2014 Vancouver International Burlesque Festival announces guests

Perle Noire, from NYC, will be a special guest at this year's Vancouver International Burlesque Festival. Photo courtesy VIBF.

Perle Noire, from NYC, will be a special guest at this year’s Vancouver International Burlesque Festival. Photo courtesy VIBF.

The 9th Annual Vancouver International Burlesque Festival is heading our way, with guests ranging from the woman crowned Miss Nude Universe two years running in the 1970s to the current King of Burlesque.

The three-night event (May 1-3) features a different lineup of local and international burlesque talent, live music and variety artists each night.

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2014 Vancouver International Burlesque Festival announces guests

Hey Sherlock! Funny, entertaining Baskervilles heads to Vancouver stage

James Rowley, Mark Carter and Michael Charrois in Bad Dog Productions The Hound of the Baskervilles.

James Rowley, Mark Carter and Michael Charrois in Bad Dog Productions The Hound of the Baskervilles.

One of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s most famous mysteries is coming to Granville Island.

It’s only right. With the English TV series Sherlock (starring Benedict Cumberbatch) and the American show Elementary, interest in the world’s most famous detective is at a fever pitch.

Thankfully, Bad Dog Productions’ The House of the Baskervilles doesn’t modernize the early 20th-century characters or story, but it does play up the laughs. Originally a UK production, this entertaining and funny take on Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s third Sherlock Holmes novel had a successful run last fall in Surrey. The Vancouver remounting runs April 22 thru May 3 at Studio 1398 (1398 Cartwright St.) on Granville Island, and it promises to be fun for the whole family.

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Hey Sherlock! Funny, entertaining Baskervilles heads to Vancouver stage

Meow! The First Ever Cat Film Festival Comes to Vancouver this Summer

Vancouver cat film festival

Image courtesy of Scott Beale / Laughing Squid

Calling all cat lovers, have we got some exciting news for you! Just for Cats, the Internet Cat Video Festival will be coming to Vancouver this summer to screen all your favourite cat-themed YouTube videos in a film festival-esque environment!

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Meow! The First Ever Cat Film Festival Comes to Vancouver this Summer

Trapped! (for fun): Asian-style Escape Game Rooms Come to Vancouver

Would you pay to escape from prison? (Pictured here: a cell from the former State Penitentiary in Boise, Idaho) Photo credit: Mr.Thomas | Flickr

Would you pay to escape from prison? (Pictured here: a cell from the former State Penitentiary in Boise, Idaho) Photo credit: Mr.Thomas | Flickr

Would you pay $92 to be locked in a prison cell with three friends for 45 minutes?

That’s the premise behind Exit, Metro Vancouver’s first “escape gaming” experience. Popular in Japan and China, escape rooms force participants to solve elaborate clues in order to break out of their confinement.  The rooms themselves are often elaborately decorated to look like scenes from the past or horror movie sets.

Exit, located in an unassuming strip mall in Richmond, brings the phenomenon to Canadian shores.  It offers guests four different themed rooms to choose from: the prison cell, an Ancient Egyptian tomb, a lost ship and a mad scientist’s laboratory with blood-spattered walls.

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Trapped! (for fun): Asian-style Escape Game Rooms Come to Vancouver

Six must-see April concerts in Vancouver

Stephen Malkmus and the Jicks in Vancouver

Stephen Malkmus and the Jicks at the Biltmore Cabaret, Vancouver, Oct 12 2011. Siamak Amini photo.

If there’s anything that can be said about the concert climate for April, it’s that it’s sunny with a chance of rock.

Three of today’s hottest rock bands in the world – one from the U.K., one from the U.S. and one from Australia – are coming to town. There’s also a boy-opera band, a classic rocker (if you’re idea of classic rock is the stuff they didn’t play on the radio in the ’70s) and an indie-rocker who started it all.

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Six must-see April concerts in Vancouver