Meow! The First Ever Cat Film Festival Comes to Vancouver this Summer

Vancouver cat film festival

Image courtesy of Scott Beale / Laughing Squid

Calling all cat lovers, have we got some exciting news for you! Just for Cats, the Internet Cat Video Festival will be coming to Vancouver this summer to screen all your favourite cat-themed YouTube videos in a film festival-esque environment!

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Meow! The First Ever Cat Film Festival Comes to Vancouver this Summer

Trapped! (for fun): Asian-style Escape Game Rooms Come to Vancouver

Would you pay to escape from prison? (Pictured here: a cell from the former State Penitentiary in Boise, Idaho) Photo credit: Mr.Thomas | Flickr

Would you pay to escape from prison? (Pictured here: a cell from the former State Penitentiary in Boise, Idaho) Photo credit: Mr.Thomas | Flickr

Would you pay $92 to be locked in a prison cell with three friends for 45 minutes?

That’s the premise behind Exit, Metro Vancouver’s first “escape gaming” experience. Popular in Japan and China, escape rooms force participants to solve elaborate clues in order to break out of their confinement.  The rooms themselves are often elaborately decorated to look like scenes from the past or horror movie sets.

Exit, located in an unassuming strip mall in Richmond, brings the phenomenon to Canadian shores.  It offers guests four different themed rooms to choose from: the prison cell, an Ancient Egyptian tomb, a lost ship and a mad scientist’s laboratory with blood-spattered walls.

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Trapped! (for fun): Asian-style Escape Game Rooms Come to Vancouver

Six must-see April concerts in Vancouver

Stephen Malkmus and the Jicks in Vancouver

Stephen Malkmus and the Jicks at the Biltmore Cabaret, Vancouver, Oct 12 2011. Siamak Amini photo.

If there’s anything that can be said about the concert climate for April, it’s that it’s sunny with a chance of rock.

Three of today’s hottest rock bands in the world – one from the U.K., one from the U.S. and one from Australia – are coming to town. There’s also a boy-opera band, a classic rocker (if you’re idea of classic rock is the stuff they didn’t play on the radio in the ’70s) and an indie-rocker who started it all.

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Six must-see April concerts in Vancouver

Calling all artistic risk-takers – Killer Joe brings black humour and a makeshift trailer park to Vancouver

Photo courtesy ITSAZOO Productions.

Photo courtesy ITSAZOO Productions.

Killer Joe, a play by Pulitzer Prize-winning writer Tracy Letts, is coming to Vancouver. The hook: the scabrous play about a white-trash family takes place in a makeshift trailer park in the parking lot of the Italian Cultural Centre. And only 37 audience members at a time will be able to take in the play during its April 15 – May 4 run.

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Calling all artistic risk-takers – Killer Joe brings black humour and a makeshift trailer park to Vancouver

Live, Dirty and Dangerous: It’s the Game of Thrones Burlesque at the Rio

Photo credit: Game of Thrones Burlesque

If you thought Game of Thrones couldn’t get any racier, well, think again! The Game of Thrones Burlesque comes to the Rio Theatre this weekend for two nights only. A live interactive Vaudeville show, the show features live music, comedy, burlesque, and everything you love about Game of Thrones.

Based on the popular HBO television series, the Game of Thrones Burlesque is presented by the award-winning troupe, Tourettes Without Regrets. Hailing from Oakland, the show played to sold out crowds in the Bay Area and is now in Vancouver for Friday and Saturday night only. Featuring sweet soul burlesque, circus fire acts, interactive audience contests and live jousting, the Game of Thrones Burlesque promises to be everything GOT – but more dirty, more dangerous and more sexy!

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Live, Dirty and Dangerous: It’s the Game of Thrones Burlesque at the Rio