Thursday, April 30, 2009

May 1: Kathleen Nisbet / Viper Central

Friday bluegrass fun with Kathleen Nisbet (CHRISTMAS PRESENCE, etc) and her band...

this friday
Whiskeyjar - Viper Central - Shout! White Dragon

folks, spring has sprung, and friday is may day! how would you all rather spend the traditional beginning of summer, if not partying and dancing around with three of your favourite vancouver old-time and bluegrass bands, VIPER CENTRAL, WHISKEYJAR, and SHOUT! WHITE DRAGON?

yes, it's true, i never thought this day would come, but here it is: for the first time ever, we're combining forces and playing a triple bill at the beautiful st. james hall! it's a dream come true!! we're having this event to raise money for viper central's great european adventure at the bluegrass festival in switzerland. and our friend elena yeung, bluegrasser and singer-songwriter, will be joining us to call the dance later in the evening. it'll be a night you'll never forget, a night of bluegrassy old-timey fun, the likes of which vancouver has never seen before!!

St. James Hall
3214 W 10th Ave @ Trutch
Doors at 7:30, Tickets $10
Show starts at 8pm: WJ, VC, S!WD, and band scramble
Square Dance starts round about 10ish

VIPER CENTRAL is deadly good, solid gold alt-bluegrass, and is lorraine cobb (guitar), steve charles (bass), kathleen nisbet (fiddle), tim tweedale (dobro), mark vaughan (mandolin), and tyler rudolph (banjo), who's in montreal right now and unfortunately can't join us on friday.

WHISKEYJAR is an old-timey bluegrassy sour mash ruckus, and is mike zinger (guitar), me (banjo), mark vaughan (mandolin), edward porter (bass), and john lyon (fiddle).

SHOUT! WHITE DRAGON is straight-up, searing hot appalachian old time, and is kori miyanishi (fiddle), me (banjo), and lorraine cobb (guitar).

ELENA YEUNG, who will be joining us and calling the dance, is a talented singer-songwriter and bluegrass banjo player, returning to bc from her cross canada cd release tour, and we're totally lucky to have her come and help out at this event!
thank you all for staying tuned in, and hope to see you on friday night!

May 2: Pacific Rim String Quartet

Pacific Theatre's resident string quartet, but not at Pacific Theatre this time...


An Evening of Chamber Music
May 2nd, 7:30pm
Vancouver Academy of Music  

The Pacific Rim String Quartet invites you to join them for an evening of chamber music with special guests soprano Ching-Mei Lee and pianist Tim Bozarth. The program features pieces for various combinations of strings, piano and voice, and culminates with Brahms' piano quintet in F minor.  

An Evening of Chamber Music
Saturday, May 2nd, 2009
Koerner Recital Hall
Vancouver Academy of Music, 1270 Chestnut St. Vancouver
Tickets $20/$15
Available at the door or by calling 604-765-7588

Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Saturday, April 25, 2009

Aaron Caleb, "Davis Distinguished Teacher Award"

Heartfelt congratulations to Aaron Caleb, who was named Trinity Western University's "Davis Distinguished Teacher" at today's Commencement ceremonies.  What an honour!  How well-deserved!  And such perfect timing: Aaron worked around the clock last fall to move us into our new performance space in Freedom Hall, which ended up providing the perfect frame for his magnificent production of "The Good Woman of Setzuan" which closed the on-campus part of TWU's mainstage season - one of the half-dozen most memorable productions I've seen at TWU in 21 years, up there with "All My Sons," "Our Town," and Aaron's own "Taming Of The Shrew," among others.

A heartfelt "standing O" for Mr Caleb!

Saturday, April 18, 2009

YOU STILL CAN'T: The Company

Brett Ziegler, Debra Sears, Glen Pinchin, Laura Van Dyke

Gratifying. About two hours ago I put the finishing touches on the rehearsal draft of YOU STILL CAN'T, ready for our first day's rehearsal on Monday. Good feeling.

Also gratifying to think about the cast of Emerging Artists we've pulled together for this show. Andrea Loewen, Christie Maxson and Laura Van Dyke are this year's crop of PT apprentices: you heard Laura breathe in MOURNING DOVE, and saw her in REMNANTS and YOU CAN'T TAKE IT WITH YOU, but the other two will be making their mainstage debuts.

