18th Annual Chutzpah! Festival lineup announced

Michele Merola’s MM Contemporary Dance performs at this year’s Chutzpah! Festival. Enrico Morelli photo.

Tickets go on sale today (Dec. 13) for the 18th Annual Chutzpah! Festival. Organizers have also announced the lineup for the festival, aka the Lisa Nemetz International Jewish Performing Arts Festival. The arts festival takes place Feb. 15-March 15 2018 at various venues, including the Norman Rothstein Theatre, Scotiabank Dance Centre, Rickshaw Theatre, and Fox Cabaret.

One of the highlights of the annual event is its Dance Series. This year’s Chutzpah! features some of the most sought-after contemporary choreographers in the world, along with theatre, comedy and music. Here are some highlights.

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18th Annual Chutzpah! Festival lineup announced

Discount tickets still available for the 2018 Vancouver International Wine Festival

Thinking about going to the 2018 Vancouver International Wine Festival? There’s no better time to make plans than right now.

Discounts for the International Festival Tasting, the Delta Air Lines Tasting Lounge and the Gold Pass are available until Dec. 15, or while supplies last. For more details on these events, see below. Tickets for other events, including dinners and seminars, go on sale Jan. 10. Hotel packages, which include a ticket to the International Tasting, go on sale in early January.

Here’s a brief look the festival, which takes place Feb. 24-March 4.

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Discount tickets still available for the 2018 Vancouver International Wine Festival

Second Jo Koy show added to JFL NorthWest lineup

Jo Koy

(Updated Dec. 12) This just in: JFL NorthWest has announced a second show by Jo Koy.

The festival headliner’s 7 p.m. performance on March 7 is sold out. Due to demand, tickets for a second show, at 9:30 p.m., went on sale earlier today (Dec. 12).

Other headliners include Trevor Noah, Maria Bamford, Brian Regan and Mike Birbiglia. All told, JFL NorthWest is presenting over 90 shows with over 100 comedians at over 30 venues.

In addition, this year’s JFL NorthWest introduces Vancouver to a new comedy film festival. And JFL NorthWest, in association with SiriusXM, highlights the best in local talent with the Best of the West Series.

The festival takes place March 1-10 2018 at various venues, including Queen Elizabeth Theatre, Vogue Theatre, Vancouver Playhouse, Rio Theatre, Biltmore Cabaret, ANNEX Theatre, Fox Cabaret, The Comedy Mix, and Yuk Yuk’s. Tickets, including singles and the new three-day pass, are on sale at jflnorthwest.com.

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Second Jo Koy show added to JFL NorthWest lineup

Bastards dance, Birdman drums, Ghetto Blaster confronts at Vancouver’s 2018 PuSh Festival

An image from Eternal Tides, one performance only at the 2018 PuSh Festival.

Earlier this week, the 2018 PuSh Festival schedule was announced. As always, there’s a plethora of international talent coming to town, presenting shows that range from dance to theatre to movies with live musical accompaniment.

Below are some of our picks for the performing arts festival, which runs Jan 16-Feb. 4 at various venues in downtown Vancouver. (Click on titles to view trailers.) Tickets are on sale now.

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Bastards dance, Birdman drums, Ghetto Blaster confronts at Vancouver’s 2018 PuSh Festival

Innovative West Coast dancers, choreographers at this year’s Dance in Vancouver

Aeriosa. Tim Matheson photo.

The Dance Centre presents the 11th biennial Dance In Vancouver. A showcase of BC’s contemporary dance scene, it takes place Nov. 22-25 at Scotiabank Dance Centre (677 Davie St.).

Organized every two years, the event provides a unique opportunity to experience some of the West Coast’s most innovative and creative contemporary dancers and choreographers.  The 2017 edition features such acclaimed companies as Aeriosa, Co.ERASGA, Inverso, Wen Wei Dance, dumb instrument Dance, Radical System Art, and more.

To get the inside scoop, we talked to Julianne Chapple. A dancer, choreographer, and former artist-in-residence at the Dance Centre, Chapple performs her piece Self Portrait as part of an afternoon program Nov. 25.

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Innovative West Coast dancers, choreographers at this year’s Dance in Vancouver

Shakti your booty! Diwali in BC is all about feminine energy

Inspired by a short story, Encounter blends physical theatre with bold storytelling.

Diwali in BC takes place for five weeks, beginning this Saturday and running until Nov. 16. The festival includes dance, theatre, film and more, with many of the shows celebrating the festival’s theme of feminine power, or shakti. Here are some highlights. (Click on titles for tickets.)

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Shakti your booty! Diwali in BC is all about feminine energy

Toronto’s Bloody Marys, Portland’s Broke Gravy among this year’s Vancouver Improv Festival guests

Toronto’s The Bloody Marys.

Improvised TED Talks, naughty puppets, twisted sci-fi dystopia and more are on the docket of this year’s Vancouver International Improv Festival.

Out-of-town performers include The Future from Philadelphia, Broke Gravy from Portland, Rapid Fire Theatre from Edmonton. Local improv stars such as Hip.Bang! and The Fictionals are also taking part.

All told, the 19th edition of the festival, has 40 performances scheduled during its Oct. 11-14 on Granville Island. Here’s a look at some of the acts.

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Toronto’s Bloody Marys, Portland’s Broke Gravy among this year’s Vancouver Improv Festival guests