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Snow in Vancouver! Brrrr!Here are our top gay and Vancouver news picks from December 1st to December 7th.

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Theatre review: It’s Snowing on Saltspring is silly holiday fun

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It's Snowing on Saltspring Vaancouver TheatreBill Millerd reaches deep inside his Christmas stocking as the Arts Club Theatre Company presents Nicola Cavendish’s It’s Snowing on Saltspring this holiday season.

Last seen in 1985 on the now closed Arts Club Seymour Street stage, It’s Snowing on Saltspring has thankfully been updated with some current references (guess which Russian president is on Santa’s naughty list this year?) but its basic story remains intact.

Saltspring tells the story of the Bannisters who have given up life in the big city for a quieter existence on the Island after Bill, a dentist, has a breakdown from having worked at a job with one of the highest suicide rates.  With an overdue baby and a lack of direction in his life, Bill relapses to his days of stress shoplifting and starts to get a major case of cold feet about the possibility of parenthood.  In his current funk Bill gobbles down boxes of Viva Puffs, wishes for pizza rather than turkey and proudly unveils one of the oddest crèches this side of South Park.  Ending up on the couch on Christmas Eve after a fight with his wife, it takes an overnight trip to the North Pole for Bill to finally realize the true meaning of the holidays.

With the exception of Andrew McNee, who wonderfully flips between the droll and depressed dentist to the wide-eyed enthusiasm of his inner child, the other actors in Cavendish’s story play double-duty, reminiscent of Dorothy’s encounters on her visit to Oz and where the bulk of the silliness takes place.

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Santa is coming to the Davie Village

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Baked holiday treats from Cobs BreadHave you been naughty or nice this year?

Decorations are starting to appear for the holiday season in the Davie Village, and a special visitor is stopping by to greet kids of all ages - why it's none other than Santa Claus! Back again for another year, Mr. Claus will be at Cobs Bread (1160 Davie Street) on December 8th to listen to all of your Christmas wishes, before heading back to the North Pole to continue with Christmas preparations. Stop by any time between 1pm to 5pm and have your picture taken with Santa.

Mark your calendars, and stay up to date with Cobs Bread on Twitter and Facebook for more updates.

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Lights of Hope St. Pauls VancouverHere are our top gay news picks from November 24th to November 30th.

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  • Help St. Pauls Hospital - Give to the Lights of Hope: The Lights of Hope campaign raises funds to support the hospital’s greatest needs – enabling us to meet urgent needs for equipment, research and enhanced patient care, when and where they arise.
  • Vancouver looks to laneways to increase downtown density: Laneway housing has proven to be hugely popular in Vancouver’s single-family neighbourhoods in the past few years. Now the city wants to try the same idea in its oldest downtown neighbourhood, the already dense West End – but with a twist.

Local Vancouver News

  • AIDS - So close to a cure: Vancouver at center of research as illness turned from deadly epidemic to manageable condition
  • Win a Cookie-Palooza Gift Box from Boys Own Bakery: GayVancouver.net is hosting a delicious competition!
  • Free Hugs Day: A favourite event amongst AIDS Vancouver’s volunteers, Free Hugs Day will take place at Granville Street Skytrain Station from 11:00 am to 3:00 pm. Come by, say hi, and help us spread the message- you can’t get HIV/AIDS from a hug.

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Filmmaking without a net: improvised Afterparty realizes genuine moments

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Afterparty Improv VancouverAsk most actors and they will tell you that  improvisation is the equivalent of a high wire act performed without a net.  By not being able to rely on a script, it is the actor’s skills that will ultimately determine whether they make it to the other side.  Up for the challenge, a group of Vancouver 30-somethings have taken on this death-defying metaphor, with Afterplay, an improvised feature-length movie.

Afterparty tells the story of Charlie who, on the night of his brother’s wedding, gathers his old high-school gang for a post-reception party to help him forget about his own marriage.  Over the course of the night Charlie must decide if he gives into his husband’s ultimatum to return home, while the rest of the group discovers that revisiting the past doesn’t always prepare you for the future.

Proving once again that art does indeed imitate life, the story for Afterparty comes partly from gay actor Graham Coffeng’s real-life story, having moved to Vancouver in 2011 after separating from his husband.  Like the character Charlie he plays, Coffeng was housesitting for his brother when he first arrived out west and recognized the empty house as an opportunity to make a movie.

