The Nether presents a ‘genuinely disturbing’ vision of the near future

A play dealing with the consequences of virtual reality, The Nether was a hit at last year’s Vancouver Fringe Festival. This month, local company Redcurrant Collective is bringing back the daring, thought-provoking piece for a run at the Firehall Arts Centre (280 E. Cordova St.) Jan. 18-28.

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The Nether presents a ‘genuinely disturbing’ vision of the near future

Banana bread and circuses – Cuisine and Confessions comes to town

Both foodies and Cirque du Soleil fans are apt to get a kick out of a production coming to Vancouver this month. Both circus antics and food, along with avant-garde dance and personal narrative, come together in Cuisine & Confessions, which runs at the Vancouver Playhouse (600 Hamilton St.) Jan 25-29.

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Banana bread and circuses – Cuisine and Confessions comes to town

The Vancouver Recital Society Presents Piano and Cello Winterlude Concerts

Jean Guihen Queyras
Photo: Marco Borggreve

The difficult task of making resolutions for 2017 has begun for me. Exercising more and sleeping in less figure on the growing list.

However, certain resolutions are going to be much easier to keep since they’re actually going to add more joy and entertainment to my life. One resolution involves my boyfriend and me forgoing the television watching, and instead taking increased advantage of the vibrant arts and culture scene in Vancouver. On the top of the list is checking out the Vancouver Recital Society’s 2017 concert line-up.

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The Vancouver Recital Society Presents Piano and Cello Winterlude Concerts

STOMP those winter blues away

Garbage cans, tea chests, radiator hoses, boots, hub caps, brooms, perhaps even the bones of former Blue Man Group members – is there nothing that STOMP cast members won’t use in their quest to turn everything into a percussive instrument?

Nope. STOMP repurposes everything, including the kitchen sink, to make a thrilling, crowd-pleasing noise that will help dispel those West Coast winter blues (known around these parts as the fancier-sounding “Seasonal Affective Disorder”). The North American touring company of the long-running show returns to Vancouver for the first time since 2008, with four performances at the Queen Elizabeth Theatre (600 Hamilton St.) from Jan. 13 – 15.

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STOMP those winter blues away

New Vancouver Art Gallery Exhibition Brings Together the Work of 40 Contemporary Artists

Sourced from VAG website

It’s hard to believe that Vancouver hosted the Winter Olympics almost seven years ago. I well remember the buzz of the city during that period and the world’s attention on Vancouver as the Games unfolded. Since then, there have been significant economic, artistic, and cultural changes in the city and in the globe at large.

In that lovely contemplative period between Christmas and New Year’s, I visited the Vancouver Art Gallery in order to take in one of their new exhibitions, Vancouver Special: Ambivalent Pleasures, which opened this month and runs until April 17, 2017. It covers Vancouver artistic creation in the post-Olympics period.

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New Vancouver Art Gallery Exhibition Brings Together the Work of 40 Contemporary Artists

All Male Comic Ballet Company Returns to Vancouver

Giselle; Photo Credit: Sascha Vaughan

The holidays can be such a fun-filled frenzy of activity that I often forget what happens next. January truly can be a dreary month after the splashy sparkle of December. However, I’ve learned to make plans for the upcoming New Year, so that there’s plenty to anticipate.

The return of Les Ballets Trockadero de Monte Carlo, New York’s famed all male ballerinas, to Vancouver is one such event to put on your calendar for 2017.

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All Male Comic Ballet Company Returns to Vancouver

JFL Northwest comedy festival profiles – Piff the Magic Dragon

Piff the Magic Dragon has appeared on America’s Got Talent and Penn and Teller’s Fool Us, garnered millions of hits on YouTube, played comedy clubs and theatres all over the world, and even toured as an opening act for the platinum-selling British folk music act Mumford and Sons.

Today, when not at the Flamingo hotel in Las Vegas – where he performs three nights a week – Piff (aka John van der Put) and his sidekick, Mr. Piffles, take their act on the road. He’ll be in Vancouver Feb. 18, performing at the Vogue Theatre (918 Granville St.) as part of this year’s JFL Northwest Comedy Fest (Feb. 16-25). We talked to Piff about the World’s First Magic Performing Chihuahua, dragon costumes, and old tricks in new garb.

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JFL Northwest comedy festival profiles – Piff the Magic Dragon