This week in (gay) Vancouver: boarding schools, craft beer and Broadway musicals

This week in (gay) Vancouver we’re all about hard-hitting theatre, craft beers and watching musicals under the stars.

Ensemble Theatre Company returns to the Jericho Arts Centre for another season of thought-provoking and challenging plays that you won’t normally see during the summer months. Now in its third year, this year’s line up includes Lillian Hellman’s The Children’s Hour (until Aug 8). Written in 1934, it remains surprisingly relevant in today’s world of gossip and bullying, as it tells the story of a vindictive student who accuses two of her private boarding school teachers of being lesbians.

Ensemble Theatre presents The Children's Hour

Ensemble Theatre presents The Children’s Hour. Photo by Thorsten Gohl.

With Vancouver’s love for its micro-brews, we knew it was only a matter of time before we someone came up with the brilliant idea of a craft beer tasting for the LGBTQ community. The special Pride edition of Queers & Beers (Jul 19) partners with Genderfest, East Van’s alternative Pride organization, for an afternoon of tasting craft beers.

Queers & Beers

Queers & Beers

The summer tradition in Stanley Park’s Malkin Bowl returns as Theatre Under the Stars (until Aug 22) presents two Broadway musicals at the open air Malkin Bowl. In addition to Oliver!, the story of the young orphan caught up in a grand adventure through the underbelly of Victorian London, this 75th season also includes Hairspray, the effervescent musical originally based on John Water’s 1998 movie starring Ricki Lake and Divine.

Theatre Under the Stars presents Oliver! and Hairspray at Malkin Bowl this year

Theatre Under the Stars presents Oliver! and Hairspray at Malkin Bowl this year. Photos by Tim Matheson.

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