Artists of all disciplines, with the possible exception of stilt walkers, are invited to apply for money to the Second Annual East Feast Vancouver, a micro-funding event that supports artists living in the Grandview-Woodland and Strathcona neighbourhoods.
Money is raised through a community meal prepared for the occasion, entertainment and a ballot for choosing one of three artists competing for funding. Votes will be counted at the feast and the winning artist will be announced on the spot. The winning artist or artistic group receives up to $1,000 from Britannia Community Services Centre Society. The feast takes place June 3 from 2 to 4 p.m. at Britannia Community Centre, 1661 Napier St., off Commercial Drive. For complete artist requirements and more information call 604-718-5825 or check out britanniacentre.org. Tickets are $20.
This event is possibly the one time I can afford food made by master Japanese chef Hidekazu Tojo.
Tojo and other top chefs from Shuraku, Zest, Miku, Zen and Toshi Sushi are creating the special SakuraB Bento Box lunch for sale by pre-order for $20 each to be served during the launch of the Vancouver Cherry Blossom Festival and Cherry Jam Downtown concert April 5.
Prior to the concert and lunch, Tojo and Nobu Ochi of Zen, Masahiro Omori of Shuraku Bistro and Yoshiaki Maniwa of Zest, will demonstrate how to make the items included in the bento boxes.
For more information or to pre-order your bento box, visit vcbf.ca.
A free screening of War in the Mind takes place April 4 at 7:30 p.m. at Christ Church Cathedral, 690 Burrard St.
Judy Jackson’s compelling documentary follows soldiers from combat in Afghanistan to their return to civilian life and often challenging reintegration into Canadian society. Along the way it examines the stigma surrounding post-traumatic stress disorder and suicide in the armed forces. The film also features the University of B.C.’s Veteran’s Transition Program, which assists returning soldiers in rebuilding their lives. The film will be followed by a discussion with graduates of the UBC program.
The Canadian Memorial Church, located on Burrard Street at West 15th Avenue, hosts a screening of the 1925 classic film Phantom of the Opera, starring Lon Chaney. Making the night even more fun, “organist extraordinaire” Ed Norman will accompany the film playing an 80-year-old pipe organ. (Warning, children may find the event frightening.) The screening takes place March 31 at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $10 and $15 with proceeds going to the church’s organ fund.
Historian and self-proclaimed "Hughes-ologist" Aaron Chapman will lead a tour of the Westin Bayshore April 4 to mark the 40th anniversary of the legendary arrival to Vancouver of the late billionaire Howard Hughes.
Chapman, who wrote about the visit in a Courier cover story some years ago, will separate fact from fiction and tell stories about some of the strange happenings that occurred during Hughes’ stay. He’ll also be joined by longtime, Bayshore staff who worked at the hotel during Hughes’ visit. For those who can’t afford $1,000 a night for the Hughes suite, this event offers a chance to explore the famous room, experience one of the most exclusive views in all of Vancouver and hear the incredible and little known story of the city's strangest hotel guest. The event is sponsored by Heritage Vancouver and takes place from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Admission if $15 for members and $20 for non-members.