Vancouver - ARTS & CULTURE
February 10th, 2011
Some say the best way to cure a Saturday night hangover is to drink more on Sunday. We say sure, with a side of movie matinee.
The Waldorf Hotel’s new admission-by-donation Sunday film series, “Day for Night”, plays a range of eccentric indies, cult classics and art films, with a few NFB shorts to warm-up, in their laid-back lower-level clubhouse. There’s cocktails too. When we went to watch Johnny Depp in Jim Jarmusch’s Dead Man, Caesars were the popular order.
This weekend, it’s a Valentine’s Day double bill of the Quentin Tarentino-scripted flick True Romance and Terrance Malick’s Badlands. Not your regular romance fare and we like it.
“Day for Night,” Sundays, starting at 3 p.m., The Waldorf Hotel, 1489 E. Hastings St., Vancouver, 604-253-7141, www.waldorfhotel.com
February 2nd, 2011
You’re well acquainted with the perk a little spiked punch can offer, but have you sampled the alt-pop pep Honeymoon Punch provides?
The new album from PEI-born, Haligonian songstress Jenn Grant is an aural antidote to winter blues. With the fiery red hair of Florence Welch and a flirtatious, infectious song style akin to Leslie Feist, Grant gives her most romantic record yet, but still keeps it quirky. Thanks to a voice that’s sweet, but not sappy.
In her song “How I Met You” we think we hear shades of good ol’ girl bands Luscious Jackson and The Breeders.
But maybe that’s just the punch-drunk love talking.
Honeymoon Punch, $9.90 on iTunes.
January 27th, 2011
Bronté sisters, Coen brothers, Olsen Twins—there’s a slew of talented siblings out there. But our vote for funniest familial twosome goes to David and Amy Sedaris.
We’ve sung praises for the former, a humorist known for his self-deprecating short stories, but haven’t yet confessed our adoration of his sister, the kookier of the pair, so let’s do that now. The 49-year-old comedienne isn’t afraid to look strange, as evidenced in the television show she co-created, Strangers with Candy. She’s also published idiosyncratic instructional guides, and for her latest entitled Simple Times: Crafts for Poor People, she’s just launched a hilarious new YouTube channel.
Make “Amy Sedaris Makes Potato Ships” your laughternoon break and you’ll join her fan club too.
January 26th, 2011
We spend coin almost as fast as the Royal Canadian Mint makes it. Now if only our system for monitoring where it all goes was as well-organized as Mariah Carey’s shoe closet.
That’s where Mint comes in. The online program with bank-level security pulls in all your accounts and automatically tracks what your money is spent on. You can set budgets based on actual spending and see how you’re meeting your goals. There are also alerts to notify you about unusual charges or fees, and a mobile app so you can track while you’re trekking. Best part is, it’s free.
Is that a Louboutin line item we see?
January 20th, 2011
If this is the year you embark on building your own freelance business—whether writer, photographer or nude painter—it’s not a bad idea to read up before you leap.
Creative, Inc. is your starter guide for going out on your own, with oodles of practical advice from two women who’ve been there/done that, creatives Meg Mateo Ilasco and Joy Deangdeelert Cho. From the basics of setting up shop to the precarious job of managing clients and negotiating fees, it spares the beginner umpteen phone calls to that self-employed friend—yet packed with Q & A’s of those in the field, it’s like having eight on speed dial.
That’s getting fit for profit.
$14.40 at Amazon.ca
January 17th, 2011
You’ve gleaned all the inspiration you can from the sound of silence. Now tap into the “Sound of Conversation.”
Wednesday night at the new Satellite Gallery, a 3-in-1 space shared by the Belkin Art Gallery, Museum of Anthropology at UBC and Presentation House Gallery, artists, curators and even a Feng Shui practitioner gather to share seven minute stories from their careers.
The event is in conjunction with their latest exhibit No Windows, which challenged graduate students with achieving the Trading Spaces of art shows—they had two months and a small budget to open an exhibition.
