Badass welcomes Badsville at film fest this weekend

Director April Mullen’s feature Badsville screens at the Rio Theatre as part of this year’s BadAss Film Festival.

The Fourth Annual International Vancouver Badass Film Festival is the biggest edition of the annual festival in its four-year history.

Running Feb. 23-25 at the Rio Theatre (1660 E. Broadway), the event includes six feature-length films (including four premieres), shorts, special guests and a circus performance. Visit vbaff.com for details.

One of those feature-length films is April Mullen’s violent gang film Badsville (screening at 10 p.m. Feb. 24). We talked to the director, who splits her time between Toronto, L.A. and other locales, about Badsville, DC’s Legends of Tomorrow, and being part of a festival like Badass.

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Badass welcomes Badsville at film fest this weekend

Things to Do in Vancouver this Weekend: Feb. 22, 2018

This weekend you can watch people throw each other around in three very different ways. In descending order of gracefulness: BalletBC has a production of Romeo and Juliet, Compagnia Baccalà are circus runaways in town with a comedic and acrobatic show, and WWE and all of their break-away folding chairs arrive on Friday to inspire some glittery sign-making.

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Things to Do in Vancouver this Weekend: Feb. 22, 2018

Here comes the funny: some highlights of this year’s upcoming JFL NorthWest comedy festival

Nikki Glaser performs at this year’s JFL NorthWest.

The JFL NorthWest Comedy Festival is right around the corner. Some shows are sold-out, but there are still tickets left for some of the biggest names in comedy appearing in Vancouver March 1-10.

This is the comedy festival’s third year in Vancouver. Last year saw over 30,000 comedy fans coming out to see 100 professional laugh-getters at 25 venues in the Lower Mainland.

This year, some of the bigger shows include Bill Burr (tickets still left for the famously acerbic comic’s March 7 show at the Orpheum Theatre, 601 Smithe St.), Jo Koy (two shows March 7 at the Queen Elizabeth Theatre, 630 Hamilton St.), Maria Bamford (March 3 at the Vogue Theatre, 918 Granville St.), Brian Regan (March 5 at the Vogue), Mike Birbiglia (two shows, March 9 at the Vogue), and former SNL cast member/impressionist Jay Pharoah (March 10 at the Vogue).

Along with the theatre shows, the festival is hosting several showcases and comedy sets at smaller clubs and venues. Here’s a brief run-down of some of the comics, podcast hosts and special events coming to JFL NorthWest 2018.

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Here comes the funny: some highlights of this year’s upcoming JFL NorthWest comedy festival

Vancouver, Russian, and Arctic Circle filmmakers featured at this year’s Women in Film festival

A scene from Porcupine Lake, one of the films at this year’s Vancouver International Women in Film Festival.

Adolescent growing pains, military conscription and small-town redemption are among the subjects in films at this year’s Vancouver International Women in Film Festival.

A co-presentation of Women in Film and Television and the VIFF Vancity Theatre, the 13th annual edition runs March 6 to 11. Celebrating the best of cinema created by women. the festival als features  film panels, master classes, guest filmmakers, artist talks, pitch sessions, receptions, and an awards gala. All screenings take place at Vancity Theatre (1181 Seymour St.).

See below for some of the highlights of the festival.

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Vancouver, Russian, and Arctic Circle filmmakers featured at this year’s Women in Film festival

Things to Do in Vancouver this Weekend: Feb. 15, 2018

This weekend we are ringing in the Lunar New Year! To celebrate I suggest you pet a lot of dogs (because it’s the Year of the Dog, and also because dogs are fun to pet), watch some colourful lion dances, and wander through some lanterns to light your way toward spring. During all the New Year festivities, you have the opportunity to widen your cultural exploration even further with Aboriginal and Jewish performing arts  – the Talking Stick Festival and Chutzpah! will set you up and inspire you.

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Things to Do in Vancouver this Weekend: Feb. 15, 2018

5 excellent reasons to spend some time at the Eastside Flea Market

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Image courtesy of eastside flea market

The Eastside Flea is a unique shopping experience in Vancouver that had humble beginnings but has slowly become a much-loved bi-weekly event for visitors and locals alike. This “modern day flea market” is held in the Ellis Building on Main Street and typically features more than 50 local vendors, artisan showrooms, rotating food trucks, and much more.

If that wasn’t enough reason to check out the Eastside Flea, here are a few more reasons to make the trip to check out “The Flea”.

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5 excellent reasons to spend some time at the Eastside Flea Market

Cult classic sequel, top French clowns, and lots more at the first ever JFL NorthWest Film Festival

Be among the first to see clips from Super Troopers 2, the long-awaited sequel to the 2001 cult film screening at the JFL NorthWest Film Festival (March 1-10).

A long-awaited sequel to a comedy cult classic, special live events, short films and panels are part of the Vancouver Just For Laughs Film Festival.

This year marks the debut of the film component of the festival. The inaugural edition of the JFL NorthWest Film Festival runs concurrently with the comedy festival itself, March 1-10. Below, we look at some of the highlights from among eight features (including B.C. premieres and a world premiere), 23 shorts, three panels and three special events. Many of the events take place at the Rio Theatre (1660 E. Broadway), the Vogue Theatre (918 Granville St.), Vancity Theatre (1181 Seyour St.) and the Sutton Place Hotel (845 Burrard St.).

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Cult classic sequel, top French clowns, and lots more at the first ever JFL NorthWest Film Festival