Arts & Entertainment
7 min

Out in Vancouver: May 25–31, 2017

Choice events in the city this week

Fashion designer Adam headlines the Vancity Street underground runway show, May 25, 2017. Credit: @adam_vancouver/Instagram

Thursday, May 25

Chicks With Picks

Yes, they said picks. This is a singer-songwriter series, not Xtube. Girlgig Productions brings you Summer Osborne and Sarah McCracken with guests Hannah Dyson and Silent MartI for one night only. Education of the soul, one song at a time.

7pm. Fairview Pub, 898 West Broadway St. Cover $10. facebook.com/girlgigproductions/

The Hunger Room

Staircase Theatre proudly presents the world premiere of Scott Button’s The Hunger Room, a dark thriller directed by Stephen Heatley. A crisis takes over a suburban high school when a mysterious stalker begins delivering notes written in blood to female students. I have goosebumps already.

8pm. Tuesdays through Saturdays, until Wednesday, June 7. PAL Studio Theatre, 8th floor, 581 Cardero St. Tickets $17–$22 at staircasetheatre.com.

Vancity Street

I always thought having a designer for a partner would be pretty cool; all my clothes would be tailor made for free and I could even get them adjusted before and after the Christmas piggy days. They always get scared off, though, when they see I’m seven feet tall. For you shorter folk, here is your chance to bag a designer at a night of fashion and style featuring local acts, street style vendors and designers for the underground runway, including up and coming headliner Adam.

8pm–2am. Are You MIA, 350 Water St. Tickets $10, and info at facebook.com/events/1299379510099526.

Mixtape: Your First Mix

Remember making a mixtape to express your feelings to your first crush, only to find out that ten songs of Tina Charles or Vicki Sue Robinson told your prom date that you were gay and she wasn’t getting laid for prom after all? Tonight, the Hero Show may bring back those memories at a brand new show that brings comedy and music together into a strange hybrid alien baby. Tonight’s show is stacked with a plethora of comedians including Ryan Steele and Amy Goodmurphy. There will even be a visit by Vancouver’s all-female comedian choir; I lie not.

8:30–11:15pm. The China Cloud, 524 Main St. Cover $10 (that’s like fifty cents a comedian). facebook.com/events/1867452806909937

Spin: Round 3

It’s round three already and I haven’t had the balls to get in the booth and spin a set; I wouldn’t even be hidden because my head would be two feet above the glass. Guest DJs from around the community join in for a shot in the booth and to spin their own sets. This week features Pol Harrison at 12:30am and the one and only Kendall Gender closes the night with her own set at 2am. Resident DJ Rafael Calvente of Brazil will also be spinning music to get you moving with a sound you won’t hear anywhere else in the city.

11pm–3am. XYYVR, 1216 Bute St. No cover. facebook.com/xyvancouver/

Friday, May 26

Nothing’s Hotta Than Dinner With Carlotta

This is going to be a cheap dinner. I mean, the gurl has two tic-tacs and a cube of ice and is full. Have you seen those legs? Rub them together and you have a hell of a bush fire on your hands. She’s joined by Miss M, Mandy Kamp and Mina Mercury, so this week’s theme must be M. Dine and drag with the cream of the crop, but watch out, if you choke while laughing and eating, Carlotta Gurl will probably give you mouth to mouth.

7pm meet and greet the Queens. 8pm show. The Village Restaurant, 1143 Davie St. Reservations recommended. facebook.com/carl.mcdonald.90

Strut Pre-Party With Spectrum

Before you freak out because you haven’t found just the right heels for the walkathon, this is just a pre-party to get you going before the actual event Saturday, June 3. Spectrum Events Group will be putting together a team to walk in Strut Vancouver, as well as throwing a fundraiser party with three DJs, entertainment, and more. Strut members will be joining in, wearing their fabulous heels and sharing how to get involved or join Spectrum’s team. Come out early and support this amazing cause, check out some killer shoes, and get your dance on.

8–11pm. Are You MIA, 350 Water St. Free cover if you donate $10 to the team walking. Come with pledge sheets that have $10+ donated or join the team and pledge $10. facebook.com/events/208541389652665

Man Up: May Musicals

Musical theatre geeks rejoice! A new lineup of tributes, recreations, and reimaginings from the famous classics all the way to the way-off-off-off-Broadway obscurities is back. Man Up brings you some of the best drag kings around to do homage to the gayest of gay musical numbers. Joining them will be the Leaping Thespians bringing you ridiculously funny theatre.

9pm–2am. The Cobalt, 917 Main St. Cover $8 before 10pm, $15 after. facebook.com/events/1191262100984515

Bye Bye VAL Part 1

This is a sad weekend for a lot of people. Vancouver Art and Leisure is open for a last party that is so big it encompasses tonight and Saturday. Two full nights of amazing talent in seven rooms of art, music and leisure. It has been two years of many memories and this will be the last opportunity to experience it before they move on to a new pop-up model that may be be new, exciting and fun but won’t be the incredible space that beats with a heart of its own at 1965 Main. Good luck to Matt Troy; I know we all wish you well in whatever you do.

10pm–3am, both nights. Vancouver Art & Leisure, 1965 Main St. Friday info at facebook.com/events/219758218524976/. Saturday info at facebook.com/events/292150014570747/.

