DOXA presents diverse line-up of documentary films

Doxa, a Greek word meaning popular opinion or well-known belief, is an apt name for the documentary film festival that aims to shed light on pressing issues and share new ideas and inspiring stories from around the world. DOXA’s 16th festival is happening from May 4–14 at various venues in Vancouver and offers a wide […]

Women Marching captures female empowerment in dance

Each year, the School for the Contemporary Arts Repertory Dancers have guest choreographers come to work with them. Their upcoming show, Women Marching, includes five pieces: one by rehearsal directors Marla Eist and Henry Daniel, three works by local choreographers (Vanessa Goodman, Judith Garay, and Wen Wei Wang), and, thanks to a grant named in […]

Five stage shows to see before final exams

Need a break from dreary weather and textbooks? Take a break before finals to check out one of these performing arts events in Vancouver. One night only: After the Curtain by Shaping Sound | March 25 | Queen Elizabeth Theatre Travis Wall, of So You Think You Can Dance fame, has started his own dance […]

Bittergirlmakes the end of relationships about the women

Many women who have been dumped can probably relate to the sentiments in Bittergirl. The hurt feelings, the coping strategies, the desperation; but I expect many would find it clichéd and presumptuous as it relies on stereotypes of the poor rejected girl. The three relationships in Bittergirl provide examples of how a breakup may take […]

Album Reviews

I See You – The xx The xx is a UK-based band consisting of Romy Madley-Croft, Oliver Sim, and super producer Jamie xx – which hasn’t released new music in over four years. Their much-anticipated latest release, I See You, sounds like a ray of sunshine weaving in and out of the tracks. It opens […]

Highlights for the Vancouver International Dance Festival 2017

Best eye candy: Alonzo King LINES Ballet | March 3-4 | Vancouver Playhouse $50 for students Performing two works, SAND and Shostakovich, this contemporary ballet company impresses with long lines and deep emotional expression. The choreography takes classical ballet and gives it a new sense of form while infusing it with cultural references and working […]

Ali Hassan is Muslim, Interrupted

Comedian Ali Hassan has trouble explaining to his children why their Muslim family doesn’t go to the mosque — and why he eats pork. The nuances between religion and culture are not always easy for many people to understand, let alone for a five year-old. In his new one-man show, Muslim, Interrupted, coming to the […]

JFL NorthWest preview

In the dead of winter, it’s important to keep your sense of humour and have a little fun. JFL NorthWest (a partnership between Just for Laughs and the NorthWest Comedy Fest) comes along at the perfect time; from February 16–25, the festival is back for a second year with a variety of performances at multiple […]

Dancing en pointe isn’t just for the girls

It’s not every day you see men dancing en pointe, but Les Ballets Trockadero de Monte Carlo (Les Trocks), an all-male company based in New York, has made it their defining feature. While there are tutus, pirouettes, and numbers from ballets such as Swan Lake and Giselle, Les Trocks are not your average classical troupe […]

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