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Havana Theatre Hosts Weekly Comedy Cocktail Hour

18 Sep

If you like to mix your comedy with your favourite cocktails, then Havana Theatre invites you to join them Saturday nights for Improv Cocktail Hour. We hear Vancouver’s best improv comedians get dressed up to bring you laughs, Vegas style. You are invited to come relax in casual sophistication and let their performers whisk you away with hilarious scenarios as you sip your Pina Colada or Pink Gin. They comedy is expected to make you forget your troubles. Shows will be happening weekly on Saturday nights at 10:00 pm. Tickets are $20 and available through Showpass. Hint: Best to purchase in advance, as shows do sell out.

The Firehall Arts Centre Kicks Off Their 39th Season With Chapter 21

9 Sep

The Firehall Arts Centre has just announced its 39th season, and Artistic Producer Donna Spencer has proudly programmed it as a Reunion Season.  “We have heard from Firehall audiences how much they miss theatre and dance in their lives,” says Spencer. “And in our 2021-2022 season, we are looking forward to having a reunion – a reunion with them and with the artists and creative teams we have missed so much. In some instances, the productions will be reuniting the Firehall with artists we haven’t worked with for a long time, and in others, our creative teams will be exploring stories that reunite characters with their past.”

With that in mind, the Firehall Arts Centre opens its 2021-2022 season with the world premiere of Raven Spirit Dance’s Chapter 21 from September 29 to October 3, 2021.  Choreographed by Starr Muranko and directed by Yvette Nolan, Chapter 21 explores what happens when a vibrant, powerful artist comes face to face with a crippling collision of events. A dance/theatre piece, Chapter 21 is a reflection on the days that have come to pass and the art of becoming. To purchase tickets for this upcoming performance, visit Firehall Arts Centre.

Photo Credit: Erik Zennström

19th Annual Renfrew Ravine Moon Festival

7 Sep

The 19th Annual Renfrew Ravine Moon Festival happens this September with a variety of activities. The Harvest Fair and Lost Streams Lantern Parade taking place Saturday, September 11th is one of the highlights. It is a family friendly event that celebrates the full moon, harvest abundance and diverse cultural traditions. The festival features the arts, community and the environment. The event is co-hosted by the Still Moon Arts Society and the Renfrew Park Community Association and if you haven’t attended previously, we encourage you to check out the display of creativity, colour, light and music. This year’s theme is Balance in which organizers hope you will give some thought to seeking harmony within our communities as well as working together to reimagine, rebuild and find balance so our world can thrive.

The festivities on September 11th begin in the afternoon with the Harvest Fair which kicks off at 4:00 pm and goes till 7:00 pm at Slocan Park. During the Harvest Fair, there will be live performances, community booths and a veggie competition. This event is a pre-cursor to the Lost Streams Lantern Parade that begins at dusk and goes from Slocan Park to Collingwood Park. Everyone is invited to participate in this walk and lanterns are encouraged.

If you are looking to make a lantern, there are 2 Free Form Lantern Workshops on September 8th and 9th from 6:30 – 8:30 pm at the Slocan Field House. If you want to learn more about all the activities happening in September around the 19th Annual Renfrew Ravine Moon Festival, we invite you to visit Still Moon Arts Society.

New Murals In River District

4 Sep

Although the Vancouver Mural Festival has officially finished for the year, what remains are the stunning murals around the City. We have featured many of the murals in Mount Pleasant, but this time we took a wander through the new murals in River District. You will find these murals behind the Town Centre in River District near the apiary. Yes, there is a space dedicated for beehives and the honey is available for sale in the River District Presentation Centre. For those driving to the area to view the murals, there is parking at River District’s Presentation Centre from which you can walk by the river’s edge to get to the murals. There is also parking further East of the murals turn on Sawmill Crescent from Marine Drive and you will find a parking lot. For transit users, there is limited transit to the area, but there is a 31 River District Shuttle Bus that travels between South Burnaby and SE Vancouver. If you get hungry, there are usually a couple of food trucks situated in River District’s Town Centre. We’ve included a sampling of some of the murals displayed. Information on the artist is posted with each mural. We invite you to head down for a meander by the Fraser River. It’s a nice way to spend a leisurely afternoon.

Reimagining Balance Art Exhibit September 18 & 19

26 Aug

East Van artist, Joanne Probyn, invites you to the opening of her new exhibition Reimagining Balance. Hosted in her new East Van studio the exhibit is a collection of over 2 years of art-making. Joanne will be exhibiting paintings, prints and embroidery. You are invited to join her Saturday, September 18th for the opening night reception from 6:00 pm to 10:00 pm for fully vaccinated guests. Sunday, September 19th the exhibit will be open for viewing between 11:00 am and 4:00 pm by appointment only at 1310 William Street, Vancouver. RSVP is required for the opening night reception. To reserve your space, you can snag your spot on Eventbrite. If you wish to book an appointment for Sunday’s viewing, you can email Joanne Probyn directly at Joanne@probynart.com.

