Things To Do In Vancouver This Weekend

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This weekend the city is practically buzzing with creativity. The East Side Culture Crawl is on, craft and unique gift markets are everywhere, and there are plays, art openings, fashion shows, a dance performance in a hotel room, a Jewish book festival, family activities at the Vancouver Art Gallery, circus shows (yes, Kooza, but also some local circus), and a Jurassic Park themed musical. Good luck deciding what to do.

 

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Friday November 20

EastSide Culture Crawl Photography: Beata Kacy

EastSide Culture Crawl
Photography: Beata Kacy

East Side Culture Crawl
Where: East Vancouver
What: Snoop, creep, and shop into artist studios on the east side all weekend as they bravely open their spaces to the public. The event is focused on the area bounded by Main, 1st, Victoria, and the Waterfront and involves painters, jewelers, sculptors, furniture makers, weavers, potters, printmakers, photographers, glassblowers; from emerging artists to those internationally established.
Runs until: Sunday November 22, 2015

its-a-wonderful-lifeIt’s a Wonderful Life
Where: Artsclub Theatre
What: “Every time a bell rings, an angel gets its wings” – the Arts Club’s acclaimed holiday production is back. George Bailey performs countless good deeds for friends and townsfolk in Bedford Falls, yet all that seems to count for naught when he faces financial adversity. At George’s most woeful moment, his guardian angel, Clarence Odbody, swoops in to remind him that faith, hope, and family make life truly wonderful.
Runs until: Saturday December 26, 2015

M/Hotel

M/Hotel

Battery Opera Productions M/Hotel
Where: Holiday Inn Downtown Vancouver (approximately every hour)
What: Arising from twelve narratives written by battery opera’s David McIntosh while staying in hotels, M/Hotel is a series of site-specific pieces performed for small audiences within the confines of a standard hotel room. Juxtaposed with the perceived neutrality of its environment, the work offers improvised dances, music and narratives that evoke the transient states within human relationships. Tickets available at Tickets Tonight.

(In)Visable: The Spiritual World of Taiwan Through Contemporary Art

(In)Visable: The Spiritual World of Taiwan Through Contemporary Art

(In)Visable: The Spiritual World of Taiwan Through Contemporary Art
Where: UBC Museum of Anthropology
What: Against a backdrop of skyscrapers and mountains, ghosts and spirits haunt the island of Taiwan. Taiwan’s urban and rural life cycles are filled with rituals and ceremonies of various faiths ranging from Buddhism, Daoism and Confucianism to Christianity, Chinese folk religions and animistic beliefs of Taiwan’s Aboriginal peoples. While religion affects, challenges and intermingles with the secular world, myths, legends and fairytales add other layers to the spiritual world of Taiwan.
Runs until: April 3, 2016

Christmas-at-HycroftChristmas at Hycroft
Where: 1489 McRae Ave.
What: Set in elegant and historic Hycroft, enjoy a unique market full of artisanal gifts, live music, a courtyard fair, and a bistro on the terrace.
Runs until: Sunday November 22, 2015

JurassicJurassic Parody: The Musical
Where: The York Theatre (639 Commercial)
What: This laugh-out-loud loving satire features a singing chorus of tap-dancing dinosaurs (velocitappers?), a patter song about Chaos Theory, and even showgirl dilophosaurs complete with glittery venom. The show combines dance, comedy, vaudeville, and parodies of popular songs to create a world where John Hammond didn’t just play God… he played Andrew Lloyd Webber, Sondheim, and Ashman and Menken.
Runs until: Saturday November 21, 2015

Zeppelin LoversLovers of Zeppelin
Where: The Rickshaw
What: Journey into the lives of the women behind the band. With a full score by Led Zeppelin, we delve into the rise and fall of the four most influential musicians of the 70’s. Focusing on their musical diversity the show uses multimedia and an array of dance styles to explore the women who loved, inspired and obsessed over them.
Runs until: Saturday November 21, 2015

