Our picks this week: Nassim, Call Mr. Robeson & Just An Ordinary Lawyer, and Sounds Unheard

Nassim (until May 7-19)

Who: The Cultch
What: Nassim
Where: The Cultch Historic Theatre (1895 Venables St, Vancouver)
When: May 7-19
Why: In Iranian playwright Nassim Soleimanpour’s autobiographical piece, a local theatre artist will join the playwright on stage to read the script, sight unseen. An initial lesson in Soleimanpour’s native Farsi transforms into a story of love and belonging. More information at thecultch.com.

Nassim. Photo by Studio Doug.
Nassim. Photo by Studio Doug.

Call Mr. Robeson & Just An Ordinary Lawyer (May 7-11)

Who: Tayo Aluko
What: Call Mr. Robeson & Just An Ordinary Lawyer
Where: Havana Theatre (1212 Commercial Dr, Vancouver)
When: May 7-11
Why: Keeping with the international theme, British Nigerian actor Tayo Aluko returns to Vancouver with two one-man shows. In Call Mr. Robeson, Aluko introduces us to African-American actor, singer, and activist Paul Robeson. In Just An Ordinary Lawyer, Western imperialism and Black liberation is explored through the story of Britain’s first Black Head of Chambers and part-time judge Tunji Sowande. More information at tayoalukoandfriends.com.

Tayo Aluko performs in Call Mr. Robeson & Just An Ordinary Lawyer.
Tayo Aluko performs in Call Mr. Robeson & Just An Ordinary Lawyer.

Sounds Unheard (May 11 & 12)

Who: Turning Point Ensemble (TPE)
What: Sounds Unheard
Where: SFU Goldcorp Centre for the Arts (149 West Hastings St, Vancouver)
When: May 11 & 12
Why: TPE closes out its season with an in-depth program of music from Canadian/Tajik composer Farangis Nurulla-Khoja. The concert includes the premiere of her new work Phantasmagoria, composed for the ensemble and featuring mezzo soprano Marie-Annick Béliveau. More information at turningpointensemble.ca.

Vancouver's Turning Point Ensemble presents a concert of music from contemporary composer Farangis Nurulla-Khoja.
Vancouver’s Turning Point Ensemble presents a concert of music from contemporary composer Farangis Nurulla-Khoja.