VOCALEYE NEWSLETTER – OCTOBER 2016

IN THIS ISSUE:
1) Happy Thanskgiving!
2) Described Performances in October:
3) Baskerville: A Sherlock Holmes Mystery at the Arts Club Stanley
4) The Ghost Train in Stanley Park
5) The Last Wife at the Belfry in Victoria
6) The Flick at the Arts Club Granville Island
7) To See or Not to See in Kelowna
8) Theatre Buddies

9) Coming Up:
10) Tales from the Blind Side 4 x 4
11) VocalEye’s Annual AGM
12) Bakersfield Mist
13) I Think I’m Fallin’

14) Support
15) Reminders

** 1) HAPPY THANKSGIVING!
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Whoa, September zipped by faster than a speeding bullet!

Big thanks to everyone who attended our first Low Vision Friendly Fringe Festival! The show we described, Carry On: A Musical, was one of 6 shows selected as “Pick of the Fringe”. Hard to believe a show set in baggage claim could be so funny. Two other LVF shows were chosen: And Bella Sang with Us; and Sink or Swim. Our Kick Ass reviewer, Deb Fong attended a whopping 14 shows and you can read her reviews here (http://www.vocaleye.ca/kickass-reviews/) .

In between Fringe shows, I managed to attend a stimulating panel discussion titled “It Isn’t Easy to Read When You’re Blind” hosted by Historic Joy Kogawa House and moderated by writer-in-residence, Shaughnessy Bishop-Stall. The panel featured friends and colleagues Shawn Marsolais and Jacqui Bishop and I was delighted to meet author Ryan Knighton, who confessed a special fondness for the original JAWS voice. Listen to his latest adventures as a blind travel writer in this video (http://bit.ly/2dxnBrh) .

Some exciting news to share: it looks like the documentary film proposal for “fingerworks for fireworks” is going ahead! Congratulations to filmmaker, Sarah Race. We all look forward to working with you next year. (https://www.barbarianpressmovie.com)

We’ve also added a new show to our season: CREEPS, a dark comedy with a mixed-abilities cast, on Sunday, December 4 at 2 pm for Realwheels at the Cultch. Stay tuned for more details. (http://bit.ly/2cI1byE)

And hold on to your hair, we hit the ground running this month with 5 described performances all over the province!

October will barely be over when it’s time for our favourite event of the year, our annual storytelling fundraiser, TALES FROM THE BLIND SIDE on Saturday, November 5 at Moose’s Down Under. Tickets are on sale now at the same low price of $25 (and we’ve already sold 36!). We’ve got a fabulous lineup of storytellers, awesome prizes and a few surprises in store. Don’t miss it! (http://www.vocaleye.ca/shows/tales-blind-side-4-x-4/)

Enjoy your turkey/tofurkey, tricks and treats!

Steph

** 2) DESCRIBED PERFORMANCES IN OCTOBER…
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** 3) BASKERVILLE: A SHERLOCK HOLMES MYSTERY
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BASKERVILLE: A SHERLOCK HOLMES MYSTERY is a zany whodunit based on the famous characters created by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. Described by Ingrid Turk on Sunday October 2, 2016 at 2 pm at the Arts Club Stanley, 2750 Granville Street, Vancouver. Tickets are $29 for VocalEye users, while they last. Please call the Box Office to purchase at 604-687-1644. (http://www.vocaleye.ca/shows/baskerville-sherlock-holmes-mystery/)

“Alex Zahara plays Holmes, not as the sexy but haunted young hero of the Benedict Cumberbatch variety, but as the classic egotistical genius with a flair for the dramatic who is so certain of himself that he throws a tantrum when he trips on the tiniest detail. As a counterpoint, Mark Weatherley is appropriately stiff-backed and starry-eyed as Dr. Watson. Lauren Bowler, Kirk Smith and Mike Wasko round out the rest of the cast, playing a wide range of characters, sometimes in the same scene. This is a play that asks a lot of its cast, and a few of the best moments arise out of the three’s attempts to switch costumes, makeup and characters in a matter of seconds.” –Vancouver Sun (http://bit.ly/2cxfJB2)