The North Plan

The North Plan

The North Plan
Where: 211 East Georgia
What: A suspenseful and unsettling portrayal of what happens when democratic order has been upended, the production will be staged in a site-installed space in Vancouver’s Chinatown open to the public for the first time. Inspired by real-life US government initiatives—the Readiness Exercise 1984 and Main Core—the premise of play is unnervingly plausible and highly apt in light of Bill C-51, Edward Snowden’s revelations, and Chicago’s Homan Square detainment scandal.
Runs until: Sunday November 29, 2015

agnesAgnes of God
Where: PAL Studio Theatre (581 Cardero)
What: Summoned to a convent, Dr. Martha Livingstone, a court-appointed psychiatrist, is charged with assessing the sanity of Agnes, a novice nun accused of murdering her newborn child. Further arousing Dr. Livingstone’s suspicion, Mother Superior Miriam Ruth tries to keep her young charge away from the doctor’s pointed questions. In trying to find out who killed the infant as well as attempting to identify the father of the tiny victim, Livingstone forces all three women to reexamine the meaning of faith, the power of love, and the authenticity of miracles.
Runs until: Sunday November 29, 2015

Vancouver Alternative Arts and Fashion Week

Vancouver Alternative Arts and Fashion Week

Vancouver Alternative Arts and Fashion Week
Where: Chinese Cultural Centre (50 East Pender)
What: This three-day event boasts over 50 jury-selected artists, musicians, performers and designers, in a celebration and promotion of unbridled creativity. VALT encompasses wearable art, music (from solo musicians to full contemporary bands to electronic artists), drawing, painting, mixed-media works, sculpture, film (documentary, art film and narrative), performance art (from short theatrical works, to interpretive dance and beyond), photography and interactive installations.
Runs until: Sunday November 22, 2015

yettobeA Yet to be Titled Art Show
Where: Hot Art Wet City (opening reception at 7:00pm)
What: To celebrate the 400th episode of local comedy podcast Stop Podcasting Yourself, we’re hosting an art show dedicated to Canadian comedians! Art inspired by Canadian comedians and art made by Canadian comedians in honour of Graham Clark and Dave Shumka’s beloved podcast.
Runs until: Saturday December 5, 2015

Weekend of Circus

Weekend of Circus

Weekend of Circus
Where: 8440 Fraser
What: A weekend of circus performances that involve theatre, sport, burlesque, “ruining random pieces of music” (their words, not mine!) and all kinds of arts.
Runs until: Sunday November 22, 2015

The Drowning Girls

The Drowning Girls

The Drowning Girls
Where: Pacific Theatre
What: Three women emerge from their bathtubs, sharing two indelible bonds; they were each married to George Joseph Smith and they are all dead. The Drowning Girls tells the true story of a con man and serial killer who, in the early years of the 20th century, married and murdered three women in identical situations. Earning their confidence, he quickly married the women, stole all their money- and drowned them.

You Will Remember Me

You Will Remember Me

You Will Remember Me
Where: The Cultch Historic Theatre
What: From the people who brought you The Duchess a.k.a. Wallis Simpson. A deeply personal and moving new play about a family and memory from Francois Archambault, one of Québec’s most compelling writers. When the aging patriarch of a modern family, a powerfully intellectual and political force in his community, suffers from dementia, the people who love him struggle to care for him.
Runs until: Saturday November 28, 2015

Western Canadian Boxing Championships
Where: 326 East Esplanade (North Vancouver)
What: To qualify for the Western Canadian Championships, athletes must be committed to the training and to demonstrating the ability to be competitive at the international level. These specifically selected athletes will be arriving from all parts of BC, Alberta, Saskatchewan and Manitoba to compete for the Western Canadian Title. This event is the final qualifying Tournament for the 2016 Elite Canadian National Championships being held in Quebec in April 2016.
Runs until: Sunday November 22, 2015

corrosionCorrosion of Conformity
Where: Venue (881 Granville)
What: Founded by three teenagers in Raleigh, North Carolina in 1982, Corrosion of Conformity began as an underground band and went on to transform heavy music, challenging boundaries and serving as what Decibel Magazine called “a crucial stylistic lynchpin in the bridge between metal and punk” that “irrevocably reshaped crossover’s sonic possibilities.”

