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
THE WELLNESS SHOW 2014
Well this morning I decided to take in a little healthy living over at the Vancouver Convention Centre with The Wellness Show. This is not necessarily the show I would be excited to head to only due to the fact, gluten-free this and dairy free that is not what I tend to look for when it comes to eating a drinking. But alas I figured a healthy day is probably what this body/mind is in need of.
If you haven’t been, its a pretty impressive layout of everything under the stars that makes you feel, smell and think good. From celebrity cooking to dancing to exercise and a plethora of exhibitors this show can keep your mind, body and soul busy for a full rainy day.
I must say, for a guy that usually wouldn’t head to the vegan aisle of the local grocery store……I really enjoyed what The Wellness Show had to to offer. After about 3hrs of eating anything and everything that usually makes my body hate me because of all that crap which is usually included in the ingredients…..I felt great. Maybe because this stuff doesn’t have any of that crap in it. Usually if I even attempted to eat:Pizza, Muffins, Chocolate Bars, Energy Bars, Juice, Bagels, Bread, Spaghetti Sauce & more first thing in the morning……..I’d be running for a bottle of Tums or Rolaids to coat my inside from the pain. This time….nada….I felt fabulous…..maybe this “wellness” way of living ain’t so bad after all. If you haven’t given it a try, go for it! Head down to the Convention Centre tomorrow (Sunday) for the last day and try a gluten, dairy, wheat-free, vegan treat and who knows, maybe you’ll be treating yourself better in no time…..I think I may!
By: Aaron Alexander
BC HOME + GARDEN SHOW
It’s that time of year…..the time we all start thinking of spring cleaning (yes, down here in the Lower Mainland, its close to spring), renovating, garden work & more. With that said, one of the biggest shows to trample into town is the Home & Garden Show!
The BC Home + Garden Show which runs from Feb 19-23 is the most trusted resource for every home improvement project, inside and out. With HGTV stars like Bryan & Sarah Baeumler and Mike Holmes Jr. & Sherry Holmes, plus more than 425 exhibitors and a slew of exciting new features, there’s real advice, real inspiration and real experts at every turn.
BC BuzZ would love to get you in and do it for FREE! We have 5 (yes you heard correct) pairs of tickets to all our little BC BuzZers…all you have to do is:
To win, comment below on why you should win or Retweet: ”I entered a BC BuzZ contest to win a pair of tickets to @VanHomeShows @bcbuzztv www.bcbuzz.ca #bcbuzzcontest”
Winners will be announced at 9pm on Tuesday February 18th.
For more details on the show go to: www.bchomeandgardenshow.com
By: Aaron Alexander
SQUAMISH VALLEY MUSIC FESTIVAL LINEUP ANNOUNCEMENT!
Well its with great happiness and lots of BuzZ that we announce the biggest event of the summer up the Sea to Sky highway…..Squamish Festival is back and bigger than ever!
Before we get into the meat & potatoes of this festival we’d like to send out a standing ‘O’ to the good people at brand.Live for an impressive lineup of musicians!! Great job as always.
The most anticipated music event of the summer is back for its fifth year with an unprecedented lineup featuring three of the world’s top musical artists: Eminem, Bruno Mars and Arcade Fire. Virgin Mobile Presents The Squamish Valley Music Festival, produced by Live Nation Canada in partnership with festival creators brand.LIVE Management Group, takes place at the Logger Sports Grounds and Centennial Fields in Squamish, British Columbia, August 8, 9 & 10, 2014.
Squamish Valley Music Festival has expanded onto the Centennial Fields, allowing the event to increase its footprint from 32 acres to 81 acres, safely accommodating more than 35,000 guests per day (Sasquatch numbers), up from 19,000 per day in 2013.
Executive Producer of the Squamish Valley Music Festival and Vice-President of brand.LIVE, Paul Runnals says, “Our campgrounds and Festival site have been expanded and we’ve worked very hard to ensure that this year’s experience will be efficient, safe and enjoyable for all involved. We’ve engaged the best in the business to ensure that Festival-goers will be able to enter and exit the event smoothly and any impact to Squamish residents will be minimized as much as possible.”
Weekend passes to Virgin Mobile Presents The Squamish Valley Music Festival went on sale on Friday, February 7th at 10:00 am and already are going quickly.
Here’s a little taste of last year’s festival and keep your eye on BC BuzZ for all up to date news & interviews leading up to the big fest:
ARTISTS SCHEDULED TO PERFORM INCLUDE:
Eminem, Bruno Mars, Arcade Fire, Arctic Monkeys, Broken Bells, Foster the People, The Roots, Lykke Li, Thievery Corporation, The Head and the Heart, Sam Roberts Band, Atmosphere, Serena Ryder, Tokyo Police Club, Boys Noize, Danny Brown, Gramatik, Walk Off the Earth, Lord Huron, Mayer Hawthorne, Kevin Drew, Hollerado, Mounties, Whitehorse, The Zolas, Felix Cartal, Cyril Hahn, Herobust, We Are The City, Head of the Herd, Topless, Good For Grapes, Aidan Knight, Rykka, City Real, The Courtneys, Louise Burns, Zerbin, Slam Dunk, The Oceanographers.
For more information on the Festival lineup, tickets and more please visit: www.SquamishFestival.com.
By: Aaron Alexander
Renew, Revitalize and Restore at the 2014 Wellness Show!
