Town Talk: Feast of Fortune raises funds

 

Chinese New Year: Gala raises nearly $900,000 for Mount Saint Joseph Hospital

 
 
 
 
Recruited from across the Lower Mainland, ShowStoppers troupe members perform 30 times yearly, including at the recent Ovation awards for musical-theatre productions.
 
 

Recruited from across the Lower Mainland, ShowStoppers troupe members perform 30 times yearly, including at the recent Ovation awards for musical-theatre productions.

Photograph by: Malcolm Parry

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STAYING ALIVE: With Mount Saint Joseph Hospital’s emergency department caseload growing by 27 per cent over five years, cash for diagnostic-imaging and life-support equipment became urgently needed. Enter Scotiabank Feast of Fortune co-chairs Margaret Chiu, Paul Oei, Heather Pei Huang and honorary chair Sing Lim Yeo. That Chinese New Year gala reportedly raised $845,324 for the hospital’s Tapestry Foundation for Health Care to address equipment needs.

Exhibiting at the event, Noah Nitikman seeks to keep folk out of ER rooms. His and Desmond Rodenbour’s High Gear firm (2coolforschool.ca) trains motorcyclists one-on-one at times and locations of a client’s choosing. Bikes range from a featherweight Honda CBR125R to the Ducati Scrambler Ms. Chiu admired. Mother Shelley Nitikman’s relationship with certain motorcyclists was less accommodating during her term as a Supreme Court of B. C. Master.

SAMBA CITY: As Chinese New Year celebrants tucked into traditional dumplings, spring rolls, whole fish and suchlike, Brazilian community members readied for Lent’s 40 fasting days. That was at Granville Island’s Backstage Lounge, where Samba Fusion dance group co-founder Andrea Monteiro recruited musicians and dancers to echo Rio de Janeiro’s spectacular Carnaval festival. As partiers applauded her, Monteiro likely recalled industrious folk in her native São Paulo joking about Rio’s pleasure-loving Cariocas. Should one do a full day’s work, they quipped, that city’s arms-outstretched statue of Christ the Redeemer would clap its hands.

DANCIN’ FOOLS: As editor of the Brazil Daily Herald, former city journalist Garry Marchant reported on such Carnaval oddities as armed robbers ordering bank staff and customers to strip to their underwear and dance to samba music on the PA. Laughing uncontrollably, the bandits were arrested by fully clad police.

THE SOUND OF MUSIC: Kits Point was alive with it when players from 2015’s more than 60 musical-theatre productions filled the Vancouver Academy of Music theatre for the Applause Musicals Society’s Ovation awards. Katie Purych and Sara Vickruck tied for female lead, while Nick Fontaine and Riley Qualtieri tied for male lead. TUTS’ production of Hairspray and Awkward Stage Productions’ Dogfight took the large- and small-theatre awards, and applausemusicals.com lists others. This year’s scheduled musicals include five — from Closer Than Ever to CATS.

GOING ON SEVENTEEN: That would be ShowStoppers, a youthful dance troupe that matched its moniker by closing the Ovation Awards concert with a high-energy sequence. Playing some 30 gigs yearly, the company is directed by Perry Ehrlich (theimpresario.ca), who practises at the bar, not the barre. The law-firm partner, one-time pianist-singer and former Ovation awardee also founded the Gotta Sing! Gotta Dance! program in 1993. Conducted through the Jewish Community Centre, it has seen many young Canadian and international participants move on to performing-arts careers.

LOVE AND MARRIAGE: At sunset Sunday, St. Valentine’s Day, Pure Magnolia Gowns owner Patty Nayel will shutter the Georgia-at-Jervis Pop Up Wedding Shoppe where she and 40 suppliers have served those about to be hitched. Listing recent ceremony trends, Nayel said: “Bridal gowns are a little more comfortable and casual than we’ve seen since the 1970s. There’s more mismatching of (bridesmaid) dresses, but with a common element: colour, texture, etc. More ‘watercolour’ patterns, too, from invitations to dresses. Oh, and more people go to Ireland for weddings.”

Not so emerald-eyed Jenny Ruth, the pop-up-shop participant and Mink Makeup & Hair owner who’ll tie the knot Oct. 10 “on the beach in Hawaii.” Just the location for Nayel’s own 2010 altar attire, an “ivory mermaid dress with feathers”.

BIDS FOR KIDS: As this weekend’s Variety Show of Hearts Telethon fills Coquitlam’s Hard Rock Casino, by-donation (variety50.eventbrite.ca) audiences will see Barnie Bentall, Jim Byrnes, Chilliwack, Five Alarm Funk and others perform tonight and Sunday afternoon at The Centre.

ON HIS HANDS: Timepiece and exotic-car enthusiast Robbie Dickson’s 2015 indulgence was a clock-sized $750,000 Hublot wristwatch resembling his Lamborghini Avantador’s gearbox. Cutting corners this year, he bought a life-size, belt-driven $40,000 Devon watch with Darth Vader, TIE fighter and other Star Wars elements courtesy of designer George Lucas. For hands-and-feet amusement, Dickson also snagged a McLaren 650S coupe and ordered two even hotter 675LT Spyders. One is for lapping Oliver’s Area 27 racetrack he co-founded, the other for “around town.”

MONKEY BUSINESS: Pioneering video artist and Governor General’s Award recipient Paul Wong has influenced, inspired and entertained thousands with his work. Also, with the curated exhibitions, happenings and especially parties at the former Video In/ VIVO Media Arts Centre he co-founded in 1993. Friend Rick Erickson sold its Main Street building last year. Even so, globally feted Wong’s recent Year of The Monkey celebration filled the lower floor with artists and others — including Vancouver Next Drag Superstar hopeful Dynasty — for whom yet another event can’t come too soon.

DOWN PARRYSCOPE: Will $193 medical examinations be mandatory for those older drivers who acquire newfangled self-driving cars?

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Recruited from across the Lower Mainland, ShowStoppers troupe members perform 30 times yearly, including at the recent Ovation awards for musical-theatre productions.
 

Recruited from across the Lower Mainland, ShowStoppers troupe members perform 30 times yearly, including at the recent Ovation awards for musical-theatre productions.

Photograph by: Malcolm Parry

 
Recruited from across the Lower Mainland, ShowStoppers troupe members perform 30 times yearly, including at the recent Ovation awards for musical-theatre productions.
Honorary chair Sing Lim Yeo and co-chair Heather Pei Huang saw the Feast of Fortune gala benefit Mount Saint Joseph Hospital.
Mount Saint Joseph Hospital gala co-chair Margaret Chiu approved motorcycle-training firm’s efforts to keep riders out of hospital.
A huge George Lucas-designed watch may help Robbie Dickson time laps in two Spyder versions of this McLaren coupe he has on order.
Mira Lin and Magdalena Dias flanked choreographer Andrea Monteiro at a Carnaval concert she staged for the Brazilian community.
Jani Markic, Myriam Callot and Ren Zenker became Cariocas at a samba-dancing tribute to Brazil’s Carnaval festivities.
Drag contestant Dynasty joined party host Paul Wong in a room to which the video artist imparted frat-house ambience.
Pop-up wedding shop organizer Patty Nayel attired hair-and-makeup participant Jenny Ruth in a watercolour bridal gown.
Katie Purych and Sara Vickruck shared the Ovation lead female award for their roles in the musicals Dogfight and Love Bomb.
Recruited from across the Lower Mainland, ShowStoppers troupe members perform 30 times yearly, including at the recent Ovation awards for musical-theatre productions.
 
 
 
 
 
 
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