Pick of the Fringe 2014 announced

Roller Derby Saved My Soul is one of this year's Picks of the Fringe.

Roller Derby Saved My Soul is one of this year’s Picks of the Fringe.

Sorry you missed this year’s Fringe Festival? Or just didn’t get enough of one of Vancouver’s premiere theatre events? Not to worry, friends. As in years past, some of the best of the many plays, playlets, musicals and assorted other theatrical productions from this year’s Fringe will have another kick at the can. The Public Market Pick of the Fringe runs at Performance Works (1412 Cartwright St. on Granville Island) from Sept. 17-21. Here’s what’s coming back (based on box-office popularity).

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Pick of the Fringe 2014 announced

2014 Vancouver Writers Festival guests announced

Joshua Ferris, author of To Rise Again at a Decent Hour, is one of this year's guests at the Vancouver Writers' Festival.

Joshua Ferris, author of To Rise Again at a Decent Hour, is one of this year’s guests at the Vancouver Writers’ Festival.

The lineup for this year’s Vancouver Writers Festival (Oct 21-26 at various locations on Granville Island) has been announced. As usual, there’s a handful of heavy-hitters among the usual roster of Canadian nonfiction, crime and kids’ lit authors. Here are some highlights.

Emma Donoghue – Now living in Ontario, Donoghue is an Irish writer who gained traction for her suspenseful 2010 novel Room. Her historical fiction includes her latest, Frog Music.

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2014 Vancouver Writers Festival guests announced

7-Storey Graffiti Mural Coming to Vancouver’s Granville Island

Photo sourced from Vancouver Biennale

Photo sourced from Vancouver Biennale

If you’ve been on False Creek lately, they’re hard to miss.

Those giant concrete silos on Granville Island – the ones that tower 70 feet above the water at the Ocean Concrete plant – have gotten a dramatic facelift.  They’ve been painted a rainbow of reds, yellows, pinks, blues and greens as part of one of the largest public art projects the city has ever seen.

World-renowned street artists Osgemeos are using the silos as a 23,500-square-foot canvas for their latest work.  It’s all part of this year’s Vancouver Biennale, the outdoor sculpture and art exhibition that sees dozens of monumental works of art installed on the street, parks and buildings of Metro Vancouver.

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7-Storey Graffiti Mural Coming to Vancouver’s Granville Island

Thailand in Vancouver

Photo from the Maenam website

Photo from the Maenam website

A flight from Vancouver, British Columbia to Bangkok, Thailand is roughly 16 hours, not including the commute to and from the airport, check-in process and potential flight delays. Add to that a solid day or two of jetlag on either side, and you’ve got an enormous travel commitment.

While the mangosteen fruit may not be quite as fresh in Vancouver as they are in Bangkok, it’s possible to experience an authentic taste of Thailand without doing big damage to your credit card, and with the added bonus of sleeping in your own bed. Continue reading:
Thailand in Vancouver

Vancouver TheatreSports™ League’s TripImproviser has been extended until September 27

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Vancouver TheatreSports™ League (VTSL) new summer show, TripImproviser, has been extended until September 27. Inspired by suggestions from the audience and TripAdvisor reviews, the new show parodies travel experiences. From city to jungle, bungee jumping to bird watching, the possibilities are endless because it’s completely improvised and totally unpredictable.

Each night, a host interviews audience members to ask where they’re from or to share memorable travel experiences. In addition, the host may search TripAdvisor for inspiration. VTSL’s Mainstage Ensemble re-enacts the action onstage through scenes, songs and montages.

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Vancouver TheatreSports™ League’s TripImproviser has been extended until September 27