I had such a great response from arts companies and readers alike, so here’s part 2 of Expressions in a Glass, just in time to tempt your Monday morning…
- Expressions In a Glass – Part 1 (Neworld Theatre, Fringe Festival, City Opera Vancouver, Pi Theatre, Playwrights Theatre Centre)
- 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 5 (Geeks vs Nerds, Arts Club, The Cinematheque, shameless hussy, Bard on the Beach)
- 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?
Bitter Border Hassle
Photo Credit: Simon Schluter
Who: Theatre Conspiracy
What: Canadian Club rye, Jagermeister, Bitter Truth Aromatic bitters, Bitter Truth Orange bitters, Jawbreaker (optional)
Why: Taking cue from Conspiracy’s next show, this mysterious and alluring concoction is a game changer. Dark, tangy and laced with bitterness, it has the power to draw out your deepest secrets. Warning: May need security clearance to imbibe.
Up Next: Foreign Radical
Image Source: Carousel Theatre
Who: Carousel Theatre for Young People
What: Shaved chocolate, melted chocolate or cocoa powder, heated milk or water, sugar
Why: When you think of hot chocolate, you think of warmth, a sweet treat and being surrounded by people you love. That’s why Carousel is just like this yummy concoction: we’re warm, sweet and the perfect thing to enjoy with people you care about. Plus marshmallows are fun and so are we!
Up Next: Busytown
Bloody Ceasar mason jar via Shutterstock
Who: Firehall Arts Centre
What: Vodka, Clamato, hot sauce and Worcestershire sauce, celery, lime
Why: Classic yet spicy with a kick and distinctly Canadian. A ton of substance in a small uniquely old-school package…and red, because it matches our heritage firehall building and fiery spirit!
Lemon Drop Martini
Who: Alley Theatre
What: Vodka, lemon juice, simple syrup, lemon twist for garnish
Why: Like Alley Theatre, it’s a mix of tart, sweet and plenty potent. It’s accessible, but also likes to shake things up (or maybe stir up trouble). Either way, it always comes with twist.
Up Next: Mrs. Warren’s Profession
Who: Pacific Theatre
What: Sugar, bitters, whiskey, and a twist of citrus rind
Why: An age old favourite with substance and history, it draws the bitter and sweet together in a refreshing, cool drink. It’s a bold drink enjoyed by those with experienced palates. Newcomers will be surprised, intrigued, challenged, and maybe even a little offended with their first taste, but more often than not, they will come back for more.
Up Next: Espresso
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