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What’s On East Van: December 7th Edition

7 Dec

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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.

East Van Panto: Wizard of Oz – The York 

If you are looking for some family fun this weekend, our choice would be the East Van Panto.  This production now in its 6th year has something for everyone. Fun digs and political references for the big adults and fun interaction for the wee ones.  The production as always pokes a little fun about the unique aspects of our City.  We highly recommend this for a fun night out, or if you prefer a matinee. Tickets available via The Cultch.

Daisy Theatre: A Christmas Carol – The Cultch Until December 22nd

If you have not seen Ronnie Burkett perform with his Daisy Theatre, you truly are missing out.  This production, which is puppets for adults, is back at The Cultch and runs till December 22nd. The energy and creativity that Ronnie brings to each show is nothing short of amazing.  For tickets, visit The Cultch.

Plant Club – Figaro’s Garden Centre – December 7th

We have to admit, we love Figaro’s Garden Centre at 1896 Victoria Drive (at 3rd Ave). This Friday, you are invited to Plant Club.  Stop by and have a glass of wine between 3:30 and 6:00 pm and talk plants, or stop by to make a swag or wreath with them for the holiday season.

Tugboat Landing Artisan Market – 2010 East Kent Avenue – December 8th

The 3rd Annual Tugboat Landing Artisan Market happens this Saturday at 2010 East Kent Ave (at Victoria Drive) on the Fraser River in SE Vancouver. This is a curated market with just over 20 vendors offering a great array of items perfect for gift giving this holiday season.  There will be coffee, tea and sweets available all by donation with proceeds benefitting the Vancouver BC SPCA.  Did we mention, ILiveInEastVan will be there as a vendor with tote bags, t-shirts, toques and more.  Stop by and say hello. Free admission. Event happens 11:00 am to 4:00 pm.

Mushroom Cultivation – Collingwood Neighbourhood House – December 8th

If you are interested in growing and cultivating mushrooms, there’s an introductory Workshop this Saturday at the Collingwood Neighbourhood House from 4:00 pm – 7:00 pm.  You will learn lots of simple DIY methods. Cost is $35. To register, email collingwoodurbanag@gmail.com.

Weirdos Holiday Market – Wise Hall – December 8th & 9th

This weekend the Wise Hall plays host to the Weirdos Holiday Market. Think eclectic, outlandish, unique and unusual gifts that are most definitely on the quirky side.  Admission is $2 and happens Saturday and Sunday 11:00 am – 6 pm.

Winter Wonderland – Mt. Pleasant Neighbhourhood House –December 8th

This weekend, Mount Pleasant Neighbourhood House hosts a Winter Wonderland. You are invited to walk through a Winter Wonderland, take a picture with Santa and enjoy a breakfast of pancakes, scrambled eggs and sausage along with coffee & tea. Cost for Winter Wonderland only is $2 per person.  For Breakfast and Winter Wonderland, the cost is $6 for adults, $3 for children 3-12 years, children 2 and under are free.  Breakfast event happens Saturday with time slots from 9:30 am to Noon.  Winter Wonderland is also available December 6th & 7th. To register, call 604.879.8208.

Shiny Fuzzy Muddy – Heritage Hall – December 8th & 9th

Shiny Fuzzy Muddy  happens this weekend at the Heritage Hall, 3102 Main Street. This is  a curated market featuring amazing talent in design, art and fine craft.  Their Holiday Showcase happens Saturday and Sunday from 11:00 am to 6:00 pm. Admission is $4.00 at the door.

Mr. Dance Christmas Party – The Alpen Club – December 9th

If you love to dance and want others to dance with, then the Alpen Club might be the place for you this Sunday.  Mr. Dance regularly features 1 hour dance lessons on Sunday nights at The Alpen Club on Victoria at 33rd Avenue. This Sunday is their Christmas Party which will again feature at 1 hour dance lesson at 6:30 pm followed by a dance show and dancing until 11:00 pm. There is free parking and hearty German food available from The Alpen Club.   Admission is $12.

