Human-Robot Interactions Lecture, June 13, by donation, H. R. Macmillan Space Centre (planetarium)

From the Electric Company Theatre’s Facebook page. Electric Company is opening a somewhat related theatre production very shortly – You are Very Star. 

I include science as a part of culture, and thus this event fits within this blog.

The next installment of H.R. MacMillan Space Centre series “Women in Science – Inspiring Tomorrow’s Leaders” is Thursday, June 13th. Dr. Elizabeth Croft of UBC will be discussing her work on human-robot interactions and how to make them safer and more efficient. Doors open at 6:30, talk begins at 7:00. Admission is by donation. Door prize is a special private tour of the TRIUMF facility at UBC.


25 Gestures for Dancing on the Edge,July 4 – 13, Gastown, FREE (part of Dancing on the Edge Festival)

Co.ERASGA and Dancing on the Edge Festival present:

25 Gestures for Dancing on the Edge

Choreographed by Alvin Erasga Tolentino
Performed by Alvin Erasga Tolentino & Alison Denham.
Noon, rain or shine, daily throughout the festival (July 4 – 13, 2013)
Location: Gastown’s steam clock (Water at Cambie)
FREE, 25 mins

25 minutes to mark 25 years: In celebration of the Dancing On The Edge Festival’s 25th anniversary, Vancouver choreographer Alvin Erasga Tolentino of Co.ERASGA has created a new site-specific duet with critically acclaimed dancer Alison Denham which will premiere at this year’s festival, July 4-13. 

Composed of 25 gestures, the dance will be performed around Vancouver’s Gastown historical steam clock. At noon daily throughout the festival (July 4-13), the duet will move in accordance with the clock’s signal, beginning a ritual comprised of distinct ‘gestures’ and dance.

Just as in live performance where each second, each minute and each show is different, so is each year of the festival unique in its own way. Movements illuminate and observe the minute hand of the clock and establish a daily ritual that pays homage to the legacy Dancing on the Edge has given shape to over the years.

DOTE has been an important force in the development of Co.ERASGA, presenting many of the company’s works over the years, including  Amongst (2012), Music Meets Dance (2010), Paradise/Paradis (2009), ADAMEVE-Man/Woman (2008) andBODYGlass (2006).

Internationally acclaimed dance artist Alvin Erasga Tolentino’s work has spanned close to three decades of interpreting, creating and contributing contemporary dance for Vancouver and touring internationally. He founded Co.ERASGA in 2000 and since then has created a substantial body of full-length memorable works, most recently EXpose and Colonial. Tolentino’s dance pieces reflect on identity, gender, interculturalism and cross-cultural collaboration. In 2010 he received the Vancouver’s Mayor Arts Award for his contribution to the performing arts in Dance. Tolentino is currently working onShifting Geography, a German/Canadian collaboration that will premiere at the Cultch in February, 2014.

Co.ERASGA has a distinguished international reputation for a singular vision of hybrid dance, diversity and collaborations of other artistic practice and multimedia. Working regularly with artists from different cultures, Co.ERASGA promotes exchanges, visioning and creation bridging ideas and aesthetics between the wealth, polarities and heritage of East, West and the global phenomena.

More information: OR

JJ Lee’s The Measure of A Man – A Play, Staged Reading, June 28, New Westminster

I heard a tantalizing reading of a chapter of J. J. Lee’s memoir a year or so ago, and it was riveting. I can hardly wait to see this staged reading of the play derived from it.

Vancouver Asian Canadian Theatre presents a staged reading of:

 JJ Lee’s The Measure of A Man – A Play 

 VANCOUVER, BC – The award award-winning memoir The Measure Of A Man by Vancouver Fashion columnist and author, JJ Lee, is set to make its stage debut. Lee is currently adapting his novel as a play and this work-in-progress will be showcased at a staged reading presented by Vancouver Asian Canadian Theatre (VACT) at New Westminster Public Library Auditorium on Friday, June 28 at 7:00 pm.

This reading is the latest of VACT’s play reading series focusing on local Asian-Canadian voices. The one-man play will be performed by Vancouver actor Raugi Yu, best known for his current role as Dang in the YTV and Disney hit tween comedy Mr. Young. He also recently directed Mnemonic Theatre’s production of Proof at the Cultch.


