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

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“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 …

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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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Vancouver’s LAMP Is Out Of This World – The 4th Annual International Lighting Competition With a Roundup of (Inter) Stellar Winners

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A cumulonimbus cluster of bubbles cast by Cloud is reminiscent of the cosmic phenomena of a starburst galaxy. The Shield, revolving around the earth, keeps asteroids (or dinner guests) at bay while organic Tear lights up a wormhole travelling through the universe. These are not part of the new set design for television’s Star Trek: Discovery or even a NASA project. They’re just a few of the …

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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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Design Director, Francesca Amfitheatrof – A Glittering New Era For Tiffany & Co

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In the opening scene of the 1961 classic, Breakfast At Tiffany’s , an insecure Holly Golightly, (the stunning Audrey Hepburn, pretending to be a wealthy Manhattan socialite in order to nab a rich husband,) looks longingly into the display windows of Tiffany & Co., New York, resolute that one day, she’ll have the independent means to shop there. Fifty-three years …

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IDS-Vancouver Wows This Year With Big-Name Talent And Bright Ideas

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“The Pacific Northwest has experienced a major design boom and we really need to recognize ourselves as world-class,” says Jody Phillips, IDS-Vancouver’s show director. Now in its 12th year, it may be Toronto’s Interior Design Show’s younger sister, but it’s no shrinking violet, annually attracting 36,000 people to view 275 designers, speakers and distributors. “In addition to Vancouver’s hotbed of talent, …

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Fashion Designer Duo, Smythe & ‘Kate Middleton Effect’ On 2016 Royal Tour

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With a celebrity following including Kate Middleton, casual never looked so elegant! Behind the scenes at Holt Renfrew, Vancouver, Toronto-based womenswear designers, Andrea Lenczner is dressed in casual luxe Gilet Jacket with detachable Waistcoat, jeans and hot orange stilettos while partner,  Christie Smythe wears a masculine-cut, Classic Blazer in Dragon Print, over loose trousers. They’re prepping models for a fashion show …

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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 …