Odd Society Spirits End Of Summer BBQ September 2nd

19 Aug

Mark your calendars for what is sure to be a delish event. The good folks at Odd Society Spirits are hosting the ultimate end of summer BBQ with some of their friends, specifically Hand Taste Ferments and Diner Desserts.

Todd Graham of Hand Taste Ferments will be preparing a Taco BBQ Plate of slow cooked pork in a banana leaf, fresh tortillas, pico de gallo, cheese, salsa, avocado and elote (Mexican street-corn roasted corn with spice and lime). We hear a delish veg option of pulled mushrooms will also be available. Also on offer is a delectable snack of two prawns in red sauce with cilantro and pineapple with bread. To finish things off, Sam Shem of Diner Desserts will be providing as you might have guessed dessert. For the event, some special “BarBQ” cocktails will be on hand that pair nicely with the delish eats. No tickets necessary for this event as everything will be à la carte, but you are welcome to make a reservation in advance to secure your spot for the evening with Odd Society Spirits on Tock. Stop by support local and celebrate the tastes of summer.

Cooking Classes Are Back At Gourmet Warehouse

15 Aug

If you are looking to get back into some in person activities, the Gourmet Warehouse has just announced that in store cooking classes are coming back. If you haven’t already experienced one of their classes, it is a great way to spend an afternoon or evening with some like-minded food lovers. Personally, we also like shopping after the cooking class as participants are offered a 10% discount for purchases made the day of your class. We have set a few of their upcoming classes that caught our eye.  For a full line up of all the classes Gourmet Warehouse is offering visit Cooking Classes.

Sourdough Pizza – October 7, 2021

You are invited to participate in this hands on 3 hour class in which you learn how to make sourdough pizza at home. The evening’s menu includes:

• ANTIPASTO – Marinated tomato & burrata salad
• Margarita Pizza
• Pizza Rosso: Fennel Sausage, roasted peppers and onions, smoked mozzarella
• Pizza Bianca: Black kale, ricotta, and wild mushrooms
• DOLCE: Chocolate & pistachio pizzelle cannoli

Introduction to Pastry – September 25, 2021

This 2 1/2 hour will be hosted by none other than Chef Andrei Godoroja, winner of ‘Great Canadian Baking Show’. This is another hands on pastry class in which you will learn a number of techniques which will result in a galette pastry you will be able to take home with you at the end of the evening. The menu for this class includes:

• Leek, Potato and Goat Cheese Galette
• Autumn Fruit Galette
• Delicate Puff Pastry filled with Seasonal Ingredients
• Fresh Fruit Tart with Chocolate Ganache and Pastry Cream

Mediterranean Spanish Dinner – October 28, 2021

This 3 hour class will be led by Caren McSherry and delve into the making of paella. She will teach you the secret techniques to create the perfect Spanish paella along with a few other delish eats as set out below.

• Stuffed mini artichokes
• Salad with radicchio, endive, smoked gouda, & pear
• Stunningly beautiful and delicious Spanish paella
• Southern Spain lemon & pistachio tart

To see all the classes being offered and or to register, we invite you to visit GourmetWarehouse.ca.

Photo Credit: Gourmet Warehouse

Call For Art: New Window Exhibition

11 Aug

The Massy Arts Society is seeking submissions from visual artists to transform the street front window of their new gallery space at 23 East Pender Street. Some may recognize the address as the historic Ming Wo building. The window display will be visible to those walking by on street level. The aim is to support emerging practices of artists of diverse mediums. They are looking for experimental and non-conventional forms of work. If you are interested in submitting your work for consideration, the deadline is August 23rd. The first exhibition opening is planned for September 7th. For more information for those that wish to submit their work, visit MassyArts.com.

CREATE! Arts Festival At Woodland Park August 21 & 22

4 Aug

The producers of the Eastside Culture Crawl Festival are bringing you a new innovative event, that being the CREATE! Arts Festival. The CREATE! Arts Festival is a new community initiative of the Eastside Arts Society which brings together over 40 local artists for art making. They will help you explore, learn and create art together through a series of affordable and accessible art workshops.

This is an all ages event in which you can learn felt making, ceramics, glass blowing, painting, printmaking, jewellery making and the list goes on. Most of the events will take place outdoors in Woodland Park Saturday August 21st and Sunday, August 22nd with a few workshops taking place in some Eastside studios. Workshops are $25 per person ($10 for kids workshops). For more information or to register for workshops, visit CREATE! Arts Festival.

Outdoor Zumba Classes At Trout Lake This August

4 Aug

Looking to work off some Covid pounds? Maybe you consumed a little too much sourdough during the pandemic? OK maybe that’s just us. If you are looking to workout, but maybe not quite ready for indoor group classes, Trout Lake Community Centre has an option. They are offering outdoor Zumba classes this August on Mondays and Wednesdays from 7:00 to 8:00 pm. You can expect a great workout with some Latin rhythms to get you moving that combines Salsa, Merengue and Cumbia. Classes are designed for all fitness levels. Note, no drop-ins for these classes. Registration is required. Visit Recreation.Vancouver.ca for more details and to register.

Photo Credit: Dusan Jovic

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