Ten Cool Spots to Enjoy (Mostly) Free Live Music in Vancouver

Photo credit: www.anniebecker.com

Photo credit: www.anniebecker.com

Vancouver has a fabulous live music scene that you don’t have to pay inflated ticket prices to enjoy. Rhythm-loving lobby lounges, bars and restaurants across the city have plenty of regular music events all you need do is pull up a stool and order a drink (and maybe a few nibbles). Whether you’re looking to check out the latest hot talent, enjoy some cool jazz, roots ‘n’ reggae or check out some classic tinkling of the ivories, no matter what night of the week it is, you’re likely to find something to get your toes tapping.  Continue reading:
Ten Cool Spots to Enjoy (Mostly) Free Live Music in Vancouver

Renowned Montreal dance company in Vancouver this weekend!

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Interprètes/Dancers: Paige Culley. Sylvie-Ann Paré photo.

The woman who has been called “Canada’s reigning queen of contemporary dance” is back in Vancouver this weekend. And this time, she’s bringing an ambitious two-part performance that interprets work by a renowned composer and a lesser-known but no less intriguing poet/painter.

On Feb. 27 and 28, veteran Montreal choreographer Marie Chouinard returns to Vancouver with Gymnopédies and Henri Michaux: Mouvements. The first is a sensuous piece set to music composed in the late 1800s by Erik Satie. The second interprets a 1951 book of illustrations by poet and artist Henri Michaux to create a percussive and vital dance.

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Renowned Montreal dance company in Vancouver this weekend!

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