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A World Without Us At The Cultch April 17 – 29, 2018

4 Apr

WorldWithoutUsThe Cultch is bringing an interesting production to the stage,  one which features an eco-disaster.   World Without Us is a new production about the end of humanity and what comes after it. Think about it … no more mortgage, no more long lines at the bank, no coffee shops, no honey in glass jars, no Skytrain, no buses, animals running wild, no more towers being built, no exercise class, no swimming pools.  Ontroerend Goed, creators of Fight Night, ask the question would it ever get this far?  Would we find a solution? Read the news any given day, some days you think it might just come to this. So what would a world without us be like? To find out, check out this poignant production coming April 17th to 29th at The Cultch.

What people are saying about World With Us:

A poignant premonition of eco-disaster” — The Guardian

As ever, it is the clarity, simplicity and brilliance of the form found in order to express specific content that dazzles when it comes to Ontroerend Goed’s work” — exeunt magazine

The story is compelling, inventively written and implacably delivered” — The Stage

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A Crime Thriller The Butcher Comes To The Cultch March 20th to 31st

20 Mar

TheButcherThe Cultch and Prime Cuts Collective invite you to take a ride on a philosophical crime thriller, The Butcher.  Who is the Butcher? At a police station a mysterious old man is found wearing a foreign military uniform and a Santa hat. A butcher’s hook hangs around his neck, and gouged on the end is a business card with the words, “Arrest me,” scrawled on it. As a lawyer, a police officer, and a translator struggle to unravel the truth, they uncover a past that won’t stay buried, and a decades-old quest for justice that must be served.  Dark secrets come to light. A past that won’t stay buried. A decades-old quest for justice that must be served.  The production we hear is not what you might expect and will have you guessing the entire time.   The Butcher takes place in the Historic Theatre at The Cultch March 20th to March 31st. Tickets start from $22 and are available online at The Cultch.

What others are saying about The Butcher:

 “Can a play about torture be too entertaining?”
The Globe and Mail

“A devilishly clever piece of work”
National Post

“A live entertainment game changer”
Toronto Stage

“[A] funny, horrifying, serpentine stage thriller” 
CBC Arts

Call To Artists: The Cultch Gallery Seeks Artists For 2018/2019 Gallery Season

28 Feb

ArtWorksThe Cultch, 1895 Venables Street, has put out a call to visual artists to submit applications to exhibit their work during their 2018/2019 gallery season. Each exhibition will run for 3 to 4 weeks between August 2018 and June 2019. Submissions can be single or multiple artists’ proposals.

The Cultch has built a reputation over the past 40 years as one of Western Canada’s most innovative and exciting presenting venues. The mandate of The Cultch is to contribute to the enrichment of the city and community’s social and cultural life through the presentation of innovative programs of contemporary music, theatre, dance and visual arts by established and emerging artists.

The Cultch Gallery is a multi-use space and not a traditional art gallery as it also serves as the lobby for performances and is occasionally used for meetings and other small events. Due to the diverse nature of this space, submissions that include sculptures or free standing art will not be accepted.

Submission Criteria for Artists:

  1. An artist statement
  2. Artist bio(s)
  3. Resume/CV
  4. A complete list of images you are submitting, which should include title, size, medium. These images do not have to be the work you will be showing. They want to get a good overview of your work.
  5. You can submit up to 10 images. Image files should be in .jpeg format. File names must include the artist name, title of artwork and size of the work when framed: (example: Yuri Arajs – Sunny Day -18 in x 30 in. jpg)

Deadline for applications is May 31, 2018. Email your submissions to gallery@thecultch.com, but you can also mail a CD with your application to:

Attention: Yuri Arajs / Gallery Coordinator
c/o The Cultch
1895 Venables Street
Vancouver, BC
V5L 2H6

