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Spinning Plates: A Night of Food, Film and Philanthropy

(2013, 93 mins, DCP)
FEATURING Grant Achatz


Apr 28 06:45 pm
May 01 06:30 pm

Guest passes and volunteer passes not accepted for the April 28th screening.

April 28th's screening includes an informal panel discussion and a chance to sample the delicious wares of Vancouver’s top restauranteurs: David Hawksworth, Sean Heather, Jackie Ellis, Andrea Carlson and Angus An (see below for details).

"Celebrating 25 Years of the Vancouver Magazine Restaurant Awards."

Your $25 Tasting Voucher purchases one food from each chef's station: Hawksworth's, the Irish Heather, Maenam, Beacoup Bakery, and Burdock & Co (tbc). All proceeds go to charities nominated by the chefs. Each voucher also comes with a free movie ticket for Vancity Theatre, to be redeemed by the end of July (value: $11).

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It takes more than good food to make a restaurant work. Passion, persistence, independence, conviction, these are the the ingredients celebrated in Spinning Plates, an award winning documentary about three extraordinary restaurants and the incredible people who bring them to life. A world-renowned chef (Grant Achatz, Alinea) competes for the ultimate restaurant prize in Chicago, while privately battling a life-threatening condition. A 150-year-old restaurant in Iowa (Breitbach’s Country Dining) is still standing only because of an unbreakable bond with the community. And a fledgling Mexican restaurant in Tucson (La Cocina de Gabby) struggles as its owners risk everything to survive and provide for their young daughter. Their unforgettable stories of family, legacy, passion and survival come together to reveal how meaningful food can be, and the power it has to connect us to one another.

Spinning Plates is a foodie phantasmagoria and something more. On one level a series of mini-docs on a trio of wildly different eating establishments, it becomes a group portrait of the restaurant business as well as an involving look at personal dramas that go well beyond the kitchen.

This is the first documentary feature for writer-director Joseph Levy (who previously produced the Food Network series "Into the Fire"), and he has been shrewd in the three restaurants he profiles — places that have passionate, articulate key personnel who would all agree that, as one of them puts it, "This is not just our job; this is our life." —Kenneth Turan, LA Times

“Splendid and engrossing … a love letter to that singular intersection of artistic innovation, cultural legacy, community pride, and family-sustaining (or -straining) commerce known as the restaurant.” —Village Voice

Guests in Attendance: Vancouver’s top restauranteurs
After the screening on Monday, April 28th, join us for an informal panel discussion with some of Vancouver’s top restauranteurs to talk about cooking as a vocation, their feelings about high end and casual dining, the demands and rewards of putting food on the table as a way of life. We’re also inviting these chefs to bring along a sample of their wares. Proceeds from the meal voucher will be donated to a charity of their choice. Panelists include:


Buy Food Voucher

Your $25 Tasting Voucher purchases one food from each chef's station: Hawksworth's, the Irish Heather, Maenam, Beacoup Bakery, and Burdock & Co (tbc). All proceeds go to charities nominated by the chefs. Each voucher also comes with a free movie ticket for Vancity Theatre, to be redeemed by the end of July (value: $11).

Stage to Screen: In Conversation with David Auburn

(420 mins)
FEATURING David Auburn


Apr 26 03:00 pm

Tickets $47, Students $35 (Post Sec. ID required)

Guest passes and volunteer passes not accepted.

Stage to Screen is a newly launched on-going series that seeks to bring some of North America’s top talent working in both theatre and film to Vancouver for an intimate one-of-a-kind experience.

The inaugural event will feature Pulitzer/Tony Award winner, David Auburn (Proof).

Bringing film and theatre together, the event will feature a screening of Auburn’s directorial debut, The Girl in the Park, which he also wrote, followed by a Q&A.

Audiences will also be treated to a live stage reading of Auburn’s play PROOF, featuring MEG ROE as Catherine, KAYVON KELLY as Hal, LORETTA WALSH as Claire, and TOM MCBEATH as Robert.

Following the play reading, audiences will get to learn about Auburn’s experience in the theatre, writing technique and approaches, influences, the road to writing a Pulitzer-award winning play, and much more, in an intimate “In Conversation,” moderated by TOM SCHOLTE.

The event will wrap with a reception with David Auburn. (Cash bar).


2:30PM – Doors open

3:00PM to 5:00PM – “Girl in the Park” Screening (to be introduced by Auburn)

5:00PM to 5:30PM – Q&A with David Auburn about film

5:30PM to 7:30PM – DINNER BREAK

7:00PM to 9:00PM – Stage Reading of “Proof”

9:00PM to 10:00PM – In-Conversation with David Auburn

10:00PM - Reception


David Auburn is a playwright, director and screenwriter. His plays include Lost Lake (Eugene O’Neill Theater Center, 2013), The Columnist (MTC/Broadway 2012), The New York Idea (adaptation; Atlantic Theater), and Proof (Pulitzer Prize, Tony Award, New York Drama Critics Circle Award). Films include The Girl in the Park (writer/director) and The Lake House. Recent directing credits include O’Neill’s Anna Christie and Albee’s A Delicate Balance (Berkshire Theatre Festival) and the world premiere of Michael Weller’s Side Effects (Off-Broadway).

GIRL in the PARK

Enduringly traumatized by the disappearance of her 3-year-old daughter 15 years ago, Julia Sandburg (Sigourney Weaver) has cut herself off from anyone once near and dear to her, including her husband Doug (David Rasche) and her son Chris (Alessandro Nivola), who tried for years to penetrate her wall of isolation and despair, without success. But when Julia meets Louise (Kate Bosworth), a troubled young woman with a checkered past, all Julia’s old psychic wounds painfully resurface, as does her illogical and increasingly irrational hope that Louise may be the daughter she lost so long ago. Also stars Keri Russell.


Winner of the 2001 Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award for Best Play.

On the eve of her twenty-fifth birthday, Catherine, a troubled young woman, has spent years caring for her brilliant but unstable father, a famous mathematician. Now, following his death, she must deal with her own volatile emotions; the arrival of her estranged sister, Claire; and the attentions of Hal, a former student of her father’s who hopes to find valuable work in the 103 notebooks that her father left behind. Over the long weekend that follows, a burgeoning romance and the discovery of a mysterious notebook draw Catherine into the most difficult problem of all: How much of her father’s madness—or genius—will she inherit?

In 2005, the play was adapted into a movie starring Gwyneth Paltrow, Jake Gyllenhaal, Anthony Hopkins, and Hope Davis, directed by John Madden.