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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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“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

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

Broadway Across Canada presents WICKED

  • Wednesday, May 28, 2014 - Sunday, June 29, 2014 (Every Sunday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday)
  • Venue: Broadway Across Canada
  • Location: Queen Elizabeth Theatre
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With music and lyrics by Stephen Schwartz (Pippin, Godspell, Academy Award®-winner for Pocahontas and The Prince of Egypt) and book by Winnie Holzman ("My So Called Life," "Once And Again" and "thirtysomething"), WICKED, the untold story of the witches of Oz, is directed by two-time Tony® Award winner Joe Mantello (Take Me Out, Love! Valour! Compassion!, The... Visit Website

Cirque du Soleil presents TOTEM

  • Thursday, May 15, 2014 - Sunday, July 06, 2014 (Every Sunday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday)
  • Venue: Live Nation Canada
  • Location: Under the Big Top at Concord Pacific Place
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TOTEM traces the fascinating journey of the human species from its original amphibian state to its ultimate desire to fly. The characters evolve on a stage evoking a giant turtle, the symbol of origin for many ancient civilizations. Inspired by many founding myths, TOTEM illustrates, through a visual and acrobatic language, the evolutionary progress of species. Somewhere between science and... Visit Website

Cork & Distillery Dinner

  • Wednesday, May 28, 2014 - Wednesday, August 27, 2014 (Recurring monthly on the last Wednesday)
  • Venue: The Refinery
  • Time: 7:00PM
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Come join in, to taste The Refinery's way through a history of tapas. The evening will begin with an assortment of classic tapas with wines from their respective regions, and exploring how they have changed over the years. This experience will conclude with contemporary Spanish tapas as seen on menus around the world. Cork & Distillery Dates & Themes > May 28, 2014 ... Visit Website

Dream Invaders: John Sabourin Solo Exhibition

May 16 - June 6 Opening 10 am, Friday, May 16 Dream Invaders marks the third exhibition by Fort Smith artist JohnSabourin that the Inuit Gallery of Vancouver has had the pleasure to present. His work is always eagerly anticipated here at the gallery and by his legion of fans. John explores his Dehcho-Dene First Nation heritage and that tradition continues with this current body of work. The v... Visit Website

ESF Midtown Pop-Up Shop!

  • Monday, May 26, 2014 - Sunday, June 01, 2014 (Recurring daily)
  • Time: 11:00AM - 7:00PM
  • Location: Midtown Experiment
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For the last week of May, the Eastside Flea will be filling the bright space at 585 E. Broadway with a beautiful display of 35+ ESF vendors in an inviting setting alternate to our usual markets! With nighttime workshops, fun Summer Launch party, cool lounge area, record listening station & more, come check out & stick around this week-long neighbourhood hangout! FREE entrance for all... 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

Microscapes - Agates Up Close at Britannia Mine Museum

Microscapes are back again with more stunning full-colour photos of agates. This exhibit in the Machine Shop will showcase how beautiful and artistic rocks can look up close. This year we look at the beauty of agates. Explore Britannia Museum's new exhibit Microscapes - Agates Up Close, with beautiful and artistic views of rocks and minerals.   On display in our Machine Shop from May 9 to ... Visit Website

Museum of Vancouver presents Rewilding Vancouver

The Vancouver we know is more culturally attuned to and integrated with nature than any city of a comparable size on earth. Despite this, our city has dramatically transformed the natural environment. Opening February 27, 2014 at the Museum of Vancouver with presenting sponsor Pacific Salmon Foundation, Rewilding Vancouver explores the city's nature as it was, is, and could be.  The first... Visit Website

Pacific Theatre presents Espresso

  • Friday, May 16, 2014 - Saturday, June 14, 2014 (Recurring daily)
  • Venue: Pacific Theatre
  • Location: Pacific Theatre
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ESPRESSO by Lucia Frangione May 16-June 14 Three fiery women - Vito's estranged daughter, his pit-bull of a second wife, and the family's wrinkled matriarch - find humour and grace in the aftermath of a violent car crash that threatens to take from them the one man they all love. "The espresso - she's life. Quick, black, bitter in the mouth. Don't expect sweet."

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

Science World presents "Journey to the South Pacific - OMNIMAX® Film"

Journey to the South Pacific Take an adventure to the lush tropical islands of remote West Papua and join Jawi, a young island boy, as he takes you on encounters with whale sharks, sea turtles, manta rays and other iconic creatures of the sea. Home to more than 2,000 species of sea life, this exotic locale features the most diverse marine ecosystem on earth, highlighting the importance of liv... Visit Website

Sins of the City walking tour

Experience the world of a cop in the 1920s when Vancouver was a seething hub of sex, drugs, booze and organized crime. Your 90-minute walking tour takes you through the streets and alleys of Chinatown on the lookout for brothels, bootlegging joints, gambling houses and opium dens. This is a must-see tour for anyone looking for the edgier side of this great city! Sins of the City tours leave pro... Visit Website

The Cultch presents DVote: Lust, Madness, and Mayhem

At first glance dance artists Noam Gagnon and Nova Bhattacharya seem to come from completely different worlds, but a closer look reveals their shared passion for mining personal experience to create revealing and transcendent performances. DVote is their investigation into the dichotomies that separate devotion and submission, the profound and the profane, and sexuality and spirituality. Intimate,... 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

Unmoored: Vancouver's Voyage of the Komagata Maru

In 1914 Vancouver was a burgeoning, multicultural port city and a hub for migrants searching for new opportunities. On the cusp of the Great War, Vancouver waged its own internal battle to determine what type of city it wanted to be. A flashpoint was the arrival of the Komagata Maru - a steamship carrying 376 British Indian passengers who were denied entry into Canada. This modest-sized exhibitio... 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 TheatreSports League presents 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... 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