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East Van Extravaganza Saturday May 20, 2017 At The Rio Theatre

17 May

AffordableConcertSeriesIf you are looking for a fun night out, maybe listen to some live music and dance, you may wish to check out this East Van Extravaganza happening Saturday at the Rio Theatre. They are hosting the Affordable Concert Series which consists of a line up of 4 bands, being Disco Funeral with an energetic and electric vibe, then there’s Hard Rock Miners with Hillbilly Party Punk, next up is Rio Samaya with their South American Latin fusion and The Walkins which we hear will get you grinding and grooving.  As this is East Van, this event is come as you are whether it’s your Daytons, Blundstones, Berkinstocks or anything in between, you are invited to come down and get into the groove.  Tickets are a very reasonable $20 in advance or $25 at the door.  If you are organized and plan to go with a group of friends, you can purchase a group pack of 10 tickets for $150.  Note, this event has bar service thus not suitable for minors. Must be 19+. Come get your groove on. To get your tickets in advance, visit Rio Theatre.

NorthWest Comedy Fest & Just For Laughs Bring Us Comedy In 2017

28 Dec

JFLNorthWest.pngNorthWest Comedy Fest and Just For Laughs have teamed up with SiriusXM to bring you JFL Northwest this coming February. The Festival takes place between February 16 to 25, 2017 and will bring some of the best in comedy with stand up, sketch and improv. They have a great line of shows. We’ve set out below some of the shows that have landed in East Vancouver, but if you wish to check the full line up, visit JFL Northwest.

Feb. 17: Graham Clark ‘Quiz Show 3’ – Hot Art Wet City 8:00 pm

Local funny man, Graham Clark, will be presenting Quiz Show 3 at Hot Art Wet City on February 17th.  The evening features Graham cherry picking the best segments of game shows and presenting them all in one bizarre event.  Added bonus, there will be prizes to be won. Tickets for this event are $8 in advance and $10 at the door.

Feb. 19: Michelle Wolf at The Biltmore Cabaret – 7:00 pm

Michelle Wolf is a New York based writer, actor and stand-up comedian who will be performing at the Biltmore Cabaret on Sunday, February 19th. Michelle currently works as an on-air contributor and writer for Comedy Central’s The Daily Show with Trevor Noah. She has worked with a writer and performer on Late Night with Seth Meyers. Her most recent work includes ‘Now Hiring and Used People’, 2 new digital series she created for Comedy Central. Michelle Wolf was named one of “The Top 10 Funniest Women in NYC” by Time Out New York, and made Rolling Stone’s list of the 25 funniest people on Twitter. She also wrote for the 88th Academy Awards hosted by Chris Rock. So with this line of up credentials, we expect you’ll be laughing out loud.

Feb. 21: Just For Laughs Showcase – Biltmore Cabaret 7:00 pm

More details coming soon on this event, but as this is ‘the’ Just For Laughs Showcase, you can expect a fun line up and we hear tickets are a very reasonable $7.00.

Feb. 24-Feb. 25: Colin Quinn “Bully” at the Rio Theatre – 7:30pm

Colin Quinn is a stand-up comedian from Brooklyn and will be performing at the Rio Theatre Friday, February 24th and Saturday, February 25th. Colin is the comedic talent in MTV’s Remote Control as well as Saturday Night Live and Comedy Central’s Tough Crowd with Colin Quinn.  Colin has performed on Broadway as well as in HBO and Netflix specials. We expect he’ll be able to tickle your funny bone.

New events are being added, so check back to JFL NorthWest for the latest performances. Tickets are now available at Ticket Fly.

Til Death – The Six Wives of Henry VIII At The Rio Theatre September 8–18, 2016

9 Aug

TilDeathSixWivesThe Vancouver Fringe Festival is coming September 8-18, 2016 and will be showcased at various  venues throughout the City.  One show that caught our eye is ‘Til Death’ – The Six Wives of Henry VIII which will take the stage at the Rio Theatre September 8 – 18, 2016. This show was Pick of the Fringe in 2012 and is a fast paced one woman show showcasing the six wines of Henry VIII.  You will meet the Betrayed Wife, The Scheming Wife, The Peacemaker, The Ugly German, The Tarty One and the One In Love with Someone Else.   We understand that the show starts off in the afterlife in a bizarre waiting room of sorts. One by one, the wives of Henry VIII arrive, much to the shock and dismay of each previous wife. What culminates is the heated frenzy of an ex-wives club where these women swap stories, toss Anne Boleyn’s head around, pick on the ugly German one, and, most importantly, fight for the right to be acknowledged as Henry’s true bride and eternal partner. But when Henry arrives, everything changes. This production is brought to you by Monster Theatre and under the direction of Tara Travis who is an actor-writer-puppeteer and artistic producer with a long list of works to her name.

