Chelsea Hotel: The Songs of Leonard Cohen

Chelsea Hotel: The Songs of Leonard Cohen “It’s written on the walls of this hotel. You go to heaven once you’ve been to hell.” – “Paper Thin Hotel”, written by Leonard Cohen   Firehall Arts Centre’s new production of “Chelsea Hotel” is a riveting testament to the complexity and genius of Canadian composer and singer … Read moreChelsea Hotel: The Songs of Leonard Cohen

Bar Mitzvah Boy – Pacific Theatre

Bar Mitzvah Boy   The world premiere of “Bar Mitzvah Boy” written by local playwright Mark Leiren-Young, opened to a sold out audience at the Pacific Theatre last weekend. Joey, played by Richard Newman, is a successful Jewish lawyer who wants to have the Bar Mitzvah ceremony most Jewish boys celebrate as a symbol of … Read moreBar Mitzvah Boy – Pacific Theatre

Culture at the Centre

­­Culture at the Centre   Haida Hat The Museum of Anthropology’s exciting new exhibition, “Culture at the Centre” is the result of the collaboration among six of British Columbia’s aboriginal nations (Musqueam, Squamish, Lil’wat, Heiltsuk, Nisga’a and Haida). They have worked together to share the diverse ways in which each addresses the three themes of … Read moreCulture at the Centre

Love, Hope & Autism

“Love, Hope & Autism” is a thought provoking documentary which chronicles the lives of the Fresco family for 21 years. Robert Fresco, a professional cameraman, began taking videos of his twin babies, Hallee and Fraser, from the time of their birth. When the children were three years old, Fraser began to exhibit unusual behavior and … Read moreLove, Hope & Autism

Pacific Theatre presents: “An Almost Holy Picture”

In this quiet, thought provoking performance, solo performer David Snider plays Samuel Gentle, a gardener, a former minister in his middle years, who is reflecting on God, his faith, other belief systems and the way his life has unfolded. “An Almost Holy Picture” develops as a nonlinear narrative as Gentle recounts the experiences which have … Read morePacific Theatre presents: “An Almost Holy Picture”

“RUINED “- playing now at Pacific Theatre

“Ruined” Pacific Theatre   Members of the audience at Lynn Nottage’s exceptional play, “Ruined”, may not have known much about the long and brutal history of war in the Democratic Republic of Congo before seeing Dark Glass Theatre Production’s presentation at Pacific Theatre. They will leave, however, with a deep empathy for the Congolese people, … Read more“RUINED “- playing now at Pacific Theatre

SHIT A Firehall Arts Centre Production – a review by Judy Robb

  “SHIT” A Firehall Arts Centre Production   The intertwined stories of three incarcerated young women explode on the stage during the brilliantly acted 50 minute production of “SHIT” by Patricia Cornelius, now playing at the Firehall Arts Centre. Assisted by a minimal stage, very creative lighting and some well placed heavy metal music, the … Read moreSHIT A Firehall Arts Centre Production – a review by Judy Robb

Sleeping Beauty Dreams – a review by Judy Robb

    A sold out audience, consisting mostly of elementary school aged children, was treated to an artistically reimagined version of the Sleeping Beauty fairy tale on the weekend. Written by Amaranta Leyva and co-directed by Lourdes Pérez Gray and Kim Selody, the collaboration between Presentation House Theatre in North Vancouver and Mexico’s Marionetas de … Read moreSleeping Beauty Dreams – a review by Judy Robb

Vancouver Christmas Market!

  Vancouver Christmas Market   Not even the torrential November rains in Vancouver could “dampen” the spirits of the attendees at the preview opening of the Vancouver Christmas Market last week. All of the features that visitors have grown to love are present again this year in an extended space which features Canada’s first walk-in … Read moreVancouver Christmas Market!

