Stuff to see in Vancouver

As the social events coordinator at the GSA SIAT, it’s my job to organize events for the grad students. It also give me a chance to advertise cool things being put on by friends and colleagues. Here’s a few of them.

(By the way, if you haven’t heard of Tickets Tonight, you can get half-price tickets for many events posted on their website by buying the tickets on the day of the event.)

(Also, I’m definitely going to the April 29 performance of taking your experience for mine and the bannock dinner. How can anyone possibly say “no” to bannock? (Unless they’re gluten-intolerant, that is!))

Walking + Falling: Works by Jim Campbell, Chris Marker, and Eadweard Muybridge at the Vancouver Art Gallery

New Media, Visual Art
Until September 5. Tuesdays admission by donation

Walking + Falling presents the work of three notable artists who have utilized new media to explore and represent complex notions of time, movement and memory.

More info. I’ve seen this exhibit. It is gorgeous.

taking your experience for mine

Dance, New Media
April 29 and 30 (tickets $15 on the 29th in celebration of International Dance Day)

An investigation of how digital traces left for the taking can affect the body and alter the concept of self. Governed by digital devices, flat screens, and conditioned responses; is dialing into the digital network altering one’s ability to attune? Performed by dancers Julia Carr, Amanda Sheather, Meghan Goodman and Jacinte Armstrong, the piece will feature an original score by Coffin’s longtime collaborator Phil Thomson, video and visuals by Andrew Hawryshkewich, and lighting design by Kimberly Plough. taking your experience from mine is presented through The Dance Centre’s third Iris Garland Emerging Choreographer Award, which is awarded every two years to a young choreographer who shows exceptional promise.

More info and ticket sales (if you get your tickets from me, the artists will receive a bigger cut of the sales).

Mambo Italiano

Running till April 30 at the Firehall Arts Centre

“Mambo Italiano….it’s absolutely the funniest”   -Jo Ledingham, Vancouver Courier
“excellent comedic acting talent”   -Colin Thomas, Georgia Straight
“this is a really funny play”  Ed Farolan,

A theatrical phenonmenon, Mambo Italiano is about the dynamics of family, the vast distance between old world sensibilites and the new and about grasping the resonant codes embeddded in what is said and what is meant in ordinary speech. This funny yet poignant story is not all farce, under all the comedic acting there is a seriousness about tolerance for persons of all sexual persuasions.

Tickets and info

Apathy is Dead – Fresh Media Remixology 5: Digital Democracy

New Media, Activism
April 27, 6pm – 2am

Media innovation plays an essential role in ensuring that the revolution unfolding in communication continues. More than ever before, there is opportunity to take an active role in shaping government and policy in this country. This months event will bring together media innovators, social change organizations and concerned citizens, to talk about social media and citizen engagement. The event will be an interactive dialogue on how we can use social media tools to engage citizens to vote in the upcoming elections, and in engaging the public in important local and global issues.

Event website.

Burn and Dodge

May 5 @ 7pm

Burn & Dodge is about 3 cities and the distance between them. It takes dancers and composers in Vancouver, Winnipeg and New York and plays a game of Broken Telephone. Each city receives only fragments to create the next part in the chain (photos of movement and short clips of music). The artists try to capture the original, to burn the image and the sound. But with impossible barriers burning turns into a miss, a trace, a dodge – and we end up with something new.

More info and tickets.

La Chambre Blanche

May 6

La Chambre Blanche [by Montreal's O Vertigo] is a choreographic work in which a confining site brings on states of dismay and frenzy in its captives. In the White Room, the characters are probed in their deepest intimacy and placed in a situation of extreme vulnerability where the body has no choice but to abandon itself to disequilibrium and dizziness.

More info and ticket sales.


Bannock and Stew Fundraising Dinner: Eat for Food Justice!

Food, Activism
May 7
, 6:00pm – 9:00pm, 672 E. Broadway, Vancouver. The Organizing Centre for Social and Economic Justice

Have a delicious dinner and support the work of the Mount Pleasant Food Justice Project! With starvation level welfare rates and minimum wage, many people in our community can’t afford healthy food. The Mount Pleasant Food Justice Project is fighting back and getting organized. As a grassroots organization we need your support. (For more information about our work, click here:

For $10 (or $12 at the door) you get a full dinner, including:
* Fresh Bannock
* Tasty Irish Stew or Vegan Moroccan Stew
* Green Salad
* Warm Apple Crumble

Be sure to get your dinner ticket in advance! Email foodactioncollective[at]gmail[dot]com or call 604-215-2775 to get your ticket, or for more information.

W2 Presents: the W2 Moving Party

April 30, W2 Storyeum in Gastown

We invite you to join us for our final night in the W2 Storyeum space and to celebrate with some of the people that have made this last year of incredible programming possible. A celebration of the creative commons built over the past year at W2 Storyeum. The Moving Party aims to celebrate our collective achievements and rich new history, and to raise awareness about W2’s opening of it’s permanent home within the Woodwards complex in mid May. W2 Storyeum has become a creative commons for the city. In the past year, 60,000 people from Vancouver and around the world have come together to participate in amazing musical, cultural, and socially progressive events that push creative boundaries and encourage dialogue within our communities.

Tickets and info.

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