Things to Do This Weekend in Vancouver

I hear it’s going to be a rainy weekend, so make sure to waterproof your boots in preparation for taking in all the art at the the East Side Culture Crawl, for finding your way to the Turkish film festival, for stomping along to the bellows of the Accordion Noir Festival, and for exploring all the acts at  the Chutzpah! festival.

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Things to Do This Weekend in Vancouver

Irish coming-of-age film Metal Heart and five more to see at this year’s European Film Festival

A scene from the Irish film Metal Heart.

From Nov. 22-Dec. 2, The Cinematheque (1131 Howe St.) presents its annual European Film Festival. Among the more than two dozen films, the selections include a ghost story from Malta, a political comedy from Croatia, and a coming-of-age story about two fraternal twins from Ireland. See more about these films and others below.

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Irish coming-of-age film Metal Heart and five more to see at this year’s European Film Festival

November’s Vancouver Hike of the Month: Whyte Lake

The dock at Whyte Lake in West Vancouver, an easy hike

Tiny Whyte Lake in West Vancouver makes a great easy hike for November. It’s at a low enough elevation to stay snow-free almost all year. And it has great forest cover so it’s a pleasant option for a rainy day hike. In the summer months, Whyte Lake is a popular swimming hole, but in the off-season, you may have it all to yourself. As a bonus, the canopy of douglas fir and cedar trees overhead and the carpet of ferns and moss on the forest floor are extra green this time of year.

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November’s Vancouver Hike of the Month: Whyte Lake

New Big Fun comedy festival breaks up the November blahs with laughs a-plenty

Jena Friedman.

Big Fun is a new week of comedy and drag. (The media release also promises music, art and food, though details are scarce). The inaugural event takes place Nov. 20-24 with over 15 events at various Vancouver venues.

Headliners include Eugene Mirman and Jena Friedman. Other performers include Trixie Mattel, Zack Fox, Puppyteeh, Claude von Stroke, Mixed Gems, and more. Special events include a “flipped script” show in which drag performers read the script for an episode of the TV series Friends. For more info, see below.

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New Big Fun comedy festival breaks up the November blahs with laughs a-plenty

Christmas for Free in Metro Vancouver

Gingerbread Lane at the Hyatt Regency. PHOTO CREDIT: John Lee.

The Christmas season is all about spending. But I’m not talking about money; I’m talking about spending quality time with friends and family. The bottom line is there’s no need to max out your credit cards if you’re looking for festive fun in and around our city––you just need to know where those experiences are. Continue reading:
Christmas for Free in Metro Vancouver

Vancouver’s Museum of Anthropology Showcases the Subversive Potential of Ceramics

Flower Series #1, by Ying-Yueh Chuang (2011). Collection of the artist. Photo courtesy of the artist.

British Columbia is well known for the quality of its local ceramics. Most people, however, tend to view ‘pottery’ as decorative or practical items for serving food or displaying flowers.

A new upcoming exhibition at the Museum of Anthropology (MOA) at UBC aims to unsettle this perception by exploring the ability of ceramics to make powerful statements about pressing social issues, like economic inequalities and systemic discrimination.

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Vancouver’s Museum of Anthropology Showcases the Subversive Potential of Ceramics

Thousands of twinkling lights on display as Canyon Lights returns to the Capilano Suspension Bridge

canyon lights 2019

Image courtesy of Capilano Suspension Bridge

The most dazzling display of the winter season is coming back this Friday, November 22, 2019, when the Capilano Suspension Bridge opens its gates for Canyon Lights!

On until January 26th, the Canyon Lights Winter Festival will feature hundreds of thousands of sparkling lights decorating the entire park. You’ll also get the chance to see the “eight tallest Christmas trees in the world!

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Thousands of twinkling lights on display as Canyon Lights returns to the Capilano Suspension Bridge