Santa’s Winter Wonderland at Metrotown
Where: Metropolis at Metrotown Mall
What: Santa returns to the highly popular Winter Wonderland set complete with digital game kiosks and an interactive 70-foot column of magical dancing lights. New this year, shoppers are able to choose their favourite snowflake pattern to illuminate the giant light curtain. Photos with Santa are by donation (minimum of $2.00 per photo) with all proceeds going to the Burnaby Christmas Bureau.
Runs until: Thursday December 24, 2015


 

Saturday November 21

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Vancouver Christmas Market

Vancouver Christmas Market

Vancouver Christmas Market
Where: Queen Elizabeth Theatre Plaza (650 Hamilton)
What: The aroma of mulled wine, authentic savoury foods and sweet baking dominates this market of activities, events, and of course, holiday shopping for unique gifts! There’s something to suit all your loved ones, yourself, and your secret Santa recipients.
Runs until: Thursday December 24, 2015

Family Fuse Weekend

Family Fuse Weekend

Family FUSE Weekend
Where: Vancouver Art Gallery
What: Organized in conjunction with current exhibitions at the Gallery, this edition of Family FUSE Weekend Object, Action, Perception explores many different forms created by artists, using familiar and unfamiliar materials in ways that challenge how we think about art and the world around us.  Join artists, musicians, performers and educators for a range of engaging performances, hands-on activities and educational workshops throughout the Gallery.
Runs until: Sunday November 22, 2015

MACHiNENOiSY + Vanessa Goodman

MACHiNENOiSY + Vanessa Goodman

The Dance Centre Presents: MACHiNENOiSY + Vanessa Goodman
Where: Scotiabank Dance Centre
What: An imaginative solo created and performed by MACHiNENOiSY’s Delia Brett in collaboration with puppeteer Tamara Unroe, animator Jay White, and composer Chris Kelly. Inspired by the contrasts of motherhood, and violent child’s play, the work employs a richly multi-layered approach, creating a dreamlike world where beauty emerges from the mundane, and the subversive topples the sublime. The theories of Marshall McLuhan and Glenn Gould, two Canadian luminaries who shared many prescient ideas about how we consume art and information, are at the heart of Vanessa Goodman’s Wells Hill, an exquisitely crafted work which utilizes six superlative dancers and an original score to create a vibrant tapestry of movement, lighting and sound. Tickets available at Tickets Tonight.

Traces That Resemble Us
Where: The Monte Clark Gallery and The Cinematheque
What: Motivated by Jeff Wall’s history as a former film programmer at The Cinematheque, Traces That Resemble Us invites twelve prominent Vancouver-based artists to each program a film that has been influential to his or her practice, and to exhibit artwork for a corresponding group exhibition at Monte Clark Gallery.
Runs until: Saturday January 30, 2016

Social Studies

Social Studies

Social Studies
Where: Firehall Arts Centre
What: A very timely piece about the aftermath of genocide and refugees, this heart-warming comedy written by actor and comedian Trish Cooper is about a South Sudanese “Lost Boy” who is adopted by the well-intentioned Wilson family of Winnipeg. It yields hilarious results when it takes on Canadian values and cultural differences.
Runs until: Saturday December 5, 2015

CandyTownCandy Town
Where: Yaletown
What:Lights and candy canes will adorn lamp poles and costumed characters will parade down the street. Holiday shoppers are invited to start their seasonal gift buying in Yaletown with local merchants as well as a specialty market carrying unique gifts and holiday treats. You’ll also find Mainland Street filled with local artisans, street performers and live music.

For a New Accessibility: Moving, Uttering, Sounding our Truths
Where: Contemporary Art Gallery, 3:30pm
What: Using breathing, natural rhythms and cadences in moving through space, our speaking and singing voices, our habitual idioms, sayings and activist slogans, together we’ll investigate what a new group statement might feel, sound and move like. This investigation is based in a Cree worldview’s M.O. of pimâtisiwin (life) and aims to be dynamically radically inclusive of all the participants.

Film Screening: When I Walk
Where: Contemporary Art Gallery, 7:00pm
What: Jason DaSilva was on vacation at the beach with family when, suddenly, he fell down. He couldn’t get back up. His legs had stopped working; his disease could no longer be ignored. Just a few months earlier doctors had told him that he had multiple sclerosis, which could lead to loss of vision and muscle control, as well as a myriad of other complications.

