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

In Arts, News by Laura Goldstein

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, News by Laura Goldstein

“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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Ronit Furst When Art Meets The Eye

In Design, News by Laura Goldstein

“Men seldom make passes at girls who wear glasses,” said Dorothy Parker, (aka Dorothy Rothschild), popular 1920’s screenwriter and satirist for Vogue, Vanity Fair and The New Yorker magazines. In my experience men make passes at all women regardless of what they’re wearing, but I digress. From Superman’s alter ego, Clark Kent and singer Nana Mouskouri’s trademark black frames to Elton John’s over-the-top collection …

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Abstract Floral Painter, Bobbie Burgers Creates ‘Innocent Disobedience’

In Arts, News by Laura Goldstein

A tumultuous gale of purples, indigo and magenta, assault all the senses and pulls you in like an overwhelming theatrical set design. The floor to ceiling textured oil impasto on canvas is anything but a placid ‘Secret Garden.’ Its key (in the guise of a paintbrush,) is the unfurling and growth of abstract floral painter Bobbie Burgers’ inner self: the …

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A Night at the Vancouver Aquarium – Where Marine Life Watch the Humans Dine!

In Food & Wine, News, Travel by Laura Goldstein

Like pulsating exotic flowers, thousands of poisonous jellyfish whirl about in a silent dance; inquisitive penguins are as dapper as the nattily attired male guests, peering at each other through the glass and white belugas, ghostly apparitions, nonchalantly glide by cocktail dresses as colourful as a coral reef. The Vancouver Aquarium’s annual Gala fundraiser was a splashy affair raising funds to …

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The International Chutzpah Festival Vancouver

In Arts, News by Laura Goldstein

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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Floating Saunas – The Shvitz Gets A Re-Design

In Design, News by Laura Goldstein

The steam sauna, or shvitz (Yiddish meaning to sweat) in North America has always had a less than pristine reputation: big hairy men with small towels. Now we pay big bucks to sit in expensive spas in which crystals may give us a mystical experience. Perhaps more palatable is the homey image in Finland where Nordic families realized as early …

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

In Arts, News by Laura Goldstein

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

In Arts, News by Laura Goldstein

“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!

In Arts, News by Laura Goldstein

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 …