5 Can’t-Miss Events at Chutzpah! 2015 – Vancouver’s Jewish Arts and Culture Fest

Photo sourced from Chutzpah Festival 2015

Photo sourced from Chutzpah Festival 2015

Chutzpah is a Yiddish word which means, literally, cheekiness or audacity. In popular usage, however, “having chutzpah” means having guts, passion and courage – all things needed to make great art.

Plenty of which will be on offer at the 2015 Chutzpah! Festival in Vancouver, the city’s annual celebration of Jewish arts and culture. From Feb. 19-March 15, dozens of events at venues across the city will showcase incredible musicians, comedians, dancers, actors and more from Vancouver and around the globe.

Here are 5 can’t-miss events at this year’s Chutzpah!:

Get down with Zvuloon Dub SystemStraight from Israel comes one of the world’s hottest reggae bands. Blending Ethiopian jazz, ’70s funk, soul and traditional music, the eight-piece group turns out highly danceable hits in both English and Ethiopia’s Amharic language. Feb. 20 at The Imperial; $30. 

 

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5 Can’t-Miss Events at Chutzpah! 2015 – Vancouver’s Jewish Arts and Culture Fest

Things To Do In Vancouver This Weekend

Things To Do In Vancouver This Weekend

It’s the last weekend before Christmas!  Looking for ideas?  Check out our top picks for things to do in Vancouver this Friday through Sunday!
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Things To Do In Vancouver This Weekend

2015 Dine Out Vancouver Festival Preview

2012_StreetFoodCity1As the weather turns colder in Vancouver, the days get shorter and snow blankets the North Shore Mountains, thoughts naturally turn to … the annual Dine Out Vancouver Festival.

Each winter, 100,000 foodies descend on the city’s restaurants as part of Canada’s largest annual dining celebration. Bargain-priced prix-fix menus, plus a bevy of special food-themed events turn Vancouver into Canada’s culinary capital for more than two weeks each year.

The 2015 festival, Jan. 16-Feb. 1, is still more than a month away.  But tickets for special events, which tend to sell out fast, go on sale Dec. 1. To whet your appetite, here’s a quick preview of the culinary thrills planned for the 2015 Dine Out Vancouver Festival:

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2015 Dine Out Vancouver Festival Preview

Passes on Sale for 2014 Vancouver International Film Fest: Sneak Peek

Charlie's Country

Charlie’s Country

The best of world cinema is coming to Vancouver, again.

The 33rd instalment of the Vancouver International Film Festival is just around the corner, Sept. 25-Oct. 10.  The two-week-plus fest highlights more than 300 edgy, thought-provoking, award-winning films from more than 70 countries.  An estimated 130,000 cinema buffs are expected to turn out to see the films at seven theatres across the city, from intimate Cinematheque on Howe Street to the cavernous Centre for the Performing Arts on Homer Street.

All those moviegoers means one thing: You better get your tickets fast.  Festival passes and ticket packs are officially on sale as of Aug. 18 on the Vancouver International Film Festival website.  The full festival program isn’t available until Sept. 4 (when the advance box office opens for individual ticket sales), but organizers have already revealed a selection of Cannes award winners and highlights that will be shown in Vancouver.  Here are a few early can’t-miss picks: Continue reading:
Passes on Sale for 2014 Vancouver International Film Fest: Sneak Peek

80 films, 11 countries, 11 days: Vancouver’s Biggest Summer Film Fest is Back

DrunktownsFinest-03-thumb-620x322-74813Film 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 FinestProduced 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