All-male ballet comes to Vancouver!

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While the PuSh is a big draw for culture vultures this weekend (and until Feb. 7) in Vancouver, there are still performances that lie outside the international performing arts festival. One of these outliers is Les Ballets Trockadero de Monte Carlo, a New York-based all-male ballet troupe.

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All-male ballet comes to Vancouver!

Bang! Kodo’s taiko beats return to Vancouver

Kodo | Photo credit Takashi Okamoto

Kodo | Photo credit Takashi Okamoto

If your new year has gotten off to a wishy-washy start, it’s not too late: you can still welcome 2015 with a bang.

On January 29, Kodo is coming to Vancouver with its Japanese drumming magic. The group, which is based on Sado Island in Japan, is known for its powerful primal rhythms. (In Japanese, Kodo means both “heartbeat” and “children of the drum”.)

I’ve seen Kodo on stage previously in Japan and when the group was in Vancouver in 2011, and the group is electrifying—not just for its music but the sheer physical strength that they put into their performances.

This time, Kodo is adding a bit of mystery to the mix.

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Bang! Kodo’s taiko beats return to Vancouver

Laugh-a-minute lineup at this year’s Northwest Comedy Fest in Vancouver

Maria Bamford is one of the performers at this year's Northwest Comedy Fest.

Maria Bamford is one of the performers at this year’s Northwest Comedy Fest.

Those creepy-looking owls are back. The smiling mascots are all over the website for this year’s Northwest Comedy Fest, which takes place Feb. 12-21 at various venues around town.

Though the grinning critters may be creepy, the fest’s roster is definitely (mostly) not. The 2015 NWCF boasts a stellar lineup, including former talk-show host Craig Ferguson, the controversial Hannibal Buress and the twisted Maria Bamford.

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Laugh-a-minute lineup at this year’s Northwest Comedy Fest in Vancouver

Is Dan Mangan’s new album the first great Vancouver record of 2015?

Dan Mangan + Blacksmith released Club Meds this week.

Dan Mangan + Blacksmith released Club Meds this week.

Is Club Meds the first great album out of Vancouver for 2015?

It certainly looks that way, as singer/songwriter Dan Mangan’s third full-length garners acclaim both here and oversees. So what makes Club Meds different from the singer/songwriter’s previous releases?

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Is Dan Mangan’s new album the first great Vancouver record of 2015?

Free Golden Globes Party at the Rio Theatre this Sunday

Golden Globe Awards Party

Image courtesy of Joe Shlabotnik | Flickr.com

The Golden Globes are known as the “fun awards”… The Academy Award’s little brother who likes to get drunk and laugh the night away. This Sunday’s Golden Globes kicks off the awards season with a fun show that highlights the top films and TV shows of 2014. Best of all, this year’s Golden Globes will again be hosted by comedy power-duo Amy Poehler and Tina Fey.

Part of the fun of watching any awards show is getting together with your friends to comment on what everyone’s wearing, shout about the dramatic losses and wins, and to drink a little too much while enjoying junk food.

The Rio Theatre will be giving you a public venue to enjoy the 72nd Annual Golden Globe Awards at a free event that will bring the golden globes to the big screen.

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Free Golden Globes Party at the Rio Theatre this Sunday