A Bloody Treat: Snapshots Theatre Collective's Sweeney Todd

A Bloody Treat: Snapshots Theatre Collective's Sweeney Todd

Attend the tale of Sweeney Todd; really, you should. Snapshots Theatre Collective has served up a bloody treat just in time for Halloween. Their site-specific, immersive production of Sweeney Todd, mounted at 348 Water Street (Mrs. Lovett’s Pie Shop, I should say), submerges the audience in the dark world of Fleet Street so thoroughly that they will even serve you pre-show pie.

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Fringe Festival 2018 Review: Awkward Hug

Fringe Festival 2018 Review: Awkward Hug

There is an oft-expressed coming-of-age narrative we are familiar with—something unequivocally quiet and clumsy, something that sports all the sentimentality, the angst and the usual gawky suspects. So when Cory Thibert launches into Awkward Hug with an anecdote on how he lost his virginity, one might feel inclined to settle into their expectations. However, it would be an injustice to Cory, Linnea Gwiazdaan and TJ Dawe to say this is just a coming of age story.

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Fringe Festival 2018 Review: Lip Service

Fringe Festival 2018 Review: Lip Service

Lip Service, the physical comedy by Natalie Tin Yin Gan and Ashley Whitehead, is wholly satisfying (pun and innuendo intended). From the more technical aspects, such as their marked choreography and synchronization, to the show's deserved focus: Vulvas, obviously. And more specifically, issues of service, of self-acceptance, of doing-it-all, and more.

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Verses Festival Recap: Vancouver Story Slam

Verses Festival Recap: Vancouver Story Slam

Vancouver Story Slam (VSS) took the stage at East Van’s Wise Hall on Wednesday, April 25th as part of Verses Festival of Words. This year marked the 8th annual festival for Verses, who stakes claim to Canada’s largest alternative literary festival. The program which ran from April 19-29 offered a range of events, like poetry readings, story slams, workshops, and live music mingled with literature. 

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Verses Festival Recap: The Witching Hour

Verses Festival Recap: The Witching Hour

“Welcome to the witching hour,” said Verses festival director Jillian Christmas on Tuesday, April 24th. Gathered in the dark room of The Wise Hall, tea-lights twinkling, and moon phase flags strung along a table at the front, it certainly felt like we had all gathered for some witchy rituals. The sun blazed outside, the air was warm, but we were hidden away from the outside world, ready to breathe words of passion, and evoke the mystic.  

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Review: The Shooting Gallery Performance Series

Review: The Shooting Gallery Performance Series

The bi-annual Shooting Gallery Performance Series is a “breeding ground for raw works of dance and performance art”, said co-curator Julie Chapple at Saturday night’s performance. Produced with Sarah Gallos, the two women sift through submissions of established and emerging performance artists interested in exploring new approaches performance. Held at the artist collective The Dusty Flowerpot Cabaret, the series offers a much needed experimental clearing for Vancouver’s performance-based artists.    

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Review: The Unconventional Romance Variety Show

Review: The Unconventional Romance Variety Show

Following the oh-so-conventional (puke in my mouth a bit) hallmark holiday came this refreshingly honest, open, and humourous series of acts responding to ideologies of love, romance, and relationships. The Unconventional Romance Variety Show celebrated sex and uncovered stereotypical notions of modern-day romance. Spicy, gritty and sometimes grotesque, the show offered racy entertainment for those seeking a not-so-hallmark approach to sensory stimulation.

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The Merry Spinster by Mallory Ortberg

The Merry Spinster by Mallory Ortberg

If you’re a lover of fairy tales with teeth, then look no further than Mallory Ortberg’s newest work The Merry Spinster, a collection of dark short stories adapted from her series “Children’s Stories Made Horrific”. Beloved for her daily literary wit on the cult-hit website The Toast, and bestselling author of Texts From Jane Eyre, Ortberg has curated a chilling and hilarious romp through eleven classic stories.

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Review: Nicolas Sassoon’s ‘Index Avenue Skylight’ at Wil Aballe Art Projects

Review: Nicolas Sassoon’s ‘Index Avenue Skylight’ at Wil Aballe Art Projects

The underground art scene, where so much of the hard work of creative production takes place, can seem strangely disconnected from the white-cube world of fine art. Nicolas Sassoon’s new show at Wil Aballe Art Projects, ‘Index Avenue Skylight’, brings these two halves of the art world together.

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Review: The Octopus Eats Its Own Leg by Takashi Murakami

Review: The Octopus Eats Its Own Leg by Takashi Murakami

The Octopus Eats Its Own Leg is an exhibition curated in partnership with the Museum of Contemporary Art (MCA), Chicago, which offers an in-depth retrospective of the development of Murakami’s paintings from the 1980s to the present, featuring fifty-five paintings and sculptures across the second floor of the gallery.

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Review: Pictures From Here

Review: Pictures From Here

This restraining tether to an origin is a common theme in the art world’s discussion of photoconceptualism broadly, especially in Vancouver: today, 40 years after Girard began capturing incredible colour photography of the city’s neon lights at night, we are still invited to major gallery openings to look at art that perpetuates the same narrative, and celebrates the same people. Jeff Wall owns the lightbox, and the “pioneers” of photoconceptualism own Vancouver photography and in some ways, Vancouver art.

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Review: Norah Sadava and Amy Nostbakken’s Mouthpiece

Review: Norah Sadava and Amy Nostbakken’s Mouthpiece

I was not prepared for the intuitive, almost instinctual wash of familiarity as I watched Mouthpiece. Admittedly, I'm sometimes intimidated by contemporary theatre because I'm afraid I won't “get it”, but this show was so profoundly relatable because of it's unique use of sound, physicality, and artful allusions to overwhelmingly intricate themes. Never before have I wanted to stand up from my seat and yell, “Yes! That's exactly it! The feeling of being hot and itchy and hate-filled because you feel wrong in everything you're wearing - that's what it looks like!”

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Eating Matters by Kara-lee MacDonald

Eating Matters by Kara-lee MacDonald

The poem beginning “the hardest part is knowing,” reveals the shame of all educated feminists who remain victims of themselves: that struggle between the intellect knowing better and the body self-destructing at the hands of learned behaviors. She writes “at the end of the day / ––theory fails / to account for disjunction / between bodily urges and / rational thought.”

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