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Today we got a FABULOUS idea for a date night from the lovely Miss Emily. She wrote (I hope it is okay that I am plagiarizing you Miss Emily, but it is how I got through university)….
I recently went on a double date to bingo at celebrities. It is run by a couple of drag queens every Wednesday night at 8:30. They recommend a $10 donation per player.. and highballs are on special. All the money goes to Vancouver Friends for Life Society which is a non-profit wellness centre in the west-end for people with terminally ill diseases… Anyways we all left there with our abs hurting from laughing so much.. the MC is hilarious.. Anyways I recommend checking it out if you would like to try something different.
This totally sounds like my kind of night! I am a big fan of both bingo, drag queens and supporting a great cause. Thanks Emily!!
Check it out….here’s the link:
If you like smart comedy, literature and something different, we have a great cheap date idea for you. It is not so much one event that you need to find but a comedienne/ producer in town by the name of Sara Bynoe. Sara runs a few monthly events around town and they all make for great date nights.
We recently attended Say Wha?! a monthly reading of BAD writings done by local comics at the Cottage Bistro on Main Street. It is hilarious…and smart….and fun. The show and the intimate setting of the bistro reminded me of something that you would expect to see in the underground clubs of New York or San Francisco, but it’s here!!! WhooHoo! As a date, it is a great chill night of drinking cold beers, eating snacks and watching really talented performers reading (and commenting on) some absolutely horrific writing. (Note: The next one is May 18th at 8pm) So, put that BA in English Literature to use and go check it out!
If you missed (or enjoyed) Say Wha?!, Sara runs another night as well called the Teen Angst Poetry Night where guests read excerpts from their teenage lives. (You know…. we all have those teen love letters and diaries somewhere…pull them out and let’s hear them!).
And, if you need a cheap date idea for the girls, why not go to another fun Sara event, called Dance, Dance, Party, Party. This is a girls only free form dance held every Thursday night at the Mount Pleasant Community Centre. There is no teacher. No judgement. Just great tunes and a “You can do what you want Girlfriend because we will support you” attitude. Drop in is only $7.
Here are some contact links for Sara so you can check out her work:
Okay, love it or hate it, February 14th is fast approaching in the city of Vancouver. Pete and I haven’t figured out our plans yet, but we have compiled this list of options so far. Over the next couple of days, I’ll keep adding to the list. If you have some good cheap date ideas for V-day, post a comment. Let’s spread the love.
Vancouver Date Night Looking for Cheap Dates for Valentine’s Day
Idea #1: Sweet Heart Serenade at the Rio Theatre
I love how this sounds. “A unique Valentine’s night event for sweet hearts of all ages! Acoustic performances by Said The Whale and Jasper Sloan Yip, followed by a special screening of The Princess Bride.” How fun is that? I do like the Princess Bride. A definite option.
Idea #2: Tenor Nights at Ciao Bella Restaurant and Piano Bar
If you love opera, then mark these dates on your calendar Feb 12, 13, and 14 For only $59 (which includes dinner) Tony Caruso (vocals) and Glen Stevenson (piano) give you a show that is easily worth $200. Tony’s voice is so pure that you will get shivers. The two gig regularly at Ciao Bella so make it a plan to see them before fame knocks.
Its sister restaurant Le Bistro de Paris is also having a 5 course dinner menu for $69. Le Bistro de Paris
Idea #3: St. Valentine’s Day Massacre at the Vancouver TheatreSports League
VTSL has it annual Massacre Tournament with cut throat improv competition by teams from Atlanta, Calgary, Orlando, Bellingham and Seattle. It’s going to be bloody funny. Shows Feb 11, 12, 13 and 14th.
Idea #4: Vancouver Aquarium Valentine’s Sleepover
Okay, this one isn’t cheap but it sounds cool. When else do you get a chance to sleep with the fishes…unless you are in trouble with the mob. On Feb 12th. Need to Register ahead, $121 ($110 members)
Idea #5: Art of Loving teaches a Creative Kissing class on Feb 14th.
It is always good to learn new skills.
Idea #6: Contact Partner Yoga and Thai Massage
Okay, this is super awesome. Each 2 hour yoga workshop includes a half hour of Thai Massage (which couples do on each other) Only $40/couple. They have date night classes happening regularly throughout town and classes on Feb 11 and 12.
Idea #7: CIBC Lunarfest and snacking.
We are big fans of just roaming around the city, eating street food and one cool idea is to wander CIBC Lunarfest (until Feb 13th). Open daily between 4pm-11pm at the Vancouver Art Gallery Plaza
Okay…that is the list so far….any more ideas?
