Last week of classic musical comedy 42nd Street in Vancouver!

Studio 58’s 42nd Street. David Cooper photo.

This week is your last chance to see a student production of the classic musical comedy 42nd Street.

Local theatre critic Kathleen Oliver has called Studio 58’s production “a big show—a really, really big show” and “a terrific showcase for the ample talent in Studio 58’s current crop of students.” Mark Robins at vancouverpresents.com writes that “The energy and enthusiasm is infectious in numbers such as ‘Getting Out of Town’ and ‘We’re In the Money'”. So if you’re looking for a little pick-me-up this week, 42nd Street awaits.

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Last week of classic musical comedy 42nd Street in Vancouver!

JFL NorthWest, Vancouver Comedy Fest spotlight – Ivan Decker and local comedy

Vancouver comic Ivan Decker

Besides opening for Jim Gaffigan and Iliza at this year’s JFL NorthWest, Vancouver comic Ivan Decker will host two showcases of local talent.

This year’s JFL NorthWest is bringing a plethora of big-name comics from down south. Colin Quinn, Iliza Schlesinger, Jim Gaffigan, Trevor Noah, and Sarah Silverman are among the talented mirth-makers coming to Vancouver for the festival, which begins tonight, Feb. 16, and runs until Feb. 25.

But the festival also gives local comics a chance to shine. For example, in B-Sides with Chris Gordon (Feb. 21 at Biltmore at 9:30 p.m.), Calgary’s Gordon and top local headliners such as Graham Clark, Kyle Bottom and Efthimios Nasiopoulos will discuss a comedian’s creative process by featuring the rare and risky jokes they love to tell, then opening up to an audience Q&A.

The festival is also hosting a Best of the West series that features many of the best locally produced shows. Among them are Alicia Tobin’s Come Draw with Me, The Gentlemen Hecklers, Graham Clark’s Quiz Show, and more.

Meanwhile, one of the best-known names on the local scene, Ivan Decker, has been picked to open for both Iliza and Jim Gaffigan. Decker, whom Splitsider once named the Top Canadian Comedian Under 30 (he’s now 31), will also host the Just For Laughs Showcase at the Biltmore Cabaret on Feb. 21 (7 p.m. start, before the aforementioned B-Sides) and Yuk Yuk’s Vancouver Feb. 22 (8 p.m.). We talked to Decker about comedy festivals, scaring Vancouver mayor Gregor Robertson, and his online dating profile.

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JFL NorthWest, Vancouver Comedy Fest spotlight – Ivan Decker and local comedy

Never mind La La Land, Frankenstein Created Bikers is coming to Vancouver!

Vancouver actor Tristan Risk in Frankenstein Created Bikers.

Film fans are getting excited about February 26.

Sure, that’s the date we’ll find out by how much the musical La La Land cleans up at the 89th Academy Awards. But it’s also the day that Vancouver gets to see Frankenstein Created Bikers.

Described by screenanarchy.com as a “love letter to exploitation films carved into a bullet -and sent skyrocketing into the air after several beers on the Fourth of July at a biker rally,” the 2016 film is screening as part of the Third Annual Badass Film Festival at the Rio Theatre (1660 E. Broadway, near Commercial). In all, the one-day festival is screening three full-length movies as well as over 20 short films, and includes an awards ceremony, trailers and live performances.

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Never mind La La Land, Frankenstein Created Bikers is coming to Vancouver!

New musical celebrates iconic West End eatery

The Elbow Room Café: The Musical

The Elbow Room Café: The Musical runs March 1-12 at the Historic Theatre at the Cultch. Emily Cooper photo.

“Refill your own water & don’t bring kids as explicit language is encouraged,” reads one Yelp review for a popular Vancouver restaurant.

Another Yelp reviewer writes, “The food is quite good, the attitude is nasty and fun. If you can’t take a joke them stay away from here… This is the only restaurant I know that should be rated X for adults only. Definitely leave the kids at home.”

Many locals – or at least, residents of Vancouver’s West End – will by now already have recognized the eatery in question: the ever-popular Elbow Room Café. Well, now the iconic restaurant is getting its own musical. And it sounds as though it’s going to be even more fun than a hungover Sunday morning brunch.

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Enter to Win a Decadent Stay in Vancouver

Now is the time of rich foods and drinks, soft fabrics, and that feeling of warmth on your cheeks as you come in from the cold. The city is full of those experiences this season; if you already miss the foods of Dine Out Vancouver, try the Wine Festival or check out WestCoastFood for more ideas. If your softest fabrics are starting to feel drab, brighten your senses with the MOA’s colourful textile exhibit. Feeling the chill? There are performances going on every week to cozy into. Find more things to see and do from now until the end of March here.

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Enter to Win a Decadent Stay in Vancouver

Kate Bush as you’ve never heard her before!

Kate Bush circa 1980.

Kate Bush circa 1980.

One of the most influential and innovative musicians of the modern era, Kate Bush has legions of fans all over the world. She’s won a Brit Award, been nominated for three Grammys and appointed Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE). In fact, perhaps the only accolade the 58-year-old singer hasn’t received is a live-music burlesque tribute. Until now, that is.

On Feb. 12, Vancouver’s monthly burlesque event Kitty Nights presents its tribute to Bush. Held at Kitty Nights’ East Van home, the Biltmore Cabaret (2755 Prince Edward St.), the night includes local burlesque performers and musicians in a tribute to the singer, who had her first number one British hit at 19 in 1978 with “Wuthering Heights.” And what better way to ring in the provincial Family Day holiday than with burlesque performed to the music of Kate Bush?  Continue reading:
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Catch up on your 2017 Oscar noms in two easy screenings!

Vancouver animator Robert Valley’s Pear Cider and Cigarettes screens as part of VIFF’s Oscar Shorts programme.

Feeling behind in your 2016 movie-viewing? Does the list of nominees for this year’s Best Picture read like a list of films you saw mentioned on posters on the way to Paul Blart Mall Cop 3?

Worry not; the Vancouver International Film Centre has an easy way to catch up on 2017’s nominees. In fact, you can see 10 nominated films in just two screenings.

Of course, there’s a catch – the films are nominated in the two short film categories, live action and animation. But that doesn’t mean you won’t have bragging rights come Oscars night, when you’re sitting around with your “Arrival was so much better than La La Land”-type friends and you casually drop, “Oh yeah, but have you seen Timo von Gunten’s La Femme et la TGV? It’s truly sublime.”

The screenings run Feb. 10 to March 4 for the Live Action programme, and Feb. 10 to Feb. 27 for Animation. For locals, the biggest news is in the latter category – it includes Pear Cider and Cigarettes, a film by Vancouverite Robert Valley.

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Catch up on your 2017 Oscar noms in two easy screenings!