Posts Tagged: Fifth Avenue Cinemas

It’s not too late to catch Oscar winning films at Kitsilano theatres

While most mainstream cinemas have moved on to the the lesser blockbusters that appear immediately after awards season, it’s not too late to see the Oscar-winning films at Kitsilano’s Fifth Avenue Cinemas and The Ridge.

Fifth Avenue is showing A Separation (Best Foreign Language Film), The Artist (five Oscars including Best Picture, Best Actor and Best Director) and Hugo (five Oscars in technical categories).

Meanwhile The Ridge has Meryl’s The Iron Lady (Best Actress).

I’m not hoping for rain, but I do plan on donning 3-D glasses on the next wet evening and spending some QT with Scorsese’s mysterious, wonder-filled fantasy.

 

Two new films to get (super) excited about

My Week With Marilyn

The Ridge Theatre; Showtimes for the week of Nov 25 to Dec 1
Daily at: 4:00, 7:00, 9:10 Plus: Saturday & Sunday at 1:45

Note: I saw this before the official launch date and I enjoyed it immensely. I’d love to hear what you think.

Synopsis:
In 1956, 23-year-old Colin Clark (Eddie Redmayne), just down from Oxford and determined to make his way in the film business, worked as a lowly assistant for six months on the set of “The Prince and the Showgirl.” The film famously united Sir Laurence Olivier (Kenneth Branagh) and Marilyn Monroe (Michelle Williams), who was at the same time, on a honeymoon with her new husband, playwright Arthur Miller (Dougray Scott).

When Arthur Miller left England, Colin had the opportunity to introduce Marilyn to some of the pleasures of British life; an idyllic week in which he escorted a celebrity desperate to get away from her retinue of Hollywood hangers-on and the pressures of work. Based on Clark’s memoir book, My Week with Marilyn.

Director: Simon Curtis

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Two new films at Fifth Avenue Cinemas and The Ridge

It’s a rainy three day weekend which is the perfect motivation to hide in the cinema. Here are two new films playing at Kits theatres. Escape to Puerto Rico with Johnny Depp in The Rum Diary, or rekindle your rage against Wall Street corruption by seeing Margin Call with Kevin Spacey and Demi Moore.

Showtimes and trailers after the jump.

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What to do this weekend in Kits


NEW FILMS

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2-in 3D, Daily, 1:15, 4:00, 6:50, 9:40, Fifth Avenue Cinemas.

Ecstatic muggles began lining up early Thursday evening for the midnight premier of this long-awaited film. It’s the end of the ten-year Harry Potter era, which is significant for Potter haters and lovers alike. With the midnight screening alone, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 set a box office record, grossing $43.5 M.

Horrible Bosses, Daily, 4:00, 7:00, 9:10, The Ridge Theatre.

For Nick (Jason Bateman), Kurt (Jason Sudeikis) and Dale (Charlie Day), the only thing that would make the daily grind more tolerable would be to grind their intolerable bosses (Kevin Spacey, Colin Farrell, Jennifer Aniston) into dust. Quitting is not an option, so, with the benefit of a few-too-many drinks and some dubious advice from a hustling ex-con (Jamie Foxx), the three friends devise a convoluted and seemingly foolproof plan to rid themselves of their respective employers.

EVENTS

Volleyball BC 2011 Vancouver OPEN, Friday, July 15-Sunday, July 17, Kitsilano Beach.
Some of the best national and international beach volleyball players will be hitting it up for the annual Vancouver Open. The qualifying tournament begins at 9:30 a.m. on Friday and main-draw play runs Saturday and Sunday starting at 9 a.m. There’s also a licensed beer garden
serving Granville Island craft beer and Bassano Hard Soda.

Vancouver Folk Music Festival, July 15-Sunday, July 17, Jericho Beach, ticketed.
The Van Folk Music Festival is a summer institution, drawing artists from around the world for three days of concerts and workshops. Local artists include Kathryn Calder (The New Pornographers) and the bluesy C.R. Avery. Visiting notables include Rosanne Cash, the daughter of legendary Johnny and a talented singer/songwriter in her own right, plus Nashville-native Gillian Welch.

Bard on the Beach, Richard III,  Now-Sept., See calendar for full schedule and tix.
“Shakespeare’s popular Richard III delivers the closing chapter in the epic struggle between the houses of York and Lancaster for the ultimate prize – the English crown.”