“The film was inspired by some true life events, but a lot of ‘what ifs’ came into play,” says Coffeng.  “I definitely had a strong emotional force to draw on and I was able to draw on my own experiences to create a scenario of why the character of Charlie was coming to the end of his relationship.”

“The house came first,” laughs director Michelle Ouellet.  “We had this fabulous location and this reunion film came from the wonderful house that Graham was staying in.”

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Exploring the Village: Just Juice

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Just Juice Bar VancouverJust Juice is a relatively new addition to the Davie Village, and promotes an easy way to achieve optimal nutrition through their selection of organic cold-pressed juices and smoothies. I had a chance to check out the two-man team behind the new store, Reza and TJ, who are probably some of the most knowledgeable and passionate people about healthy eating I've ever met. Best yet, they've made proper nutrition convenient and taste great.

1. Tell us a bit about the Just Juice

TJ: What we do is we serve cold-pressed organic juice from nothing but the highest quality sources. Our goal is to provide the healthiest, quick, convenient sources of food in the form of juices and smoothies. What we're trying to do is introduce the power of food - the fact that if we're eating properly we can help overcome disease, allergies, and anything going wrong with the body.

Reza: We specialize in cold-pressed juicing - the key word being cold. We make sure that all of the natural enzymes aren't damaged in the juicing process, which happens in conventional juices since they are heated. That way, our juices are much more bio-available and useful in the body.

Smoothie from Just Juice in Vancouver

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Syphilis Poster in VancouverHere are our top gay news picks from November 17th to November 23rd.

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Theatre review: Except In the Unlikely Event of War is complex

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Robert Moloney in a scene from Sean Devine’s Except in the Unlikely Event of WarGood theatre can entertain or make you think.  Really good theatre does both.  Sean Devine’s Except in the Unlikely Event of War is really good theatre.

Once again proving himself as a master of political theatre, Vancouver playwright Sean Devine abandons the American politics of his 2011 hit Re:union to take on the politics of fear and, by association, the Harper government in Except in the Unlikely Event of War.

Loosely based on the 1967 bestseller “Report From Iron Mountain” which told of a secret government think tank that concluded war was necessary for governments to stay in power, Devine uses the book, which would later be revealed as a satirical hoax, as a basis to weave his own complex satire.  In a trio of stories, Devine flits between the government think tank, a radio show host who discovers a Chinese submarine has arrived at the shores of the Arctic and a meta-theatrical self-awareness in which the actors rehearse the show itself.

And while it all may sound a little too complicated, thankfully Devine is skilled enough to structure his play into largely logical chunks. But even when the story devolves as it jumps incessantly between ideas, Devine is the first to acknowledge its complexity during some very funny scenes where his actors acknowledge their own confusion.

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Exploring the Village: The Capital

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The Capital on Davie LogoI recently had the chance to check out The Capital, one of the Davie Village's newest restaurants / bars. They describe themselves as "a social establishment bringing fine food & drink at an affordable price to the West End in Vancouver", and offer a much welcome, fun and unique atmosphere to our community. Cheap eats and affordable drinks make this a great establishment for a lunchtime meal or nighttime get together with friends.

I sat down and chatted with Dallas Hunt, the general manager, about the new restaurant.

1. Tell us a bit about the The Capital

The Capital is a pub style diner, and everything on the menu is $5.20 after tax. We try to offer foods from a variety of different areas and flavors and hope to appeal to everyone. We're a restaurant with a liquor primary section available.

2. Why did you decide to open a restaurant in the Davie Village?

My little brother is gay, actually, so I talked to him a lot beforehand and he brought me around a lot of places. The culture of this street is very positive and fun - everybody is always happy and friendly - and that's sort of the kind of personality that I like. The street is also very densely populated and it just made sense to me to want to open a restaurant here.

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Shine Shop and Dine VancouverHere are our top gay news picks from November 10th to November 16th.

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  • Shine, Shop & Dine in Support of St. Paul’s Hospital Foundation: In support of the St. Paul’s Hospital Foundation, the West End BIA and Robson Street BA are joining forces to kick off the holiday season in style with Shine, Shop & Dine. Anchored by the St. Paul’s Lights of Hope, hop aboard a free trolley at any of the 12 pick up locations (with some on Davie Street) on Saturdays, 4:30 to 9:30 pm from November 23 to December 21.
  • Vancouver installs cigarette recycling bins: Vancouver unveiled new cigarette-collecting receptacles, or "Butt Bins", as they're labelled, this month in an effort to keep Vancouver's streets clean and move the city closer to its Greenest City 2020 Action Plan goals.

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