And if that isn’t inspiring, we don’t know what is.
“Sound of Conversation”, 7 p.m.-9 p.m. (view exhibition 6 p.m.-7 p.m.), Wednesday, January 19, 2011 at Satellite Gallery, 560 Seymour St. (2nd floor), Vancouver, 604-681-8425, www.satellitegallery.ca
January 14th, 2011
If you can’t go somewhere, go Somewhere.
The latest quietly-told film from Sofia Coppola follows Jonny Marco (played by our schoolgirl crush, Stephen Dorff), a Hollywood bad boy holed up in Chateau Marmont, slowly being changed by the presence of his 11-year-old daughter Cleo (Elle Fanning).
It’s the cure-all to the nightmares you had because of Black Swan and the nausea 127 Hours gave you.
Opens today at Fifth Avenue Cinemas, 2110 Burrard St., Vancouver, 604-734-7469, www.festivalcinemas.ca
January 12th, 2011
If you’re aiming to put yourself out there more this year (or just looking for another guilty pleasure), let us introduce you to your new nightlife gurus.
“SA” and “WT” are two anonymous Vancouver gals kissing and telling, with a few life lessons thrown in, on the blog Tales From A Bar Stool. Every week they recount their real run-ins with men, and provide take-away tips for both sexes looking to better their bar game, like “Give everything a second chance, but never a third.”
Even if you aren’t on the market, it’s a juicy read.
January 4th, 2011
You never did get those Christmas cards sent, but so what. Our resolution is to spread cheer across the year.
Short and sweet and requiring no envelope licking, postcards are perfect. We plan on using Penguin’s set of 100 featuring book jacket designs spanning 70 years of publication.
The challenge is to update friends on life and wish them well in as few words as possible, but between Twitter and your daily dose, you’re well-versed in pithy prose.
$31 at www.penguin.ca
December 30th, 2010
Seven Days in the Art World by Sarah Thornton
My book club is reading Sarah Thornton’s Seven Days in the Art World over the holidays. I’ve barely cracked the spine, but I can already tell that it’s going to be a riveting read. $14.60 at Amazon.ca
Athena Tsavliris, Toronto editor
The Thousand Autumns of Jacob de Zoet by David Mitchell
We adored Cloud Atlas, David Mitchell’s metaphysical romp across time, so we’re itching to read his latest. The Thousand Autumns of Jacob de Zoet may stick to a single time period, telling the story of a clerk in a Japanese outpost of the Dutch East Indies Company, but that doesn’t mean it’s not a magical read. $21.12 at www.chapters.indigo.ca
Jennier Nachshen, Montreal editor (English edition)
An Object of Beauty by Steve Martin
Man of many talents, funny guy Steve Martin has just released his third novel, An Object of Beauty. The story follows a young and ambitious woman who takes the New York City art world by storm until finally, she comes face-to-face with circumstances no one, including her, can control. Martin, an avid art collector, also gives us the inside scoop on the art market including photos and details of some of the works discussed in the novel.
$18.80 at Amazon.ca
Malwina Gudowska, Calgary editor
Essays In Love by Alain de Botton
Consider this author Descartes for the everyday. A scribe of practical subjects like work, travel and architecture, he’s smart and spot-on. This book charts his relationship with a girl from unexpected meeting to saying “I love you” with all the abstract insights on universal truths to make you “ah-ha.” $15.87 at Amazon.ca
Joy Pecknold, Vancouver editor
Dear Diary by Lesley Arfin
Not for virgin ears (or eyes), this book chronicles the adolescent life of a suburban girl-turned-Vice Magazine columnist as she retraces her diary entries from age 12-25. Acerbic and funny, Arfin tracks down old friends and enemies and revisits schoolyard bullying, high school drama, college experimentation and her early twenties as a heroin addict in New York City. $16.89 at Amazon.ca
Maria Tallarico, Managing editor