We have been to improv. We have been to burlesque. So it seemed only fitting that when we got an invitation to an improv meets burlesque show, we would have to check it out. Show Us Your Wits is a fabulously fun time. The improv comedy company The Fictionals have crafted a really frisky show. The troupe do some fast and funny (and slightly blue) improv to start and then do a longer form set in the second half. How does burlesque fit in to the mix? Well, there are burlesque stars as guests and they play along in the scenes too and do some of their own routines throughout the show as well. Being on Commercial Drive, you can see that the show has developed a nice following – the audience is very supportive and enjoy playing along.
The show runs the last Tuesday of every month at the vegetarian eatery the Café deux Soleils on Commercial Drive (Yes, they have beer. Yes, it is served in a mason jar). The house was packed so go early to get a seat. The doors open at 8pm and the show starts at 9pm. The cost to see the show is only $5.
We were super excited to open the arts section of the Vancouver Sun today to see a whole list of cheap date ideas! The more cheap dates the better! Some of these we have tried and some are on the To Try list.
In case you missed the article and want to add it to your cheap date repertoire, here is the link. Enjoy!
Click to view: A week of cultural adventure on a shoestring.
Okay….we feel a bit redundant about suggesting the Improv Musical as a date night simply because we already gave you the idea to see the
Vancouver TheatreSports League in an earlier post. But, the Improv Musical is such a different show within the VTSL schedule, we feel it deserves a post of its own.
The Improv Musical is well named – it is a completely improvised musical comedy. Each show is based upon one suggestion that a cast member gets from the audience. After that, everything is made up – the score, the songs, the characters and the story. It is so mind blowing that they are improvising the whole thing but they are! The ensemble cast rotates with each show but the talent within the group is fabulous. Some of the songs will make you tingle; others are so catchy, they will stay in your brain on the ride home!
So, if you like music, musicals, improv and fun times, this is a great show to see on a date night. Currently, it plays at 7:30pm every Wednesday night at the Improv Centre. Its running time is one hour and you can grab a drink at the VTSL bar either before or after the show. Check the VTSL website for further details.
Like tassels? Well, we have a good date night idea for you – Kitty Nights Burlesque. On Sunday nights at the Biltmore Cabaret, you can see some
classy burlesque tease. Pete and I had never been to a burlesque show before and thought it would be cool to see some twirling tassels (how do they do that? Or more importantly, how do those tassles stay on?). The entrance fee is $5 and it is general seating unless you pre-pay for a reserved seat. Reservations can be made for groups of 4 or more at an extra cost of $10 per person. ($40 per table of four). The Biltmore is a cool room. It is hip-dingy and it still retains its vintage charm. Pete and I arrived a bit too late (at 8:40pm for a 9pm show) to find a seat so we grabbed a beer at the bar and just hung around people watching. The crowd is eclectic, hip and young but it was a good vibe. The show started quite late (not sure if that is the norm) so we could only watch a few acts before having to go and meet up with some friends. The girls are gorgeous and the routines are smart classy. It is sexy night out and the only recommendation I would have is to grab a couple of friends and splurge for a reserved table or to go early to grab a seat. You want a good vantage point to relax, to drink beer and to watch the show.
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Pete and I saw Gutenberg! The Musical! last year at the Fringe and it is super insane and wacky. We plan on seeing it again in the next couple of days but thought we should bring it to your attention now before the run ends.
The musical is actually a two-man low-budget pitch session trying to sell you – the audience – their historical fiction account of the life of Johannes Gutenberg (the man who invented the movable type press and printed one of the first Bibles.) There is not a lot of historical accuracy in the play but there are a lot of hats, references to dead babies and great comic bits.
Gutenberg! The Musical! is playing in North Vancouver at Presentation House from now to October 9. Tickets are $24 to $28.
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Pete and I love to laugh and find that the most consistent comedy bang for your buck is at the Vancouver TheatreSports League. Having just moved into their beautiful new home at The Improv Centre on Granville Island, it is a fun place to have a date.
Yesterday, we went to the Friday 10pm Vancouver TheatreSports League show and it was hilarious. For those of you who have not been to VTSL (or not been for a while), they do improv comedy, which means the performers have no script. They rely upon suggestions from the audience to give them an idea and they must build a scene around it. We go a lot and always find the shows fun and entertaining. As a warning, the later the show, the looser the players get. If you are more conservative, you may want to stick with the earlier shows.
This was another relatively cheap date night as the cost for two tickets totalled $40. We each had one drink and that was about $15….so a super fun night for under $60.
If you want to expand your date night, the location gives you tons of options. Now that they are fully licenced, VTSL has a cool bar area where you can sip a drink and look out over the yachts anchored in False Creek either before or after the show. Prior to that you can grab a snack or dinner at any of the great restaurants on Granville Island like Sandbar, Bridges, Cats Social House etc. After the show, you can wander the boardwalk around the outer edge of the Island and look at the incredible views.
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