Film Noir series at Cinematheque

You just know she's up to no good! Gene Tierney in Leave Her to Heaven (1945).

You just know she’s up to no good! Gene Tierney in Leave Her to Heaven (1945).

Film noir has proven to be exceedingly popular with Vancouver audiences. Cinematheque, one of our two downtown art-house theatres (the other is Vancity), has an annual tradition of showing some of the best, darkest and/or most obscure gems that fit under that label, usually from the early 1940s to the late 1950s. This year is no different, as the series offers a respite from the hot, sunny August weather in a dark, cool theatre, where audiences can watch men and women plot and scheme against each other.

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Film Noir series at Cinematheque

A midsummer night’s Woody

A scene from Match Point (2005), showing as part of Vancity Theatre's Woody Allen 4 Seasons: Summer series.

A scene from Match Point (2005), showing as part of Vancity Theatre’s Woody Allen 4 Seasons: Summer series.

As part of its Woody Allen 4 Seasons retrospective, Vancity Theatre (1181 Seymour St.) is showing some of the director’s best and most popular films that also happen to be set in the summer. They range from the broad hilarity of A Midsummer Night’s Sex Comedy to the dark murder drama Match Point. Two of the films – including the science-fiction comedy Sleeper – have already been screened, but you still have four chances to soak up some Woody on a Sunday summer evening.

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A midsummer night’s Woody

BESTiE Live on the Grouse Mt Gondola

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As part of Vice’s Altered States series, they took a trip up Grouse Mountain with BESTiE as they rocked out on the gondola.

Check out Andrew, Daniel, Rob and Tristan perform “Pineapple” off their new LP, No Bad Days as they climb the altitude like West Coast rockstars.

Vancouver’s Only Live Music Series in a 15th-Century-Style Chinese Garden is Back

Photo sourced from vancouverchinesegarden.com

Photo sourced from vancouverchinesegarden.com

It might be one of the most unique settings for live music in Vancouver.

Each summer for the last 21 years, the Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Garden has opened its doors to musicians and music fans for the Enchanted Evenings series.  Groups, ranging from classical piano ensembles to hot jazz bands, perform al fresco in the 15th-century-style garden in the heart of Chinatown.  This year’s series runs July 11-Aug. 7, with weekly performances.

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Vancouver’s Only Live Music Series in a 15th-Century-Style Chinese Garden is Back

Vancouver’s next big band?

White Lung: Mish Way, Kenneth William, their new bassist and Anne-Marie Vassiliou.

White Lung: Mish Way, Kenneth William, Hether Fortune and Anne-Marie Vassiliou.

From Pink Mountaintops to Japandroids to Grimes, a lot of great acts have been coming out of Vancouver in the last few years. But it looks like 2014 is going to be the breakout year for White Lung.

The punk band is currently on the cover of the Canadian music monthly Exclaim!, and the band’s just-released album Deep Fantasy was recently featured in the New York Times. NYT writer Jon Caramanica called White Lung “spellbinding”, and said “Riot music doesn’t get any more poignant than Deep Fantasy.” Ian Gormley, writing in Exclaim!, says “Deep Fantasy rages with clear-eyed vision.”

With praise like that, White Lung could well be the next big band out of Vancouver.

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Vancouver’s next big band?