This week in (gay) Vancouver: a red ribbon, a twisted fairytale and some holiday showtunes

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James Long, Dawn Petten, Allan Zinyk, & Nora Pontin in Cinderella: An East Van Panto. Photo by Tim Matheson.

This week in (gay) Vancouver includes a red ribbon, a twisted fairytale and some holiday showtunes.

World AIDS Day (Dec 1) is marked by a number of events in Vancouver.  AIDS Vancouver hosts an Open House to celebrate their accomplishments as well as collecting items for their annual Holiday Grocery Program. YouthCo commemorates the day with World AIDS Day: A Youthy Affair by creating art that speaks to the youth HIV movement today,inspired by the iconic posters and artwork of AIDS activism in the 80’s and 90’s. And AIDS Vancouver, Positive Living BC and Vancouver Native Health come together for the 21st World AIDS Day at Carnegie Community Centre.

Theatre Replacement’s An East Van Panto is back and this time they are taking on the scullery maid with the glass slipper.  Amiel Gladstone, Veda Hille, and Charles Demers return to the York Theatre with a way beyond Disney retelling of the sweet little Cinderella (Dec 3-28) story. What’s a panto you say? Short for pantomime, it takes familiar fairy tales and injects music, contemporary references, and audience participation to create raucous, noisy entertainment that’s fun for the entire family. (Photo above: James Long, Dawn Petten, Allan Zinyk, & Nora Pontin in Cinderella: An East Van Panto. Photo by Tim Matheson).

Showtunes are back at 1181 (Dec 5) and it will probably come as no surprise that this edition is all about the season.  Whether you’re the Grinch or Santa, you’re invited to come out for this winter holiday celebration to help get you in the mood.

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