Screening this Wednesday, Amber Tamblyn’s Paint It Black has a Vancouver connection

Alia Shawkat (Arrested Development) stars in Paint it Black, the directorial debut from Amber Tamblyn.

Paint It Black, the directorial debut from Amber Tamblyn, makes its Canadian premiere this Wednesday (June 7) in Vancouver, at the Rio Theatre. Vancouver’s an apt choice for the premiere, since the movie has a local connection – one scene includes a performance by members of Vancouver punk rock band White Lung (since one of the members couldn’t make the shoot the musicians are listed individually in the credits).

Set in Los Angeles, Paint It Black is based on the novel of the same name by Janet Fitch (White Oleander). In its review, the Hollywood Reporter says that the movie “probes the experience of grief in a subjective, intuitive manner, and it achieves remarkable intensity in exploring this theme. The narrative dislocations convey the disorientation that can trail a sudden, senseless death… Tamblyn demonstrates impressive command of the camera in her feature debut. Mac McCaughan’s haunting, dissonant score enhances the film’s impact.”

We talked to Tamblyn, an actor, former child star and published poet (Dark Sparkler is her most recent collection), about her film. Following the screening at the Rio, the director will also take part in a Skype Q-and-A, moderated by Neil LaBute.

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Screening this Wednesday, Amber Tamblyn’s Paint It Black has a Vancouver connection

Don’t Miss the Last Installment of Reverb, a Queer Reading Series in Vancouver

By Casey Stepaniuk

This is a bittersweet post for me to write, as it’s about the last installment of one of my absolute favourite Vancouver events. Reverb is a queer reading series that has been running for 4 ½ years and this spring’s event is their final one! Hosted and curated by two local queer writers Leah Horlick and Esther McPhee, Reverb is obviously a labour of love. In its own words, Reverb is “an anti-oppressive, reading series for queer writers on unceded Musqueam, Squamish, and Tsleil-Waututh land in Vancouver.” Over the years Reverb has featured a plethora of amazing local and visiting writers, some emerging and others well-established, such as Listen Chen, Amber Dawn, Daniel Heath Justice, RJ Edwards, Hasan Namir, Cecily Nicholson, Vivek Shraya, Jen Sung, Hiromi Goto, Pragya Esh, Lucas Crawford, Antonette Rea, Christina Cooke, Larissa Lai, and SO MANY MORE.

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Don’t Miss the Last Installment of Reverb, a Queer Reading Series in Vancouver

Things to Do in Vancouver this Weekend: June 1, 2017

Happy June! It’s heating up outside, the parks are filling with sun loungers and there’s long line-ups at the best ice cream spots; summer in Vancouver has begun! To complement the long warm days this weekend, Bard on the Beach’s tents are up and the shows are on; Craft Beer Week’s festival is on at Playland; the Children’s Festival is on Granville Island; Music Waste is filling up venues with music, art and comedy; and to finish there’s a food truck festival on Sunday.


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Things to Do in Vancouver this Weekend: June 1, 2017

Public Health Forum in Vancouver: 5 Reasons You Should Care About Your Pelvic Floor

Last year’s public forum in Cape Town

Oh sure, you could make lots of tongue-in-cheek jokes about how exciting pelvic floor disorders are, but if you or someone you care for has one, you know it’s no laughing matter. One in three women will deal with a pelvic floor disorder such as incontinence, painful sex or vaginal prolapse over the course of her life. From June 20 – 24, Vancouver will welcome the 42nd Annual Meeting of the International Urogynecological Association (IUGA), bringing to the city more than 1,500 attendees who specialize in the fields of pelvic pain and female pelvic floor disorders.

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Public Health Forum in Vancouver: 5 Reasons You Should Care About Your Pelvic Floor

Vancouver Welcomes Back Italian Day on the Drive, June 11! (Free Giveaway!)

Looking for the biggest celebration of Italian culture west of the Mediterranean? Italian Day returns to Commercial Drive for it’s 8th year to celebrate Italian culture, community and heritage.

Commercial Drive will transform into a festive, 14-block celebration zone, filled with over 200 exciting merchants, food vendors, live entertainment and more. Last year’s festival saw Italian Day on The Drive take the top spot as the largest one-day cultural street festival in Vancouver, and 2017 is expected to be no different.

This year’s Italian Day theme is Amore, and will attract enthusiastic attendees, no matter what age or culture, with its universal message – love.

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Vancouver Welcomes Back Italian Day on the Drive, June 11! (Free Giveaway!)

Celebrate Global Wellness Day with Four Seasons Hotel Vancouver, June 5 – 10

photo: Nelson Mouellic

Inspired by the belief that “one day can change your whole life,” Four Seasons Hotel Vancouver invites locals and Hotel guests to connect with their mind, body and soul with a week full of health and wellness activities all in support of Global Wellness Day.  The Hotel has partnered with Vancouver’s most in-demand wellness leaders to create an engaging line up of cutting edge fitness and wellness experiences for locals and guests.

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Celebrate Global Wellness Day with Four Seasons Hotel Vancouver, June 5 – 10

The Fair at the PNE Unveils Their 2017 Line Up!

photo: Dan Rickard / Flickr

The Pacific National Exhibition (PNE) has unveiled its line-up for the 2017 Fair at the PNE, British Columbia’s most iconic event and beloved tradition for thousands of families from across the province. Featuring special shows to celebrate Canada 150th birthday, internationally acclaimed musical acts, entertainment, rides and food, this year’s Fair at the PNE is looking to be the most exciting yet.

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The Fair at the PNE Unveils Their 2017 Line Up!