This week in (gay) Vancouver: Sal Capone, Cor Flamme, Spamalot and Espresso

A fundraiser for the queer community’s newest chorus a hip-hop story based on a tragic shooting, plus a couple of appearances of god on Vancouver stages make for another exciting week in (gay) Vancouver.

Vancouver’s new chorus of classically trained queer singers, Cor Flammae, is holding a fundraiser.  Dandy Operandi (May 24) begins with a very fancy classical salon, featuring performances by some of its singers followed by a karaoke party for all, plus a photo booth, a raffle and silent auction. Money raised will be used to help cover the  start-up costs of creating this classical music ensemble. Cor Flamme photo above by belle ancell photography.

The Lamentable Tragedy of Sal Capone (May 22-31) is a raw and edgy theatre piece that uses the elements of hip hop to tell a powerful story. Inspired by the loss of Fredy Villanueva, an unarmed youth shot by police five years ago in Montreal, Sal Capone is a dynamic work with a strong socio-political message. Using elements of hip hop, spoken word, experimental sound & video, the play examines class struggles, racism, homophobia, and the legitimized fear/distrust of authority as only a few of the factors responsible for the nihilistic world view festering in neighbourhoods across North America.

God makes his first appearance on a Vancouver stage as The Arts Club Theatre Company presents the ridiculously silly Monty Python’s Spamalot (until June 29). Loosely based – or ‘lovingly ripped off’ as the advertising declares – on the 1975 motion picture Monty Python and The Holy Grail, this musical parody tells a similar story of King Arthur and his Knights sent on a holy quest to find the Holy Grail, a quest that gets easily side-tracked by all manner of Python silliness.  “This summer’s guilty pleasure, make it your quest to see what all the silliness is about” (Mark Robins, Vancouver Presents).

The second appearance of god takes place just around the corner from the first as Pacific Theatre closes out its 30th anniversary season with a production of Lucia Frangione’s Espresso Telling the story an Italian family coping with the life-threatening accident of their patriarch, the play digs deeper into a bold exploration of our relationship with god. “… challenging, surprisingly honest, and sometimes oh so very sexy” (Mark Robins, Vancouver Presents)

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