Free Oscar Party at Vancouver’s Rio Theatre (with red carpet)

Photo credit: Lincoln Blues | Flickr

Photo credit: Lincoln Blues | Flickr

The 87th Academy Awards ceremony is Sunday, Feb. 22, in Hollywood. But if you can’t make it to California to be on the red carpet and schmooze with Neil Patrick Harris, the next best thing may be the Rio Theatre in Vancouver.

The historic East Vancouver theatre – known for its offbeat cinema, creative live acts and, of course, bar – is holding a free Oscar party timed to coincide with the awards show.

In true Oscar style, guests are encouraged to dress up in their fanciest attire. (But jeans are fine, too … no one will be enforcing a dress code.) There will be an actual red carpet outside the theatre’s entrance near Broadway and Commercial Drive, with a photographer on hand to get shots of the glamorous ladies and gents lining up for the big show.

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Free Oscar Party at Vancouver’s Rio Theatre (with red carpet)

Vancouverites, Get Ready to Glow in the Dark with Dragons from Taiwan During LunarFest, Feb. 20-22

photo: lunarfest.org

photo: lunarfest.org

Dragons have been showcased in many cultural traditions. From the dragons in the Ethiopia of Greek mythology, to the European Red Dragon of Wales, to the Thunder Dragon of Bhutan and Pakhangba, to the mythical hybrid dragon, Manipur. There are countless stories and tales from around the world that feature this mythical creature.

In China, dragons are associated with power, strength and prosperity and are also believed to have control over the weather. As a symbol of the Imperial Family, dragons were often-times incorporated into the architecture of the palaces and were embroidered into the clothing of the Emperor.

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Vancouverites, Get Ready to Glow in the Dark with Dragons from Taiwan During LunarFest, Feb. 20-22

5 Can’t-Miss Events at Chutzpah! 2015 – Vancouver’s Jewish Arts and Culture Fest

Photo sourced from Chutzpah Festival 2015

Photo sourced from Chutzpah Festival 2015

Chutzpah is a Yiddish word which means, literally, cheekiness or audacity. In popular usage, however, “having chutzpah” means having guts, passion and courage – all things needed to make great art.

Plenty of which will be on offer at the 2015 Chutzpah! Festival in Vancouver, the city’s annual celebration of Jewish arts and culture. From Feb. 19-March 15, dozens of events at venues across the city will showcase incredible musicians, comedians, dancers, actors and more from Vancouver and around the globe.

Here are 5 can’t-miss events at this year’s Chutzpah!:

Get down with Zvuloon Dub SystemStraight from Israel comes one of the world’s hottest reggae bands. Blending Ethiopian jazz, ’70s funk, soul and traditional music, the eight-piece group turns out highly danceable hits in both English and Ethiopia’s Amharic language. Feb. 20 at The Imperial; $30. 

 

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5 Can’t-Miss Events at Chutzpah! 2015 – Vancouver’s Jewish Arts and Culture Fest

Things To Do In Vancouver This Weekend

Things To Do In Vancouver This Weekend

Happy Valentine’s Day weekend!  Take your loved ones out and about everywhere this weekend; there’s something for everyone of all ages!  Read on for our top picks for things to do in Vancouver this Friday through Sunday…
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Things To Do In Vancouver This Weekend

5 Can’t-Miss Events at Talking Stick 2015 – Vancouver’s Aboriginal Culture Fest

Throat singer Tanya Tagaq

Throat singer Tanya Tagaq

One of Canada’s biggest celebrations of Aboriginal music, art and theatre is coming to Vancouver.

The 14th Talking Stick Festival is on Feb. 17-March 1. Dozens of events and performances throughout the city highlight everything from traditional dancing and drumming to contemporary spoken word and multimedia performances.

Here’s a look at 5 can’t-miss events at the 2015 Talking Stick Festival in Vancouver:

Throat singing on Commercial DriveThroat singing is a unique Inuit tradition which combines low growling and husky chanting.  It’s absolutely mesmerizing and you can catch the undisputed star of throat singing, Tanya Tagaq, doing a solo performance at Talking Stick. Tagaq’s recent hit album, Animism, was named the second best Canadian album of the year by the CBC. York Theatre; Feb. 28; $35 Continue reading:
5 Can’t-Miss Events at Talking Stick 2015 – Vancouver’s Aboriginal Culture Fest