as a kid. Do you know Storm Crow Tavern offers cartoons Saturday morning from 11:00 am to 2:00 pm whilst you enjoy breakfast/brunch?

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 3:00 pm – 7:00 pm, no cover.

Looking to shop and support local? Be sure to check out one of the farmer markets happening this weekend. Saturday is Riley Park Farmers Market at 30th & Ontario from 10 am – 2 pm and Trout Lake Farmers Market from 9 am – 2 pm at John Hendry Park. Sunday, Mount Pleasant Farmers Market is back in Dude Chilling Park from 10:00 am – 2 pm. To see more of What’s On in East Vancouver,  check our Event Listing.  We also have a separate listing of Free Events for those on a budget and in Vancouver, who isn’t.

Image Credit: June Hunter

Tom Green Stand Up Comedy Tour At The Rio Theatre September 17th

5 Sep

TomGreen2019The Rio Theatre is hosting one of Canada’s comedy pioneers Tom Green on Tuesday, September 17th. Some will know him from his MTV comedy show The Tom Green Show.  His success in comedy has landed him in numerous movies including Freddy Got Fingered, Stealing Havard, Road Trip and Charlies Angels.  He also also appeared on numerous late night talk shows and on September 17th he graces the stage of the Rio Theatre with his brand of humour which is getting rave reviews.  Advance tickets for his upcoming show are $35, or $38 at the door. To get your advance ticket, visit Rio Theatre.

 

$10,000 Reward Offered For The Safe Return Of Canuck The Crow

4 Sep

CanuckReward$10,000In case you missed the recent news, the infamous local crow, Canuck The Crow, has not been seen since August 30th.  His human friend Shawn Bergman is concerned for his well being and his mate, Cassiar, has been calling for him, as Canuck became a parent this year.   Canuck also recently became a federally protected bird. Recent possible sightings haven’t turned up anything as yet.  Canuck has 2 ankle bracelets one orange and the other silver which makes him unique as for sighting him. If you have any information on his whereabouts or a possible sighting, Shawn Bergman asks that you get in touch with him ASAP. You can reach him at canuckandi@gmail.com. You can also message him through Facebook at Canuck and I.

Renfrew Ravine Moon Festival September 14, 2019

3 Sep

17thAnnualRenfrewRavineMoonFestivalThe 17th Annual Renfrew Ravine Moon Festival happens Saturday, September 14, 2019.  This family friendly event celebrates the full moon, harvest abundance and diverse cultural traditions. The festival highlights the arts, community and the environment. It is always held on the Saturday closest to the 8th full moon of the year, the harvest moon.  The Renfrew Ravine Moon Festival started in 2003 under artistic director, Carmen Rosen and now continues every year as a co-production between the Still Moon Arts Society and Renfrew Park Community Association. If you have not attended this event previously, it is an amazing display of creativity, colour, light and music.  We encourage you to check it out.

The festivities begin in the afternoon with the Harvest Fair which kicks off at 4:00 pm and goes till 7:00 pm at Slocan Park. This event is a pre-cursor to the parade that happens at dusk.  During the Harvest Fair, there will be games, crafts, musicians, last minute lantern making, community competitions and more. As the moon rises and the sun sets, the Giant Moon Lantern along with dancers and musicians make their way to guide a twilight lantern parade through the Renfrew Ravine to Renfrew Park.  Once you arrive at Renfrew Park at about 7:30 pm, you descend into a transformed world of the stream, Still Creek. The entire area around the creek is lined with lights, floating lantern art and ethereal music. It is quite something to see.  Time slows seems to slow down as you walk through the paths and absorb the beauty of candlelight, exquisite lanterns and the shimmering stream. Once you pass through the walkway, you come upon Renfrew Park Field which is where you will find musicians playing on the main stage and a Tea Garden with food service. The evening finale features youth performers showcasing dance, stilting and fire spinning to live music. Then the big finale is a display of fireworks around 9:00 pm.

If you are looking to make a lantern, there is an interesting Arduino Lantern Workshop happening over 4 days using LED lighting.  There are some prerequisities for participating. To learn more, visit Still Moon Arts Society. 

 

What’s On East Van: August 30th Edition

30 Aug

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

Neil Diamond Tribute – Federico’s Supper Club – August 30th

If you love the sounds of Neil Diamond, enjoy dancing along with having a great dinner, Federico’s Supper Club is the place to be Friday night.  Cost is $69 per person and includes a 3 course meal and the evening’s entertainment.  Note price doesn’t included tip and tax. For more info, visit Federico’s Supper Club.

The Fair At The PNE – Now to September 2nd

The Fair at the PNE is on daily from 11:00 till 11:00 pm every evening until September 2nd. In case you hadn’t heard, there are lots of free events with admission once inside the gates. Kids under 5 are free with an adult and children aged 6 to 12.  If you are looking for an energetic performance, Billy Idol will be hitting the summer concert stage Saturday night at 8:30 pm and the Beach Boys take the stage Sunday.

Lovin’ The Earth Climate Action – Riley Park Community Garden – August 31st 

You are invited to come join in a family-friendly event on climate action this Saturday.  The event will focus around around 5 themes where you can make a difference:  Food, Energy, Transportation, Waste and Resilient Neighbourhoods. There will also be a Butterfly Project Talk with a Butterfly Ranger from the David Suziki Foundation. For more info, visit Climate Action Fair.

