Cult Classics, Cheap Tickets, and Frosty Beer at The Rio Theatre Late Night Movies

Photo sourced from foundfootagefest.com

Photo sourced from foundfootagefest.com

Stepping in to the Rio Theatre is almost like entering into a time machine, walk through the doors and go back into the age of cheap prices, cult classic movies, and more flexible drinking laws. The Rio Theatre is an institution in itself and offers a huge range of events, movie screenings, and performances every month.

Of the events, the weekly Friday Late Night Movies has become well known as the place to be at midnight on a Friday. It’s got everything you could want: cheap tickets ($6/$8!), alcohol to enjoy, costumes, and really delicious popcorn. Oh, and they also sell grilled cheese sandwiches. Say no more, am I right!?

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Cult Classics, Cheap Tickets, and Frosty Beer at The Rio Theatre Late Night Movies

Beyond Selma: See the “real” Martin Luther King in The Mountaintop at Vancouver’s Arts Club

Dion Johnstone and Crystal Balint. Photo by David Cooper

Dion Johnstone and Crystal Balint. Photo by David Cooper

When you’re watching the Oscars this Sunday, one name bound to come up again and again is Selma. The acclaimed drama celebrates one of the most triumphant episodes in the life of civil rights icon Martin Luther King, his courageous march to Selma, Alabama, in the face of violent opposition.

A very different perspective on King – a peek into the real man behind the legend – is on offer now in Vancouver at the Arts Club’s Granville Island Stage. The acclaimed play The Mountaintop zeroes in on King’s last night on earth, spent in an ordinary Memphis motel. The moving work paints a portrait of the civil rights leader not as a history-book hero but as a flesh-and-blood man, flawed, uncertain and daunted by the huge challenges that loom ahead.

The play opens on April 3, 1968 – the night before King’s assassination – in Room 306 of the Lorraine Motel in Memphis, Tennessee. Continue reading:
Beyond Selma: See the “real” Martin Luther King in The Mountaintop at Vancouver’s Arts Club

Lovers in dangerous times – a retrospective of acclaimed Taiwanese filmmaker Hou Hsiao-hsien

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Shu Qi and Chang Chen in Three Times.

For some film buffs, the only way to see a movie is in big-screen, 35mm projection. For those fans, and fans of international cinema in general, Cinematheque’s current retrospective of a contemporary filmmaker is a major event.

Also Like Life: The Films of Hou Hsiao-hsien, which is currently touring internationally, includes all 17 features that the director has released to date, as well as shorts and important collaborations.

Considered by many to be one of the most important and influential filmmakers of the past three decades, Hou Hsiao-hsien is an innovative artist whose movies can best be described (as the Cinematheque’s press release eloquently puts it) as “contemplative, deeply humanistic” and “visually accomplished.”

Take, for instance, Three Times.

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Five Drop-In Dance Classes to Shake It Up In Vancouver 

Photo credit: The Landing Dance Centre

Photo credit: The Landing Dance Centre

Remember that town in Footloose where dancing was banned? Spoiler alert: that town was not Vancouver. A happy Vancouverite is a sweaty-after-dance-class Vancouverite and when it comes to busting a move, the city has a class for every style and level of experience.

Mix things up in your fitness routine by trying out one of the many fun and funky drop-in dance classes across the city. There’s no commitment and it’s a great way to find a new activity that you might love. And what’s better than beating rainy day blues than dancing up a storm? Perfect for when you’ve absolutely, positively got to shake it like a Polaroid picture.

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Single (and fabulous) in Vancouver for Valentine’s Day?

Photo credit: Amandal Productions/The Float House

Photo credit: Amandal Productions/The Float House

With Valentine’s Day rolling around it’s all too easy to feel overlooked if you’re single on the big day. But hold on a minute before you throw an epic pity party just for one – what are you really missing out on here? Expensive – and unimaginative – gifts of red roses? Heart-shaped chocolates when you’re just getting back into your jeans after losing that holiday weight?  Cheesily themed all-pink set menus in restaurants stuffed with two kinds of diners: disappointed long-term couples with nothing to say, glaring at each other over the cut-out cupids, and the Dear God, Get A Room couples who just met and can’t quit groping each other between courses. Um, no thanks.

Instead of taking part in this carnival of commercialism, I propose you celebrate your awesome state of singleness by doing things that only YOU can do alone. From taking a meditation class or paddling solo, to chilling in a one-person float tank or indulging in an epic guilt-free shopping session, repeat after me: Valentine’s Day is the best day to have fun with me, myself and I. Continue reading:
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