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British Columbia

Little Red, Big Laughs

By SHERI RADFORD

Little Red comes to the York Theatre. (Photo: Tim Matheson)

Little Red comes to the York Theatre. (Photo: Tim Matheson)

To Dec 31 Get ready to cheer for the plucky heroine and boo the dastardly villain as East Van Panto: Little Red Riding Hood takes over the York Theatre for a month of groan-worthy puns, superb slapstick and sustained silliness. What foes does Little Red face in the wilds of East Vancouver? Everything from wicked bicycle thieves to distracted drivers to the granddaddy of all fairy tale villains, The Big Bad Wolf himself. Will Little Red make it to Granny’s house? You’ll have to see the show to find out.

Happily Ever After

By SHERI RADFORD

The four limited edition tins of Nivea Creme

The four limited edition tins of Nivea Creme

Once upon a time, a beloved moisturizer company met a talented author and a gifted illustrator, and it was love at first sight. Udo Weigelt wrote four stories that Joelle Tourionias illustrated, and these winter-themed tales inspired four charming limited-edition tins of Nivea Creme, available in December at stores such as London Drugs and Shoppers Drug Mart. Read the digitally animated stories online, and prepare to fall in love, too.

Sweet Street

By SPENCER VAN VLOTEN

Just one of the many sweet creations along Gingerbread Lane.

There are plenty of sweet creations along Gingerbread Lane

Maybe you can’t catch the gingerbread man, but you can catch Hyatt Regency’s Gingerbread Lane from Dec. 4 to 27. The 26th edition of this sweet event features dozens of eye-catching creations by professional chefs, amateur culinary artists and local secondary school students. Previous displays include a towering building and the Gastown Steam Clock in cookie form, and a new selection of sugary masterpieces promises to impress. Stroll down the lane free of charge, and be sure to vote for your favourite.

Toruk on Tour

By SHERI RADFORD

Toruk--The First Flight. (Photo Errisson Lawrence)

Toruk–The First Flight. (Photo: Errisson Lawrence)

Dec 14-18 James Cameron’s record-breaking movie Avatar introduced the visually stunning world of Pandora. What do you get when you take Pandora and add in clever puppets, soaring kites, cutting-edge multimedia effects and the astounding stagecraft that Cirque du Soleil is famous for? Toruk – The First Flight, which is dazzling audiences this month at the Pacific Coliseum. It tells the story of two brave boys and their new friend who embark on a quest to save the Tree of Souls.

Tasty Tomes

By SHERI RADFORD

Bring home the delicious tastes of CinCin Ristorante and Araxi

Bring home the delicious tastes of Araxi and CinCin Ristorante

If only you could pack your favourite restaurant into a suitcase and take it home with you. Now you can (sort of), thanks to two newly published cookbooks. CinCin: Wood Fired Cucina shares the secrets of CinCin Ristorante’s wood-oven cooking techniques, revealing how to create traditional Italian dishes using seasonal West Coast ingredients. Araxi: Roots to Shoots, Farm Fresh Recipes embraces the local-eating philosophy of Araxi in recipes such as seared wild scallops with cauliflower tempura or roasted beets with chickpea caponata and nasturtium pesto. The two tasty tomes are available at Barbara-Jo’s Books To Cooks and other bookstores, which means the mouth-watering flavours of British Columbia can linger long after your vacation has ended.

 

Perfectly Packed

By SHERI RADFORD

A set of Mumi's packing cubes.

A set of Mumi packing cubes.

Tidy up your travel gear with a five-piece set of packing cubes from Mumi. Available in an array of bright colours, these lightweight but durable cubes help you maximize suitcase space by keeping everything organized, from socks and underwear to toiletries and electronics. Buy online at www.mumidesign.com.

