Legends of Vancouver rock – three must-see shows in May!

Art Bergmann plays a show to mark the re-release of his 1991 self-titled album at the Rickshaw Theatre May 19. Lisa Macintosh photo.

Want a crash course in the Vancouver music scene? You could do worse than check out some shows this May. In what is probably a coincidence but may be a cosmic alignment, this month’s concerts include a long-awaited reunion by one of the city’s most popular live bands, a tribute to a rockabilly legend, and what may be the “last electric” show by a songwriter many consider to be one of the best Vancouver has produced.

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Legends of Vancouver rock – three must-see shows in May!

Five reasons to not miss The Descent this Sunday at the Rio

Cast of the 2006 British horror film The Descent. A special screening this Sunday at the Rio features director Neil Marshall introducing the film and answering questions after the screening.

Horror movie fans, or fans of nail-biting suspense thrillers featuring strong female leads, won’t want to miss a special screening this Sunday May 7 at the Rio Theatre (1661 E. Broadway).

The Vancouver independent will show The Descent, a classic of British horror, with director Neil Marshall in attendance. Here are four more reasons to catch the 1996 film in this special screening.

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Five reasons to not miss The Descent this Sunday at the Rio

Circle Game: A New Joni Mitchell Musical in Vancouver

Andrew Cohen, Anna Kuman, David Z. Cohen, and Sara Vickruck (clockwise from top left); Photo Credit: Tyler Branston

“We’re captive on the carousel of time
We can’t return, we can only look behind
From where we came
And go round and round and round
In the circle game” ~ Joni Mitchell “The Circle Game”

I grew up listening to Joni Mitchell, through both good and bad periods of my life. Especially at moments of heartbreak, questioning, and vulnerability, I would turn to her songs as moving solace. The iconic Canadian songstress has inspired generations of fans due to the continued relevance of her music and lyrics to the shifting times. This month, Firehall Arts Centre is launching a new Joni Mitchell musical that is sure to thrill those, like me, who have long loved the singer, as well as those new to her material.

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Circle Game: A New Joni Mitchell Musical in Vancouver

Anything Goes is the must-see musical of the season!

Anything Goes, featuring Madeleine Suddaby (centre). Tim Matheson photo.

Anything Goes is on until April 23, and you don’t want to miss what could be the musical presentation of the year.

In the Vancouver Sun, Jerry Wasserman writes, “RCMT (Royal City Musical Theatre) does only one show a year. And boy, do they make it count. (Director and choreographer) Valerie Easton’s production at New West’s Massey Theatre has everything you could want in a big Broadway-style musical: a talented cast of 36, a slick 16-piece brass-heavy orchestra, a witty book, some great songs, imaginative direction and choreography, and principals who can sing, dance and act comedy.”

Based on the songs of Cole Porter and with a book partially written by great English comic writer P.G. Wodehouse, Anything Goes is on now until April 23 at the Massey Theatre (735 Eighth Ave, New Westminster).

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Anything Goes is the must-see musical of the season!

Take Gorgeous Pics of Cherry Blossoms on a Vancouver Photowalk

Sourced from Vancouver Photowalks

Spring and fall are my favourite seasons in Vancouver since I love the vibrancy of the natural colours from the changing environment. I’ve been waiting (not too patiently) for the explosion of cherry blossoms and, finally, was rewarded this month.

In this Instagram age, the first thing I want to do is reach for my camera or my cell phone, but I often find I’m not doing enough justice to the blossomy scene. If you’re like me, Vancouver Photowalks has a roaming cherry blossom workshop that just might be the thing for you!

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Take Gorgeous Pics of Cherry Blossoms on a Vancouver Photowalk

Fleetmac Wood this Thursday – check out their Top 5 Fleetwood Mac remixes!

Lisa Jelliffe and Alex Oxley of Fleetmac Wood

Lisa Jelliffe and Alex Oxley of Fleetmac Wood. The DJs spin remixes of ’70s soft-rock hits and beyond this Thursday night at the Biltmore Cabaret. Ben Cope photo.

In honour of the return of Fleetmac Wood, the London-based remix project honouring Fleetwood Mac, the project’s Lisa Jelliffe has shared a list of Top 5 Fleetwood Mac remixes.

As one of the DJs behind Fleetmac Wood, Oxley has traveled the world, spinning the gospel of 1977’s Rumours and 1979’s Tusk to excited masses, many of whom are too young to recall a time when those albums were at the top of the charts.

Fleetmac Wood last touched down in Vancouver in the summer of 2016. The one-night celebration of all things Mac brings what it calls its Rumours Rave to the Biltmore Cabaret this Friday, April 13 (visit ticketfly.com for tickets – $12 in advance). If you ever spun around in a gossamer gown alone in a candle-lit room to the strains of “Rhiannon” – or if you’ve ever even just thought about it – you’ll want to be there. In the meantime, here are those five remixes, with comments by Jelliffe.

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Fleetmac Wood this Thursday – check out their Top 5 Fleetwood Mac remixes!

The Royal Moscow Ballet: Don Quixote (Free Ticket Giveaway!)

Don Quixote can rightfully be called one of the most popular performances in the Royal Moscow Ballet’s repertoire. Perfectly synchronized, smooth and precise, there is a special charm to the performance that draws the viewer into the story. Here is the temperament, the emotion and the fascination of Old Spain wrapped up in a classic story of adventure, misadventure and love.

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The Royal Moscow Ballet: Don Quixote (Free Ticket Giveaway!)