This Week in History: Happy Easter!


Doug and The Slugs raise money for the Vancouver Youth Theatre tonight and tomorrow night at the Holiday Inn Harbourside in their big annual casino and dance.

First it’s Easter weekend – and then to top that – it’s Centennial Week in Vancouver March 28 to April 6 with celebrations all over town and a week of legal fireworks for anyone who wants to light them off. (The city says it’s okay between March 31 and April 6.)

They’re celebrating all over town for this big double event weekend. Where are the clowns? March 28, Fran Dowie presents the Dingaling Bros. Circus at the Kids Only Market on Granville Island. There’ll be different daily performances through April 6 as Zelda Zebra, Bubbles the Clown and Bimbo the Elephant fascinate the kids.

And the fifth Annual April Fools Day Parade starts at Leg in Boot Square in False Creek at 11 a.m. Tuesday, April 1.

At high noon, they’ll be at the Water Park behind Isadora’s for the All-Wet Balloon Toss and the Super Jiggly Jello Races. Call 687-0633, the o.h. lettuce b. fools of: society, 161 East Cordova.

Gumboot Lollipop and Norman Foote have a Super Easter Show with free balloons and cookies at 11 a.m. at the Queen Elizabeth Playhouse, Easter Sunday.

There’s a huge theatre and music schedule ahead too. Children of a Lesser God will continue at the Arts Club on Granville Island until April 5, when Morris Panych has to leave for Toronto to play in Pal Joey. (This is a powerful play, well worth seeing.)

A Chorus Line will preform live with 25 dancers from across Canada at the Vancouver Playhouse starting March 29. The North Shore Drama Festival takes place at Presentation House April 14 to 19 at 9 p.m.

The Air Farce crew will fly in for one performance Friday, April 4 at the Orpheum.

And if you get down to White Rock, you’ll see some good theatre there: Dangerous Corner opens April 2 at the White Rock Player’s Club 1532 Johnston Road.

They couldn’t have picked a better name – Sunshine – for taking vaudeville-type shows into hospitals and senior’s residences. And they couldn’t have picked a better composer than Irving Berlin with his “blue skies from now on.”

There’s a Bad Friday Boogie Band night tomorrow at 8 p.m. at the Polish Community Centre, 4615 Fraser.

Skinny Puppy will be at the Arts Club on Granville Island Sunday, March 30 at 8 p.m.

NoMeansNo the Asexuals and Forbidden Beat will be at Bentley’s on Granville tomorrow night and tonight at the Commodore it’s the Enigmas with Slow and Fastbacks.

Steeler is at the Metro on Georgia this week, and at the Town Pump, it’s Vox Phantom until Saturday, then Animal Slaves on Sunday.

This story was taken and edited from the EastEnder newspaper archives from 1986 Vol. 3, No. 28 March 27, 1986.