SHIT At The Firehall Arts Centre – January 27, 2018 to February 10, 2018

25 Jan

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Australian’s most unapologetic playwright, Patricia Cornelius, examines the lives of three incarcerated underclass women in a manner unseen on most theatre stages.  SHIT asks you to consider women with foul mouths and weathered faces, women who spit, fight, swear, hurt and steal. They are angry, unrelenting, terrifying and damaged women. They discuss fist fights, foster care, babies, their mothers, crying and what it’s like to believe in absolutely nothing.  “There is nothing romantic in these characters’ outsider mindsets’ says Cornelius who states there is something admirable about the fight in these women who do not behave as others think they should. Cornelius believes many women will be able to relate to this. SHIT takes place at the Firehall Arts Centre January 27th to February 10th, 2018. For tickets, visit Firehall Arts Centre.

Contributing writer Tiva Quinn checked out opening night of this production. Here is her take on SHIT:

I kind of expected yet another story where bad things happen to women who are fundamentally, deep down, good people. Crusty but with a heart of gold somewhere inside.

SHIT is not that story. These women don’t make any plays for your respect or your sympathy. Tough times have turned them into tough people and they’re not especially kind to themselves or to one another. Near the beginning of the play they laugh about the times when you’re that woman – the woman on the bus who’s cursing to herself at full volume and making everyone uncomfortable. Only one of these three women is a bit vulnerable, and the other two are determined to teach her to knock it off.

If you can let go of your need for a sympathetic character and your belief that women should be likeable, there’s a lot to enjoy and a lot to think about here.

My one quibble would be that the Australian play sometimes loses its flow with word choices that just seem wrong delivered in a Canadian accent, but an interesting script and strong acting are more than enough to make up for that.

The PuSh International Performing Arts Festival: January 16 – February 4, 2018

17 Jan

PUSHFestivalThe PuSh International Performing Arts Festival is a feast of live performance art. The Festival takes place over a 3 week period from January 16th to February 4th in various venues around the City. In East Vancouver, The Fox Cabaret, The Cultch and The Russian Hall will be hosting a number of the performances.  Expect to find performances from international, Canadian and local artists in a variety of genres including dance, film, music, multimedia and theatre. Check out some of the original and creative works which will be showcased during PuSh.  We’ve set out below the productions coming to East Vancouver. To purchase tickets, visit PuSH Festival and note, if you wish to see several performances, 4 pack and 6 pack ticket options are available.

 

The Fox Cabaret, 2321 Main Street

 Cris Derksen Trio (February 2–3, 2018)

Daughter (February 1, 2018)

Dickie Beau: Unplugged (January 19–20, 2018)

HINKYPUNK (January 26, 2018)

Joseph Keckler (January 26–27, 2018)

RPM Records: Live in Vancouver (February 3, 2018)

Songs of Insurrection (January 22–23, 2018)

Spokaoke (February 2, 2018)

Torrey Pines (January 20, 2018)

The Cultch, 1895 Venables Street

Dublin Oldschool (January 30–February 3, 2018)

I’m Not Here (January 24–28, 2018)

Reassembled, Slightly Askew (January 17–February 4, 2018)

The Russian Hall, 600 Campbell Avenue

Pushoff Mixer (February 1, 2018)

Symposium: Field Notes (February 3, 2018)

The Events (January 17–28, 2018)

What’s On East Van: November 24th Edition

24 Nov

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Lots happening in East Van this next week.  Our weekly feature What’s On East Van sets out 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.

Blue Moon Marquee with The Milk Crate Bandits & Gillian Moranz – Wise Hall 

If you love the old delta blues, swing, jazz and ragtime music, then you best head over to The Wise Hall this Friday night.  Blue Moon Marquee  will be performing along with Gillian Moranz and The Milk Crate Bandits.

The Italian Christmas Market – Italian Cultural Centre – November 24, 2017

If you can believe it, Christmas is just over a month away.  Although hard to wrap one’s head around.  If you want to get a jump on your gift shopping, check out the The Italian Christmas Market at the Italian Cultural Centre happening from 5:00 pm – 9:00 pm. We love that this is an evening event, lots of great local vendors plus food trucks.

