Best Blues Club in Vancouver? You make the call!

A blues icon you probably won't see in Vancouver's blues clubs. Photo credit: F. Antolín Hernandez | Wikimedia Commons

A blues icon you probably won’t see in Vancouver’s blues clubs. Photo credit: F. Antolín Hernandez | Wikimedia Commons

Fans of blues music in Vancouver are still mourning the loss of the Yale.

It was more than two years ago when the iconic blues club at the end of Granville Street – with the big neon saxophone sign outside – closed its doors.  The owners promised to rebuild and reopen, but now all that’s left is a For Lease sign in the window.

It’s never been easy to find great live blues music in Vancouver, and since the Yale closed  it’s gotten even harder.  But I know there must be a few options left out there, which is why I need your help.

Do you know a good blues club in Vancouver? Let us know by leaving a comment below.

I’ll start things off with my new favourite, a tiny club that’s been around for years but still doesn’t get much attention.

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The Musical with Full-Frontal (Puppet) Nudity is Back: Avenue Q in Vancouver starting Nov 20

Photo sourced from Artsclub.com. Photo by David Cooper.

Photo sourced from Artsclub.com. Photo by David Cooper.

If you loved Sesame Street as a kid and still cherish memories of Bert, Ernie and Cookie Monster, you’ll probably want to skip Avenue Q.

The raunchy, puppet musical that parodies Sesame Street and famously includes scenes of full-frontal (puppet) nudity is back in Vancouver, showing from Nov. 20-Jan. 3 on the Arts Club’s Granville Island Stage.

The Broadway smash hit, which has now had several runs in Vancouver, is a ribald, risque remix of Sesame Street, showing what happens when our favourite characters grow up and confront some very adult problems.   Continue reading:
The Musical with Full-Frontal (Puppet) Nudity is Back: Avenue Q in Vancouver starting Nov 20

Talk to a human “book” at Nikkei Place Hapa exhibit

The exhibition is showing at the Nikkei National Museum & Cultural Centre in Burnaby.

The exhibition is showing at the Nikkei National Museum & Cultural Centre in Burnaby.

One of life’s pleasures is stumbling upon art that speaks to you. For me, that most often happens when I’m poking about a new museum or gallery. But this time, it serendipitously occurred while I was enjoying the fall fair at the Nikkei National Museum & Cultural Centre in Burnaby. A new exhibit, which opened in late September, addresses the issue of identity. It poses the stark question, “What are you?”

It’s a question that is familiar to people like me, who hail from mixed ethnic and racial heritages. Answering it is always awkward because there is no simple response.

That’s why it’s so fantastic to see a photographic exhibit that spotlights how other mixed-race people define themselves, and that showcases the beauty of diversity.

This Saturday (November 15), you can interact with the exhibit in a very quirky way.

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Talk to a human “book” at Nikkei Place Hapa exhibit

L-E-V brings Israeli contemporary dance to Vancouver

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Israeli dance troupe L-E-V (“heart” in Hebrew) performs this weekend at the Vancouver Playhouse. Chrisopher Duggan photo.

Fans of contemporary dance take note: a cutting-edge Israeli dance troupe will perform at the Vancouver Playhouse Nov. 14 & 15.

L-E-V (Hebrew for “heart”) was formed by Sharon Eyal, dancer, and choreographer at internationally acclaimed Batsheva Dance. Presented by Vancouver non-profit DanceHouse, the company presents House, an exploration of “what a house truly is: a home, a club, an asylum, a way station.”

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L-E-V brings Israeli contemporary dance to Vancouver

Last chance to see Stickboy

Stickboy. Tim Matheson photo.

Stickboy. Tim Matheson photo.

Vancouver Opera‘s presentation of Stickboy has been collecting rave reviews. Its run is almost over, but you can still see the the world premiere of this searing, acclaimed opera, which ends its run Friday Nov. 7.

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