Out in Vancouver April 19-28 with Tom Coleman
Friday, April 19
Dead People's Things by Dave Deveau
Zee Zee Theatre is proud to present the world premiere of the latest play by Playwright in Residence Dave Deveau, developed in association with PTC. Phyllis, a Millennial, inherits a house and all of its contents after her estranged hoarder aunt commits suicide. She then must work with neighbour Beatrice, a Baby Boomer who has been named executrix, to try and make some sense of the life and death of a woman she barely knew, through the things she left behind. Based on true events, Dead People’s Things is a heartrending haunting that examines loneliness and the strange contradiction between belongings and belonging. And you thought Peach Cobblah was just a pretty face, now you will see just how talented the male persona, Dave Deveau, is. Dave is an award-winning writer and performer whose plays and operas have been produced across Canada and in Europe. His list of awards is too long to list unless I drop everything else in the blog. Show runs until Sunday, May 5.
8pm. Studio 16, 1551 West 7th Ave. Tickets $28--$34 and more info at Dead People's Things
Spring Fling vol 2
Something that I could use right now but this is not the romantic kind of fling. Join over 20 of the finest Dreamers, Wanderers, Artists, Dancers, Poets, Lovers, Creators, and Visionaries found locally and abroad for a night of entertainment, dancing and mingling for a great cause, Out In Schools. Spring Fling VOL.2 will be a two part event. Featuring Drag Performance - Live Art - Live music (singer/songwriter, plus DJ’s with instruments and decks) - DJ’s, including DJ GingerBear - Burlesque - Choreographed Dance - Pole dancers - Silent Auction....and more! Then, they set the night on fire and dance into the wee hours of the morning. Last year, you all wanted the party to keep going. This year, it will!
9pm—3:30am. The Backstage Lounge, 1585 Johnston St. Tickets, $35, and more info at Spring Fling 2
Saturday, April 20
Vancouver Rubbermen April Meet & Play
Join the Vancouver Rubbermen for a slick social post-Rubbout Recovery get together! There will be rubber bondage galore to experience, opportunities to prepare for ordering and purchasing new rubber, and meet other like-minded rubber perverts!
2pm. Pumpjack Pub, 1167 Davie St. No cover. VRM Meet & Play
Sin City: Carnival Of Kink
If you ever go to only one Sin City in your life make sure it is Carnival of Kink. It is easily one of the most colourful parties that Sin City Fetish Night throws each year, and also one of the biggest. If you can’t get some action at this party you may as well throw in the towel and invest in a fleshlight, right Syd? ROCK OUT with DJs, dancing & non-stop kinky partying. PERVE OUT on the custom kink visuals installations. CHILL OUT in the lounge spaces. INDULGE YOUR WILD SIDE in our various play areas, the suspension & rope play Kink Corral, or in our full size Kink Play Dungeon. There is a strict fetish code for tonight so don’t think your Horny Clown outfit will get you in, check the site for details.
Sunday, April 21
Papa’s got a brand new bag, and I don’t mean DJ G-Luve. Come shimmy & shake your tail feathers with Motown Party: The best damn soul party in the world. Expect to hear all your soul favourites: Al Green, Wilson Picket, Aretha Franklin, Otis Redding, Marvin Gaye, Stevie Wonder & The Supremes all at a new location. To showcase the best and brightest music and video from the Motown, Stax and Tamla labels, Northern Soul, they bring you two incredible Djs, Nick Bike & Trevor Risk. Come celebrate and help raise money for Vancouver Covenant House.
Monday, April 22
Rachelle Lachland and Guests with Spandy Andy
QueerProv Presents is a weekly showcase for various comedic and performing talents within Vancouver. Expect a workout of the gut from laughter and a workout of the body from dancing. The night will be TIGHT and BRIGHT! Joining tonight is an improv team of Rachelle Lachland, Bryan Clark, Regan Rankin and Karinga Wells. These local improvisors will bring their own unique style to the stage and have you on the floor in hilarity. And in case you have never met the brother of Josh Rimer, Mr Gay Canada, tonight you will get your chance, if you can catch him that is. Social media legend Spandy Andy is in the house and as usual is speedy as the energizer bunny, all you will see is the trail of colour from his bright rainbow spandex that is so tight nothing is left to the imagination, blush.
