The Opera with Lap Dances: Carmen Comes to Vancouver

Photo credit: Tim Matheson for Vancouver Opera

Photo credit: Tim Matheson for Vancouver Opera

By now you’ve seen the signs on the sides of buses and the ads in the papers: Carmen – The World’s Sexiest Opera.  The sultry cornerstone of the opera canon – about a torrid affair between a Gypsy siren and a young soldier – is on in Vancouver through Oct. 5 at the Queen Elizabeth Theatre.  But does it live up to all the sexy hype?

Well, yes.  There’s more flesh, writhing and lap dancing in Carmen than in any Vancouver Opera production I can remember.  But that’s just half the story.  For opera newbies, Carmen is entertaining, accessible and – despite clocking in at three hours – surprisingly fast-paced.

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The Opera with Lap Dances: Carmen Comes to Vancouver

20 Craft Breweries + Burlesque Dancers: Beerlesque Comes to Vancouver

Performers at Beerlesque at the Roundhouse Community Centre Aug 19 2011. Photo credit: Robyn Hanson/The Snipe News

Performers at Beerlesque at the Roundhouse Community Centre Aug 19 2011. Photo credit: Robyn Hanson/The Snipe News

Craft beer, food carts and burlesque dancers: It’s a match made in … Vancouver.

Beerlesque IV rolls into town Friday, Oct. 10, as part of Vancouver Craft Beer Week.  Held ins Yaletown’s Roundhouse Centre, the event brings together 20 local breweries and a lineup of the city’s top burlesque dancers.

Because it’s easy to work up an appetite from all that drinking and ogling, a few of Vancouver’s top food carts will also be on hand.  Meanwhile, Blackberry Wood will be rocking the house with their unique brand of country-gypsy-circus music, completing the “adult carnival” atmosphere.

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20 Craft Breweries + Burlesque Dancers: Beerlesque Comes to Vancouver

Best Cheap Sushi in Vancouver 2014? You Make the Call!

Photo credit: tomek strabski | Wikimedia Commons

Photo credit: tomek strabski | Wikimedia Commons

It’s no secret that Vancouver is sushi central.  Literally thousands of restaurants around the city serve up maki, sashimi and other sushi staples.  And, as Vancouverites know, lots of it is dirt cheap compared to other cities around the world.  In fact, it’s hard to walk two blocks without seeing a sandwich board advertising a $5.99 18-piece special (with miso soup).

With so many budget options, it’s hard to know where to start – which is why I’d like your help.  Do you have a favourite cheap sushi joint in Vancouver?  If so, leave a comment below and help out all the hungry, bargain-seeking sushi lovers out there.

But cheap, of course, isn’t everything – especially when it comes to raw fish.  Maybe it’s worth diving a little deeper into what makes a great cheap sushi restaurant. Continue reading:
Best Cheap Sushi in Vancouver 2014? You Make the Call!

New exhibit finds romance in Vancouver city streets

Near and Distant Influences (2013) by David Wilson.

Near and Distant Influences (2013) by David Wilson.

Vancouver is a favourite subject of artist David Wilson. Capturing the city’s streets in all their rainy, romantic and sometimes noir-ish aspects, Wilson shows us the city in new, exciting ways.

You can see Wilson’s latest batch of Vancouver-centric works beginning tonight (Sept 25). Intersections, David Wilson’s exhibit of new paintings, opens with a reception (6 – 9 p.m.) at the Kimoto Gallery at 1525 W. 6th. The show runs until Oct. 11.

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227 Photos from China’s Most Famous Dissident on Display in Vancouver

Bleeding Protestor. Tompkins Square Park Riots, 1988. Courtesy of the artist, Three Shadows Photography Art Center, and Chambers Fine Art.

Bleeding Protestor. Tompkins Square Park Riots, 1988. Courtesy of the artist, Three Shadows Photography Art Center, and Chambers Fine Art.

Hundreds of photographs from internationally renowned Chinese artist and activist Ai Weiwei are on display now in Vancouver.

Ai Weiwei: New York Photographs showcases some 227 photos that the artist took during a formative decade spent in New York, well before he became the global icon known equally for his artistic achievements – like inspiring Beijing’s distinctive Bird’s Nest Olympic stadium – and his harsh critiques of the Chinese regime.

The black-and-white photos, on display until Nov. 30 at the Morris and Helen Belkin Gallery at UBC, capture scenes of everyday life among Weiwei’s circle of friends and acquaintances in the tumultuous ’80s and early ’90s in New York City.  Weiwei was still finding himself at the time, enrolling briefly in art schools while making a living drawing street portraits.

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227 Photos from China’s Most Famous Dissident on Display in Vancouver