Thursday, October 15, 2009

Film: Where the Wild Things Are @ The Rio

The Rio Theatre proudly presents a Special Midnight Premiere Screening of Spike Jonze's adaptation of the Maurice Sendak classic "WHERE THE WILD THINGS ARE."

PRIZE FOR BEST COSTUME! Hosted by Paul Anthony.

WHERE THE WILD THINGS ARE (Spike Jonze - 2009)
An adaptation of Maurice Sendak's classic children's story. Max, a disobedient little boy sent to bed without his supper, creates his own world--a forest inhabited by ferocious wild creatures that crown Max as their ruler.

Admission: $10 for Adults, $8 for Students, $7 for Seniors & Kids. (Please note: passes will not be accepted for the Special Midnight Premiere.) Regular showtimes begin Friday Oct 16 (TBA).

RIO THEATRE 1660 East Broadway (at Commercial Drive; Broadway Skytrain) (60...

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Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Special Event: Downchild Blues Band @ The Rio ~ Sat. Oct. 17

Downchild Blues Band and The Blues Brothers

'There would be no Blues Brothers if it weren't for Downchild.'— Dan Aykroyd

Aykroyd met Walsh in Toronto in the early '70s and immediately became a fan. Soon afterward, Aykroyd met John Belushi while tending bar at the 505 Club, a now-defunct after-hours night spot that Aykroyd ran for the members of comedy troupe Second City and "anyone else who wanted to drop in."

Belushi came in to recruit for the National Lampoon Radio Hour, and he and Aykroyd chatted over some tunes.

"We were sitting there, listening to the Downchild record Straight Up,"' he said. "And it had the shot glass with a briefcase on (the cover).

"Right there we tried to concoct the idea of doing a blues act. We ended up calling our record Briefcase Full of Blues."

That album, released by Belushi and Aykroyd as the Blues Brothers in 1978, contained two songs written by Walsh — Shot Gun Blues and (I Got Everything I Need) Almost — and Flip, Flop & Fly, which was derived from a Walsh cover.

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Downchild Blues Band with special guest Colin Linden @ the Rio Sat Oct. 17th 9pm tickets on sale now!

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Tuesday, October 13, 2009

News: Homeless Man Set On Fire

From the Globe and Mail

A man was set on fire Saturday night by three assailants after he fell asleep on a couch on a sidewalk just around the corner from the Commercial Drive bar where he had been drinking with friends.

The 26-year-old Filipino man from New Westminster suffered minor burns to his chest and right wrist, saved from a worse outcome because witnesses quickly intervened. The first witness, a homeless man, ran to help and got in a fight with the three white attackers. Another witness approached and the men ran away.

Speculation about the motive for the attack and whether a hate crime had been committed was rampant yesterday. The description of the men - white, dressed all in black with tattoos and piercings, one with a bald or shaved head - evoked the image of racist skinheads.

Read the full story here >>>

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Thursday, October 08, 2009

Full-time Sales Associate (Commercial Dr)

Dream Designs ( is a Vancouver-based company that has been providing stylish and sustainable products since 1981. Our three retail stores and wholesale division offer a fantastic selection of "green" bedding, home decor, clothing, meditation and spa products.

We are now hiring for a permanent full-time sales associate position at our flagship Commercial Drive location. The position offers 38 hours per week (weekends mandatory), with a generous staff discount, benefits package and sales bonus after a probationary period. The ideal candidate should be enthusiastic, energetic and self-motivated with a desire to grow with the company. Previous retail or customer service experience required.

Please apply in person with resume and cover letter at 956 Commercial Drive. Questions may be referred to a manager at 604-254-5012.

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Wednesday, October 07, 2009

Film: Dust & Illusions @ the Rio

Dust & Illusions, a documentary that explores 30 years of Burning Man "evolution" is playing this saturday 10/10 in Vancouver.

The pre-sales will end around 8pm friday 10/9.

Door will be $15/$20 depending on what tickets are left.


See you at the RIO.

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Thursday, October 01, 2009

Live on the Drive: Storm Brewing Hits 15!

Guten tag!
The Germans had the right idea when they decided that the best way to deal with the dread of the long winter approaching was to drink beer, and lots of it.
Hence Octoberfest was spawned.
Right here in East Van, we have our own beer making tradition called Storm Brewing, which, just last weekend celebrated fifteen years of making beer at it's CD location. We visited Storm and spent a few minutes with owner/operater James Walton discussing what he does and what it's like to run your own brewery.

Storm is served at various Drive locations and can be bought by the keg for your next fundraiser and private shindig.
So check out their website or give James a call at 604-255-9119 and be sure to hoist a glass for me.

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