ON THE TOWN
Chinatown abuzz during LunarFest
Chinatown was definitely the place to be this past weekend. That’s where LunarFest was in full effect. The International Village Shopping Centre on West Pender Street abuzz with people celebrating the Year of the Snake.
Henderson Development hosted the free variety-style show for seated guests and curious passersby. On the main stage, MCs Emily Wong and Ken Tin Lok Wong introduced back-to-back family friendly entertainment, including a children’s talent contest. First place went to Little Stars, possibly the world’s cutest hip-hop troupe ever. But it wasn’t all about bringing in the Chinese New Year with a bang. Throughout the three-day festival, dedicated volunteers collected donations for the Ronald McDonald House. Nice!
Drama and debauchery were conspicuously absent at the red carpet premiere Saturday of South by Liftoff. Odd, considering the locally produced documentary chronicles the wild adventures on the road during a tour by alt-rock band Liftoff. But then again, the excited lads from Liftoff were too busy graciously greeting family and friends to cop any ego-fuelled, rock star attitudes.
VIP guests at this mild-mannered afternoon screening at Vancity Theatre included Olympic bronze medalist Brent Hayden, the film’s co-producer/co-director Jonathan Fluevog, as well as his parents — iconic shoe designer John Fluevog and 1960’s supermodel Kecia Nyman. All in all it was a lovely affair, but still, not even a temper tantrum or public relapse. Amateurs!
Love was in the air at the spiritually charged East is East Mystic Romance event on Valentine’s Day. Celebrating eastern cultures, couples lounged in the ambient chai gallery as they whispered sweet nothings to each other, listened to Persian poetry, and grazed on a buffet inspired by the famed silk route. Other than staying at home, I can’t imagine a more chill way to spend Feb. 14. With that in mind, if you want to avoid the commercialized hustle and bustle of what many consider a Hallmark holiday — but you still want to take your sweetheart out for dinner come Feb. 14, 2014 — I highly recommend checking out East is East on Valentine’s Day ... or any other day, for that matter. I seriously heart that place!
- Vancouver Foodster presents the downtown edition of Tasting Plates Vancouver on Feb. 20 from 5:30 to 9:30 p.m. Tickets can be found through eventbrite.ca.
- Starting at 6 p.m. on Feb. 20 the Vancouver Aquarium is hosting its next adults-only After Hours evening. Food and alcohol are available. Ticket info: tickets.vanaqua.org.
- Celebrating Francophone flavours, comedy, cinema and music is the eighth-annual Winterruption event on Granville Island from Feb. 22 to 24. More info: winterruption.com.