Posted: April 8th, 2012 | Author: Blackbox Squeezebeard | Filed under: Show announcements and recaps | Tags: Bonnie Nish, Christy Hill, Diane Tucker, double-header, feature, Fran Bourassa, Jewish Community Centre, Maureen Egan, open mic, Pamela Bentley, Pandora's Collective, Prophouse, Timothy Shay, Vancouver District Labour Council, VDLC Cabaret | No Comments »
North, south, east, west, we’re the jug band that’s the best… at tightly scheduling in the most performances into one evening.
Southwest, we start off playing to your corner at the Sidney & Gertrude Zack Gallery of the Jewish Community Centre (950 W. 41st), sounding off like a shofar for a half-hour at 7 pm to ring in the latest instalment of the Pandora’s Collective’s Word Whips, wherein local poets share works written in response to the photos of Judi Angel’s Cambodian journey in the exhibition up there TIKUN OLOM: HEALING THE WORLD.
AN EVENING OF MUSIC, ART & POETRY IN THE GALLERY
Tuesday, April 10th, 2012, 7-9 pm
Sidney & Gertrude Zack Gallery, JCC of Greater Vancouver, 950 West 41st Avenue
Free Admission, Everyone is welcome.
This event features THE CREAKING PLANKS as well as Pandora’s Collective poets inspired by the photographs in TIKUN OLOM: HEALING THE WORLD, a photography exhibit of ‘people and places’ in S. E. Asia. The photos were taken by JUDI ANGEL, while on a three month AJWS volunteer placement in Cambodia.
Co-hosts, BONNIE NISH and PAMELA BENTLEY, ROWAN LIPKOVITS and THE CREAKING PLANKS along with poets, FRAN BOURASSA, MAUREEN EGAN, TIMOTHY SHAY, CHRISTY HILL and DIANE TUCKER will dish up an inspiring & entertaining potpourri of sounds, rhythms, poetry and prose.
There will be time for the audience to participate by writing to the exhibit and reciting their poems during the ‘open mic’ portion of the evening. This event is presented by the Sidney & Gertrude Zack Gallery with Pandora’s Collective and the Isaac Waldman Jewish Public Library and made possible by the Yosef Wosk Poetry Initiative Grant. For more information, contact Reisa Schneider firstname.lastname@example.org or 604 638 7277
Then we’re off to the northeast — into the Prophouse (1636 Venables at Commercial Drive) to take our belated spin as the features of this month’s occurrence of the Vancouver DIstrict Labour Council cabaret. Rumour has it we’ll be teaching attendees a folk song after our set there starts at 8 pm!
Don’t feel that you have to slavishly adhere to your neighbourhood — maybe the crosstown trip would be good for you! And maybe you’ll enjoy one set by us so much, you’ll wish you could have had twice as much! Well, on this one night, you can.
Posted: October 25th, 2011 | Author: Blackbox Squeezebeard | Filed under: Show announcements and recaps | Tags: duo, feature, Jericho Garrison Combined Mess, Little Mountain Neighbourhood House, Music on Main, open mic, Trees Organic Coffee | No Comments »
Like the leaves falling from a tree, so are the opportunities to share music in that brief window between Labour Day in Vancouver and the onset of the cold, wet season. We didn’t even have a chance to give you a heads-up about all of them… but here we can quickly note our rump (duo!) performances featuring at the Music on Main open mic at the Little Mountain Neighbourhood House Thurs, Oct 20th and at Trees Organic Coffee Fri, Oct 21st as well as a livelier Planks Trio performance the third night in a row, back at the Jericho Garrison Combined Mess Sat Oct 22nd for a private tasting of numerous craft beers.
But enough dwelling on that three-gig weekend — we have another, very spooky, one coming up — and if we tell you about it, you must might come out to some of the shows!
Posted: October 15th, 2009 | Author: Blackbox Squeezebeard | Filed under: Show announcements and recaps | Tags: feature, Horace Phair, HPVIII, Little Mountain Neighborhood House, open mic, Rian O'Hara, Rick Keating, Saluthaus | No Comments »
Even with no Oven Mitts, we managed to not only survive but thrive at HPVIII (for this to make any sense, you might well have to have been there), playing a set after being sweetly set up by rising uke superstar Rian O’Hara, hobnobbing with Dennis from the Ging Gang and Anton from Chervona for the benefit of the Accordion Noir radio show.
