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I specially love the dancing when cruising on the Cunard ships, Queen Mary 2, Queen Elizabeth and Queen Victoria. All three have beautiful ballrooms, called the Queen's Room. On several of my Cunard cruises, most recently a two-way transatlantic cruise on QM2, the cruise director has hosted Sequence Dance sessions in the Queens Room. I badly wanted to join in but not knowing any of the patterns, I had to sit and watch. Sitting still while dance music is playing is hard for me so I vowed  to learn these dances so I could participate in the future.

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I specially love the dancing when cruising on the Cunard ships, Queen Mary 2, Queen Elizabeth and Queen Victoria. All three have beautiful ballrooms, called the Queen's Room. On several of my Cunard cruises, most recently a two-way transatlantic cruise on QM2, the cruise director has hosted Sequence Dance sessions in the Queens Room. I badly wanted to join in but not knowing any of the patterns, I had to sit and watch. Sitting still while dance music is playing is hard for me so I vowed  to learn these dances so I could participate in the future.

Miranda MacDougall, Donal Thoms-Cappello, Caitlin Clugston, Crystal Balint, Michael Lomenda, and Jennifer Copping. Photo by Rhonda Dent.

City of Angels - Music by Cy Coleman, Lyrics by David Zippel, Book by Larry Gilbert

Directed by Jennifer Copping and Sylvia M Zaradic

PIT Collective at Performance Works - July 8th to 17th, 2017

Vancouver, BC: Set in Los Angeles in the late 1940s this musical blends the technicolor, real world story of Stine (Donal Thomas-Cappello), author of detective novel City of Angels, and the film noir world of Stine’s screenplay which he is adapting from his book. The project is in the over-controlling hands of Hollywood producer - director Buddy Fidler (Paul Herbert) who, aided...

kampachi carpaccio

Provence Marinaside
1177 Marinaside Crescent
Vancouver
Ph: (604)  681-4144

Two years ago I was in Honolulu for a dance competition and took advantage of my brief time there to check out a small sample of the local restaurant scene (Fine Food in Honolulu). I love the simplicity and freshness of raw fish in its myriad forms whether called sashimi, crudo or carpaccio, marinated as in ceviche, or dressed with other ingredients as in poke, so my eyes inevitably sought out the sashimi options on the menus. At home one of my favorite sashimi choices has always...

Jane Miller

Vancouver, BC:  Some years ago I was standing at the edge  of the elegant ballroom floor of the Queen Mary II cruise ship, enjoying the vocalist singing with the dance orchestra when out of the blue I felt a overwhelming wave of sadness wash over me and tears welled up.  I had no idea what it was about the refrain he was singing that provoked this emotion. The song was only vaguely familiar. Later that night when I returned to my cabin, and with only the few words of the refrain in my head, I searched the internet for the title...

Spotprawns
TenTen Tapas
1010 Beach Avenue, on the sea wall
Vancouver
Ph: (604) 689 -7800
 
What a great way to end a fun birthday day … Fresh from a 3 hour Hustle workshop (think Saturday Night Fever! but not the line dance), I strolled along the False Creek sea wall to a small restaurant overlooking the water, to share tapas and wine with friends and listen to cool jazz.  
Glazed salmon
Carderos Restaurant
1563 Coal Harbour Quay, Although I have frequently eaten at the other restaurants in the Sequoia group, The Sandbar, The Teahouse and Seasons in the Park, this was my first time dining at Carderos. Our reservation was for 5:45 PM but the patio was already very busy so we opted for a small, but comfortable two seater booth inside. 
Both of us were tempted to try the soup special, an Arctic Char and Leek Chowder. I wanted to see the portion difference between a cup and bowl so while my friend sensibly ordered the cup, I opted for
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Evan Frayne, Joey Lespérance. Photo by Tim Matheson
The Hunger Room by Scott Button
Directed by Stephen Heatley
A Staircase Theatre Production at PAL Studio Theatre
May 25 to June 10
 
Vancouver, BC: I read a lot and my literary addiction is to thrillers so I anticipated with spine-tingling enthusiasm, the staging of The Hunger Room, a new play by local playwright and actor, Scott Button. This turned out to be an excellent event to end my 6 month hiatus from theatre reviewing and recharge my enthusiasm for seeing works by the many small independent theatre companies that have sprung up in the Vancouver scene. ...
False Creek at night
Documentary: Vancouver: No Fixed Address:
VIFF at  Vancity Theatre,
1181 Seymour Street, Vancouver
 
As an urbanite living in Vancouver’s increasingly  dense downtown core, I have watched with increasing dismay, as housing prices and rents have sky-rocketed and rental vacancies have become rare as unicorns. Traffic congestion is appalling, little used bike lanes impede traffic flow while cyclists ride aggressively in streets one or two further over that do not have designated bike lanes. And we are told that the geniuses at City Hall are still planning to get rid of two of the busiest routes for entry and exit...
Sablefish

I love eating the grilled fish from the fresh fish sheet at Sandbar so it is crazy that the memory that sticks with me from our Mothers' Day dinner was not the perfectly cooked Alderwood-grilled, miso-marinated Sablefish, but the potatoes that I got as a substitute for the regular rice accompaniment. The sablefish was delicious but it was the texture and smoothness of the potatoes that kept me having just one more bite, till - so much for my carb-restricted eating plan - my plate was empty.

Megan Holland MacDonald
Living in My Skin
Written and performed by the Laboratory Theatre Troupe
Directed by Darcey Johnson, Dramaturged by Yumi Johnson
Presented at the Arts Umbrella Expressions Theatre Festival
Waterfront Theatre, Granville Island
May 18, 2017.  7 PM
 
Vancouver, BC: The  Laboratory Theatre Group is one of the year-long, pre-professional theatre training programs of Vancouver’s Arts Umbrella. For students aged 13 to 19 the mandate of this program is, over the course of a year, "to create, produce and perform an original theatre piece to tour to Metro Vancouver schools.” The presentation at the Expressions Festival is the culmination of the...

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VIFF at  Vancity Theatre,
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