This week in (gay) Vancouver: a new queen, some cannibals and rhythmic beats

A new Empress is crowned, Trey Parker offends and Out In Harmony feels the beat in this week’s (gay) Vancouver picks.

From the twisted mind of Trey Parker, creator of South Park and The Book of Mormon comes Cannibal! The Musical! (Jun 13 & 14). this all-singing, all-dancing, all-flesh-eating toe-tapper is hilarious, raunchy and slightly offensive … but we expected nothing less from the dude that gave us Mr Hanky the Christmas Poo and Spooky Mormon Hell Dream.

We were originally all over this one just because of its name, but then we discovered that the composer really was gay.  The Applause Musicals Society presents Gay’s The Word: In Concert (Jun 13-15).  Filled with camp, wit and a charming score, it tells the story of bankrupt opera producer Gay Daventry who opens a drama school at a country house filled with backstage comedy, disgruntled teachers, young romance and the hilarious shenanigans of two smugglers.

It’s time to crown a new queen!  Avaughna Sanoir will succeed the late ted northe as the Empress of Canada at the suitably titled Empress Ball (Jun 14).  The evening will also pay tribute to northe’s 50+ years of activism.

Drag queens not your thing? Out in Harmony celebrates rhythm with its concert Feel the Beat (Jun 14). The choir welcomes special guest, Dr. Timothy Van Cleave, who will bring his percussion skills to add to the rhythmic exploration.

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