Film noir musical opens this weekend!

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Cast members from City of Angels, a Tony Award-winning film noir musical opening at Performance Works July 8.

Warm temperatures, bright blazing sunshine—that can only mean one thing in Vancouver: film noir season!

Next month, Cinematheque presents its annual programme of movies from the golden age (mostly) of Hollywood crime stories. We’ll have a post with more details on Monday.

Meanwhile, a group of committed local (and some out-of-town) actors, actresses and stage technicians are presenting City of Angels. It’s a Tony Award-winning stage musical with original songs and a book by professional wiseacre Larry Gelbart (M*A*S*H, A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum). The Vancouver production of the musical, which first hit Broadway in 1989, stars veterans of television, movies and theatre, and opens at Performance Works on Granville Island on July 8. It runs until July 17.

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Film noir musical opens this weekend!

Sweet drams are made of this at Vancouver Writers Fest’s annual whiskey soirée

For those whose livers, not to mention pocketbooks, are still recovering from the 2017 Vancouver International Wine Festival, there’s some bad news: A Dram Come True gives appreciators of fine elixirs a chance to do it all over again, albeit in one night and with whiskey rather than wine.

At the 15th annual event, local and international booze producers offer unlimited samples of their products – not only bourbon, scotch, and rye, but also craft beer, wine and specialty libations, such as vodka and amaretto (from local company Sons of Vancouver). And of course, there will be food, including delectable morsels of delight courtesy of local food artistes Hawksworth, Savoury City and Gyoza Bar.

A Dram Come True raises funds for the non-profit Vancouver Writers Festival (no word on whether any writers will actually be in attendance) and takes place March 10 from 8-10 p.m. at Performance Works (1218 Cartwright St.) on Granville Island. See below for the official tasting menu.

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Sweet drams are made of this at Vancouver Writers Fest’s annual whiskey soirée

Free Performances of Much Ado About Nothing on Vancouver’s Granville Island!

Darquise St. Germain, Isaac George-Hotchkiss, and Isaac McAndless-Davis. Photo by Faye Campbell.

Darquise St. Germain, Isaac George-Hotchkiss, and Isaac McAndless-Davis. Photo by Faye Campbell.

“How much better is it to weep at joy than to joy at weeping!”
~ Much Ado About Nothing

One of my favourite Vancouver summer rituals is watching Shakespeare for free outdoors (yes, for free!) in a gorgeous Granville Island setting. Tomorrow night, Carousel Theatre for Young People launches their annual production of one of the Bard’s plays.

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Free Performances of Much Ado About Nothing on Vancouver’s Granville Island!

2015 Vancouver Fringe Festival guide is here!

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Portland’s Wonderheads perform at the opening party of this year’s Vancouver Fringe Festival.

Vancouver Fringe Festival-lovers have been eagerly anticipating the release of this year’s Program Guide. Now that the cat’s out of the bag – the guide was officially released last night (July 29) – we’ve been able to take a peek at what’s coming, from the 108 Fringe shows to the free entertainment at the Fringe Bar (1363 Railspur Alley, on Granville Island).

As usual, the Fringe is a 10-day event (Sept. 10-20), with shows occurring at various venues, most situated on Granville Island or on or near Commercial Drive. With so many titles to choose from, it’s nearly impossible to pick just a few. But here are some that caught our eye.

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2015 Vancouver Fringe Festival guide is here!

Things To Do in Vancouver This Weekend

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Happy long weekend one and all, and a happy Easter, Eostre, Passover, Hanuman Jayanti, Lazarus Saturday, Theravadin New Year and anything else you choose to celebrate or observe over the next few days. This weekend’s lineup includes cosplay, egg hunts, puppet deaths, an outdoor pillow fight, a play about a gay Jesus, and much more.  Be sure not to miss the new ongoing section for theatre, art, Easter, and other recurring events that are happening over this weekend and beyond. There’s a lot ending this weekend so catch it if you can!

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Things To Do in Vancouver This Weekend

Pick of the Fringe 2014 announced

Roller Derby Saved My Soul is one of this year's Picks of the Fringe.

Roller Derby Saved My Soul is one of this year’s Picks of the Fringe.

Sorry you missed this year’s Fringe Festival? Or just didn’t get enough of one of Vancouver’s premiere theatre events? Not to worry, friends. As in years past, some of the best of the many plays, playlets, musicals and assorted other theatrical productions from this year’s Fringe will have another kick at the can. The Public Market Pick of the Fringe runs at Performance Works (1412 Cartwright St. on Granville Island) from Sept. 17-21. Here’s what’s coming back (based on box-office popularity).

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Pick of the Fringe 2014 announced

Dark, comic play Terminus opens March 1

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Leanna Brodie John Emmet Tracy Pippa star in Terminus. Photo credit: Ian Snow

“An explosive, astounding piece of new writing…” the Observer/Guardian said of Mark O’Rowe’s Terminus.

Taking place on one night in Dublin, Terminus has been described as “a hip-hop opera for three souls” and “like the love child of James Joyce and Quentin Tarantino.” And if that isn’t enough to sell you…

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Dark, comic play Terminus opens March 1