Simpsons writer Mike Reiss among guests at this year’s Jewish Book Festival

Cartoon Mike Reiss and the real thing. The Simpsons writer closes this year’s Jewish Book Festival.

This year’s Cherie Smith JCC Jewish Book Festival (Feb. 9-14) features an author named one of Granta’s Best American Novelists, a former writer for The Simpsons, and the winner of the 2018 Canadian Jewish Literary Award for Fiction. Scroll below to find out more about these authors and more, and to see what else is happening at the six-day literary festival.

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Simpsons writer Mike Reiss among guests at this year’s Jewish Book Festival

Naturally Wanton Pleasure and other new Canadian films at Cinematheque

A scene from Les Salopes or the Naturally Wanton Pleasure of Skin.

What’s new in Canadian cinema? Find out this week as the Cinematheque (1181 Howe St.) presents New (Canadian) Cinema, including two Vancouver premieres.

From Jan. 9-15, the downtown Vancouver arthouse theatre presents four movies released last year. They range from a film about a Quebec teenager to a woman trying to reconnect with her father to a wife and mother with a secret life. Find out more below.

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Naturally Wanton Pleasure and other new Canadian films at Cinematheque

Story Story Lie gets ‘hot and heavy’ this Wednesday

Tristan Risk (pictured here in Frankenstein Created Bikers) is one of the storytellers at Story Story Lie Jan 9.

What better way to kick of the New Year than some outlandish sex stories?

This Wednesday, local performers take part in the storytelling game show Story Story Lie. In the show, storytellers share tales—one of which is a lie. It’s up to the audience to spot the deceiver. For this edition, the stories are naughty in nature.

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Story Story Lie gets ‘hot and heavy’ this Wednesday

40th Vancouver International Wine Festival serves up 82,000 wine glasses; 43,000 bottles of wine

Vancouver’s annual wine lovers’ delight, but dishwashers’ nightmare, is well underway. The 40th Vancouver International Wine Festival, which, according to keynote speaker Paul Wagner of California, is “the largest wine festival in the Western Hemisphere”, is in full swing around town. It’s a great week for wine and food lovers, but not so much for those who have to deal with 82,000 wine glasses by the time the festival wraps up on Sunday. To say nothing of countless plates, cups and cutlery.

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40th Vancouver International Wine Festival serves up 82,000 wine glasses; 43,000 bottles of wine

Uninterrupted turns concrete bridge into a projection screen for salmon run

Each year, the B.C. salmon run attracts thousands of visitors.

This summer, salmon-lovers won’t even have to leave the city to see this natural phenomenon.

Beginning June 28 and running until late September, five nights a week, digital imagery of migrating Pacific salmon will be projected on the undersurface of the kilometre-long Cambie Bridge. The installation “brings the heart of a BC river right into the heart of the city,” as the media release puts it.

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Uninterrupted turns concrete bridge into a projection screen for salmon run

Last week of classic musical comedy 42nd Street in Vancouver!

Studio 58’s 42nd Street. David Cooper photo.

This week is your last chance to see a student production of the classic musical comedy 42nd Street.

Local theatre critic Kathleen Oliver has called Studio 58’s production “a big show—a really, really big show” and “a terrific showcase for the ample talent in Studio 58’s current crop of students.” Mark Robins at vancouverpresents.com writes that “The energy and enthusiasm is infectious in numbers such as ‘Getting Out of Town’ and ‘We’re In the Money'”. So if you’re looking for a little pick-me-up this week, 42nd Street awaits.

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Last week of classic musical comedy 42nd Street in Vancouver!

10 Perfect Places in Vancouver for an Outdoor Yoga Practice

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There are two things I will always recommend to anyone needing a pick-me-up: Yoga and fresh air. One of my favourite things about Vancouver is that it’s filled with parks, green space, and beaches for everyone to enjoy Continue reading:
10 Perfect Places in Vancouver for an Outdoor Yoga Practice