Refresh Market

Refresh Market

Refresh Market
Where: West Coast Railway Heritage Park CN Roundhouse (39645 Government)
What: Shop the selection of handmade, vintage and curated wares from more than 100 vendors from Pemberton to Metro Vancouver in over 22,000 square feet of lofty open space. Plus enjoy local food, live music and afternoon surprises.

iconsICONS Vintage Market
Where: The Biltmore, 11:00am
What: A labyrinth of counterculture, focusing on vintage clothing vendors, with some cool flea market collectors & vintage enthusiasts thrown into the mix – psychedelic posters, antiques & curiosities, records, taxidermy, retro lamps & small furniture, cameras, and other odd ball stuff.

jewishbooksJewish Book Festival
Where: Various locations in Vancouver
What: The week is jam-packed with innovative literary events including unique meet-the-author opportunities, readings and panel discussions,  the annual book club event, writing workshops, children’s and youth authors, wellness and food subjects,  interdisciplinary and multi-media events  and two onsite bookstores – new and used, open throughout the week. This Festival offers something of interest for every age group and every literary taste.
Runs until: Thursday November 26, 2015

Fauré Requiem
Where: The Orpheum
What: Maestro Bramwell Tovey presents a performance of Fauré’s luminous and profoundly beautiful Requiem. Stravinsky’s deeply moving Symphony of Psalms and Haydn’s rich and aristocratic Military Symphony set the stage for Fauré’s choral masterpiece.

Lovers of Zeppelin
Where: The Rickshaw
What: Journey into the lives of the women behind the band. With a full score by Led Zeppelin, we delve into the rise and fall of the four most influential musicians of the 70’s. Focusing on their musical diversity the show uses multimedia and an array of dance styles to explore the women who loved, inspired and obsessed over them.
Runs until: Saturday November 21, 2015

rapp_generic_2015Rap Battlez Wezt Coazt
Where: The Fox Cabaret, 7:30pm
What: Vancouver’s best comedians battle each other in high concept, no-holds-barred spit fests.

Jurassic Parody: The Musical
Where: The York Theatre (639 Commercial)
What: This laugh-out-loud loving satire features a singing chorus of tap-dancing dinosaurs (velocitappers?), a patter song about Chaos Theory, and even showgirl dilophosaurs complete with glittery venom. The show combines dance, comedy, vaudeville, and parodies of popular songs to create a world where John Hammond didn’t just play God… he played Andrew Lloyd Webber, Sondheim, and Ashman and Menken.
Runs until: Saturday November 21, 2015


 

Sunday November 22

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Speaking in Ligeti

Speaking in Ligeti

The Dance Centre Presents: Speaking in Ligeti
Where: Scotiabank Dance Centre
What: The music of the great Hungarian composer György Ligeti provides the starting point for a dazzling collaboration between contemporary choreographer Martha Carter and the renowned Microcosmos String Quartet. An ensemble of accomplished dancers joins forces with the musicians to tackle Ligeti’s Quartet No. 1, creating a dialogue of movement, sound and rhythm that vibrates with contrasts, energy and deep emotion. Tickets available at Tickets Tonight.

Gogol-BordelloGogol Bordello
Where: The Commodore
What: An all-out lively and loud Gypsy punk band from the Lower East Side of Manhattan, formed in 1999. Expect a theatrical live show that will get you up and leave you out of breath.

Leif Ove Andsnes, Pianist
Where: Chan Centre for the Performing Arts, 2:15pm
What: For this solo recital, Norwegian pianist, Leif Ove, will perform a selection of seldom heard piano pieces by Sibelius, Beethoven’s Piano Sonata in E flat major Op. 31 (The Hunt), and a selection of pieces by Debussy and Chopin.

Life Off Grid

Life Off Grid

Life Off Grid
Where: The Rio
What: A film about people who have chosen to build their lives around renewable energy with beautiful, inspiring, and often challenging results. Filmed over two years of travel throughout Canada, Life Off Grid shows how “off-gridders” have disconnected their houses while maintaining a familiar sense of home. Filmmaker Q&A to follow the screening.

Climate ChangeClimate Change Theatre Action
Where: 1398 Cartwright, Granville Island
What: Vancouver actors will read short plays by Reneltta Arluk, Kendra Fanconi, Jordan Hall, Kevin Loring, David Geary, Elyne Quan, Elaine Avila and others, as a Vancouver response to the international Climate Change Theatre Action (CCTA). CCTA is a global series readings and performances intended to foster discussion around climate change during this November and December, coinciding with the United Nations 2015 Paris Climate Conference.  