ABOUT THE PLAYWRIGHT – JJ Lee grew up in Montreal and studied fine arts at Concordia University and holds a Master of Architecture degree from UBC. The Measure of a Man: The Story of a Father, a Son, and a Suit was shortlisted for the Governor-General’s Literary Award for Non-Fiction, the Charles Taylor Prize, and the Hubert Evans Non-Fiction Prize (BC Book Prizes). He writes about menswear for The Vancouver Sun and contributes essays to ELLE Canada. He lives in New Westminster. 


“A deftly crafted memoir. . . .” – Montreal Gazette 


The Measure of a Man – A Staged Reading

Friday, June 28 at 7:00 pm, New Westminster Public Library Auditorium, 716 6th Ave, New Westminster.


FREE, but space is limited. Email to reserve tickets and ensure you don’t miss out.


Funding provided by Citizenship & Immigration Canada and the City of Vancouver

Copacabana Social Club: Brazilian Music Documentaries

Wonderful, diverse Brazilian music. I hope to catch as many films as I can from this – July dates at VanCity Theatre.

Daisy Day Festival, Coquitlam, June 22, 9-3 PM

I’m happy to post about an event happening outside the city, but easily accessible by transit.

3rd Annual Daisy Day Festival 
Hosted by the Austin Heights Business Improvement Association
June 22, 2013 from 9:00am – 3:00pm. 
Festival site – Lebleu Street at 1000 Austin Ave. Coquitlam
Admission – Free
Public Transit –  #152 Coquitlam Stn/Lougheed Stn. Runs regularly along Austin Avenue between Lougheed Skytrain Station and Coquitlam Station 
The festival starts with a free pancake breakfast and continues through the day with lots of entertainment on and off the stage. From Korki the Clown, children’s craft and face painting tents to visits from Vancouver Whitecaps players, great music, prizes, and vendors, this community festival has something for everyone.  


Create Spacemaking, Workshop & Pecha Kucha, June 12-13

Create Spacemaking, Workshop & Pecha Kucha, June 12-13

A great way to discuss how to support and nurture the arts in Vancouver.

Free public screening and talk: Dal Puri Diaspora, a documentary by Richard Fung, June 9

Free public screening and talk: Dal Puri Diaspora, a documentary by Richard Fung, June 9

Screening & Talk

Film screening, public conversation, and food with filmmaker Richard Fung

Dal Puri Diaspora
A documentary by Richard Fung
Sunday June 9, 1-4 pm

Roundhouse Community Arts
& Recreation Centre

181 Roundhouse Mews
(Corner of Davie & Pacific)

Post-Screening Reception:
Roti and Rum Punch

4 – 7pm
Contemporary Art Gallery
All welcome


Artist, writer, and filmmaker, Richard Fung will present his latest work, Dal Puri Diaspora (2012), an 80 minute film that traces the development of the dal puri roti, a dish that originated in eastern India, then traveled with South Asian and Caribbean diasporas to Canada. The filmmaker will then be joined by Dr. Sneja Gunew (Professor, University of British Columbia’s Department of English and Institute for Gender, Race, Sexuality and Social Justice), and Michelle Jacques (Chief Curator, Art Gallery of Greater Victoria) in a post-screening conversation. The afternoon will conclude with a workshop on dal puri roti.

Funded by the UBC President’s Endowment Fund in partnership with the Roundhouse Community Arts & Recreation Centre and the Contemporary Art Gallery and the Department of Art History, Visual Art and Theory, UBC.

Image: Still from Dal Puri Diaspora, RIchard Fung.

Contemporary Art Gallery

555 Nelson Street

Spanish-language music, Rocio’s, June 28

Spanish-language music, Rocio’s, June 28

You don’t have to be a Spanish speaker to be moved by this music.

Lots of Burnaby events in June

Lots of Burnaby events in June

Just take a look! Many are free or cheap.

O5 Tea bar has fun, cheap/free events

O5 Tea bar has fun, cheap/free events

Films, Japanese calligraphy, cooking classes, and more. Take a look.