History Comes Alive at Squamish Lil’wat Cultural Centre

By SHERI RADFORD

Learn about the local First Nations at Squamish Lil'wat Cultural Centre

Learn about local First Nations culture at Squamish Lil’wat Cultural Centre

Centuries before skiers and snowboarders took over Whistler, the Squamish and Lil’wat people lived, fished and hunted in the region. Celebrating the diverse cultures of these two First Nations groups, the Squamish Lil’wat Cultural Centre brims with information and hands-on exhibits. Prepare to be fascinated.

Taco Redux

By TIM PAWSEY

Soft and crunchy carnitas (front), lemon grass chicken burritos (left) and tater tots (right). (Photo: KK Law).

Soft and crunchy carnitas (front), lemon grass chicken burritos (left) and tater tots (right). (Photo: KK Law)

A recent arrival in Yaletown, pint-sized Tacofino is an offshoot of its ever-popular Gastown mothership. Pack in for surf-centric bites such as lingcod fish tacos, beef-brisket-barbacoa burritos, white-bean tacos and more. Traditional tequila cocktails include a margarita and a paloma. Think Tofino meets Baja–with sustainably sourced ingredients and Ocean Wise seafood.

For more by Tim Pawsey, visit hiredbelly.com

Disney On Ice: Worlds of Enchantment

By SHERI RADFORD

Anna and Elsa are just two of the Disney stars coming to town for Worlds of Enchantment.

Anna and Elsa are just two of the Disney stars coming to town for Worlds of Enchantment.

Nov 23 to 27

Your kids know every word to “Let It Go”—and belt out the song at least once per day. They can recite all the adventures of Woody, Buzz, Jessie, Slinky Dog, Little Bo Peep and Mr. Potato Head. They pretend to be Lightning McQueen and Mater every time they enter a vehicle. In other words, your kids will absolutely love Disney On Ice presents Worlds of Enchantment, which skates into the Pacific Coliseum for nine shows filled with Disney-inspired music, dancing, stunts and, of course, superb ice skating.

Boundary Bending Boxes for a Cause

By JILL VON SPRECKEN

"Full Moon Container" by Shawn Hunt. (Photo: Lattimer Gallery).

“Full Moon Container” by Shawn Hunt. (Photo: Lattimer Gallery).

Nov 19 to Dec 3, 2016

Some artists think outside the box—others paint it. Each year, Lattimer Gallery presents 20 BC-based First Nations artists with a blank cedar bentwood box, and receives a stunning showcase of creativity in return. The handcrafted artworks are then auctioned off, all in support of the Urban Native Youth Association. See boundary-bending pieces by the likes of Corrine Hunt, Sonny Assu, Gwaai Edenshaw and Shawn Hunt at the 2016 Annual Charity Bentwood Box Event, Nov. 19 to Dec. 3, 2016. Now that’s a cool cause.

Eastside Culture Crawl

By JILL VON SPRECKEN

“Alley Variations #5” by Richard Tetrault

“Alley Variations #5” by Richard Tetrault

For 20 years, art admirers have taken to the streets to ponder paintings, pottery, photography and more at the Eastside Culture Crawl (Nov. 17 to 20, 2016). The popular festival draws over 25,000 studio-hoppers as they tour the creative spaces of nearly 500 local artists. Download a map from the Crawl’s website and embark on a self-guided tour to 78 venues in edgy East Van. The souvenir-savvy snag one-of-a-kind pieces, such as relief prints by Richard Tetrault (“Alley Variations #5,” pictured).

Brothel #9: Catch the Award-winning Play at The Cultch

By JILL VON SPRECKEN

Brothel #9 (Photo: Emily Cooper).

Brothel #9 (Photo: Emily Cooper)

Nov 17 to 27

In Brothel #9, an award-winning play by Anusree Roy, a young woman named Rekha travels from her tiny Indian village to the big city of Calcutta, to begin work in a light-bulb factory. However, she quickly discovers that her new job isn’t what she expected—she’s been sold into a brothel. Catch her haunting, hard-hitting journey at The Cultch.