The show is a co-pro with the TWU Theatre program. We're featuring Kat Gauthier, Alex Voicu and Shalyn McFaul (who were in REMNANTS), Philip Miguel (the IRS man from YCTIWY), and Kyla Ferrier in her first PT role. Also back from YCT (notice how even the abbreviation gets abbreviated?) are Brett Ziegler (who played his own grandson), a keyboard veteran of many a CHRISTMAS PRESENCE; Glen Pinchin (who played his own father), a graduate of the UCFV theatre program; and Debra Sears (who was the Princess Olga Katrina last year), a Pacific Salt Company and Stones Throw Productions veteran!

Mack Gordon, Peter Carlone and Chris Wilson come to us from the University of Victoria BFA program, and Byron Noble is immersed in the Studio 58 program. Tim Bratton is a student at Regent College: I'm tickled to see him play Norman, a pirate radio dj character I stole from another of my plays, THE TOP TEN THOUSAND OF ALL TIME - which Tim performed a couple summers ago at the Winnipeg and Edmonton Fringe Festivals.

Here's the cast list. Can't wait 'til Monday!

Grandpa Tony Kirby - Glen Pinchin
Sky Poppins, Tony's grand-daughter - Kat Gauthier
Norman Poppins, Tony's grandson - Tim Bratton
Dianne Poppins, Tony's daughter - Shalyn McFaul
Aunt Myrtle, another daughter - Debra Sears
Aunt Bea, another daughter - Andrea Loewen
Aunt Pearl, yet another daughter - Christie Maxson

Dylan Carmichael, grandson of Ed & Essie Carmichael - Brett Ziegler
Sasha Kolenkhov, granddaughter of Boris Kolenkhov - Laura Van Dyke
Vladmir Kolenkhov, son of Boris Kolenkhov - Byron Noble

Dave Smith, Sky's friend - Mackenzie Gordon
Tiffany Smyth-Wattles, a friend of Dave's - Alex Voicu
R. Milhouse Starkey, Tiffany's cousin - Philip Miguel
Al, a beat poet - Byron Noble
Unnamed, a feminist - Kyla Ferrier
Other Daves - Peter Carlone, Chris Wilson

Set design, Dale Marushy; costumes, Krista Sung; props, Linsy Rotar; lights, Lora-Lynne Frewing; composition, Brett Ziegler; sound, Ron Reed; stage manager, Lois Dawson; production manager, Frank Nickel.

YOU STILL CAN'T runs May 15 - Jun 13 at Pacific Theatre. Check the PT website for more details, or to buy tickets

Friday, April 17, 2009

May 1-23: 36 VIEWS, Anthony Ingram & Michael Kopsa

An intriguing show on its way, featuring two Pacific Theatre regulars. Anthony Ingram is directing: you'll remember him from THE ELEPHANT MAN, HALO, BEGGARS AT THE WATERS OF IMMORTALITY, even THE PACIFIC SALT COMPANY! And Michael Kopsa is in the cast: THE WOODSMAN, SHADOWLANDS, HOSPITALITY SUITE. Check out the Tempus Theatre website for tickets and more - including swell graphics!

Culture and commodity, fetish and forgery, and personal and professional revenge are all exposed in...

by Naomi Iizuka
Directed by Anthony F. Ingram
May 1 - 23
Jericho Arts Centre, 1675 Discovery Street

STARRING: Keith Martin Gordey, Annabel Kershaw, Michael Kopsa, Lissa Neptuno, Bert Steinmanis, Valerie Sing Turner

An art dealer and an art historian discover what appears to be an ancient manuscript, a priceless Japanese pillow book created by a medieval courtesan. As they try to prove its authenticity, their search becomes an erotic game of greed, love, and sleight-of-hand. In a series of 36 interlocking scenes, Naomi Iizuka's play explores the relationship between the imaginary and the real, and the lines and spaces that separate feelings and words, objects and images of objects, antiques and reproductions, and a person’s heritage and physical features.

". . . thoughtful, humane, poetically phrased and staged with intricate, shimmering beauty . . . a multi-textured web that became completely engrossing. Each facet of 36 Views offers another perspective on the art and artifice of our lives."
- San Francisco Chronicle.


