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Wednesday, 8 February 2017

The Little Mermaid the musical

Sorry, I've been swamped with work and haven't had much time to explore fun in Vancouver for awhile. I did manage to make it out to Align Entertainment's mounting of Disney's The Little Mermaid musical however! And boy am I glad I did!

For a local theatre company, Align Entertainment manages to put on quite the production at the Michael J. Fox theatre! The Little Mermaid had wonderful stage settings and props, and a huge cast of characters, and pretty much the most perfect live-action Ariel ever! She was like the cartoon come to life, vocal gymnastics and all!

I wish Ursula had just a little bit more oomph to her, but she was good as well. I think because the animated version is just so campy and over the top, the live performance was gonna be hard to measure up.

The Little Mermaid is on now at the Michael J. Fox theatre until February 18! Go be part of their world!

Wednesday, 4 January 2017

Simon Starling at the Rennie Collection

Another art gallery I managed to hit up over the holidays was the Rennie Collection in Chinatown.  I love going to this space and seeing not just the different artists that get brought in and displayed, but also the oldest building in Chinatown.

Currently on at the Rennie is an exhibit on Simon Starling:

The exhibit runs at the Rennie Collection at Wing Sang until March 25.

Tuesday, 3 January 2017

Vancouver Art Gallery

I've been neglecting this blog lately! You know how the holidays can get. It's been a bit busy, so I haven't had time to update, but here are some things I managed to do during the last month. One of those things was go and visit the latest exhibits at the Vancouver Art Gallery, and boy are there some cool things going on there, including an exhibit on local Vancouver artists.

Here's a taste of some of the things you can expect to see there right now:

Most of these were taken from the Juxtapoz x Superflat exhibit, but there's also a Walker Evans photography exhibit, and We Come to Witness: Sonny Assu in Dialogue with Emily Carr (where spaceships are put into Emily Carr paintings!)

Go check them out!

Wednesday, 16 November 2016

Surrey Tree Lighting

Haul out the holly... !

It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas! And to get a jumpstart on things, Surrey will be holding their Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony THIS SATURDAY !

At City Hall Plaza (just off the Surrey Central skytrain station) from Noon - 7pm.

Tuesday, 15 November 2016

Eastside Culture Crawl

I went to my very first Vancouver Eastside Culture Crawl just last year, and now I am addicted!! I cannot wait for this event, which starts up this Thursday and goes on until Sunday! So many artists and so much art and goodies and things to look at and buy! Perfect place to do some Christmas Shopping!

Happy 20th Anniversary to the Eastside Culture Crawl! Check out their website for maps and a list of artists/exhibitors!

Monday, 7 November 2016

Now Or Later

This play couldn't be more timely. With the American election one day away, why not infuse your theatre night out with a dose of politics with Fighting Chance Productions' Canadian premiere of Now Or Later, written by Pulitzer prize nominee Christopher Shinn.

The story revolves around the eve of a Presidential election, in which the winning candidate has to deal with his gay son's public faux pas, bringing up issues of intolerance and hypocrisy. It's a thought provoking show full of grey areas. 

Nicole G. Leier, who portrays Tracy, one of the many aides who file into the pressure cooker of a hotel room to discuss the unraveling events, was the highlight of the show for me. It wasn't just because she guzzled down a minibar bottle of vodka, but her poised presence and emotional speech about being a person of colour really hits home.  

Fighting Chance further adds to the diversity by casting Winson Won  as Marc, another one of the President Elet's aides. Paula Spurr's Jessica is the perfect First Lady to Be, assertive and glamorous. Brian Hinson channels his best Martin Sheen as the newly elected leader of the country. Justin Anthony's Matt brings a welcome dose of humour to the show, while Jake Sheardown tackles the lead role of John, the gay and privileged son who makes an irreversible public mistake. Sheardown easily has the most lines to get through during the show as he is in just about every scene, so kudos to him. 

Thank you again to Fighting Chance Productions and Ryan Mooney for continuing to bless our city with opportunities to see theatre and shows that we may not otherwise get to see. 

Go now, rather than later, to see Now Or Later at the PAL Theatre, on till November 13. 

Saturday, 29 October 2016

Suitcase Stories

On now at Pacific Theatre is a tremendous and inspiring performance by Maki Yi, in her one-woman show that she wrote and stars in - Suitcase Stories.

Yi spends an hour and 40 minutes non-stop, no intermission, on the stage transfixing the audience with her tale of immigrating to Canada from Korea. That is downright impressive. Her immigration story is full of frustration and bureaucracy, perhaps familiar to many people out there.

With a barebones stage, it's just Yi and her suitcase. But armed with a piece of chalk, Yi transforms the space into a world map. With the help of a simple streamer, she manages to convey a long bus ride through the forests of Ontario followed by the flat Prairies. 

It's a story about being torn between two worlds, not belonging in either, the loss of hope, and rediscovering faith. Everything is simple yet complicated but ultimately effective. Yi brims with energy, sadness, and childlike love for the theatre. Come get inspired and revel in the Korean melody that Yi serenades the audience with.

Suitcase Stories is on now at the Pacific Theatre until November 12.