Five movies Optimus Prime doesn’t want you to see this summer

Optimus Prime.

“Mortal! Cease your search for quality cinematic entertainment at once or face the wrath of Optimus Prime!”

Had enough of blockbusters busting your eardrums, causing retinal failure and just generally knocking all your brain cells out of your head? Not to name any names, Transformers 4: Age of Extinction, but you know who you are.

Well, there’s no need to suffer the summer movie doldrums. There are plenty of other movie offerings in Vancouver city theatres that let you escape the heat and the non-stop pummelling of Hollywood’s latest effects-heavy offerings. If you love the movies but don’t know Optimus Prime from Professor X, here are some options making a return to movie theatres safe.

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Five movies Optimus Prime doesn’t want you to see this summer

Everything you need to know about the Hero Show

10389516_670696859670389_5205186814389534594_nVancouver comedy nerds can attest that the Hero Show definitively takes the top prize as the hub for alternative comedy in the city. The long-running spectacle, which takes place on the first Thursday of the month, is a showcase of familiar faces from all genres of Vancouver’s comedy scene, from comedians to improv artists. The event follows a strict format:  performers go on stage alone to execute a monologue. But even though there’s one person performing at a time, this isn’t a stand-up show. In fact, that’s the only rule. The solo act must be performed as a made-up (and often bizarre) character, either in the form of a monologue, comedic musical performance or video short. 

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Everything you need to know about the Hero Show

Culture and Community mix at East Van Summer Jam

Indie-soul jam band The Boom Booms are headlining East Van Summer Jam.

Indie-soulsters The Boom Booms are headlining East Van Summer Jam.

On July 5th, Strathcona Park will be filled with nothing but F-U-N! The first-ever East Van Summer Jam is a celebration of community and culture that will be equal parts music, skateboarding, basketball, food, soccer and fundraiser for a local do-gooder group, The Music Tree.

From 1:00 – 9:00 p.m. local bands like The Boom Booms, The Rascalz, The Funkhunters, The New Royales, Bestie, Kutapira and others will play in Strathcona Park. Besides funking out to talented local music groups, summer jammers can check out the Etnies  skateboarding demo, play in a street soccer tournament and/or 4-on-4 basketball competition. For the hungry, food trucks will be on hand to fuel your playing, dancing and jamming appetite. Continue reading:
Culture and Community mix at East Van Summer Jam

Picnic with your Performance at Theatre Under the Stars

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Theatre Under the Stars is continuing its annual summer tradition of offering outdoor musical theatre and unforgettable performances in Stanley Park’s Malkin Bowl.

Theatre Under the Stars (also known as TUTS) gets you outside and into nature, but still provides you with entertainment typically found indoors. This summer, TUTS will be performing two alternating shows that are, like, totally awesome!

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Picnic with your Performance at Theatre Under the Stars

Six must-see July concerts in Vancouver

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Tori Amos brings her Unrepentant Geraldines tour to the Orpheum Theatre July 16.

July’s big music event in Vancouver is, of course, the Vancouver Folk Festival (July 18-20). But you can read more about that on Carrie Leslie’s Inside Vancouver post, or on the folk festival’s own website.

For this post we want to look at a few other shows happening this month, including the returns of a veteran New Wave act, a much-loved, sometimes controversial singer/songwriter, and an FM rock-radio staple that refuses to say die.

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Six must-see July concerts in Vancouver