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By Chris Campbell, 24 hours

Tori Amos in concert. (WENN)

Tori Amos in concert. (WENN)


Theatre Under the Stars

July 11-Aug. 23

Malkin Bowl

Stanley Park


Theatre Under the Stars presents a pair of toe-tapping, laugh-inducing productions this summer with Shrek: The Musical and Legally Blonde: The Musical, with performances alternating evenings at Stanley Park’s picturesque Malkin Bowl. A Vancouver tradition since 1940, Theatre Under the Stars promises a blonde-tastic, ogre-ific season filled with lots of songs. Tickets from $20-$45 at or 604-696-4295. For the full schedule, visit


FUSE: Fake Plastic

July 11

Vancouver Art Gallery

750 Hornby St.


The gallery celebrates its summer exhibitions with an evening of music, visual arts and performances with an outdoor lounge from 8 p.m. to 1 a.m. Performances include Maiko Bae Yamamoto from Theatre Replacement constructing giant rainbow loom sculptures out of elastics. Using her sewing machine, which is wired to a keyboard, contact mics and loop pedals, Lisa Simpson will complete a costume during the course of the evening while creating other-worldly sounds. Special music guests include Vancouver-based band Cool, featuring indie luminaries such as Adrian Teacher, Amanda Pezzutto, and Shawn Mrazek, and Vancouver’s pop maestro Nicholas Krgovich. Emelia Symington Fedy from the Chop Theatre will reprise her one-on-one “fake therapy.”

Ballroom Brawl II

July 12

Commodore Ballroom

868 Granville St.


Presented by the ECCW Wrestling circuit, this event is subtitled “tables, ladders and chairs” so expect mayhem and chaos, with a little blood loss tossed in for effect.


Femme Zeppelin

July 12

Rickshaw Theatre

254 E. Hastings St.,


Femme Zeppelin appears in concert on a bill that also includes Danny Echo, Lightbulb Vaporizer, and In Defense of Tim Leary.

Tori Amos

July 16

Orpheum Theatre

884 Granville St.,


This all-ages show is being billed as the “Unrepentant Geraldines Tour,” promising plenty of thoughtful songs about sex and religion from this American singer-songwriter. Oh, and she plays not one, but two pianos.

Magic Man

July 16

Biltmore Cabaret

395 Kingsway,


Although we’ll always associate Magic Man with Heart’s Ann Wilson belting sexy lyrics out on classic rock radio (and, to a less extent, John C. Reilly’s nickname from Talladega Nights), the current incarnation of the name is a synth-rock band from the U.S. With guests Night Terrors of 1927 and Prides.

Wye Oak

July 16


881 Granville St.


Performing with guests Pattern is Movement, Wye Oak is an indie folk-rock duo from the U.S. whose members haven’t been afraid to scrap their signature sound and start from scratch. Expect a lot of purging of feelings during the ballad I Know the Law.


Your Kontinent: Film & Media Arts Festival

July 17 – 26

Various venues


A community celebration of arts, culture as well as personal and global interconnectedness, the festival has profiled many notable and

emerging Canadian and international media artists in the past three years. In curating this year’s Your Kontinent Festival, artistic director Lynn Chen looked for projects that “reveal how technology affects our relationship to one another and to the natural world.” Co-presented by Cinevolution Media Arts Society and the City of Richmond, this event kicks off with an official opening ceremony in Minoru Plaza on July 17, from 7:30-8:30 p.m. Artists participating in the Art in Containers exhibition will introduce their art work to the audience. Featured artist Vjeko Sager will give a special performance and unveil his

diviNation Tower. Visit for more details.



Through Sept. 14

Bill Reid Gallery

639 Hornby


This exhibition features the monumental works of spray can art by Haida artist Corey Bulpitt, and is a natural fusion between hip hop and Haida cultures.


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