Theatre Review: Bomb-itty of Errors - Arts Club
Bomb-itty of Errors
By Jordan Allen-Dutton, Jason Catalano, Gregory J. Qaiyum, Erik Weiner, and Jeffrey Qaiyum
On any given opening night at Arts Club the crowd tends to be a mixed bag , little young, little older, then everyone in the middle. Opening night of Bomb-itty of Errors seemed to angle on the younger side. This is not to say if you are older you shouldn’t enjoy it, but get ready for 100 minutes of balls to the wall hip hop.
Yes I said it “balls to the wall” and yes you better love rap music, because you are going to see some pretty impressive rapping for that full 100 minutes with no intermission (thank god, any break in the play would ruin the fun). It starts off with: “Listen up close, so you can grab an earful. Some parts’ll make you cheerful and some’ll make you tearful. Don’t be fearful, y’all, it’s no drama, see. Is it a tragedy? NO! Is it a comedy? It’s a new style, it’s whatever we wanna be. So welcome, welcome, welcome to the Bomb-itty”. And the hip hop hilarity continues all night long.
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I love supporting local arts & entertainment, but it’s amazing to see how much support I get. Thank you, I couldn’t do this without you!
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It’s official I guess I’m going to Pemberton, BC this summer!
After a long wait, which I’ve heard many friends & ticket-buyers yell and scream over, the day has come and Pemberton Music Festival is BACK with one wicked line-up!
“It took a little longer than expected, but we wanted to make certain we put the best experience together, one that exemplifies the most beautiful festival site in the world,” says HUKA Entertainment co-founder and CEO A.J. Niland. “With today’s announcement, we are confident we have done exactly that. We appreciate all of the patience, goodwill and positive comments from our communities and supporters, and are excited for July to come, so everyone can see what we have in store for them at this one-of-a-kind event.”
I never went to the original Pemberton festival which was headlined by Coldplay and Jay Z which many loved, but unfortunately had some issues which made for a long 6 year break. But this time around, I’m not going to miss it for the world. The line-up is stellar, just like Squamish Music Festival (which I’m a huge fan of) you cannot beat the location and well it’s just one more reason to enjoy life in our backyard. Yes there’s the Coachella’s and the Sasquatch’s, but ladies & gents, we have Squamish & Pemberton…..get out and support your local music festivals!!!
Advance weekend General Admission tickets go on sale this Friday, April 11 at 10:00am PDT and start at just $279, plus a choice of camping or shuttle privileges for $89. www.pembertonmusicfestival.com.
Nine Inch Nails, Outkast, Deadmau5, Soundgarden, Frank Ocean, Kendrick Lamar, Metric, Modest Mouse, Snoop Dogg, Above & Beyond, Empire of the Sun, Ms. Lauryn Hill, TV On The Radio, Blondie, Cage The Elephant, Girl Talk, Grimes, The Flaming Lips, Young the Giant, Baauer, Matthew Good, Schoolboy Q, St. Vincent, Tyler, The Creator, Violent Femmes, Earl Sweatshirt, Gord Downie, The Sadies, The New Pornographers, Sloan, Stars, Best Coast, Big Gigantic, Clockwork, Flying Lotus, Hayden, Matt Mays, RL Grime, Shlohmo, Delta Rae, Dinosaur Jr., Fucked Up, Griz, Hey Rosetta!, Kaytranada, Purity Ring DJ Set, XXYYXX, Dan Deacon, Lettuce, Metz, Rich Aucoin, Wild Belle, ZZ Ward, Aer, Gold & Youth, Flash Lightnin’, The Tontons, Tory Lanez, Yukon Blonde, Hallelujah Train featuring Daniel Lanois, Will Sexton, Brian Blade, Brady Blade Sr., Anders Osborne, Chris Thomas, and Malcolm Burn with Gospel Choir, and comedy from Trailer Park Boys, Bob Saget, Lisa Lampanelli, Nick Swardson, Norm MacDonald, Doug Benson, Hannibal Buress, Tom Green, Brian Posehn, Jim Breuer, Natasha Leggero, Brian Scolaro, Kyle Dunnigan, and many more to be added in the coming weeks.
Theatre Review: Helen Lawrence - Arts Club
Stanley Industrial Theatre
On now until April 19th
By Chris Haddock & Stan Douglas
Acclaimed visual artist Stan Douglas and screenwriter Chris Haddock (Da Vinci’s Inquest, Boardwalk Empire) bring Vancouver an intoxicating mixed-media spectacle set in the Vancouver of 1948. Visit the vanished worlds of the old Hotel Vancouver and Hogan’s Alley—the city’s hot spot for gambling and vice. Helen Lawrence is an intriguing, hard-boiled tale of loyalty and money that illuminates our city’s politics during a time of historic upheaval.