Vancouver Independent Archives Week
Where: Various locations
What: A week-long series of public events that will engage the Vancouver community to raise awareness about artist-run centre (ARC) archives. Tours, performances, public talks and screenings will take place throughout the week of activities – all free to the public.
Runs until: Saturday November 28, 2015

For a New Accessibility: Panel Discussion
Where: Contemporary Art Gallery, 11:00am
What: The social condition of disability—in which a group or individual is dis-empowered by the systems that they are in relation to—is an epidemic that effectively marginalizes entire communities with diverse and complex needs. Locally, this oppression plays out in schools, hospitals, cultural institutions, policing, and through various arms of government, making the effort to claim agency a strategic, high-stakes intervention.

climbforlifeClimb for Life
Where: 555 West Hastings, 10:30am
What: The Climb for Life challenges you to ascend 35 flights of stairs at the Harbour Centre. The climb concludes with an amazing view at the Vancouver Lookout. The event seeks to encourage active lifestyles, raise awareness about cancer, and collect funds for the Canadian Cancer Society.

(In)Visible: Artist Conversations
Where: UBC Museum of Anthropology, 1:00pm
What: Walis Labai, Yuma Taru and Anli Genu engage in conversation with Michael Nicoll Yahgulanaas, an artist from Haida Gwaii, and MOA Curator Fuyubi Nakamura. Join a discussion concerning issues of identity, indigeneity, and cultural heritage in contemporary art.

Book Swap
Where: Museum of Vancouver, 12:00pm
What: What are you doing with all those old books? Satisfy your need to purge. Bring them to MOV to receive $5 off admission.

Taste of the Tropics
Where: VanDusen Gardens
What: Learn about vanilla, coffee, plantains, papaya and more, and then search the Conservatory to see these plants in the collections.


 

Ongoing

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throwbackThrowback Theatre Sports (ends this weekend)
Where: The Improv Theatre (1502 Duranleau)
What: Do you remember Tubbs and Crockett? Leg warmers? The Rubik’s Cube? Line-backer shoulder pads? Big hair? They’re icons from the decade of excess – the 1980s, a time when ‘more was more.’
Runs until: Saturday November 21, 2015

Amish

The Amish Project (ends this weekend)
Where: Pacific Theatre
What: In 2006, the Amish of Nickel Mines, Pennsylvania forgave the man who walked into their schoolhouse and shot ten girls. A brilliant meditation on radical kindness, The Amish Project is a stunning exploration of the strength of community and the power of forgiveness in the face of tragedy.
Runs until: Saturday November 21, 2015

Fearmongers Haunted House

Fearmongers Haunted House

Fearmongers Haunted House (ends this weekend)
Where:
14211 Burrows (Richmond)
What:
Fearmongers is intended to be an immersive haunted house that will take you through the horrors of Greek mythology. You must travel through fourteen mythology themed rooms with traps, monsters, obstacles and more than an hour of haunting.
Runs until: Saturday November 21, 2015

East Side Culture Crawl (this weekend only)
Where: East Vancouver
What: Snoop, creep, and shop into artist studios on the east side all weekend as they bravely open their spaces to the public. The event is focused on the area bounded by Main, 1st, Victoria, and the Waterfront and involves painters, jewelers, sculptors, furniture makers, weavers, potters, printmakers, photographers, glassblowers; from emerging artists to those internationally established.
Runs until: Sunday November 22, 2015

Family FUSE Weekend (this weekend only)
Where: Vancouver Art Gallery
What: Organized in conjunction with current exhibitions at the Gallery, this edition of Family FUSE Weekend Object, Action, Perception explores many different forms created by artists, using familiar and unfamiliar materials in ways that challenge how we think about art and the world around us.  Join artists, musicians, performers and educators for a range of engaging performances, hands-on activities and educational workshops throughout the Gallery.
Runs until: Sunday November 22, 2015

Christmas-at-HycroftChristmas at Hycroft (this weekend only)
Where: 1489 McRae Ave.
What: Set in elegant and historic Hycroft, enjoy a unique market full of artisanal gifts, live music, a courtyard fair, and a bistro on the terrace.
Runs until: Sunday November 22, 2015

Vancouver Alternative Arts and Fashion Week (this weekend only)
Where: Chinese Cultural Centre (50 East Pender)
What: This three-day event boasts over 50 jury-selected artists, musicians, performers and designers, in a celebration and promotion of unbridled creativity. VALT encompasses wearable art, music (from solo musicians to full contemporary bands to electronic artists), drawing, painting, mixed-media works, sculpture, film (documentary, art film and narrative), performance art (from short theatrical works, to interpretive dance and beyond), photography and interactive installations.
Runs until: Sunday November 22, 2015

