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Vancouver, B.C. – A jewel of the Pacific Rim
Jul 11th, 2013 by Warren Swil

Arts, culture thrive

in lesser-known

tourist destination

The web site of Granville Island which lists the plethora of cultural and arts events for visitors to this tiny spot in central Vancouver, B.C. Click image to enlarge.

A factural error in this story has been corrected since it was fist posted.

ONE OF THE LEAST DISCOVERED jewels of the Pacific Rim is hidden at the southern end of the Inside Passage, which most visitors see from cruise ships on their way to Alaska.
Vancouver, B.C. is remarkable for its progressive, artistic, architectural and cultural vibrancy.
At the center, arguably, is Granville Island, which I visited with my cousins on Tuesday.
Once an area of dilapidated industrial installations, this waterfront island nestled between downtown Vancouver and the southern suburbs has become a hotbed of artistic endeavor, anchored by the Emily Carr University, an art school.


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Fourth of July starts two days early at Hollywood Bowl

Happy birthday America! THE FOURTH OF JULY arrived two days early at the Hollywood Bowl on Tuesday evening, as fireworks lit up the sky around 10 o’clock after a program of rousing patriotic music by the Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra and a set of popular tunes by Josh Groban and his band. A capacity crowd […]


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FANDANGO’S DAVE KARGER: vibrant, intense and personable

CELEBRITY SHARES INSIDE DOPE
Fandango Chief Correspondent Dave Karger – an 18-year veteran of “Entertainment Weekly” –
¬shared some delightful behind-the-scenes anecdotes with 12 to 15 members of the Los Angeles chapter of the NLGJA on Tuesday evening at a little bistro in West Hollywood.


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Movie ‘Sound City’ like a history of Rock ’n Roll Hall of Fame

DOCUMENTARY IS LIKE ROCK ’N ROLL HISTORY
Some of rock ’n roll’s biggest stars recorded the hits that made them famous at a hitherto little known studio in Van Nuys, a suburb of Los Angeles.
“Sound City Studios, was founded in 1969. I saw the documentary “Sound City” on my recent flight from Los Angeles to London.
The demise of Sound City is a tragic loss for Los Angeles, the music business, all of us music consumers … and music lovers everywhere. But perhaps this explains both the decline in the quality and profitability of American music today,
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Bin Laden slaying film lacks core truth

The Kathryn Bigelow production “Zero Dark Thirty” works splendidly as drama. The acting is above average, production values superb, script definitely praiseworthy and special effects stunning.
But it begins with a claim to historical accuracy. “This … is based on a true account of events,” says the opening screen.
That may indeed be the case, but the fundamental flaw of “Zero Dark Thirty” is that it ignores a massive body of evidence showing, conclusively, that torture does not work.


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Reagan office building a surprise + caption contest

HAVING BUSINESS to do at the Los Angeles office of the California Secretary of state in early May, I visited for the first time the Ronald Reagan’s State Office Building in downtown Los Angeles.
What a pleasant surprise.
It’s not at all what one would expect from the Department of the state Architect.


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‘Marvelous Marsha:’ The poster comes home

The framed poster from Museo Regional de Guadalajara – which I had lost at Guadalajara airport – arrived at my house one Saturday evening with the man who framed it. Richard Cuomans of Pasadena Picture Framing made a special delivery: well it was his concept in the first place, OK? So he saw it to its final conclusion.


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‘Architecture of seduction’ a jewel of journalism

The story, images and layout of “The Architecture of Seduction” in Thursday Styles, Page E1, was a package that can best be described with the word “art.”
All the “boldface” names in the first two paragraphs will grab any reader. But the headline is intriguing, too.
Architecture as sexy? What a concept! It is a totally compelling read, brilliantly presented.


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Brewery Artwalk: A feast for all the senses

Rarely is a press release so understated: “The Brewery ArtWalk is a twice annual open studio weekend at the world’s largest art complex,” says the one for the April 27 event in downtown Los Angeles. “With over 100 participating resident artists, you will have the opportunity to see new works, discover new favorites, speak with the artists and purchase artwork directly from the artists’ studios.” This just doesn’t do justice to the wealth of stimulation for ALL the sense available to participants at this unique festival of sights, sounds, smells and stories.


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They made us: NatGeo special on The 80s

With all the breaking news, the best TV show got lost See it here With all the breaking news two weeks ago – starting with the Boston Marathon bombings, then the explosion in Texas and ending with the dramatic capture of the second bombing suspect on April 19 – you may easily have missed the […]


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