Vancouver - ARTS & CULTURE
June 27th, 2007
Move over, Tom Cruise. There's a new crop of cocktail-ers in town.
The Garnish Girls have taken their Vancouver-made line of drink garnishes up a step by opening a one-of-a-kind mixology shop at the edge of Gastown.
Ruby red dividers, ebony tables, mineral blue walls, and black leather cube stools reign at this new, retro-modern drink warehouse and showroom.
Pop by for a bevvie at the fresh juice bar, peruse local art and jewellery, stock up on their edible wild hibiscus flowers that glam up a glass of bubbly, or take cocktail-making classes (stagette anyone?) for less than a twenty-spot.
Make ours a double.
The Garnish Girls Showroom and Warehouse, 1007 E. Cordova St., 604-253-5463, www.garnishgirls.com.
June 20th, 2007
Not only are you a successful career woman, jaw-droppingly gorgeous, a mother of two, and a published author, but you just happen to have a way with a canvas and paintbrush, too.
Wait--don't hate her just yet!
Michele Kambolis has been picked up as a feature artist at Vancouver's Harrison Gallery where you'll find her abstract landscapes are brought to life with sand, gold and silver dust, and porcelain paint.
Now we're just waiting to hear that she's taken up racecar driving and is set to win the Monaco Grand Prix.
View art (click on artists/Michele Kambolis) at www.harrisongalleries.com
901 Homer St. (at Smithe), 604-732-5217.
June 13th, 2007
Not exactly high culture, but we asked our resident celebrity expert/staff writer Maria Tallarico for her top 5 celebrity blogs. Reader discretion is (highly) advised.
5. www.dlisted.com With a language all its own, this burst-out-laughing-in-your-cubicle-funny site will have you checking in several times a day lest you miss one of the hysterical posts.
4. www.pinkisthenewblog.com Part personal diary and part celebrity blog, you'll be charmed by this site's sweet style, bold pink writing and decorations (like hearts and stars) on the photos.
3. www.wwtdd.com An acronym for "What Would Tyler Durden Do" (Brad Pitt's anti-hero role in cult classic Fight Club), no one skewers Hollywood starlets with as much crass glee as this site.
2. www.justjared.com A kinder, gentler blog with tons of juicy pictures (complete with cute captions) of celebs who love to be in the limelight.
1. www.idontlikeyouinthatway.com Always sarcastic, sometimes mean and usually very funny, this unique blog features two hilarious and equally offensive writers, one male and one female.
June 8th, 2007
Up your indie cool factor and scoop tickets to see Keren Ann, the Israeli-born chanteuse who sings beautiful tracks in English and French and splits her time between New York and Paris (yes, we’re jealous too).
We swooned over the dreamy tracks on her new, self-titled album (which she wrote and produced herself thank you very much). Think 1960s Françoise Hardy with a dash of Carla Bruni and a pinch of Feist.
Best see her now before Sofia Coppola claims her for her next hipster oeuvre.
Listen to tracks at www.kerenann.com
May 30th, 2007
Cinema verité, nouvelle vague, film noir.
Le Grand Bleu, Jules et Jim, Betty Blue.
Emmanuelle Béart, Charlotte Gainsbourg, Ludivine Sagnier.
If you're reading along, nodding your head, chances are you've already got your pass to this summer's French Film Festival.
For those who haven't, two of the most highly anticipated films of the summer are just around the corner:
Paris Je T'Aime (June 1-14) in which 21 directors contribute their odes to the city of lights, and La Vie en Rose the biopic of famous Parisian street urchin-turned-international chanteuse, Edith Piaf.
For more information on Festival Cinemas' French Film Festival at The Ridge click here.
May 16th, 2007
No tickets to the Feist concert tonight?
Don't check yourself into the Heartbreak Hotel just yet.
Get ahead of the quirky-cool curve with the Before the End of World Tour, featuring Jason Trachtenburg of the Trachtenburg Family SlideShow Players. They're the ones who take family slide shows found at middle-American garage sales and make up songs to accompany them (as seen on Conan O'Brien)!
Part of next week's Documentary Film Festival, this original performance incorporating super 8 footage will feature Toronto band The Phonemes and video artist Bob Wiseman (formerly of Blue Rodeo but don't hold that against him).
Feist? Feist who?
Before the End of The World Tour, Friday May 25, 9 p.m. at the Vancouver International Film Centre. Tickets $20. www.doxafestival.ca
View video samples at www.slideshowplayers.com
May 9th, 2007
Forget the pricey hotel fare and show her how cleverly she raised you.
Serve ready-to-bake scones in savoury flavours like Gorgonzola Rosemary and the picante Chile Cheddar from local company Sister's Secret.
And for her tea, pop a jar of the honey from the resident bees at VanDusen Botanical Garden ($7.95), casually mentioning it's prepared by the garden's apiarists.
If you didn't inherit her culinary skills, at least you inherited her smarts.
For scone retailers, visit www.sisters-secret.com
For VanDusen honey, visit www.city.vancouver.bc.ca/parks/parks/ vandusen/website/gardenshop/index.htm
May 2nd, 2007
There are some things we just can't get enough of: wine, Paris, oysters, refined gentlemen, and Feist.
So the vitamin v office was abuzz with yesterday's release of Feist's much anticipated new album, The Reminder, recorded in a French manor house.
Listen to the title track My Moon Man and you'll see why she's risen from Canadian cult figure to Parisian superstar with her voice-forward arrangements and soulful phrasing.
Buy The Reminder from EMI Canada ($14.99) here: www.shopemi.com
Browse other new releases at www.emimusic.ca
April 25th, 2007
You love acupuncture and follow fortune cookies, but Chinese cultural expert you are not (okay, maybe a few of you).
For the rest of you, the Vancouver Art Gallery has unveiled House of Oracles: A Huang Yong Ping Retrospective in which China's most celebrated contemporary artist uses paintings, drawings and installations to explore the East/West divide.
And if you like your culture with a dash of controversy, this exhibit is for you.
Vancouver made international headlines when animal-rights groups objected to the use of live insects and reptiles, which have since been removed (read more at the VAG).
But beyond the hubbub are breathtaking, large-scale installations like a giant sand castle (made from 40,000 pounds of sand!) that will disintegrate throughout the show, a 100-foot long wooden python skeleton and massive sculpture of a snarling tiger atop an elephant.
So that's what it meant when your fortune said you would be wise, worldly and adventurous.
For details visit www.vanartgallery.bc.ca
April 18th, 2007
Dear vitamin v...
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Mamie and Sherry
French Country Antiques
Ok I love Method and I am so glad you did a little blurb on them. Finally something good for the environment that isn't hippie dippie looking—not that there is anything wrong with hippies.
to be continued...