Here comes the funny: some highlights of this year’s upcoming JFL NorthWest comedy festival

Nikki Glaser performs at this year’s JFL NorthWest.

The JFL NorthWest Comedy Festival is right around the corner. Some shows are sold-out, but there are still tickets left for some of the biggest names in comedy appearing in Vancouver March 1-10.

This is the comedy festival’s third year in Vancouver. Last year saw over 30,000 comedy fans coming out to see 100 professional laugh-getters at 25 venues in the Lower Mainland.

This year, some of the bigger shows include Bill Burr (tickets still left for the famously acerbic comic’s March 7 show at the Orpheum Theatre, 601 Smithe St.), Jo Koy (two shows March 7 at the Queen Elizabeth Theatre, 630 Hamilton St.), Maria Bamford (March 3 at the Vogue Theatre, 918 Granville St.), Brian Regan (March 5 at the Vogue), Mike Birbiglia (two shows, March 9 at the Vogue), and former SNL cast member/impressionist Jay Pharoah (March 10 at the Vogue).

Along with the theatre shows, the festival is hosting several showcases and comedy sets at smaller clubs and venues. Here’s a brief run-down of some of the comics, podcast hosts and special events coming to JFL NorthWest 2018.

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Here comes the funny: some highlights of this year’s upcoming JFL NorthWest comedy festival

Vancouver, Russian, and Arctic Circle filmmakers featured at this year’s Women in Film festival

A scene from Porcupine Lake, one of the films at this year’s Vancouver International Women in Film Festival.

Adolescent growing pains, military conscription and small-town redemption are among the subjects in films at this year’s Vancouver International Women in Film Festival.

A co-presentation of Women in Film and Television and the VIFF Vancity Theatre, the 13th annual edition runs March 6 to 11. Celebrating the best of cinema created by women. the festival als features  film panels, master classes, guest filmmakers, artist talks, pitch sessions, receptions, and an awards gala. All screenings take place at Vancity Theatre (1181 Seymour St.).

See below for some of the highlights of the festival.

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Vancouver, Russian, and Arctic Circle filmmakers featured at this year’s Women in Film festival

Eventually – When Art and Nature Intersect

Mosquito Creek Trail, North Vancouver Photo: Rob Weiss

When art and nature intersect, the result is almost always thought-provoking and inspiring. Recently, while hiking along North Vancouver’s Mosquito Creek Trail, I stumbled upon Adam Kuby’s Earthwork sculpture. From a distance, near a little footbridge, slabs of granite dominated the landscape. They appeared out of place. Curious, I approached the rock wondering why such large blocks would be located in such a prominent place on the trail. Fascinated, I discovered this installation was one of three pieces, a triptych, situated on the North Shore.

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Eventually – When Art and Nature Intersect

Filming in Vancouver: Charmed, Herbie the Love Bug, Van Helsing, and more

The original Charmed TV series ran from 1998 to 2006—but a new version is being filmed.

This week’s roundup of what’s shooting in Vancouver is all about TV series—including two entries that are new takes on previously popular shows.

There’s also a new sci-fi series about pizza workers who become alien hunters, a British period drama about codebreakers who become detectives, and a vampire fighter returns.

All of these shows feature female lead characters—except for one that also features a car as a lead character. And why not?

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Filming in Vancouver: Charmed, Herbie the Love Bug, Van Helsing, and more

Ocean Wise Launches New Podcast About Ocean Champions

There are tons of amazing people out there who are doing cool, out-of-the-box things to protect the environment. Many of them call Vancouver home, but there’s also a whole world out there of equally inspiring names.

Enter My Ocean, a new podcast from Ocean Wise.  My Ocean takes listeners into the minds and journeys of some of the world’s true ocean champions and dives in to the remarkable ways they are protecting our blue planet. Each episode profiles a new leader, someone who has thrown convention in the wind and instead followed their own path to making a difference for the world’s oceans.

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Ocean Wise Launches New Podcast About Ocean Champions

Things to Do in Vancouver this Weekend: Feb. 15, 2018

This weekend we are ringing in the Lunar New Year! To celebrate I suggest you pet a lot of dogs (because it’s the Year of the Dog, and also because dogs are fun to pet), watch some colourful lion dances, and wander through some lanterns to light your way toward spring. During all the New Year festivities, you have the opportunity to widen your cultural exploration even further with Aboriginal and Jewish performing arts  – the Talking Stick Festival and Chutzpah! will set you up and inspire you.

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Things to Do in Vancouver this Weekend: Feb. 15, 2018

Vancouver International Dance Festival Presents Three Weeks of International and Local Performances

Goh Ballet: Photo of Vlademir Pereira submitted by Goh Ballet

“Dance as a primal human instinct transcends language, cultural norms, and international borders. It has the potential to communicate any aspect of the human experience,” says Barbara Bourget, co-producer of Vancouver International Dance Festival (VIDF).

This ability of dance to express universal emotions and experiences will be celebrated for three glorious weeks from March 1 to March 24, 2018 in the performances, activities, and workshops of VIDF.

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Vancouver International Dance Festival Presents Three Weeks of International and Local Performances