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.
The DOXA Documentary Film Festival presents Two Nil at The Cinematheque (1131 Howe Street) on Sunday (May 12) at noon.
Two Nil is a feature-length documentary from the Czech Republic by Pavel Abrahám. The film looks at bad behaviour in European football arenas, including bad manners, racism, and xenophobia. Abrahám uses 22 cameras to capture football fans seated in both the nosebleed sections and the more exclusive areas.
Two Nil was nominated for three Czech Lion Academy Awards, and this is the Canadian premiere of the film.
The DOXA Documentary Film Festival presents Talking Landscape: Early Media Works 1974-1984 at The Cinematheque (1131 Howe Street) on Sunday (May 12) at 2:45 p.m.
Talking Landscape is a feature-length documentary by U.S. filmmaker Andrea Callard. The film tells the story of a group of artists, including Jean-Michel Basquiat, Jenny Holzer, Keith Haring, Kiki Smith, Christy Rupp, and Jack Smith, who put on the legendary art exhibition The Times Square Show in New York in the 1970s. Talking Landscape relives parts of the show through slideshows and short films.
This screening is the Canadian premiere of Talking Landscape and the director will be present.
The Vancouver International Children’s Festival presents PEP Talks, a new speaker series aimed at giving parents solutions for raising millennial children. Vancouver-based Deborah MacNamara is the third speaker in the series, and on May 15, she will be giving a talk titled, “The Lost Art of Play” at the Vancouver Playhouse (600 Hamilton Street).
The Lost Art of Play looks at the importance of play and discusses how playtime helps develop a child’s brain. “Children who lack environments that foster play actually have brains that are 20 to 30 percent less developed in capacity,” MacNamara states in a news release.
Upintheair Theatre presents the rEvolver Theatre Festival from May 14 to 26 at the Cultch (1895 Venables Street). The rEvolver Theatre Festival, formerly the Neanderthal Arts Festival, is a cutting-edge performing arts festival that showcases work by emerging artists and companies.
This year’s mainstage series will feature five local companies. Alley Theatre will present Kayak, a witty play about the global environmental crisis written by Jordan Hall and directed by Rachel Peake. Kayak won the 2010 Samuel French Canadian Playwrights Contest.