Vancouver - ARTS & CULTURE
September 9th, 2010
TiVo those season premieres, it’s time to feast on Fringe.
Packed with local colour and colourful language, this year’s festival boasts a platter of 80 acts that push buttons and tickle the funny bone. On our list is Raunch: The Rise of Female Chauvinist Pigs. Riding a wave of raves in Edmonton and Winnipeg, this romp conceived by two Calgarians brings to life author Ariel Levy’s critique of modern feminism.
To even out the estrogen, we’re seeing Stretch Dog, a one man show written and performed by a Vancouver actor about the art of selling out when you’ve got mouths to feed.
Bon appétit to two weeks of theatre à la carte.
View online program here.
September 9–19, 2010, Vancouver Fringe Festival, 604-637-6380, www.vancouverfringe.com
September 3rd, 2010
Just in time for back-to-school, we've compiled a list of our favourite words and catchphrases—this round is sure to make Oxford's next edition.
Eat Pray Loved (v.): The act of leaving one's spouse to embark on an Oprah-approved journey of self-enlightment (may include an independence party, book club and ashram)
Usage: Did you hear about Sally and Paul? She eat, pray, loved him!
Tweethearts (n.): Couples who are infatuated with each other over Twitter but whose relationship would never exist in real life.
Usage: I hope my boyfriend doesn’t mind that I’m spending all weekend flirting with my tweetheart.
The jardigan (n.): When a jacket and cardigan meet—surely more staying power than jeggings?
Usage: If his jardigan weren’t cashmere I wouldn’t have taken it. But I just can’t resist good Scottish cashmere.
Bagacitis (n.): A reoccurring inflammation of the shoulder and upper arm area as a result of carrying a heavy handbag.
Usage: Just the thought of the It Bag being back in style has made my bagacitis flare up.
For more Vitamin Daily coinage, click here.
September 1st, 2010
In the realm of music videos, we thought we’d seen it all, from Bjork’s gorilla dentist in “Army of Me” to anime eyes on Lady Gaga in "Bad Romance."
That was until Arcade Fire’s “The Wilderness Downtown.”
Set to the tune of their nostalgia-fueled single “We Used to Wait,” the new interactive online film takes you back to your childhood home through tech geekery and Google maps.
Multiple browser windows choreographed to the music appear like magic too, but like all videos its better watched than read about.
Tip: For optimal viewing, download Google Chrome and close other desktop applications.
August 25th, 2010
The strapping September issues have just hit newsstands and while we’re fond of trend-packed tomes, we also crave clean, timeless fare.
For the latter our favourite is Corduroy, named for the sartorial staple of History and English professors. Inside are crisp photographs, no-nonsense profiles of interesting people and selections of art from the likes of Guy Bourdin and Robert Longo. Helmed by two Torontonians and printed in Winnipeg, the international mag is Canadian to boot.
Thanks to a recent design refresh, the pages look good enough to frame. Now that’s an idea.
August 18th, 2010
Need a long weekend beach read? Herewith, our editors' favourite summer page turners.
Summer Sisters by Judy Blume
If Are You There God? It's Me, Margaret was your pre-teen bible, pick up Blume's more mature novel, Summer Sisters. It follows two best friends from grade school to their 30s and blends adolescent whimsy and angst with some very grown up topics. (PS: Check out Judy Blume on Twitter). $10 at Amazon.ca
Maria Tallarico, Managing editor
Angelina: An Unauthorized Biography by Andrew Morton
Members of Team Jennifer will enjoy sinking their teeth into. But we’d never diss Angie—why mess with a gal with a knife collection? $16 at Amazon.ca
Marianne Wisenthal, Montreal editor
The Recessionista by Alexandra Lebenthal
"Too Big to Fail Goes to the Beach," is how New York Magazine's Jessica Pressler described Alexandra Lebenthal's hot summer debut novel, The Recessionistas. A fabulously juicy read. $19 at Amazon.ca
Athena Tsavliris, Toronto editor
Juliet, Naked by Nick Hornby
From the author of High Fidelity and About a Boy, Nick Hornby’s Juliet, Naked is the author’s latest look at what happens when love, parenting and relationships get in the way of life. The story of a washed-up musician also deals with one of Hornby’s favourite subjects: music. $21 at Amazon.ca
Malwina Gudowska, Calgary editor
One Day by David Nicholls
Expressed in snapshots of the same day spanning twenty years, this tale of two opposites, Dex and Em, who connect just before graduation, go their separate ways, yet stay in touch, sucked us in right from the start (perhaps because it begins with the pair bantering and snogging). $13 at Amazon.ca
Joy Pecknold, Vancouver editor
August 11th, 2010
As a kid you couldn’t hit your bratty sister, but you could whack a piñata. In adulthood the same rules apply, but you can commission a piñata in the spitting image of your sibling with Your Piñata.
Call on Meaghan Kennedy, a Vancouver fashion girl turned couture craft girl with flame red hair and Flo-Jo nails to fix you a custom, handmade paper-mâché piñata of any person. She’s made Steve Martin, Kim Jong Il and a spot-on Perez Hilton for will.i.am. If the subject you want spoofed has tattoos, wears designer dresses or has dreadlocks, she delivers on those details. They can be stuffed with anything saccharine or sassy and take 3-7 days to create.
Smashing has never looked so smashing.
From $200, Your Piñata, 604-250-6307, www.yourpinata.com
August 4th, 2010
If your favourite summer reads include steamy romance novels with a barely-clad Fabio on the cover, put down the paperbacks and pick up Furious Love: Elizabeth Taylor, Richard Burton and the Marriage of the Century.
The story of “Liz and Dick” by Sam Kashner and Nancy Schoenberger reveals the often shocking marriage of the twice married (and twice divorced) couple. Their stormy union—filled with plenty of sex, scandal, fame and fortune—began on the set of Cleopatra in 1962 and spanned over 20 years, making them the most glamorous on-again-off-again duo Hollywood has ever seen.
$18.89 at Amazon.ca
July 21st, 2010
What is Will without Grace?
A ruthless real estate agent named Ricky Roma.
Eric McCormack, the Canuck thespian behind TV’s Will Truman, will grace the stage in the Arts Club Theatre Company’s rendering of Glengarry Glen Ross opening tomorrow. With its foul, fast-talking Mamet speak, the Pulitzer Prize- and Tony Award-winning play is sure to take your mind off the slow housing market.
That and McCormack’s cuteness. Sold!
Glengarry Glen Ross runs July 22-August 22 at the Stanley Theatre, 2750 Granville St., Vancouver, 604-687-1644, tickets from $25, www.artsclub.com
July 14th, 2010
Shoe racks, closet caddies and drawer dividers keep your wardrobe in order, but your bulging bookmark bar of fashion blogs is a hot mess.
Don’t distress: give your blog reading some love with Bloglovin’. The simple online reader stores all your favourite sites in one spot. You can create your own groups like “Parisian Street Style” or “Everyday Glam Girls” to segment your feed and request email notifications so the minute Garance Doré publishes a pic of Carine Roitfeld outside the couture shows you’ll know.
Styled and sorted.
July 9th, 2010