"Von Trier owes his entire painful career to his Danish countryman Carl Dreyer, particularly his silent classic The Passion Of Joan Of Arc, which deals with the ultimate case of a woman suffering for her faith. What makes the film difficult to watch isn't so much Joan's persecution at the hands of her ecclesiastical tormentors, or even Maria Falconetti's famously expressive performance, which registers her anguish in every crevice of her face. Its disturbing intensity comes mainly from Dreyer's refusal to play by the rules: Defying the most basic tenets of cinematic grammar, which require filmmakers to establish spatial relationship on a 180-degree plane, Dreyer instead constructs the film as a series of extreme close-ups, with little sense of where the characters are in relation to one another. That disorientation, combined with the feverish emotions whipped up by the trial, places viewers in a grim psychic space."

The Onion A.V. Club, "24 Great Films Too Painful To Watch Twice"
The rest of the list?

1. Requiem For A Dream (Aronofsky)
2. Dancer In The Dark (von Trier)
3. The Passion of Joan of Arc (Dreyer)
4. The Seventh Continent (Haneke)
5. Winter Light (Bergman)
6. Bad Lieutenant (Ferrara)
7. Straw Dogs (Peckinpah)
8. Audition (Takashi Miike)
9. Sick (Dick)
10. Come and See (Klimov)
11. In a Year of 13 Moons (Fassbinder)
12. Safe (Haynes)
13. Irreversible (Noe)
14. Boys Don't Cry (Peirce)
15. Grave of the Fireflies (Isao Takahata)
16. When the Wind Blows (Murakami)
17. Leaving Las Vegas (Figgis)
18. Jonestown (Nelson)
19. S-21 (Rithy Panh)
20. The Last House on the Left (Craven)

Thursday, April 16, 2009

May 2: Joy Fellowship Benefit - Trout Sonata, Dvorak string quartet

Grace Vancouver Church presents
An Evening Of Classical Music
featuring Tony Lee on violin

Programme: Schubert's Piano Quintet in A (the "Trout") and Dvorak's string quintet in E flat
Time: Saturday, May 2nd at 7:30 PM
Location: Grace Vancouver Church, 1696 West 7th Ave. (at Pine St.)
Admission: By donation (suggested $20)

Proceeds will benefit Joy Fellowship, a Christian ministry for people with mental or physical disabilities

Soul Food: Funny Stuff, Sad Stuff, Jazzy Stuff, Other Stuff

Soul Foodies!

A quick note to remind you about SIDESHOW at Pacific Theatre this Friday and Saturday night. If you've seen our comedy improv before, you'll remember how great it feels to laugh this hard. And if you haven't, I want to encourage you to celebrate spring with an evening of guffaws, chortles, snorts, hoots, chuckles, howls and giggles. So darn fun.

In the next few days I'll be serving up more soul food over at the blogs. ROMEO & JULIET visit our stage for a few nights next week, THE NELSON BOSCHMAN TRIO plays the Yaletown Blenz Wednesdays and elsewhere, elsewhen over the next couple months, and I'm in the process of posting some tasty bits and pieces at soulfoodmovies and oblations. But before I do any more over there, one more rewrite on YOU STILL CAN'T, which begins rehearsals Monday...

Apr 17/18: SIDESHOW Comedy Improv at Pacific Theatre

There are two kinds of people in this world. The ones who believe there are two kinds of people in this world, and the other kind.

There are two other kinds of people in this world. The ones who never miss SIDESHOW, and the other kind. Group One has more fun. The world would be a better place if more people from Group Two moved over to Group One.

Do what you can to make the world a better place.

Friday April 17 - Saturday April 18, 8pm at Pacific Theatre.
comedy improv with a dash of chaos. Good clean fun for the whole family with our zany friends from around the city. Let the games begin!

$11-22, with group discounts available
731-5518 or online

Thursday, April 09, 2009

Apr 22-25: ROMEO & JULIET, Shadows & Dreams

Kerri Norris, Stephen Elcheshen, Frank Boyle are all Shadows & Dreams stalwarts, known best for their summer Shakespeare in the park in New West.

Two star crossed lovers take their lives.....
Shakespeare’s classic tragedy in the luxurious setting of Beverly Hills.

Shadows and Dreams Theatre Company Presents:

Romeo and Juliet
by William Shakespeare
Apr 22-25 at 8pm, Apr 25 at 2pm
at Pacific Theatre, 1440 W12, Vancouver

Juliet and Romeo are the children of feuding studio executives in L.A. Goth Juliet thinks that a relationship with the preppy Romeo would be the ultimate way to torment her straight-laced parents. Childish rebellion turns into real love and results in tragedy for everyone involved in the feud. A bold retelling with a little bit of Gossip Girl, a little bit of L.A. and a whole lot of Shakespeare.

