Go Below Ground in Vancouver to Experience Wet, a Play about the Aftermath of War

Photo Credit: Matt Reznek

Imagine finding yourself with twenty-seven other audience members below ground, in the midst of the Afghanistan War. Then, after a space of time, you find yourself in a basement suite, trapped in the emotional intensity of what you experienced in battle.

This theatrical immersion is part of ITSAZOO Productions’ upcoming mounting of the Western Canadian premiere of David James Brock’s play Wet. The production is a thoughtful and raw look at a subject that is often not spoken of openly: the traumatic effects of returning from military service for both those who were in combat, as well as their loved ones back home.

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Go Below Ground in Vancouver to Experience Wet, a Play about the Aftermath of War

Free concert alert! Dillon Francis in Vancouver this Friday (April 20)!

Dillon Francis at Fvded in the Park, Surrey, July 7 2017. Jason Martin photo for thesnipenews.com.

EDM sensation Dillon Francis headlines a free concert tomorrow (Friday) April 20 at Harbour Event Centre (760 Pacific Blvd). Others on the bill include Dzeko and Daijo.

The concert kicks off the Illumination concert series, a nation-wide series of free shows that will bring 20 artists to Canadian cities this summer.

Find out more about Friday’s show below, including some fun facts about Francis.

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Free concert alert! Dillon Francis in Vancouver this Friday (April 20)!

Things to Do in Vancouver This Weekend: April 19, 2018

Earth Day is this Sunday, and to reflect upon the planet we reside on there are a lot of things to do. Head over to Art! Vancouver to browse how international artists see the world, join trivia night at the Aquarium, or see nature documentaries on the big screen, followed by talks with the filmmakers.

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Things to Do in Vancouver This Weekend: April 19, 2018

The Dogwood Monarchist Society of Vancouver Makes Gender History with First Regent Emprex

Misty Meadows | Photo Courtesy of Chris Reed/ Continental Breakfast

By Kendell Yan

If you haven’t heard of the Dogwood Monarchist Society, you’re in for a treat of learnings. It’s a celebration of community, an outpouring of charity, and has the dress, drapery, glamour, and formal protocol of a monarchy.

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The Dogwood Monarchist Society of Vancouver Makes Gender History with First Regent Emprex

Actors and egos compete for The Money Shot

Michael Patrick Denis, Kate Issac, Lara Amelie Abadir and Vivian Tang star in a new local production of Neil LaBute’s The Money Shot.

Neil LaBute is known for making audiences uncomfortable. In films and plays like In the Company of Men and Reasons to Be Pretty, he illuminates sexual and social mores that most of us like to ignore. Recently, we’ve seen another side of the writer/director—as a co-creator of the SyFy series Van Helsing.

For a taste of the theatrical LaBute, audiences can catch a new local production of his 2014 play The Money Shot. According to a Variety review, the play is “an acid-tongued showbiz satire.” The review also notes that “This is a somewhat kinder, gentler LaBute piece, in which cruelty takes a backseat to a kind of blithe, self-absorbed cluelessness.”

Billed as LaBute’s first outright comedy, the play is based on his adventures in Hollywood. In it, Karen and Steve—two glamorous movie stars who are no longer box-office draws—take a stab at making another hit, this time with a hot-shot European director. But the night before filming a big scene, Karen, her partner Bev, Steve, and his aspiring actress wife Missy meet to discuss the film, a meeting that results in exposed egos and more.

We talked to director David C. Jones talks about the play, which runs May 2-6 at Studio 1398 (1398 Cartwight Street) on Granville Island. Ticket info below.

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Actors and egos compete for The Money Shot

BMO Vancouver Marathon & Expo and 5 Other Health & Wellness Events to Attend in May 2018

BMO Vancouver Marathon | Credit: Chris Morris

Whether you’re coming to Vancouver to kick off marathon season at the BMO Vancouver Marathon on May 6 or just wanting to find more ways to stay healthy and active while visiting the city, Vancouver has many healthy lifestyle events happening throughout the month of May!

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BMO Vancouver Marathon & Expo and 5 Other Health & Wellness Events to Attend in May 2018

Earth Day Celebration includes Community Parade and Festival on Commercial Drive

earth day parade 2018

Image courtesy of Earth Day Parade Facebook page

On Saturday, April 21, 2018, Commercial Drive is hosting its annual Earth Day Parade. Celebrated by more than a billion people each year, Earth Day was first introduced in 1970 as a way to demonstrate support for environmental protection.

While Earth Day officially falls on Sunday, April 22, 2018, the Vancouver Earth Day Parade will be held on Saturday. A tradition since 2011, the parade was first initiated by a local high school’s climate justice group. The event has attracted international attention and was even featured in an online article that listed the “17 Cities around the world that do Earth Day Right”.

The Earth Day Parade is a fun, family-friendly tradition that encourages everyone to come together to celebrate the planet.

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Earth Day Celebration includes Community Parade and Festival on Commercial Drive