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British Columbia

Ballet BC: UN/A

By SHERI RADFORD

Three world premiers dance onto the stage in Ballet BC's UN/A. (Photo: Michael Slobodian)

Three world premieres dance onto the stage in Ballet BC’s UN/A. (Photo: Michael Slobodian)

What’s better than one world premiere in an evening? Three. In its final production of the season, Ballet BC presents UN/A, which showcases innovative new works by a trio of renowned international choreographers: Gioconda Barbuto, Gustavo Ramirez Sansano and Cayetano Soto. It’s triple the entertainment, Apr. 24 to 26 at the Queen Elizabeth Theatre.

For Wee Ones

By SHERI RADFORD

Pint-sized fashionistas love Nicole Bridger's made-in-Vancouver line, Little B

Pint-sized fashionistas love Nicole Bridger’s made-in-Vancouver line, Little B

Eco-Friendly Clothing
Stylish moms already wear the chic clothes crafted from sustainable, ethical fabrics at Nicole Bridger. Now their daughters can get in on all the fashion fun with the recent launch of Little B. This made-in-Vancouver line of cute and comfy—yet durable and affordable—dresses and leggings fits pint-sized fashionistas from six months up to size four. (more…)

Save the Planet

By SHERI RADFORD

In honour of Earth Day (April 22), we present two new books and one DVD that put the planet first.

The Green Vine by Shannon Borg

The Green Vine by Shannon Borg

The Green Vine
Erosion. Runoff. Cork materials. The environmental issues facing wineries go on and on. What’s an earth-loving oenophile to do? Pick up Shannon Borg’s The Green Vine: A Guide to West Coast Sustainable, Organic, and Biodynamic Wines, which is filled with info on almost 200 sustainable wineries in BC, Idaho, Washington, Oregon and California. At local bookstores. (more…)

Farmer’s Apprentice

By TIM PAWSEY

Chef David Gunawan. (Photo: KK Law)

Chef David Gunawan. (Photo: KK Law)

In a city of locavores, it’s no surprise that chefs David Gunawan and Dara Young’s compact, organic Farmer’s Apprentice is gaining attention. Tastes and textures at this rustic room, just across the Granville Street Bridge from downtown, are as wide ranging as they are innovative. The menu shifts not only with the season but by the week, or even daily, depending on which sought-after heritage varieties of produce or meat land on the couple’s doorstep. Past highlights have ranged from pan-seared sweetbreads with egg yolk, celeriac and parsley emulsion; to steelhead trout with roasted artichokes, smoked olives and grapefruit emulsion. More traditional appetites can choose perfectly grilled Angus rib-eye with onions, porcini mushrooms and beet jus. Wines are as thoughtfully sourced as the food and, in keeping with the organic mantra, all biodynamic.

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Happy Easter!

By SHERI RADFORD

Celebrate Easter with a bunny bubble bar from Lush Fresh Handmade Cosmetics

Celebrate Easter with a bunny bubble bar from Lush Fresh Handmade Cosmetics

April 20

Trying to keep the calorie count down this Easter? Skip the decadent chocolates and head to Lush Fresh Handmade Cosmetics for bunny bubble bars, made with shea butter and coconut oil, to fill bath time with candy-scented bubbles. Also pick up some carrot-shaped soap, with moisturizing carrot oil on the outside and softening cocoa butter on the inside. The best part: zero calories.

New Views: Lawren Harris

By JILL VON SPRECKEN

"Island, MacCallum Lake," by Lawren Harris. (Photo: Trevor Mills/Vancouver Art Gallery)

“Island, MacCallum Lake,” by Lawren Harris. (Photo: Trevor Mills/Vancouver Art Gallery)

Sometimes, change is good. It’s certainly true of celebrated painter Lawren Harris, whose 60-year career charted a course from vibrant landscapes to eccentric abstracts. Trace his artistic evolution at the Vancouver Art Gallery’s Lawren Harris: Canadian Visionary (to May 4). Striking works by the Group of Seven member, such as “Island, MacCallum Lake” (pictured), focus on the spirituality of the place rather than the details—a stunning example of his journey into abstraction.