Tickets - $15 (cash only)

For more information or to arrange an interview call 604-515-0704,
visit or email

Director: Patricia Johnson-Brooke (New Westminster)
Assistant Director: Nicole DesLauriers (Vancouver)
Stage Manager: Glynis Knowlden (Coquitlam), Costumes: Kerri Norris (New Westminster)
Jacqueline Becher (North Vancouver), Nigel Brooke (New Westminster), Jayme Burke (Vancouver), Michael Charrois (North Vancouver), Tony DeMatteis (Vancouver), Karen Ferguson (Vancouver), Uriah Field (New Westminster), Andrew Goulding (Vancouver), James King (Vancouver), James Knowlden (Coquitlam), Kiri McGuire (Surrey), Allen Pike (Vancouver), Joel Pike (Vancouver), Wendy Podgursky (Vancouver), Ryan Swanson (Vancouver), Marni Westerman (New Westminster)

About Us.....
This is Shadows and Dreams' fifth production having produced Desdemona: A Play About A Handkerchief at Pacific Theatre, Hamlet at The Beaumont Studios and A Midsummer Night's Dream & As You Like It in New Westminster. They are a regulars in the Sunday Summer Revue at the Bandshell in Queen's Park (New Westminster) and are in pre-production for The Comedy of Errors which will be performed there at the end of July/beginning of August 2009.

Sunday, April 05, 2009


Cast (in order of appearance)
Norman - Tim Bratton
Aunt Bea - Andrea Loewen
Grandpa Tony - Glen Pinchin
Sky - Kat Gauthier
Al - Byron Noble
Dave - Mackenzie Gordon
Aunt Pearl - Christie Maxson
Sasha - Laura Van Dyke
Dylan - Brett Ziegler
Tiffany - Alex Voicu
Unnamed - Kyla Ferrier
Dianne - Shalyn McFaul
Aunt Myrtle - Deb Sears
R. Milhouse - Phil Miguel
Uncle Vladmir - Byron Noble

Also - Peter Carlone, Chris Wilson

Saturday, April 04, 2009

Apr 8 22 24 / May 6 7 20: Nelson Boschman Trio

Plenty of chances to hear PT's favourite jazzman in the next couple months...

April 8 (Wed) - Blenz Yaletown - Vancouver
April 22 (Wed) - Blenz Yaletown - Vancouver
April 24 (Fri) - Gallery 7 Gala - Ramada Inn, Abbotsford
May 6 (Wed) - Blenz Yaletown - Vancouver
May 7 (Thu) - Communitas Spring Fundraiser - Bakerview Church, Abbotsford
May 20 (Wed) - Blenz Yaletown - Vancouver

And a few details about the Communitas event...

Communitas Supportive Care is excited to announce their annual Fundraising Dessert Evening.

Communitas is a non-profit organization that offers care and support for people living with mental and/or physical disabilities. The fundraising event raises money for the Communitas programs that do not receive government funding. It is also a great opportunity to educate the public about the joys and challenges of living with a disability.

The Fundraising Dessert Evening is scheduled for Thursday, May 7th, 2009 at Bakerview Church (2285 Clearbrook Road) in Abbotsford at 7:00 pm. The Nelson Boschman Trio will entertain guests with rich jazz music and the evening would not be complete without delicious gourmet desserts. There will also be a silent auction to raise additional money for the non-funded programs.

Tickets ($15 each or $100 for a table of eight) are available at the Communitas Supportive Care office (#103-2776 Bourquin Cres., Abbotsford), by phone (604-850-6608) or online ( You can also purchase tickets at House of James in Abbotsford.

This event is sponsored by Globe Printers who generously provided printed posters and flyers.

Friday, April 03, 2009

"A TIME FOR TICKETS" 2-for-1 Special to A TIME TO DANCE at Pacific Theatre

It's the final week of A Time to Dance and you're running out of chances to see it. The good news is, if you call the box office (604-731-5518) and tell them that it's "A TIME FOR TICKETS" you can get two tickets for the price of one!

Award winning writer William Hay had this to say about the show:

"Her dance was as varied as her vocalizations and the story rich and captivating from beginning to end. Touchingly telling the tale of this remarkable pioneer of 1930's modern dance and innovator of dance therapy, Libby followed Lisl's life from Vienna across Europe, escaping Nazis to poverty then fame in New York City. Libby was beautiful throughout, bringing the heart, sadness and promise of an era to the little theatre with her remarkable art."