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From the Polar Bear Swim on January 1 to the Festival of Lights in late December, festivals and other exciting events are happening all the time in Vancouver.

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2013 PuSh International Performing Arts Festival

PuSh International Performing Arts Festival January 15 - February 3, 2013 Over three weeks each January, the PuSh Festival presents groundbreaking local, national and international work in the live performing arts-theatre, dance, music, and multimedia performance. ● ● ● A Crack in Everything Jan 15-16 Fei & Milton Wong Experimental Theatre, Goldcorp Centre for the Arts This surr... Visit Website

Arts Club Theatre Company presents Ride the Cyclone

A high school chamber choir from Uranium, Saskatchewan, perishes in a freak roller-coaster accident, and the Amazing Karnack, a mechanized fortune-teller, feels responsible. To make amends, he brings the teens back to life to sing about their thwarted dreams and desires in one final concert. Created by Victoria's Atomic Vaudeville, the wildly imaginative and darkly hilarious Ride the Cyclone is al... Visit Website

Beaty Biodiversity Museum presents Sea/Life, photographs by David Ellingsen

  • Thursday, November 15, 2012 - Sunday, February 03, 2013 (Every Sunday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday)
  • Venue: Beaty Biodiversity Museum
  • Location: Beaty Biodiversity Museum
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Sea/Life Photographs by David Ellingsen November 15, 2012 - February 3, 2013 In this portrait series of creatures from the deep, Sea/Life addresses the troubled relationship between humans and the oceans. Many specimens from the Beaty Biodiversity Museum Fish Collection are featured in this award-winning series. Also on display will be an essay by Rex Weyler, co-founder of Greenpeace Internati... Visit Website

Cirque du Soleil presents Amaluna

  • Friday, November 23, 2012 - Sunday, January 20, 2013 (Every Sunday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday)
  • Venue: Live Nation Canada
  • Location: Under the Big Top at Concord Pacific Place
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Amaluna invites the audience to a mysterious island governed by Goddesses and guided by the cycles of the moon. Their queen, Prospera, directs her daughter's coming-of-age ceremony in a rite that honours femininity, renewal, rebirth and balance which marks the passing of these insights and values from one generation to the next. In the wake of a storm caused by Prospera, a group of young me... Visit Website

Divers' Weekend

Explore the oceans. Expand your horizons. Exchange Ideas. Join us at our 14th annual celebrating of diving – this event will engage diver and non-divers alike. Featuring compelling diving demonstrations, exhibits and conversations, Divers’ Weekend will inspire visitors to further explore the oceans, exchange ideas and expand their horizons. *Certified divers will receive 50 percent off... Visit Website

Fighting Chance Productions presents Side Show: In Concert

  • Thursday, January 17, 2013 - Saturday, January 19, 2013 (Recurring daily)
  • Location: Orpheum Annex
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Fighting Chance Productions presents Side Show: In Concert Directed by: Ryan Mooney Musical Direction by: Mark Reid Fighting Chance Productions is thrilled to present its 28th show - a concert version of the Tony Award nominated, SIDE SHOW. Based on the true story of Siamese twins Violet and Daisy Hilton who became stars during the Depression, Side Show is a moving portrait of two wo... Visit Website

Firehall Arts Centre presents No Exit and Lost & Found

No Exit & Lost and Found January 16 to 19 Talkback January 17 8pm Ticket Info Buy Tickets Online A double bill from Toronto's Fujiwara dance inventions; the ensemble piece No Exit based on the Jean-Paul Sartre play of the same name and Lost & Found, a solo choreographed and performed by company Artistic Director Denise Fujiwara. No Exit A compelling dance-theatre work i... Visit Website

Ha! Ha! Ha! A Laugh in the Gallery

Everyone likes to laugh, especially in the middle of a long winter. In many Aboriginal cultures, winter is the time for stories and sharing. Come share a sweet, funny, silly yet thought-provoking afternoon of short films that we made, plus others we admire for their unique humour. We are especially proud of the short films made by children about what they find funny or what simply makes them smi... Visit Website

James Hart - The Dance Screen (The Scream Too), Exhibition

James Hart, Exhibition The Dance Screen (The Scream Too) November 2012 to March 9, 2014 In late 2009, artist James Hart began designing a large-scale sculpture titled The Dance Screen (The Scream Too) and began carving the work in 2010. This ambitious project brings together many of the principal animal figures from traditional Haida stories, especially creatures that depend on salmon for t... Visit Website

Luminescence

Come in out of the cold and enjoy a unique experience of aquatic light that will lift those winter blues. Discover the incredible world of fluorescent and bioluminescent light that exists in the dark depths of the ocean through special exhibits and shows. Find out why and how aquatic animals like anemones, cuttlefish, jellies and corals glow in the deep. Note: Luminescence is a day time program t... Visit Website

Pleased to Meet You: Introductions by Gwyn Hanssen Pigott

The Museum of Anthropology (MOA) at UBC explores compelling new pairings of timeless treasures in Pleased to Meet You: Introductions by Gwyn Hanssen Pigott from November 3, 2012 to March 24, 2013. The internationally acclaimed potter has combed MOA's collection of artefacts and created groupings based solely on colour, form, shape, and pattern, imbuing new aesthetic perspectives by removing histor... Visit Website

