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

In Arts, News by Laura Goldstein

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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2017 Trends That Bring Out Our Inner Child

In News, Scene & Heard by Laura Goldstein

If you grew up in the late 60s and 70s you’ll remember that the Bean Bag Chair (knock-offs came in corduroy and fake fur,) were the height of flower-power fab and could be found in every teen’s rec room and college dorm. Flopping into it was no problem – like being swallowed by a giant pillow – but getting up, …

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Industrial Designer Tom Dixon Is The Quintessential Rebel With A Cause

In Design, News by Laura Goldstein

From Bass Guitarist In British Band, Funkapolitan Touring With Simple Minds, Bob Marley And The Clash, To Welder And Self-taught Industrial Designer Imagine a rocking chair inspired by an illustration of a cat’s skeleton (Bolide Chaise, 1988); a sofa, its snaking curve reconfigured from a child’s electric racing car track (Serpentine Sofa 2003,) or light fixture based upon the reflection …

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Cut From A Different Cloth – Vancouver’s Museum Of Anthropology’s (MOA) Textile Exhibition Unfolds Cultural Expression

In Culture & Style, News by Laura Goldstein

Dressed to kill. Wear your heart on your sleeve. In your birthday suit. She’s a shoe-in. He’d give the shirt off his back. Shrouded in secrecy. These clothing idioms date back hundreds of years and yet most are still part of our contemporary English parlance. Perhaps their endurance relates to the fact that since the beginning of time, “from birth …

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Coco Chanel – Timeless Visionary: Fashion Changes But Style Endures

In Arts, News by Laura Goldstein

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

In Arts, News by Laura Goldstein

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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Anne Fontaine Seeds Sown in Nature, Flourish in Design

In Culture & Style, News by Laura Goldstein

When Anne Fontaine was ten years old, and a bit of a wild child living in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, her mother bought a dress for her to wear to a wedding. She hated it. So Anne took it to her bedroom and re-cut and sewed it, much to her mother’s dismay then astonishment. She skipped her school classes at …

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Kate Middleton’s Stellar Style On The Royal Tour (With A Little Help From Her Friends)

In Culture & Style, News by Laura Goldstein

As we’re waiting for the Harbour Air Seaplane coasting in from Victoria with the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge Prince William and Kate Middleton onboard, it’s damp and drizzling in Vancouver and I’m cursing to myself that I’m not wearing socks. Though well-dressed in a blue polar fleece maxi coat and matching fedora, (a nod to the Duchess, whom I …

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Executive Chef Ryan O’Flynn Never Let the “Big City Boys” Intimidate Him. Now He’s One of Them

In Food & Wine, News by Laura Goldstein

“Surrender your cellphones and all communication devices! Standby for pat downs. Open your knife kits for inspection – no food or spices allowed.” An excerpt from an episode from prison dramedy, Orange Is the New Black? ” Not quite. Executive Chef Ryan O’Flynn is reminiscing about the culinary referee’s missive to chefs prior to the Black Box competition – part of …