This year, Bard has moved to reserved seating, eliminating site-entry lineups. You can enter the Village up to one full hour before each performance, sip a glass of wine and take in the new pre-show In A Nutshell talks. Take in a show plus dinner, with a Bard picnic by Emelle’s, ordered in advance.

Tanning is Out, Sunday, July 17th, 12:00pm – 2:00pm, Kits beach, near the Boathouse restaurant, free.
The Canadian Cancer Society is launching their Tanning is Out campaign, with Tanning is Out Ambassadors the Burnadettes. A tent will be set up with information and the Society will offer shady lounging under luxurious, resort-style beach umbrellas.

Kitsilano Farmers Market, Sunday, July 17, 10am – 2pm, free.
It’s all happening at the market. Grab a tasty meal at a food cart, grocery shop for produce, browse handicrafts and chat with your neighbours. Tis the season for rhubarb, especially. I’m making pie.

Tour Delamont: Kitsilano’s Oldest City Block of Houses, Sunday, July 17, 10am to 12pm, Heritage Vancouver Members $10; Non-members $15.

Join local historian Bruce MacDonald for a fascinating exploration of Delamont Park. Delamont/Kitsilano officially began in 1905, the year the neighbourhood was named, streetcar service was extended to Kitsilano Beach and development started in earnest. Amazingly amongst the blocks and blocks of apartment buildings in east Kitsilano is a small group of houses surviving from those earliest years and before

DEALS

Summer sales are still going strong, if not getting better. Take a stroll. Open your peepers.

Did we miss something? Send me an email. Taraneh@Kitsilano.ca

Neapolitan pizzeria to open next to Fifth Avenue Cinemas in August

NOVO, an 88 seat pizzeria and wine bar, will open next to Fifth Avenue Cinemas this August.  As usual, Scout Magazine broke the news.  According to their write-up, NOVO’s owners traveled to Los Angeles to train at the North American branch of the Vera Pizza Napoletana (VPN) -  the association established by the Italian government to preserve Neapolitan pizza by specifying the legally permitted ingredients and methods.

Okay, so certified Neapolitan pizza is not a fad. It might be new in Van and super trendy, but it’s here to stay. So what’s the difference between Flying Wedge and an authentic Neapolitan pie? Everything except the shape. If you tried to use an 18-incher from Flying Wedge as a frisbee, the weight of the crust and cheesiest cheese blend would make that sucker drop like a stone. A real Neapolitan pie, however, has a thin, airy crust (only soft-grain flour, fresh yeast, water and sea salt may be used for the dough) and would sail through the air like a dream.


It doesn’t stop there. Only Italian plum tomatoes, mozzarella di bufala, extra-virgin olive oil and fresh basil or dried oregano may be used for the toppings. Fresh garlic may only be used on the Pizza Marinara. All Neapolitan pizzas must be cooked in a wood-burning oven.

Pizza was invented in Naples in the Middle Ages and has been reinterpreted by every country in the world.  At this point, some of the stuff that passes for pizza should give me the go ahead to call sandwiches sushi.

In 2010, there was just one certified resto in Canada, the Pizzeria Libretto in Toronto. Now there’s Nicli Antica Pizzeria in Gastown. But what about BiBo on W. Fourth, owned by Andrea Bini and Lorenzo Bottazzi? Does a resto still need to be VPN certified if the chef is a Naples import?

NOVO, 2118 Burrard St., phone number and website currently unavailable.

What to do this weekend in Kits w/bonus special

Warning: Summer means fiesta o’clock throughout the whole city. Although we’re hyper-local, we just wouldn’t be Vancouverites if we didn’t mention these other two awesome fests taking place outside of Kits this weekend. Read on for a quick peek at city-wide events—your bonus special— followed by  neighbourhood gossip/happenings.

TWO GOOD REASONS TO LEAVE THE HOOD

Summer Live, a.k.a. Vancouver’s Birthday Bash, Friday, July 8 to Sunday, July 10, free.
Van is celebrating its 125th birthday this year and everyone’s invited to the party at Summer Live, a free outdoor festival from July 8 to 10 at Brockton Point in Stanley Park. Head out for performances by the likes of Neko Case, The New Pornographers, Dan Mangan and more. There’s also a family stage, drop-in sports matches, beer and wine gardens, global cuisine and even a Bollywood-style shin dig.

