A Drag Reunion with a Romy and Michele at Vancouver’s Screen Queen Sequel

By Kendell Yan

Join B-Roll cofounder Dee Blew and Sleepy Girl Amy Grindhouse for the Vancouver Arts and Leisure Scene Queen sequel, Romy and Michele’s High School Reunion! This 1997 cult classic stars Lisa Kudrow and Mira Sorvino as two dim-witted friends who concoct elaborate lies about their lives and head to their ten-year high school reunion to impress their classmates.

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A Drag Reunion with a Romy and Michele at Vancouver’s Screen Queen Sequel

Gastown Cabaret Presents March Magic, March 14

With St. Patrick’s Day and the start of Spring coming down the pipe, the magic is very much alive in March! Get ready to add even more excitement to this magnificent month with Gastown Cabaret.

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Gastown Cabaret Presents March Magic, March 14

Beyond 150 Years: An Acknowledgement of Cinematic Territory (Free Event!)

Mark your calendars for this two-day film festival celebrating impactful, Indigenous cinema!

Beyond 150 Years: An Acknowledgement of Cinematic Territory is a premiere event to present, with utmost respect, some of the Indigenous filmmakers from within the REEL CANADA catalogue.

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Beyond 150 Years: An Acknowledgement of Cinematic Territory (Free Event!)

The Chan Centre presents Noche Flamenca’s Antigona, March 12 (Free Tickets!)

The Chan Centre for the Performing Arts at the University of British Columbia (UBC) presents Noche Flamenca’s Antigona, their critically-acclaimed work fusing flamenco and Greek tragedy, March 12 at 7pm in the Chan Shun Concert Hall. Adapted from Sophocles’ Antigone, and starring Bessie-award winner Soledad Barrio as the lead, Antigona looks at repression, heroism and loss in a fiery, multi-media spectacle.

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The Chan Centre presents Noche Flamenca’s Antigona, March 12 (Free Tickets!)

Vancouver’s Museum of Anthropology Launches Amazonia: The Rights of Nature

Norkoro Spirit Mask; Photo Credit: Kyla Baily

One of my favourite places in the city is the stunningly gorgeous Museum of Anthropology (MOA) at UBC. I never get tired of its design, with its confluence of modernist concrete and glass, northwest coast post-and-beam design, and natural forest backdrop. Its permanent exhibits and open storage are always well worth another visit.

I go to MOA (6393 NW Marine Drive) at least twice a year, especially when they have a new temporary exhibit to check out. It makes for a good day-time outing, or an evening date on a Thursday when MOA opens until 9pm.

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Vancouver’s Museum of Anthropology Launches Amazonia: The Rights of Nature

Last week of classic musical comedy 42nd Street in Vancouver!

Studio 58’s 42nd Street. David Cooper photo.

This week is your last chance to see a student production of the classic musical comedy 42nd Street.

Local theatre critic Kathleen Oliver has called Studio 58’s production “a big show—a really, really big show” and “a terrific showcase for the ample talent in Studio 58’s current crop of students.” Mark Robins at vancouverpresents.com writes that “The energy and enthusiasm is infectious in numbers such as ‘Getting Out of Town’ and ‘We’re In the Money'”. So if you’re looking for a little pick-me-up this week, 42nd Street awaits.

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Last week of classic musical comedy 42nd Street in Vancouver!

JFL NorthWest, Vancouver Comedy Fest spotlight – Ivan Decker and local comedy

Vancouver comic Ivan Decker

Besides opening for Jim Gaffigan and Iliza at this year’s JFL NorthWest, Vancouver comic Ivan Decker will host two showcases of local talent.

This year’s JFL NorthWest is bringing a plethora of big-name comics from down south. Colin Quinn, Iliza Schlesinger, Jim Gaffigan, Trevor Noah, and Sarah Silverman are among the talented mirth-makers coming to Vancouver for the festival, which begins tonight, Feb. 16, and runs until Feb. 25.

But the festival also gives local comics a chance to shine. For example, in B-Sides with Chris Gordon (Feb. 21 at Biltmore at 9:30 p.m.), Calgary’s Gordon and top local headliners such as Graham Clark, Kyle Bottom and Efthimios Nasiopoulos will discuss a comedian’s creative process by featuring the rare and risky jokes they love to tell, then opening up to an audience Q&A.

The festival is also hosting a Best of the West series that features many of the best locally produced shows. Among them are Alicia Tobin’s Come Draw with Me, The Gentlemen Hecklers, Graham Clark’s Quiz Show, and more.

Meanwhile, one of the best-known names on the local scene, Ivan Decker, has been picked to open for both Iliza and Jim Gaffigan. Decker, whom Splitsider once named the Top Canadian Comedian Under 30 (he’s now 31), will also host the Just For Laughs Showcase at the Biltmore Cabaret on Feb. 21 (7 p.m. start, before the aforementioned B-Sides) and Yuk Yuk’s Vancouver Feb. 22 (8 p.m.). We talked to Decker about comedy festivals, scaring Vancouver mayor Gregor Robertson, and his online dating profile.

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JFL NorthWest, Vancouver Comedy Fest spotlight – Ivan Decker and local comedy