Star Wars burlesque returns

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Photo courtesy Zemekiss Photography.

A popular burlesque take-off on one of pop culture’s most enduring franchises returns for a run this July.

A Nude Hope is a tribute to Star Wars featuring Luke Skywalker and company in a way you’ve never seen them. From a Death Star dance to a roller-derbying R2D2 and a biker chick Chewbacca, the production entertains with a show that has been described as “Star Wars meets Moulin Rouge and the Muppet Show.” A Nude Hope, which premiered at the Rio Theatre in East Vancouver two years ago, is coming back for an 11 performance run at Granville Island’s Waterfront Theatre July 8 – 19.

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Star Wars burlesque returns

Hundreds of Free Concerts Announced for the 2015 TD Vancouver International Jazz Fest

Photo credit: TD Vancouver International Jazz Festival

Photo credit: TD Vancouver International Jazz Festival

The biggest music series of the summer is coming to Vancouver this June. And hundreds of concerts are completely free.

Nearly half a million music lovers are expected to turn out for two solid weeks of jazz, blues, world music and more as part of the TD Vancouver International Jazz Festival, June 18-July 1. Now in its 30th year, the festival is bringing a host of headliners to the city, including hip-hop legends The Roots, blues guitar icon Buddy Guy, jazz fusion pioneer Stanley Clarke and vocal powerhouse Lisa Fischer.

But in addition to ticketed performances, the festival also offers fans literally hundreds of free concerts throughout the city. Here’s a quick preview of when and where to catch just some of the free shows: Continue reading:
Hundreds of Free Concerts Announced for the 2015 TD Vancouver International Jazz Fest

Things To Do In Vancouver This Weekend

Things To Do In Vancouver This Weekend

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Happy Chinese and Lunar New Year!  Don’t miss out on the celebrations and festivals around Metro Vancouver this weekend.  Read on for our top picks for things to do in Vancouver this Friday through Sunday…
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Things To Do In Vancouver This Weekend

Winterruption Festival to Take Over Granville Island with Art, Music, and Donuts!

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While Vancouver hasn’t really been having much of a “winter” per say, the Granville Island Winterruption Festival is a great excuse to party in the middle of February. Plus, with the forecast looking sunny and cold for the next few days, it’s the perfect weekend for an outdoor festival full of colourful art, music and dance!

For a decade now, Vancouver has been celebrating Winterruption on Granville Island. This truly unique Vancouver winter festival allows Vancouverites and visitors alike to take a break from the gold, grey winter for a burst of fun! From February 19th until the 22nd, the Winterruption festival will be taking over Granville Island food, music, film, arts & poetry, kids stuff, and lots of music.

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Winterruption Festival to Take Over Granville Island with Art, Music, and Donuts!

Where to celebrate Black History Month in Vancouver

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Image from Through a Lens Darkly, screening at Vancity Theatre in honour of Black History Month.

 

February is Black History Month. Recognized in the U.S. and, more recently, the U.K. and Canada, it’s a month-long celebration of contributions to history and culture by citizens of African and Caribbean descent.

The movie Selma, nominated for an Academy Award for Best Picture, dramatizes the historic civil rights march from Selma to Montgomery, Alabama, in 1965. It’s in theatres now. But, though Vancouver has a relatively small black population (only one per cent, according to citystats.ca), a number of arts organizations are honouring the event with special productions, performances and screenings.

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Where to celebrate Black History Month in Vancouver