A few laughs with the Fictionals, a few drinks at the Firehall and a few docs from the Film Fest make for another eclectic week on Vancouver stages.
[pullquote]“… though it was Jim Henson who conceived him, it is Caroll Spinney who brings that intangible quality to Big Bird and makes him the character that continues to captivate audiences 45 years after his debut.” – from I Am Big Bird, one of the documentary films at this year’s Best of Hot Docs [/pullquote]You’ve never played Cards Against Humanity quite like this. The third Wednesday of every month the Fictionals Comedy Co gives contestants an opportunity to play Cards Against Humanity (Jun 18) in a stage version of the game, while their comedy troupe brings the cards to life. Besides, who could pass on an opportunity to witness the crowning of Vancouver’s most horrible person?
The Firehall Arts Centre present its annual fundraiser EAT.DRINK.PLAY (Jun 19), an evening celebrating locally produced food, drink and performance. The event showcases a selection of food from Gastown and Railtown’s burgeoning food scene plus a ‘taster flight’ of live theatre, dance and music performed around the Firehall building including an acoustic performance by rising theatre star and three-time Jessie Award nominee Kayvon Kelly (Chelsea Hotel) and a performance by Proud star Emmelia Gordon.
The Vancouver International Film Festival and Hot Docs Canadian International Documentary Festival presents the return of Best of Hot Docs (Jun 20-26), a selection of documentary screenings that includes the Vancouver premiere of nine films from this year’s Hot Docs lineup. There are a number of films that are destined to be smokin’ hot this year, but for those looking for something to help sweep the clouds away you’ll definitely want to check out I Am Big Bird, the documentary film about Caroll Spinney, who has been Sesame Street’s Big Bird and Oscar the Grouch since 1969 … and who at 80 years old has no intention of stopping.