Tuesday October 30

The Voice of Chinatown
Tuesday October 30, 10am – 2pm
Chinese Cultural Centre Multipurpose Hall, 50 E. Pender

Here it is, your chance to sing karaoke in what we’re calling The Voice of Chinatown. This is a very popular event; plan to get caught up in the excitement of music and song. Bring your own CDs. The Centre will run the equipment, and will also have CDs that you can use. All languages welcome. Free

Tuesday October 30, 11am
Carnegie Community Centre, 401 Main

Games, fun, prizes! Sign up at 11am in the Carnegie pool room. Questions? Ask Colleen, Volunteer program 604-606-2708. Everyone welcome. Free

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Food Workshop
ONE POT MEAL DEAL with Diane Brown
Tuesday October 30, 1pm – 5pm
Oppenheimer Park, 488 Powell

Here’s an opportunity to learn from the best! Diane Brown is a long-time Carnegie kitchen cook and her interest is passionately rooted in the belief that quality food is a human right. Her book, the Original One Pot Cookbook is designed for people with few or limited cooking skills or kitchen tools. Find out what you can do with a hotplate, one pot, a bowl and a few rudimentary supplies. Easy, healthy, tasty! Everyone welcome. Free

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Puppet Presentation
Tuesday October 30, 1pm – 1:30pm
Strathcona Community Centre Seniors Lounge, 601 Keefer

Healthy Aging Through the Arts is a project for seniors interested in working with professional artists to explore their stories through art. The Strathcona Seniors group, led by artists Sharon Bayly and Maggie Winston, will present an adaptation of a Chinese fable performed by sock puppets. Come out and see this delightful performance. Everyone welcome. Free

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LANTERN MAKING with Carrie Campbell
Tuesday October 30, 1pm – 5pm
Carnegie Community Centre 3rd floor Gallery, 401 Main

Join well-known community artist and lantern maker specialist Carrie Campbell in this afternoon lantern-making workshop. Socialize with friends and neighbours, make your own special lantern, take it home, and bring along to the Procession of Light on Friday November 2 at 6pm. (please see Fri Nov 2 for complete procession details.) A great way to light your way and the community’s spirit during these dark days of fall. All levels. No experience required. Free

BREATHE/WRITE with Donna Dykeman
Tuesday October 30, 4pm – 6pm
Gallery Gachet, 88 E. Cordova

This twelve-week ‘word-expression’ series for peers with lived experience of mental illness and/or mental health issues who want to ‘breathe, write and speak’ will run in Nov/Dec and Jan/Feb, with an ‘open-mic’ in Dec and Jan. This first session of breathe/WRITE is open for one time attendance or you can carry on for the rest of the series. By the end of this first workshop, participants will create a group poem dedicated to the Heart of the City Festival, its people and its themes of creativity, community and survival. Supported by the Consumer Initiative Fund of Vancouver Coastal Health. Register for the entire series by email: breathewritegachet@gmail.com or leave a message for Donna at Gachet 604-687-2468. Drop in for today’s session. Free

Storytelling & Video
Tuesday October 30, 6pm – 9pm
The Nines, 99 W. Pender

Join Drop Out Video Arts (DOVA) the newly-founded non-profit organization for an evening of live storytelling with Pia Shandel and mystery guests, supported by video art: projection by Human Eyes Video (DOVA founder), Sydney Southam and friends. DOVA is motivated toward experimental video-art and other forms of artistic expression, especially works that foster advocacy and support issues within the local community of East Vancouver. DOVA formed in 2010 with the goal of supporting young and emerging artists in various ways and to bring collaborative video-art, into larger and more publicly accessible venues. For more information go to www.niners.ca. Everyone welcome. Free

Tuesday October 30, 6:45pm – 10pm
Carnegie Community Centre Theatre, 401 Main

Participate in one of the longest running regular community music programs in the neighbourhood or just come and listen: you will be awed by the range and diversity of talented musicians in the Downtown Eastside. Open mic and featured performers. Sign up at 6:45pm and show your stuff. Coordinated by Steve Edwards. Basic musical instruments provided. You may even entice a backup band to accompany you. Musicians and singers of all styles and skill level welcome! Free

Food & Stories
Tuesday October 30, 7:30pm – 9:30pm
Chinese Cultural Centre Museum & Archives, 555 Columbia

Local Canadian writers of Chinese ancestry share stories about food to nourish our body, spirit and community. The line up of accomplished writers includes: award-winning Evelyn Lau, writer and Poet Laureate of Vancouver; chef Bob Sung who says “Food is my medium”; activist Sid Chow Tan, who grew up in a restaurant in North Battleford, Saskathewan; Chinatown born Larry Wong, whose latest book is Dim Sum Stories: A Chinatown Childhood; and Steven Wong, whose self-published Wong Family Feast is an absolute delight. Steven says “The best medicine is socializing with family and friends.” We agree! An appetizer will accompany each writer’s presentation. Followed by Tea and Q & A!  First come first serve, limited seating. Free

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Wednesday October 24 to Saturday November 3
7:30pm nightly
2pm matinees Saturday/Sunday

Chapel Arts, 304 Dunlevy

There are many young people in the Downtown Eastside who are really into theatre and music. Here’s a chance to experience a Vancouver-based company whose talented youth cast includes Erika Babins, a resident of the Downtown Eastside.

Before Edward and Twilight, there was the Count! Dracula is the original vampire: sexy, mesmerizing, frightening and…..musical? Awkward Stage Productions presents Rick Abbot’s version of the classic Bram Stoker horror tale as a comedy musical with melodic, rollicking laughs; it’s a bloody funny farce! Don’t miss this Hallowe’en treat! For more information: www.awkwardstageproductions.com or 604-809-9260. Tickets $18/23