Arts hot ticket: 69 Positions, Akiyama Returns, Swan Lake, Thunderc*nt

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      69 Positions

      May 14 to August 17 at the SUM gallery

      On May 14, 1969, the Canadian government decriminalized same-sex sexual activity. To mark the 50th anniversary of Bill C-150, the Queer Arts Festival brings you this fascinating cross-Canada exhibition (shown here). Presented in conjunction with VIVO Media Arts Centre and the Vancouver Queer Film Festival, the show takes a critical look at history, transporting you back to a time when the sexual revolution and gay liberation were hitting their peak, with media, memorabilia, artifacts, documentary films, and more.


      Mayuko Kamio

      Akiyama Returns With Mayuko Kamio

      May 16 at the Centennial Theatre, and May 17 and 18 at the Chan Centre for the Performing Arts

      Two Japanese superstars take the stage with the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra this weekend. The concert marks the return of VSO conductor laureate Kazuyoshi Akiyama, who led our orchestra in the 1970s to great acclaim. He’ll join Tokyo violin virtuoso Mayuko Kamio and her famed 1727 Stradivarius in Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s sparkling Violin Concerto No. 3 in G Major.


      Coastal City Ballet's Swan Lake, with Ana Paula Oioli dancing the role of Odette--the White Swan--and Diego Ramalho in the role Siegfried.
      Mark Klotz

      Swan Lake

      May 18 at the Vancouver Playhouse and June 15 at the Bell Performing Arts Centre in Surrey

      Springtime and Swan Lake go together beautifully, and Coastal City Ballet gives the beloved ballet a gorgeous modern twist with the return of Irene Schneider’s fresh, romantic take. Ana Paula Oioli is the white swan Odette and Diego Ramalho dances Siegfried.


      Sharon Mahoney


      May 16 to 18 at Yuk Yuk’s

      Comedian Sharon Mahoney tackles censorship, empowerment, and the loaded meaning of the C-word in a show that’s been a hit from the Edinburgh Festival Fringe to the Melbourne International Comedy Festival.