Indian Summer Festival, Thursday July 7 to Sunday, July 17 , see website for event tickets.
Did you know that 2011 has been officially designated the “Year of India in Canada”? We didn’t either. But now you do so perhaps check out the the first-ever Indian Summer Festival, July 7 to 17. This fest welcomes top Indian talent from the genres of music, theatre, lit, film, yoga and cuisine. All 20 events and workshops, take place at SFU Woodward’s (149 W. Hastings St., Vancouver). Tickets and a full festival lineup are available by phoning 604-873-3311.

EVENTS IN KITS

Kitsilano Farmers Market, Sunday, June 10, 10am – 2pm, free.
It’s all happening at the market. Grab a tasty meal at a food cart, grocery shop for produce, browse handicrafts and chat with your neighbours. BC Strawberries got off to a slow start this year, but they are going strong now.

Bard on the Beach, HENRY VI is now on,  Now-Sept., See calendar for full schedule and tix.
This year, Bard has moved to reserved seating, eliminating site-entry lineups. You can enter the Village up to one full hour before each performance, sip a glass of wine and take in the new pre-show In A Nutshell talks. Take in a show plus dinner, with a Bard picnic by Emelle’s, ordered in advance.

Burrard Liquor Store Official Grand Opening Day, Saturday, July 9, 10% off storewide.
Burrard Liquor Store hosts its Official Grand Opening Day Saturday, July 9th. Highlights include: prize giveaways, complimentary appetizers, product tasting and 10% off everything in the store.

MEC Paddlefest 2011, Sunday, July 10, Jericho Sailing Centre, free.
Mountain Equipment Co-op Paddlefest is an urban celebration of kayaking, canoeing, and the ocean environment in British Columbia. The festival will feature learning opportunities on the water and on the land. Paddlers of all skill levels are welcome. There will be FREE on water courses like intro to kayaking, forward strokes, intro to rolling, basic rescue, towing, paddling fitness and kids kayaking.

FILMS
Beginners, Fifth Avenue Cinemas, Daily at: 1:30, 4:30, 6:50, 9:00
Bridesmaids, Fifth Avenue Cinemas, Daily at: 1:15, 4:00, 7:10, 9:45
Larry Crowne, Ridge Theatre, Daily at: 4:30, 7:10, 9:15; Plus: Sat, Sun at 1:30
Midnight in Paris, Fifth Avenue Cinemas, Daily at:1:20, 2:15, 3:20, 4:15, 6:00, 7:20, 8:00, 9:30, 10:00
Super 8, Fifth Avenue Cinemas, Daily at: 1:35, 3:50, 7:00, 9:20

DEALS

Summer sales are everywhere. Take a stroll. Window shop. You can’t miss ‘em.

Did we miss something? Send me an email. Taraneh@Kitsilano.ca

What to do this weekend in Kits

NEW FILMS

Beginners, Friday, June 24- Thursday, June 30, 1:30, 4:30, 6:50, 9:00, Fifth Avenue Cinemas.
Ewan McGregor teams up with Christopher Plummer and Mélanie Laurent in this off beat rom com. McGregor plays a timid guy with a crush on the bold, irreverent Laurent. Unable to get his game going, he draws on memories of his deceased father (Plummer), who came out of the closet at age 75, using his bravery for inspiration.

FOOD

Greek Day, Sunday, June 26, 11am – 9am, free.
Be Greek for a day at the annual family-oriented street festival. Broadway will be closed to car traffic from McDonald to Blenheim to make room for a world of fabulous Greek food, kiosks and entertainment. Learn to roll dolmades in the Boutari Wines Culinary Tent. See Greek gods mingle with mortals. Settle down in the mythological story telling tent. Eat tons of souvlaki, spanikopita and honeyed loukoumades. Then holler “Opa!”

Kitsilano Farmers Market, Sunday, June 26, 10am – 2pm, free.
It’s all happening at the market. Grab a tasty meal at a food cart, grocery shop for produce, browse handicrafts and chat with your neighbours. BC Strawberries got off to a slow start this year, but I hear there at the market now.

EVENTS

Critical Mass Vancouver, Every last Friday of the month, Meet at 5:30, Ride at 6:00 pm, free.
Cyclists in Kits can meet with cyclists Van-wide at the Vancouver Art Gallery to ride in a “Critical Mass.” Whether you’re traffic shy, or an avid cyclist, this is an effective way to a familiarize the city with eco-friendly transport.

