Our (gay) guide to Halloween 2013 in Vancouver

Gay Halloween Costume Travel through the silver screen into the world of classic horror movies at this year’s Halloween Ghost Train in Stanley Park.  A fun-for-all-ages adventure on the Stanley Park miniature railway it is sure to sell-out. Through November 2.

Baron von Zumzing’s Traveling Sideshow is a spooky but fun trip through a West End apartment building which helps raise funds for A Loving Spoonful.  October 31.

Fright Nights at Playland return featuring six haunted houses, twelves rides, and the freaky sideshow, The Monsters of Schlock.  Through November 2.

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Theatre review: Hedwig and the Angry Inch is powerful

Actor playing Hedwig from Hedwig and the Angry Inch in VancouverGiven there is so much to like about the current Ghost Light Projects production of Hedwig and the Angry Inch it is perhaps ironic that the show opens with the line: “Ladies and gentlemen, whether you like it or not…”.

Told as an extended monologue by Hedwig during one of her concerts, she recounts her metamorphosis from the young East German “slip of a girly-boy” Hansel to the tragic Hedwig who escapes communist rule through a botched sex-change. As she recovers from having been dumped by the G.I. who helped her escape, she forms the band we see tonight and helps to create a rock star out of a shy Christian boy who she renames Tommy Gnosis. Gnosis repays her by stealing her songs and goes on to being wildly-successful; not by accident Gnosis is playing at a sold-out BC Place concert, while Hedwig and her band plays The Cobalt.

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Theatre review: The Rocky Horror Show is a great deal of fun

Rocky Horror Picture Show Cast Vancouver The Fighting Chance Productions presentation of The Rocky Horror Show may not be perfect, but it is a great deal of fun.

With the stage play now forty years old, the movie version only a couple years younger and with cult following The Rocky Horror Show has garnered over the years, it came as a bit of a surprise that so many Rocky Horror virgins were identified in the audience opening night and subsequently branded with a large “V” on their foreheads in red lipstick.

For those other virgins who are planning on taking in the show, it tells the story of Brad and Janet who stumble upon Dr. Frank N. Furter’s castle looking for help after their car breaks down one stormy night.  The couple happens to have arrived on the same night the pansexual mad scientist unveils his newest creation, the well-built and well-endowed Rocky.  The ensuing hijinks include a number of sexual pairings, the re-murder of the Furter’s former lover Eddie and the discovery that the castle is actually a spaceship which has brought Furter and his minions to earth from their home planet of Transsexual in the galaxy of Transylvania.

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