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LIVE EVENT! Living Myth Live Presents TELL ME YOUR NIGHTMARES

Comedy, Culture, Events, LMM Live, Performance, Showcase

June 20, 2017

We are doing our first live show after a long hiatus of show making… and man is it a doozy!

Tell Me Your Nightmares is a show where we talk about something we all have… NIGHTMARES!

We will be at Seven Dining Loung in Vancouver, BC on July 14th from 7 PM to 11 PM.

There will be special guests and great music by our musical guests The Skeleton Crew

You can have a listen to them below

We will also have two contests! A pyjama contest and an audience nightmare contest. More information will be available on our event page.

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Review: Instant Theatre – Shakespeare After Dark! The Anniversary Show

Comedy, Culture, Events, Improv, Performance, Reviews, Showcase

June 19, 2017

With uproarious laughter and perfect comic timing, the audience was transfixed by what they saw. We had an audience with “The Bard” himself, Bartitsu and rapier fighting by Affair of Honor, an Elizabethan complements contest, an insult battle with pirate ships and pickle juice as the main insult components and Matheson the best drunk thespian they could summon.  Shakespeare After Dark is very close to being sorcery on its own, but they pull some serious magic Saturday night.  We can’t say this enough but this is absolutely some of the best improv you can see in the city.

Good and gentle bards soothed us with classic chamber music throughout the evening. Photo Credit Peter Joseph for Living Myth Magazine

Producer Chelsey Stuyt welcomes the audience and introduces us to the players. Photo Credit Peter Joseph for Living Myth Magazine

Joel Cottingham as William Shakespeare was our host! “I might call him / A thing divine, for nothing natural / I ever saw so noble.” – The Tempest Photo Credit Peter Joseph for Living Myth Magazine

A packed house! Full of merry gentles! Photo Credit Peter Joseph for Living Myth Magazine

Affair of Honor showing us stunningly choreographed Bartitsu Photo Credit Peter Joseph for Living Myth Magazine

A fair maiden receiving compliments Photo Credit By Peter Joseph for Living Myth Magazine

They were wooing her real good Photo Credit By Peter Joseph for Living Myth Magazine

Pirates vs. Pickle Juice might foes in insults Photo Credit By Peter Joseph for Living Myth Magazine

Affair of Honor and their endless rapier duel Photo Credit By Peter Joseph for Living Myth Magazine

It would be Shakespeare After Dark without a drunk actor. Matheson was our man of the evening. Photo Credit By Peter Joseph for Living Myth Magazine

“I’M A DRAGON” Photo Credit By Peter Joseph for Living Myth Magazine

A man armed with mead is as dangerous as a man armed with sword Photo Credit By Peter Joseph for Living Myth Magazine

Like all good Shakespearean tragedies… There is a lot of death. Photo Credit By Peter Joseph for Living Myth Magazine

Like … a lot of death… Photo Credit By Peter Joseph for Living Myth Magazine

Did we mention there was death? Because there was. Photo Credit By Peter Joseph for Living Myth Magazine

Standing Ovation! Photo Credit By Peter Joseph for Living Myth Magazine

Chelsey bidding us a gentle night and merry revelry. Photo Credit By Peter Joseph for Living Myth Magazine

Our contest winners enjoying alcohol and snacks!

Congratulations Instant Theatre on a successful and hilarious Shakespeare After Dark!  If you want to catch their next show it will be at The Havana on July 22nd.

 

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Review: Instant Threatre – The LAB Presents The Cult

Comedy, Culture, Events, Improv, Performance, Reviews

June 15, 2017

Shawn Norman as The Cults leader

Welcome to the Family! The Cult is an improvised mockumentary featuring live interviews with ex-members and never-before-seen “footage” of life in a cult that we invent on the spot based on your suggestion! Just like a real cult, we’ll seduce you with all the good stuff: beautiful people, a charismatic (if narcissistic) leader, promises of secret knowledge and free love, and of course — all the sweet sweet Koolaid you can drink! The only difference is we’ll let you go home after…if you even want to.