“Baskerville boasts great looks and strong performances” –The Georgia Straight (http://bit.ly/2deZ4qn)

“Celebrate The Arts Club’s 53rd year by enjoying this great production. You’ll love it, too.” –Review Vancouver (http://bit.ly/2drlS7t)

If you miss this fun show at the Stanley, or want to see it again, VocalEye will describe it On Tour in Surrey and West Vancouver on the following dates:

Saturday October 22, 2016 at 4 pm at the Surrey Arts Centre, 13750 88 Avenue, Surrey. Tickets are $25 for VocalEye users, while they last. Please call the Box Office to purchase at 604-501-5566.

Wednesday November 2, 2016 at 7:30 pm at the Kay Meek Centre, 1700 Mathers Avenue, West Vancouver. We hope you can join us for our first described performance at the Kay Meek Centre. Tickets are $29 for VocalEye users. Please call 604-981-6335 to purchase.

Visit the VocalEye website for more details, updates and support materials. (http://www.vocaleye.ca/shows/)

** 4) THE GHOST TRAIN IN STANLEY PARK
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THE GHOST TRAIN in Stanley Park is a Vancouver Halloween tradition and spooky fun for the whole family. Anika and Ingrid will describe the Ghost Train rides on Oct 14, 15 and 16 from 5:30 pm until 8 pm on the Pipeline Road in Stanley Park near the Bus Loop. Regular ticket prices range from $7 for children to $11 for adults. VocalEye users will receive a $3 discount with the promo code below.

Purchase your Ghost Train tickets online (http://ticketleader.ca/events/stanley-park-ghost-train-2016)

* Select “Buy Tickets”
* Enter the Promo Code: 66nhkn43
* Select date & train time (described train rides from 5:30 to 8 pm on Oct 14, 15 and 16 only)
* Follow instructions to complete the sale

You can also call customer service for assistance, 604-252-3700.

There are a limited number of tickets available and some rides may sell out. The discount code is for VocalEye members and guests only.

This year’s theme is DAY OF THE DEAD, a time to remember our loved ones and to celebrate the festival of life. You’ll be serenaded by a mariachi band of cockroaches, ride the train through the tunnel of flames with the Aztec Lord and Lady of Death, and picnic in a gorgeous graveyard where friendly souls return to dance with a twelve foot skeleton.

Other fun Halloween activities and displays on the Ghost Train site include the Haunted Maze, Creatures of the Night and the Spooky Barn (admission to the Spooky Barn is $2, other activities are free). Face painting is available for as little as $3 for little cheeks. Hot buttered popcorn, caramel apples, hot chocolate and other tasty snacks are on sale at the concession stands.

Pick up your VocalEye equipment at the picnic table near the accessible/wheelchair entrance to the train. VocalEye users will receive priority boarding. The Ghost Train is wheelchair accessible.

Free parking is available on site or take the #19 bus to the Stanley Park bus loop. The Ghost Train entrance is near the bus loop and parking lot. (http://www.vocaleye.ca/shows/ghost-train-stanley-park/)

** 5) IN VICTORIA: THE LAST WIFE
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THE LAST WIFE, a modern look at Henry the Eighth and his final marriage. Described by Rick Waines on Sunday October 16, 2016 at 2 pm at the Belfry Theatre, 1291 Gladstone Avenue in Victoria. This performance will be followed by a Touch Tour. Tickets are $24.68 for VocalEye users plus a 25% discount for a companion. A limited number of tickets are being held for VocalEye users. Please call 250-385-6815 to purchase.

This contemporary re-imagining of the compelling relationship between King Henry the Eighth and his last wife, Katherine Parr, is a witty and powerful examination of sexual politics and women’s rights. It’s a dangerous game of chess, with Henry’s offspring, Mary, Elizabeth, and Edward as pawns.

