; Fun! Fun! Vancouver!: May 2013

Friday, 31 May 2013

Ask a Teenager!

Boca del Lupo brings its last Micro Performance Series of the season to Granville Island with Ask a Teenager!

Adults are always giving advice to teens, so why not turn the tables and have them give adults advice?

You can submit your questions via their Event Page.

Ask a Teenager runs now until June 2nd on Granville Island at the Anderson Street Space (1405 Anderson St)

Wednesday, 29 May 2013

Etch Your Sketchoff 5 !

As fast and furious as they come, it's time for another year of Vancouver Asian Canadian Theatre's annual Etch Your Sketchoff comedy night!! Come on out to tickle your funny bone with some sketch comedy acts from across North America!

Etch Your Sketchoff 5 takes place May 29 - 30 at 8pm at the Roundhouse Community Centre. Buy your tickets online here!

Thursday, 16 May 2013

Grand Hotel at the Vancouver Art Gallery

I went to check out the Vancouver Art Gallery's latest exhibit, Grand Hotel, the other day. It's a wonderful exhibit on hotels and their role in culture and history. Whether it's the artists who lived in and swept through the Chelsea Hotel in New York, or the actors who frequented California's Chateau Marmont, this is a great spotlight on something that most of us have used in our lifetime and yet maybe take for granted. Perhaps you'll enjoy the design aesthetics of the Ace Hotel chains or maybe you'll revel in the kitschiness of highway motels, then there's the capsule hotels of Japan, and don't forget about the sleek modern designs of hotels in Scandinavia - whatever it is, there's definitely something for everyone here!

Crazy Hotel Room replica from Tokyo

Arne Jacobsen flatware designed for a hotel in Copenhagen

Arne Jacobsen chair and light

Upstairs, still on at the Vancouver Art Gallery is their previous exhibit, a collection of works from Pulitzer prize winning graphic artist Art Spiegelman, who is famous for his graphic novel Maus (World War II story told with mice as the Jewish people and cats as the Nazis) as well as for his New Yorker covers. I'm glad this was still here as I wanted to see it and was worried I had missed out!

What a wonderful day at the art gallery! The Art Spiegelman show ends June 9, and Grand Hotel runs until September 15.

Thursday, 9 May 2013

Do You Want What I Have Got? A Craigslist Cantata

I finally checked out this local musical the other night at Granville Island. Back for another run is this homegrown show that has truly made its mark on the musical theatre scene. Written by Veda Hille, Bill Richardson, and Amiel Gladstone, Do You Want What I Have Got has combed over ads from Craigslist and come up with the most amusing and bizarre posts and then set them to catchy music.

If you're looking for a full on musical with a storyline, then this will not be your cup of tea. If however, you are seeking a fun filled musical revue that features some of the craziest ads you've ever heard, then definitely head on down to this production for a good and hearty laugh! The singers and musicians were all fabulous as well, and brought to the show a feeling of desperation and loneliness, highlighting the ads that are seeking love or attention. In the end, aren't we all hoping someone will notice us?

Wednesday, 8 May 2013

DOXA Documentary Film Festival

On now is the DOXA Documentary Film Festival, until May 12!

Check out their website to see all the amazing documentaries you can go to!

I know I'll be going this week to watch the Vancouver premiere of James Franco's Interior Leather Bar

Happy Asian Heritage Month!

So May is Asian Heritage Month, and what better way to celebrate than by attending the annual Sketch Comedy night presented by Vancouver Asian Canadian Theatre!?

I have gone to this evening on more than one occasion and it is usually a riot! Make sure to check it out, either on May 29 or May 30 at 8pm at the Roundhouse Community Centre. You can buy your tickets here!

Tuesday, 7 May 2013

Maggie's Chopsticks wins BC Book Prize award!!

So I've been away for a bit! I've been on tour with the BC Book Prizes, over on Vancouver Island, reading to elementary schools as well as doing public readings. All of this in anticipation of the big BC Book Prizes gala held on May 4th.

And May the 4th was definitely with me that night, as my book Maggie's Chopsticks, won the Christie Harris Illustrated Children's Literature Prize!

Here's a photo of myself and the other winners with the Lieutenant Governor, posing for a photo at Government House in Victoria!

I will write about the Book Tour soon, as it was an experience all in itself!!