Seven Unmissable Member Events This Week: October 24-30

Granville Street: 1886 to Today - Commerce, Entertainment and Historic Buildings
Along storied Granville Street there is a significant number of early 20th-century heritage buildings. Aaron Chapman, writer of several entertaining books on Vancouver history, and Michael Gordon, former senior planner for downtown Vancouver, share images and tales about the street’s evolution over 100 years and ways the popular corridor may change in the future. Presented by Vancouver Heritage Foundation at Hycroft mansion.
(Vancouver: Oct. 30)

Penny Couchie stars in  Material Witness , an international co-production between renowned Spiderwoman Theater of New York City, the longest running Native American women’s theatre company in the United States, and Aanmitaagzi, an Indigenous multi-disciplinary-arts company from Nipissing First Nation, Ontario. | Image: Heart of the City Festival.

Penny Couchie stars in Material Witness, an international co-production between renowned Spiderwoman Theater of New York City, the longest running Native American women’s theatre company in the United States, and Aanmitaagzi, an Indigenous multi-disciplinary-arts company from Nipissing First Nation, Ontario. | Image: Heart of the City Festival.

Downtown Eastside Heart of the City Festival
The 15th annual 12-day festival of music, stories, films, theatre, dance, mixed media and more opens with two concerts: one during the day featuring Tom Pickett, the other later that evening with Earle Peach and the Solidarity Notes Labour Choir and Geoff Berner. Another highlight, a collaboration of companies from New York and Ontario, is Material Witness, which explores violence against Indigenous women in a production that, per the New York Times, “bursts on to the stage in raucous storytelling, dance and music fueled with energy, strength and goodwill.” (Vancouver: Oct. 24-Nov. 4)

Fred Penner
Like the cat in his well-known song, Fred Penner came back. Around 2010, some 13 years after his long-running kids' TV show went off the air, the noted children's entertainer returned to the stage — only to find his audience had aged. Sure, he won his umpteenth Juno Award for Best Children’s Album earlier this year, but you’re likely to note that many of the young adults in the audience at Frank Venables Theatre have come to hear those songs and hits like The Cat Came Back unattended (i.e., no tots in tow). When Penner, who turns 72 in November, plays universities and night clubs, the gigs are just as popular as his family venue tours.
(Oliver: Oct. 26)

RCLAS Writing Workshop: Using Tarot in Your Writing
Writers block? “Interview the tarot cards,” suggests facilitator Isabella Mori, who says tarot cards are also effective for a number of writing exercises, including using a spread to tell a story or writing a haiku inspired by a three-card spread. At the Anvil Centre.
(New Westminster: Oct. 27)

Gord Grdina's The Marrow
Gord Grdina has been in so many bands that The Georgia Straight says a flow chart of his musical activities would establish connections from Miles Davis to Dan Mangan. The Vancouver-based Juno award-winning guitarist fell in love with the oud, a Middle-Eastern lute, and has developed a unique sound that fuses jazz with classical Persian music. The Marrow features all original compositions by Grdina, with bass, cello and percussion accompaniment at Open Space.
(Victoria: Oct. 25)

Queen of the Night
Laudate Singers’ annual gala features opera performances and dinner at the gorgeous Seymour Golf & Country Club. There will be prizes for best costume.
(North Vancouver: Oct. 27)

Take Flight: Benefit + Culture Crawl Festival Launch
Lucky spinners will walk away with artworks worth far more than the price to play Crawl Art Roulette. The game features 30 works by such established artists as Cybele Ironside, Val Nelson, Richard Tetrault, and others. The party, at the cool Arts Factory, also features free-flowing cocktails, canapés, silent auction and a preview exhibition of works by artists participating in the 22nd annual Eastside Culture Crawl (Nov. 15-18).
(Vancouver: Oct. 27)

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