Events & Lifestyle

Mischa Bartkow Photography – ABANDONED (opens Thursday Feb. 5th)

ABANDONED is a photographic exploration on the beauty of being left behind. Mischa Bartkow, who has contributed his photography to MMV in the past, is excited to share this personal and iconic collection with you at his first solo show in Vancouver. The exhibition runs from February 5th to March 20th, but the opening reception is on Thursday February 5th, from 7pm to 10pm with live music and wine at The Beaumont Gallery (316 West 5th Avenue). To see more of Mischa’s work, visit www.mischabartkow.com.
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For advance and private viewing contact curator Anna Spencer (604) 733-3783 x 203.

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Events & LifestyleFashion & Retail

Two of Hearts – Boutique Opening (Saturday Feb. 14)

On Saturday February 14th (just another day, right?), Two of Hearts, a local fashion label, is having the grand opening of their boutique at 3728 Main Street. Visit on opening day, between 11am and 7pm, and share your love for fashion with the designers, Jenny Yen and Tabitha Savoie, who will be featuring a ten percent discount on their Togs, Two of Hearts and CiCi line.
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They have chosen to decorate their establishment with the same twist that can be found in their creations; “the theme of the store is eco chic with a vintage twist” says Jenny. The new space, formerly Madison’s on Main, incorporates the old wooden racks with new wood floors to create a clean natural feel. While a mix of modern and antique furniture and a splash of sassy red paint makes it a fun and flirty environment to find that perfect Valentine’s Day dress.

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Here’s another bonus: the first 25 people through the door will recieve gift bags packed with a whole bunch of nifty goodies from Vancouver artists.
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Tunnel – Lifted Grand Re-opening (Saturday January 31, 2009)

If you’ve walked by Tunnel (622 West Pender Street) lately, you may have noticed that the club is currently undergoing some major renovations. CanThrill Productions (aka. the same group that hosts Lobby at Ginger 62 on Friday nights) has been working alongside the team at Tunnel to design “an amazingly fresh and unique environment” for Lifted (Saturday nights at Tunnel) and beyond. Go see for yourself – be one of the first to experience the grand re-opening celebration on Saturday January 31, 2009. For more details, click here for the Facebook Event page.

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UBC Theatre – MEDEA (Jan. 21 to 31, 2009)

Do you have an interest in Greek tragedies? Arguably the most spectacularly complex woman in that genre has rematerialized in a unique 90 minute translation, which is unusually short for a play of this genre. Euripides’ Medea is the notorious mother who murders her children as revenge for her husband’s infidelity in this savage domestic tragedy about love, pain and retribution.
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From the press release:

The first playwright to depict suffering without reference to the gods, Euripides (484-407 BC) made his characters speak in human terms and face the consequences of their actions. By creating a complex, human, painfully sympathetic Medea, rather than the “evil sorceress” of Medea mythology, Euripides challenges our assumptions about the moral, social, and civic fabric of society. Euripides’ Medea gives us a nearer view of passionate emotion, both in its purest forms and in the wildest aberrations by which men are controlled, or troubled, or destroyed.

For an inexpensive preview of this upcoming play, reserve your tickets for a $6 preview on January 21st. The official opening night is January 22nd. Be sure to expect some special effects in the production!
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When: Jan. 21 – 31, 2009 (Mon. – Sat. at 7:30 p.m.)
Where: TELUS Studio Theatre, Chan Centre for the Performing Arts, UBC
Tickets: Regular $25, Senior $20, Student $15
Box Office: 604.822.2678
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Translated by: Kenneth McLeish, Directed by Lois Anderson
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For more information, visit: www.theatre.ubc.ca

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Taste BC (Thursday January 22)

Liberty Merchant Company is once again hosting Taste BC to gather British Columbia’s food and beverage industry in an effort to raise money for the BC Children’s Hospital’s Oak Tree Clinic which specializes in providing care and services to sufferers of HIV/AIDS. The second annual celebration of local food and drink takes place:
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Date: January 22, 2009
Time: 4:30-7:30 p.m
Location: Hyatt Regency Hotel (655 Burrard Street)
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Event goers will not only indulge in tastings from some of the finest restaurants, wineries, breweries and cheese purveyors in BC, they will also benefit one of the province’s most vital medical institutions. Along with the great food and drink, the attractions include live music, door prizes and a silent auction that features luxury items, including local experience packages and delicious products made by British Columbia’s own.
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According to Regan Schwartz, the Director of Marketing at Liberty:

I know dieting is a new year’s resolution for everyone, but I think all of us would agree that Taste BC is one event the diet can be put on hold for. Not only is it a gastronomical celebration of all that’s great about British Columbia, the gathering also benefits people in our community who need our help more than ever

Tickets can be purchased at all Liberty locations for $49.99 each.

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Main Street >> Overview

By Guest-writer Joanna Lee

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Main Street has evolved. Having lived in Southeast Vancouver almost my entire life, I have certainly noticed the changes and rapid developments to Main Street. It has transformed from a majority of antiques-stores-thrift-shops neighbourhood to a bustling upscale locale with trendy restaurants and hip bars, independent coffeehouses and local designers/retailers.
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Take, for example, The Cascade Room, located just off Broadway. I celebrated my 22nd birthday there and what appealed to me about this resto-bar/lounge was its comfortable booth seatings, long spacious bar, and most importantly, the drinks menu. Bar-managed by Nick Devine, the cocktails list is truly impressive in its extensiveness and creativity (egg whites in a drink?!). And with its standing-out neon blue signage, The Cascade Room radiates an unpretentious glow and is almost always filled with a young and urban crowd.

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Adjacent to it is sister restaurant, Habit Lounge, serving small plates and tapas dishes to the electic Main Street crowd. Just down the block is the recently-opened Caffe Barney (of South Granville) and Bean Around the World coffeehouse. (Click here to read a Modern Mix Monday perspective on Bean Around the World.) North of Broadway is Soma Restaurant (formerly Soma Cafe), a small yet classy restaurant with interesting food and an extensive wine list that even wine connoisseurs can appreciate. And even further north is an even smaller bar called Narrow Lounge. Narrow is “dark and moody” and is indeed narrow, with only a few handful of tables. While the menu is unoriginal, Narrow is unique in that it is also an art gallery upstairs

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What I like about many of these gathering places is that they open onto the street or include patio areas perfect for people-watching on a sunny day. From the aforementioned Cascade, Caffe Barney, and Soma, to the very recently-opened Burgoo, The Five Point, The Reef Restaurant, Public Lounge and Crave, which even has a heated patio. Even the coffeehouses including J.J. Bean and Salt Spring Coffee Co. stand out from Starbucks.

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See what I mean? And these are only a few places I’m talking about. If you haven’t been to Main Street lately, you don’t know what you’re missing out on.

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