With: Shawn Norman, Shane McLean, Julianne Hoyak, Kai Rudell, William Dunn, Janet Davidson, Geoff Walters, Julia Lank  Host/Filmmaker: Tia Glenn-Cooke

The brainchild of Tia Glenn-Cooke, The Cult brings forth the seedy underbelly of cults. Because this is improv the story is different every time… but the story of cults are usually the same. A charismatic leader, lies, deceit and of course the realisation that the leader is a monster. It is beautiful and if you ever have a chance to join the cult of THE CULT… drink the Kool-Aid.

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Review: Lord of the Schwings: A Tolkien Burlesque Night at the Rio! by Kitty Glitter and Geekenders

Burlesque, Culture, Events, Interviews, Performance, Reviews, Showcase

June 15, 2017

 This was a great show! Full of a love of the mythology and respect for the fandom,”Lord of the Schwings: A Tolkien Burlesque Night” gave the audience an epic quest and an epic burly-boner. Filled with the type of things a good show should have jokes, jiggles and just plain fun.
Our host(ess) for the night was Lady Galadriel played by Seamus Fit-It-In who was transcendent and regal. Photo Credit Zemekiss Photography

Poutina Turner and Kitty Glitter playing Frodo Baggins and Samwise Gamgee Photo Credit Zemekiss Photography

Jacob Woike and Jayne Fondue as Legolas and Gimli Photo Credit Zemekiss Photography

Sasja Smolders as Gandalf giving us some hot bearded wizard seduction. Photo Credit By Zemekiss Photography

“THE HAVE FIRE” Was gleefully screamed as we saw Lola Loops as Lord Sauron spin fire hoops the crowd was immediately turned up to 11 with excitement.  Photo Credit Zemekiss Photography

Vixen Von Flex as Balrog Photo Credit By Zemekiss Photography

Andrew Lynch as Pippin and Neville Powerbottom as Merry Photo Credit By Zemekiss Photography

Draco Muff-Boi as Gollum Photo Credit Photography

Kitty Glitter as Sam’s Taters Photo Credit By Zemekiss Photography

Trixie Hobbitses as Treebeard the Ent doing the longest tease ever Photo Credit By Zemekiss Photography

Ginger Femmecat as Arwen Photo Credit By Zemekiss Photography

Twerk Du Soleil as Shelob spraying silk over the audience Photo Credit By Zemekiss Photography

Orcs! Photo Credit By Zemekiss Photography

We also had the chance to talk to the producer of the show Kitty Glitter 
LMM: How long have you been working with Geekenders?
KG: I have been working with Geekenders ever since Jurassic Parody: The Musical (in October 2015). I saw the auditions listed online and knew I HAD to be in the show… It’s one of my favourite movies!
LMM: How do you pick the shows you produce?
KG: Most of the shows are picked about a year in advance. I have been involved with the company for a while now, and Fairlith Harvey (Owner/ Artistic Director of Geekenders)  trusts that I can put on a good show, so I am able to write my own shows (Mischief Managed, Lord of the Schwings), with help from my fiance, Seamus Fit-It-In.
LMM: Why Lord of The Rings?
KG: Why LOTR? Lord of the Rings has always been one of my favourite trilogies. It’s something that my entire generation has grown up with and loves unconditionally. The characters are so well known, and diverse. I knew we would be able to sell it out because pretty much everyone you talk to knows Lord of the Rings and loves it. Also, who doesn’t want to see Legolas strip?
LMM: Do you have any FAR OUR WEIRD ideas that you want to do but you are unsure if they would work?
KG: I have this idea of a men’s only burlesque show… but I feel like it might be hard to sell out. Seamus Fit-It-In and I are actually putting together a Tenacious D Burlesque Tribute show, which will be September 1st at the Rio Theatre. It’s also a bit of a “niche” crowd, but we hope that the fans are willing to come out to the show! We will have the “Hot & Heavy Band” playing all the songs live, and some heavy duty performers, so we know it’s going to be incredible.
LMM: What advice do you have for those who want to go into burlesque?
KG: My advice for people wanting to get into burlesque is first… GO SEE ALL THE SHOWS! You will learn so much. Also, take classes! Even if you think you are amazing, there is always something to learn. There are lots of classes around town… such as Burgundy Brixx’s “School of Tease” (http://www.burgundybrixx.com/classes.html)
LMM: If you had 20$ to spend at an airport what would you spend it on?
KG: $20 at an airport? Easy. Mini Eggs
LMM: Are their shows you want to promote either your own or others?
KG: Shows to Promote:

Harry Potter’s Burlesque Birthday Party – July 31 at the Rio Theatre
Lord of the Schwings REMOUNT – August 18 at the Rio TheatreTenacious D Burlesque Tribute with the Hot & Heavy Band – September 1st at the Rio Theatre

 

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Gentlemen Hecklers present Hackers

Comedy, Events, film

June 14, 2017

Throughout the dark decade we know call the nineties, Hollywood seemed mystified by this weird piece of technology called computers. They weren’t sure what computers could do, but they were sure old people were scared of them and young people seemed to love them. The result was a mixed bag of movies that tried to capture the essence of those fears: thrillers like the Net, Antitrust, and Enemy of the State showed conservatives their fears of big government and crime, making those conservatives push an agenda that resulted in big government and crime.

At the same time, Hollywood also festered titles like Harry Met Sally on the general public because America Online was a thing once upon a time and had a studio that could afford to make a movie that was basically a giant commercial. Hey, it worked for Nintendo, and Tom Hanks and Meg Ryan are infinitely better than Fred Savage.

Never content to rest on their laurels, though, Hollywood also wanted to appeal to the kids who liked the whole computer thing. This resulted in the single most accurate piece of media regarding computers and the capabilities of the internet ever made, a little movie called Hackers.

Forget the thought-provoking questions asked by media like Person of Interest or the dedication to craft evidenced by Mr. Robot – Hackers embodied that sense of wonder we all had about what computers and internet meant. Computers and internet were going to save us from the forces of old and evil. We would Hack The Planet. We would rollerblade to victory to an awesome soundtrack and have confusing dreams about Angelina Jolie.

We would do everything in our power to end the evil that is Wall Street.

More interestingly, we knew that the forces of old would join the forces of evil in blaming us for trying to save them, so… culturally, this movie got it. It captures the essence of what being a kid in the nineties was, that neon sense of black-lit adventure and hope that would later be crushed and ground into nothing by a decaying world.

No wonder, then, that the Gentlemen Hecklers have decided to turn their attention to this film.

Fresh off their stint of writing for the Mystery Science Theater 3000 relaunch, Eric Fell, Shaun Stuart, and Patrick Mahlia return to the Rio Theater to crack down on one of the best worst movies ever made. For one night only, June 14th in the year 2017, the three of them will heckle greatness and we will all love them for it.

Doors open at eight, show starts at nine. You can buy tickets by clicking here, or pay $14 at the door. The choice is yours, but if you live in Vancouver? This is what you should be doing tonight.

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Content Warning: Erotic Fanfiction Deathmatch

Books & Writing, Comedy, Culture, Events

June 12, 2017

In Vancouver we’re a little spoiled for choice when it comes to entertainment, especially indie-run live nerdy and comedic show. I’m definitely not complaining when there’s such excellent acts out there like Geekenders, the Fictionals, and West Coast Geeks vs. Nerds, just to name a few. Mockingbird Media Entertainment’s new offering, Content Warning: Erotic Fanfiction Deathmatch, fits right in with this community and promises a monthly competition over who gets to claim the title of Ultimate Smutmaster. As you might imagine, things get a little steamy…

The premise of the show is to have local authors create their best (or worst) smutty fanfiction along the month’s theme and these works of fiction are then read aloud for the crowd by professional actors. At the end, the crowd votes for their favorites, and then the Ultimate Smutmaster is crowned, to be brought back to defend their title at a later date. It’s a good, simple framework that ran very smoothly, even when this month’s voting resulted in a tie.

This month the theme was “Remember the 90s”, and the audience began the evening enjoying a playlist of 90s hits, often breaking out into spontaneous sing-alongs – Backstreet’s back, alright?! Seven Dining Lounge, which is a familiar haunt for a number of great local entertainment acts, was standing-room only by the time the show began. Our host, Jesse Inocalla, in purple gator-skin Fluevogs and a velvet jacket, made sure to check that we were all ready and eager to participate in some sexy shenanigans (emphatic consent!!) before ushering us back to the time of Saturday morning cartoons, neon patterned everything, and not-so-innocent fantasies.