Weekend of Circus (this weekend only)
Where: 8440 Fraser
What: A weekend of circus performances that involve theatre, sport, burlesque, “ruining random pieces of music” (their words, not mine!) and all kinds of arts.
Runs until: Sunday November 22, 2015

Western Canadian Boxing Championships (this weekend only)
Where: 326 East Esplanade (North Vancouver)
What: To qualify for the Western Canadian Championships, athletes must be committed to the training and to demonstrating the ability to be competitive at the international level. These specifically selected athletes will be arriving from all parts of BC, Alberta, Saskatchewan and Manitoba to compete for the Western Canadian Title. This event is the final qualifying Tournament for the 2016 Elite Canadian National Championships being held in Quebec in April 2016.
Runs until: Sunday November 22, 2015

Through Indian Eyes: Native American Cinema

Through Indian Eyes: Native American Cinema

Through Indian Eyes: Native American Cinema (ends this week)
Where: The Cinematheque
What: Financed variously by tribal communities and non-Native sources, the films in this series have all been directed by First Nations peoples. Since first appearing on film in 1895, First Nations have been excluded from any meaningful role in the production of their own cinematic images and continue to be marginalized in the entertainment industry today. Over the last 25 years, however, a renaissance in independent First Nations filmmaking has occurred. First Nations filmmakers have undertaken dramas, comedies, shorts, documentaries, and animation, reaching mainstream audiences and Native communities while working to recuperate tribal languages, spirituality, and community: a national cinema in formation.
Runs until: Wednesday November 25, 2015

Jewish Book Festival
Where: Various locations in Vancouver
What: The week is jam-packed with innovative literary events including unique meet-the-author opportunities, readings and panel discussions,  the annual book club event, writing workshops, children’s and youth authors, wellness and food subjects,  interdisciplinary and multi-media events  and two onsite bookstores – new and used, open throughout the week. This Festival offers something of interest for every age group and every literary taste.
Runs until: Thursday November 26, 2015

You Will Remember Me

You Will Remember Me

You Will Remember Me
Where: The Cultch Historic Theatre
What: From the people who brought you The Duchess a.k.a. Wallis Simpson. A deeply personal and moving new play about a family and memory from Francois Archambault, one of Québec’s most compelling writers. When the aging patriarch of a modern family, a powerfully intellectual and political force in his community, suffers from dementia, the people who love him struggle to care for him.
Runs until: Saturday November 28, 2015

Vancouver Independent Archives Week
Where: Various locations
What: A week-long series of public events that will engage the Vancouver community to raise awareness about artist-run centre (ARC) archives. Tours, performances, public talks and screenings will take place throughout the week of activities – all free to the public.
Runs until: Saturday November 28, 2015

Gratasorpresa

Grata Sorpresa
Where: Ayden Gallery
What: Street art, fine art, illustration and photography from some of the best and most talented young Colombian artists (and a few Canadians.)
Runs until: Sunday November 29, 2015

The North Plan

The North Plan

The North Plan
Where: 211 East Georgia
What: A suspenseful and unsettling portrayal of what happens when democratic order has been upended, the production will be staged in a site-installed space in Vancouver’s Chinatown open to the public for the first time. Inspired by real-life US government initiatives—the Readiness Exercise 1984 and Main Core—the premise of play is unnervingly plausible and highly apt in light of Bill C-51, Edward Snowden’s revelations, and Chicago’s Homan Square detainment scandal.
Runs until: Sunday November 29, 2015

Dressing for a Wedding

Dressing for a Wedding

Dressing for a Wedding
Where: Performanceworks
What: A dark comedy about a mother’s desperate attempts to run her daughter’s wedding rehearsal while keeping family secrets from exposing themselves. Written by acclaimed Vancouver playwright and recent Stephen Leacock Award nominee Aaron Bushkowsky, and helmed by award-winning director Sarah Rodgers.
Runs until: Sunday November 29, 2015

agnesAgnes of God
Where: PAL Studio Theatre (581 Cardero)
What: Summoned to a convent, Dr. Martha Livingstone, a court-appointed psychiatrist, is charged with assessing the sanity of Agnes, a novice nun accused of murdering her newborn child. Further arousing Dr. Livingstone’s suspicion, Mother Superior Miriam Ruth tries to keep her young charge away from the doctor’s pointed questions. In trying to find out who killed the infant as well as attempting to identify the father of the tiny victim, Livingstone forces all three women to reexamine the meaning of faith, the power of love, and the authenticity of miracles.
Runs until: Sunday November 29, 2015

