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Cross – Cultural Collaborations Are The Jewels In The Crown Of The 2017 Chutzpah! Festival

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For 13 years, the indefatigable Mary-Louise Albert has been bringing reinvention and creative energy to the annual Chutzpah! Festival in Vancouver, Canada. Actually, Managing Artistic Directors should have their own category at the Olympics for juggling, strength and endurance! Sitting in the lobby of the Norman & Annette Rothstein Theatre, Albert is understandably excited about the 17th Annual 2017 Chutzpah! Festival that …

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Coco Chanel – Timeless Visionary: Fashion Changes But Style Endures

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Hers truly was a rags to riches story. Born in 1883 and raised in an orphanage in Saumur, France where the nuns taught her to sew, Gabrielle (Coco) Bonheur Chanel took up work with a local tailor as soon as she turned eighteen. Though fiercely independent, rebelling against the male fashion designers of the day who sought to bind women …

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Dale Chihuly: The Maestro of Glass

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A surreal, fecund garden of vibrant orange, red, blue and green flora appears to propagate overhead; a spectacular, almost sentient canopy that seems all the more improbable because it’s entirely composed of sculpted blown glass. Persian Ceiling and Persian Trellis are designed by glass alchemist, Dale Chihuly, windows into his imagination and installed in a new Exhibition at the Royal Ontario Museum (ROM) …

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Early Childhood Art Re-Kindled: Joyce Ozier Creates Contemporary Abstract Paintings With Little Picasso Project

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“Every child is an artist… it took me four years to paint like Raphael and a lifetime to paint like a child.” Pablo Picasso A yellow giraffe gracefully strides through a wildly abstract savannah and a little girl appears to float above an imaginary garden. These are two kindergarten drawings conceptualized into large commissioned paintings created by artist, Joyce Ozier …

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Michael Wex: Rhapsody in Schmaltz, Yiddish Food and Why We Can’t Stop Eating it

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Rhapsodizing about Yiddish cuisine with best-selling author, Michael Wex, is like having a conversation with Woody Allen with a history degree. The witty, Toronto-based Yiddish scholar, playwright and lecturer who assures me that he didn’t gain an ounce while researching his new book, is a featured author concluding the 2016 Vancouver Jewish Book Festival, at the Jewish Community Centre, Thursday, …

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The Paintings of April Lacheur Are Never Still

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In A Labyrinth Of Whorls And Meandering Serpentine Roots In Which The Inner Mysteries Of Nature Become Indistinguishable From The Outer, the Paintings of April Lacheur Are Never Still “Trees are an obsession with me – exposing roots- in every sense- where we come from and capturing the elusive quality of life,” is how the 34-year old Delta-born April Lacheur interprets …

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Larry Weinstein’s, Leslie Caron – The Reluctant Star

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“There we were outside in Los Angeles after the Premiere and I felt absolutely awful – sick. And Gene (Kelly) said “‘how do you feel?’” “ ‘I said, oh I think I have the flu’”. “And Gene said, ‘Oh honey, you don’t have the flu, you’ve just seen yourself on the screen for the first time!’ ” Leslie Caron: The Reluctant Star on …

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Oscar Winner Set Decorator Jim Erickson At His Salt Spring Island Home

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Historical Details & Treasures Combed From Exotic Film Locations Are Reimagined In Oscar Winner Jim Erickson’s Salt Spring Island Home Viewing the immense Salt Spring Island property from the north pasture, there is a bucolic peacefulness that immediately calms the soul. Based on an 1850 Shaker meeting house, pink heirloom Constance Spry roses languidly climbing its shingles, the house is …

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Realist Painter, Robert Bateman And Photographer, Birgit Freybe Bateman Call Of The Wild

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A charging rhino’s skin is so deeply creviced and weathered you can almost touch it’s hide and taste the African Savanna’s dust ; snow accumulates silently on an American elk’s antlers, the animal oblivious to the swirling snowstorm around him. The cold is palpable. At first glance they both appear to be photographs but are actually paintings in habitat by …

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Beauty And Brains: Actress Olivia Cheng Is As “Kick-Ass” As Her Netflix Marco Polo Alter Ego, Mei Lin

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Wearing only a diaphanous silk robe, her provocative foreplay is conveyed through a graceful, mesmerizing dance; a spider spinning her web. Her prey – three leering soldiers, sent by her corrupt brother Chancellor Jia Sidao to attack her, are hypnotized by her sexual innuendo. And that’s when Mei Lin, favourite Imperial concubine, drops her robe and strikes. Throwing a large dagger disguised as …