I was a bit surprised to discover that the actors were going in to the readings cold, but despite the lack of practice ahead of time they all did quite a good job, adding voices and pauses and inflection to hit the right mood, and often their own shock and laughter over the content of the scripts added to the humour. Still, it might be worth considering letting them have at least one read-through, or if not the producers might at least color code the various characters’ dialogue so that it will be easier for the actors to switch appropriately.

With actor and writer set up on stage, the fun was ready to begin. The actors were encouraged to pause and interrogate the writer at any time. And both the writers and actors were given a chance to plug whatever other artistic endeavors they wanted to publicize, which I really appreciated. It’s always nice seeing the community support each other! The audience was given a chance to ask a few questions after each story as well, often with hilarious results.

Our first story was by Little Miss Tristan Risk – an untitled fiction starring none other than Wolverine. It was read by Ariel Hansen, who gave it a sultry quality that suited the story. Set in a small town in the Kootenays, our nameless protagonist was a cynical rock chick who decides to hit the local watering hole for a bit of fun… or trouble. The story had a lot of lead-up, describing the protagonist’s beauty routine with vivid imagery. As a piece of fiction it was well written, but it seemed to lose the crowd as they waited for the smut to begin. Wolverine, who “tasted like exotic masculinity” (apparently cigars and beer are exotic in small mountain towns?), may have a thing for the vanilla essential oil worn as perfume by the protagonist, but the crowd seemed to be craving a different flavor. We didn’t need to wait long.

The second story was by David Marino – another untitled piece featuring Goofy, Donald Duck, Mickey, and an unnamed protagonist. The protagonist is described as an important businessman, so in my head I think it’s Scrooge McDuck, but whomever you imagine will do. This was a story that had everyone in the room rapt and gasping for breath (because of the constant laughter, you pervs). Expertly read by deliberately foppish Seth Gordon Little, the story begins with our protagonist out cruising in a park where he runs into Goofy and Donald and Mickey, and after he “enthusiastically consented to [their] forthcoming merger”, he participated in a gay threesome (with Mickey creepily watching since he has about as much genitalia as a Ken doll). At the end, the protagonist “liquidated his assets” and the audience similarly exploded into thunderous laughter, applause, and a sincere standing O.

Story number three was titled “Holiday in the Evening”, written by Jenna Sokalski and set in the beautifully 90s world of Daria. Performed by Luchagore’s Gigi Saul Guerrero, it was transformed into a Latin-infused fanfiction that was surprisingly sweet and earnest.  Gigi gave it a lovely quality as she added sound effects and laid on her accent as thickly as she could, easily selling Daria’s “ecsta-CI!!” in her beach encounter with Trent. The ending got a little confusing due to cameos from season 3 characters from Holiday Island, a little-known reference that won over the truest Daria fans. Overall, a tender teen moment that was surprisingly charming.

Gigi stayed where she was, ready to perform the next one. The fourth fic was written by Tanner McCoolman; a crossover romp with SpongeBob and Mojo Jojo titled “Sponge Monkey Mayhem”. The premise of the story was that Mojo Jojo had set up a not-very-convincing fake casting couch for a non-existent adult film company, and a broke SpongeBob auditions hoping to earn some money. The fiction began with pure psychological body horror a la Kafka’s Metamorphosis, as SpongeBob began fingering his holes and growing more arms and fingers to finger all of his holes. There was also a creepily pointed anti-child molestation PSA related to Bubbles the Powerpuff Girl and an off-colour explanation about how SpongeBob was intersex due to genetic mutation brought on by Agent Orange, but some moments were gold: the tsunami climax as they “Californicated” particularly stands out. Gigi’s performance of the voices for both Mojo Jojo and SpongeBob were also superbly on point.

