CircusWest presents Kaleidoscope: Circus in Technicolour featuring youth in the Performance and Centre Stage programs of CirKids. The original production takes the PNE Garden Auditorium stage (2901 East Hastings Street) from May 1 to 4, with shows at 12:30 p.m. and 7 p.m. daily.

Kaleidoscope: Circus in Technicolour tells the story of a young boy who searches for and is inspired by coloured worlds of circus and ultimately finds his true colours.

Filmmaker David Lynch shows the twisted artistic genius that came before films like Eraserhead, Blue Velvet, and Mulholland Drive in his first major art exhibition this fall in Philadelphia.

David Lynch: The Unified Field, it's just been announced, will open September 15 at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, where the master of the dark and allegorical once studied in advanced painting in the late 1960s. It will feature about 90 paintings and drawings from 1965 to the present, many of which have rarely been seen in public. Many stem from his time in Philadelphia, others from his more recent studio work, which includes painting, prints, photography, and drawing.

The Soweto Gospel Choir returns to Vancouver in a tribute concert to Nelson Mandela on Sunday (April 13) at the Queen Elizabeth Theatre (650 Hamilton Street). The concert, which will also celebrate the 20-year anniversary of the end of apartheid, starts at 7:30 p.m.

The South African gospel group from Soweto is a 30-person choir formed in 2002. Known for their vocal harmonies and vibrant performances, the multiple Grammy Award-winning choir has performed alongside the likes of Bono, Queen, Celine Dion, John Legend, Pater Gabriel, Josh Groban, Aretha Franklin, and Stevie Wonder.

If you’re a struggling artist looking for guidance, you might be able to find some soon.

The LAUNCH Festival! is getting ready for its second year, and is looking for professional emerging artists to take part.

The three-day festival will run from June 19 to 21, and will provide mentorship and performance opportunities for artists in a wide range of fields, including music, media arts, dance, performance art, and new art.

Participants will be able to attend workshops held by mentors, perform in front of industry leaders, receive advice, and showcase their work.

Last year’s industry mentors included Jim Smith, producer of DanceHouse Vancouver, Gary Cristall, founder of the Vancouver Folk Music Festival, and talent agent Murray Gibson.

Just look at what Russell Brand has achieved in the last year.

He toured the world with his Messiah Complex show; got his picture taken at Insite; battled the forces of global neoliberalism; probably had sex with your sister, maybe even your mom… the list goes on.

The Pride in Art Society has reached an important funding status milestone, amid several changes at the queer arts organization.

The BC Arts Council has approved Pride in Art's Queer Arts Festival for operating assistance in the Professional Arts Festivals program.

The promotion of the festival from project funding to operating funding will provide more stability in provincial government funding.

Being an ex-president is tough. You go from running the free world to being a regular joe in the blink of an eye. So what do you do when all the pomp and circumstance is over, when all the cheering stops? 

Andrew Johnson returned to the senate. William Howard Taft became chief justice. Dwight D. Eisenhower raised cattle. Richard Nixon worked to rehabilitate his reputation. Jimmy Carter remained in public service, doing countless good works.

After leaving office, George W. Bush—happy to be out of the limelight, it seems—began painting.

First, it was portraits of family pets (most notably his dog, Barney) and landscapes, but since then the former president has graduated to portraiture.

PROUD, Michael Healey’s satirical play about a certain Canadian prime minister, takes the Firehall Arts Centre stage (280 East Cordova Street) from April 5 to 26.

The political comedy imagines a different outcome to the last federal election—the Tories took Quebec and won a huge majority.

PROUD makes its Vancouver premiere with Andrew Wheeler as a prime minister bearing remarkable resemblance to Prime Minister Stephen Harper. Craig Erickson will play Harper’s Machiavellian chief of staff, and Emmelia Gordon will play a novice MP. PROUD is directed by Firehall artistic producer Donna Spencer.

Vancouver New Music presents Sequitur at the Orpheum Annex (823 Seymour Street) on April 12 at 8 p.m.

Sequitur will feature new works inspired by pieces selected from VNM’s musical vaults. Jennifer Butler, Dorothy Chang, Owen Underhill, and Cameron Wilson have created new works that reference scores by iconic Canadian composers Barbara Pentland, Jean Coulthard, Rudolf Komorous, and Martin Bartlett.

Théâtre la Seizième presents Après moi at Studio 16 (1545 West 7th Avenue) from April 8 to 12. This black comedy by Christian Bégin will be performed in French, with English surtitles on Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday shows.

Après moi takes place in a motel off route 117. In one room, a man and woman commit adultery for the first time. In another room, a couple have sex for the last time. In a third room, a lonely man wants to die.

The production features five of Quebec’s favourite actors who were previously featured in Théâtre la Seizième’s 2004 production, Le rire de la mer.

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