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“Paintings & Porcelain” World Premier Exhibit by Water Poon (Ah Shui) & Ah Ngau

Exhibit runs May 1-30, 2014 Opening Reception: May 2, 2014 @ 2:00PM - 4:00PM Two prominent artists, Water Poon (Ah Shui) and Ah Ngau, come together to produce a gorgeous exhibit of paintings and porcelain sculptures. Hong Kong and Vancouver-based, Water Poon (Ah Shui) spotted Ah Ngau's studio while driving, stopped the car and fell in love with Ah Ngau's delicate porcelain figurines. The por... Visit Website

100 in 1 Day Vancouver Workshop

  • Thursday, May 08, 2014 - Thursday, May 08, 2014
  • Time: 6:00PM - 9:00PM
  • Location: CityStudio
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Do you have an idea to make your city a better place? Come and discuss it with like-minded people. Don't have an idea yet? Come and contribute to people's ideas! Join the citizen-driven movement that started in Bogota, Colombia in 2012. Building up to 100 in 1 Day, people of all ages, backgrounds and locations across the city are invited to attend workshops to develop their interventions-from ... Visit Website

Arts Club Theatre Company presents Kim's Convenience

KIM'S CONVENIENCE By Ins Choi A Soulpepper Theatre Company Production (Toronto) The Depth of a Salesman Soulpepper Academy alum Ins Choi's hilarious and touching debut play set in a Regent Park convenience store was the smash hit of the 2011 Toronto Fringe Festival. Mr. Kim, the store's Korean owner, grapples with both a changing neighbourhood landscape and the chasm between him and his second-... Visit Website

Arts Club Theatre Company presents Monty Python's Spamalot

MONTY PYTHON'S SPAMALOT Book and lyrics by Eric Idle Music by John Du Prez and Eric Idle A New Musical Lovingly Ripped Off from the Motion Picture Monty Python and the Holy Grail Whether or not you've seen the movie that inspired it, Spamalot will make you laughalot. Favourites old and new-the Knights Who Say "Ni!" and the Laker Girls among them-appear in this highly irreverent and ir... Visit Website

Arts Club Theatre Company presents The Bomb-itty of Errors

  • Thursday, April 10, 2014 - Saturday, May 10, 2014 (Recurring daily)
  • Venue: Revue Theatre
  • Location: Revue Theatre
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THE BOMB-ITTY OF ERRORS By Jordan Allen-Dutton, Jason Catalano, Gregory J. Qaiyum, Erik Weiner, and Jeffrey Qaiyum Originally produced by Twenty Something Theatre and Temporary Thing An Ad-rap-tation of Shakespeare's The Comedy of Errors A fast-paced, musical "ad-rap-tation" of Shakespeare's comedy of mistaken identities, this show infuses Elizabethan times with hip-hop flavour. The a... Visit Website

Bird Week 2014

  • Saturday, May 03, 2014 - Saturday, May 10, 2014 (Recurring daily)
  • Location: various locations - see event details
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From bird nerd to bird curious, from wise old owl to adventurous tot, there is an event for everyone during Vancouver Bird Week: May 3 - 10, 2014. New this year: first annual City Bird competition. Vote now! Voting closes May 10. Bird Week Evening Presentation Series   April 29            Special Pre-Week Event: Author David Sibley... Visit Website

Forbidden Vancouver presents Prohibition City Walking Tour

  • Saturday, April 05, 2014 - Saturday, November 15, 2014 (Every Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday)
  • Venue: Forbidden Vancouver
  • Time: 6:30PM
  • Location: departs from Cathedral Square, Opposite Holy Rosary Cathedral
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Experience Vancouver's dirty history In 1917, Prohibition hit Vancouver harder than a slug of bathtub gin, knocking the city to its knees. Saloon doors swung closed for good, forcing law-abiding citizens into an underground world of bootlegged spirits and illicit activity. These ain't the kinda stories you'll hear on tour buses, nor the kind you'll read in guide books. Throw yourself at the mercy... Visit Website

