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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 Boeing-Boeing

  • Thursday, January 24, 2013 - Sunday, February 24, 2013 (Every Sunday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday)
  • Location: Arts Club Theatre Company - Stanley Alliance Industrial Stage
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Bernard, a successful architect in swinging sixties Paris, is even more successful with the ladies. In fact, he juggles the hearts of three air hostesses who jet in and out of his groovy bachelor pad: Gloria, Gabriella, and Gretchen-aka "America," "Italy," and "Germany." But when Boeing introduces a faster jet, Bernard's precise romantic timetable goes hysterically of... 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

Dine Out Vancouver and FHS EVENTS with The Donnelly Group present La Musique - Live Art & Music

  • Friday, January 25, 2013 - Friday, January 25, 2013
  • Venue: Bar None
  • Time: 7:30 pm
  • Location: Bar None
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The epicenter of nightlife in Yaletown, Bar None's reputation as Vancouver's only true New York style nightclub is well deserved. Newly renovated, Bar None recently celebrated its 20th Anniversary and has maintained its Soho attitude. This hotspot has a warm, classic brick and wood interior and is surrounded by the city's best restaurants and hotels. Bar None is the official after spot for the hi... Visit Website

Dine Out Vancouver and Off The Eaten Track present Railtown Culinary Walking Tour

  • Friday, January 25, 2013 - Friday, February 01, 2013 (Every Friday)
  • Time: 1:15 pm
  • Location: H.A.V.E. Cafe
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1.30pm, 1.5 hours Meet at H.A.V.E Culinary Training Society, 374 Powel Street Never heard of Railtown before? Well you will soon. Railtown, the unofficial name for the area on the Northern tip of the Downtown Eastside, is an up-and-coming neighbourhood that is quickly becoming a hot spot in the city for amazing restaurants. We designed this tour specifically for Dine-Out Vancouver to showca... 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

Pacific Theatre presents Leave of Absence

  • Friday, January 25, 2013 - Saturday, February 16, 2013 (Every Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday)
  • Venue: Pacific Theatre
  • Location: Pacific Theatre
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A community is blown apart when an audacious young girl challenges long-held views of spirituality and sexuality.  The world premiere of a searing drama of bigotry and transcendence by the author of Espresso. Director: Morris Ertman (My Name is Asher Lev) Cast: Tom McBeath, Lucia Frangione (Espresso), Craig Erickson (Grace), Marie Russell, Karyn Guenther "One of our most consistentl... 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

Rhinoceros

  • Thursday, January 24, 2013 - Saturday, February 09, 2013 (Every Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday)
  • Location: Telus Studio Theatre
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Written by Eugene Ionesco, director Chelsea Haberlin Translated by Martin Crimp Telus Studio Theatre What do you do when everyone around you is turning into a rhinoceros? Eugene Ionesco's iconic absurdist masterpiece follows a tragic everyman called Berenger who must navigate the confusion in his small French village as it is overrun by stampeding pachyderms. As bipeds become an ever-smaller min... 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

Sarah Hagen plays Rachmaninoff's Opus 32

  • Friday, January 25, 2013 - Friday, January 25, 2013
  • Venue: Christ Church Cathedral
  • Time: 8:00 pm
  • Location: Christ Church Cathedral
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Canadian pianist Sarah Hagen has been heard in concert halls and on the airwaves to critical acclaim throughout North America and Europe. Her interpretations have been described as "outstandingly inventive," performed with "infinite skill." A visionary and an idealist, Sarah's performances are conceptually innovative, involving photography, dance and theatre. She is the Art... Visit Website

Sense of Place: Exhibition of Young People’s Art at ArtStarts Gallery

  • Tuesday, September 25, 2012 - Friday, March 15, 2013 (Recurring every week day)
  • Time: Gallery open Tuesdays to Fridays 9am to 5pm.
  • Location: ArtStarts Gallery
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Sense of Place, a new exhibition at the ArtStarts Gallery, showcases artwork made by young people from schools across British Columbia in collaboration with professional artists. The students’ work explores themes of identity, land, community and home, fostering their sense of individuality as well as their sense of belonging. The gallery is free and open to the public from Tuesdays to Frid... Visit Website

St. Valentine's Day Massacre Tournament

The 25th Annual St. Valentine’s Day Massacre Vancouver’s World-Famous Improv Tournament Witness history as Vancouver TheatreSports League’s signature festival pits exceptional improv groups from around the world against each other in a battle for and inspired by your love. This year is The Saint Valentine’s Day Massacre’s 25th glorious year and we’re pulling out... Visit Website

Swallow Tail Secret Supper Soiree - Speakeasy

  • Friday, January 25, 2013 - Friday, January 25, 2013
  • Time: 6 PM to 9 PM
  • Location: A Secret Location
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Close your eyes and imagine this. You hop on a trolley and are whisked away to a secret location--maybe it's a juice joint, maybe it's a hideout in the forest. Surrounded by dames and fly boys, you sip cocktails and wine, as a local chef fixes up mouth-watering supper. Then you're off to the next location! A perfect Christmas gift for food and wine lovers! Join Swallow Tail for this two-act, Di... 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 - Look Mummy, I'm Dancing

  • Wednesday, January 23, 2013 - Friday, January 25, 2013 (Recurring daily)
  • Venue: Performance Works
  • Location: Performance Works
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  Look Mummy, I'm Dancing January 23-25, 8PM Sixty-four-year-old Belgium theatre artist Vanessa Van Durme tells her extraordinary true story in Look Mummy, I'm Dancing-a candid and honest account of her life that started as a little boy, and the journey she underwent as one of the pioneering transsexuals of her time. Equal parts hilarious and touching, Vanessa's story speaks to acceptanc... Visit Website

The PuSh International Performing Arts Festival & The Dance Centre present Haptic + Holistic Strata

Hiroaki Umeda/S20 (Tokyo) Haptic + Holistic Strata Presented by the PuSh International Performing Arts Festival and The Dance Centre Friday-Sunday January 25-27, 8pm Post-show artist talkback January 26 Hiroaki Umeda is one of Japan's most exciting artists, bringing together light, sound and movement with astonishing force and style. Haptic plays with the sensation of colour, drenc... Visit Website

The PuSh International Performing Arts Festival presents Photog

  • Tuesday, January 22, 2013 - Saturday, January 26, 2013 (Recurring daily)
  • Venue: Studio T
  • Location: Studio T
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Boca del Lupo (Vancouver, Canada) Photog An imaginary look at the uncompromising life of Thomas Smith Presented by the PuSh International Performing Arts Festival and SFU Woodward's January 22-26, 2013  8:00PM Matinee January 26 4:00PM Studio T, Goldcorp Centre for the Arts Post-Show Talkback Jan 23, Led by Marvin Westwood Pre-Show screening of the film Restrepo Jan 23, 6PM (Free) Dja... Visit Website

The PuSh International Performing Arts Festival presents Testament

  • Thursday, January 24, 2013 - Saturday, January 26, 2013 (Recurring daily)
  • Venue: Fei and Milton Wong Experimental Theatre
  • Location: Fei and Milton Wong Experimental Theatre
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  She She Pop and their fathers (Berlin, Germany) Testament Presented by the PuSh International Performing Arts Festival and SFU Woodward's January 24-26, 2013  8:00PM Fei and Milton Wong Experimental Theatre, Goldcorp Centre for the Arts Post-Show Talkback January 25, led by Kathleen Oliver Duration: 120 min, no intermission In German with English surtitles. Belated Preparati... 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