18 Feb 2020

Our Bed Of Roses

Did you know that the rose is the Official Flower of Vancouver? It was so deemed in December 14, 1967. Other flowers had vied for our city crown: the dahlia, the sweet pea, the spring flowers of the BC-official dogwood tree. But, on that mid-December day, the rose prevailed. It will

16 Feb 2020

Boom, Bust, War + Edith Adams

If you visit the Museum of Vancouver’s 1930s-1940s: Boom, Bust, and War, you’ll see multiple references to Edith Adams and her Wartime Cookbooks. ‘Easter has Eggs and Eggs – and Each Means A Good Dish.’ Like Betty Crocker, Edith Adams didn’t exist. Ms. Adams – whose apostrophe seems to have

14 Feb 2020

Love @ The Met

Happy Valentine’s Day! Whether you’re celebrating loved ones, or gnashing your teeth about smug couples and surge price chocolates,  New York’s Metropolitan Museum has art to match. Here’s a sampling. Of Love Mars and Venus United by Love. Paolo Veronese. 1570s . The Power of Love in the Three Elements. 1809 . Young

11 Feb 2020

Sweet Art

Fear not. The week might have started with Oatmeal Day, but sugared hearts and molten lava cake are on the way. Meanwhile, some sweet artwork to ready your brain. . Osias Beert. Still-Life with Cherries and Strawberries in China Bowls. 1608 . Adriaen Coorte. Four Apricots on a Stone Plinth. 1698

09 Feb 2020

Janna Watson +

“Motivation helps on days when I am not inspired,” artist Janna Watson told us. “Commitment is what has brought me success.” On February 8th through 20th, Watson has a new exhibition at the Bau-Xi Gallery on South Granville: Dragging a Thought Over. ‘Janna Watson’s compelling abstract compositions use colour, line,

07 Feb 2020

Streamers @ MOV

‘It is in our blood to protect this land.’ 23  year old  Tsleil-Waututh Nation Artist, Ocean Hyland, offers this introduction for her Water and Blood streamer, now on display at the Museum of Vancouver. Hyland is one of seven Pacific Northwest indigenous artists featured in the MOV’s new exhibit: Acts of

04 Feb 2020

Jonathan Berkowitz

i. I do creative work because I love sharing my passion for patterns in words and numbers. ii. I am The Word Guy on CBC Radio 1’s North by Northwest, where I talk about our fascinating English language. As an active member of the National Puzzlers’ League, I create all

01 Feb 2020

Pucci to Gucci

Surely flight attendants dressed like this would offer better meal options than single-digit pretzels and honey-tinged nuts. These fabulous uniforms are the creation of Italian designer Emilio Pucci, who was born 1914 in Naples. Known particularly for his colourful prints, Pucci created six collections for Braniff Air staff in the mid

28 Jan 2020

The Golden Tree

As you make your way past the tangle of condos taking root at Cambie and Southwest Marine Drive, you’ll see it: a headless, hollow, golden tree. A 43 foot tall golden tree crafted from fiberglass and steel-reinforced resin. It is the result of 6,000 hours of work from renowned artist

26 Jan 2020

Books We Borrowed

What do a lollipop-loving caterpillar, a Goldfinch, a wimpy kid, and Michelle Obama have in common? All four of these protagonists sit atop the Vancouver Public Library’s latest ‘Most Borrowed’ lists. It is Eric Carle’s Very Hungry Caterpillar who wins the crown, with more than 10,000 checkouts over the past 16