This week in (gay) Vancouver: Out On Screen, Showtunes and Wicked

Queer cinema, show tunes and some Wicked witches are all highlights for what just may finally be the unofficial start to our summer here in Vancouver.

The Vancouver Out On Screen Film Society, the people that give us our yearly dose of queer cinema and run the Out In Schools program, is holding its Annual General Meeting (Jun 4).

Showtunes (Jun 6) returns to 1181.  Inspired by a similar uber popular event in Chicago (the city, not the musical), this is your opportunity to your musical theatre mettle as organizers play videos and clips from Broadway shows and the rest is up to you.  Grab a drink, relax and sing-along.  But remember, Showtunes is not karaoke.

The 10th annual City of Bhangra Festival is now underway (to June 7).  With more than 17 events and 300 performers, the Festival may feature the folk music and dance from the Punjab regions of India and Pakistan, but it attempts to bridge the cultural divide in Vancouver with an eye to cross-cultural collaborations.

Something Wicked (through Jun 9) this way comes as Elphaba and Glinda take to the Queen Elizabeth Theatre stage. Based on the best-selling 1995 novel by Gregory Maguire, Wicked is the untold story of the witches of Oz.  Find out why Zoe Grams says Wicked is “an absorbing evening“.  Broadway prices got you down? You can also be part of the Wicked lottery for a limited number of $25 tickets for each performance.

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