The 9th annual International Jondo Flamenco Festival takes place Friday and Saturday (May 24 and 25) at the Fei & Milton Wong Experimental Theatre at SFU’s Goldcorp Centre for the Arts (149 West Hastings Street).
The International Jondo Flamenco Festival features members of Vancouver’s flamenco community in performances and events. The festival also includes workshops in dance, singing, and guitar, and presents lectures and films that explore flamenco culture.
Two major showcases ground this year’s festival: On Friday, Zyryab features the fusion of Persian and Flamenco music and dance; while on Saturday, Camino Real demonstrates the raw energy of traditional flamenco.
Some of B.C.’s hottest indie bands return to New Westminster for Uptown Live 2013, a free music and arts street festival taking place Saturday (May 25) from 1 to 7 p.m.
Presented by Royal City Centre and Westminster Centre, Uptown Live kicks off outside the Uptown shopping district (6th Avenue at 6th Street) after the Key West Ford Hyack International Parade. Three performance stages will showcase bands, such as the Boom Booms, Good for Grapes, Bend Sinister, the Belle Game, the Shilohs, Buckman Coe, and New Westminster’s own Warren Dean Flandez.
Along with live music, the festival will also feature a BMX bike demonstration, food trucks, and a family fun zone.
Women Transforming Cities presents Engaging Women, Transforming Cities: Designing Ideal Cities for Women and Girls as part of its national conference on May 30 from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. The event features international, national, and local speakers at SFU’s Segal Graduate School of Business (500 Granville Street).
Keynote speakers at the event include Caroline Andrew, president of Women in Cities International; Prabha Khosla, an urban planner; Karen Leibovici, president of the Federation of Canadian Municipalities; and Sylvia Bashevkin, professor of political science at the University of Toronto.
The 16th annual European Festival takes place on May 25 and 26 at Swangard Stadium (3883 Imperial Street). This year, the family-friendly event opens from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. on Saturday (May 25) and 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Sunday (May 26).
Highlights of the 2013 festival include a European talent show on Sunday at 3 p.m., live music and dance performances on the festival stage and arts plaza stage, an ABBA tribute show on Saturday at 7 p.m. and Sunday at 4:30 p.m., a Beatles tribute on Saturday at 8:30 p.m., and an after-party dance with DJ Cris.
Switzerland has been chosen as this year’s featured country, but a total of 30 countries’ cultural displays, including dishes, will be available.
Vancouver-based rock band We Are The City will play an all-ages show at the Vogue Theatre on Thursday, July 4, in support of its upcoming sophomore album, Violent.
Consisting of high school friends Cayne McKenzie (vocals/keyboards), Andrew Huculiak (drums), and David Menzel (guitar), the group has undergone both personal and musical change since 2009's In a Quiet World , undergoing lineup alterations, relocating from Kelowna to Victoria to Vancouver, and painstakingly honing its sound.
Produced by Tom Dobrzanski (Said The Whale, the Zolas, Hey Ocean!), Violent promises to be an album full of contrasts with soaring highs and hushed comedowns.
The Cultch presents the world premiere of Mump & Smoot, a new show created by John Turner and Michael Kennard. Mump & Smoot is on at the Cultch (1895 Venables Street) from May 22 to June 2.
Mump & Smoot follows the Canadian clown duo created by Kennard and Turner through the parallel universe of Ummo. Together, through their own brand of gibberish, Ummonian, Mump and Smoot create humorous sketches—not suitable for children.
Tickets to Mump & Smoot start at $17 and are available online and by calling the Cultch’s box office at 604-251-1363.
Live Nation has announced that Los Angeles-based rock group Buckcherry will perform at the Commodore Ballroom on Friday, June 28, in support of its latest album, Confessions.
The multi-platinum selling band--consisting of Josh Todd (vocals), Keith Nelson (guitar), Stevie D. (guitar), Jimmy Ashhurst (bass), and Xavier Muriel (drums)--is known for its hit singles "Crazy Bitch", "Sorry", and "Lit Up".
Fresh from touring with Kid Rock, Buckcherry is currently embarking on a North American festival circuit and performing various headlining dates.
Mira Nair's latest film, The Reluctant Fundamentalist, opens on Friday, May 17, but the Straight is giving away double movie passes to an exclusive advance screening on Wednesday (May 15) at 7 p.m. at Fifth Avenue Cinemas (2110 Burrard Street).
Taking place in New York, Lahore, and Istanbul, The Reluctant Fundamentalist centres on Changez (Riz Ahmed), a Pakistani man who recounts a story to Bobby (Liev Schreiber), an American journalist, about his experiences in the United States.
Once a Princeton grad seeking his fortune on Wall Street with artist girlfriend (Kate Hudson) in tow, the attack on the Twin Towers and ensuing cultural divide turns Changez's life upside down.
Skylark Music and Christ Church Cathedral presents three concerts featuring Brahms’ chamber music. All concerts will feature Jane Coop on piano and Darrett Adkins on cello. Cris Inguanti will join on clarinet on May 21 at 8 p.m., and Laurie Smukler will be featured on violin on May 23 at 8 p.m. and May 26 at 3 p.m. All three concerts will take place at Christ Church Cathedral (690 Burrard Street)
The Vancouver TheatreSports League presents Pants on Fire: The Liar’s Show, on now until June 15 on Thursdays to Saturdays at 7:30 p.m., at the Improv Centre on Granville Island (1502 Duranleau Street).
Pants on Fire: The Liar’s Show is a 90-minute improvised comedy show, where the audience never really knows where the truth ends and the lies begin. Special guests each week delve into stories, and where the lies begin is anyone’s guess.
Tickets are $16 to $26 and can be purchased online in advance.