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SUMMER CINEMA IN STANLEY PARK
Tuesdays through August 21
Second Beach / Stanley Park
Entry from 5 p.m. Showtime at Sunset
General Admission is Free / VIP Tickets from $23 (click here)
Drive-in theatres are few and far between these days, but come West Enders (and others of course) can catch some flicks under the stars Tuesday nights through July and August. Fresh Air Cinema returns for a 2018 season of outdoor movies in beautiful Stanley Park. The movies begin at dusk, and you’ll be watching popular films on one of the biggest screens in the lower mainland.
The schedule includes: The Princess Bride (July 3); Stand By Me (July 10); The Lion King (July 17); Mean Girls (July 24); Spice World (July 31); Sing-Along Mama Mia! (August 2); Ferris Bueller’s Day Off (August 7); Grease (August 14); and Titanic (August 21).
SHAME SPIRAL DRAG @ 1181
1181 Lounge (1181 Davie)
Vancouver drag artist Peach Cobblah, known in a parallel universe as playwright Dave Mackenzie Deveau ("My Funny Valentine", "Elbow Room: The Musical", etc.) brings together a revolving cast of Vancouver’s finest drag artists every Tuesday, with cocktails at 10 and showtime "after 11". Note the disclaimer "after 11". Things can get pretty shameful for a Tuesday night, and promptness was never a drag show hallmark.
THEATRE UNDER THE STARS
July 11 through August 18
8 p.m. except on Fireworks nights, when showtime is 7 p.m. No shows July 6 - 8)
Malkin Bowl in Stanley Park
Tickets $30 - $49 at tuts.ca or 604.631.2877
This year, TUTS presents a season of Rodgers & Hammerstein’s “Cinderella” , running on alternating evenings. Brimming with wit and warmth, the Tony Award-winning “Cinderella” promises the classic magical fable of fairy godmothers, glass slippers, and the triumph of true love. “42nd Street” is a celebratory ode to the grandest musicals of yesteryear, bursting with all-time classics like 'Lullaby of Broadway,' 'Shuffle Off To Buffalo,' and 'We're In The Money.’ And all that in the West End’s back-yard.
ROEDDE HOUSE JAZZ CONCERT SERIES
Second Thursdays (July 12)
Roedde House Museum (1415 Barclay)
The second Thursday of each month you’ll find an afternoon of top-notch jazz in the parlour at Roedde House Museum, the elegant and historic (1893) West End former home of Vancouver’s first book-binder and his wife, Gustav and Matilda Roedde. The Thursday, July 12 featured entertainer had not been confirmed at press time. Call 604.684.7040 to inquire.
Through July and August the concerts are held outdoors. in Barclay Heritage Square. Bring your charis and blankets and enjoy the musicians performing on the porch.
MUSIC IN THE PARK
Sundays from 1 - 3 p.m.
Haywood Bandstand / Alexandra Park (Beach and Bidwell)
Any Sunday through to August 26, bring a picnic lunch and enjoy some fine live music, with an emphasis on jazz and blues, and a touch of country.
The July lineup includes: Ross Curran on July 8; The Just Jazz Trio on July 15, and Silk Road Music on July 22.
“THE DANCE TEACHER”
An original play written and directed by Gerrald Williams
Club XY (1216 Bute Street)
July 5, 6, 7, 19, 20, & 21 at 7:30 p.m. (doors at 6:30 p.m.)
July 8 & 22 at 1 p.m. (doors at 12:30 p.m.)
Tickets $20 here.
Justin Belmar, the main character of “The Dance Teacher” has been convicted of a crime. Arrested for sexually abusing his young dance students, Justin is a consummate liar and manipulator, believably saying what he thinks others want to hear. He is an utterly charming young man who declares his innocence from inside a jail. We follow his story from his days in university until moments before his sentencing. But is he guilty?
Guilt or innocence is a verdict decided by the courts. Social media, however, has provided each of us with the information needed to make our own decision. When we hear about an entertainer charged with sexual assault or an athlete is charged with murder, we judge. Regardless of any judicial proceedings we believe we know and we judge guilt or innocence.
Is Justin guilty or innocent? Judge for yourself.
ROEDDE HOUSE CLASSICAL CONCERT SERIES
Second Sundays (July 8)
Roedde House Museum (1415 Barclay)
$15 Adults / $12 Students & Seniors
The second Sunday of each month you’ll find an afternoon of classical music in the parlour at Roedde House Museum, the elegant and historic (1893) West End former home of Vancouver’s first book-binder and his wife, Gustav and Matilda Roedde. The museum is attributed to famed architect Francis Rattenbury and is a City of Vancouver-designated Class A Heritage House.
On July 8th, the Roedde House Classical Series will feature the Tall Oaks Trio on our Rising Stars concert. Immensely gi fted emerging professionals working in Vancouver and garnering international recognition, clarinetist Sydney Tetarenko, violinist Jiten Beairsto, and pianist Natalie Lo will perform Milhaud and Schoenfield as well as Stravinsky’s Soldier’s Tale.
Arrive early for the Tea & Tour from 1 to 4 p.m.
ROCKIN’ IN THE PARK
Coal Harbour Park, That Is!
Saturday, July 14
11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Join the fun at this free community event featuring live music, face-painting, mini-golf, a talented caricature artist, crafts, community group booths, and a BBQ. And that’s just to get things started!
VANCOUVER SYMPHONY AT SUNSET BEACH
Saturday, July 14
The Vancouver Symphony Orchestra is kicking off its 100th anniversary by offering a free concert at Vancouver’s Sunset Beach. Co-presented by the Vancouver Park Board, the concert will be a family event and will be alcohol and smoke-free. There will be a pre-concert program performed by students from the VSO School of Music at 7:15 p.m., and a sunset concert performed by the VSO from 8:30 p.m. to 10 p.m.
The evening will include a broad selection of symphonic hits, including music by Leonard Bernstein, excerpts from Vivaldi’s Four Seasons and John Williams’ scores to Star Wars. This will be the first free outdoor VSO concert in Vancouver since 2011, when the VSO played in Stanley Park for the 125th Anniversary of the city. The Park Board estimates that more than 7,000 people will attend Symphony at Sunset, so come early to claim your space.
4 to 5 p.m.
St. Andrew’s Wesley Church (1022 Nelson @ Burrard)
Every Sunday afternoon the folks at the historic church at Burrard and Nelson present the finest jazz musicians in the Lower Mainland in an afternoon performance where jazz meets, and dances, with the spirit.
The July lineup includes: David Thompson Secondary on July 8; The Gabriel Palatchi Band on July 15; Sharon Minemoto on July 22; and the Ragtime Ramblers on July 29.
8 to 11 p.m.
XY Nightclub (1216 Bute)
If you’re not quite done weekending by Sunday, there’s always Sunday Legends, a weekly showcase of fabulous old-school glamour and celebrity impersonation.
Presiding over all this glitz and glam is celebrated drag artist Jaylene Tyme, who recreates Dolly Parton, Mariah Carey, Tina Turner, and many more, right before your dazzled eyes. Each week features a special guest artist as well as featured performer Xanax, with DJ Dom Top keeping the beat.