Vancouver’s Bard on the Beach Shakespeare Festival Kicks Off

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A scene from Romeo and Juliet

The familiar red and white tents set up in Vanier Park mean only one thing – that one of the city’s favorite summer festivals is well under way. Continue reading:
Vancouver’s Bard on the Beach Shakespeare Festival Kicks Off

Shatner Speaks in Vancouver Tomorrow

william-shatner-1-Photo by ManfredBaumannFan of the man who made Captain James T. Kirk a household name? Alumni UBC’s Centennial close event UBC100: What’s Next? has iconic Canadian actor William Shatner slated for a May 28thappearance.

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Shatner Speaks in Vancouver Tomorrow

Vancouver Date Idea: Catch a Spy at Science World’s Top Secret Exhibition

Photo Credit: Tara Lee

Photo Credit: Tara Lee

With the weather this weekend calling for rain, a fun indoor date might be in the cards for you and your sweetie. This date idea is perfect if you and your date like puzzles, testing out your logic and problem solving skills, and having a laugh together. If so, the new exhibition at Science World is just the thing for the two of you!

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Vancouver Date Idea: Catch a Spy at Science World’s Top Secret Exhibition

Mind-blowing, adult 1973 Japanese animated feature comes to Cinematheque

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Considered by cinephiles to be one of the great lost masterpieces of Japanese animation, Belladonna of Sadness was never officially released in North America. But a beautifully restored 4k digital restoration is currently making the rounds of the arthouse cinema circuit, with screenings at the Cinematheque (1131 Howe St.) in Vancouver from June 3-8.

Belladonna of Sadness was produced by Osamu Tezuka, the godfather of Japanese anime and manga, but directed by his long-time collaborator Eiichi Yamamoto. The film unfolds as a series of spectacular still watercolour paintings inspired in part by Gustav Klimt. But the 1973 mindblower also reflects the freewheeling spirit of other seventies animated features like Ralph Bakshi’s Wizards and Rene Laloux’s Fantastic Planet. It’s also an adult-oriented flick that is filled with violence and explicit sexuality.

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Mind-blowing, adult 1973 Japanese animated feature comes to Cinematheque

Japanese new music showcase goes girl-group crazy!

Gozen Sanji to Taikutsu is one of five Japanese bands playing the Biltmore Cabaret May 25 as part of Next Music From Tokyo Vol. 8.

Gozen Sanji to Taikutsu is one of five Japanese bands playing the Biltmore Cabaret May 25 as part of Next Music From Tokyo Vol. 8.

There’s nothing quite like Next Music from Tokyo (NMFT). A tour that brings bands from Japan’s indie and underground music scene to Canadian audiences, NMFT is curated by a lone music fan – Toronto-based anesthesiologist Steven Tanaka. On his numerous trips to Japan throughout the year, Tanaka scouts out the best possible lineup to bring to Canadian audiences, often for the first – and, sometimes, only – time.

This latest volume (#8) features five bands, all but one making their Canadian debuts in a tour that includes four shows – two in Toronto, one in Montreal and a final night in Vancouver, on May 25.  NMFT Vol. 8 include three female-fronted acts, including the return of what Tanaka calls “one of the greatest female bands of all time,” as well as an instrumental post-rock group and a dance-rock band, all for the low low price of $10. Find out more below.

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Japanese new music showcase goes girl-group crazy!

Tonight, the battle of the century – it’s Gentlemen Hecklers v Green Lantern!

Ryan Reynolds stars as the titular character in 2011's Green Lantern.

Ryan Reynolds stars as the titular character in 2011’s Green Lantern.

“It’s a big, bright, beautiful chunk of cheese,” says Eric Fell of the anti-gem Green Lantern.

In honour of the 2011 superhero flick, Fell and his fellow comedians Patrick Maliha and Shaun Stewart are going up against the film tonight (May 11) as part of their ongoing Gentlemen Heckler series at the Rio Theatre (1660 E. Broadway). Fell had a few more things to say about the movie…

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Tonight, the battle of the century – it’s Gentlemen Hecklers v Green Lantern!

Vancouver’s Arts Club Theatre Company Welcomes Billy Elliot

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“I’m just there. Flyin’ like a bird. Like electricity. Yeah, like electricity.” – Billy Elliott

Stanley Industrial Alliance Stage is where you’ll cheer on everyone’s favourite underdog, running from May 12 – July 10.

Based on the acclaimed film, and with a soundtrack by Elton John, Billy Elliot is an inspiring story of an 11-year old boy’s courage, ambition, and overcoming adversity. Set in 1984 in County Durham, England where coal miners are set to go on strike, young Billy (Nolan Fahey) meets ballet teacher Mrs. Wilkinson (Caitriona Murphy) after his boxing class – and his path is forever changed.

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Vancouver’s Arts Club Theatre Company Welcomes Billy Elliot