What people are saying about Til Death:

 “Travis’s energetic charm and flashes of emotional depth impress.”
Colin Thomas, Georgia Straight

“Travis puts on a dazzling display of comedy acting.”
Stephen Hunt, Calgary Herald

Til Death: The Six Wives of Henry VIII gets under way at the Rio Theatre on September 8th and runs till September 18th. Tickets are available online at Vancouver Fringe Festival.

Sunee Dhaliwal: Live Stand-Up At The Rio Theatre August 4th

1 Aug

SuneeDhaliwal.pngYou are invited to a special taping happening this Thursday at the Rio Theatre.  Local comedian, Sunee Dhaliwal is taping a new comedy special.  If you haven’t checked out this rising star, we recommend you see him now while a ticket price for his show is only $10. We first saw Sunee as the warm up act for a comedian at a New West comedy club a couple of years ago.  He stole the show.  What can we say about this comedian, he has stage presence and at 6’5” that is in part why, but he is very affable, likeable and most of all funny.  Sunee hails from Abbotsford and had planned on a very different career path which included working at Staples while working towards a degree in criminology.  A former boss signed him up for an open mike night and a new career path began. He brings some interesting life experiences to his comedy from his Indo-Canadian background which included some funny dating experiences with a large extended family running a commentary on your life and adding in their cultural expectations.  Sunee has been doing stand up comedy for many years now and has been touring as a headliner across Canada, appearing at festivals and in various TV specials.  We encourage you to check out this local talent this Thursday at the Rio Theatre. Doors open at 7:00 pm and the show gets under way at 8:00 pm. 

East Van Short Film Showcase At The Rio Theatre June 5th

2 Jun

FilmMovieReelYou are invited to check out the work of some of Vancouver’s best young independent filmmakers at the Rio Theatre on Sunday, June 5th. The East Van Short Film Showcase now in its second year will be featuring a selection of short films made in and around the Lower Mainland.   The list below was narrowed down from over 100 submissions and these 5 local shorts will compete for awards in acting, cinematography and best film.  There will be a number of shorts presented which we’ve set out below:

The Showcase Showdown

Call For a Good Time – Linnea Ritland
Disappeared – Jon Silverberg
Do Not Go – Cameron Anderson
Getting There- Brendan Prost
Vehicular Romanticide – Andrew Rowe

The Music Box

Bunny – Miroslav Nicic
Fear- Gebriel Balcha
Where I’m From – Sina Nazarian

The Raincity Revue

These films include an entry from Germany, as well as a dynamic trio of BC films including a 6-time Leo nominee.

Basketball Game – Hart Snider
Singularity – Roman De Guili
Wrestlers Only – James Kingstone
Never Steady, Never Still – Kathleen Hepburn

Come check out some of the creative local talent. The East Van Short Film Showcase takes place at The Rio Theatre Sunday, June 5th from 6:00 pm to 8:30 pm. The evening will be hosted by local comedian John Cullen. Tickets are available in advance via Eventbrite for $6.00.

Documentary ‘Slow Food Story’ At The Rio Theatre June 6th With Wine Tasting

24 May

slow-food-story-225x300June is Italian Heritage Month and that means in true Italian form, you can expect a colourful celebration of this heritage from food to art to film and everything in between. All things Italian will be showcased on June 12th at Italian Day on Commercial Drive.  There is a great event happening the week before as part of Italian Heritage Month. On June 6th, The Rio Theatre will be presenting Stefano Sardo’s acclaimed documentary Slow Food Story which is based on the best-selling book and, of course, the cultural movement of the same name that then followed. The Slow Food movement has now grown roots in more than 150 countries and includes cheese-makers, vintners and artisanal food makers. On June 6th prior to the movie, there will be a VIP Wine Tasting from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm.  You can purchase tickets for this portion and the film for $30 in advance or $35 at the door.  If you wish to see the film only, you can purchase tickets in advance for $13 or $15 at the door.   To purchase your advance tickets, visit Rio Theatre online.

Ladies Against Humanity At The Rio Theatre March 23

10 Mar

ImprovAgainstHumanityThe ladies of our favourite improv group are planning to entertain you March 23rd  with Ladies Against Humanity!  You are invited to check out some of the funniest women in Vancouver at the Rio Theatre. We witnessed some of these ladies in action at a previous show, dam funny! The women stole the show at some points. For their upcoming show, the ladies will be doing Cards Against Humanity and crowning of the next Horrible Person in Vancouver.  Oh yes, and there will be prizes.  The ladies will also be featuring some special guests from Vancouver TheatreSports League, Instant Theatre and Phantom Signal. The show gets under way at 8:00 pm, doors open at 7:00 pm.  Tickets are available in advance for $10 at Rio Theatre or $12 at the door.

Photo Credit: The Fictionals

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