“The Last Wife is an audacious, clever play. Hennig’s drama with comic touches catapults Catherine (dubbed Kate), Elizabeth (dubbed Bess), Mary and Henry into a modern setting. So don’t go expecting a traditional period entertainment with Tudor costumes à la A Man for All Seasons. Kate (Celine Stubel) is portrayed as a take-no-guff proto-feminist so brilliant and politically astute, Henry seems like a dancing bear by comparison. She’s the full deal: a sexy, feisty woman in cocktail dresses who juggles a lover on the side.” –Times Colonist (http://bit.ly/2cZrNMp)

Visit the VocalEye website for more details, updates and support materials. (http://www.vocaleye.ca/shows/the-last-wife/)

** 6) THE FLICK
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THE FLICK is a Pulitzer prize-winner about 3 underpaid ushers who try to save their beloved movie theatre. Described by Steph Kirkland on Tuesday October 18, 2016 at 7:30 pm at the Arts Club Granville Island, 1585 Johnston Street, Vancouver. Tickets are $29 for VocalEye users, while they last. This performance will be followed by a Talk Back with the cast. Please call the Box Office to purchase at 604-687-1644.

Set in a run-down movie theatre, this Pulitzer Prize–winning comic drama follows three underpaid ushers who’ll do anything to keep the beloved and endangered local landmark running. As they share their hidden hopes for the future, an intimacy forms among these outsiders who at first glance have only one thing in common. Sharp-witted and insightful, The Flick is a sideways look into the lives of young people navigating their place in the world.

In The Guardian, Michael Billington said this play “magically exposes the souls of lonely people” and Charles Isherwood of The New York Times called this slow, subtle, Pulitzer winner “a work of art so strange and fresh that it definitely freaks people out”. Adventurers should enjoy this Arts Club offering. (from The Georgia Straight Critics’ Pick of the Season (http://bit.ly/2duXuOo) )

This production is directed by one of our favourite directors, Dean Paul Gibson (It’s a Wonderful Life, The 39 Steps, Spamalot).

Visit the VocalEye website for more details, updates and support materials. (http://www.vocaleye.ca/shows/the-flick/)

** 7) IN KELOWNA: TO SEE OR NOT TO SEE
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TO SEE OR NOT TO SEE, a vision quest. Described by Rick Waines on Saturday October 22, 2016 at 2 pm at the Rotary Centre for the Arts (Mary Irwin Theatre), 421 Cawston Avenue, Kelowna. This performance will be followed by a Q and A with community leaders. Tickets are $25. Please call the Box Office to purchase, 250-717-5304.

VocalEye is thrilled to provide live description of this world premiere by a Canadian playwright with vision loss, Ruth Bieber.

Employing the circular motif of a shamanic quest as frame, Bieber’s first play is full of insight about what it’s like to have a vision disability as a child, a woman, a mother and a professional – and about the more hidden disabilities of those around her. One woman’s compelling and revealing experience of shadow and light.

Visit the VocalEye website for more details, updates and support materials. (http://www.vocaleye.ca/shows/see-not-see/)

** 8) THEATRE BUDDIES
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Theatre Buddies are available to guide VocalEye Members 18 years of age and over from a designated meet up location to and from selected theatres in the lower mainland. Reserve your Theatre Buddy by calling 604-364-5949 or send us an email (mailto:buddies@vocaleye.ca?subject=Theatre%20Buddy%20reservation) In Victoria, please contact Linda Bartram at 250-595-5888. (48 hours notice is required)

** 9) COMING UP IN NOVEMBER…
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** 10) TALES FROM THE BLIND SIDE 4 X 4
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Don’t miss VocalEye’s 4th annual storytelling fundraiser, TALES FROM THE BLIND SIDE, Saturday, November 5, 2016 at Moose’s Down Under Bar and Grill, 830 West Pender Street, downstairs. Doors open at 6 pm. (http://www.vocaleye.ca/shows/tales-blind-side-4-x-4/)

Join us for an evening of true tales told by members of the blind and low vision community!

Storytellers: Albert Heide, Laura Mackenrot, Betty Nobel and Collin van Uchelen

Host: Becky Armstrong
Storytelling Mentor: Rick Waines
Event Organizers: Amy Amantea and Linda Weber

Tickets are $25 and are on sale now!

