William Shatner, Carrie Fisher and Shannen Doherty announced for Fan Expo Vancouver 2015

William Shatner as Captain James T. Kirk in the original Star Trek.

William Shatner as Captain James T. Kirk in the original Star Trek.

Princess Leia, Captain Kirk and, uhm, Brenda Walsh will be among the guests at this year’s Vancouver Fan Expo. And for the first time, it will be the real – or at least, original – versions of Leia and Kirk, and not people in costumes. (We’re not sure if anyone’s turned up in the guise of Beverley Hills 90210’s Brenda Walsh, but probably.)

So William Shatner, Carrie Fisher and Shannen Doherty – those are three big names. But who else is coming to this year’s Fan Expo Vancouver? Well, plenty, as it turns out.

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William Shatner, Carrie Fisher and Shannen Doherty announced for Fan Expo Vancouver 2015

Mini Guide to CelticFest 2015 – Vancouver’s 12-Day Celtic Bash

Photo credit: jpmpinmontreal | Wikipedia

Photo credit: jpmpinmontreal | Wikipedia

Vancouver has a global reputation for being a green city. But for 12 days this March, that will take on a whole new meaning.

CelticFest Vancouver returns March 6-March 17, with dozens of music, dance and theatre events where you can let your shamrock shine and wear your green with pride. The annual celebration of Celtic culture includes free and ticketed happenings at venues around the city, culminating in the big St. Patrick’s Day Parade on Sunday, March 15.

Here’s a look at some can’t-miss highlights at CelticFest Vancouver 2015 (prices are for advanced ticket sales online):

Traditional music: Take in the 100-voice Vancouver Welsh Men’s Choir (paired with the De Danaan Irish Dancers) ($27) at Christ Church Cathedral on March 13. Or see internationally renowned fiddler and singer April Verch ($25) perform foot-stomping Irish and Scottish tunes at the Annex on March 16.  Continue reading:
Mini Guide to CelticFest 2015 – Vancouver’s 12-Day Celtic Bash

Huge Andy Warhol Exhibition Opens in Vancouver – For Free

marilyn_pinkDozens of masterpieces from the undisputed master of the pop art movement have come to Vancouver. And you can see them all for free.

Some 80 prints and paintings from Andy Warhol are on display now through March 30 in Yaletown’s Maison Al warehouse, as part of an exhibition titled A Different Idea of Love.   Many of the works are from Warhol’s so-called Socialites series – portraits of the social elite of his day, including Marilyn Monroe with canary yellow hair and pink lips, Jane Fonda and Ted Kennedy.

The exhibit represents the largest collection of Warhol works ever displayed in Canada.

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Van Gogh, Cezanne and Other European Masterpieces Come to the Vancouver Art Gallery

Vincent van Gogh Tarascon Stagecoach, 1888 (La diligence de Tarascon) oil on canvas The Henry and Rose Pearlman Foundation, on long-term loan to the Princeton University Art Museum

Vincent van Gogh, Tarascon Stagecoach, 1888, (La diligence de Tarascon), oil on canvas
The Henry and Rose Pearlman Foundation, on long-term loan to the Princeton University Art Museum

The van Gogh hanging in the Vancouver Art Gallery shows an ordinary stagecoach set along an otherwise barren street. It’s a commonplace scene (or at least it was in 1888 when it was painted). But in the swirling lines of the paintbrush and in the vivid contrast between ochre walls, blue sky and red coach, there’s the unmistakeable signature of a genius.

Van Gogh, Cezanne, Degas, Manet and other European masters are currently on display as part of the Vancouver Art Gallery’s Cezanne and the Modern exhibition, which opened Feb. 14. It’s a rare treat to see one or two European “masterpieces” hanging on the walls of the gallery; to see so many in one exhibition is an opportunity not to be missed.

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Watch traditional and contemporary First Nations dance in Vancouver

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Each year, internationally renowned artists from throughout British Columbia, Alaska, Yukon, and Washington come to Vancouver for the Coastal First Nations Dance Festival (March 3-8). The festival is a chance to enjoy both traditional and contemporary First Nations dance in an amazing setting – the Great Hall at the Museum of Anthropology.

This year’s lineup is as colourful and dynamic as ever, and includes a pair of sisters from Arizona, a hoop dancer from Calgary, and many more.

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Watch traditional and contemporary First Nations dance in Vancouver