This is how it is stated on the website and though it gives you a little bit of detail behind this show, you need to witness it to believe it!! From the moment the show starts you’ll start to question what in god’s green earth you have encountered……like wine, let it breath. Let it grow on you, question it but don’t discount it, sit tight and enjoy something that doesn’t come along each and every day.
LOWEST COMMON DENOMINATOR
Harmony is trying to get back on her feet post-divorce, and ends up on a blissful, booze-filled date with Peter, an insurance salesman. But when she walks in on her seventeen year old son Trevor kissing him it unleashes something powerful and sacred in her. Their three lives are set in motion - perpetually intertwined. Lowest Common Denominator explores the often-controversial world of intergenerational relationships and unleashes the darkness that exists just underneath a thin skin.
I sat down with writer Dave Deveau and cast-mates Deborah Williams and Dallas Sauer to dive into the world of Lowest Common Denominator and Vancouver’s Zee Zee Theatre.
Lowest Common Denominator plays at the PAL Theatre March 13-30. Tickets available through www.ticketstonight.ca
Pacific Theatre (12th and Hemlock)
On stage until March 29th
An Irish comedy darker than a pint of Guinness!
Four Irish lads gather for their annual game of poker and a few drams of whiskey…
They end up dealing with a hand very different than they ever imagined!
Directed by Anthony F. Ingram
Featuring Ron Reed, Tim Dixon, John Innes,
Andrew McNee and John Emmet Tracy
For more info and tickets, click here
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MEET WHIFFEN the SEA OTTER
There’s nothing like a good rescue story and the good people at the Vancouver Aquarium Marine Mammal Rescue Centre are doing their best to save a severely injured adult male sea otter who was rescued on Sunday, February 23. He was found on Whiffen Spit (hence the name they have given him), on Vancouver Island, non-responsive and required immediate medical intervention. Together with a team from the BCSPCA Wild Animal Rehabilitation Centre, the Aquarium’s Rescue Centre team rescued the critically injured animal from the beach. The otter was extremely emaciated with undetermined injuries to his hind flippers. He is receiving 24-hour intensive care and is being hand-fed every two hours. It is still too early to tell if he will survive, but they are doing everything they can to ensure he has the best chance for a successful rehabilitation for eventual release back into local waters. If you’d like to help Whiffen, the Marine Mammal Rescue Centre is always looking for donations to help with costs of medications, vet care, food and more.
Donate here and take a peek below at Whiffen’s rescue!
About MMR: The primary goal of the Marine Mammal Rescue Centre is to provide housing and care for ill, injured or abandoned marine mammals and rehabilitate them for release back into their natural habitat.
TONIGHT AT THE ANZA!!
Vancouver has a strong history of drag king performance but these gender bending portrayals are usually to be found late at night in bars and pubs. Now an exciting new company is poised to bring performing masculinity into the realm of theatre in a way the city has rarely seen. Classic Chic Productions is an all-female ensemble dedicated to performing theatrical classics. Most people know that men originally played all the roles in Shakespeare’s plays, including the female parts, and let’s face it, when we think about Shakespeare’s greatest characters, it’s the male roles that first come to mind. So, what happens when all the actors are women instead? Classic Chic plans to find out, starting with The Winter’s Tale as their first production. First, they’ve got some preparation to do.
ARE YOU READY TO GET CRAZY?
It’s that time of year again for the Crazy8s…..what are the Crazy8s you ask? They are an 8-day filmmaking competition that provides funding and support to filmmakers to help them produce their short films. Six filmmakers (they are already winners in my books) received $1,000 and a production package and they had just 8 days to create their films.
As a proud media sponsor BC BuzZ wants you to experience the craziness first hand! Witness the premiere of the six Crazy8s 2014 short films and support our local filmmakers!
This year’s Crazy8s’ Gala Screening will be at The Centre on Saturday March 1st at 7pm…..and make sure to join the after-party at Science World for one helluva good “Crazy” time! Tickets on sale now.
BC BuzZ would love to have one lucky ready join the fun for free!
To win, comment below on why you should win or Retweet: ”I entered a BC BuzZ contest to win a pair of tickets to @Crazy8sFilm Gala & Party @bcbuzztv www.bcbuzz.ca #bcbuzzcontest”
Winners will be announced at 3pm on Thursday February 27th
For more details on Crazy8s go to: www.crazy8s.cc
By: Aaron Alexander