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It’s a new year and Vancouver’s Friends & Company is back with their first event of the year and some exciting new things to share. They’ve got some new guest speakers lined up, new venues, and new opportunities for LGBTQ and LGBTQ-friendly people to network. As you know, all of the events go to support the anti-bullying and teen suicide prevention work of Out in Schools.

The first event of 2013 is on Friday, February 22 and it’s a Luncheon at Gastown’s sexy and stylish new dining hotspot, Secret Location. If you’ve never been to this space, now’s the time to check it out – it’s gorgeous!

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A ticket to the luncheon includes a 3-course menu, specially selected and prepared for us by the Secret Location culinary team, lots of fabulous door prizes (including, as always, the latest smartphone from our friends at TELUS), a chance to participate in a 50/50 draw benefiting Out in Schools and, of course, a great chance to connect with old contacts and meet new ones! Someone from Homorazzi is always there and we’ve love to see you there!

More info & special guests for the luncheon after the jump…

It’s a long weekend here in Vancouver and you know what that means… PARTY TIME!!! It’s not often one gets to let loose on a Sunday night and not have to wake up early to head to work. There’s nothing worse than trying to survive on Monday with lack of sleep and a tad dehydrated 😉

If you don’t have plans yet on Sunday, definitely check out Big Roger’s party at Ginger Sixty Two. The venue is sick and it’s nice to have a different venue to check out besides the usual haunts. On deck spinning all the way from Rio, Brazil is DJ Rafael Calvente. Also playing some tunes is local master mixer DJ Quest. Doors open @ 10pm. Tickets are only $20. Click here for more info.

Big Roger was kind enough to give us a pair of tickets to giveaway. If you’re feeling a little lucky, simply fill out the form below. Good luck. Winners will be announced Sunday @ 4pm

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Earlier this week, I came across a music video by a Vancouver band named Sunshine called “Showering With Wine” and just had to share it with you. The video, directed by Owen Ellis, features two guys – one dressed up as Batman and the other dressed up as Superman.

After some partying and making out at home, the two guys decide to head out for a night on the town, proudly holding hands as they walk down the street. They even makeout in the middle of Vancouver’s Granville Street, where all of the straight clubs are. Once in the bar, the guys continue partying hard – perhaps too hard. On their way home (which involves the skytrain), Batman and Superman get into a pretty intense physical fight…but luckily they’re able to work it out in the end… Although, they don’t seem to make it home.

Watch the captivating music video from Sunshine below. Oh yeah, the song is good too 😉

Video after the jump…

Today, TED just announced that the annual conference will be coming to Vancouver in 2014 to celebrate its 30th Anniversary and The Next Chapter. Every year, the TED conference brings together some of the world’s most influential people in business, the arts, sciences, academia and philanthropy.

As TED will be celebrating its 30th Anniversary, they’ve announced some changes today for The Next Chapter with the first being that they’re coming to Vancouver in 2014! The conference will take place at the new Vancouver Convention Centre. The second change is that the size of the audiences is being reduced form 1400 to 1200, in an attempt to find that delicate balance beween scale and intimacy. The third announcement is that they are bringing back one hundred of the best TED speakers of all time. These speakers won’t necessarily be speaking, but may be in the audience and to help contribute in breakout discussion groups. Such a great idea! The fourth announcement is that they will be making a new custom built theater for the conference. The VCC includes an open area that is perfect for them to install a custom-designed-for-talk-theater they have long dreamed of — one whose sole goal is connect speaker with audience as powerfully as possible. Nothing quite like this currently exists.

Learn more about what the TED2014 Experience includes below.

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Boeing Boeing @ The Arts Club Theatre

In: Nic, The Arts

Boeing Boeing is a situational comedy about things that just wouldn’t happen now. Thanks to the internet, social media, and cell phones, the play, which originally debuted in 1960, is a look back on a time when one could lie a hell of a lot easier than one could now.

And that’s pretty much the basis. An immoral main character takes his innocent dippy sidekick on a journey into his life as a womanizer. Bernard (Jonathon Young), lives in Paris, and thanks to an insider, gets his picking of lonely stewardesses. Balancing three fiancees though (yes, they’re all engaged to him), is no small feat, and after an old friend Robert (Andrew McNee) comes to visit, he finds himself, with a little help from Berthe (Nicola Lipman) his French housekeeper, in close calls keeping the American, the Italian, and the German away from each other.

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With December 21, 2012 (today) having been believed by many to be the end of the world, at the very least it made some people ask themselves if they’d do anything differently knowing the end was near.

Students form SFU in Vancouver posed the following questions: “If you knew the end was coming… If you only had a few days left to live… Who would you be with? Would you be doing something different? Would you be doing things differently?”

The students have just released this must-see amazingly elaborateEnd Of The Worldlip-dub set to two great songs: “Ready To Go” by Panic! At The Disco and
“Jumpstart” by These Kids Wear Crowns. Coincidently, my fiance Tyrell was in their music video for that song last year. Anyway, check out the amazing video below!

Video after the jump…

Speaking for myself, I love watching classic Christmas flicks during the holiday season. Whether it’s playing in the background while I decorate the tree or wrap presents, I have a roster of films I typically watch over and over at this time of year. I’m sure you do too. Everyone has a favorite Yuletide flick.

While there’s nothing cozier than watching Love, Actually cuddled up on the couch with your loved one, there’s something special about heading out to the theater and seeing it on the big screen. Especially when said theater is a classic heritage building. Plus, if you can help out those less fortunate it’s win-win all around.

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Starting Friday, December 14 til December 20, the Vogue Theatre is showing holiday favorites to help collect for the Greater Vancouver Food Bank Society. Nowadays, the Vogue is a go-to place for concerts and events, but the gorgeous venue is opening their doors once again to movie goers. The landmark building is one of the last remaining theatres from Vancouver’s famed “Theatre Row“. If you haven’t watched a movie at this grand location, you definitely have to. Travel back in time and experience film watching like it once was.

Doors open at 7:00pm, movie starts at 7:30. The Vogue staff will be serving an assortment of beer and wine along with traditional movie snacks. This is a 19+ event; Admission for the screening will be $4 or a donation of non-perishable food items for the Vancouver Food Bank. I already have a few dates planned on my calendar.

check out the movies playing after the jump

It’s just about time for another Friends & Company event, a Vancouver-based GLBT Friendly Networking organization where proceeds always go to the anti-bullying & teen suicide prevention work of Out In Schools.

The “After Work Holiday Mingler” will be taking place this coming Friday, December 14 from 7pm-10pm at Affinity Auto Showroom (1918 Fir Street, Vancouver). Your ticket will get you admission into the mingler, complimentary holiday cocktails & canapés as well as an additional complimentary cocktail(s) at the 1181 event that follows. Sounds like a fantastic evening to me!

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The cocktails at the event will be served by the notoriously sexy 1181 bartenders and like at past Friends & Company events, there are many prizes to be won, with silent auctions, a 50/50 draw, and a smart phone as a door prize, courtesy of TELUS.

A special thank you from ‘Friends & Company’ after the jump…

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