Divas at the Junction

Drag queens are usually so perfectly made up you can’t tell their age — well unless they’ve had a few too many cocktails (sorry Conni). Take Sienna Blaze for example. Tonight is her birthday diva show and most of the time she looks like a pubescent teenager. Join her together with Glitteris and Misty Meadows, and let me know what you think. Maybe they have a curfew to be in bed by midnight. Any takers?

10pm–3am. The Junction, 1138 Davie St. Cover $5. facebook.com/events/306237913145134/?active_tab=about

Bye Felicia with Will Sheridan

Doesn’t this damn Felicia ever leave? To be honest, no one has ever said this to me, so I must be doing pretty well. In this show, saying “Bye Felicia” is all about saying goodbye to negativity. After coming out in a lengthy ESPN story titled “Will Sheridan: I’m Proud Of Who I Am,” former basketball star Will Sheridan has undoubtedly become a public figure in the LGBT community and one of the top DJs around. Hosted by Alma B Itches along with special guests Ilona Verley and DJ G-Luve, come by, leave all negativity outside and just enjoy.

10pm–3am. XYYVR, 1216 Bute St. Tickets $10–$12 at eventbrite.ca/e/bye-felicia-wwill-sheridan-nyc-tickets-34529190739.

Saturday, May 27

Loli*Pop: High Society

“Loli” means a sexual attraction to women who portray themselves as younger than their age and “innocent.” Kind of sounds like Carlotta Gurl is at it again. Come join Coco and Ilona and experience their version of high society along with performances by Synthia Kiss, Eva Scarlett, Molly Poppinz and more. It sucks to suck, so let them show you the right way to suck.

9pm–3am. The Odyssey, 686 West Hastings St. Cover $7. facebook.com/TheOdysseyBar/

Underwear or not to Wear

That is the question. Get your skivvies out, the less material the better. It’s your choice of banana hammock, budgie smuggler, grape smuggler, manties, tighty whities, crotchless, assless, jockstrap, thong or knickers as long as they are holding the jewels in place. Even better if the jewels are swinging free; I’ll be there practising my testicular inspection technique, no need to cough.

9pm–3am. The Pumpjack Pub, 1167 Davie St. Cover $5 after 9pm. pumpjackpub.com/

Sunday, May 28

Rainbow Afternoon Beer Bash

Looking for a new bear or cub to train? Travel just a bit out of your comfort zone and discover that New Westminster is the place to be. This monthly event will be on the last Sunday of every month. Show up, grab a drink, make some new friends or reconnect with some old ones. They will also be collecting toonies for New West Pride.

2–7pm. Judge Begbie’s Tavern, 609 Columbia St, New Westminster. No cover. facebook.com/events/307951876294328

SLAM

Wham, bam, slam me man. Looking for a room full of jocks, the breathing kind not the dirty kind? Well, there may be quite a few of those as well. This is, after all, a room full of baseball players. Now is the time to be an athletic supporter for the travelling softball teams raising money for tournament travel. Prizes, draws, entertainment, games and loads of jocks to try to bag.

3–7pm. The Junction, 1138 Davie St. $10 gets you a barbecue burger, a draft or a pop. junctionpub.com/events/go-slam/

Sanctuary Second Anniversary

It’s hard to believe it’s been two years since this night started. Alma was just a wee thing with barely a goatee back then. Now look at the bearded queen! Tonight Alma brings back the original guest from the first show, current reigning Vancouver drag superstar Kendall Gender, and now it’s legal for her to get in. In this church, you’ll be sweating out those sins on the dance floor as DJ Rafael offers all you heathens cummunion after the show.

11pm–2am. 1181, 1181 Davie St. No cover. facebook.com/events/1981796002041606/?active_tab=about

Monday, May 29

Get Stumped

This event title is literal; trust me, I know. I went hoping it was something altogether dirty and different, but alas it was a game show. But it was lots of fun after all! General knowledge, picture and movie clips and fun games to win prizes. Let your host Richard Romano test your skills or maybe you can even stump him. Still no hidden meaning, guys.

7:30pm. The Junction, 1138 Davie St. No cover. junctionpub.com/events/get-stumped-trivia-2017-05-29/

Tuesday, May 30

Femmes Night Out

Time to pamper the drag queen in your life, or maybe just your own inner one. Hosted by the Gallery of BC Ceramics, a new pop-up called Femmes Night Out celebrates the love of all things femme — all genders welcome. There will be cocktails, a braid and nail bar, lots of spectacular ceramics, and Divine’s Disco Album on repeat. Treat yourself to gorgeous ceramic jewellery by David Robinson, Amy Chang and Heather Lippold. Beautify your space with bud vases from Diane Espiritu and Anyuta Gusakova and functional ware from Amelia Butcher.

7–10pm. Gallery of Ceramics, 1359 Cartwright St. Free admission. facebook.com/events/140384166502338/?active_tab=about

Wednesday, May 31  

Wing Social with Vancouver Men in Leather

Looking to join or socialize with Vancouver Men In Leather but don’t know how to get started? The best way to a leather bear or man’s heart is with wings — BBQ, teriyaki, S&P, honey garlic or your own special coating. Every Wednesday VML members get together at Junction to chow down and chat over wings and drinks, then head over to Pumpjack for an evening of pool and fun. Drop by and you’ll be surprised at how fast you are pulled into the fold. All are welcome so don’t be shy.

6–7:30pm. The Junction, 1138 Davie St. Only cost is what you eat and drink.  vancouvermeninleather.ca/events/