Buy Online (https://www.paypal.com/cgi-bin/webscr?cmd=_s-xclick&hosted_button_id=XFVKFWGGFP92A)

or call 604-364-5949

Admission includes a tasty assortment of hot and cold appetizers.

Amy and Linda are working their prize wrangling magic again this year to gather some spectacular prizes and gift baskets for this event. Live auction items will include a fabulous Apple TV package (donated by Descriptive Video Works); A Chocolate Fantasy Adventure (donated by Pat Duffy); and a pair of Vancouver Canucks hockey tickets to the November 15 game against the NY Rangers (donated by Kathy Ducey). Huge thanks to all our generous event donors!

Wheelchair accessible. Guided assistance is available from the Burrard SkyTrain. Please call 604-364-5949 to arrange.

All proceeds go toward VocalEye programs that provide people with vision loss greater access to arts and culture.

** 11) VOCALEYE’S ANNUAL AGM
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You are invited to attend the 4th Annual General Meeting of the CCB Vancouver VocalEye Chapter Society

Date: Wednesday, November 16, 2016
Time: 5:30 pm

Location: Cathedral Place, 925 West Georgia Street, Vancouver

Light snacks and refreshments will be served

The meet up location for those who would like assistance is the Burrard SkyTrain Station, street level, at 5:15 pm

Please RSVP your attendance and arrange a guide, if needed, with Linda Weber: lmweber@shaw.ca (mailto:lmweber@shaw.ca?subject=VocalEye%20AGM%20RSVP)

A separate notice will also be emailed to all VocalEye members. Thank you for your ongoing support.

** 12) BAKERSFIELD MIST
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A comedy that questions what’s real and what’s fake in art and in life. Based on a true story, starring Nicola Cavendish. Described by Anika Vervecken on Sunday November 13, 2016 at 2 pm at the Arts Club Stanley, 2750 Granville Street, Vancouver. Tickets are $29 for VocalEye users while they last. Please call 604-687-1644 to purchase. (http://www.vocaleye.ca/shows/bakersfield-mist/)

** 13) I THINK I’M FALLIN’
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The songs of Joni Mitchell. Described by Rick Waines on Sunday November 27, 2016 at 2 pm at the Belfry Theatre, 1291 Gladstone Avenue, Victoria. Please call 250-385-6815 to purchase tickets. This performance will be followed by a Touch Tour. (http://www.vocaleye.ca/shows/think-im-fallin/)

** 14) SUPPORT…
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VocalEye describes more than 30 arts and cultural events each year for people who are blind and partially sighted. None of this would be possible without the generous contributions of our funders and supporters.

We gratefully acknowledge the Canada Council for the Arts, the BC Arts Council, the Province of British Columbia, the City of Vancouver, Metro Vancouver, our Community Donors and Individual Donors for their critical financial and in-kind support. Tax receipts are issued for amounts of $25 or more and all donors will be listed on our website. Be among the first to donate this season! We thank you for helping us provide people with vision loss greater access to live performance, arts and culture!

DONATE NOW (https://www.paypal.com/cgi-bin/webscr?cmd=_s-xclick&hosted_button_id=W6ZXMTEJ9MSGC)

** 15) REMINDERS…
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* VocalEye’s complete season of described performances can be found on our website (http://vocaleye.ca/shows/)
* Tickets and description equipment must be reserved by calling the theatre, unless instructed otherwise.
* Be sure to mention VocalEye to receive any discounts offered and please indicate whether you have partial vision, a guide dog or other seating preferences. Seating options may be limited.
* We recommend arriving early to pick up your equipment so you can be seated in time for a sound check and to listen to our pre-show introduction that includes brief descriptions of the set, characters and costumes. These begin 10 minutes before curtain.
* Our handheld receivers come with a single earpiece that can be worn on the left or right ear, or you can use your own earbuds or headphones. The audio signal is mono, so it will come through on only one side.
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