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Art Battle Brings Live Competitive Painting to Vancouver

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If you’ve always been curious about the artistic process involved with painting, you’re going to want to check out the next Vancouver Art Battle. An intense, head-to-head live painting competition that pits 12 artists against each other in 3 rounds to declare 1 champion for the night. It’s a dramatic and exciting way to celebrate art and has always been an inspiring night of creation and community.

Art Battle will be arriving in Vancouver on October 21, 2017 at 6:30pm at The Red Room (398 Richards Street). You’ll get a chance to experience what it’s like when painters have just 20 minutes to take their canvases from blank to beautiful, with the audience voting to pick the winner. No pressure.

Art Battle Canada has been taking place around the country and has held more than 550 events with 6,000+ artist-competitors since 2009. It’s a great way to highlight some of the amazing local artists in the scene, with a healthy amount of competition thrown in!

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Art Battle works like this…

As the artists create magic on their canvases, you’re able to walk around the easels, closely watching the creative process. The medium is acrylic paint and artists are allowed to use brushes, palette knives, or any other non-mechanical implements. (There may be some finger painting happening…) With just 20 minutes allocated for each round, things can get a little messy.

At the end of the round, the audience votes democratically for their favourite painting and bids in a silent auction to take the work home. The painting with the most votes, wins! If you place the highest bid on the artwork, you also win!

Throughout the night, there will be a DJ spinning all night to keep the energy high. The featured artists for the October event include: Vidaria / Yukiko Adachi / Victor Pross / Jeannie Priscila / Behzad Kian / Ali Casey / Tyler Pentland / Lisa Penz / Madeleine Wynne / Francoise Stamp / Annsabelle Pronych + 1 WILDCARD Audience member… That’s right – if you think you have what it takes, submit your name to enter to compete.

Tickets to the event are available online and are $ 20 each or $ 15 for students. The earlybird tickets already sold out, so make sure you grab a pair before it’s too late!

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Quick Details

Date: Saturday, October 21, 2017
Time: 6:30pm (doors), event at 7:00pm
Location: The Red Room (398 Richards Street)
Website: www.artbattle.com

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This Week’s Top 5 Instagram Photos of Vancouver – October 13, 2017

Check out this week’s top 5 Instagram photos from @Inside_Vancouver!

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Thankful that we get to live in one of, if not the most, beautiful cities 🍂🍁🍂 // Photo: @tylersjourney

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A fall-inspired tree tunnel downtown 🍂🍁🍂 // Photo: @mosaicmckellar

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Shakti your booty! Diwali in BC is all about feminine energy

Inspired by a short story, Encounter blends physical theatre with bold storytelling.

Diwali in BC takes place for five weeks, beginning this Saturday and running until Nov. 16. The festival includes dance, theatre, film and more, with many of the shows celebrating the festival’s theme of feminine power, or shakti. Here are some highlights. (Click on titles for tickets.)

Encounter—Inspired by a short story by Indian writer Mahasweta Devi, Navarasa Dance Theatre uses acrobatics and original music to tell the story of an indigenous woman, her defiance against injustice, and her communities’ struggle to uphold their indigenous way of life. (Oct. 17-22 at the York Theatre, 639 Commercial Dr.)

Honour: Confessions of a Mumbai Courtesan—Writer/performer Dipti Mehta delves into the world of sex-trafficking in Mumbai’s red-light district. Mehta has performed the show in cities like Boston and New York, where it has received rave reviews. (Oct. 20-Nov. 4 at Vancity Culture Lab, 1895 Venables St.)

Dipti Mehta in Honour. Kyle Rosenberg photo.

Anatomy of Violence—The Deepa Mehta film examines one of India’s most internationally notorious crimes: the 2012 gang rape and murder of a 23-year-old woman on a Delhi bus. Mehta collaborated with theatre director Neelam Mansingh Chowdhry and her actors “to envisage possible sociological and psychological backgrounds and pasts for both the perpetrators and the victim,” according to the Diwali media release. A panel discussion, Sparking Celluloid: Filmmaking for Social Change, follows the screening. (Oct. 5 at Cineplex Odeon International Village, 88 W. Pender St.)

Happy Place—Actress/playwright Pamela Mala Sinha delves into the lives of seven women in an in-patient care facility. Happy Place features a diverse cast of Vancouver actresses with over fifty Jessie Richardson Theatre Awards and nominations combined. (Oct. 20-29 at Firehall Arts Centre, 280 E. Cordova St.)

Happy Place takes audiences into the experiences of seven women in an in-patient care facility.

For more information on Diwali in BC, visit diwalibc.ca.

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Vancouver’s New Virtual Reality Halloween Adventure is a Scream!

SmartyPantz beckons guests into the deliciously terrifying Hospital of Horror.

Haunted houses are horrifying enough, but add a virtual reality spin and you’ve catapulted from spine-tingling shivers to ear-splitting screams. This month, SmartyPantz, one of Vancouver’s original escape rooms, has teamed up with virtual reality experts at vrCave to produce the Hospital of Horror – a terrifyingly lifelike VR experience that instantaneously transports guests to a derelict sanitorium where they might or might not be alone.

Hospital Horror isn’t so much an escape room as an immersive journey into a completely fabricated – yet impressively realistic – virtual world. Before entering the abandoned “hospital”, you’ll strap on VR headsets and don backpacks with necessary equipment. Then, you plunge into darkness with complete freedom to explore and ultimately scare yourself silly. We won’t give away the surprises here, but rest assured it won’t take long for your heartbeat to ratchet up to top speed.

The haunted Hospital of Horror.

The experience is designed for two people to play at once – and trust us, you’ll be thankful to have a partner-in-crime – and lasts an agonizing 10 minutes that feels much, much longer. This definitely isn’t for the faint of heart – be prepared for spooks and haunts to send you shrieking at every dark corner – but it’s buckets of fun and makes for a memorable date night or fearfest with friends. Just beware: the Hospital of Horrors will linger with you long after you’ve departed for the night.

The experience is offered at at a special price of $ 20 from now until October 15, and for $ 25 from October 16 to November 6. For more information or to book reservations, visit www.smartypantz.ca.

Let us know in the posts below whether you made it out alive!

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