52 Pickup
Where: Havana Theatre, 8:00pm
What: 52 scene titles are written on a deck of cards which is then thrown into the air. As the performers pick up the cards they perform the scenes, one by one, revealing a hilarious and heartbreaking love story. No two performances are ever the same!
Runs until: Sunday November 29, 2015

Social Studies

Social Studies

Social Studies
Where: Firehall Arts Centre
What: A very timely piece about the aftermath of genocide and refugees, this heart-warming comedy written by actor and comedian Trish Cooper is about a South Sudanese “Lost Boy” who is adopted by the well-intentioned Wilson family of Winnipeg. It yields hilarious results when it takes on Canadian values and cultural differences.
Runs until: Saturday December 5, 2015

yettobeA Yet to be Titled Art Show
Where: Hot Art Wet City (opening reception at 7:00pm)
What: To celebrate the 400th episode of local comedy podcast Stop Podcasting Yourself, we’re hosting an art show dedicated to Canadian comedians! Art inspired by Canadian comedians and art made by Canadian comedians in honour of Graham Clark and Dave Shumka’s beloved podcast.
Runs until: Saturday December 5, 2015

kimotoNew Works by Mike Soloman and Reuben Kambeitz
Where: Kimoto Gallery
What: A joint exhibition of two Vancouver artists Mike Soloman with his newest series of oil paintings titled “Avian Deities” & Reuben Kambeitz with his newest series of mixed media paintings titled “Home.”
Runs until:Saturday December 5, 2015

Arctic Adaptations: Nunavut at 15

Arctic Adaptations: Nunavut at 15

Arctic Adaptations: Nunavut at 15
Where: Museum of Vancouver
What: A century of arctic architecture, an urbanizing present, and a projected near future of adaptive architecture in Nunavut. Each of these components documents architectural history in this remarkable but relatively little known region of Canada, describes the contemporary realities of life in its communities, and examines an adapting role for architecture moving forward.
Runs until: Sunday December 13, 2015

Vancouver Christmas Market

Vancouver Christmas Market

Vancouver Christmas Market
Where: Queen Elizabeth Theatre Plaza (650 Hamilton)
What: The aroma of mulled wine, authentic savoury foods and sweet baking dominates this market of activities, events, and of course, holiday shopping for unique gifts! There’s something to suit all your loved ones, yourself, and your secret Santa recipients.
Runs until: Thursday December 24, 2015

Santa’s Winter Wonderland at Metrotown
Where: Metropolis at Metrotown Mall
What: Santa returns to the highly popular Winter Wonderland set complete with digital game kiosks and an interactive 70-foot column of magical dancing lights. New this year, shoppers are able to choose their favourite snowflake pattern to illuminate the giant light curtain. Photos with Santa are by donation (minimum of $2.00 per photo) with all proceeds going to the Burnaby Christmas Bureau.
Runs until: Thursday December 24, 2015

its-a-wonderful-lifeIt’s a Wonderful Life
Where: Artsclub Theatre
What: “Every time a bell rings, an angel gets its wings” – the Arts Club’s acclaimed holiday production is back. George Bailey performs countless good deeds for friends and townsfolk in Bedford Falls, yet all that seems to count for naught when he faces financial adversity. At George’s most woeful moment, his guardian angel, Clarence Odbody, swoops in to remind him that faith, hope, and family make life truly wonderful.
Runs until: Saturday December 26, 2015

A Christmas StoryA Christmas Story, The Musical
Where: Artsclub Theatre
What: Based on the popular film, this festive musical tells a tale familiar to anyone who has ever been a kid: the dogged pursuit of acquiring a desired toy. It’s the 1940s and for 9-year-old Ralphie nothing under the tree will satisfy-save for an Official Red Ryder carbine-action BB gun.
Runs until: Sunday December 27, 2015

Cesna?em, the City Before the City
Where: Museum of Anthropology, Musqueam Cultural Education Resource Centre, Museum of Vancouver
What: A transformative journey to explore an ancient landscape and living culture that can be found right underneath Vancouver’s nose.
Runs until: December 30, 2015