Gu Xiong: a journey exposed

  • Wednesday, May 07, 2014 - Saturday, August 23, 2014 (Every Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday)
  • Time: 12:00PM - 5:00PM
  • Location: Gordon Smith Gallery of Canadian Art
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May 7 - August 23, 2014 Opening Reception: Friday, May 9 @ 7PM - 9:00PM International Artists' Panel: Saturday, May 10 @ 2PM - 4PM The 2nd Summer exhibition of the Gordon Smith Gallery of Canadian Art opens. Entitled “Gu Xiong: a journey exposed”, the show, curated by Astrid Heyerdahl, will showcase the work of Gu Xiong, a transcultural artist with a strong sense of global interco... Visit Website

Murder, Mystery & Intrigue: 2014 Speaker Series

Beneath a veneer of Vancouver respectability and wholesomeness lies a world of murder, mystery and intrigue. In the mansions of Shaughnessy, on the streets of Chinatown, in the quiet neighbourhoods of suburbia, murders have been motivated by racial prejudice, infidelity and greed. Some have been solved and the criminals brought to justice, others remain unsolved more than 90 years later. Join loc... Visit Website

Museum of Vancouver presents Rewilding Vancouver

  • Thursday, February 27, 2014 - Sunday, August 31, 2014
  • Venue: Museum of Vancouver
  • Time: 10:00AM - 5:00PM (Thursdays until 8:00PM)
  • Location: Museum of Vancouver
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Rewilding Vancouver Remember. Reconnect. Rewild. February 27, 2014 - September 1, 2014 The first major exhibition in Canada to explore our relationship with nature through the lens of historical ecology, Rewilding Vancouver brings this new way of exploring the past to the forefront using Vancouver as the subject. The exhibition is comprised of taxidermy specimens, 3D models, soundscapes, vide... Visit Website

Neither Here Nor There - A Real Good Performance Festival

May 7 - May 11, 2014 Opening Reception: Wednesday, May 7 @ 7:00PM - 10:00PM   A five-day festival featuring groundbreaking performance, theatre, dance, music, visual art and hybrid forms from MFA students at Simon Fraser’s School for the Contemporary Arts. The local and international artists of the MFA program have created seven different performances for this five day festival... Visit Website

North Vancouver Community Arts Council presents The Reclaimers

  • Friday, April 11, 2014 - Saturday, May 10, 2014 (Recurring daily)
  • Location: CityScape Community Art Space
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Opening reception: Thursday, April 10, 7-9pm Revel in the innovation and creation of art made by recycling materials. This exhibition focuses on the work of 17 artists who have found inspiration from industrial, consumer, found or everyday materials that are no longer desired, needed or can fulfill the original purpose. The art is made of at least 75% of materials re-purposed from its origi... Visit Website

Roedde House Jazz Nights presents: Jaclyn Guillou & David Blake

Join us for an evening of jazz in our Victorian parlour room on Thursday May 8th at 7:00pm. Singer Jaclyn Guilou will be accompanied by David Blake on guitar in what promises to be an evening of soul-stirring musical enjoyment. This concert is part of a monthly concert series, taking place on the second Thursday of each month at 7pm. Seating is limited (max. 35) and reservations are recommended. ... Visit Website

Rosemary Burden 'Butterfly Factory' Gallery

  • Tuesday, May 06, 2014 - Monday, July 07, 2014 (Recurring daily)
  • Time: 8:30AM - 5:00PM
  • Location: North Vancouver City Hall - Atrium Gallery
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Rosemary Burden has deconstructed pages of Shakespearean writings to create a 30-foot wide ‘Butterfly Factory’ . This installation addresses the idea of repetition, art versus craft, and the oft-discussed possibility of the disappearance of the printed paper book in light of the emerging use of electronic books. It also speaks to the plight of the monarch butterflies whose habitat ... Visit Website