Lantern Making in the Food Forest – Renfrew Collingwood – August 31st

If you are looking for something to entertain the kids this weekend, Renfrew Collingwood Food Security Institute is hosting a free lantern making workshop this Saturday from 2:00 to 4:00 pm.  All materials will be supplied. These will be glass jars that kids decorate.  Although the event is free, registration is requested. The event happens at Norquay Community Food Forest (2732 Horley Street).

Comedy Bucket – Little Mountain Gallery – August 31st

Looking for some laughs this long weekend?   Little Mountain Gallery, 195 East 26th Avenue, plays host to Comedy Bucket. What is it? Vancouver’s top stand up comedians abandon all their material to create brand new jokes on your (the audience’s suggestions).  Evening is hosted by Gina Harms and Gavin Banning. Tickets are $8 online or $10 at the door.

Heartbreak On The Coast Release Party – Wise Hall – August 31st

Full Circle is putting on a show on Saturday, August 31st at the Wise Hall to celebrate the Release of Nimkish’s first album “Heartbreak On The Coast.” Expect an evening of Indigenous/Queer music that supports local artists. There will also be vendor tables set up to showcase local art.  Tickets are $12 and available through Eventbrite.

Artful Sundays – Napier Greenway – September 1st 

The last Artful Sunday for the summer happens this Sunday between Noon and 5:00 pm. Expect some great local talent, live music, workshops and artisans. The event is free to attend. The Napier Greenway is located just outside the Britannia Community Centre/Library.

The Great Canadian Porno: The Musical – Havana Theatre – September 1st

If you are looking for a good laugh this weekend, you may wish to check out The Great Canadian Porno: The Musical happening at Havana Theatre this Sunday night.  We hear it’s a bold and funny fast paced production with Canadiana undertones.  Tickets are $20 and available through Showpass.

Comedy, Music & Entertainment & More 

Do you love cartoons? Miss those Saturday morning cartoons you used to watch as a kid. Do you know Storm Crow Tavern offers cartoons Saturday morning from 11:00 am to 2:00 pm whilst you enjoy breakfast/brunch?

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 3:00 pm – 7:00 pm, no cover.

Looking to shop and support local? Be sure to check out one of the farmer markets happening this weekend. Saturday is Riley Park Farmers Market at 30th & Ontario from 10 am – 2 pm and Trout Lake Farmers Market from 9 am – 2 pm at John Hendry Park. Sunday, Mount Pleasant Farmers Market is back in Dude Chilling Park from 10:00 am – 2 pm. To see more of What’s On in East Vancouver,  check our Event Listing.  We also have a separate listing of Free Events for those on a budget and in Vancouver, who isn’t.

Image Credit: June Hunter

First Pick Handmade At The Heritage Hall September 14 & 15, 2019

28 Aug

FirstPickHandmade2019.jpgThe 5th First Pick Handmade takes over the Heritage Hall on Saturday, September 14th.  The 3300 square foot space will be transformed into a Handmade Pop Up Department Store. You can expect to find a wide range of high quality, fashion forward Canadian made clothing, footwear, jewellery, lingerie, active wear, scarves and hats. If that list isn’t long enough, there will also be other winter accessories including belts, bags and wallets as well as skincare products and small batch fragrances.  The items are handcrafted with an eye to sustainability.   If there’s something specific you are looking for men’s or women’s wear, there’s a whole lot of talent coming to this event.  We’ve set out all the designers that will be on hand.

Women’s Clothing:
Ag+Au Clothing, Couture Therapy, Daub + Design, Dogwood Denim, Jessica Redditt Designs, kate&frances, Novel Supply Co, Serenity West, Street and Saddle, Supernova by Blackhole

Men’s Clothing:
Anian Manufacturing, Dogwood Denim, Novel Supply, Stede Menswear, Street and Saddle

Men’s Accessories:
Bukuro Bag Co, Bronsino, FiveLeft Leather, Joseph Henry Workshop, West Coast Hatters, Winterluxe Recycled Cashmere, Zed Handmade

Footwear:
Amy Slosky Fine Shoes, Shoofie (shoe totes), XS Unified (socks)

Skincare and Fragrances:
Conscious Care, Element Botanicals

Bags, Belts, Pouches and Wallets:
Bukuro Bag Co, Bronsino, FiveLeft Leather, Joseph Henry Workshop, Shoofie, Winterluxe

Women’s Socks, Lingerie and Activewear:
Daub + Design, Revol Girl, XS Unified

Jewelry:
BlackSØLV, Elen Danielle, Kolton Babych Fine Jewelry, Maria Roth Design, Roberto Fioravanti, She’s So

Hats, Scarves and Winter Accessories:
Anian Manufacturing, Maria Roth Design, West Coast Hatters, Winterluxe Recycled Cashmere, XS Unified, Zed Handmade

Sustainability Specialists:
Ag+Au Clothing, Anian Manufacturing, Amy Slosky Fine Shoes, Bronsino, Bukuro Bag Co, Conscious Care, Couture Therapy, Dogwood Denim, Element Botanicals, kate&frances, Jessica Redditt Designs, Novel Supply Co, Revol Girl, Serenity West, Street and Saddle, Stede Menswear, West Coast Hatters, Winterluxe Recycled Cashmere, Zed Handmade

With a view to sustainability, you are asked to bring a reusable shopping tote for your purchases and use transit, cycling or walking where possible.  The Heritage Hall is located at Main Street & 15th Avenue. First Pick Handmade is open 11am to 6 pm Saturday and Sunday. Admission is $3 (cash only). Children 12 and under are free.

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