December 15th, 2011

Check Yourself into the Hotel Bethlehem (It’s really not an “Inn”)

by Sheliza Mitha

For the next few nights, Hotel Bethlehem takes the stage at the Shadbolt Centre.  And while the play bills itself as a Christmas farce – which, of course, makes it an extremely timely play for the holiday season – it’s so much more than that.  I would go so far as to say it’s more of a Christmas force to be seriously reckoned with.  Not that it’s serious; by and large, it’s not.  It’s silly and extremely smart, with a fair amount of contemplation, depth and soul. All of which makes Hotel Bethlehem… well, kind of genius really. Continue reading →

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December 8th, 2011

Hotel Bethlehem – Interview with Director Diane Brown

by Sheliza Mitha

Hotel Bethlehem - 4In about a week’s time, the highly anticipated Hotel Bethlehem will open at the Shadbolt Centre.  Produced by Ruby Slippers Theatre, this entertaining Christmas farce is set 2,000 years ago – and offers its share of unexpected twists and turns of some unusual events that transpired on a certain fateful night at The Inn thousands of years ago.

Multi-award winning actor and director Diane Brown directs Hotel Bethlehem – which opens on Dec. 14th at the Shadbolt Centre.  Diane is also a co-founder and artistic director at Ruby Slippers Theatre, which – over the past six years alone – has garnered some 31 Jessie Richardson Theatre Award nominations, including two for “Outstanding Direction” and “Outstanding Production,” along with 12 awards. Continue reading →

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December 8th, 2011

Takao Tanabe’s Chronicles of Form and Place: Works on Paper

by Sheliza Mitha

Tanabe, Burnaby Art Gallery 1For more than six decades, renowned BC artist Takao Tanabe has offered his own unique artistic expressions of the Canadian landscape, from drawings and watercolours to intricate sketches.

Now, in a rare opportunity, the Burnaby Art Gallery (BAG) features a sweeping retrospective of Tanabe’s works in Chronicles of Form and Place: Works on Paper, showcasing the evolution of Tanabe’s creativity and signature style.  Featuring numerous selections from the artist’s personal collection, the exhibition is a rare glimpse into the creative practice of one of Canada’s most esteemed artists.

Dating from the late 1940s to present day, many of the more than 60 works in this exhibit have never before been displayed publicly. Continue reading →

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December 5th, 2011

Jerry Pethick – Works 1968-2003 from Collections on Hornby Island

by Fanny
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Source: sfu.ca/artgallery

If the medium is the message, Jerry Pethick expressed the meeting point of nature and material goods through a very dimensional means in his artwork. Pethick was well known for his larger sculptural works, but throughout his career, he created smaller works directly inspired by his home on Hornby Island. Some of these smaller installations, dating from 1968-2003, are making their first public display off of Hornby Island as the focus of the current exhibit at the SFU Gallery on Burnaby Mountain. Continue reading →

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December 2nd, 2011

Hotel Bethlehem – Part I, Behind the Scenes

by Sheliza Mitha
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Image Credit: John Murphy by Tim Matheson

What really happened at the Inn more than 2,000 years ago?  Here’s your chance to find out in Hotel Bethlehem – a new (and very timely) Christmas farce by award-winning playwright Drew McCreadie.

Hotel Bethlehem is the untold Christmas story.  And trust me, you’ll want it told.  I recently had the opportunity to catch the cast during rehearsals – and though I only saw a few scenes, they were enough for me to appreciate the genius of this extremely funny and well written script. Continue reading →

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