Run for It

By SHERI RADFORD

It’s hard not to be a runner in a city with routes as spectacular as the seawall and Stanley Park. Whether you’re a newbie jogger or an Olympic-level sprinter, Vancouver has much to offer

The Vancouver Sun Run draws big crowds. (Photo: ©MajaPhoto/Istockphoto.com)

The Vancouver Sun Run draws big crowds. (Photo: ©MajaPhoto/Istockphoto.com)

RACE
Canada’s largest 10K road race, the Vancouver Sun Run (pictured; Apr. 27) attracts more than 48,000 walkers, joggers, runners and wheelchair athletes. The route showcases breathtaking views of Stanley Park, English Bay, False Creek and, off in the distance, snow-capped mountains. A longer race that also makes full use of the scenery is the BMO Vancouver Marathon (May 4), which Forbes magazine recently named one of the world’s top 10 marathons worth travelling for. Of particular note? An abundance of both on-course entertainment and spectacular shoreline views. Those not ready to go the full distance can choose a more manageable half marathon or 8K instead. (more…)

5 French Finds

By TIM PAWSEY

Steak tartare topped with an egg yolk, at Bistro Wagon Rouge. (Photo: KK Law)

Steak tartare topped with an egg yolk, at Bistro Wagon Rouge. (Photo: KK Law)

Bistro Wagon Rouge Beef cheeks Bourguignon, cassoulet and steak frites are just some of the top draws at this East Side diner, reinvented and rediscovered by locals.

Les Faux Bourgeois This bustling room brings new life to the unlikely backwater of Kingsway and Fraser. Go for the tarte flambée, choucroute, duck confit and more.

Salade de Fruits Cafe South Granville’s worst-kept secret is a tiny space in Le Centre Culturel that packs ’em in for frogs’ legs and coquille St. Jacques.

Provence Mediterranean Grill Polished West Side retreat not far from UBC welcomes with a sunny disposition and classic variations such as West Coast bouillabaisse, prawns provençale and more.

The French Table Long-time downtown chef Hervé Martin pulled up stakes for South Main and never looked back. Go for the croque monsieur, Burgundy fondue and friendly but polished service.

Sets and the City

By SHERI RADFORD

Rachel Nichols (Kiera) in action on the Continuum set

Rachel Nichols (Kiera) in action on the Continuum set

Vancouver excels at portraying other places: Seattle, New York, Chicago and more in movies ranging from Juno and Mission Impossible 4 to Superman: Man of Steel and most of The Twilight Saga series. But rarely can it throw off its fake American mailboxes and license plates, stop hiding its glorious mountains, and just be itself. (more…)

Amy Grant

By SHERI RADFORD

Christian pop artist, Amy Grant

Christian pop artist, Amy Grant

After more than 25 years in the biz, Amy Grant is practically synonymous with Christian pop music. In addition to her string of Grammy Awards and Gospel Music Association Dove Awards, she’s one of only two Christian artists with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. See this legendary artist perform live with the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra, Apr. 14 at the Orpheum Theatre.

Ken Diamond: Leather is Better

By SHERI RADFORD

Moccasins, at Ken Diamond

Moccasins, at Ken Diamond

Leather work may be a dying art, but you wouldn’t know it from the gorgeous moccasins (pictured), belts, wallets and key chains handmade by Ken Diamond in his Vancouver studio. He uses only high-quality leather and classic designs to create his timeless pieces. Find them at The Block and Sharks and Hammers, or shop online.

Il Divo: Broadway’s Best

By SHERI RADFORD

This quartet is well-versed in making beautiful music

This international quartet is well-versed in making beautiful music together

“Some Enchanted Evening.” “Tonight.” “Memory.” “Can You Feel The Love Tonight.” Hear these hits from South Pacific, West Side Story, Cats, The Lion King—and more—as Il Divo brings A Musical Affair: The Greatest Songs of Broadway Live to the Queen Elizabeth Theatre, Apr. 10. Joining the international quartet on stage is Lea Salonga, the Tony Award–winning actress and singer. Making beautiful music together? Sounds like a winning combination to us.