Designer gives a classic a fashion-forward new look for the Vancouver Opera Festival

Caitlin Wood stars in Vancouver Opera’s The Marriage of Figaro, featuring costumes by Toronto-based designer Sid Neigum. Emily Cooper Photography.

As part of the Vancouver Opera Festival (April 28-May 13), organizers have recruited a hot young Canadian fashion designer to do the costumes for The Marriage of Figaro.

Originally from central Alberta, Sid Neigum studied fashion in Edmonton and New York before settling in Toronto after winning the Toronto Fashion Incubator’s New Labels Award. He has also won the 2014 Mercedes-Benz Start Up Award and the 2015 Swarovski Emerging Talent Award at the Canadian Arts and Fashion Awards. His work has appeared in Vogue, Vogue Italia, Women’s Wear Daily, Fashion Magazine, and Elle Magazine. Coco Rocha, Jennifer Aniston, Jada Pinkett Smith, Stacey McKenzie, MTV’s Jessi Cruickshank, and Kim Cattrall are among the celebrities who have worn his clothes.

We chatted with Neigum about growing up in Alberta, working with Vancouver Opera on The Marriage of Figaro, and how the collaboration might affect his future work.

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Designer gives a classic a fashion-forward new look for the Vancouver Opera Festival

Ute Lemper brings Last Tango in Berlin to the Vancouver Opera Festival

Ute Lemper. Steffen Thalemann photo.

One of the special events at this year’s inaugural Vancouver Opera Festival is a performance by Ute Lemper.

The 53-year-old singer, who lives in New York with her family, will perform her show Last Tango in Berlin May 4 at the Orpheum Theatre. With a bar stool, microphone, and trio (piano, bandonen, and bass), the multilingual song stylist delves into cabaret ballads by Kurt Weill and Bertolt Brecht, chansons by Jacques Brel and Edith Piaf, tangos by Argentine composer Astor Piazzolla, and other songs cherry-picked from her other current repertoires.

Reviewing the show in the New York Times, Stephen Holden described a 2013 performance as “a stream of consciousness in several languages, mostly German, French and English, in which Ms. Lemper interweaves songs, song fragments, personal reminiscences and social commentary into an impressionistic historical tapestry. Wearing a gleaming black cocktail dress, her eyes narrowed to slits, her sleek blonde head thrown back, she embodies the Marlene Dietrich archetype of a forbidding continental temptress who has seen it all.”

Here’s a partial transcription of our interview with the divine Ms. L.

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Ute Lemper brings Last Tango in Berlin to the Vancouver Opera Festival

Learn How to Tune-Up at Vancouver Bike Co-ops’ Queer, Trans, and Women’s Nights

By Casey Stepaniuk

It’s that time of year again, Vancouverites: spring! One of my favourite things about spring is getting outside on my bike again. I know some of us are hard-core bikers that cycle right through the long rainy winter—and this year, a surprising amount of snow—but I consider myself more of a fair weather biker and usually don’t get my bike outside until the sun is shining more often and the temperature warms up a bit.

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Learn How to Tune-Up at Vancouver Bike Co-ops’ Queer, Trans, and Women’s Nights

Things to Do in Vancouver this Weekend: April 20, 2017

It’s your last chance to check out the Cherry Blossom Festival events and to hit the winter farmers market before the summer ones begin! This weekend see new, inventive, and contemporary dance – both on stage with Tunnel and on ice with Vertical Influences. It’s also a weekend of craft – with two markets for craft items and one for craft wine.

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Things to Do in Vancouver this Weekend: April 20, 2017

Mermaids, falcons and Link Wray – six picks at this year’s DOXA

DOXA Documentary Film Festival 2017

Vancouver: No Fixed Address looks at Vancouver’s volatile housing market.

It’s DOXA time again, meaning that you can get your fill of nutritious and delicious documentaries in a ten-day feast. This year, the DOXA Documentary Film Festival runs May 4-14 and features 87 films, including two world premieres (For Dear Life and Butterfly).

Special programming includes a retrospective of seven rarely screened works by Chris Marker. Long considered the inventor of the film essay, Marker is a master of editing and narration. La Jetée/The Jetty, which is probably his most famous work, ranked third in Sight & Sound’s poll of the greatest documentaries ever made.

Here are six other docs we think might be worth checking out.

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Mermaids, falcons and Link Wray – six picks at this year’s DOXA

Red Truck Brewing announces summer 2017 concert series

Soul man Lee Fields and Australian electronica act Cut/Copy are two of the headliners that Red Truck Brewing (295 E. 1st Ave.) has scored for its 2017 summer concert series.

For the third year in a row, the East Van brewery is turning its parking lot into a concert ground. The Red Truck Brewery Concert Series features two stages, a main stage and a smaller stage. The series is comprised of three concerts of six acts each. Here’s a look at each show.

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Red Truck Brewing announces summer 2017 concert series

Where to Watch TED Talks 2017 in Vancouver for Free (or Cheap)

TED Talks Vancouver 2017

Photo credit: TEDx Vancouver | Wikipedia

The TED Talks Conference event is known around the world as an enlightening speaking series that has featured some of the most recognizable names in society. The next TED Talks Conference is taking place from April 24 – 27, 2017 at the Vancouver Convention Centre. However, tickets to the event can be a little mind-blowing for the average person at $2,000 – $6,000 a seat (plus they’ve sold out already).

So, how can someone on a budget get to experience TED2017 in Vancouver? Luckily, there are a few options for those who want to watch this year’s speakers, the likes of which include Serena Williams and Elon Musk.

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Where to Watch TED Talks 2017 in Vancouver for Free (or Cheap)

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