New Rave Productions presents The 22nd Annual Wellness Show, the largest trade show in Western Canada dedicated to helping you live a more balanced and holistic lifestyle. This year’s Wellness Show takes place February 14th, 15th and 16th, 2014 at the Vancouver Convention Centre East Building.
The Wellness Show features something for everyone: women, men, seniors and even kids! Learn about the very latest, cutting edge wellness practices, products and services, ask questions, sample, and get support with your wellness goals.
In addition to nearly 300 exhibitors who feature everything from healthy snacks, nutritional supplements, environmentally-responsible cleaning supplies, natural and vegan beauty supplies, holistic practitioners and organic foods, this year’s Wellness Show features over 100 workshops, demonstrations and guest speakers. These will be spread out over the weekend, on five different stages: Living Well, the Fitness Demonstration Stage, the Workshop Stage, Women & Wellness and the Celebrity Cooking Stage.
….and BC BuzZ would like to get to the show for free! We have two pairs of tickets for two lucky couples.
To win, comment below on why you should win or Retweet: ”I entered a BC BuzZ contest to win a pair of tickets to @TheWellnessShow @bcbuzztv www.bcbuzz.ca #bcbuzzcontest”
Winner will be drawn on Thursday February 13th at 9am
The Wellness Show runs Friday, February 14 (noon to 8 pm), Saturday, February 15 (10 am to 7 pm) and Sunday, February 16 (10 am to 6 pm) at the Vancouver Convention Centre, East Building Exhibit Hall B & C, 999 Canada Place. Ticket prices are: $14.50 (General Admission), $12.50 (Seniors & Students), $6.00 (Children 6-15), and FREE (Children 5 & Under), 3 Day Passes are available for $30. Admission is available at the door, or may be purchased in advance online.
Theatre Review: The Odd Couple - Arts Club
I feel like it’s impossible to be over the age of 30 or 40 and not be very, maybe even very, very familiar with the characters in Neil Simon’s The Odd Couple. The TV show, starring raspy-voiced Jack Klugman as Oscar Madison and Tony “Really? Not gay? You sure?” Randall as Felix ran from 1970 - 1975 but it seems like my childhood was filled with reruns of it. That’s not even talking about the film starring Walter Matthau and Jack Lemmon or the plethora of theatrical productions or the recent batch of Klugman/Randall reruns on MeTV. I mean, I don’t think everyone remembers pretty much every single episode like I do but when I read that the director of the Arts Club Theatre’s current stage production, John Murphy, had never read the script or seen the film or TV show before taking this gig, I thought, “How is that even possible?” Then again, I have a lot of questions about John Murphy’s upbringing.
But to get back to the matter at hand, the play opened Wednesday night at the Stanley Industrial Alliance Stage to a crowd of theatre-goers probably more like me than the show’s director. No pressure, but how do you take a script that is as burned into our pop culture consciousness as this one and satisfy an audience with a new version? Well, if you’re John Murphy, you just do what you do best. This version is classic Murphy. Which is to say, it’s funny, the timing is impeccable, there is not a moment wasted (I didn’t feel the urge to check Facebook once!), and if there is the potential for humour in a line, let alone a scene, Murphy will find it. The popular Vancouver actor (Gut-Wrench, Hotel Bethlehem, The Heretic) and director (Santaland Diaries, To the Moon, Measure for Measure) has assembled a cast of actors who obviously get it too. Alec Willows is subtly hilarious as Roy, Oscar’s accountant and poker buddy, and Joel Wirkkunen gives a great performance as Murray the cop, totally committed and totally delightful. During the poker scenes, I found myself thinking what a blast rehearsals must have been, like one big Friday night poker game with the guys. You really get the sense that these actors are having a great time and, therefore, we as an audience have a great time watching them.
Theatre Review: PuSH Festival - Opening Gala
Super Night Shot
By Gob Squad Arts Collective
Presented by the PuSh Festival
For the Opening Gala
At The Vancouver Playhouse
And Followed by Speeches, Enormous Cakes and Earnest Ice Cream
January 14, 2014
First let me say to you, dear readers, that before I attend this gala evening I promise to everyone I see that day, “I will be kind.” I am, as it happens, a tough audience. Amongst a certain set I am famous, if not infamous, for walking out of shows. I put on lipstick and do my nails, pick up my mum and hope for the best. You know what? That’s exactly what I get, what we all get; the best. Gob Squad’s Super Night Shot delivers and then some. It goes like this:
We arrive at the theatre and are informed we can not yet be let into the auditorium, we will be let in as soon as the show begins. We mingle, we have a sip, we spy old friends and the place begins to fill. The anticipation gets buzzing and everyone wonders why we are being wrangled onto the sidewalk with sparklers, or the staircase with streamers. Why we are forming two lines, like we are waiting to wave at the queen’s motorcade. We are informed by bullhorn that Gob Squad are on their way, any moment, and we should be ready to roar. And they appear, four Brits in underwear carrying video cameras, and we do roar. They run the gaunlet of us, filming our orchestrated excitement, spurring us to nearly true happy feelings. We are seated.
Four square movie screens are side by side, each showing the footage of a separate video camera, and on each a digital watch is set and synchronized, signalling the beginning of the one hour movie shot in real time in the exact hour before we are seeing it. The watches belong to Simon, Mat, Sean and Sarah, who tell us the plan, the manifesto.