Spend New Year’s Eve with Emma Stone and Ryan Gosling (and New Year’s Day in a labyrinth)

Vancity Theatre screens the musical La La Land early New Year’s Eve.

If you’re looking for something novel to do this New Year’s, here are a couple of options. Among them: a screening of the modern-day classic musical La La Land and a waking meditation walk in a labyrinth.

La La Land—Vancity Theatre (1181 Seymour St.) screens the 2017 Emma Stone/Ryan Gosling film at 5 p.m. this New Year’s Eve. The early screening gives theatregoers time for dinner and a party, or they can just go home and bask in the after-glow.

Theda Phoenix entertains with her bowls.

Waking Meditation—This New Year’s Day, St. Paul’s Anglican Church (1130 Jervis St.) invites people to take a meditative walk through its labyrinth. The labyrinth itself is based on the medieval floor pattern at Chartres Cathedral in France and features a singular path into the centre of the space and back out again. As St. Paul’s puts it: “Experience the ancient rite of walking a labyrinth to quiet the mind, find balance and encourage reflection… Walk and reflect or sit and contemplate, in community with others… Consider the year ahead. Set intentions. Commit or recommit. Take some time for yourself on the first day in January. It’s a brand new day.” The hours from 10 a.m. to noon will be dedicated to “sacred silence”; from noon to 2 p.m., singer Theda Phoenix performs with guitar and crystal bowls. Free admission.

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