Bring on the steel drum XX.
If you are in downtown Vancouver between now and September 3, 2012 you can take a load off and lounge in comfort with Pop Rocks, a collection of giant organic shapes made from up-cycled building materials including re-claimed sail fabric from Canada Place. For the annual VIVA Vancouver which transforms a section of Robson street into a car free, pedestrian and community friendly space. Read Canada Place’s blog post here: http://www.canadaplace.ca/Media/Blog/2012/8/13/Pop_Rocks
Here are a few teaser photos I took as the Canada Place representative for the project along with some bonus shots of Lululemon’s SeaWheeze event and gorgeous summer weather in Vancouver.
I am in good company as a fan of this interactive film, Communications Arts and SXSW also gave it accolades. Simplicity with surprises is what kept me wanting more. Good on the National Film Board of Canada for supporting this project from a filmmaker with a proven talent.
Check it out if you like smiling. Blah Blah: The Interactive Film for People on Computers
Last week I was happy to check out some live theatre while helping out a fellow (but much better known) Vancouver blogger Hummingbird604. It was great to be back in a darkened theatre, it had been too long. Working and volunteering for the Vancouver 2010 Cultural Olympiad and the Vancouver Fringe Festival I had a lot of opportunities to see and comment on a wide range of live shows and I like to keep it up when the opportunity presents. Here is my review of The ArtsClub Theater’s presentation of Intimate Apparel by
Intimate Apparel at The Arts Club (guest review by @TrevorJurgens)
One word sums up the Arts Club’s production of Lynn Notable’s Intimate Apparel from top to tail: craftsmanship. Starting with award-winning script it weaves through the resourceful set design, perfect-fit casting, meticulous costumes and precise acting.
“It’s 1905. New York City. 35-year-old Esther is an independent African-American woman who makes a good living sewing exquisite undergarments and corsets for brides-to-be. But she yearns to wear one of her own creations. When a mysterious stranger from the Caribbean strikes up a pen-pal relationship, the romance that blooms promises to fulfill all her dreams.”
When Esther receives a letter from the exotic suitor, we are introduced to George Armstrong (Daren Hebert) a Caribbean laborer working on the Panama Canal. George (Hebert) hooks the audience at first glance with his good looks and idyllic charm. As the correspondence continues the audience anticipates his next appearance like Esther craves George’s next letter.
Things play out in multiple sets that provide a voyeuristic view into the various boudoirs including Esther’s own boardinghouse room. Set designer Pam Johnson accomplishes a lot with the limited space at her disposal. I felt transported to Brooklyn at the turn of the century and learned some interesting things about the era, not the least of which is how little the challenges of love and relationships have changed over the last hundred years.
The plot is tied together with series of orders for hand-made corsets. Fortunately for Esther (and the audience) her business requires regular trips to Mr. Marks’ (Jonathon Young) shop for fine fabric and delicate flirtation. Mr Marks’ always has the choicest fabrics and is an artist in his own right. He spins romantic yarns about each fabric’s provenance while seducing Esther (willingly) into buying more than she came for. In a performance that reminded me of John Malcovich, Jonathon Young adds spots of color and comedy with his quirky Romanian accent and curious diction. For me the moments in Mr. Marks’ shop managed to outshine the other already glowing scenes.
The performance moves along with the rat-tat-tat of a well-oiled Singer accompanied by a rag time tune. With perfect pacing the two-hour show went by quickly and I didn’t want it to end. When the fast paced banter slowed, it focused attention onto the highly intimate exchanges between characters. This and the strong performances by the entire cast got the audience deeply invested. For me it was literally a gut-wrenching scene when it becomes clear to Esther and the audience that life is not always the stuff of dreams and love letters.
Clearly the opening night audience appreciated fine work. The actors were with a standing ovation and curtain call. This will not be the only positive review of Intimate Apparel. It is a great live theatre experience that I found very accessible and highly recommend.
Intimate Apparel is playing at the Granville Island Stage until March 10th. Showtimes and tickets are available online on The Arts Club website.
Thanks to Hummingbird604 for the chance to see this performance. The original review and others at http://hummingbird604.com/2012/02/17/intimate-apparel-at-the-arts-club-guest-review-by-trevorjurgens/.
Stranger than fiction. Nike and Bow Wow’s stylist put him in these blue beasts meant for the mountains. I wonder where they got their inspiration? Maybe the 23 second mark of this legendary Angry Boys clip. s.mouse! has been on this tip for days! HBO’s Chris Lilley and Angry Boys beat ‘em to it!
Are there any other great hip hop fashion parodies out there that people need to know about?
Huge European football match featuring the likes of Messi, Villa, Fabregas and Van Percie.
Plenty to accomplish over lunch including eating a yellow thai-curry and writing a blog post.
What to do? The key was to watch without seeing. Know what was hapenning without dedicating my full attention to the match. The skill of sensing what is happening on the pitch using only the pitch and volume of the announcer and the crowd. Luckily I honed this ability spending days painting my apartment and “watching” World Cup 2010. Then as now I would rush to the screen when the decibels dictate something was happening.
This time the web feed is in Spanish so that brings a new dimension. While it easier this time because without the drone of the lepatata Mambu (aka. vuvuzela) I can actually hear the crowd’s reaction; it is harder because the announcer is so animated they screech and squeal like a basque pig over something as simple as the amount of injury time. Overall once you learn to recognizes the correct Catalan pronunciations of the African player’s names ( Johan Danon Djourou-Gbadjere anyone?)… you are pretty much sorted.
Better run, my curry is done and it sounds like Messi is eviscerating the Arsenal defense.