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Two giant sequels and several worthy smaller films reviewed
Including new appreciations of Emily Dickinson and Pavarotti, the real story of auto builder John DeLorean, a British filmmaker inspired to draw on her own life and two oddball seniors falling in love
Jun 6th, 2019
Soft Diplomacy: bravura “Opera Warriors” showcases Chinese performing arts
The rise and fall and resurgence of a Peking Opera troupe mirrors the resilience of Chinese cultural traditions.
Jan 10th, 2016
Bicycle Opera wheels into rural Ontario
Imagine the delight and surprise that summer day last year when a travelling opera company rolled into town—on bicycles!
Jul 6th, 2014
Vancouver Opera's production of Verdi's Don Carlo showcases brilliant music
The Vancouver Opera's season finale production of Verdi's spectacular Don Carlo brings grand opera to Vancouver.
May 9th, 2014
Cool visuals bring new perspective to Don Giovanni
Vancouver Opera's production of Don Giovanni features visual effects by renowned video designer and visual innovator Bob Bonniol.
Mar 4th, 2014
City Opera to bring life of poet Pauline Johnson to the stage
A new opera by author Margaret Atwood and composer Tobin Stokes will premiere in May 2014.
Jan 3rd, 2014
Fashion maven Diana Vreeland has the most interesting film this week, not Parker or Hansel and Gretel
She promoted the bikini and blue jeans, 60s pop music and style. Diana Vreeland is fêted in a lively new documentary.
Jan 25th, 2013
Best VIFF documentary and drama picks through the weekend
Midnight’s Children kicks it off but the documentaries are extra strong at the film festival this year.
Sep 26th, 2012
Tron Legacy, The Fighter, Made in Dagenham, Yogi Bear, and three other holiday films
Tron Legacy, one of the most expensive movies ever, was filmed here in Vancouver. Is it worth the money? (read more)
Dec 17th, 2010
Opera Pro Cantanti celebrates 100 performances
If you were lucky enough to wander past the Cambrian Hall on August 8th, you may have caught a few notes of Bellini, Verdi, or Bartok wafting through the otherwise still evening air.
Sep 1st, 2010