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What’s On East Van: July 14, 2017

14 Jul

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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.

Playland Nights – July 14, 2017

Playland hosts an adult only evening from 7:00 pm to midnight Friday. You will find beer, wine, special cocktails including Candy Floss Martinis and Snow Cone Vodka and the usual midway games and 25 rides. Advance admission is $26, tickets at the gate are $29.

Tango Lesson – July 14, 2017

Love to dance? Want to learn to dance the tango?  The Italian Cultural Centre is hosting dance lessons Friday nights in July. Classes are from 6:00 – 7:30 pm and cost is $20. To register visit, Italian Cultural Centre.

Eastside Flea – July 14 – 16, 2017

The Eastside Flea happens this weekend at 1024 Main Street. Friday night is their Shop N’Bop which features food trucks, pinball, a select group of artisans, craft beer and cocktails from 6:00 to 10:00 pm. The full market happens Saturday and Sunday from 11:00 am to 5:00 pm each day and features over 50 local vendors.

Free Outdoor Concert – Trout Lake – July 19, 2017

Trout Lake Community Centre is again playing host to a line up of free concerts every Wednesday night from 6:30 to 8:30 pm. This week the Soda Crackers take the stage. In the event of rain, the event goes indoors.

Outdoor Long Table Dinner – July 20, 2017

The Italian Cultural Centre is hosting an outdoor long table dinner on Thursday, July 20th a Taste of East Van. The evening is a collaboration with Slow Food Vancouver and showcases local growers and producers. Tickets are $45 for dinner. Wines will be available for purchase. For more info or tickets, visit Italian Cultural Centre.

Entertainment, Comedy, Live Music + Theatre

Playland is open from 10:00 am to 6:00 pm this weekend. If you are looking for some family entertainment, the Commercial Drive Business Society is hosting free dance and Zumba in Grandview Park from 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm on Sunday. This is a free event, everyone is welcome to attend. Friday night, Trout Lake will be featuring an outdoor movie at 9:00 pm showing Shrek. If you are looking for some thinking theatre, The Cultch is featuring Deviance until July 15th.  The show highlights the fine line between abnormal and unacceptable behaviour. Have a great weekend!

Image: June Hunter

La Merda Comes To The Cultch May 2-13, 2017

21 Apr

LaMerdaA provocative internationally acclaimed show is coming to The Cultch this May.  La Merda comes to Vancouver as part of an international tour making its Canadian premiere. It is a collaborative production brought to you by Frida Kahlo Productions, Richard Jordan Productions, Produzioni Fuorivia and presented with the Italian Cultural Centre.  The show is on a trailblazing sell-out run from shows in Rome, London, Edinburgh, Copenhagen, Sao Paulo, Madrid and Adelaide. La Merda is a rapid fire proclamation mapping the dark and sometimes disturbing train of thought of a young woman obsessed with finding fame at any cost. She sings and howls a stream of consciousness that reveals – with rage and poetry – revolting human secrets, and a modern society that is powerful, desperate, vulnerable, and cutting. In a three part monologue, all performed completely naked,  Italian actress Silvia Gallerano, rants about and probes the depth of modern society, politics, mental health, female sexuality, and the patriarchy. The subject matter is powerful, angry and brilliant, this is one show we won’t be missing. Tickets start at $20 and are available at The Cultch.

What people are saying about La Merda:

“Extraordinary, uncompromising and entirely unforgettable. Rich, absorbing worlds that suck you in and shake you up, leaving you disorientated, disturbed and exhilarated.”  ★★★★ – The Times (UK)

“This is a shocking account of modern society and its pursuit of fame, perfect bodies, patriarchy, courage and need for approval.” – Stage Whispers (AUS)

 “Devastating stream of consciousness. One of the most wonderfully full–on performance ever seen.”  ★★★★ – Scotsman (UK)

“Not a show. An experience. Absolute. Standing ovations. A must.”  – La Repubbica (Italy)

“Brash, brutal, beastly, yet beautiful. Raw, touching, intelligent and mesmerising. Unforgettable.”  ★★★★ –  The List (UK)

 

Tremors – Festival Featuring Emerging Talent August 11-20, 2016

28 Jul

Tremors2016In 2007, Rumble Theatre created the Tremors Festival which was originally a two week run of plays created by emerging companies. In 2014, they devised a new model for this festival which focused on providing mentorship to individual emerging artists rather than emerging companies. Tremors is now a vehicle for emerging artists to build networks, receive professional mentorship, develop their craft and work on exciting plays. Each show is directed, designed, stage managed, and performed by a company of emerging artists working with the guidance of professional mentors. Rumble Theatre is thrilled to present their 2016 edition of Tremors. They’ve selected three outstanding scripts specifically Dry Land by Ruby Rae Spiegel, Better Angels: A Parable by Andrea Scott, and Bull by Mike Bartlett along with an assembly of emerging artists to direct, design and perform each show. For two weeks, these three plays will be performed simultaneously in different rooms of the Italian Cultural Centre.  They are saying it’s “like a Cineplex of theatre…with a bar!” and we quite like the sound of that.

Dry Land by Ruby Rae SpiegelAnais West and Shauna Griffin in Dry Land.jpg

Ester is a swimmer trying to stay afloat. Amy is curled up on the locker room floor. Dry Land dives into the lives of two teen girls and explores what happens in one high school locker room after everybody’s left.

Britney Buren in Better Angels.jpgBetter Angels: A Parable by Andrea Scott

Akosua moves from Ghana to Canada for a better life and finds a special kind of hell tailored just for her. Think slavery is over? Think again, as liars get caught in their own webs.

