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Award Winning PSS PSS Will Be At The York February 20 – March 4, 2018

13 Feb

PSSPSSInspired by Chaplin and Keaton, PSS PSS comes to the York Theatre February 20th to March 4th.  Compagnia Baccalà brings physicality and exquisite expression that is winning accolades the world over. The production has received 13 international prizes including the Cirque du Soleil prize.  This is an all ages show.  Tickets for kids (18 years and under) are $22. There are also family packs available for $125 for 2 adults and 2 children.  To get your tickets, visit The Cultch.

Check out what people are saying about PSS PSS:

Award-winning double act Baccalà Clown bow in triumph
The Independent

London international mime festival…have found gold…packed with ideas and ingenuity…outstandingly funny – The Stage

Hilarious possibilities of mishap and mayhem
The Herald

Instantly captivating…virtuoso comic clowning….a sheer delight to witness
Edinburgh Guide

Heart-stealing classic clowning at the very top of their game
The List 

Chocolate Sensory Workshop At The Italian Cultural Centre March 5, 2018

12 Feb

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Are you a chocoholic?  If so, you may wish to check out the Chocolate Sensory Workshop coming to the Italian Cultural Centre March 5th. It is designed to take your love of chocolate to the next level in a unique way.  Geoseph Domenichiello will lead you  through the world of fine chocolate using all your six senses. We  understand Geoseph has over a decade of experience working as a chocolate sommelier and award-winning chocolatier. And yes, there will be a tasting component with a flight of five chocolates including single origin, dark chocolate and eight others including vegan friendly.   You are invited to bring your questions and your appetite.   Cost of the class is $60 and the fun kicks off 6:30 pm on Monday, March 5th.  To register, visit the Italian Cultural Centre.

What’s On East Van: February 9th Edition

9 Feb

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Lots happening in East Van heading into the long weekend. Our weekly feature What’s On East Van sets out lots more 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.

June Hunter Studio Sale – 2785 Parker Street – February 10th

East Van artist and nature lover June Hunter is having a studio sale this weekend. So if you wish to pick up something special for a Valentine, an upcoming birthday or for yourself, this Saturday is your chance. Her studio is located in the Hastings Sunrise area. Sale happens 10:00 am to 5:00 pm. Valentine’s cookies will be on hand for snacking.

Hearts Workshop – Britannia Community Centre – February 10th 

A Hearts Workshop is happening this Saturday at Britannia Community Centre from 1:00 to 4:00 pm. Express your love with a myriad of collage, colour and sparkle options in this hands-on workshop. Make a gift for someone special, or how about love bombing your neighbourhood? All materials are supplied and all ages are welcome.

Family Day Community Skate -PNE Agrodome – February 12th

A community skate happens Monday, February 12th at the PNE Agrodome from 1:00 to 4:00 pm.  Note, no rentals. You will need to bring your own skates and helmets which are required for all children 12 and younger.  Adults $3,Seniors/Youth (13-18): $2.50 and   Children (3-12): $2.00 and those 2 years and under are free.

Free Ice Skating/Kids Activities – Britannia Community Centre – February 12th

You are invited to come out and enjoy free ice skating at the ice rink at Britannia Community Centre from 1:00 to 3:30 pm.  There will also be arts and crafts available for kids.

Epic DVD Sale – Black Dog Video – 1470 Commercial Drive – February 15th 

If you are looking to stock up on your favourite movies to hold you over this wet Spring, you may wish to check out the Epic DVD Sale at Black Dog Video.  Sale happens Thursday, February 15th  at 1470 Commercial Drive from 9:00 to 11:00 pm.

Comedy, Live Music & Entertainment

Vancouver International Mountain Film Festival is happening at the Rio Theatre this weekend. Check out some of the amazing films featuring nature and our environment.  Also this weekend of course are the Winter Farmer Markets happening Saturday at Nat Bailey Stadium from 10 am to 2 pm and Sunday at Hastings Parking 10 am – 2 pm.  To see more of what’s on in East Vancouver, check our Event Listing.

Image Credit: June Hunter

We Review Jabberwocky On Now At The York Theatre Until February 17th

8 Feb

JabberwockyJabberwock is delivered mostly in gibberish, and when it ventures into English it’s to recite the mysterious and evocative Lewis Carroll poem the show is named for. Like the poem, the play is open to many possible interpretations and the fun is in the playful, surreal ways of telling the story moreso than the story itself.

In other words, I went with a friend and we had completely different takes on what some of the scenes and characters represented, but we both thought it was visually delightful. My favorite scene has to be when our main character is being born, a process that is presented from a baby’s eye view, with enormous thighs appearing at either side of the stage. A moment later, we see an enormous breast from which “milk” emerges in the form of an actor dressed all in white who dances out of the nipple and into the baby’s waiting lips.

The gleeful silliness and embrace of tangents and non-sequiturs reminded me of early Monty Python at times, but the show also explores moments of fear and alienation. If you’ve always thought the Pythons could only be improved with less talking and more of the feeling you get from those creepy-eyed Victorian dolls, then this is absolutely the perfect show for you.  Jabberwocky is on now at the York Theatre until February 17th. To purchase tickets, visit The Cultch.