Rogers Arena Tours

  • Wednesday, May 04, 2011 (Recurring daily)
  • Venue: Rogers Arena
  • Location: Rogers Arena
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For 15 years, Rogers Arena has been thrilling and entertaining fans. For 15 years, our Vancouver Canucks have battled on the ice in the race to capture the title of Stanley Cup Champions. For 15 years, we have staged the best entertainment the music industry has to offer. We have opened our doors and welcomed over 21 million people. We have even reveled in Olympic gold when the Canadian women's a... Visit Website

TEA FOR TWO AT THE VANDUSEN GARDENS

Truffles Café at VanDusen Botanical Garden is now serving a ‘proper' Afternoon Tea complete with three-tier tray of goodies, ceramic tea pots and cups, organic and private label teas. Afternoon Tea in the Garden is offered for $35.00 for 2 OR $60.00 for 4 and includes: Choice of daily sandwich Freshly made scone Large croissant Coconut macaroons and shortbread cookies ... Visit Website

The Cultch presents Don Juan

The award-winning company behind 2011's smash hit Waiting for Godot brings to life the satiric tale of an irresistible rogue and defiant hedonist. Blackbird Theatre presents a daring new adaptation of Molière's most scandalous comedy.

The PuSh Festival presents Club PuSh - Herald Nix, Proud Animal & Twin River

  • Saturday, January 19, 2013 - Saturday, January 19, 2013
  • Venue: Performance Works
  • Location: Performance Works
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  Herald Nix, Proud Animal & Twin River January 19, 9PM Herald Nix introduces you to his demons down at the crossroads where country noir rocks with the glassy-eyed blues in the all-music night at Club PuSh. Part of the Vancouver scene for decades before moving to Salmon Arm, the esteemed songwriter is back in town with some new tunes-think hank Williams or Lefty Frizzell with fangs and... Visit Website

The PuSh International Performing Arts Festival and The Dance Centre present Cédric Andrieux

Jérôme Bel (Paris) Cédric Andrieux Presented by the PuSh International Performing Arts Festival and The Dance Centre Friday-Sunday January 18-20, 8pm Post-show artist talkback January 19 Advance sales stop at 4pm on Saturday the 19th for all remaining shows. Tickets available at the door. The slyly brilliant work of Jérôme Bel returns to Vancouver with a ... Visit Website

THEATRESPORTS

Relying on razor-sharp wit and lightning-fast reflexes, two teams of performers are pitted against each other in competitive improv matches. Using audience suggestions to fuel scenes, teams must create totally improvised situations on the spot. Each TheatreSports match is overseen by a referee. More than just a whimsical host, the ref will slap the improvisers with penalties & jabs, or reward ... Visit Website

Vancouver Art Gallery presents Damian Moppett, an offsite exhibit

Damian Moppett's artistic practice uses a wide variety of media to question ideas of mastery, craftsmanship and value. Drawing on broad references from the history of modern art, Moppett uses the mediums of sculpture, painting, photography, drawing and video, often in relationship to each other, as a meditation on the activity of making art. At the Vancouver Art Gallery Offsite location West Geo... Visit Website

Vancouver Art Gallery presents Hope at Dawn: Watercolours by Emily Carr and Charles John Collings

The medium of watercolour is one of the most challenging used by artists. After the pigment has been placed on paper, change is not possible and the artist must possess considerable skill to achieve his or her artistic goal. Two major artists working in British Columbia in the first half of the twentieth century used watercolour extensively: Emily Carr and Charles John Collings. At the Vancouve... Visit Website

Vancouver Art Gallery presents Ian Wallce: At the Intersection of Painting and Photography

Ian Wallace: At the Intersection of Painting and Photography is a major survey exhibition of the work of one of Canada's most significant contemporary artists. Based in Vancouver, Wallace has played a critical role in the development of contemporary art since the late 1960s. His early experiments with monochromatic painting, his production of large-scale photographic tableaux and his juxtapositio... Visit Website

Vancouver Art Gallery presents TRAFFIC: Conceptual Art in Canada 1965-1980

  • Saturday, September 29, 2012 - Sunday, January 20, 2013 (Recurring daily)
  • Venue: Vancouver Art Gallery
  • Time: 10:00AM - 5:00PM; Tuesdays 10:00AM-9:00PM
  • Location: Vancouver Art Gallery
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September 29th, 2012 marks the opening day of the Vancouver Art Gallery's TRAFFIC exhibition, featuring Conceptual Art in Canada from 1965-1980. For more detailed information visit http://www.vanartgallery.bc.ca/the_exhibitions/exhibit_traffic.html

Vancouver Winter Farmers Market

  • Saturday, November 03, 2012 - Saturday, April 27, 2013 (Every Saturday)
  • Time: 10am - 2pm
  • Location: 30th and Ontario Street in the East Parking lot and Plaza of Nat Bailey Stadium
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Calling all local food enthusiasts! Visit Vancouver’s Winter Farmers Market at Nat Bailey Stadium. Find delicious locally made food and enjoy knowing where your food comes from and who cultivates it.