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Story Story Lie Championships June 12, 2019 – Did You Miss All The Fun?

18 Jun

StoryStoryLieThe third season of the hit storytelling game show “Story Story Lie” came to a close June 12th with its championship round. Winners of past shows were brought back for an ultimate battle of the best to tell their hilarious and cringe-worthy stories. This show is a riot and different than any other kind of show you’ll see in Vancouver. If you’re looking for something new and fun to do you have to check out the next season of Story Story Lie at the Rio Theatre.

How it works is that each comedian/improvisor/actor gets five minutes to tell their story. Afterwards, the audience gets to interrogate them to try to figure out if the story is real or a lie. In the end, you text in your best guess as to which story was a lie and bust the liar! There are also prizes for those who guess right. The show is created, produced and hosted by Jo Dworschak and promises to entertain.

Story Story Lie will be back at the Rio Theatre in September. If you think you have what it takes and have a good story to share, you can apply to actually be on the show! For more information, visit Story Story Lie.

By Contributing Writer Nicole Alivojvodic

Did You Miss Vancouver Craft Beer Week? Nicole Alivojvodic Runs Down What You Missed

12 Jun

 

Kicking off on the last weekend of May every year, Vancouver Craft Beer Week (VCBW) is a 10-day celebration of craft beer, culminating at the historic PNE fairgrounds for a massive festival. Now celebrating its 10th year, VCBW festival saw thousands of craft beer and cider enthusiasts from all over the Lower Mainland and beyond this past weekend. This is a huge leap from the first festival, which started at a small venue hosting about 100 beer aficionados and 15 breweries. Over the past 9 years, it has evolved from Canada’s first-ever craft beer week into a multi award-winning cultural engine that showcases music, food, art, and craft beer at events across the city.

Not a beer drinker? You might want to consider becoming one. With brews like Fuggles & Warlock’s “The Last Mango Witbier” and the “Wide Mouth Watermelon Wheat Ale” courtesy of Foamers’ Folly (my two personal favourites) you might as well be drinking boozy fruit juice while lounging on the grass listening to live music. Beer connoisseur? Choose from more than 300 brews from 100+ breweries and cideries. With so much choice, you’re sure to find something new. And let’s not forget about the food. There were more than 15 food trucks throughout the festival grounds ready to satisfy any craving, be it mac n’ cheese, Triple O’s, or traditional pierogies. I have to say I was nearly as excited about getting a Bandidas burrito as I was to taste the beers.

If you haven’t yet attended the Vancouver Craft Beer Week Festival, mark you calendars for next year because this is the perfect way to kick off summer in Vancouver.

By Contributing Writer Nicole Alivojvodic

Nicole Alivojvodic Reviews Much Ado About Nothing On Now At The Cultch Until February 16th

11 Feb

muchadoaboutnothingThe Cultch’s Femme Series is currently featuring Shakespeare’s classic comedy Much Ado About Nothing. You might be thinking, as I was, that it’s unlike The Cultch to put on this type of production; but this is not the classic show you know and love: it’s classic chic. Brought to the stage by Classic Chic Productions, Much Ado About Nothing is a bold and playful romp through the extremes of desire and ambition, loyalty and redemption.

Based in Vancouver, the not-for-profit theatre company is known for their all female cast and crew, believing that there are great male and female roles in theatre that appeal to all human beings. By casting women in male parts they are creating a forum for women to explore these possibilities as well as develop their acting, designing and directing skills. It has been the experience of Director Rebecca Patterson “that gender-blind casting speaks to a diverse audience—straight and queer, men and women—and is a true reflection of our complex contemporary community”.

In Much Ado About Nothing, we see female and male roles that are firmly rooted in tradition. However, whether intentionally or not, performing Shakespeare with an all female cast is a delightful play on these gender roles that Shakespeare himself seemed to enjoy, as evident in plays like The Twelfth Night and Macbeth. What’s more, as his plays were originally performed by an all male cast – since women were not allowed in the public sphere – this provides another subtle layer of fun in Classic Chic’s production.

Don’t miss this classic tale with a twist, on now until February 16th. For tickets, visit The Cultch.

By Contributing Writer:  Nicole Alivojvodic

Nicole Alivojvodic Reviews Power Ballad on Now Until January 26th At The Cultch

24 Jan

powerballadPerformed for the first time in Canada, Power Ballad is a shocking and explosive work that explores gendered narratives and the hidden ideologies in the language we use. Created and performed by Julia Croft, this one woman show all the way from New Zealand is loud and disturbing. But that’s the whole point – it’s a live art exhibit of feminist rage that seeks to deconstruct sexist linguistics and find a new articulation of femaleness.