Pacific Theatre presents “Almost, Maine” a Review

    What is the nature of love?   How do people deal with the possibility of love, and the probability of its loss? Why do they risk breaking their hearts, again and again, hoping against hope for a happy ending?   During the Pacific Theatre’s production of “Almost Maine”, by John Cariani, five talented actors … Read morePacific Theatre presents “Almost, Maine” a Review

“The Fabric of Our Land: Salish Weaving”

  The Fabric of our Land: Salish Weaving – Museum of Anthropology     Visitors entering the new Salish weaving exhibition at the Museum of Anthropology are instantly aware that they have arrived at a sacred place. The lighting in the large, airy room highlights the beauty of each woven piece and invites guests to … Read more“The Fabric of Our Land: Salish Weaving”

“City on Edge: A Century of Vancouver Activism” New Exhibition at the Museum of Vancouver

  New Exhibition at the Museum of Vancouver     As soon as visitors enter the Museum of Vancouver’s newest exhibition, they realize that they are about to embark on a unique experience. “City on Edge” features 650 photographs, mostly from the Vancouver Sun and Province archives, many of which have never seen before, chronicling … Read more“City on Edge: A Century of Vancouver Activism” New Exhibition at the Museum of Vancouver

Latin American Film Festival – “Dolores”

  VANCOUVER LATIN AMERICAN FILM FESTIVAL “Dolores” USA – 2017   When was the last time you attended a film and, as the closing credits began to roll, the audience spontaneously erupted with clapping and cheering? That was the response of theatre goers following the screening of the documentary film, “Dolores”, at the Cinematheque.   … Read moreLatin American Film Festival – “Dolores”

“Intangible” – New Exhibition Opens at the Bill Reid Gallery

  An exciting new exhibit featuring a diverse display of art works created by six Coast Salish artists has just opened at the Bill Reid Gallery. Subtitled “Memory and Innovation in Coast Salish Art”, the pieces are all very modern but are clearly grounded in the multigenerational traditions of the Coast Salish people. The exhibition … Read more“Intangible” – New Exhibition Opens at the Bill Reid Gallery

Vancouver Latin American Film Festival “You’re Killing Me Susana”

  Vancouver Latin American Film Festival “You’re Killing Me Susana” Mexico, 2016   The film opens with a car driving erratically down a Mexico City street as “Live For Today” blares from the speakers. The car belongs to seemingly care free Eligio (Gael Garcia Bernal) who is married to Susana (Verónica Echegui). Eligio, who wants … Read moreVancouver Latin American Film Festival “You’re Killing Me Susana”

Vancouver Latin American Film Festival presents “Whirlpool”

  Vancouver Latin American Film Festival “Whirlpool” Brazil, 2016 First time director José Luiz Villamarim and well known Brazilian cinematographer Manuel Alberto Claro have created a film which resonates on a number of levels. The plot unfolds during the afternoon and evening of Christmas Eve, as Luzimar is riding his bicycle home from working as … Read moreVancouver Latin American Film Festival presents “Whirlpool”

UNBELIEVABLE – A thought provoking new exhibition at the Museum of Vancouver

  UNBELIEVABLE     Why do we believe what we believe? What is true? How do our stories shape us? How do we create and respond to the symbols we encounter in our lives? These are some of the questions posed in Unbelievable, the new exhibition opening on June 24th at the Museum of Vancouver. … Read moreUNBELIEVABLE – A thought provoking new exhibition at the Museum of Vancouver

Tom Lee Music Grand Opening Weekend

  Tom Lee Music is marking the opening of its new flagship store at 728 Granville Street with a two day celebration this weekend on Saturday, June 3 and Sunday, June 4. The event which includes door crashers, live performances and workshops and will be the first chance for the public to explore the beautifully … Read moreTom Lee Music Grand Opening Weekend

George Littlechild’s “Warrior” Exhibit at Kimoto Gallery until April 29

  Aboriginal artist George Littlechild’s stunning new exhibit, “Warriors” opened last weekend at the Kimoto Gallery with a huge crowd of family, friends and art lovers in attendance. Breathtakingly vibrant images fill the walls, each painted in rich, joyful colours which elicit a visceral response from the viewer. Every one of the warriors has so … Read moreGeorge Littlechild’s “Warrior” Exhibit at Kimoto Gallery until April 29

2017 Bloom! Exhibition

2017 Bloom! Exhibition March 28 – April 9, 2017 Federation of Canadian Artists 1241 Cartwright Street Granville Island, Vancouver   This year’s spring exhibition at the Federation of Canadian Artists gallery is a most joyous and colourful tribute to the long awaited season. The show pairs beautiful Sogetsu School of Ikebana flower arrangements with dozens … Read more2017 Bloom! Exhibition