European Union Film Festival kicks off tonight with Italian romance, Latvian animated memoir

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Recent award winners, national blockbusters, festival circuit faves, Oscar submissions and even three all-ages screenings make up this year’s European Film Festival.

Now in its 17th year, the festival collects the best and brightest from the European Union. This year that means screen entries from 27 member states, beginning tonight (Nov. 21) and running until Dec. 4 at the Cinematheque (1131 Howe St.).

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European Union Film Festival kicks off tonight with Italian romance, Latvian animated memoir

Eastside Culture Crawl Invites You to Meet Local Artists this Weekend

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Image courtesy of Carrie Leslie | BoredinVancouver.com

Vancouver’s best excuse for going into other people’s houses is back this weekend with the always-excellent Eastside Culture Crawl being held from November 21-23rd. On for its 18th year, this festival will give you a great taste of what really goes on in an artist’s studio (hint: magic!). The Crawl involves more than 20,000 people visiting local artists in their studios in the area bounded by Main Street and Victoria Drive north of First Avenue.

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Eastside Culture Crawl Invites You to Meet Local Artists this Weekend

Things To Do In Vancouver This Weekend

Things To Do In Vancouver This Weekend
Enjoy this weekend’s markets, music, and festivals with our top picks for things to do in Vancouver this Friday to Sunday!

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Things To Do In Vancouver This Weekend

Yaletown transforms into Candytown this Saturday!

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Image courtesy of Yaletown BIA | Flickr.com

Christmas is coming early to Yaletown this Saturday, November 22nd for the 3rd annual free holiday festival – Candytown! If you’re ready to get into the holiday spirit, Yaletown is the place to be this weekend. Vancouver’s only free, outdoor Christmas festival will transform Mainland Street into a winter wonderland from noon until 7:00pm.

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Yaletown transforms into Candytown this Saturday!

‘Embedded historian’ Aaron Chapman on his new book, Live at the Commodore

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One of Vancouver’s most venerable entertainment institutions now has its own book.

Local author/historian Aaron Chapman has penned Live at the Commodore: The Story of Vancouver’s Historic Commodore Ballroom. The book is a loving ode to the Granville Street venue that has hosted everything from vaudeville to big bands to classic rock to punk, and just about everything in between.

Live at the Commodore Ballroom is in local bookstores now. But you can also attend a launch at the Commodore itself Nov. 26. It will feature readings and live music, and admission is free with ticket or reservation (see below for details). Also featured as part of the evening, The Vancouver Heritage Foundation will present one of its Places that Matter plaques to the Commodore Ballroom recognizing its significance to the city.

We talked to Chapman about the book, which is filled with telling anecdotes and never-before-published photographs, posters and more.

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‘Embedded historian’ Aaron Chapman on his new book, Live at the Commodore