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

Just in time for Christmas – Vancouver’s first cat café to open Dec. 14!

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In what has to be the best news of the season for cat-lovers, the city’s first cat café will officially open Dec. 14.

According to the latest Facebook update, Catfé has its business license and will serve its first customers next Monday at its location at 88 West Pender St., on the second floor of International Village.

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Just in time for Christmas – Vancouver’s first cat café to open Dec. 14!

A Midsummer Night’s Dream brings visual exploration of pleasure to Ayden Gallery

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Art by Jane Cheng.

A Midsummer Night’s Dream is a new exhibit opening at the Ayden Gallery this Friday (Aug 15). The show features work by eight Vancouver artists and illustrators and “is a visual exploration of pleasure,” says curator Pandora Young. “We will be examining aspects of pleasure like, ironically, pain, drive, loss, sensuality, inspiration, and all of us being ladies, femininity.”

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