 


Adam Olgui and Lucy McNulty in Bull.JPGBull by Mike Bartlett

Audiences get ringside seats as three coworkers fight to keep their jobs. Brutal and hard-hitting, Bull is an unflinching look at a toxic corporate culture from which no one escapes unscathed

Dry Land begins its evening performance at 7:00 pm/9:15 pm, Better Angels at 7:15 pm/9:00 pm and Bull at 7:30 pm/9:30 pm.   Matinees for each show are Dry Land 1:00 pm, Better Angels at 1:15 pm and Bull at 1:30 pm. Ticket prices are $10 for matinees, $15 for evening shows. Best deal is 2 shows for $25. To purchase your tickets visit ArtsPoints.

Photo Credit: Tim Matheson.

Pizza & Beer August 17th At The Italian Cultural Centre

18 Jul

GoodGrainsIn case you hadn’t heard the news, The Italian Cultural Centre now has it’s very own outdoor brick pizza oven which had its inaugural run on June 17th.  The pizza oven is located at the Italian Cultural Centre’s outdoor space which is adjacent to Beaconsfield Park. Within easy view is  their still fairly new community garden and a playground for the wee ones.  So we were pleased to hear about this collaborative event coming on August 17th called Good Grains which incorporates many things we love. The event is being billed as a celebration of pizza and beer and is a collaboration between FarmFolk, City Folk, the Bauta Initiative, the Italian Cultural Centre and East Van’s newest brewery, Luppolo. The evening event will give you an opportunity to meet local grain growers, hand-mill flour, take a peak at a demo size brewer and best of all eat and drink local.  This is a family friendly event that gets under way at 6:00 pm. Early bird tickets are available for $20 (until July 21st) after which they will be $25 person, save for children which are $5. Tickets are available directly the Italian Cultural Centre at  604.430.3337, or you can purchase them online.

Photo Credit: Italian Cultural Centre

Taste of East Van – An Outdoor Long Table Dinner July 21st

4 Jul

LongTableDinner.pngThe Italian Cultural Centre is hosting a delicious outdoor long table dinner on Thursday, July 21st called The Taste of East Van. This evening is a collaboration with Slow Food Vancouver and will showcase local, organic and sustainable produce and cuisine. You will also have an opportunity to learn more about local growers and producers. The evening runs from 6:30 pm to 9:30 pm. Tickets are $45 and are available online or by calling the Italian Cultural Centre between 9:00 am to 5:00 pm at 604.430.3337.

Photo Credit: Italian Cultural Centre

 

Spring & Summer Farmer Markets In East Van

26 Apr

BerriesThe warm Spring weather is now here which also means more great local produce. We are fortunate to have yet another season of farmers markets lined up which offers us not only produce, but handmade goods, artisans breads, locally made jams, cheese, free range and organic eggs and of course wineries, breweries and makers of spirits are now on hand offering tastings as well.  Each market is unique and offers a little something different. Trout Lake is the largest and a great place to sit down and have a picnic on the spot at the park with your new purchases. River District is one of the smaller markets situated just below Marine Drive at the foot of Kerr Street in SE Vancouver, but generally different vendors than the markets organized by Vancouver Farmers Market.  Mount Pleasant Farmers Market is also smaller than Trout Lake, but we love that it’s on a Sunday so giving some options when faced with a busy weekend.  The Italian Market is held on Friday afternoons in front of the Italian Cultural Centre and is a personal favourite. Along with produce, you will find artisans, food trucks, coffee and more. The added bonus is the Italian Cultural Centre usually has a number of other events going on including art on display, live music and/or dancing.  The Main Street Farmers Market is a great afternoon market and perfect for those just leaving downtown for home, or a quick cycle from Mount Pleasant and the Olympic Village.  We have set out below the dates when the markets begin and end for the Spring/Summer season.

Trout Lake Farmers Market:
9:00 am – 2:00 pm
Every Saturday May 7th – October 22nd
Location: North Parking Lot of John Hendry Park at Trout Lake between Templeton and Lakewood south of the 13th Avenue Alley

Main Street Station Farmers Market:
2:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Every Wednesday June 1st to October 5th
Location: 1100 Block Station Street along Thornton Park across from the VIA Rail Station and near the Main St Skytrain Station

Mount Pleasant Farmers Market:
10:00 am – 2:00 pm
Every Sunday June 12th  – October 9th
Location: Guelph Street between 7th & 8th Avenues (on the paved play area between Mt. Pleasant Elementary and Guelph Park)

River District Farmers Market:
10:00 am – 3:00 pm
Every Saturday May 14th  – October 15th
Location: 8683 Kerr Street (at E. Kent Avenue S.)

Il Mercato: Italian Market:
4:00 pm – 8:00 pm
June 17th, July 15th and August 19th
Location: Il Centro, Italian Cultural Centre, 3075 Slocan Street (off Grandview Highway)

We encourage you to come out and support these local producers and vendors.

Italian Grappa Tasting Italian Cultural Centre February 11th

11 Jan

GrappaYou are invited to an Italian Grappa Tasting at the Italian Cultural Centre, 3075 Slocan Street, on February 11th.   Grappa is a uniquely Italian alcoholic beverage that is made from discarded grape seeds, stalks and steams that are the by-product of the winemaking process. It has been called Italy’s ‘elixir’ and has been around for many generations. It was popular in Italy and mainly produced there, but is now being made by distilleries in various parts of the world including just south of Vancouver in Oregon.  On the evening of February 11th, Carmen d’Onofrio of Stile Brands will take you through a tasting of 7 Italian grappas. Having had the pleasure of taste tasting grappas in Italy, we expect this to be a very delicious experience.  Tickets for this event are $45 and can be purchased by contacting the Italian Cultural Centre at 604.430.3337 or online.  The event runs from 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm in the Trattoria Hall.

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