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Vancouver Art Gallery – WACK! exhibition (begins October 4, 2008)

First it was CRAZY! now it’s just “WACK!”.  The new Vancouver Art Gallery exhibition officially begins tomorrow, October 4th and runs until January 11, 2009.

WACK! Art and the Feminist Revolution is the first comprehensive, international survey of a remarkable body of work that emerged from the dynamic relationship between art and feminism between 1965 and 1980, a time in which a majority of feminist activism and art-making occurred across the globe. The exhibition brings together the work of 120 artists to examine the international foundations and impact of feminism on art.

I didn’t go to the members’ opening last night (zzzz) but as soon as I check this one out, highlights will be posted on Modern Mix Vancouver!

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Portobello West (July 27, 2008)

It’s that time of the month again!  On the last Sunday of every month, from 12pm to 6pm, visit Portobello West, a fashion and art market at the Rocky Mountaineer Station.  It used to be free but now it’s $2 for admission (children 12 and under can still get in for free).  Support your local designers and buy lovely goods.  This summer absolutely flew by – this may be your last chance to stock up on summer gifts!  I’ll be there – hope to see you too!

Yaletown Gallery – Bill Bissett “Movement” (July 22, 2008)

Yaletown Gallery (123–1208 Homer Street) is hosting a special evening with Bill Bissett on July 22, 2008.  The anti-conventional poet and visual artist Bissett will be onsite for an intimate evening of historic video, slideshow, and signings while his show “Pink Movement” runs until July 30th.

Cirque du Soleil – Corteo review

As you know, Modern Mix Vancouver recently posted a link to discounted tickets for Cirque Du Soleil Corteo.  Here is a review of the show by a reader who purchased through the MMV link.

By guest-writer Kyle Lee

As a Cirque du Soleil virgin I personally thought it was well worth the money!  Tickets were purchased as my treat to my sister as a farewell-to-college present and I got a sweet 30% discount to the 4pm matinee showing, much thanks to Modern Mix Vancouver. But, of course, the sister-brother bonding time is priceless! (all together now — awwwww).

But enough about that. We got to the blue and yellow striped tents near GM Place 5 minutes before showing and were ushered to our seats, which were dead centre first row of our section and might I add, AMAZING? To be honest the tent isn’t too big and you don’t need to be in the first row to enjoy the show. Think movie theatre — first row involves major straining of the neck.

We asked an usher what the plot of the story was, and he admitted there wasn’t really exactly a plot line per say, but the general idea is that a clown is imagining his own funeral. The atmosphere was very grand and charming, with a lot of juxtaposition in its theme — tragedy, yet amusing; small and big; drama and whimsical. The costumes were all very intricately well-made and beautiful. Surprisingly, the show had an interactive aspect to it and near the start of the show there was a clown walking along the aisle wearing a hat spraying water out, a couple others teasing audience members.

The soundtrack was amazing as well, there was a range of music that definitely added to the intensity of the acrobat riding a unicycle on a wire, or the playfulness of the kids jumping on their beds, or the grace of the acrobat couple flinging themselves from bar to bar and shoulder to shoulder. Speaking of which, the acrobatics left me speechless a lot of the time, or to moments of “Oh god… oh god…don’t you dare do that…” and “You come back down from there, young lady!!” To summarize — beautiful jaw-dropping acrobatics, beautiful stage showing and production, and great value.

Well done, Corteo!

Portobello West – Fashion and Art Market (June 29th)

I remember when Portoabello West first started over two years (?) ago and I had coincidentally just gotten back from London not too long before that after having visited the REAL Portobello Market there!  Anyway, Vancouver’s Portabello West is very typical of our local artist and designer scene with heavy ties to Fashion High.  Think high-end craft fair and boutique-style products.  Great for finding one-of-a-kind gifts. 

Where: Rocky Mountaineer Station (101 – 369 Terminal Avenue)
When: 12pm to 6pm
Admission: $2 (children 12 and under get in for free)

If you’re not driving, the best way to get there is probably to take the Skytrain to the Main Street Science World station and walk for ten minutes to Rocky Mountaineer Station.

Vancouver Art Gallery: FUSE – sponsored by Aritzia (Friday June 27, 2008)

As you know, the current Vancouver Art Gallery (VAG) exhibition is “KRAZY! The Delirious World of Anime + Comics + Video Games + Art” .  Why not check it out this Friday at FUSE, a 12 Hour art party from 6pm to 6am at the Vancouver Art Gallery sponsored by Aritzia.  Expect live performances, DJs and other artsy activities; for example, a 12-hour comic draw, a communal effort with local artists to create a comic book during FUSE.  Sounds like something interesting and unique to check out on a Friday night.  Oh, and there will definitely be alcoholic drinks there – I know one of the upper floor bartenders!  

Admission to Fuse is $19.50 + tax for non-members.

As a student, it may be more worthwhile to puchase a student membership for $35 which gives you free unlimited admission into the Vancouver Art Gallery, including to FUSE!

And once again, if it’s any incentive, I’ll be there!