Things to Do in Vancouver This Weekend

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Walk through the crisp leaves of many Vancouver neigbourhoods and you can see Halloween has begun! Jack-O-Lanters are coming out and cotton webbing has been woven trough tree branches (as well as some real webbing – those stripey-legged barn spiders are getting huge…)  A host of new spooky events are on this weekend, but that’s not all – there is an ambient music festival, Indian cinema, an animation festival, and even a morning of free movies.

 

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Things to Do in Vancouver This Weekend

Don’t mention the war – Fawlty Towers live at Metro Theatre

The cast for Metro Theatre's production of three episodes of the classic British sitcom Fawlty Towers.

The cast for Metro Theatre’s production of three episodes of the classic British sitcom Fawlty Towers.

Few comedy fans would disagree that Fawlty Towers is one of the best British sitcoms ever. Anyone who’s watched hotel owner Basil Fawlty (played impeccably by John Cleese, also the co-writer and creator of the show) splutter and fume over the latest indignity brought on by his own misanthropy has seen pure comedy gold in action.

Now you can relive the series live. From Oct. 31 to Nov. 21, Vancouver’s Metro Theatre is presenting its take on three classic episodes (though, really, all 12 are classic) from the series, which originally aired in 1975. So which three episodes can theatre audiences see?

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Don’t mention the war – Fawlty Towers live at Metro Theatre

Got Culture? New $20.4-Million Theatre Set to Open in Vancouver’s Olympic Village

11234657Vancouver’s Olympic Village is about to get a big kick of culture.

The neighbourhood on False Creek, which sprouted up during the 2010 Olympics and is now filled with condo towers, restaurants, pubs and shops, is getting ready to open the doors on a new $20.4-million theatre complex – instantly transforming the area into one of Vancouver’s arts hubs.

The 48,000-square-foot BMO Theatre Centre is scheduled to open this fall at 162 W. 1st Ave., next to a new Wall Financial condo tower. The space features a 250-seat theatre, as well as four rehearsal theatres.

The venue has already lined up one of Vancouver’s performing arts powerhouses as a tenant. The Arts Club, the largest theatre company in Western Canada, will close its Revue Stage on Granville Island and move into the new space in early fall. Bard on the Beach, the yearly Shakespeare Festival, will also have its offices at the theatre.  Continue reading:
Got Culture? New $20.4-Million Theatre Set to Open in Vancouver’s Olympic Village

5 reasons to love Kitsilano Showboat on its 80th anniversary

Kitsilano Showboat | Facebook photo

Kitsilano Showboat | Facebook photo

Kitsilano Showboat opens for its 2015 summer season on Monday (June 22), with 30 nights of free entertainment through to August 15.

This year marks the 80th anniversary of the amateur theatre, and there’s good reason to catch a show.

Quite simply, Kitsilano Showboat is one of Vancouver’s most charming summer traditions. Even though I grew up in East Van, my family trekked over to the West side a few times every summer for a picnic dinner leading up to the show.

Later, when I lived in Kitsilano, I would wander down on weekday evenings to catch a few acts. From teenage tap dancers to senior jazz musicians, eight-year-old pop-stars-in-the-making to big bands, there was always something to enjoy.

Here are five reasons why I love Kitsilano showboat–and why you will too.

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Things To Do In Vancouver This Weekend

Things To Do In Vancouver This Weekend

Photo: Andre Blanchard

 

Happy Chinese and Lunar New Year!  Don’t miss out on the celebrations and festivals around Metro Vancouver this weekend.  Read on for our top picks for things to do in Vancouver this Friday through Sunday…
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Things To Do In Vancouver This Weekend