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A Daughter of Holocaust Survivors Looks Back: Jeanne Beker Launches Parents’ Memoir, Joy Runs Deeper

In Arts, Newsby Laura

Looking back on the childhoods of our parents is often a double-edged sword; sweetness can be tinged with great suffering, which affects us even into adulthood. On the other hand, it often gives us a greater understanding and insight into how our own characters were shaped. Media personality, Jeanne Beker, new Style Editor at The Shopping Channel,  best known for her ground-breaking …

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Helena Rubinstein: Beauty Is Power – Presented by The Jewish Museum, New York City.

In Arts, Newsby Laura

“There are no ugly women, only lazy ones.” “Hard work keeps the wrinkles out of mind and spirit.” HR In this day and age when entrepreneurial aspirations are a tenable reality for almost every woman and beauty is as close as the nearest plastic surgeon, Helena Rubinstein, from the humblest of beginnings, was a visionary. Part P.T. Barnum – part feminist, the …

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The International Chutzpah Festival Vancouver

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The Chutzpah Festival of Music, Dance, Theatre & Comedy Is A Global Mash-Up of Entertainment and Innovation. Celebrating the 15th Anniversary of Vancouver’s Chutzpah Festival from February 19th to March 15th,  Artistic and Managing Director, Mary-Louise Albert (with 11 under her helm,) is like a mother who loves all her children equally. So when asked, it’s impossible to pick favourites. “One of the things …

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From Tel Aviv To Vancouver, Alchemist, Vik Muniz Conjures Unconventional Materials Into Art

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The ingenious Vik Muniz turns optical illusion on its head compelling the viewer to step back and first absorb the whole then scrutinize its individual parts- always with provocative, even humorous results. He combines photography and art to create intricately detailed mosaics- usually of people- from unconventional materials as disparate as junkyard rubbish, chocolate, and sugar, even diamonds! His exhibition …

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From Her Art Student Beginnings As A Painter & Sculptor To Creator of Iconic Jewelry and Home Furnishings, Martha Varcoe Sturdy Comes Full Circle

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“Are you ready? ” she bellows at the photographer – not only from impatience but because the heavy 75-lb slab of electric blue resin she’s brandishing is about to receive a smackdown of epic proportions. As it hits her downtown Vancouver studio’s cement floor shattering into hundreds of ice-like shards – fodder for future canvases- the 71-year-old pumps her muscular bicep like …

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‘Being Canadian’ – Eh!

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Hot Doc of Emmy Award – Winning Comedy Writer/Director Rob Cohen, Seeks Mystery of Canadian DNA Rob Cohen is – well – nice! On the phone from Toronto where his documentary, Being Canadian has its World Premiere at the Canadian International Documentary Festival, he even asks me politely “Is it a good time to talk? ” The tall, lanky Calgarian, with …

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Andy Warhol Revisited: Exhibition of Original Warhol Paintings

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“Everything has its beauty but not everyone sees it.” Andy Warhol In his own words, entrepreneur, Ron Rivlin is “a bit of a Forrest Gump character.” However, there is nothing slow-witted or naive about him. On the contrary – the 41-year-old LA businessman, art gallery owner/collector and restauranteur, identifies with Gump’s self-made man success story through his curious ability to fall into …

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Will That Be A Sculpture With Your Chardonnay? Okanagan Wineries Are Pairing Public Art With Sipping To Enhance All The Senses

In Arts, Food & Wine, Newsby Laura

The old adage wine, women and song has been around since the 13th Century and translates from almost every language. While music and concert series are de rigeur at  Okanagan wineries – from local talent serenading on the patio to Grammy Award winners like Tony Bennett performing at Mission Hill Winery’s Amphitheatre, public art, including sculpture, art exhibits, even film, is a growing trend …

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Esther Brandeau, The Original ‘Yentl’ Before Barbra Streisand

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ribcage: this wide passage, Reveals First Jewish Woman In Canada Esther Brandeau,  Disguised Herself As A Man Most of us are familiar with the short story Yentl the Yeshiva Boy by Isaac Bashevis Singer in which a young woman must pretend to be a man in order to follow her love of religious studies that traditionally excluded her. The most famous interpretation was the …