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.
Jack & the Beanstalk: An East Van Panto will be the first production to hit the stage at the brand new York Theatre (639 Commercial Drive). The show presented by Theatre Replacement runs December 4 to 29.
This homegrown version of the classic holiday pantomime was written by Charles Demers, with music by Veda Hille, direction by Amiel Gladstone, and starring Patti Allan, Maiko Bae Yamamoto, Dawn Petten, Faugi u, and Allan Zinyk.
Jack & the Beanstalk: An East Van Panto turns the familiar fairy tale on its head, with music, contemporary references, audience participation, and whacked-out fun for the whole family.
Vancouver’s Plastic Orchid Factory and Montreal’s Grand Poney present Jacques and James at the Firehall Arts Centre (280 East Cordova Street) from December 4 to 7. Jacques and James consists of two companion solo pieces.
The contemporary dance piece James is co-created by James Gnam and Lee Su-Feh and tells the story of one man’s journey from boyhood to manhood through his relationship with The Nutcracker.
Cible de Dieu/Target of God exposes the personal turmoil of an anti-hero.
Tickets for Jacques and James can be purchased online in advance.
The Vancouver Art Gallery (750 Homer Street) hosts FUSE: Crowd Studies on Friday (November 29) from 8 p.m. to 1 a.m. Inspired by artist Kimsooja’s work that encourages human interaction, this FUSE event will feature the largest number of artists and performers to date.
And you thought Lego was just kid stuff. Turns out it can be high art, too.
Artist, writer, and designer Douglas Coupland is pulling out his reportedly mind-blowing collection of Lego this week, and he's inviting kids of all ages to build with him.
It's all the lead-up to the Lego-obsessed visionary's solo exhibit at the Vancouver Art Gallery in mid-2014, called everywhere is anywhere is anything is everything, in which he'll be featuring a crowd-sourced tower made out of the bricks.
Vancouver Opera presents Benjamin Britten’s Albert Herring from November 30 to December 8. Performances include November 30 at 7:30 p.m., December 5 and 7 at 7:30 p.m., and December 8 at 2 p.m. at the Queen Elizabeth Theatre (649 Cambie Street).
Albert Herring is a satirical opera about life in in an English village. First performed in 1947, the chamber opera features a libretto by Eric Crozier.
The opera centres around the busybodies of the Loxford May Day committee and the over-protected grocer’s son Albert Herring. The comedy is fast-paced and witty.