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Pitch, Bitch And Ditch At The Cultch January 14th “The Dragon’s Den Of Theatre”

7 Jan

pitchbitchditchDo you love watching Dragon’s Den? If yes, then you may wish to check out Pitch, Bitch and Ditch happening Monday, January 14th at The Cultch.  Do you have a great idea for show?  Do you want to have a say in what type of productions you’d like to see on stage? Creators, Pippa Mackie and Kim Senklip Harvey, aim to highlight the strength and power of female-identifying voices and experiences. During the course of the evening, they will guide attendees through a lively banter and debate on a variety of possible topics.  No idea is off limits, no suggestion taboo, you are to let your imagination run wild and oh, the bar will be open should that help you loosen your tongue just a little.  There general theme goes like this:

PITCH
Bring your ideas —
pitches are anonymous, so no judgement!

BITCH
Kim and Pippa discuss the pitches, and debate whether they have potential as plays or not!

DITCH
The power is in your hands
—audience members vote on which pitches are ditched and which ones have promise!

Tickets for the event are $10 and available online through The Cultch.  If you are interested generally in Women In The Arts, there is mixer by that name the same evening before the show from 6:00 to 8:00 pm in The Cultch Lobby. It is free attend the mixer.

Mrs. Krishnan’s Party At The Cultch January 15 to February 3, 2019

27 Dec
Mrs.Krishnan'sPartyAnkita SinghIndians throw some big crazy parties. We personally know this for many reasons, a best friend of many years that’s Indian, living in SE Vancouver, living across river from the Riverside Banquet Hall and down the way from two large banquet halls.   There are thrown some big parties full of colour and life in all of these halls.  Then there is of course Diwali with a million lamps floating on a river and fireworks to wake the dead. It doesn’t stop there though, then there’s Holi with an explosion of colour and joy and massive dry cleaning bills. And of course Onam, a harvest festival which we hear might be one of the craziest of them all.  Come January 15th, you are invited to participate in Mrs. Krishnan’s Party, a spontaneous theatrical celebration.
The production features Mrs. Krishnan’s boarder, an overzealous wannabe DJ named James, who has invited a few friends into the back room of the corner shop as a special surprise to celebrate Onam and the return home of her son. But when strangers turn up (you the audience) and settle in, Mrs. K has no choice but to throw the party of her life.  Over one evening, Mrs. Krishnan’s Party magically transforms strangers into friends with a little Daal, a little dancing and some laughs. This is one performance we are looking forward to. To get your tickets, visit The Cultch.

What people are saying about Mrs. Krishnan’s Party:

“The show’s generous spirit offers a timely reminder that live theatre is a gift which engenders connection, sharing, and celebration of community”
NZ Herald

“A fun, feel-good, multi-sensory theatrical soiree that uses interactive theatre—and food—to bring everyone together”
Appetite for the Arts (NZ)

What’s On East Van: December 21st Edition

21 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.

Sound Of Music Sing-A-Long – Rio Theatre – December 21st

Looking for a light hearted and fun evening, the Rio Theatre has a great line of movies this weekend.  Friday night kicks it off with a Sound Of Music Sing-A-Long that starts at 6:30 pm.

Dirty Betty Show – Café Deux Soleils – December 21st

Looking for a fun night out?  Check out the Dirty Betty Show happening at Café Deux Soleils Friday night featuring comedians, improvisers and drag superstars. Show kicks off at 8:30 pm.

Pack Animals: A Very Campy Christmas – Havana Theatre Dec. 21st & 22nd

Has Christmas and all the festivities, events and stress surrounding Christmas made you just a wee bit nutty?  Then you may wish to break from it all with an entertaining production happening at Havana Theatre this Friday and Saturday night. It’s called Pack Animals: A Very Campy Christmas and features campfire songs, untrimmed trees and not the usual Christmas entertainment.  Tickets are $15 and available through Showpass.

It’s A Wonderful Life – Rio Theatre – December 22nd

Need a little help getting into the Christmas spirit this year? Why not check out the classic movie “It’s A Wonderful Life’ showing at the Rio Theatre this Saturday afternoon 4:15 pm.

June Hunter Studio Sale – 2785 Parker Street – December 22nd

If you want a truly relaxed shopping experience including mulled wine, great conversation and some crow therapy, stop by June Hunter’s Last Minute Studio Sale happening Saturday from 11:00 am to 4:00 pm. We may even see you there.  June’s studio is located in Hastings Street at 2785 Parker Street just East of Nanaimo Street.

