For Budget Wine Drinkers: Top 5 Cheap Corkage Deals in Vancouver

Photo credit: alexbrn | Flickr

Photo credit: alexbrn | Flickr

It’s Vancouver’s dirty little secret: Wine in restaurants can be just a wee bit on the pricy side.

But oenophiles in Vancouver have their own secret weapon: BYOB.  For the last two years, wine drinkers have been able to bring their own bottles to select area restaurants and pay a special “corkage” fee for the right to drink it on premises.

Before you head to your next dinner reservation with your favourite vintage, however, keep in mind that these corkage fees also tend to be rather high, generally in the $20-$30 range.  In other words, in many cases it costs as much to bring your own bottle as to buy one off the restaurant’s wine list.

But there are some important exceptions.   Continue reading:
For Budget Wine Drinkers: Top 5 Cheap Corkage Deals in Vancouver

Canadian Art Foundation Gallery Hop April 12

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Broken City Lab, Make This Better, (2010-ongoing) Ripper’s Vallery, Windsor, Ontario. Courtesy of the artists.

The Canadian Art Foundation presents a gallery hop April 12. Art fiends and fairweather fans alike can take in a variety of exhibits, talks and tours – all free.

Stops along the way include the Vancouver Art Gallery as well as smaller locations like the Contemporary Art Gallery, Gallery Gachet and more. We have more details after the jump.  Continue reading:
Canadian Art Foundation Gallery Hop April 12

Vancouver Introducing Gender-Neutral Washrooms in Parks

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Two options for gender-neutral washroom signs, as presented by the Vancouver Park Board.

Vancouver is on its way to becoming the first municipality in Canada to officially offer gender-neutral washrooms in public buildings.

The Vancouver Park Board is taking the lead and is currently drafting plans to install or retrofit washrooms to accommodate transgender people in park facilities. “For some transgender people, going to a public washroom can create anxiety and fear,” explained Vancouver Park Board Commissioner Trevor Loke in an interview for the CBC.

The design of the washrooms themselves is unlikely to be revolutionary. They will probably take the form of single-occupant facilities with a locking door, similar to offerings currently available at select community centres around the city. What’s attracting more debate at the moment, however, is the signage used to designate them. Continue reading:
Vancouver Introducing Gender-Neutral Washrooms in Parks

Salvador Dali Sculpture Exhibit Comes to Vancouver

Dali's sculptures, including a version of Profile of Time (above) are on display in Vancouver.  Photo credit: Julo |Wikimedia Commons

Dali’s sculptures, including a version of Profile of Time (above) are on display in Vancouver. Photo credit: Julo |Wikimedia Commons

You’ve seen his paintings of dripping clocks and surreal dreamscapes. But how about his sculptures?

A series of original bronze sculptures by Salvador Dali are on display now in Vancouver. The Definitely Dali exhibit, through May 12 at the Chali-Rosso Art Gallery on South Granville Street, features 10 sculptures from the master of surrealism.

Step inside the gallery and you’ll see many of Dali’s familiar painterly tropes, now in three dimensions.  There are, of course, several dripping clocks, hung from the branches of trees.  Another sculpture consists of a giant snail with wings, a tiny warrior poised on its back.  There’s a piano with can-can dancer legs, a metre-high thumb with branches sprouting from the tip and a bevy of angels in ecstatic poses.

The collection at the gallery represents 10 of 29 sculptures in the Dali Sculptural Collection.  All were made using an ancient technique known as the lost wax process, which gave Dali the flexibility to mould his subjects into unconventional shapes.

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Salvador Dali Sculpture Exhibit Comes to Vancouver

Trapped! (for fun): Asian-style Escape Game Rooms Come to Vancouver

Would you pay to escape from prison? (Pictured here: a cell from the former State Penitentiary in Boise, Idaho) Photo credit: Mr.Thomas | Flickr

Would you pay to escape from prison? (Pictured here: a cell from the former State Penitentiary in Boise, Idaho) Photo credit: Mr.Thomas | Flickr

Would you pay $92 to be locked in a prison cell with three friends for 45 minutes?

That’s the premise behind Exit, Metro Vancouver’s first “escape gaming” experience. Popular in Japan and China, escape rooms force participants to solve elaborate clues in order to break out of their confinement.  The rooms themselves are often elaborately decorated to look like scenes from the past or horror movie sets.

Exit, located in an unassuming strip mall in Richmond, brings the phenomenon to Canadian shores.  It offers guests four different themed rooms to choose from: the prison cell, an Ancient Egyptian tomb, a lost ship and a mad scientist’s laboratory with blood-spattered walls.

Since opening last fall, the facility has been doing a brisk business. Continue reading:
Trapped! (for fun): Asian-style Escape Game Rooms Come to Vancouver