Vancouverites, Get Ready to Glow in the Dark with Dragons from Taiwan During LunarFest, Feb. 20-22

photo: lunarfest.org

photo: lunarfest.org

Dragons have been showcased in many cultural traditions. From the dragons in the Ethiopia of Greek mythology, to the European Red Dragon of Wales, to the Thunder Dragon of Bhutan and Pakhangba, to the mythical hybrid dragon, Manipur. There are countless stories and tales from around the world that feature this mythical creature.

In China, dragons are associated with power, strength and prosperity and are also believed to have control over the weather. As a symbol of the Imperial Family, dragons were often-times incorporated into the architecture of the palaces and were embroidered into the clothing of the Emperor.

Continue reading:
Vancouverites, Get Ready to Glow in the Dark with Dragons from Taiwan During LunarFest, Feb. 20-22

Talk to a human “book” at Nikkei Place Hapa exhibit

The exhibition is showing at the Nikkei National Museum & Cultural Centre in Burnaby.

The exhibition is showing at the Nikkei National Museum & Cultural Centre in Burnaby.

One of life’s pleasures is stumbling upon art that speaks to you. For me, that most often happens when I’m poking about a new museum or gallery. But this time, it serendipitously occurred while I was enjoying the fall fair at the Nikkei National Museum & Cultural Centre in Burnaby. A new exhibit, which opened in late September, addresses the issue of identity. It poses the stark question, “What are you?”

It’s a question that is familiar to people like me, who hail from mixed ethnic and racial heritages. Answering it is always awkward because there is no simple response.

That’s why it’s so fantastic to see a photographic exhibit that spotlights how other mixed-race people define themselves, and that showcases the beauty of diversity.

This Saturday (November 15), you can interact with the exhibit in a very quirky way.

Continue reading:
Talk to a human “book” at Nikkei Place Hapa exhibit

East Vancouver arts space – BLIM – turns 10!

BLIMstorefrontIf you could compare Blim to a children’s tale, it could be called ‘Blim – the little arts space that could’. For the past decade, Blim has quietly grown into one of Vancouver’s indie arts bastions, providing countless learning and exhibit opportunities sans corporate or government funding.

Blim specializes in offering workshops, events, drop-in times/supplies and gallery space to artists (experienced or budding). This December Blim turns 10.

On December 7, Yuriko Iga, Blim’s founder will host a 10 year anniversary party at VIVO. Local artists, djs and performers such as DJ Ultimate Lover, Darwin Meyers, Jonothan and Sean Orr and Lee Hutzulak will party alongside Iga and others at VIVO on Main Street. The party goes from 9:00 p.m. to 1:00 a.m. and entry is by donation. Continue reading:
East Vancouver arts space – BLIM – turns 10!

Things To Do In Vancouver This Weekend

weekend-events14

December is here! Start off the beginning of a new month with a weekend full of activities! Read on for our roundup of events and things to do in Vancouver this weekend!

Continue reading:
Things To Do In Vancouver This Weekend

Ahhhhh…winter in Vancouver. Not.

Cherry blossoms on Howe Street, Vancouver

In the picture-is-worth-a-thousand-words department, check out this pic I took yesterday on Howe Street near the Vancouver Art Gallery

Yup: those would be cherry blossoms.

In full bloom.

In Feburary .

It’s tough living here, but somebody has to do it…