Unbelievable, A Provocative Exhibition About Stories, Opens at the Museum of Vancouver

A carved wooden bear with open jaws. Collected at Nootka Sound by Midshipman Thomas Dobson on HMS “Discovery” under Captain George Vancouver 1791-1795.

Whether you’re a visitor to Vancouver or a long-time resident, we often conceive of the city through stories, symbols, and purported truths. In our own way, we ponder what Vancouver is, what its history is, and what our place is within these narratives.

The Museum of Vancouver (MOV) has taken these questions, delved into their vaults, and created a new, provocative exhibition that allows visitors to explore and consider the many threads of perception that make-up this vibrant and diverse city.

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Unbelievable, A Provocative Exhibition About Stories, Opens at the Museum of Vancouver

With new opera, East Vancouver proves it’s about more than just craft beer

Alma: The Story of the Girl Who Glowed

Allison Cociani (centre) and the cast of Alma, including Martina Govednik, Julie Duerichen, Cameron Killick, Katrina-Gohk.

A brand new, modern opera made in East Vancouver is opening next Thursday, June 22.

Written by local composer Allison Cociani, Alma: The Story of the Girl Who Glowed is a fusion of opera, ballet, and burlesque. Cociani put together a company, East Van Opera, specifically to present the work, which features five singers, five dances and 12 musicians.

Alma: The Story of the Girl Who Glowed runs June 22-25 at Metro Theatre, 1370 Marine Drive. Read more below.

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With new opera, East Vancouver proves it’s about more than just craft beer

Stanley Park Outdoor Movies Official Schedule for 2017

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Image courtesy of fresh air cinema | freshaircinema.ca

Dust off your picnic basket and shake out your favourite outdoor blanket because one of the most hotly anticipated events of the summer is coming back to Vancouver this July and August!

Every Tuesday night during the summer, outdoor movies are screened in the picturesque setting of Stanley Park. Thousands of people flock to Ceperly Meadows (near second beach pool) to gather together, munch on some popcorn, and enjoy the experience of watching a classic movie under the stars on a four-story high inflatable screen.

The schedule for the 2017 outdoor movies has just dropped and it’s full of family-friendly flicks, classic comedies, and a movie that might make you think twice about going for a midnight swim in the ocean… Check out what’s in store for the 2017 summer season every Tuesday night from July 4th – August 22nd in the list below

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Stanley Park Outdoor Movies Official Schedule for 2017

Laugh Like a Demon in The Arts Club Theatre Company’s Hand to God

Oliver Castillo. Photo by David Cooper

When I walked into the Arts Club Theatre Company’s production of Hand to God, I didn’t quite know what to expect. I knew the play had something to do with an evil puppet, which is a good thing since I relish subversive puppets (I’ve seen Avenue Q twice). Other than that, I was curious as to what would unfold.

The play quickly won me over with its insanely clever and raw humour. In short, I loved it. Hand to God runs until June 25, 2017 at the Goldcorp Stage at the BMO Theatre Centre (162 West 1st Avenue). Make sure to see it before it closes.

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Laugh Like a Demon in The Arts Club Theatre Company’s Hand to God

Catch HBO star/podcaster/talk-show host/stand-up comic Chris Gethard this Tuesday night in Vancouver!

On his Beautiful/Anonymous podcast, Chris Gethard fields a random call and talks to a stranger. As the comedian himself admits, this is can go a lot of ways – funny, sad, neither. Which is why, when he comes to Vancouver to record a new episode tomorrow night (Tuesday May 30) at the Biltmore Cabaret (2755 Prince Edward St.), he’ll also do a set of stand-up.

Besides Beautiful/Anonymous and his standup comedy career, Gethard hosts his own TV talk show, The Chris Gethard Show; starred in the 2016 Mike Birbiglia film Don’t Think Twice; and is a cast member on the hit Comedy Central series Broad City.

Other credits include Inside Amy Schumer (Comedy Central), The Office (NBC), Parks and Recreation (NBC), Louie (FX), and Bored To Death (HBO). You can also catch him in his own HBO comedy special, Career Suicide. We talked to the 37-year-old New Jersey-ite about the podcast, therapy, and his upcoming Vancouver show.

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Catch HBO star/podcaster/talk-show host/stand-up comic Chris Gethard this Tuesday night in Vancouver!

Visit Artist Studios in the 25th Annual West of Main Art Walk

Gary Nay: Into the Bay, Again

I happily returned to Vancouver from a vacation of two weeks and was overjoyed to see that warmer weather had blissfully arrived. My season of hibernation has now ended and I’m set to partake in the many spring and summer events happening across the city.

One of my favourite aspects of my hometown is its vibrant community networks and initiatives. This weekend (May 27-28, 2017), Artists in Our Midst (AIOM) presents the West of Main Art Walk, an opportunity to explore Vancouver, meet local artists, and even participate in demos and workshops.

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Visit Artist Studios in the 25th Annual West of Main Art Walk

Vancouver rocks this Wednesday night with five bands from Japan

Yukueshirezutsurezure (YSTZ for short) is a little bit pop, a little bit hardcore/screamo.

Now in its 10th iteration, Next Music from Tokyo is a treat for music fans unlike any other. The semi-annual event is the passion project of Steven Tanaka, an anesthesiologist at St. Joseph’s Hospital in Toronto. For each edition of NMfT, Tanaka brings some of the most exciting Japanese underground, indie-rock bands to Canada for exclusive showcases in Toronto, Montreal and Vancouver.

It’s a mini-festival of bands that we most likely would never see otherwise outside of Japan or, perhaps, a major music festival like South by Southwest. Next Music from Tokyo vol. 10 features five acts at the Biltmore Cabaret (2755 Prince Edward St.) this Wednesday (May 24), at one incredible low price – only $14! The bands include a returning favourite, an all-girl quartet that mixes pop and hardcore/screamo, and a group that Tanaka says puts on “one of the craziest, LOUDEST and most awe-inspiring shows around.” Here are the bands.

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Vancouver rocks this Wednesday night with five bands from Japan