Katniss on a hot tin roof—Hunger Games finale gets spoofed in Mockingjay: The Musical

It seems like Katniss is getting on someone’s nerves…

Who doesn’t love a good dystopian sci-fi spoof, especially when it comes wrapped up in pop tunes?

Local company District 13 continues its spoofery of everyone’s favourite never-ending YA dystopian soap opera Hunger Games with Mockingjay: The Musical.

This is the third in the company’s well-received efforts at dressing-down the Suzanne Collins-Katniss Everdeen juggernaut. The show starts this Thursday (Nov. 23) and runs until Saturday at Studio 1398, 1398 Cartwright Street on Granville Island. Get your tickets soon; Saturday’s show is already sold-out.

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Katniss on a hot tin roof—Hunger Games finale gets spoofed in Mockingjay: The Musical

Vancouver in a Day – Flightseeing

When it comes to Vancouver flightseeing, the sky’s literally the limit.

So what’s the best, flight plan for your Vancouver and West Coast travels? Really, it all comes down to personal preference, though here are some pointers to keep in mind.

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Vancouver in a Day – Flightseeing

Give Victoria Day the Royal Treatment in Victoria, May 21

Photo credit: Tourism Victoria

Victoria Day, May 21, is approaching swiftly and where better to do it up than Victoria? Just a few hours away via BC Ferries, and only 30 minutes by plane, Victoria is Vancouver’s simultaneously quirky and elegant island neighbour.

Named after British Monarch Queen Victoria, BC’s capital boasts a massive parade and a number of Brit-themed activities to that allow celebrants to give Victoria Day the royal treatment it deserves.

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Give Victoria Day the Royal Treatment in Victoria, May 21

How to celebrate Black History Month in Vancouver

Joe Fortes instructs local swimmers, circa 1905 (City of Vancouver Archives)

Black History Month has been a February tradition since 1926. In 2012, for the first time in Vancouver history, the City of Vancouver partnered with the Vancouver celebration organizers to host a slew of Black History Month events.

The collaboration is welcome; Vancouver has a rich tapestry of Black history and the more support the celebration receives, the more we’ll learn. Did you know that Seraphim “Joe” Fortes (pictured above) who moved to Vancouver from Barbados became English Bay’s first official lifeguard in 1901?

Find out about Vancouver urban history and Black History Month after the jump. I’ve also listed highlights from the packed schedule of Black History Month events including film, music and performance.
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How to celebrate Black History Month in Vancouver