East Van Panto Delights in a Satirical Holiday Laughathon

Photo Credit: Emily Cooper

Have you ever seen a play that left you giggling for days after, to the extent that family and friends think that you must be possessed by the devil of silliness? Has a production ever made such an impression on you that you burst out laughing every time Rachel Notley’s face is on the news?

If not, you’re in luck because the East Van Panto’s latest production, Wizard of Oz, is sheer ludicrous, satirical merriment.

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East Van Panto Delights in a Satirical Holiday Laughathon

Charlie Brown, East Van Scrooge, and worst kids in the world: Vancouver theatre in December

Hello troops! Wondering what’s happening in theatre in Vancouver? Thinking that tickets to a festive theatrical treat might be a great stocking stuffer? Look no further than Inside Vancouver’s hand guide to holiday theatre in Vancouver.

We have some holdovers from last month but also some additional shows, including SFU Woodward’s annual production Bah Humbug! See below for highlights.

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Charlie Brown, East Van Scrooge, and worst kids in the world: Vancouver theatre in December

Here comes Come From Away!

The cast of COME FROM AWAY, Photo by Matthew Murphy, 2016.

It’s taken three years for the smash hit Canadian musical to come to town. But tickets for the first-ever Vancouver performances of Come From Away finally go on sale this coming Monday, Dec. 10 at 10 a.m.

The across-the-board success comes to Queen Elizabeth Theatre March 5-10. Find out more about this Tony Award-winning must-see musical below.

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Here comes Come From Away!

Fairy-tale musical Disney’s Beauty and the Beast returns for the holidays

Jonathan Winsby and Michelle Bardach. Costume design by Barbara Clayden. Photo by David Cooper.

Arts Club holiday perennial Disney’s Beauty and the Beast is back, this time with a new Beauty. Following her starring role as Sophie in the Vancouver company’s summer production of Mamma Mia!, Michelle Bardoch will fill the period dresses in the fairy-tale musical.

The show opens this Saturday, Dec. 1, and runs until Jan. 6 2019. Find out more below.

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Fairy-tale musical Disney’s Beauty and the Beast returns for the holidays

Mind-blowing Japanese zombie movie and other highlights at this weekend’s Rio Grind Film Festival

A scene from Piercing.

Locally-lensed productions, the latest from one of filmdom’s most controversial directors, and a Japanese zombie movie that will blow your mind are some of the highlights of this year’s Rio Grind Film Festival.

An annual celebration of genre, exploitation, and indie films, the festival is presented by local moviehouse the Rio Theatre (1660 E. Broadway, at Broadway & Commercial). The four-day event kicks off this evening (Nov. 22) and runs until this Sunday, Nov. 25. Check out some of the highlights.

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Mind-blowing Japanese zombie movie and other highlights at this weekend’s Rio Grind Film Festival

Six flicks to see at this year’s European Film Festival

A scene from the 2017 Austrian film Mademoiselle Paradis (Licht).

The Cinematheque (1131 Howe St.) presents its 21st Annual European Film Festival (Nov. 23 – Dec. 4). In this year’s fest, 26 EU members countries contribute one of their best films from recent years. Selections range from dramas to comedies to documentaries, and include award winners, official Oscar submissions, and many Vancouver premieres.

We’ve gone through the selections and chosen six that look like best bets, including a thriller from Slovakia, a time-travel comedy from Portugal, and a drama from Ireland. See below for details.

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Six flicks to see at this year’s European Film Festival

Let the TV Binge Begin! Four Holiday Productions We’re Looking Forward to Most

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas – especially on home streaming services and cable channels. Those seeking to “Netflix and chill” will now find a dizzying array of holiday movies and show episodes to choose from. But where to start?

Whether you’re jonesin’ for an old favourite or seeking a fresh release, we recommend starting with the list below. Not only are these productions sure to stir up your Christmas spirit – each one was also filmed in and around Vancouver.

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Let the TV Binge Begin! Four Holiday Productions We’re Looking Forward to Most