Out in Vancouver, Nov 17 - 23 with Tom Coleman
You know it’s the season when the Eastside Holiday Market opens and it’s happening this weekend and every weekend until December 16! Also don’t miss the new production from Zee Zee Theatre, pub nights, performances, and a new clubhouse venu for Man-up. Get Out!
Saturday, Nov 17
LGBT+ Wedding Show
Do you have someone all picked out for the show to give them a little nudge? Western Canada's only LGBT+ Wedding Show where vendors are LGBT+ owned or strong allies of the Vancouver LGBT+ Community. The Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence will be greeting attendees at the door. Exhibitors include: Cake Makers, Caterers, DJ's, Florists, Jewellers, Makeup Artists, Musicians, Officiants, Photographers, and Wedding Planners.
12—5pm. The Heritage Hall, 2102 Main St. Tickets $10 and more info at LGBT+ Wedding Show
Pub Social For Pro-Rep
A Pro-Rep Day of Action and Pub Social with Spencer Chandra Herbert where they will be discussing the achievements of the BC NDP Government in the fall session and the importance of Proportional Representation.
3:30—5:30pm. The Junction, 1138 Davie St. All ages welcome, no fee to attend. Pro Rep
Trans Scripts, Part 1: The Women
the frank theatre company and Zee Zee Theatre present the staged reading of Trans Scripts, Part I: The Women by Paul Lucas. A fundraiser for Qmunity: BC’s Queer Resource Centre, as part of Trans Awareness Week. The show centres on the lives of seven transgender women. Their true stories, told in their own words, are honest, funny, moving, insightful and inspiring. But most of all, they are human, shedding light not on our differences, but on what all people share. Following the show, they will have a panel discussion on the legal struggles faced by Canadian Trans folks.
8—11pm. The Cultch, 1895 Venables St. Tickets, $12--$25, and more info at Trans Scripts
Welcome To The Clubhouse
Seize the gay day! Man Up has been blessed with the good fortune of another delightfully industrial, ruggedly handsome warehouse space to call home for a few cute shindigs a month. They’re thrilled at the opportunity to present another (temporary) arts & culture venue, and home for goofy shenanigans and queer community making. Hope you'll join to celebrate the soft opening party of Vancouver’s newest queer space. Music by Ponyboy and others with performances by many of Man Up’s entertainers.
9pm—2am. The Clubhouse, 238 East 1st Ave. Cover $10--$15 but no one turned away for lack of funds. Clubhouse
Sunday, Nov 18
East Side Holiday Market
You know it is the season when every gay in town is messaging me about where to do the best shopping for everyone from the love of their life to the Christmas trick they plan to have between now and New Year’s Eve. This market has it all: Always full of the best people, and the best vintage, local vendors, and creatives in Vancouver. Also- most delicious Caesars in town! Rotating food trucks and vendors always keep this place fresh and a guaranteed great time, also it is pet friendly. So bundle up, borrow a puppy and start your search, Runs weekends until Sunday Dec 16.
11am—5pm. Nov 17 - Dec 16, weekends. Eastside Flea, 550 Malkin Ave. $3 admission but no one turned away for lack of funds. Holiday Market
Legends 3 Year Anniversary
Hard to believe these dolls have kept this show going strong for 3 years and never miss a beat. Jaylene Tyme and special guests celebrate old school glamour and world class celebrity impersonation in this truly remarkable spectacle of Vancouver drag. Jaylene Tyme is a former Empress of Vancouver and a master of illusion, re-creating incredible looks including Dolly Parton, Mariah Carey, Tina Turner and many more. You really will feel like you are in a classy Las Vegas show lounge.
8—11pm. XYYVR, 1216 Bute St. Legends
Commercial Drag: Harry Potter
If JK Rowling was 6 feet under she would be rolling in her grave. Hide your Horcruxes and hold onto your wand cause Harry Potter is about to be done. Welcome to Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. Grab your wands, polish your brooms, get your books ready and hop into your dads flying car because Commercial Drag is taking you on a magical journey through the amazing world of Harry Potter. Don’t be a whomping willow, come this magical romp!
8pm—12am. The London Pub, 700 Main St. Cover $5. Commercial Drag
Every once in a while, you just feel like a little Mexican, and this is the night for it. A night dedicated to the sensual and passionate side of the Latin culture that creates a heat that is associated with all Latinos!!! Performers will ignite the stage with a Latin sexual desire that will warm up your blood and get your heart pumping!!! DJ T spinning your favourite Latin beats till late so don't hesitate and join la fiesta where everyone is welcome.
10pm—3am. The Junction, 1138 Davie St. Cover $5. Caliente Nights
Monday, Nov 19
Think you are a funny person? Do you crack up your friends at the drop of a hat? Well now is your chance to prove it and get in some practise as QueerProv has a weekly workshop to help you along and maybe even break into the business.
5:30—7pm. Qmunity, 1170 Bute St. $10 drop in fee. QueerProv
Misfits: Meme Girls
A night full of campy drag performances inspired by your favourite Memes, vines and just everything ridiculous you can find on the World Wide Web. With guest performances by Sugar Hush, Zit Poppinz, Tommi Horror, Lamè, Tara Beladi, Satanix & a very special debut. Hosted by Molly Poppinz & Xana X along with DJ Del Stamp.