Scorned: Emily Carr

Scorned: Emily Carr March 1 to May 26, 2014 Scorned: Emily Carr engages in dialogue with the concurrent exhibition A Terrible Beauty: Edward Burtynsky, presenting works that demonstrate Carr's interest in the denatured landscape-an occasional, but notable, subject of her work. The exhibition includes drawings and paintings from the Gallery's permanent collection, as well as a small selection o... Visit Website

Ts'msyen Transforming: Morgan Green

Ts'msyen Transforming: Morgan Green April 30 to September 14, 2014 Morgan Green introduces breathtaking examples of hollow-form jewelry in her solo exhibition Ts'msyen Transforming. The exhibition reveals sophisticated works of art and personal adornment, in which Green honours the values, classical art and design of the Ts'mysen people, while using classic European gold smithing, bronze casti... Visit Website

Vancouver Art Gallery presents Offsite: Babak Golkar

April 25 to September 28, 2014 Vancouver-Based artist Babak Golkar will present several large terracotta pots at Offsite. Each vessel is uniquely designed to contain a scream, providing a unique location for viewers to release excess feelings encountered in the everyday. Both clever and playful, Golkar's installation takes a critical look at the effects of increased expectations and anxiety in ... Visit Website

Vancouver Opera presents DON CARLO

  • Saturday, May 03, 2014 - Sunday, May 11, 2014 (Every Sunday, Thursday, Saturday)
  • Venue: Vancouver Opera
  • Time: May 3, 8, 10, 11 (matinée)
  • Location: Queen Elizabeth Theatre
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Vancouver Opera presents DON CARLO GIUSEPPE VERDI First VO production in 40 years! A magnificent drama of a king's brutal power and a son's brash rebellion In Italian with English SURTITLESTM Approximate running time: 3 hours 5 minutes (including one intermission)   In the war-torn 16th century, peace between France and Spain is secured when a French princess, Elisabeth de Val... Visit Website

Vancouver TheatreSports League presents Gorilla Theatre

It's the law of the jungle at The Improv Centre! Beginning April 17th, Vancouver TheatreSportsTM League presents the internationally renowned Gorilla TheatreTM created by Keith Johnstone. Our performers will beat their chests as they battle it out directing each other in scenes, songs and stories. You, the audience, will decide if their scenes deserve your approval and of course, a banana. The di... Visit Website

Vancouver TheatreSports League presents Ultimate Improv Championships

UIC is Vancouver's most dangerous improv and pits two blood-thirsty teams of improvisers against each other in a non-stop timed challenge. At the end of each performance the audience votes who will be the Ultimate Improv Champion, with the winning team returning the following week to defend their title. “Ultimate Improvisers” are among the best-trained and well-conditioned athletes in... Visit Website

Without Masks: Contemporary Afro-Cuban Art

  Without Masks: Contemporary Afro-Cuban Art Audain Gallery, MOA This exhibition features over 80 Afro-Cuban artworks collected by Chris and Marina von Christierson. Curated by Cuban poet, art critic and curator Orlando Hernández, the exhibition was first shown at the Johannesburg Art Gallery. It explores the ties that link the histories and cultures of Cuba and Africa, and incl... Visit Website

YALETOWN FARMERS MARKET

  • Thursday, May 01, 2014 - Thursday, October 02, 2014 (Every Thursday)
  • Time: 2:00PM - 6:00PM
  • Location: Yaletown Neighbourhood
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YALETOWN FARMERS MARKET Back by popular demand! Discover a traditional outdoor farmers market with fresh produce direct from the growers, artisan foods and baking, as well as non-food merchandise. Vancouver Farmers Markets (otherwise known as Your Local Farmers Market Society) is about people who love fresh food at festive gatherings. With the initial goal in 1995 to create the fun and value... Visit Website