Family Science Discovery Fair – Kensington VPL – December 23rd

Science World comes to the Kensington Branch of the Vancouver Public Library (1428 Cedar Cottage Mews) this Sunday.  They will be hosting a Science Discovery Fair from 1:30 – 4:30 pm to peak children’s interest in discovery and exploration. The event is free. To register, visit Eventbrite.

East Van Panto: Wizard of Oz – The York 

The East Van Panto continues this weekend at the York Theatre. This is a whole lot of fun for all ages. You can’t help but laugh at the fun digs and political references which poke fun at 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

This is your last weekend to catch Ronnie Burkett perform with his Daisy Theatre. A whole of laughs, we promise and adult oriented. On at The Cultch until December 22nd.

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

Nicole Alivojvodic Review The Little Dickens On Now At The Cultch Until December 24th

10 Dec

LittleDickensBack again this holiday season is The Cultch exclusive hit Little Dickens. Award winning puppeteer Ronnie Burkett brings the classic tale of A Christmas Carol to life with the quirky and beloved characters of the Daisy Theatre. Before you assume that this is a show for kids, be warned that it most certainly is not! Little Dickens is a raucous, adults-only holiday treat, combining a mastery of marionette puppetry, playful songs, and improvisation. The far from traditional characters mixed in with raunchy commentary and audience participation make for a unique and riotous night at the theatre.

The story follows faded Daisy diva, Esmé Massengill, in the role of miserly, drunken, bitter Esmé Scrooge as she encounters Dickens’ familiar characters (with a twist) on her journey to redemption. Burkett wonderfully captures the different voices of dozens of characters in this one-man show and earned a standing ovation on opening night! This showbiz version of the Dickens classic is performed exclusively for Cultch audiences so make sure you see it while it’s on.

Little Dickens is on now until December 24th. Get your tickets at The Cultch.

By Contributing Writer Nicole Alivojvodic

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)

The Daisy Theatre Returns To The Cultch December 4-22, 2018 With A Christmas Carol

20 Nov

LittleDickensThe ever popular Ronnie Burkett brings the Daisy Theatre back to The Cultch for his production of a Christmas Carol with the Little Dickens. If you don’t know about the Daisy Theatre, you are missing a whole lot of fun. This is an adult puppet show performed By Ronnie Burkett.  If you think the idea of a puppet show doesn’t appeal to you, try it, you will be surprised.  The Daisy Theatre is unlike anything you have ever seen. Ronnie Burkett, puppeteer provocateur and his company of over 40 marionettes, will not only entertain you, but will be sure to have you riding a wave of emotion as he brings his puppets to life. The energy he brings to his puppetry is rather awe inspiring not to mention how he seamlessly transitions between all the characters. In this  production of The Little Dickens, the cast of The Daisy Theatre take on the beloved holiday classic, A Christmas Carol, in the merriest marionette mash-up ever. Faded Daisy diva, Esmé Massengill, plays the role of miserly, drunken, bitter Esmé Scrooge, in this Burkett-esque retelling of the Dickens classic.  Ronnie Burkett brings a sharp wit to his characters when he needs to, but he can be as soft as kitten when playing the character Schnitzel who usually begins and finishes his show. Each performance is different, daring and ridiculous.  The Georgia Straight has previously called it “one of the best shows you’ll ever see”.  Tickets start at $24 and are available online at The Cultch.  Note, due to the mature content this is a 19+ show.

What people are saying about Ronnie Burkett:

“Ronnie Burkett’s creations are remarkable feats of both manipulation and imagination” — The Guardian (UK)

 “One of the geniuses of the world…seeing his troupe every few years has just become a necessity of civilized theatre going”
— The Village Voice (NY)

East Van Panto: The Wizard Of Oz At The York November 26, 2018 to January 6, 2019

6 Nov

EastVanPantoWizardOfOzWe are admittedly huge fans of the East Van Panto. This has become a fun holiday tradition for us.  We can’t imagine Christmas without it.  This year The East Van Panto celebrates its 6th season with the presentation of The Wizard of Oz. In this year’s storyline, we hear that a pipeline has burst and Dorothy and Toto are flung to the magical Land Of Oz (also known as Nanaimo and Hastings).  There, Dorothy is pursued by the Wicked Witch and embarks on a journey to the World’s Greenest City in search of brains, heart, courage and yes, yoga pants!  The East Van Panto always pokes great fun at the quirky things that make our City unique.   Come laugh a little at yourself and our fair City.  Tickets for the East Van Panto start at $24 for children 16 and under. Family packs are available for $146. To get your tickets, visit The Cultch.  For families on a tight budget, take note that The Cultch is offering $29 tickets on November 28th & 29th at 7:00 pm. They recently offered Housing Crisis Prices on a number of their productions. To get the special rate for this and other Cultch performances, visit Housing Crisis Prices.

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