This 50-minute show is not for everybody, and I strongly encourage anyone interested in going to read up on it beforehand so as not to be utterly confused. Nevertheless, Croft bravely confronts seemingly immovable patriarchal structures in this rallying production which she states “is about finding the cracks where resistance can begin”.

Power Ballad is on now until January 26th as part of the Cultch’s Femme Series. Tickets are available online at The Cultch.

By Contributing Writer: Nicole Alivojvodic

Nicole Alivojvodic Reviews Backbone On Now Until November 4th

1 Nov

BackboneIf you think you’ve seen crazy strength and fitness levels before, think again. The international hit “Backbone”, from renowned Australian circus company Gravity & Other Myths, literally tosses around the perception of what strength is, where it comes from, and how it’s measured. With an ensemble of 10 performers and 2 on-stage musicians, “Backbone” had the audience’s jaws on the floor on opening night at Vancouver Playhouse Theatre. Fun for the whole family, this masterpiece of a show is a celebration of human interconnectedness and is somehow very moving without any spoken word.

The performers all work together to bring this beautiful production to life and make their incredible feats of strength and flexibility look graceful and dance-like. It isn’t until the music quiets and lights are bright that you can hear them gasping for air and see the sweat dripping. The impressive acrobatics are enhanced by sound and light effects which get the audience leaning forward, fully engaged in what’s happening on stage and scared that if they look away for just a second they might miss something. From doing dozens of backflips in a row to throwing each other around like toys to creating 3-person high human pyramids while completely blind, “Backbone” is wild and daring. It’s also charmingly informal! While the performers pull their stunts off perfectly in sync, the way they relate to each other is like friends having a great time instead of like professionals hard at work. Not only is it stunning, “Backbone” is actually quite funny too! You absolutely don’t want to miss this unique show, testing the limits of physical, emotional, individual and collective strength.  Backbone is on now until November 4th. For tickets,  visit The Cultch.

By Contributing Writer: Nicole Alivojvodic

Story Story Lie At The Rio Theatre October 23rd For Halloween Themed Fun!

1 Oct

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Back again for its third season is the hit storytelling game show “Story Story Lie”. In its season premiere on Wednesday, September 5th the show took on a back to school theme and showcased hilarious and cringe-worthy stories from the comedians school days. This show is a riot and different than any other kind of show you’ll see in Vancouver. Basically, it’s stand up comedy but where the audience gets fully involved. If you’re looking for something new and fun to do you have to check out the next Story Story Like at the Rio Theatre.

How it works is that each comedian gets five minutes to tell their story. Afterwards, the audience gets to interrogate them to try to figure out if the story is real or a lie. In the end, you text in your best guess as to which story was a lie and bust the liar! There are also prizes for those who guess right. The show is created, produced and hosted by Jo Dworschak and promises to entertain.

There are two shows coming up at the Rio Theatre, including a Halloween themed one on October 23rd. Tickets to the shows can be purchased online or at the door. If you think you have what it takes and have a good story to share, you can apply to actually be on the show! For more information, visit Story Story Lie.

By Contributing Writer: Nicole Alivojvodic

Nicole Alivojvodic Reviews The Coast Is Queer On Now For Vancouver Queer Film Festival

21 Aug

VQFF-Vert-Colour-300px-e1523331631308The Vancouver Queer Film Festival (VQFF), the largest queer arts event in Western Canada, is back on and celebrating its 30th anniversary this year! More than just film, the festival hosts performances, workshops, panel discussions, parties and more, facilitating a unique community space for 11 days each August. This past Friday night the York theatre was packed with people eagerly anticipating the festival favourite The Coast is Queer.

This made-in-Vancouver short film program has been showcasing alluring animation, provoking dramas, wonderfully peculiar experimental films, and uplifting documentaries since 2000. This year, 11 diverse films ranging between 1 and 14 minutes long were shown to a captivated audience. As a first time VQFF goer I wasn’t sure what to expect but was pleasantly surprised by how different each film was from the next. There were serious, dramatic, satirical, sweet and downright hilarious films, which shown back to back gives you a bit of emotional whiplash, but the overall effect left the audience giddy as we funneled out of the theatre to vote for our favourites. To top it off the directors of each film were in the audience as well which gave the local program a personal touch!

The VQFF is on until August 25th. For more information or to get festival tickets, visit Vancouver Queer Film Festival.

By Contributing Writer: Nicole Alivojvodic

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