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NOW Orchestra In Concert with Nicole Mitchell - April 11, 200

By Shane Birley on April 9, 2008 - 10:52pm

NOW Orchestra In Concert with Nicole Mitchell - April 11, 2008

NOW Orchestra with special guests Nicole Mitchell (flute), Mercedes Baines (spoken word) and Kedrick James (spoken word).

Our first self-produced concert of the year will feature special guest artist Nicole Mitchell (Association for the Advancement of Creative Musicians) and the NOW Orchestra with spoken word guest artists.

Nicole Mitchell has been noted as “a compelling improviser of wit, determination, positivity, and tremendous talent...on her way to becoming one of the greatest living flutists in jazz,” (Peter Margasak, Chicago Reader). A creative flutist, composer and bandleader, Mitchell placed first as Downbeat magazine’s "Rising Star Flutist 2005-2007, "and was awarded ““Chicagoan of the Year 2006” by the Chicago Tribune.

We are pleased to welcome Nicole Mitchell back to Vancouver – she is “a compelling improviser of wit, determination, positivity, and tremendous talent...on her way to becoming one of the greatest living flutists in jazz” (Peter Margasak, Chicago Reader).

Audiences can look forward to exciting new music from Nicole Mitchell, Kedrick James and Coat Cooke!

April 11, 2008 at the Vancouver East Cultural Centre


* $20 regular
* $15 NOW members
* $5 students


By Shane Birley on January 12, 2007 - 5:45pm

This original play by Conrad Alexandrowicz is a raunchy musical satire about power, class, greed and lust… and a rebellion that goes wrong. The show features Damon Calderwood, Jeff Gladstone, Karin Konoval, Tamara McCarthy and Allan Morgan with design by Itai Erdal (lighting), Bryan Pollock (set), Barbara Clayden (costumes) and Patrick Pennefather (sound/composition). Beggars Would Ride is a satellite presentation of the PuSh International Performing Arts Festival and part of the See Seven series."Wishes, wishes... If wishes were horses then beggars would ride, as they say. Wishes are nothings!"

Morley and Ravinia, the two decadent aristocrats who own the estate, spend every waking moment gorging on a parade of impossible dishes brought them by their staff of three servants, whom they also abuse and exploit in various other ways. The servants are Rufus, his sister Zinna, and Frank, the latest addition to the house. Rufus, who is the most full of rage at their abuse, is determined to drive a wedge between Morley and Ravinia in order to stage a coup and take over the house. He determines that sex should be the instrument that will achieve the goal of bringing the couple, already in discord, into outright conflict. But for this he needs to enlist the services of Frank, who is most unwilling to serve as sexual bait.

Written and directed by Conrad Alexandrowicz, BEGGARS WOULD RIDE is the follow-up to award-winning productions such as The Wines of Tuscany, The Singer Falls Silent and Dance, Little Lady! Wild Excursions was founded in Vancouver in January of 1995 by director, writer and choreographer Conrad Alexandrowicz, who continues his explorations into theatre and dance, and that mysterious territory where they overlap. Go to for more info and to buy tickets!

Jan 24 – 28, 2007 (preview January 23)
Waterfront Theatre
1412 Cartwright Street, Granville Island, Vancouver

Tues - Sat, 8PM; Sat & Sun, 4PM
2-for-1 preview: Jan 23
Tickets: $22/18
Single tickets at Tickets Tonight: 604.231.7535 OR

The NOW Orchestra

By Shane Birley on November 17, 2006 - 1:14pm

Here is a message from a good friend of mind, Coat Cooke and the NOW Orchestra.

I want to invite you to the NOW Orchestra show next Friday night, Nov. 24 at the Dance Centre.  We’re very excited to have John Oswald, Pierre Tanguay and Diane Labrosse in town to play with us!

There is an article in the Georgia Straight this week about the show – just go to:

You can get tickets online at by searching for the NOW Orchestra OR with cash at the door.

I hope to see you there!

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Thundering Word

By Shane Birley on November 17, 2006 - 1:03pm

I am thinking of checking out Thundering Word Heard - an event at The Main Restaurant at 4210 Main Street (Main & 26th Ave).  I have been in the past and tried to get there in the last month or so but work got in the way.  If anyone is interested in checking it out in the next little while, drop me a line.  Cross posted via

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Vitality Clinic at The Vancouver Wellness Show

By Shane Birley on October 26, 2006 - 10:04pm

My friends at Vitality Clinic have mentioned on their blog that they are exhibiting at the Vancouver Health Show.  I have been thinking about health recently (since I just got a doctor in town and she wants to kick my geeky ass), so, I might head on down and check it out.

Here is some info about tickets:

Vancouver Convention & Exhibition Centre
999 Canada Place Drive


* Sat Oct 28 & Sun Oct 29, 2006

Exhibit floor open:

* Sat 10:00am – 6:00pm
* Sun 11:00am – 5:30pm

Ticket Prices:

* $10 per day including all seminar and exhibits.