But having settled all those extraordinary transportation and sleeping arrangements, we’re back here in time and blasting the word out to you lucky folks that in a few scant hours (doors at 7:30), a rump Creaking Planks will be featuring again at Rick Keating’s open mic at the Little Mountain Neighborhood House (3981 Main Street at 24th Ave.) Stay posted for further details about our k-razy slate of Hallowe’en shows!
Posted: June 20th, 2008 | Author: Blackbox Squeezebeard | Filed under: Show announcements and recaps | Tags: Beats on Broadway, Earle Peach, feature, Mount Pleasant Neighborhood House, open mic, solstice | No Comments »
Earle Peach invited us to feature at his “Beats on Broadway” open mic at the Mount Pleasant Neighborhood House (800 E. Broadway, a block or so east of Fraser), and we were thrilled to accept. We joked that, following our feature set at Rick Keating’s open mic at the Little Mountain Neighborhood House, we would be embarking on the lucrative local Neighborhood House tour circuit. Oh, wait… that might not be so ridiculous after all. Unfortunately, not all of these community service locuses enjoy the prestige of the venues offered at Mount Pleasant and Little Mountain, but we’ll see how things develop.
Then, Earle invited us again. We didn’t know how to fit it in, but we accepted nonetheless — after all, we already had an engagement there that night, but maybe we could sneak out and rush back to take the second gig. That, or we could split in half and play two sets simultaneously — or one set in stereo! In any case, this will be among our final summer performances for some time, after an impressive run of serious performances to pumped crowds, so consider joining us at 7:30 pm before we tip the solstice over! (more information on Facebook)
Posted: April 24th, 2008 | Author: Blackbox Squeezebeard | Filed under: Show announcements and recaps | Tags: Allan Macinnis, birthday, Blue Wave Studios, Company B, feature, Little Mountain Gallery, Little Mountain Neighborhood House, media, open mic, PAVI, Rick Keating, The Wire, Trees Organic Coffee | 2 Comments »
April’s been a busy month of catch-up for us! In the aftermath of A Dybbuk, we enjoyed a fragmentary turnout at two after-parties (Squeezebeard keeps losing the addresses; he says, just gimme a treasure map an’ I’se kin find X well enough!), played two great shows back in our goofy element, the first (Apr 11th) back at Trees (to which we will be returning again in early September) and the next (April 14th) a homecoming show of sorts, acoustic with friends sitting on the floor in the gallery of the Little Mountain Studios, where we’re the house band, site of so many practices, rehearsals and residencies… as well as a big noisy party celebrating Squeezebeard’s birthday. On top of the shows, a swell arrangement with some charming PAVI students had a couple of us recording some backbone tracks at Blue Wave Studios, drawing on the next-door-recorders Company B to provide some zombie gang groans with improbably professional equipment. We’ll let you know how those turn out as we put down some overdubs on top. All that plus Lee Shoal and Planks pal Allan Macinnis got us a mention in the current issue (edit: huh! and an earful on the website) of the UK music magazine The Wire. Not bad for a couple of weeks getting back into the swing of things!
There are of course more shows coming up. Some of them are quite imminent, in fact. Tonight, Planks will be taking to the stage as features at the Little Mountain Neighbourhood House’s (3981 Main Street at 24th Ave.) weekly Thursday night open mic, hosted by the man who put the cur in curmudgeon, Rick Keating! Our fiddler Johnny Wyoming, a regular at the series, recounts that the evening tends to unfold with socialising around 7:30 pm, the open mic rolling on at 8 through 8:45 for a brief intermission before an hour of feature performance starting around 9 pm.
More is coming up quick — Planks should be playing at Beans (1804 Lonsdale Ave.) in North Vancouver next Monday (April 28th) 8-10 pm, then we have a special Tuesday morning engagement with FreeGeek, our other “house band” engagement, and new shows cropping up in May and beyond… but one thing at a time. First let’s get through tonight and see what remains when Rick’s done with us!