Filming in Vancouver: Stars align for 2017 Vancouver International Film Festival

Vancouver Mayor Gregor Robertson and Vancouver International Film Festival executive director Jacqueline Dupuis helped open the 36th edition of VIFF.

As with previous years, the Vancouver International Film Festival has brought a bevy of filmmakers and stars to the city, to converge upon a cinematic smorgasbord.

The whole shebang kicked off back on September 28 with a spotlight on truly homegrown project.

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Filming in Vancouver: Stars align for 2017 Vancouver International Film Festival

Beware the temptation of adults-only New Zealand circus troupe’s Goblin Market

Goblin Market. Jen Rault photo.

“Spectacular, magnificent and breathtaking are a few of the words that describe contemporary circus show The Goblin Market,” according to stuff.co.nz.

The Goblin Market is a recent production from New Zealand circus performance troupe The Dust Palace. The show is inspired by Christina Rossetti’s poem about two sisters, one of whom is tempted by the goblin merchants who sell fruit by the stream from which they draw their water. Needless to say, no good comes when the sister exchanges a lock of her hair for a piece of fruit.

In The Dust Palace palace version, three performers (Eve Gordon, Rochelle Mangan, and Edward Clendon) interpret the story’s dark, sensuous elements with acrobatic feats, nudity and sexual scenes. The adults-only circus production is sure to spice up this fall’s Vancouver  arts lineup.

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Beware the temptation of adults-only New Zealand circus troupe’s Goblin Market

Take a cider break with the first Sizzler of the summer this Saturday

Has the craft beer revolution left you feeling out of the loop? Tired of trying to distinguish a citra hop from a centennial?

East Vancouver’s Sunday Cider offers an alternative to the craft beer revolution that’s overtaken the city. Since 2015, Sunday Cider has been making cider out of B.C. apples, offering seasonal growler fills.

The seasonal operation has been closed for the last seven months. But it’s marking its reopening this Saturday, with the first of four outdoor events called Summer Sizzlers.

The Summer Sizzler is a free outdoor party at the cidery’s location (1575 Vernon Dr.). The first is this Saturday, June 3, from 1-7 p.m. Sunday Cider will be pouring a couple of old favourites and a couple of new ciders.

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Take a cider break with the first Sizzler of the summer this Saturday

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

South American-themed East Vancouver brewery opens just in time to fight the winter blahs

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You can’t miss Andina, located near Powell Street Craft and Callister Brewing. Shawn Conner photo.

East Vancouver just got a little yeastier.

The neighbourhood is already craft beer central, with local breweries like Strange Fellows, Storm, Bomber, Off the Rail, Luppolo, and Parallel 49 bringing beer enthusiasts to the area. Andina Brewing Company (pronounced “an-DEEN-a”) is the latest addition, and has opened up just a hops skip and jump from three other breweries – Callister, Powell Street Craft and Doan Brewing. The twist: Andina adds South American style, flair and flavours.

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South American-themed East Vancouver brewery opens just in time to fight the winter blahs

‘Nerdlesque’ troupe takes on the (Un)Caped Crusader!

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Trixie Hobbitses plays one of Batman’s archnemeses, Poison Ivy.

Just about anything goes when it comes to the Geekenders, a group of Vancouverites who have spun the local burlesque scene on its ear.

A typical – if there is such a thing – Geekenders extravaganza melds musical theatre, silly plots, burlesque dancing, and cheeky satire. The latter is usually inspired by science fiction movies, video games, cartoon characters, and/or comic book heroes. So it was probably only a matter of time before the company took on the Dark Knight himself, Batman.

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‘Nerdlesque’ troupe takes on the (Un)Caped Crusader!

Beer, Italian-style as Luppolo Brewing Company opens in East Vancouver

Luppolo Brewing, Vancouver. Shawn Conner photo.

A happy camper at Luppolo Brewing, Nov. 5 2016. Shawn Conner photo.

In April, we wrote about the Hop Circuit, a guided beer-tasting tour of East Vancouver craft breweries. At the time, three new establishments that were on the circuit were still in the planning stages. On Oct. 28, one of those breweries opened its doors.

An Italian-themed craft brewery, Luppolo (1123 Venables St.) is already attracting beer aficionados. On a recent Saturday, we arrived at 3 p.m. – at opening time – along with a few others. By 3:30, the tasting room – with a capacity of 50 or 60 (we’re guessing) – was full.

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Beer, Italian-style as Luppolo Brewing Company opens in East Vancouver