Things To Do In Vancouver This Weekend

Things To Do In Vancouver This Weekend
What do motorcycles, hot chocolate, and performance arts have in common?  They’re all happening this weekend!  Check out our top picks for events happening around Metro Vancouver this Friday through Sunday!

 

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Things To Do In Vancouver This Weekend

Check Out a Human Book from the Vancouver Public Library

Photo credit: christianyves | Flickr

Photo credit: christianyves | Flickr

Interested in learning more about the lives of ex cons, sex therapists or born-again Christians? The Vancouver Public Library has the “book” for you.

As part of this year’s PuSh International Performing Arts Festival (Jan. 14-Feb. 2), the library will be loaning out dozens of “human books.”  Visitors can check out everyone from a recovering hoarder to a male nanny and female heavy equipment operator, then sit down for an in-depth one-on-one conversation.

Presented for the first time in Vancouver at last year’s PuSh, the Human Library project is intended to give people the opportunity to talk with members of groups that are traditionally marginalized or misunderstood. Inspiration for the event comes from Copenhagen, Denmark, where the first Human Library was launched in 2000 as a way to fight stereotypes and promote dialogue in the community.

On select days during the festival, visitors to the Vancouver Public Library’s Central Branch can head to a special circulation desk on the third floor and peruse the human titles available. Continue reading:
Check Out a Human Book from the Vancouver Public Library

Human Library Lets you Check Out People at Vancouver’s PuSh Festival

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The Vancouver Public Library has 2.8 million items in its collection: books, DVDs, periodicals and – starting Jan. 18 – even people.

As part of the PuSh Arts Festival, the library will be loaning out 30 human books – real, live people that you check out and chat with one-on-one for 20-30 minutes.  And from the titles, these human books sound like real page-turners: Polyamorous, Drag Queen, Occupy Activist and Refugee . . . to name a few.

The inspiration for the event comes from Copenhagen, Denmark, where the first Human Library was launched in 2000 as a way to fight stereotypes and promote dialogue in the community.  The human books typically represent stigmatized or marginalized groups of people – religious minorities, sexual minorities and others exposed to misconceptions and prejudice.

The hope is that curious readers will get to know these people on an individual level and learn more about their beliefs.  So far, human libraries have connected thousands of readers with human books in 65 countries.

Of course, to check out a human book, you first need to have a human library card. Continue reading:
Human Library Lets you Check Out People at Vancouver’s PuSh Festival

Hit Zombie Musical: Ride the Cyclone Comes to Vancouver, Jan 17-Feb 16 (Ticket Giveaway)

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Ready for Glee with zombies?

Ride the Cyclone – a campy musical about a high school chamber choir killed in a roller coaster accident – premieres this Thursday, Jan. 17, as part of Vancouver’s PuSh international performing arts festival.  And you’ve got a chance to win a pair of tickets (for more on that, read on).

Developed by Victoria’s Atomic Vaudeville company, Ride the Cyclone has been hailed as “the most awe-inspiring, truly entertaining, heart tugging, toe-tapping musical” in years by the Toronto Star.  The set-up spells darkly comic masterpiece.  Six high school choir students from the small town of Uranium, Saskatchewan, perish in a freak roller coaster accident.  The Amazing Karnack, a mechanized fortune teller at the amusement park, feels responsible. Continue reading:
Hit Zombie Musical: Ride the Cyclone Comes to Vancouver, Jan 17-Feb 16 (Ticket Giveaway)

PuSh Festival Preview: 5 must-see shows, Jan 15-Feb 3

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The PuSh Festival – highlighting groundbreaking work in the performing arts – is set to descend on Vancouver from Jan. 15-Feb. 3.  More than 160 edgy, provocative performances will be held over 20 days, highlighting theatre, dance, music and multimedia from around the world.

In its ninth year, PuSh embraces 18 Main Series shows, three weeks of Club PuSh (for cutting-edge, experimental work), a free film series and even Dine Out events paired with Vancouver restaurants.

With so much going on, deciding which shows to see can be a little overwhelming.  Here are five picks of PuSh to get your creative juices flowing:

Ride the Cyclone: This darkly comic musical is about a high school chamber choir that perishes in a roller-coaster accident while on a trip to the amusement park.  The ghostly choir reunites to sing about their aspirations and thwarted dreams in one final concert.  Jan. 17-Feb. 16; Arts Club Granville Island Stage; from $29. 

Do You See What I Mean: Participants are blindfolded, then led on a 2.5-tour of the “streets, storefronts and secret spaces” of Vancouver in this unique piece of in situ art, which premiered in Lyon, France.  The deeply transformative experience is partly sponsored by the Canadian National Institute for the Blind. Jan. 25-Jan. 27, Feb. 1-3; departing from Access Gallery; from $31.  Continue reading:
PuSh Festival Preview: 5 must-see shows, Jan 15-Feb 3