Comedy, Entertainment & Live Music

Looking for live music, Libra Room on The Drive has a regular line up of music. 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.

Two winter farmer markets happen this weekend. Saturday it’s the Riley Park Farmers Market from a0:00 am to 2:00 pm and Sunday, the Hastings Park Farmers Market also happens from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm. To see more of what’s on in East Vancouver, check our Event Listing.

Image Credit: June Hunter

This Duet That We’ve Already Done (so many times) At The Cultch November 27 to December 1st

21 Nov

ThisDanceYou are invited to an intriguing dance performance This Duet That We’ve Already Done (so many times).   Think an iPad for music, speakers, projector, a chair, a few pairs of shoes, whisky, water and glasses.  Frédérick Gravel, whose talent and audacity cross borders, joins the fierce and fiery Brianna Lombardo in an intimate and electrifying show. At the controls of an exhilarating playlist, the multidisciplinary artist is spreading his rock vision of the inexhaustible theme of love. They look at each other, play, dance for each other, creating a tableau in which movement portrays the poetry of everyday life. For tickets to this breathtaking production, visit The Cultch.

“Their union is fragile and outrageous, expressing with clarity the rage and
flames
of passion. Both sweet and rugged, this show is intensely beautiful”

—Toute La Culture (Paris)

Never Still At The Firehall Arts Centre September 26th – 29th, 2018

12 Sep

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Never Still the newest work by Vanessa Goodman is inspired by the inherent conflicts and dichotomies of water. The production is both graceful and challenging, much like humanity itself. The show has social, environmental and biological themes explored within this highly physical new work.  Never Still dives into the distinctive and overlap between three different systems of circulation: global water cycles, communication technology and fluids within the body.  “We are living in an increasingly polarized culture,” says Donna Spencer, the Firehall Arts Centre’s Artistic Producer. “And it is our role as artistic creators to encourage audiences to consider, through what they are seeing on stage, how inextricably linked we all are in finding our way through these challenging times.”  Donna goes onto say that this Season the Firehall Arts Centre’s programming is “about choices – ones we make, the one we think we should make but don’t and the influences around us that colour that decision-making”. This production is a collaboration Shion Skye Carter, Stéphanie Cyr, Bynh Ho, Scott Morgan, Alexa Mardon, James Proudfoot and Lexi Vajda.   Never Still is at the Firehall Arts Centre from Wednesday, September 26th to Saturday, September 29th at 8:00 pm. Tickets are $20 and available online at Firehall Arts Centre.

Photo Credit: Ben Didier

Fiesta With Flamenco Music & Dance In Grandview Park Sunday, July 22nd

18 Jul

acoustic-guitar-art-artistic-TimMossholder.jpgThis Sunday, July 22nd, you are invited to Grandview Park to enjoy flamenco music and dance. If you have not experienced this, you are truly missing out.  Flamenco is an “art form based on the folkloric music traditions of Southern Spain”.  The music, the rhythm, the passion, the focus, the songs, it’s filled with emotion and life experience, truly something to see and hear . This Sunday you are invited to bring your blanket and picnic and sit back and enjoy this free event. Event happens between 2:00 and 4:00 pm and is brought to you by the Britannia Artist Grant Program.

Photo Credit: Tim Mossholder

Croatia Days Festival At The Croatian Cultural Centre June 15 & 16

13 Jun

CroatiaDays2018It’s cultural festival season in Vancouver and what a privilege it is to live in a community that encompasses so many different ethnic and cultural enclaves. This weekend, come down to the Croatian Cultural Centre for some food, beer, folk dancing and of course, soccer!