$8 for Seniors per day.
* includes all seminars

Tickets available at the door
Show Hotline: 1 800-471-1112

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World Urban Forum and Noise Pollution

By Shane Birley on June 23, 2006 - 10:01am

I believe the World Urban Forum 2006 is a great idea.  This year's event has a great list of speakers, workshops, and performers.  Yet, I have a huge problem with the World Urban Forum.  The main stage with the bulk of the performers is less than 100 yards from my home - and they are LOUD.

Last night, the WUF performances went on until just before midnight - blaring music and screaming fans the whole way.  I am sure people had fun - but, people, don't forget you are in an urban setting with a lot of residental dwellers nearby.  I was kept awake until they were finished.  It sounded like I had a stereo playing in my own home - it was that loud.

Maybe I should call the police and have them shut down the sound at 11pm tonight.  I wonder how that would go over.  Just kidding...

Webbing Out: NOW On Monday Nights

By Shane Birley on March 5, 2006 - 11:58pm

Here I am again, selling myself out to benefit my friends. I suppose I must really like to promote people. Here is the latest:


The Cellar is a great place to go check out some quality jazz. It is the perfect environment to listen to jazz and relax with friends. I have been there a few times now and I am hooked.

Check out the events section for show details and times.

Webbing Out: Titus Andronicus

By Shane Birley on March 1, 2006 - 5:52pm

The first full-production in Vancouver of Shakespeare’s bloodiest tragedy: Titus Andronicus

Feb 28 – March 18, 2006. Previews Feb 28 – March 2; Opening Night 3 March. All shows at 8:00 pm

Jericho Arts Centre, 1675 Discovery Street, Vancouver

Tues 1/2 price, Wed-Sat $18/$20,Sun. By donation
Pre-show tickets $16 at Biz Books
Reservations and info – 604.224.8007 ext 3

Mad Duck Equity Co-Op,

Andrew Templeton 778 896 2844,

Stargate Star Embraces the Darkness

Shakespeare’s most controversial play – Titus Andronicus – opens March 3rd at the Jericho Arts Centre in a Mad Duck Equity Co-op production.

Teryl Rothery (Dr. Janet Fraiser of the hit Sci-Fi series Stargate SG-1) plays Tamora – the darkest and most remarkable female character in the Shakespeare canon. Tamora will stop at nothing to achieve retribution for the wrongs committed against her family and nation.

“At the time, I was hoping people would vote for Merchant of Venice,

Webbing Out: Broken by C.E.Gatchalian, March 1-11 at the Firehall Arts Centre

By Shane Birley on March 1, 2006 - 5:39pm

Here I am, hanging again in the theatre community and promoting my friends here. And there is nothing anyone can do to stop me!

Bold. Disturbing. Innovative. Exhilarating.

Just a sampling of the adjectives people have used to describe the plays of Vancouver dramatist C. E. Gatchalian.

In the words of renowned playwright Bryan Wade, Gatchalian's plays are "like jolts of espresso being downloaded into your brain circuitry." And just when you've been lulled by the metronomic rhythms of his dialogue, a biting phrase or an unexpected gesture pulls the carpet out from under you.

Tanja Dixon-Warren, Michael Fera, Ntsikie Kheswa, Thrasso Petras and Nelson Wong are five actors brave enough to tackle the unforgiving complexities of a Gatchalian script. Under the direction of Sean Cummings, they have all found their way through the maze that is Broken, a suite of short one-act plays linked by common themes: alienation, obsession, violence, and love.

So will you be mesmerized by Gatchalian's work or left gasping for air at the end? Hop over to the Firehall Arts Centre and see for yourself--if you dare.

March 2-11 (preview March 1)
Tue - Wed 8pm
Matinee: Sunday March 5th 2pm
Pay-What-You-Can Matinee: Wednesday March 8th, 1pm

Tickets: $10-$22

Firehall Arts Centre (280 East Cordova)

Tickets and Info: (604) 689-0926

Macbeth From Pound of Flesh Theatre Society

By Shane Birley on February 28, 2006 - 8:02pm

Here I am again, promoting more of my theatre friends. I have some cool people who are producing Shakespeare's Macbeth at the Russian Hall in April. I am wanting to get the word out before hand since Shakespeare is always wicked.

Macbeth, a captain in the Scottish army, is returning from a battle, a victory - when a seed is planted in his mind. A single thought, a suggestion, an idea that drives him to a cycle of murder. He is compelled to keep killing until he finds the final death that will end his waking nightmare and return to him "the season of all natures: sleep."

Our next major project for April 2006, Macbeth will rely on a new adaptation for 10 actors (currently in work). Here is a world of moral corruption, where God is simply absent - people are left to their own spiritual devices. The resulting deterioration of ethics and virtue is a prophetic wake-up call to our own world as we vainly try to fill a spiritual void with money, technology and material distractions.

Directed by Stephen Drover, Macbeth will feature Todd Thomson in the title role along with the design team of Francesca Albertazzi (set and costume) and Noah Drew (sound composition).

More information can be found at Pound of Flesh Theatre Society.

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