Monday, 28 January 2013
Sunday, 27 January 2013
It was a small cast but there are lots of characters, achieved with very clever use of masks - and one or two odd accents. Similarly one small set but very clever lighting that was most satisfactory when DJ is dragged off to hell at the end. No that isn't really a spoiler because we are all familiar with the story, which also got got turned into the opera Don Giovanni. As Director/Adapter John Wright notes he has "borrowed freely from all that came before us and interwoven the ancient with the modern". It would be a spoiler if I told about how that happens - and the audience lets you know by its appreciation of familiar material in unfamiliar places. Peter Jorgensen (Don Juan) and Simon Webb (Sganarelle) are the only cast members who have one character throughout - and Sganarelle gets more stage time and a lot more business than the eponymous lead - and steals the show. His performance alone is worth the (full) price of admission. But there is one scene, when the Don actually seduces two women, back to back, at the same time which is not only hilarious but utterly convincing.
I think that if you have read this far, you would do well to book now, on line, at the link above. More about the Blackbird Theatre Co.
Tuesday, 8 January 2013
Located at Arbutus Village (4255 Arbutus St) a strip mall opposite the Arbutus Club.
This is a small establishment mostly catering to the take out market - and even if you eat there, serves its food on styrofoam. It is the sort of place where you order at the counter, get your own tea (which you could refill if you so desired) from an urn into a styrofoam beaker and pay before you see the food.
The menu is stuck to the counter and there are no translations. I ordered my nigiri by the piece and this came to $16.50 before tax. Most sushi places in this part of town would charge about the same, and there are quite a few along both Arbutus and 41st. In even the smallest "hole in the wall" cafes, they would serve onto real plates - or bento boxes. There would be cheaper sushi too - but not this sort of selection. Sushi specials tend to be rolls, and cheaper kinds of fish. For instance, most California rolls will use imitation crab even though we have plenty of crab in our local waters.
That being said, I think the quality of the fish is excellent and you can judge the presentation for yourself. Given the ambience I doubt I would travel very far to go here. They are opening another outlet on Robson, which might be worth checking out
For the last ten years CDI coverage was cheaper than the competition. That is no longer the case. Not only does another private insurer offer a lower premium, so does ICBC! This seemed so unlikely, based on ten years experience, that I called CDI to see if there was a mistake, or if they wanted to make me a better offer. The answer was no and no.
I am not going to reveal my claim record or the quotes I got since your mileage will vary, but I do think that is worth doing your due diligence. You will probably save yourself some money if you get more than one quote for your optional insurance, and it need not take you out of your way or cost you anything to find out.
By the way, when I changed my address from a townhouse in Richmond to a condo in Vancouver, my private insurance premium increased. I thought this a bit odd since at the townhouse it was simply in an open lot, with a roof. Like a common car port for residents, it offered little protection. At the condo it is an underground garage - with locked doors, and a car entrance requiring a programmed remote. So I would have thought better protected against theft or vandalism. Well, I was wrong about that too. One of my neighbours - who has a Mercedes - found the driver's window of her car smashed and the contents rifled. And apparently that is not the first time such a thing has happened here.