Croatia Days Festival begins Friday, June 15th starting at 5:00 p.m. There will be a men’s futsal tournament and an outdoor barbeque with local and Croatian beers available for purchase. At 9:00 p.m. the bar will open for a pub night with live music and entertainment! For the main event on Saturday, June 16th, starting at 10:00 a.m. there will be cultural displays and food offerings from the various regions of Croatia, vendor stands from local Croatian businesses as well as a petting zoo and face painting station for kids. Up until 4:00 p.m. there will also be a lineup of Croatian dance groups who will be showcasing traditional Croatian folk dancing for festival attendees!

For all FIFA fans, head down to the Croatian Cultural Centre at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday for the pre-game party including food and beverages available for purchase where fans will be getting revved up for the Croatia vs. Nigeria game at 12:00 p.m. Wear your red and white checks and join the electric atmosphere while watching the game on nine jumbo projection screens and enjoying specialty imported beer from Croatia!

By Contributing Writer: Nicole Alivojvodic

Broken Tailbone At The Cultch February 13 – 24, 2018

5 Feb

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You are invited to come celebrate the irresistible sound of Latin music. Carmen Aguirre is a celebrated writer and performer who is bringing her production Broken Tailbone to The Cultch this February. Carmen will lead a live and interactive Latin American dance lesson. Music is provided by DJ Don Pedro which promises to get the most reluctant dancer up on their feet.  Carmen will interweave stories into the evening that touch on intimacy, politics, culture and the origins of salsa while taking you into the dance halls of Canada.   We invite you to check out what we expect to one fun night out.   This is one event we won’t be missing. Tickets are $35 and available online at The Cultch.

Encounter Comes To The York Theatre October 17 – 22, 2017

10 Oct

EncounterChristopherJosephThe best in physical theatre comes to the Cultch in conjunction with Diwali. Encounter is a story about an Indigenous woman, Dopdi, and her communities’ struggle to uphold the Indigenous life and her defiance against injustice. Created for the stage by Aparna Sindhoor, S M Raju, and Anil Natyaveda, Encounter is a tribute to the Indigenous people’s history. It is a passionate story of female power that delves into the struggles and challenges of the indigenous communities of India. Aparna Sindhoor, co-writer of Encounter says “The word ‘Encounter’ has a specific meaning in the Indian (South Asian) context. It is a euphemism for the state orchestrated ‘chance meetings,’ to get rid of (kill, or torture and kill) the so-called enemies of the state.” The performance features acrobatics and original music which pays tribute to Indigenous peoples’ history from around the world. The show runs October 17 – 22, 2017 at the York Theatre. Tickets are available at The Cultch.

Contributing Writer Tiva Quinn reviews Encounter:

Encounter is a dance-play that is political, sensual, humorous and informative. There’s a bit of every possible emotion along the way, but, ultimately, it’s also a story about an enormous tragedy.

The dancers portray members of an indigenous group in India who find that their land is being taken for mining, while their water is being diverted for factories. In order to survive at all, they have no choice but to “steal” water from the wells of a wealthy landowner nearby, and so the military is called to put a stop to this crime.

The dancers also portray members of the military who have been sent to break up the “rebellion.” At one point, they tell us stories about why they joined the armed forces, and most of the stories are relatable – one needs to feed his family, one is saving to send her daughter to college, and of course one is in love with his gun, but there’s no distinction among them when their leader asks them to do “the needful” and try to get information from a prisoner.

In the South Asian context, “encounter” refers to times when the army captures suspected rebels and tortures or kills them. The story opens and closes on a scene of one such torture, and yes, it’s told through dance. The troupe are all very talented and they create some visually arresting tableaus out of these scenes. And in a world where a show like 24 asks us to identify with the torturer, why shouldn’t we have art that asks us to identify with both the torturer and those who are tortured?

If you’re looking for a note of hope, a sense of closure, or a call to action that makes you feel like you can make a difference, there isn’t one. It wouldn’t be especially true to the reality of the situation if there was.

Do I recommend seeing it, though? Yes.

Photo Credit: Christopher Joseph

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