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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 …

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Sparkling Hill Resort – Wellness by Design

In Design, News, Travel by Laura Goldstein

Dr. No would be so jealous. Stealthily climbing up the secluded spiraling road by car, (helicopter optional – really!), one is suddenly confronted with an architectural marvel blasted into a mountain. A faceted ‘crystal’ of epic proportions embedded into Vernon’s Mount Royce sparkles provocatively over Lake Okanagan in British Columbia, Canada. The entrance to the $122-million Resort invested by Gernot Langes …

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Jacqui Cohen Can ‘Face The World’ When Philanthropy Begins At Home

In Culture & Style, News by Laura Goldstein

We are walking up a steep, U-shaped pink stone speckled driveway, away from the Mediterranean – style villa surrounded by lush palm trees and foliage, in Vancouver’s tony Point Grey. Jacqui Cohen, voluptuous in a midnight blue silk Les Habitudes sheath dress, leans on my shoulder to remove her high-heels; barefoot, she continues her meet & greet. But not with the …

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Andy Warhol Revisited: Exhibition of Original Warhol Paintings

In Arts, News by Laura Goldstein

“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, News by Laura Goldstein

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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ChocXO Chocolatier & Café Explores Kosher Treats

In Food & Wine, News by Laura Goldstein

Artisan chocolate makers, Richard Foley and Wade Pugh may not exactly agree with fellow Vancouverite, singer Sarah McLachlan’s lyrics that “love is better than chocolate.” The entrepreneurial duo have collaborated to open ChocXO Chocolatier and Café in Richmond, B.C. and Southern California,  based on their love for making chocolate and the artisan approach to small batch production. Pugh’s love affair with chocolate …