By Contributing Writer Tiva Quinn

Valentine Day Activities Happening Around East Vancouver

7 Feb

Valentine'sDayOK I know many of you say it’s just a day on the calendar, and well to some extent, we have to agree.  But it CAN be a day you show someone they hold a special place in your life.  It doesn’t need to be romantic.  It can be a dear friend, a senior living alone, a pet, the dog walker, your favourite teacher. Honestly, who doesn’t like to feel special and know that someone was thinking about them?  With that in mind, we are going to set a few things that are happening that you can or cannot participate in that is happening in and around Valentine’s in East Vancouver for big kids and little ones.

Hearts Workshop – Britannia Community Centre – February 10th 

A Hearts Workshop is happening this Saturday at Britannia Community Centre from 1:00 to 4:00 pm. Express your love with a myriad of collage, colour and sparkle options in this hands-on workshop. Make a gift for someone special, or how about love bombing your neighbourhood? All materials are supplied and all ages are welcome.

Valentine’s Kids Crafts – River District Neighbourhood Centre – February 11th

If you have kids looking to make some handmade crafts for Valentine’s, then River District has the set up for you this Sunday, February 11th.   They will be hosting a Valentine’s Kids Craft session from 2:30 – 4:30 pm this Sunday, February 11th.  This is a free event, everyone welcome, but parent participation is requested.

Storm Crow Tavern – Speed Gaming – February 14th

If you are single this Valentine’s Day and love games, we love this event at Storm Crow Tavern. It’s play-tonic Speed Gaming. What that means is for a $15 ticket you get to play a series of quick 10 minute games with a new person every 10 minutes.  This event is open to all ages, all genders and orientations.  Event kicks off at 7:00 pm and runs till 10:00 pm.  To get your ticket, visit Eventbrite.

Federico’s Supper Club – Love To Share – February 14th

If you are looking to splurge, check out the 4 course dinner at Federico’s Supper Club on February 14th.  Along with dinner, you have an evening of live music and dancing. Cost is $100 per person. To make your reservation contact Federico’s Supper Club.

Valentine’s Day Cooking Demo & Dinner – The Uncommon Café – February 10th & 14th

The Uncommon Café in Railtown will be hosting a couples only cooking class & demo. Having said this, they mean in pairs, so that pair could be 2 best friends, mom and daughter, father and son. Come learn how to make a great French meal, then enjoy the meal prepared during the demo with a glass of wine.  Cost is $85 per person or $170 per couple.   You can purchase tickets for the dinners through Eventbrite.

Jak’s View: Follow Up To Fets Whiskey Kitchen Raid – Why Did It Happen?

6 Feb

FetsWhiskeyWe are adding another voice to ILiveInEastVan today. We would like to introduce you to Jak King.  If you don’t know him by name, he is a long time resident of East Vancouver. Jak is civic minded, has opinions on a number of issues some light topics, others not and a penchant for history particularly as it relates to Grandview Woodlands.  Jak has his own blog, which we invite you to check out called Jak’s View.  With his permission, we will be reprinting some of his posts here from time to time.  Today we’d like to share Jak’s View on the recent raid of Fets Whiskey Kitchen on Commercial Drive. This event boggles our mind. So many small businesses are struggling with increasing costs such as taxes, rent, attracting and keeping staff with rising costs in Vancouver, this antiquated raid was a slap in the face to small business. Instead of helping small business, this heavy handed approach to enforce antiquated laws seemed beyond fair or reasonable.   We invite you to check out Jak’s View on this recent event:

As I reported earlier, and has been widely reported since, Fets Whiskey Kitchen on Commercial Drive was raided last week and $40,000 worth of bottles were seized by agents of the BC government.

At the time there was some mystery as to why this had happened, but the reason has now been made clear — they were purchased from private liquor stores (which had purchased them legally from the BC Liquor Distribution Branch) rather than from the BCLDB directly. All required taxes had been paid but these bars are only allowed to buy their liquor from the BCLDB — even though the BCLDB won’t sell them these particular whiskeys.

It is worth repeating that all required taxes had been paid.  In other words, this is all about the bureaucratic nonsense that is BC’s liquor laws.

Apparently bars and clubs have been buying from private liquor outlets for years and liquor inspectors have allowed it to go on. Now, suddenly, the Ministry under David Eby has decided to stamp down on the practice. They could, of course, have changed the law so that BCLDB could sell these whiskeys to the bars but no, they wanted to play the heavy instead.

In a long article by Martyn Brown, he suggests that the “prohibition style” raids may have been occasioned by the money laundering crisis in BC casinos:

“It is in an interesting coincidence, I’m sure, that this crackdown has occurred only days after Attorney General Eby launched his own scathing indictment of the inept gaming policy enforcement and money laundering problems that transpired under the former government’s watch. No doubt, the last thing the general manager or others in the Liquor Control and Licensing Branch want to do is to leave the branch vulnerable to being accused of falling short in its enforcement responsibilities.”

However, as the same article notes, the raids have done nothing to enhance BC’s image as a tourist friendly Province. Perhaps more importantly for locals, Eric Fergie of Fet’s notes that his small business could suffer badly.

“Fergie said he’s now worried how his small business will absorb the cost. ‘If we are fined heavily for the infractions and we lose our product, then, you know, we’ve got 20-something people that work for us and it’s going to be difficult’.”

Eric and Allura Fergie have been mainstays of Commercial Drive business since opening their original Fettucini’s Cafe in 1987.

Reprinted With Permission (Jan. 21, 2018)

Photo Credits: Jak King & Fets Whiskey Kitchen

 

 

 

 

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