With all of the laughter and smutty depravity, we all needed a break. After a brief intermission, we dove right back into the fray, with Seth Gordon Little returning to voice Lyssa Strata’s tale: “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: The Secret of the Ooze”. A sweaty summer training session with April and Michelangelo turns into a hilarious (and well-researched) birthday gangbang, eventually incorporating all four turtles and Master Splinter. Seth was the perfect actor for the job and as before the audience was howling with laughter as he expertly delivered the deliberately cheesy, reference-laden smut. Even Seth had to pause for another drink. After a gooey climax, many in the audience were on their feet again, clapping, and Seth delivered his heartfelt compliments both to Lyssa and David Marino for their excellent work on Seth’s favorite childhood characters.

The sixth fiction was a fantastic gay BDSM scene created by Zhora Kys; an X-Men offering titled “Savage Land” starring Professor X, Magneto, and Sinister. Performed by the delightful Draco Muff-Boi, it was a saucy romp realistically describing the experience from Charles’ perspective as a bottom, relishing the sting of whips. The dynamic between Charles and Erik was particularly believable to anyone familiar with the D/s relationship. It definitely left many in the audience feeling a little hot and bothered.

Next was Zachary Taylor’s “Too Blue For You”; another crossover piece starring Sonic the Hedgehog and Genie from Disney’s Aladdin. Ariel Hansen returned to perform the story, providing us with a hyper, youthful Sonic, and a creepy, fourth-wall breaking Genie. This was a 90s extravaganza as Sonic finds himself in a strange land: first passing through the LA riots before ending up in Disneyland. There, he meets Genie, who is, of course, a Dom. The audience soon realizes that you can’t make a wish while wearing a ball-gag, as Genie turns poor Sonic into his “living cock puppet”. Moments of humor, like the revelation that Genie’s “onmipodick” tastes like blueberries, were interspersed with uncomfortably graphic, stomach-turning scat-porn erotica. Laden with author’s notes and ending with Sonic’s “hog juice”, it was truly an example of the depths of depravity that fanfiction can feature!

The final offering of the night was a Buffy the Vampire Slayer story centered on Angelus and Spike. Written by a published novelist – Mistress Ivy – the tale was steamy and well-written. Titled “Troublemaker”, it was performed by Draco Muff-Boi who tried valiantly to use an Irish accent for Angelus and an English accent for Spike. In the story, fans were treated to a realization of their teen fantasies as Angelus showed Spike what trouble truly is. Spike made a good, bratty bottom, as the long tensions between the two vampires results in a sexy showdown where Angelus wins. I ship it.

All eight stories completed, the hosts collected the tiny voting slips. I couldn’t help but think there must be an app for that, but maybe they’ll have that minor wrinkle ironed out for the second show. The voting resulted in a tie between audience favorites David Marino and Lyssa Strata, so Jesse called for a cheer-off. I feel this was the perfect ending, as both writers provided the best entertainment of the night and deserved the feeling of recognition and pride (or shame?) by being called up for this final tie-breaker. The roars for both were deafening, but Lyssa Strata’s TMNT fiction had won the audience, and she was crowned the Ultimate Smutmaster. And with that, the first show came to a close, and, like many of the story characters, we felt satisfied… if a bit dirty.

All in all, Content Warning is solid entertainment, offering what people want: comedy, geeky references, and, of course, sex. I’m sure it will continue to be a popular addition to the local roster of shows.

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Contest Time: Instant Theatre Company – Shakespeare After Dark – The Anniversary Show!

Comedy, Culture, Events, Showcase

June 11, 2017

Instant Theatre Company is celebrating the anniversary of their hit show Shakespeare After Dark and they are teaming up with us to do a super great contest.  To enter you need to tag a friend you want to go to the show with and Living Myth and Instant Theatre will randomly select the winners to receive 2 tickets and a snack.

Featuring live swordplay from Affair of Honor, live music from our improvising Shakespeare band, and many more surprises yet to be announced!!

Shakespeare After Dark is the highbrow fusion of Shakespeare served with a side of improvisational mischief. In the first half, you’ll witness a scene from the Bard utterly monkey-wrenched by an utterly punch-drunk cast member leaving the rest of the cast to improvise around them. Then, stick around for the second half where the cast lays the booze aside to serve a straight up Shakespearean tragedy – based on your suggestions. With a genuinely drunken professional actor volunteering every night, no two shows are ever the same. Side-splitting, raucous, and completely interactive, Shakespeare After Dark will blow you away.

