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Chutzpah! Festival Celebrates Diversity With Multifaceted International Programming

Chutzpah! Festival Celebrates Diversity With Multifaceted International Programming

by Yasmine Shemesh In Hebrew, chutzpah means “brazen audacity.” As such, it’s fitting that the term would be the namesake…

PULSE – our finger on the heartbeat of your city – September 2017

Friday 08th, September 2017 / 15:49


Taking place just after the AIDS WALK to tHrIVe, the province’s largest fundraiser for HIV health and wellness, Thrive Music Fest continues the supportive movement for Positive Living British Columbia. This year’s lineup, curated by Celebrities Nightclub, features local favourites like HUMANS, IMUR, and Desirée Dawson. The event is free and will also include a beer garden.

Thrive Music Fest takes place on September 16 at Malkin Bowl. 



Photo by Alex Guiry

It’s been four years, but the notorious Moonshinin’ Music Festival is finally back. Staying true to its roots, the event will be held in Langley (where it all began in 2011) and showcase musicians from the local country, folk, and rock community. Don’t miss the likes of Real Ponchos, Jody Glenham & the Dreamers, Bob Sumner, and, of course, founder Elliot C. Way.

Moonshinin’ Music Festival takes place on September 29 at Old Man Mountain. 



Photo by Steven Shehori

Penned by award-winning comedy writers Daniel and Steven Shehori (The A.V. Club, Huffington Post), this book provides insightful methods on how to become your own publicist. The do-it-yourself guide humorously draws from the brothers’ own experiences in the entertainment industry, demonstrating how one can professionally gain the media coverage they desire. For creatives, entrepreneurs, small businesses, or anyone who just wants to get their work out there.

Media Whore is released on September 12. 



Esteemed Vancouver artist Thomas Anfield is presenting an exhibition of his new paintings that delve into how experience can affect an individual. In these works, Anfield, who is also a dancer and musician, explores the collective unconscious and how we are programmed to perceive in certain ways. Colourful, figurative, interpretive, and metaphorical.

Thomas Anfield Presents New Work: What Happens When the Figure Keeps Going runs from September 15 – 17 at West 7 Studios.



The first of its kind, this cinematic display will use original film and 3D projection mapping to transform the Cambie Bridge into a rushing river filled with migrating salmon. Combining both storytelling and visual art, UNINTERRUPTED celebrates the leaping fish and invites viewers to consider the innate connection between human beings and the environment.

UNINTERRUPTED viewings are held at 9 p.m. from Tuesday to Saturday at Coopers’ Park. 



The Mexican restaurant has just upped the ante, adding even more delicious and authentic drinks and plates to their brunch, lunch, and cocktail menus. Lunch will now include dishes like Flautas and Tostadas (one filled with pulled pork, another with Portobello mushroom salad for vegetarians), while brunch will now be exclusive to weekends until 2 p.m. Wash it all down with some new libations courtesy of beverage director Ryley Zucca, who has incorporated traditional ingredients like cilantro and serrano pepper. All available at both the Gastown and Commercial Drive locations.

La Mezcaleria is located at 68 E. Cordova Street and 1622 Commercial Drive. 



World renowned and celebrated author Salman Rushdie will be in Vancouver discussing his latest work, The Golden House. The novel, an epic thriller with a timely plot, has been described as Godfather meets Gatsby. In his discussion, at which he will be sitting down with Vancouver Writers Festival artistic director Hal Wake, Rushdie will further explore the story in terms of today’s political climate.

Salman Rushdie in Conversation takes place September 19 at the Chan Centre. 



The world premiere of Shay Kuebler’s new dance production also kicks off Firehall Arts Centre’s 35th anniversary. Feasting on Famine explores society’s obsession with health and fitness by way of one man’s journey through bodybuilding. Touching on capitalism, addiction, and corporation — and an industry that profits from self-doubt.

Feasting on Famine runs from September 27 – 30 at Firehall Arts Centre.



Ever wanted to meet a real-life pinball wizard? Here’s your chance. The annual exhibition, which is now in its second year, will feature guest speakers, as well as tournaments for all ages (and skills) and a huge selection of games available for free play.

Vancouver FlipOut Pinball Expo runs from September 22 – 24 at Holiday Inn & Suites Downtown Vancouver.



Instant Theatre, one of the city’s finest improv companies, has started their very own league. The East Vancouver Improv League now runs every Sunday at the Havana Theatre on Commercial Drive and, for their official launch, they are putting on an epic battle between two fast-talking groups. If you like to laugh ‘till you cry, don’t miss this.

East Vancouver Improv League launches on September 3 at Havana Theatre.