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If you like barbecue, chili, live music and outdoor fun in an urban setting, you’ll want to trek over to Gastown Aug. 30 & 31 for the third annual Gastown BBQ & Chili Festival. Over 12 area restaurants and bars will participate in an outdoor cookout during the weekend event, which includes celebrity judges, live music and even a beer stand.
Film buffs in Vancouver are already gearing up for the big Vancouver International Film Festival in late September, which showcases hundreds of films from more than 80 countries. For those who need their cinema fix a little earlier, however, there is another option.
The Vancouver Queer Film Festival runs from Aug. 14-Aug. 24, screening the very best in independent queer cinema: 80 films from 11 countries over 11 days at the city’s top theatres. More than 14,000 people attend every year, making it the second largest film festival in the city.
For powerful filmmaking, original characters and independent points of view, movie lovers need look no further. Here are five picks from the festival:
Drunktown’s Finest: Produced by Robert Redford, this spellbinding film profiles the lives of three Navajo people living on an American reservation. One of the three people is transgender, adding additional challenges to an already hardscrabble life. The film’s director and former Navajo resident Sydney Freeland will be on hand for the screening. Sunday, Aug. 17, at 7 p.m. at Cineplex Odeon International Village Cinemas Continue reading:
80 films, 11 countries, 11 days: Vancouver’s Biggest Summer Film Fest is Back
A Midsummer Night’s Dream is a new exhibit opening at the Ayden Gallery this Friday (Aug 15). The show features work by eight Vancouver artists and illustrators and “is a visual exploration of pleasure,” says curator Pandora Young. “We will be examining aspects of pleasure like, ironically, pain, drive, loss, sensuality, inspiration, and all of us being ladies, femininity.”
Looking for some cheesy good fun?
The Canadian Cheese Rolling Festival is back, this Saturday, Aug. 16. The premise is simple. An 11-pound wheel of Canadian cheese is rolled down a hill near the base Blackcomb Mountain in Whistler. Dozens of competitors – in protective helmets and sometimes ridiculous costumes – chase after it, slipping, tripping and flipping their way down the slope.
Competitive cheese rolling traces its roots to Gloucestershire, England, where aficionados have been chasing cheese wheels down Cooper’s Hill for centuries. The Whistler version got its start in 2008 and has been getting bigger – and wackier – every year. This year’s event includes a $500 gift card for best costume, plus a grand prize of two season ski passes for the winner who nabs the wheel of Courtenay Cheddar. Continue reading:
The Canadian Cheese Rolling Festival Returns, Aug. 14