This week in (gay) Vancouver

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Alyssa Edwards is special guest judge for the finale of Vancouver's Next Drag Superstar competition that gets underway this week.

This week in (gay) Vancouver features a $7 million info session, a quest for drag queen supremacy and a new musical that is created every night right before your very eyes.

QMUNITY hosts a public information session with details on the $7 million from the City of Vancouver that has been ear-marked for the development of a new purpose-built facility for the LGBTQ community. Find out where the money came from, the vision for the facility and next steps as part of a community engagement process. At Gordon Neighbourhood House on Thursday, Feb 6, 2014 from 6:30pm – 7:30pm.

QMUNITY’s Executive Director Dara Parker hosts a public information session on Feb 6, 2014 with details on the $7 million allocation from the City of Vancouver for a new purpose-built facility for the LGBTQ community.

QMUNITY’s Executive Director Dara Parker hosts a public information session with details on the $7 million allocation from the City of Vancouver for a new purpose-built facility for the LGBTQ community.

The search for Vancouver’s Next Drag Superstar continues on Thursday, February 6 at Celebrities.  Emceed by T and featuring music from DJs Del Stamp & Zach, the four week competition culminates with celebrity judge Alyssa Edwards from RuPaul’s Drag Race season five on February 20.

Alyssa Edwards is special guest judge for the finale of Vancouver's Next Drag Superstar competition that gets underway this week.

Alyssa Edwards is special guest judge for the finale of Vancouver’s Next Drag Superstar competition that gets underway this week.

Thunder Awesome and the Lightning Fantastic would have made our picks this week on name alone, but in this Instant Theatre Company production the group raises the improv stakes by a creating a new musical every night based on audience suggestions.  That the musicals will take place in dystopian worlds of Mad Max, Omega Man and Waterworld is just comic gravy.

East Vancouver's Instant Theatre Company creates a new musical every night based on audience suggestions in Thunder Awesome and the Lightning Fantastic.

East Vancouver’s Instant Theatre Company creates a new musical every night based on audience suggestions in Thunder Awesome and the Lightning Fantastic.

Here are a couple of other events we’re also excited about this week:

  • Gender Failure (Feb 7) – Writer and storyteller Ivan Coyote and musician and author Rae Spoon bring their show to the ‘burbs.  Through music and words, the duo explores how it feels when you don’t conform to gender stereotypes in a world that sees only male and female roles.
  • Masacre Improv Tournament & Festival (through Feb 15) – Vancouver TheatreSports League’s annual festival pits improv groups from around the world against each other with the audience deciding who advances. This year’s contestants include teams from Toronto, Austin, Portland, Slovenia and the returning champions from Edmonton.

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