Friday Late Night Movies @ The Rio
Nothing says Christmas & Holiday Happiness like a down & out Bill Murray, Peter Pan, a giant Elf & John McClane shooting up terrorists! That’s right its the festive addition of Friday Late Night Movies at The Rio Theatre in Vancouver! Tonight it all kicks off with one of our faves…..SCROOGED! Follow that up with HOOK on December 13th, ELF on December 20th and end it all off with 40 stories of sheer adventure on December 27th with DIE HARD!! Get ready for one killer month of great Friday nights at Vancouver’s best movie-house. Also don’t forget the Rio is more than just movies, check out their calendar for all their live shows, music & comedy on a monthly basis.
by Aaron Alexander
*BC BuzZ is a proud sponsor of Friday Late Night Movies
Review & Contest: It’s Snowing on Saltspring Island
It’s Snowing on Saltspring: Arts Club Theatre - Granville Island Stage Now–December 28, 2013
There’s nothing like a good old fashioned homegrown Christmas tale….and thanks to Arts Club theatre for giving us a taste of what we have been yearning for! Yes there’s the markets, Chris Cringle in every other mall and a couple of Christmas tree sellers sprinkled around the city, but what I was BuzZ’d for was a good time at the theatre to get me in the holiday mood. And nothing says Christmas like errrrr Saltspring Island???
It’s Christmas Eve on Saltspring Island. The stockings aren’t hung by the chimney with care and disenchanted Bill Bannister (the very funny Andrew McNee) hopes that St. Nick won’t be there. Will it take a reindeer-guided trip to the North Pole for Bill to rediscover the spirit of Christmas?
BC BuzZ: Vancouver Film Festival Red Carpet Party
Well there’s nothing better than a party…..on the red carpet, its that much better. Vancouver came out in droves as usual and got all dressed up to walk the red carpet during the 32nd Annual Vancouver International Film Festival. Huge thanks to our special guest host, the very funny Riel Hahn for diving into the lives of BC’s best celebs! Watch, Enjoy & Make Support Your Local Film Industry.
by Aaron Alexander
Review: Mary Poppins
Mary Poppins is Super-cala-fragilistic-expaladocious x 10
Without a doubt, Mary Poppins is THE best Arts Club production I have ever seen. The special effects had my friend and I in awe…You’ll see a full length mirror, floor lamps and potted plants appear out of Mary Poppins compact travel bag, a kitchen table that collapses and returns to the upright position, and actors soaring over rooftops with the greatest of ease.
Vancouver renowned choreographer, Valerie Easton has worked her magic with dance numbers that will leave you breathless. Throughout the first act, I wondered if there was going to be an intermission and how the exhilarating tempo could possibly wind down and then bring itself up again for Act 2. It turns out there was an intermission, during which myself and many others in the sold out crowd couldn’t bring ourselves to leave our seats. It was far more fascinating to watch stagehands re-arranging overhead wires in anticipation of the second half.
ROCKSMITH 60 DAY CHALLENGE
For the past couple of years that BC BuzZ has been loud and proud in the community, I have been supporting and celebrating local talent…..well guess what, now I’m the talent. In a crazy 180 of events I have been wrangled into learning the guitar in 60 days as a national competition put on by the good people of Ubisoft. They have a brand new video game called Rocksmith 2014 that I swear is the fastest way to learn how to play the guitar. Why am I blogging about this on BC BuzZ….well I’m the lone British Columbian and I need all your support (I’m actually the lone Western Canadian so if you know anyone west of Toronto….get them to support me!). Follow my progress at www.rocksmith60.tumblr.com as well as on Twitter & Facebook and send me all the likes, comments, shares, re-tweets & favourites you possibly can to help me win this sucka. Winner walks away with five grand. So for the first time in a while, I’m asking you to support me and my bid to become the ultimate UNDERGROUND ROCKSTAR!
By Aaron Alexander
A Day at the Vancouver Aquarium
This week my cousin moved to BC from Ontario (good choice, its about to get chilly there) and as her first venture out into VanCity I decided to take her for a walk around Stanley Park, which means a visit to The Vancouver Aquarium! With the sun shining and the seals barking, it was a perfect day to spend watching, learning and devouring ourselves in marine life. For many of you that do not already know, the Vancouver Aquarium not only is a major tourist attraction, it is also a centre for marine research, conservation and marine animal rehabilitation. Learn more about the Marine Mammal Rescue Centre which is a hospital for sick, injured or orphaned marine mammals. Each year, the Rescue Centre rescues more than 150 marine mammals and rehabilitates them for release back into their natural habitat. As for the Vancouver Aquarium make sure to head over there starting November 28th for Luminescence which is a celebration of aquatic life. You’ll get to discover the incredible world of fluorescent and bioluminescent light that exists in the dark depths of the ocean through exhibits, shows and up close encounters with glowing anemones, cuttlefish, jellies and corals. This amazing exhibit runs until January 22, 2014 and is worth every glowing moment!
by Aaron Alexander
The Rio Theatre: Friday Late Night Movies
And if you still didn’t know it, yes, they sell beer, cocktails and a smorgasbord of food that you can enjoy during the film in the comfort of your seat.
Friday, November 1 The Lost Boys
Friday, November 8 Thelma and Louise
Friday, November 15 Drop Dead Fred
Friday, November 22 Ghost in the Shell
Friday, November 29 Heathers
Review: The Hollow
‘The Hollow’ now playing at The Metro Theatre until October 26th
Directed by Joe Hinks
This Agatha Christie ‘whodunit’ is a perfect bone chilling lead-in to Halloween.
It is a tale of mystery, intrigue, and infidelity layered with traditional British pleasantries and of course, an explosive case of murder. Lady Angkatell has invited some highly eccentric characters to spend the weekend at her relaxing countryside manor. As the story unravels and we get to know her guests, it becomes fairly obvious that a love triangle at ‘The Hollow’ is destined for doom. The handsome and highly sought after Dr. Cristow is juggling a wife, a mistress, and a movie star dame who can’t bear to live without him.
Expect all the twists and turns of a quintessential Christie classic where suspicions rise and any one could have ‘dunnit’. Don’t expect to meet the Infamous Inspector Hercule Poirot in ‘The Hollow’ though. Agatha Christie deliberately left him out of the play adaptation, claiming his appearance in the book absolutely “ruined it”.
BC BuzZ: BESTiE
A couple months ago I got to spend an evening with 4 lads that can turn any ordinary party into a fun-filled dance-up. Ladies & Gents: BESTiE!
If you have yet to hear about who BESTiE is, I think you should take off Friday from work and head down to Fortune Sound Club this Thursday night to check out this sweet band from East Vancouver that is competing in the Peak Performance Project. To sum it all up, BESTiE’s music is as fun as a being a kid in a candy shop…..but even better! If you dig them as much as I do, vote for them for the Peak Performance Project (voting begins October 18th)
Take a peek, listen to a song and support your local music industry.
by Aaron Alexander
Penelope’ at The Cultch now playing until October 13th.
Directed by Stephen Drover
Starring: Sean Devine, Alex Lazaridis Ferguson, Kyle Jespersen, Patrick Keating with Lindsey Winch as Penelope
Right off its Rocker! Complete with lightning bolt humour, grown men in Speedos, pyrotechnics, and a very cool set…Just the ticket after a rough day at the office! Now playing until October 13th.
If you’re looking for fun night out, I recommend you get yourself a seat at the Cultch for Rumble Theatre’s production of Penelope. This is a modern day riff on the Greek mythological tale of The Odyssey.