Civic election candates will be competing on a different kind of stage at the Creative City Cabaret, a Nov. 8 event at the Roundhouse Community Centre, sponsored by Left Right Minds. As Shawn Conner reports in the Vancouver Courier:
“A self-proclaimed “entertainment industry guy,” Bickerton lived in New York City for 20 years, where he was a vice-president with Columbia Artists. He appreciates the need to support arts and culture in the city, including projects like the endangered Pantages Theatre. The theatre, which for the last three years has been discussed by the owner and the city as a possible renovation project, is now up for sale. “We have to save that theatre,” said Bickerton.
“He noted the area in New York City that is home to the Lincoln Center was once a slum.
“West Side Story was set there for a reason–[the West Side] was overrun by gangs. Now it’s (one of the most popular places to live) in the city. That’s all thanks to Lincoln Center. These things can be transformative for an entire area of a city, and I think the Pantages could play that role in the Downtown Eastside.”