If you're walking down Granville Street, you might notice some new art adorning the City of Vancouver's electrical boxes.
Emily Carr University of Art + Design students have debuted 11 new public art pieces between West Cordova and Drake streets.
The Downtown Vancouver Business Improvement Association paid the $20,000 cost of the WRAP project.
Simon Fraser University student Kurt Mehnert captured this self-portrait at the book tower in a Prague library.
Mehnert won the Canadian Bureau for International Education’s third annual photo contest with this shot, taken during a Capilano University field school.
In an SFU news release, Mehnert states: “While the photograph of the Book Tower looks like it is a never-ending hole of books, it is in fact an illusion viewed from the mirror below.”
In any case, it's an impressive selfie.
Bah! Humbug! returns for a fourth year with Juno Award-winning musician Jim Byrnes as Ebenezer Scrooge. The seasonal benefit for community arts in the Downtown Eastside runs from December 12 to 14 at SFU’s Goldcorp Centre for the Arts.
Bah! Humbug! is a twist on the classic Charles Dickens A Christmas Carol, as Scrooge own a pawn shop on Hastings Street. This all-ages show highlights the parallels between the economic disparities of Victorian-era London and Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside.
Along with Byrnes, the Max Reimer-directed production features First Nations actor Margo Kane, gospel and blues singer Tom Pickett, and actor Steve Maddock.
Vancouver vocal ensemble musica intima presents light for the Child, a holiday concert, from December 14 to 21.
Performances are scheduled for December 14 at Knox Presbyterian Church (403 East Columbia Street, New Westminster), December 16 at West Vancouver United Church (2062 Esquimalt Avenue, West Vancouver), December 20 at Christ Church Cathedral (690 Burrard Street), and December 21 at Ryerson United Church (2195 West 45th Avenue). All performances start at 7:30 p.m.
Light for the Child includes timeless holiday classics, such as Benjamin Britten’s Jesu, as thou art our saviour, and contemporary works. Rare pieces by Kristopher Fulton, Michael Conway Baker, and John Burge will also be featured.
Ruby Slippers Theatre presents Hotel Bethlehem, an irreverent Christmas play, at the Firehall Arts Centre (280 East Cordova Street) from December 10 to 22.
Hotel Bethlehem is a holiday satire in the style of Faulty Towers and Monty Python. The play by Drew McCreadie gives audiences a fresh and hilarious take on the story of Christmas, one featuring shepherds contemplating sheep lotteries, Three Kings evading taxation, ridiculous Roman soldiers, and a blind census taker.
This production directed by Diane Brown features Stephen Beaver, Scott Bellis, Tim Carlson, Alex Diakun, Dustin Freeland, Sean McQuillan, John Murphy, Byron Noble, Kris Novak, Gili Roskies, and Alvin Sanders.
The director of the Vancouver Art Gallery, Kathleen Bartels, is thrilled by yet another valuable gift from two of B.C.'s greatest patrons of the arts.
Polygon Homes chairman Michael Audain and his wife, Yoshiko Karasawa, have donated a self-portrait, Emily and Lizzie, by famed B.C. artist Emily Carr. It becomes the fifth self-portrait and 254th Emily Carr work in the VAG's collection.
"The painting fills a gap in the Gallery's representation of Emily Carr's work as her figurative works are extremely rare," Bartels said in a VAG news release.
Emily and Lizzie shows Carr, with her back in silhouette in a dark dress, sharing tea with her sister Lizzie, who's in the light in a white blouse.
The Vancouver International Children’s Festival help families get into the holiday spirit with A Holiday Celebration on Sunday (December 8) at the Vancouver Playhouse (600 Hamilton Street). The show, featuring singer Charlotte Diamond, starts at 11 a.m.
A Holiday Celebration will also feature performances by the Hug Bug Band and Perry Ehrlich’s ShowStoppers Youth Choir. The program will include family-friendly holiday songs from around the world.
Tickets to A Holiday Celebration are $25 and can be purchased online in advance or in person at Tickets Tonight (200 Burrard Street).
Ghost Light Projects presents the Canadian premiere of Let’s Kill Grandma This Christmas, the off-Broadway comedy by Brian Gianci. Let’s Kill Grandma This Christmas will run at Carousel Studios (1411 Cartwright Street) from December 5 to 21.
Let’s Kill Grandma This Christmas follows an 80-year-old granny who must fight off her two greedy granddaughters after she signs her last will and testament. This moral tale of family values is set against the modern-day world of materialism, blind-obedience, and our desperate need for social conformity.
Corporations in our Heads was developed from Augusto Boal’s technique “Cops in the Head”. After a short warm-up, the audience is asked to offer stories of their own experiences. The audience chooses the story that resonates the most and that story is brought to life. Participation is voluntary.
Last week we told you about the rare chance you'll have at Friday night's FUSE event at the VAG to play Lego with Douglas Coupland (or at least craft multicoloured towers that he'll use in his exhibit there next May).
But another draw that night has a very different, thought-provoking tone to it: artist Kimsooja, whose meditative Kimsooja Unfolding show is currently up at the gallery, will be mounting the Canadian premiere of her performance-art piece Beggar Woman-Conditions of Anonymity.