Vancouver’s Museum of Anthropology Showcases the Subversive Potential of Ceramics

Flower Series #1, by Ying-Yueh Chuang (2011). Collection of the artist. Photo courtesy of the artist.

British Columbia is well known for the quality of its local ceramics. Most people, however, tend to view ‘pottery’ as decorative or practical items for serving food or displaying flowers.

A new upcoming exhibition at the Museum of Anthropology (MOA) at UBC aims to unsettle this perception by exploring the ability of ceramics to make powerful statements about pressing social issues, like economic inequalities and systemic discrimination.

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Vancouver’s Museum of Anthropology Showcases the Subversive Potential of Ceramics

Five films to see at this year’s Vancouver Turkish Film Festival

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Now in its sixth year, the Vancouver Turkish Film Festival presents award-winning feature films and documentaries from Turkey. The three-day festival takes place at Goldcorp Centre for the Arts at SFU Woodward’s (149 W. Hastings St.) Nov. 15-17, 2019. This year’s selections include a political satire, a documentary about a legendary Turkish-Armenian photographer, and a biopic about a singer who faced more than his share of hardships.

Find out more below.

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Five films to see at this year’s Vancouver Turkish Film Festival

Peter Pan, Pinocchio and pies—what’s happening in theatre in Vancouver in November

Rene Cervantes photo.

It’s an incredibly busy month in Vancouver’s theatre world. From Broadway hits (The Sound of Music, American Idiot, Waitress) to kids’ shows (Mary Jane Mosquito, Peter Pan) to experimental short plays (The Array: The Shape of the Universe), there’s a lot going on in local theatres. See below for a mostly complete listing. (Updated Nov 8 2019)

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Peter Pan, Pinocchio and pies—what’s happening in theatre in Vancouver in November

Sleater-Kinney, Black Keys and four more concerts to see in Vancouver in November

The big news for November is the return of the Black Keys. The two-piece blues band reformed after five years to release their most recent album, Let’s Rock. They’ll play Rogers Arena Nov. 24.

Another biggie this month is Sleater-Kinney, the long-running Pacific Northwest indie-rock trio (reduced to a duo after drummer Janet Weiss left, following the recording of their latest album). They’re here Nov. 21.

Below, we’ve highlighted those two shows along with four others we think are worth checking out.

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Sleater-Kinney, Black Keys and four more concerts to see in Vancouver in November

Christmas on stage in Metro Vancouver

The Arts Club production of Miss Bennet: Christmas at Pemberley. Photo Credit: David Cooper.

It’s that time of year when I put on my Santa hat, speckle my beard with holly berries and eat mince pies like a Yule-crazed Cookie Monster. But, more importantly, it’s also the time when I dive headfirst into creating the latest edition of my Vancouver Christmas Guide, a pop-up annual site that celebrates all the festive season activities you can do in and around the city. Continue reading:
Christmas on stage in Metro Vancouver

World premieres and more at this year’s Vancouver Asian Film Festival

A scene from In a New York Minute, the feature film debut of writer/director Ximan Li.

The 23rd Annual Vancouver Asian Film Festival (VAFF) celebrates Asian diaspora and diversity in film. This year, the festival takes place Nov 7-10 at the Cineplex Odeon International Village Cinemas (88 W. Pender St.), in Vancouver’s historic Chinatown district.

This year’s selections include opening night’s In a New York Minute and Centrepiece Spotlight film Empty by Design. Filmmakers will be in attendance at both.

For more on the films and events coming with this year’s VAFF, see below.

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World premieres and more at this year’s Vancouver Asian Film Festival

Flamenco v Tap: Dawn of a New Grease

David Cooper photo.

Get ready for a new version of Grease—flamenco-and-tap-style!

The Karen Flamenco dancers are teaming up with Troy McLaughlin’s tap crew for a flamenco vs. tap showdown in a new production of Grease. The show is Nov 1 & 2 at the Vancouver Playhouse (600 Hamilton St.. Find out more below.

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Flamenco v Tap: Dawn of a New Grease