Can ballet help heal a nation? Going Home Star opens tonight in Vancouver

The Royal Winnipeg Ballet's Going Home Star.

Liang Xing and Sophia Lee in the Royal Winnipeg Ballet’s Going Home Star. Samanta Katz photo.

A new, acclaimed ballet that honours the stories of First Nations residential school survivors opens in Vancouver today.

Going Home Star – Truth and Reconciliation is a new classical ballet from Canada’s Royal Winnipeg Ballet, running at the Queen Elizabeth Theatre (650 Hamilton St.) April 7 – 9.

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Can ballet help heal a nation? Going Home Star opens tonight in Vancouver

10 reasons to see music legend Tony Orlando

Tony Orlando plays the Hard Rock Casino Vancouver April 9.

Tony Orlando plays the Hard Rock Casino Vancouver April 9.

While his name might not mean much to millennials, Tony Orlando is sure to be remembered by anyone who listened to the radio or watched TV in the ’70s. But there are lots of other reasons besides his many pop hits and his groundbreaking TV series (with Dawn) to see Mr. Orlando when he plays the Hard Rock Casino Vancouver (2080 United Boulevard, Coquitlam) April 9.

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10 reasons to see music legend Tony Orlando

April is all about Game of Thrones (and Throne of Games) in Vancouver

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Game of Thrones Burlesque at the Rio Theatre, Vancouver, March 28 2014. Patrick Rooney photo.

The Bay Area company behind a sexy, flame-throwing live version of Game of Thrones is back this weekend. And if that’s not enough for fans of the hit HBO show, a Vancouver improv company is also bringing winter back with a new edition of its improv comedy show, Throne of Games.

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April is all about Game of Thrones (and Throne of Games) in Vancouver

Vancouver adaptation of Onegin is a critical hit!

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Meg Roe in Onegin. David Cooper photo.

It’s a hit!

The Arts Club Theatre’s contemporary-ish take on the Russian classic Eugene Onegin opened this week, and it’s getting glowing reviews.

A verse-novel in the original Russian, Eguene Onegin has been adapted as an opera (by Tchaikovsky), numerous other stage plays and movies (including a 1999 effort). But none has been quite like the take by Vancouver director Amiel Gladstone and singer/songwriter Veda Hille.

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Vancouver adaptation of Onegin is a critical hit!

An Elvis show you have to see to believe

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There’ve been a lot of Elvis imitators over the years. One of them is Steve Michaels.

The Milton, Ontario native plays Elvis from an aw-shucks Southern boy circa 1954 to Rhinestone Elvis (1973) in Return to Grace. A jukebox show full of Elvis hits, it’s on at the Queen Elizabeth Theatre (650 Hamilton St.) until this Sunday, March 27.

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An Elvis show you have to see to believe

Date Idea: Solve Crime with Vancouver Mysteries

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Sourced from Vancouver Mysteries’ website

It was a dark and stormy afternoon. My boyfriend (“S”) and I had just been assigned to a high priority murder mystery case in Gastown. It was our first major file, and we were curious to see how quickly we would be able to determine the guilty suspect. The case would require our skills of deduction, a willingness to do the unexpected, and above all, the ability to work together as a team. Would this romantic duo succeed at detective work?

I love solving puzzles and playing board games (Clue was always my favourite), so I was really excited when I learned about Vancouver Mysteries, the city’s first urban game company.

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Date Idea: Solve Crime with Vancouver Mysteries

30+ Vancouver Blues Acts Coming Together for 1 Blowout Benefit Concert

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Image sourced from www.dalannahandowen.com

If you’ve heard Dalannah Gail Bowen sing once, you probably remember her voice. The soulful, gritty blues singer has been crooning to audiences throughout the Lower Mainland for more than three decades. During that time, her reputation spread far and wide. In fact, she was elected to the Blues Hall of Fame last year.

But several months ago, Bowen suffered a stroke after performing at a Christmas benefit concert. She remains hospitalized, with an extensive rehabilitation period ahead. Now, music lovers from throughout the province are banding together for an all-star benefit concert for one of the city’s blues legends. For fans of Bowen, and blues aficionados everywhere, it promises to be the blowout of the year.  Continue reading:
30+ Vancouver Blues Acts Coming Together for 1 Blowout Benefit Concert