8—10pm. 1181, 1181 Davie St. No cover. QueerProv
Tuesday, April 23
Tuesday night has arrived, and you sit at home wondering what to do. The excitement of the weekend has left you wanting more; to be with friends, laugh and enjoy the night. Look no further, here is the answer. Double Trouble is a show that aims to create a sense of community in a relaxed setting, with an emphasis on bringing fun back to drag.
Long-time VAL Angels, Berlin and Gluttony (Jesse Harink). What is this show? Imagine sex and funny, Dorothy and Blanche, Cher and Tai or Cady and Regina. Each Tuesday night, they come together to create a safe, inviting place that feels like you're just at home with your best Judy's. Will there be choreo? Probably! Will there be two friends just having a great time together and inviting you to the good time? Absolutely. Drop your reservations at the door, let your hair down and enjoy time with family.
9pm. 1182, 1181 Davie St. No cover. Double Trouble
Wednesday, April 24
Out Again At The Inn
The Leaping Thespians is an award-winning women's theatre company bringing stories of lesbian lives to anyone who wants to watch. This is their seventh original production. Mary and Marie continue to have their hands full, running their struggling bed and breakfast, while hosting the Blackberry Cove jam-making contest, with no help from their chronically high neighbours. And then, their least favourite guest decides this is her weekend to come out. What could go wrong? Find out at the Leaping Thespians original comedy. Show runs until Saturday, April 27.
8—9:30pm. Havana Theatre, 1212 Commercial Dr. Tickets $20, and info at Out Again At The Inn
What comes to my mind first when hearing Dog Pound, as my mind is always in the gutter, is someone climbing on top and pounding the life out of me: in a good way. Next is a type of housing for frisky puppies. Tonight both can be true as Steamworks brings you a play party for puppies and handlers, need I say more. Bow Wow!
8pm—4am. Steamworks Baths, 123 West Pender St. Check out site for more info and list of nightly rates for entrance and lockers. Dog bones are free! Steamworks
Thursday, April 25
Life Drawing with HIM
Do you like to draw, are you good at it or are you like me. I pretend to draw just so I can sit and watch the nude model and hope something pops up: now that I could draw. Life Drawing with HIM is a drop-in, informal social group for men with a focus on drawing and sketching. The group has an open studio format and, depending on the weather, may even move outdoors. All skill levels are welcome. This group is facilitated, but no formal instruction is offered. Please bring your sketchbook and favourite drawing materials (but no ink or paint please).
Friday, April 26
Storytelling with Drag Queens for Adults
I think even as a grown man having certain drag queens read stories to me may still cause nightmares, but not mentioning any names, Conni Smudge! At least here you can drink alcohol while listening. Join for the next ADULT version of Storytelling with Drag Theme: Tribute Night to Anthony Bourdain and Tara Beladi's Birthday featuring the amazing Molly Poppinz, Gay Sha, Tara Beladi, Candie and friends. Stories, sassiness, hilarity, songs and probably even more games await you this evening, another not to be missed event. There may even be some surprises too.
9—11:30pm. Café Deux Soleils, 2096 Commercial Dr. Storytelling With Drag Queens
When someone told me to come over to PJ`s and try getting a hoe down, I really thought they were talking about having a party with Adam Genge. Apparently I was wrong, Tush-Push or Two Step? The choice is up to you and they even offer you a lesson at the beginning of the evening to teach you and then you'll have an opportunity to dance and sharpen your skills so you actually look like you know what you are doing. All you have to do is show up...there is always a partner available for you to dance with and its easy, fun, and most of all it gives you a chance to meet great people and to help support your community at large.
7—10pm. Pumpjack Pub, 1167 Davie St. No cover until 9pm. Timberline
DIVA'S with host Sienna Blaze, the energizer bunny of the village, and guests all night long. DJ Drew plays your favourites to keep you dancing between numbers and into the early hours. This show brings you the best of Vancouver's Drag Scene and you know that you won't be disappointed.
