Australia’s Hot Brown Honey headlines Femme January

One of the hits of the Edinburgh Fringe Festival is coming to Vancouver.

Hot Brown Honey has had two successful runs at the standard-bearing Fringe, including an award for 2016 Total Theatre Award for Innovation. Originally scheduled for just two weeks, presenters the Vancouver East Cultural Centre has added a week of shows. It now runs Jan 9-27, at the York Theatre (639 Commercial Dr.).

In addition, the Cultch is billing Hot Brown Honey as part of a month of programming. Femme January, as its called, includes a couple of other shows.

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Australia’s Hot Brown Honey headlines Femme January

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

Where to see A Christmas Carol in Vancouver this holiday season

Russell Roberts plays Scrooge in Gateway Theatre’s version of the classic. David Cooper photo.

It’s beginning to look a lot like a lot of A Christmas Carols…

In fact it might be easier to see a stage version of the Charles Dickens novel than to avoid one this holiday season. With no fewer than three different productions on Vancouver stages, A Christmas Carol is taking over local theatre in a big way. So, if you love the seasonal favourite, here’s your chance to get your Scrooge on.

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Where to see A Christmas Carol in Vancouver this holiday season

Award-winning local production of Russian classic returns for seasonal run

Alessandro Juliani in the 2017 production of Onegin. David Cooper photo.

After premiering in Vancouver in 2016, Onegin won a ten Jessie Richardson Theatre awards. This makes it the first production to win all but one of the awards in the large theatre category.

So it makes sense that the Arts Club would bring back the wildly successful production, and just in time for the holidays. The company’s remount of Onegin is on now at the Granville Island Stage, where it runs until Dec. 31. If you missed out the first time, now is the chance to see the funny, entertaining and heartbreaking musical.

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Award-winning local production of Russian classic returns for seasonal run

Things to Do in Vancouver This Weekend: November 9, 2017

This weekend in Vancouver, an exhibit of Salish weaving has opened up, Fuse is conjuring magic at the Art Gallery, interesting Vancouverites will be sharing their stories, the holiday season’s first major craft market is on, and there will be abundant cosplay going on at the Convention Centre.

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Things to Do in Vancouver This Weekend: November 9, 2017

Edgar Allen Improv? Nevermore! Plus: songs from orcas and an immersive haunted house.

Publicity image for Dark Matter.

With Halloween just over a week away, thrift stores are filled with last-minute revellers. Along with the panic of finding a costume, there’s also the question of how best to spend these days (and nights) leading up to the event.

If you think there should be more to Halloween than Rosemary’s Baby and a dark pumpkin ale, here are a few ideas—including whale sounds near a cemetery, an immersive haunted house, and Edgar Allen Poe (or a reasonable facsimile) improvising poems.

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Edgar Allen Improv? Nevermore! Plus: songs from orcas and an immersive haunted house.

Historic West End hotel gets its time in the spotlight with two new one-act musical plays

Two new one-act musical plays look at that most historic of Vancouver hotels, the Sylvia.

In the heart of the West End’s English Bay neighbourhood, the Sylvia was built in 1912. In 1954, it opened Vancouver’s first cocktail bar, the Tilting Room; until 1958, it was the tallest building in the West End. The Sylvia Hotel cat, Mr. Got To Go, inspired three popular children’s books.

Two Views from the Sylvia is the title for the evening of the two musical one-acts. They run Nov. 8-12 at the Waterfront Theatre on Granville Island (and not, unfortunately, at the Sylvia itself. Then again, parking would be a nightmare).

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Historic West End hotel gets its time in the spotlight with two new one-act musical plays