Shakespeare After Dark seeks to introduce a new generation of theatre-goers to the works of the Bard by reviving the raucous, interactive and vibrant nature of Elizabethan theatre with a very modern twist that only the spirit of improvisation can bring, whilst reminding them to to always enjoy Shakespeare responsibly.

Shakespeare After Dark regularly sells out so make sure you get your tickets in advance! The Rio Theatre on the corner of Broadway and Commercial Drive. Tickets are $10 or $12 at the door.

19+ – Alcohol will be served. No minors.

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Vancouver Retro Videogame Expo 2017

Culture, Events

May 29, 2017

It’s strange how generations of entertainment have passed us by. In the past two centuries, we’ve gone from novels to radio plays to comics to movies to television to video games without newer forms destroying older forms. Instead, there’s this strange co-operative where these different creative forms feed off one another, both in terms of modern output and an appreciation of history. There are festivals to celebrate old books, theaters that specialize in old movies, and comic conventions are ever-more common as they bleed into every other form of media.

Video games, though, are something else again: tied to specific middle-men consoles that allow people to enjoy the entertainment that they’ve bought, those old games are often lost as the consoles that used to play them are abandoned: Q-Bert and Burger Time don’t exist on Playstation 4. There are exclusives that appeared on one console and never anywhere else, versions of games that differed depending upon the console they were on. Anyone that wants to experience this in older generations, though, can be hard pressed to find what they’re looking for unless they know the right places.

The Vancouver Retro Videogame Expo is the best of those places in Vancouver.

Attracting collectors and collections from all over the west coast, the Vancouver Retro Videogame Expo takes over the Anvil Center in New Westminister once a year, bringing you the very best of what was and celebrating the generations of an entertainment art form that is eclipsing all others in popularity. It’s well known and popular enough to draw crowds of people ranging from the oldest of the old school to recent converts looking for a sense of history to shack-dwelling hillbillies that live in hillbilly shacks somewhere.

Braving the heat and the sun over this past Vancouver weekend, they filled the whole of the Anvil Center, New Westminister’s shining jewel and prime effort in drawing outliers to come and hold their events. A stunning and elegant building with story-size windows that allow all the light one could possibly want, the Anvil Center was swarmed with gamers of all kinds and all ages looking for relics of eras gone by.

The main floor was more than ready to deliver. Space dedicated to places like Game Deals and Toy Traders, the main floor held a collection of old consoles and games ranging from the dawn of the medium through to the modern era. Imports from around the world, old bootlegs and never released roms, toys and strategy guides, controllers and accessories… whether you wanted something from the classic Nintendo Entertainment System or one of the old Dreamcast video-screen memory cards, this was the place you wanted to be. Amiibos, charms, shirts – anything and everything celebrating the history and evolution of gaming was here for you to find and adopt.

For those looking for more information, a host of panels covering everything from collecting old games to working with old hardware was available, people coming to share the secrets they’ve learned and pass on that knowledge. There’s something about listening to people that are passionate about the things they know, or passionate about the things they do – an infectious energy that permeated that top floor, conference rooms sharing space with artist’s alley and some of the most gifted artisans and masons working within game-based designs. From throw pillows to custom made posters, there is and always will be something for everyone.

Those looking to test their skill would also find a home here: the Vancouver Retro Videogame Expo featured a host of prize-based tournaments that covered the breadth of old school competitive gaming, everything from Street Fighter II to Tetris. Those less inclined to competition were still encouraged to play on various arcade machines and console systems, most of which were conveniently set up on the second floor in a theater where live game-inspired music was being performed live by bands like MissingNo, the Runaway Four, Bryface, 20Six Hundred, and Opus Arise… and if music isn’t your thing, the Vancouver Retro Videogame Expo also features video game improv games by way of Minus World, here on behalf of the award-winning Fictionals improv troupe.   

And for those looking for something even rarer, something most people have never heard before – this year the Vancouver Retro Videogame Expo featured a working prototype for the Nintendo Playstation, along with several playable games that people could try. Yes, you read that right: Nintendo was once partnered with Sony to compete with the Sega CD, but when that console failed and doomed Sega, Nintendo left the plans with Sony and they released it and changed the video game landscape forever.

