Friday, January 28, 2011

Call For Submissions: Spike and Mike's Sick & Twisted Festival

This is a "Call for Submissions" for Spike & Mike's Sick & Twisted Festival of Animation returning to the RIO THEATRE March 10-23rd with all new animated short films from all over the world and SPIKE is looking for YOUR animated short film to add to the show!!!

Lucky winners will be personally selected by SPIKE himself for inclusion in this year's SICK & TWISTED FESTIVAL OF ANIMATION: the SAME FEST that theatrically premiered BEA...VIS & BUTTHEAD, SOUTH PARK, and WALLACE & GROMIT as well as the first PIXAR animation shorts ever produced!!!

Local BC Talent is encouraged to enter, however all submissions will be considered! This is a great opportunity to get your animated short film seen on the big screen.

Maximum running time is 3 minutes (+ credits). Entries are encouraged to be "sick & twisted" however a good sense of humour (parody & satire) is a MUST!

Submission deadline is Friday Feb 25th (by Midnight). Submission fee is $10.

Mail (or drop off in person) submissions (DVD format) to SPIKE Submissions c/o the THE RIO THEATRE 1660 East Broadway Vancouver BC. V5N 1W1 (604)

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Thursday, January 27, 2011

Theatre: Marion Bridge @ Havana

Family Ties That Bind And Strangle

VANCOUVER, BC: Theatre of Infinity proudly presents Marion Bridge, a charmingly witty tale of the complex relationship of three sisters who are brought together through loss and begin anew. Written by Daniel MacIvor and directed by Susan Hogan, Marion Bridge runs February 4 - 19th at the Havana Theatre on Commercial Drive.

Set in gorgeous Cape Breton, in Marion Bridge  we watch three sisters who couldn’t be more different from each other, not only cope with a dying mother, but also start to deal with who they have become themselves. Each in their own way search to sort out the loneliness that has come to rule her day-to-day life, while also dealing with each other, and not-so-forgotten family expectations.

“While lost in complexity of the larger themes of life and death, which permeate every moment of the play, I am still blown away to find myself laughing out loud, through my tears. A delicate balance,” says Director Susan Hogan. Susan is a graduate of the National Theatre School of Canada and has been an actor for 35 years.

Theatre of Infinity is the brainchild of the women playing the three sisters, Terri Anne Taylor (Agnes), Jeanie Cloutier (Theresa) and Rebecca Husain (Louise). Marion Bridge, directed by Susan Hogan marks their inaugural production. This production is the marriage of great training, extensive experience and theatrical creativity.

“This moving drama, which tiptoes toward sentimentality without ever reaching it, is the most surprising play that [MacIvor’s] ever written. When was the last time you saw a drama about three distinct, complex women that had nothing to do with their relationships with men?”
— New York Times

Marion Bridge previews at 8pm on February 3, opens February 4, and then runs through until February 19 (Sundays through Tuesdays dark) All performances take place at the Havana Theatre, 1212 Commercial Drive Vancouver. Tickets are  $20 for one ticket or $35 for two, students $15 with valid ID. All tickets for the preview are $15. Tickets are available at

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Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Visual Art: Strata - Stone Sculptures by Russell Broughton


Stone Sculptures by 
Russell Broughton 

January 26 
February 25 

Opening Reception: 
 January 26  
6:30 - 8:30 pm 

Russell Broughton is an emerging stone sculptor from the U.S.  He first discovered direct stone
carving about thirty years ago while studying in the medieval village of Lacoste in southern
France.  He graduated from Sarah Lawrence College in Bronxville, New York in 1983 and went to
work for the British interior designer Mary Gilliatt.   He now make his home in Vancouver, where
he has take up stone carving again.  

His sculptures are  an articulation of some of the images that have been percolating through
his mind for the past couple of decades. Some of the early pieces evolved from the natural shape
and consistency of the stone.  What emerged were ovoid organic forms with a few distinct edges
evoking the tension of a seed or pod on the verge of bursting.  Over time these pod forms have
given way to  more anthropomorphic sculptures. Some pieces retain their pod shapes, but also
reference pre-christian mythologies.  Broughton’s  working process is a combination of planning
and spontaneity, developing general ideas using sketches and styrofoam models. The final design
arrives through the carving process.

Britannia Art Gallery
1661 Napier St. (in the library) 
Vancouver, BC, V5L 4X4 
Mon.Thurs, Fri, Sat: 8:30 am - 5 pm 
Tues, Wed: 8:30 am - 9 pm 
Sun: 1 - 5 pm 

Curator: Haruko Okano  Tel: 604.718.5800 
Artist: Russell Broughton                   604..240.9634 

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