Semperviva Yoga‘s Trance Dance, Saturday, June 25, 8:00 pm-10:00 pm, $25.
Clara Roberts-Oss and DJ Augustus lead you in the ultimate combo of ancient activities: yoga and dance. While I don’t know the specific calorie burning impact, the class should free one’s “creative life-force.”

Hands Across The Sand, Saturday, June 25, 12:00pm – 12:30pm, free.
Hands Across The Sand will take place on Kits Beach. People will join hands to champion clean energy solutions to our energy and fuel problems. RSVP here.

Bard on the Beach, “The Merchant of Venice” and “As you Like It,” Now-Sept., See calendar for full schedule and tix.
This year, Bard has moved to reserved seating, eliminating site-entry lineups. You can enter the Village up to one full hour before each performance, sip a glass of wine and take in the new pre-show In A Nutshell talks. Take in a show plus dinner, with a Bard picnic by Emelle’s, ordered in advance.

Open Mic at the Fringe Cafe, Sunday, June 26, 8:30 pm, free.
This is self explanatory. It’s your chance to perform. In public.

 

DEALS

Footworks Relaxology is offering a one-day special on June 26, to celebrate Greek Day. Enjoy a 25 minute foot reflexology session for $20.

Miz Mooz (2177 W. 4th Ave.) spring /summer shoes—think sweet clogs and strappy sandals—are 25-40% off right now.

Gravity Pope Tailored Goods (2203 W. 4th Ave.) has up to 50% off all summer products.

JNBY (2201 West 4th Ave) still has a great sales on spring 2011 plus a 70% off clearance rack.

PLENTY‘s (2803 West Broadway)  summer sale started June 15th and is ongoing, with 20-50% off Spring and Summer merchandise.

Did we miss something? Send me an email. Taraneh@Kitsilano.ca

What to do this weekend in Kits

NEW FILMS

Submarine, Friday, June 17- Thursday, June 23, 2:00, 4:45, 7:30, 9:40; Fifth Avenue Cinemas
An off-beat, coming-of-age flick about the precocious Oliver Tate, a 15-year-old with two ambitions: to save his parents’ marriage and to lose his virginity before his next birthday.

Yves Saint Laurent-L’Amour Fou, Friday, June 17- Thursday, June 23 1:30, 4:30, 6:50, 9:00; Fifth Avenue Cinemas
Find out about the private and wildly decadent life of design prodigy Yves Saint Laurent from his lover Pierre Thoretton.

FOOD

Refuel Restaurant, Father’s Day menu w/40-day, dry-aged steak & beer, Sunday, June 19, Brunch 11:30am – 3:00pm and Dinner 3:00pm – 10:00pm, $35

Refuel will help you take care of Dad with this meaty, manly menu  featuring a honking 12 oz, 40 day, dry-aged, slab of Alberta prime rib-eye steak and a 16 oz craft beer from R&B Brewing Co. Go for brunch, dinner or…both.

Maenam, Spot Prawn & Cocktail Dinner, Monday, June 20, $75

It’s your last chance to savour spot prawns and tickets are going fast. On Monday June 20, Maenam will be celebrating the end of this year’s spot prawn season with a cocktail dinner. Five spot prawn dishes will be served in two courses, paired with cocktails from Ben de Champlain. Come for the grilled satays, hot and sour prawn soup, and peppery stir fry. See the whole menu here.

EVENTS

Bike Fest at Kitsilano Farmers Market, Sunday, June 19, 10am – 2pm, free
Bring your bike for fun, whimsy or just maintenace. Try pedal-powered flour milling. Swap gears. Get a tune-up. Enjoy free bike valet service.

Car-Free Day in Kits, Sunday, June 19, Noon-6 p.m, free

Celebrations will happen in Kitsilano, Main Street, the West End and on Commercial Drive, where the festivities were first started by community volunteers in 2005. Kitsilano is doing something different for Car Free Day. Instead of closing off a major street, people throughout Kits are hosting individual block parties with their neighbours. The Van Courier says “block parties will checkerboard Kitsilano.”


Bard on the Beach, “The Merchant of Venice” and “As you Like It,” Now-Sept., See calendar for full schedule and tix

This year, Bard has moved to reserved seating, eliminating site-entry lineups. You can enter the Village up to one full hour before each performance, sip a glass of wine and take in the new pre-show In A Nutshell talks. Take Dad for a show and dinner on Sunday, with a Bard picnic by Emelle’s, ordered in advance.

Did we miss something? Send me an email. Taraneh@Kitsilano.ca