The 2019 Mission Folk Music Festival features an exceptional and diverse roster of artists from across the continent, with music from around the world.
Mission Folk Music Festival
When: Friday July 26th, 2019 to Sunday July 28th, 2019 Where: Fraser River Heritage Park, Mission, BC Tickets: Ranging from $90 for adults to $85 for Seniors and Students to $50 for Youth, available online. Camping passes are also available at all price levels. Children 12 and under are free.
When: May 16 to October 14, 2019 Where: Museum of Anthropology (UBC, 6393 NW Marine Dr, Vancouver) Exhibit Opening Reception: May 16, 2019 at 7:00pm
Curated by Dr. Nicola Levell, an associate professor of museum and visual anthropology at the University of British Columbia and sought-after independent curator, this enchanting exhibition details the role puppetry traditions have played from generation to generation in the transmission of cultural knowledge, stories, and values around the world. Visitors will have the opportunity to view more than 250 handcrafted puppets drawn from MOA’s collection — the largest in Western Canada — plus, new acquisitions from China, Brazil, Italy, Java, the UK, and France revealed to the public for the first time.
In Shadows, Strings and Other Things, visitors are welcomed into a grand theatrical experience where five theatre stages demonstrate each main puppet type: shadow, string (marionette), rod, hand (glove), and stop-motion animation. Stages are framed by opulent curtains and lavish, hand-illustrated backdrops, and depict scenes from various puppet plays. The exhibition also offers a glimpse behind the scenes, with displays of workshop settings and storage spaces. Other extraordinary puppets are presented in glass cases, while video booths play moving pictures of different puppetry traditions from around the world.
Many of the puppetry traditions on display are recognized and celebrated by UNESCO as part of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity. This exhibition spotlights how puppets dramatize the human experience in many parts of the world. Shadows, Strings and Other Things is a unique and magical opportunity for visitors of all ages to explore the historical and dynamic qualities of puppetry.
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The 2019 self-guided Heritage House Tour offers an exclusive look inside 10 historic Vancouver houses across five neighbourhoods and six decades of design. The tour explores history and diverse architecture as well as the adaptability of heritage and character homes.
Heritage House Tour
When: Sunday, June 2nd, 2019 from 10:00am to 5:00pm Where: Various locations Admission: Tickets available online
The self-guided tour offers a look inside homes across Vancouver, varying in age and style, each with a unique story to tell. Explore houses dating back to 1895, spanning six decades and five neighbourhoods. The homes explore shifts in architectural design including handsome Victorian, sturdy Craftsman and influential Mid-Century Modern.
Visit a generational span of homes to see the adaptability of older buildings and historic properties and learn about new uses, conversion to add housing or meet modern concepts of living and how heritage character and meaning can be retained. See how a school and a charity are utilizing heritage spaces, and explore a basement suite addition, a housing format that has added space for renters or family members for decades.
The future of a site is often found in adaptive reuse, which is a key concept in heritage conservation and the retention of historic buildings. Finding compatible new uses for early structures preserves historic materials and maintains a sense of community. It is also a consistent theme throughout Vancouver’s housing history. Through the decades and adaptations, the history of each home connects to the people who built them, designed them, and lived in them, and helps illuminate the development of the city, its industries, neighbourhoods and communities over the decades.
For more information follow Vancouver Heritage Foundation on Twitter and Facebook.
On Monday, May 13, 2019 the YWCA Metro Vancouver held its annual Women of Distinction Awards. There were 66 nominees, 1300 guests, and over $180,000 was raised! Here is the list of distinguished award winners:
YWCA Women of Distinction Award Winners
ARTS, CULTURE & DESIGN Dana Claxton
HEALTH & WELLNESS Sheila Early
BUSINESS & THE PROFESSIONS Connie Fair
NON-PROFIT Ingrid Kastens
COMMUNITY CHAMPION Colleen Yee
RESEARCH, THE SCIENCES & TECHNOLOGY Suzanne Lewis
EDUCATION, TRAINING & DEVELOPMENT Bethany Edmunds
YOUNG WOMAN OF DISTINCTION Jennifer Wildi
ENTREPRENEURSHIP & INNOVATION Carolyn Cross
OUTSTANDING WORKPLACE ACL
ENVIRONMENTAL SUSTAINABILITY Lauren Hornor
Those in attendance also got to hear from two inspirational speakers who have benefitted from the amazing programs and support that the YWCA Metro Vancouver offers:
YWCA Metro Vancouver is dedicated to achieving women’s equality. Their mission is to touch lives and build better futures for women and their families through advocacy and integrated services that foster economic independence, wellness and equal opportunities.
Since 1984, YWCA Metro Vancouver has paid tribute to more than 310 award recipients and more than 1,860 nominees. Follow the YWCA of Vancouver on Facebook and Twitter for more information.
Miss604 is a proud sponsor of the YWCA Women of Distinction Awards, since 2010.
When: Wednesday June 5th, 2019 Where: River Rock Show Theatre, 8811 River Road, Richmond Tickets: Starting at $45, available online
Every illusion in Vitaly’s performance is original and represents an ‘impossible dream’ that he has set out to accomplish. From making drawings and paintings come to life to teleporting playing cards from one audience member to another, Vitaly’s illusions defy logic and belief.
Hailed as one of the most unique and innovative illusionists in the world, Vitaly Beckman’s acts are so astounding that he has fooled famous Las Vegas duo Penn & Teller in their hit TV show Fool Us. Most recently, Vitaly’s show was produced off-Broadway by Daryl Roth, who’s producing credits include Tony winners such as Kinky Boots and Indecent. Vitaly was booked for a limited, 16-week run at the prestigious Westside Theatre, the same venue where Penn & Teller started their careers in the 1980s.
Never one to rest on his laurels, Vitaly is constantly inventing new illusions. He is willing to risk arrest and imprisonment for identity theft by promising that he will channel his powers to make the photo from your driver’s license disappear. So, if you’re brave enough to surrender your ID to him, you will have to expect the unexpected.
Will he restore your photo, or will it come back with a different face, say of Marilyn Monroe or George Clooney? Is it magic or trickery? The only way to be sure is to catch one of Vitaly’s increasingly popular performances before all of the tickets have disappeared into thin air.
I have a pair of tickets to give away to this show. Here’s how you can enter to win (and be amazed).
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