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January 2011

Giovanni Mocibob as Asher. Photo by Tim Matheson.My Name is Asher Lev
Adapted by Aaron Posner from the novel by Chaim Potok.
A Pacific Theatre production
Pacific Theatre,
Jan 38 to Feb 26, 2011

Vancouver, BC: Pacific Theatre has done it again, giving us another little gem of a play.  Adapted by Aaron Posner from the eponymous novel by Chaim Potok, My Name is Asher Lev portrays a gifted young artist who is compelled to follow...

Hugh Hughes. Photo by Jamie Gramston.Floating
Created and Performed by Hugh Hughes and Sioned Rowlands
A Hoipolloi production at the PuSh Festival
Arts Club Theatre Revue Stage
January 20 to Feb 5, 2011

Vancouver, BC: I would have loved to be a fly on the wall when Shôn Dale-Jones first "met" emerging Welsh artist Hugh Hughes. Quick witted, charming, engaging storyteller - the dialogue must have been scintillating. But since it would have been more telepathic than aural, probably even the fly...

C.E. Gatchalian: happy with the reading

Earlier this month I went to a reading of a work-in-progress at the Playhouse Recital Hall. The Laurette Play by Vancouver playwright  C.E. Gatchalian, is about Laurette Taylor, a Broadway stage actor who was renowned for having originated the role of Amanda in Tennessee Williams' play The Glass Menagerie. Gatchalian was inspired to write this play by the fact that few people remember or have even heard of Laurette Taylor, and yet in her...

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the smoked beef

A group of us planned to see the film, Barney's Version, at the Fifth Avenue Cinema. To get with the Montreal mood, we planned to indulge in Montreal Smoked Meat sandwiches  and for downtown denizens, what better than a Smoked Meat sandwich at Siegel's Bagels at the Granville Island Market?

We walked down to the ferry terminal at David Lam Park and waited to see which...

Front: Claire Hesselgrave Back L-R: Sarah Goodwill, Andrew Cohen, Joanna Williams, David Kaye. Photo by Tim MathesonDead Man's Cell Phone by Sarah Ruhl
Directed by Chris McGregor,
Telus Studio Theatre
A Theatre at UBC production
January 20 to 29, 2011 at 7:30 pm

Vancouver, BC: What a clever concept for a play - answering a dead man's cell phone and getting drawn into his world. Let's face it - who does not get annoyed when a loudly ringing cell phone disturbs your...

celeriac and fennel soupChambar Restaurant
562 Beatty Street
Vancouver, BC
 Ph: 604- 879-7119 or Reserve Online
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We were going to see the opening night performance of This at the Vancouver Playhouse so we strolled a couple of blocks over to Chambar for a pre-show dinner.

My companion had the celeriac and fennel soup, with cave aged Gruyére, chervil and a...

Todd Thomson, Megan Follows, Dmitry Chepovetsky, Fabrice Grover and Karen Holness. Photo by David CooperThis by Melissa James Gibson
Directed by Amiel Gladstone
Vancouver Playhouse Theatre Company
Vancouver Playhouse
January 8-29, 2011

Vancouver, BC:  Under the able direction of Amiel Gladstone, with a luminous Megan Follows leading an accomplished cast of actors, Melissa James Gibson's  This sparkles with humour while touching on the internal angsts and troubled relationships of this group of thirty-something friends.

 Jane (Megan Follows), published...

It was the last evening before my visitors were leaving - a 7 am flight ! So an early supper was called for.  I had the One Hundred Days restaurant on my "to visit" list since I first read about the concept.  Basically the restaurant at the OPUS Hotel is undergoing a redesign and remodeling under different management. The idea was that over 100 days, local graffiti artist Vince Dumoulin  would paint murals while the chefs would serve up equally creative dishes. But since it was a couple of months ago that I read about I figured the 100 days...

Perfect hangout for a couch-potatoWhen is sympathy the wrong approach? When you are talking to a perfectionistic procrastinator with ongoing leg pain in winter. When it hurts to sit and stand, and its cold and wet outside, it's so comforting to curl up under a cosy blanket and escape into a well-told tale, whether a novel or a television series. And when your own words emerge in jerky clumps, as if your thoughts are crashing against successive barriers erected by electric flashes of...