Vancouver’s International Performing Arts Festival kicked off with a guerrilla-style film
To say PuSh fest organizers did a great job of booking their 10th anniversary gala performance would be a bit of an understatement. They straight up killed it. Vancouver’s International Performing Arts Festival kicked off its 20-day celebration with Super Night Shot, a film shot live in exactly one hour by the Gob Squad Arts Collective.
The highly anticipated evening began at the crack of 7 p.m. with a sold-out, jam-packed event in the Vancouver Playhouse lobby. While the who’s who of our local art scene mingled along with mayors (past and present), members of the Berlin-based, guerrilla-style filmmaking troupe were out on the streets making a movie about our beloved city. No script. No edits. No pickups – just four courageous performers, each armed with their own camera, creating one beautiful, funny, sad and true piece of art. Then at 8 p.m., the theatre doors opened and Gob Squad presented their finished product. Amazing! If the rest of the fest events are half this good, I highly recommend taking in a show before this year’s PuSh comes to an end on Feb. 2. For more info, visit pushfestival.ca.
Generating a buzz
The Vancouver International Wine Festival doesn’t start until Feb. 24, but organizers like building a buzz amongst grape aficionados well in advance. Which is why they recently hosted a VIWF preview party at Forage restaurant, showcasing their 2014 global focus on all this sparkling wine. As a girl who loves her bubbles, I have to say this self-serve, all-you-can-drink intimate gathering was a sip and swirl dream come true. For more info on VIWF, visit playhousewinefest.com.
In loving memory
Local jazz musicians Lady O and Melissa Hammer welcomed guests as they filed into the Jewish Community Centre. That’s where the family of the late Danielle Horwitz was hosting their annual Artists for Education event, a fundraiser for the Danielle Horwitz Social Justice scholarship award for high school students making a difference in their community. After the reception, the sold-out crowd moved into the auditorium for the main event, a performance by blues legend Jim Byrnes. I personally can’t think of a more beautiful way to honour a loved one’s memory. For more info on the scholarship, visit justiceeducation.ca/danielle-horwitz-donations.
Follow Me Foodie and Dine Out Vancouver present Six-Course Discourse at the Edgewater Casino on Jan. 20. Visit dineoutvancouver.com for details.
Experience B.C. wine, beer and spirits at Taste BC at the Pan Pacific Hotel Jan. 21 to benefit BC Children’s Hospital. Info: tastebc.wordpress.com.
The SFU Centre for Scottish Studies is hosting its Robbie Burns Day Marathon Reading at the Teck Gallery on Jan. 25. Visit scottish.sfu.ca.