11pm—3am. The Junction, 1138 Davie St. Cover $5. Misfits
Tuesday, Nov 20
Trans Day Of Remembrance
Organized by the Vancouver Trans Day of Remembrance collective. 2spirited, Trans, gender fluid & questioning, people of color, disabled with diverse political experiences. This event is part of Trans Week of Resilience. Join in this year in closing the Trans Week of Resilience with the annual Trans Day of Remembrance. Each year, hundreds of Trans and gender nonconforming people are murdered, especially Trans women of colour. This event seeks to bring attention to the violence faced by multiply marginalized Trans people around the world, and to set intention in honouring their lives.
5:30—9:30pm. SFU Vancouver, Harbour Centre, 515 West Hastings St. For a full schedule of the night’s events go to Trans Day Of Remembrance
Stage Time: Open Improv Jam
The producers of Dirty Little Secrets Improv Show, Random Acts of Comedy Hour, Maestro, and Puff the Magic Improv show - Dan Dumsha, Jamie Chrest and Sarah Dawn Pledge are holding a night to showcase and celebrate your talent! Performer names go in the jam jar - teams are selected and get a game and a scene with your favourite improvisers. Come play with random people, vets, newbies, and everyone in between, or just come to watch and laugh-a lot.
8—9:30pm. XYYVR, 1216 Bute St. No cover. Stage Time
Wed, Nov 21
Fox Hole Comedy
Vancouver’s only weekly comedy room where women, nonbinary, people of colour and LBGTQ are the majority of performers every week. Are you interested in performing on the show? The best way to do that is to attend a show, introduce yourself to Jackie & Robyn and say you’re interested in performing.
8—10:30pm. The Projection Room, 2321 Main St. Cover $5 or whatever you can. Fox Hole Comedy
Thursday, Nov 22
Bob The Drag Queen: Crazy Black Lady
Bob is hitting Vancouver purse first with her riotous all new one woman show. Bob The Drag Queen is the stage name of Christopher Caldwell, a drag performer from New York City, where she was one of 12 contestants who competed on the eighth season of RuPaul's Drag Race. She was crowned the winner of season eight, 2016 and this is your chance to see her live and jaw dropping hilarious.
7:30—11pm. The Vogue, 918 Granville St. Tickets $37 and up at Bob The Drag Queen
HIR By Taylor Mac
Audiences around the world are celebrating Taylor Mac’s timely and darkly comedic interpretation of the classic dysfunctional family—one that’s both conventional in its domestic setting and incendiary in its vibrant theatricality. Somewhere in the suburbs, Isaac, the eldest son of Paige and Arnold, has returned from the wars only to discover a household in revolt. Arnold, the patriarch, has become disabled, leaving Paige liberated from an oppressive and abusive marriage. Isaac’s younger sibling Max is a newly out transgender teen with a thing or two to teach the world. And Isaac? He has to come to terms with where his loyalties really live. Show runs until Saturday, Dec 8.
8pm. The Annex, 958 Granville St. Tickets $28--$34 at HIR
Friday, Nov 23
Legendary Student Art Sale
Ok, I am giving you one of my little known secrets for Christmas presents, the Emily Carr Student Art Sale. This isn’t little pieces of pottery or a fancy vase. If you’ve got the eye, then this is the chance to get in some artwork that could be worth a fortune in the future, and it looks good on the wall as well. Check it out, you may be surprised. Sale runs all weekend.
12—8pm today, 12—5pm Saturday & Sunday. Emily Carr University of Art & Design, 520 East 1st Ave. Student Art
Detention: Art Show
Seeing as this is where I spent most of my school attendance I should probably check this out. Indulgence is good for you, as long as you choose wisely on what excites you. “Detention” is a force of multidisciplinary artistic creation, designed to ignite all sensory pleasures. As long as their doors are open, they encourage you to be late for class. Come be a part of the movement. A night of art, clothing, drinks, food, jewellery, music and performers. All types of things available for purchase.
Tonight 8pm—12am, Saturday 11am—11pm. 1659 Venables St. Tickets $20 and more info at Detention
Seems to be a lot of art and specialty shows this season, let’s get cultural. With FUSE, the Gallery comes alive with art, music and performance. Since its inception in 2005, thousands of visitors have converged at the Gallery to experience innovative and experimental live art, explore the exhibitions on view and relax with friends in the FUSE artist bars. In dialogue with the current exhibition season, this edition of FUSE is guest-curated by Pablo de Ocampo.
8pm—12am. Vancouver Art Gallery, 750 Hornby St. Tickets $29 or $15 with Gallery membership at Fuse
Late Night Snack
Perfect place for a late night dinner or snack and enjoy an all-star cast of performers that may or may not want to taste your meat. Come hungry and leave entertained. Performances by Rose Butch, Jem, Karmella Barr, Maiden China, Daphne DooGood along with DJ Amy Grindhouse. Late Night Snack will fill you up, not just physically, but emotionally. Come take a bite, sit back, and enjoy your meal with a stellar show.
9pm—1am. Save On Meats, 43 West Hastings St. $10 at door. Late Night Snack
New job, new great site but same old me. I will try to continue to keep you updated, entertained and hopefully not tell too many secrets about any of you. I attempt to cover the top dozen, or couple of dozen, events that not only interest me but a wide variety of others.
Please feel free to send me any listings you would like posted but they must be LGBTQ+ themed, whether it is a meeting, art show, event party, seminar, restaurant opening or anything else. firstname.lastname@example.org TOM