940x320_TicketTonightCirque du Soleil presents Kooza
Where: The Cirque tents!
What: KOOZA is a return to the origins of Cirque du Soleil: It combines two circus traditions – acrobatic performance and the art of clowning. The show highlights the physical demands of human performance in all its splendor and fragility, presented in a colorful mélange that emphasizes bold slapstick humor. The Innocent’s journey brings him into contact with a panoply of comic characters such as the King, the Trickster and the Obnoxious Tourist and his Bad Dog. Tickets available at Tickets Tonight.
Runs until: Sunday January 3, 2016

Lee Bul

Lee Bul

Lee Bul
Where: Vancouver Art Gallery
What: The Vancouver Art Gallery presents a survey exhibition of recent works by Korean artist Lee Bul, one of the most important artists of her generation. Early drawings and models are paired with ambitious sculptures revealing Bul’s visually and conceptually compelling practice.
Runs until: Sunday January 10, 2015

Traces That Resemble Us
Where: The Monte Clark Gallery and The Cinematheque
What: Motivated by Jeff Wall’s history as a former film programmer at The Cinematheque, Traces That Resemble Us invites twelve prominent Vancouver-based artists to each program a film that has been influential to his or her practice, and to exhibit artwork for a corresponding group exhibition at Monte Clark Gallery.
Runs until: Saturday January 30, 2016

The Gund Collection

The Gund Collection

The Gund Collection: Contemporary and Historical Art from the Northwest Coast
Where: Vancouver Art Gallery
What: The Gund collection includes magnificent nineteenth-century masks, feast bowls, argillite carvings and other objects from across the region, including from the Haida, Nuu-chahnulth, Kwawaka’wakw, Tlingit, Heiltsuk and Nuxalk First Nations.
Runs until: January 31, 2016

Regular Expressions

Regular Expressions

Regular Expressions
Where: 221A (221 E Georgia) opening reception at 7:00pm
What: Not readymades, but ready-to-be-mades. These objects and images that have been called, for the moment, “art” seem too strange and slick to have simply been picked from the mundane cache of the “real world;” they smack of a virtual well of potential forms that is somehow both more generic and at the same time more customized.
Runs until: Saturday February 6, 2016

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Gwaii Haanas: Land Sea People
Photo: Jason Shafto

Gwaii Haanas: Land Sea People
Where: Bill Reid Gallery
What: Stories of the only place in Canada protected from mountaintop to seafloor. Thirty years after the Haida took a stand at Lyell Island, this unique place exists as an unprecedented example of cooperative management, between the Haida Nation and the Government of Canada.
Runs until: March 27, 2016

Body Worlds: Animals Inside Out

Body Worlds: Animals Inside Out

Body Worlds: Animals Inside Out
Where: Science World
What: Body Worlds creator and anatomist, Dr Gunther von Hagens takes you on an anatomical safari. As you explore this captivating exhibition, you will experience the intricate biology, zoology and physiology of a variety of the world’s most spectacular creatures.
Runs until: Sunday March 28, 2016

(In)Visable: The Spiritual World of Taiwan Through Contemporary Art

(In)Visable: The Spiritual World of Taiwan Through Contemporary Art

(In)Visable: The Spiritual World of Taiwan Through Contemporary Art
Where: UBC Museum of Anthropology
What: Against a backdrop of skyscrapers and mountains, ghosts and spirits haunt the island of Taiwan. Taiwan’s urban and rural life cycles are filled with rituals and ceremonies of various faiths ranging from Buddhism, Daoism and Confucianism to Christianity, Chinese folk religions and animistic beliefs of Taiwan’s Aboriginal peoples. While religion affects, challenges and intermingles with the secular world, myths, legends and fairytales add other layers to the spiritual world of Taiwan.
Runs until: April 3, 2016

Winter Farmers Market

Winter Farmers Market

Winter Farmers Market
Where: Nat Bailey Stadium
What: Each week you can look forward to finding locally grown vegetables and fruit, meat and seafood from local ranchers and fishermen, artisan cheese and bread, herbs and seasonal nursery items, baked goods, prepared foods and artisanal craft.
Runs until: Saturday April 23, 2016 (Saturdays)

Across the Top:

Across the Top: The Quest for the Northwest Passage

Across The Top: The Quest for the Northwest Passage
Where: Vancouver Maritime Museum
What: This exhibit will transport you to the Arctic where you will learn about its environment and people; the many voyages of discovery; the search for John Franklin’s lost expedition (both historical and modern), and the ultimate discovery of HMS Erebus by Parks Canada.
Runs until: May 2016

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