10pm. The Junction, 1138 Davie St. Cover $5. Diva`s
Saturday, April 27
Bears, The Baths & Beyond
Sometimes you just need a good scrub and a big hairy bear to dry off with. And what better place to do that than a hideaway that has hot hunky men, food, music, gym equipment and a lot of fun. This isn’t granddad’s old bath house. Times, they are a changing boys.
1—6pm. Steamworks Baths, 123 West Pender St. Weekend rates start at $21 for a locker. Steamworks
Duelling DJs Spring Dance
Duellng DJs are back for a Spring Dance. Bring your partner, bring your friends and kick up your heels to welcome Spring 2019. The Dueling DJ's hold events for women who like to dance to a mix of top 40 tunes plus some tunes to take you back to Rock and Roll, Swing and a little Disco.
Man Up: Divas
This month, they are reaching deep within our queer souls and mustering the absolute POWER and PRESENCE of some of the top diva icons in pop history! If you've ever witnessed a Man Up tribute show (Fallen Icons 2016, Freddie Mercury 2015/18, or Femme Impersonations 2017) you know you're in for a truly memorable drag treat. Featuring Kendall Gendr, Rose Butch, Karmella Barr and many more performing as everyone from Beyonce to Bjork, with hosting by Ponyboy and DJ Softieshan.
9pm—2am. Warehouse at Eastside Studios, 550 Malkin Ave. Cover $10 before 10am, $15 after. Man Up
Backdoor Spring Fling!
Pride is coming fast, kind of like Matt Troy fast if you know what I mean, and here is the perfect hot rave to get you in gear and let loose a little. Looks like this really might be the final event at the lab before they launch into their new space so don’t miss out. Hosted by Continental Breakfast and international DJ Sappho.
10pm—5am. Vancouver Art & Leisure at the Lab, 101 West 6th Ave. Tickets $25 and more info at Backdoor Spring Fling
Sunday, April 28
Rainbow Afternoon Beer Bash And Condom Packaging
Looking for me today, then this is where you will find me. What better thing to do on a Sunday afternoon than a short skytrain ride out to the burbs and help pack condoms and lube into small packages, for HIM, while having a few bevvies. Just so you know, there is also a nice bath house just around the corner in a city where nobody knows you. Now do you see why it is such good idea? And yes I promise not to recognize you, as long as you do the same.
3—5:30pm. Begbie’s Tavern, 609 Columbia St, New Westminster. Rainbow Beer Bash
Cultivate: 2 Spirit, Queer & Trans Artists Showcase
"Cultivate: Artist Support Circles for Indigi- and other Queers" springs from Shane Sable's attempt to disrupt art-in-isolation mythologies. The talking circles meet monthly at the Queer Art Festival's SUM Gallery to connect, collaborate, and offer support to queer artists across disciplines. This showcase spotlights Cultivate artists Shane Sable, Tawahum, Raven John & Laura Fukumoto.
3—5pm. Verses Festival of Words, 210-111 West Hastings St. Tickets $10 and more info at Cultivate
Sometimes there are gay events that are so popular they sell out weeks before you may even hear about them. If there is an event like that which gives back to a good cause, then I will be posting one of them here, so you have a chance to get your tickets before they are gone.
Thursday, May 9
Alyssa Edwards: Dancing Queen. The Live Show
Alyssa Edwards in Vancouver! Every woman has her secret, hers just happens to be a little bigger. May 9th, our favourite pageant queen and meme-sensation of Rupaul’s Drag Race and Netflix’s Dancing Queen brings ‘Alyssa Edwards: Dancing Queen -The Live Show’ - her one-woman stand-up comedy extravaganza. Come join us for a SHE-larious night of Alyssa squirpin like a chirpin’ and reading the house down under the cement! Now with a hot, new Netflix series letting us all behind the curtain of this superstar’s life Alyssa guarantees a night of a thousand giggles. This will sell out fast.
7pm—10pm. The Vogue, 918 Granville St. Tickets $30--$65 at Alyssa Edwards