June Hunter – Studio Sale – November 25, 2017

East Van artist, June Hunter, is having a one day studio sale this weekend Saturday, November 25th from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm.   June has a great selection of prints, art, jewellery, coasters the majority feature some aspect of nature. Whether you are looking for a birthday gift or Christmas gift, stop by June’s studio for some civilized leisurely shopping in the comfort of her studio. We expect there will be some cookies and refreshments on hand. Studio is located in the back of 2785 Parker Street. 

3rd Annual Burlesque Marathon – Rio Theatre – November 25, 2017 

The Rio Theatre hosts 25 burlesque dancers who will be performing for the camera to apply for festivals and competitions around the world. Tickets are $20 in advance or $25 at the door.

Entertainment, Comedy + Live Theatre

Looking to take in a movie this weekend, don’t forget the good folks at Black Dog Video on Commercial Drive with an excellent selection of videos this winter. If you wish to get out to see a movie, Lucky shows at the Rio Theatre Saturday, November 25th at 1:45 pm.   Of course, the winter farmer markets are in full swing with Nat Bailey Stadium on Saturday from 10 am – 2 pm and Hastings Park on Sunday also from 10 am – 2 pm.  To see more of what’s on in East Vancouver, check our Event Listing.

Image Credit: June Hunter

Eastside Culture Crawl November 16 – 19, 2017

13 Nov

ESC2017The Eastside Culture Crawl is back for 4 days starting Thursday, November 16th.  This 4 day arts extravaganza now in its 21st year features over 480 artists in and around East Vancouver. Artists with a variety of mediums open their studio doors so you can see first hand their working space, their creative process and of course meet and talk to the artisans about their work. On the Crawl, you will find painters, jewelers, sculptors, textile artists, furniture makers, weavers, potters, printmakers, wood carvers, photographers and much more. The event grows each year and now comprises over 80 buildings from Main Street to Victoria Drive and First Avenue to Powell Street.

If time is not on your side and you want to take in as many artists in one fell swoop, 1000 Parker Street and the Mergatroid is your spot and a hub of action which includes some food trucks for those that get hungry. The Mergatroid, 975 Vernon Drive has glass blowing demonstrations on view at the main level, but be sure to check out the other studio spaces within the building. This part of The Crawl is busy, so if crowds are not your thing, there are many other studios around East Vancouver. Some that we’ll be checking out include Octopus Studios, located in Railtown as well as The Wood Shop Worker’s Co-op which is opening its doors for the first time this year. The Wood Shop features many workshops where you can create something. They provide the space, the materials and the tools, you bring your creative ideas and away you go. The Eastside Culture Crawl has prepared a great map that sets out all the studios and how many artists are in each area.  We invite you to check it out.  If you are unsure where you wish to start, check out the Program Guide for more information.

Each year we pick a different area of The Crawl to tackle, last year we travelled from to studios on Clark Drive and then down to Vernon Drive towards the Downtown Eastside.  This year, Octopus Studios will be on our list, as Em’Say featuring concrete work is on our list, as is Mezulejo Furniture creating unique pieces of furniture some new, some restored.  We always make time for a stop in the MakerLabs which also features a coffee bar, as we all  need a bit of a refreshment during the Crawl, as well as the Kyubu Market which features a host of talented artisans all under one roof.

What we love about the Eastside Culture Crawl is that there is no set schedule. You go where you want on The Crawl for as long as you want. There are mny great spots to stop for a bite and drink along the way. Whether you are in Strathcona, off the Drive, Railtown, Hastings Sunrise, Downtown Eastside or off the growing stretch off Clark Drive, there are countless options for coffee, beer, food and wine. To help guide you through some of the art available, the Eastside Culture Crawl has a great rundown of all the artists on their website including a printable .PDF map to help you find your way. Don’t miss this opportunity to check out the amazing talent in this City. The Crawl runs November 16th and 17th from 5:00 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. and Saturday, November 18th  and Sunday, November 19th from 11:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. See you on the Crawl.

 

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