The real question when it comes to the Vancouver Retro Videogame Expo is why aren’t you there? If you love video games at all you owe it to yourself to come out and celebrate that love, to treat yourself to this event. And if you missed it this year, make sure you don’t the next – we’ll keep you posted on when the Vancouver Retro Videogame Expo returns.

Until then, keep your calendars open.

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Story Story Lie – The Devil Is In The Details

Comedy, Culture, Events, Interviews, Reviews, Showcase

May 27, 2017

On a balmy May evening, the din of the crowd at Cafe Deux Soleil is palpable from a block away. The venue is a well-loved place where the local community gathers nightly for improv, poetry, live music and for this night a story telling game show and podcast.

The premise is simple, listen to stories, pick out the liar, win fabulous prizes!

The show’s creator and host Jo Dworschak sat down with me for a quick interview on a hot sunny afternoon. I got to pet her bunny rabbit.

Floppo the Bunny (Photo By Anne Honeycutt)

 

LM: What is the inspiration of Story Story Lie?

JD: I moved to Vancouver and Vancouver didn’t have the variety of shows that I thought it should have. After travelling to Chicago to study with Second City I came back and thought about the type of show I wanted to do. My son and his friends had a game where they would tell two truths and a lie and it seemed like the best way to get storytellers involved.

Photo By Anne Honeycutt

LM: What is your selection process?

Jo explaining the show. (Photo by  Richard Glen Lett)

JD: I scout through shows in the area. I go to a lot of them and then sometimes I get recommendations.

LM: If you could have any person on the show living dead real fictional, who and why?

JD: My two personal icons! Who are Frida Kahlo and Leonard Cohen. They are just so inspiring to me.

LM: Who would be the worst person on your show?

JD: A Lawyer… *nervous laugh* actually not them because I am trying to get an online divorce attorney to sponsor the podcast.

LM: How do you get the cool and very practical prizes for the show?

JD: I buy random things off of Craigslist!

Travis Bernhardt talking about a magic act gone horribly wrong (Photo by  Richard Glen Lett)

LM: What would be your Hogwarts House or Star Trek Shirt Colour?

JD: Ops Gold

LM: If you were in an airport and you had time to waste and 20$ what would you spend it on?

JD: I wouldn’t buy a thing, but I would go get a quick pedicure and ask the person for their story.

If you are able to attend the next show June 10th at Cafe Deux Soliel please do. This is the type of show and cultural experiences that are awesome.

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Instant Theatre – A Fistful of Kicks: An Improvised Kung-Fu Spectacular

Comedy, Culture, Events, Improv, Reviews

May 27, 2017

“A long time ago, before East met West. When the modern world wasn’t so modern. In a far away land across the Pacific Ocean, there was one path, one way, one truth – kung-fu. A Fistful of Kicks is an improvised kung-fu spectacular starring an all Asian-Canadian cast of Vancouver’s best improvisers. Mashing up all of your favourite martial arts movies of yesteryear, this show will bring you all of the hard-hitting fight scenes together with our signature epic storytelling to tell these authentic and hilarious stories all for one amazing show. Filled with impressive stunts choreographed by local fight director, Nathania Bernabe, an amazing soundtrack, and a grand adventure, this is a unique and exhilarating improv show with a cultural twist.

Vivian Tang, Brent Hirose, Kai Rudell, Carla Mah, Curt Da Silva and Kia Vance

Featured comics include Curt Da Silva, Vivian Tang, Carla Mah, Brent Hirose, Nathania Bernabe, Kia Vance, and Kai Rudell.”

A Fistful of Kicks: An Improvised Kung-Fu Spectacular started off as part of Instant Theatre’s Incubator program. Curt Da Silva the show’s director/producer organized to have fights choreographed for the show by local fight coordinator Nathania Bernabe.  After having several successful shows it has been added to the monthly line up of shows that Instant puts on at The Havana. Representation matters and to have a show that honours Asian heritage in a city that has a population of 42.9% of Asian descent is not only important but vitally needed.

The story itself ended up being an epic much along the lines of most epic Eastern tales with trickster spirits, pupils and masters teacher each other, goddess empresses, family feuds and in the end a happy end. 

The next showing of this masterpiece is June 9th at The Havana. 

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