The 2014 Vancouver Queer Arts Fest runs July 23 - August 9.
The 2014 Vancouver Queer Arts Fest runs July 23 - August 9.

Our latest picks are brought to you by the letter “C” with cinema, crafts and culture all on offer this coming week.

The Cinematheque presents Stephen Silha and Eric Slade’s rousing, biographical documentary Big Joy: The Adventures of James Broughton (Jul 20 & 23).  The film made a splash at last year’s DOXA Film Festival in its exploration of the life of filmmaker, poet, and gay-rights activist James Broughton.  A member of the postwar San Francisco Renaissance, Broughton was both a leading figure in American avant-garde cinema, and a pioneering voice in gay liberation.  The film will be preceded by Broughton’s erotic landmark short from 1968, The Bed.  Director of photography, Ian Hinkle and animator Michael Mann will be in attendance for a post-screening Q&A at the July 20 screening.

The Craft Council of British Columbia and Circle Craft Cooperative are host to their second annual outdoor Summer Market (Jul 23-27) at Jack Poole Plaza.  The market features 88 exhibitors from across Canada in a wide variety of mediums including clay, glass, leather, metal, fibre, and wood, as well as clothing for children and adults, jewellery, fashion accessories, home décor items, and visual arts.

The 2014 Vancouver Queer Arts Festival, the annual artist-run showcase of queer arts, culture and history, opens with its gala Art Party! on July 23 and continues through August 9 at the Roundhouse Community Centre.  Highlights this year include Sunny Drake’s X (photo above), a trans-disciplinary exploration of addiction and recovery, the debut of Canada’s first professional queer classical choir Cor Flammae, and master harpsichordist Colin Tilney.  The curated visual arts exhibition Queering the International runs alongside the Pride in Art Community Visual Art Show through the three week festival.