Easter weekend invariably leads to more drinking. Here are a few inspired drink personalities to help you find your way. This week’s Expression in a Glass! Salut!
- Expressions In a Glass – Part 1 (Neworld Theatre, Fringe Festival, City Opera Vancouver, Pi Theatre, Playwrights Theatre Centre)
- Expressions in a Glass – Part 2 (Theatre Conspiracy, Alley Theatre, Carousel Theatre, Firehall Arts Centre, Pacific Theatre)
- Expressions In a Glass – Part 3 (Ballet BC, Geekenders, Electric Company Theatre, CircusWest Performing Arts, ITSAZOO Productions)
- Expressions in a Glass – Part 4 (Theatre Under The Stars, The Fictionals, BlueShore Centre, Boca Del Lupo, Relephant Theatre)
- Expressions in a Glass – Part 6 (Off-Key Improv, Theatre at UBC, Seven Tyrants Theatre, Upintheair Theatre / rEvolver Theatre Festival, Hardline Productions)
Vancouver’s arts community boasts some distinct characteristics and rich personalities. Sometimes, however, it can be hard to see past the advertising speak and press images. I challenged arts organizations of all types and sizes to come clean by asking them one fundamental question:
What drink best describes your company’s personality and body of work?
Image Source: West Coast Geeks vs Nerds
Who: West Coast Geeks versus Nerds
What: Blue Curacaco, Banana Liquer, Raspberry Sourpuss, dropped into a rock glass filled with your favourite flavour of Pop Rocks
Why: Like West Coast Geeks versus Nerds’ monthly shows, a lot of elements come together as two teams duke it out, it’s fun, it’s sassy, it’s explosive, and no matter the outcome, everyone wins. A bubbly and sweet drink that plays out like a love letter to your geekdoms. You can get this drink at EXP Restaurant + Bar!
Who: Arts Club Theatre Company
What: Guinness and Champagne
Why: The beer represents our roots as a local, boutique theatre created by artists on Seymour Street. The Seymour Stage sat atop a bar where artists gathered, and that legacy lives on with our two Granville Island theatres and the adjacent Backstage Lounge. Now finish the cocktail off with a splash of champagne as we celebrate our 50th anniversary. Champagne also represents the sparkle of our third stage, the historic Stanley Industrial Alliance Stage, and its iconic gold embellishments.
- Up Next: The Bomb-itty of Errors
Canadian Bloody Whiskey
Image Source: Cinematheque
Who: The Cinematheque
What: Canadian Whiskey, Worcestershire, ground peppercorn, Tabasco, salt, tomato juice, spritz of lemon, menacing bean
Why: In honour of our month-long retrospective dedicated to Canada’s reigning Baron of Blood, David Cronenberg, we offer up a Canuxploitation concoction that’ll blow your mind (Scanners-style).
Consensual Sex On The Beach
Image Source: Cloud Front
Who: shameless hussy productions
What: Vodka, chambord, cranberry juice, pineapple
Why: Because everything tastes better with consent! shameless hussy is a highball of a theatre company dedicated to satisfying a long tall thirst for provocative women’s stories. Drink us in – next thing you know you’re dismantling the patriarchy whilst dancing on the table.
Martini with Green Olives image via Shutterstock
Who: Bard on the Beach
What: Woodford reserve, maple syrup, lemon (Kentucky version)
Why: It’s classy and well established; rooted in the public conscience; sometimes it has a little twist and sometimes it’s a little bit dirty. Bard can be an acquired taste, but those who like it take to it with gusto. It’s world renown, and while there are many permutations, there’s only one original.
- Up Next: Summer season now on sale
Now venture out and make some new friends. Are you a Vancouver-based arts organization with a mix to share? Tweet me at @cecilialu and let me know what you’re drinking!
Feature image: Cocktails on bar image via Shutterstock