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Events Vancouver

Glorious Gluttony at Dine Out Vancouver

By TIM PAWSEY

Some of Vancouver's top food trucks are part of the Dine Out Festival.

Some of the city’s top food trucks are part of Dine Out

Jan 20-Feb 5 In this city’s dining scene, the start of the new year means one thing: Dine Out! Over the last 15 years, the 17-day Dine Out Vancouver Festival has turned into Canada’s biggest celebration of food and drink, and for good reason. With a wealth of special events, tours, tastings and, above all, dinner deals, this all-things-comestible festival adds up to one enormous celebration of Vancouver’s blossoming dining culture. Every year the number of restaurants offering set menus grows, with three-course dinners offered at $20, $30 and $40, as well as some lunches. Many include optional wine pairings, yielding a chance to discover BC VQA wines.

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Gung Hay Fat Choy!

By SPENCER VAN VLOTEN

Aberdeen Centre boasts activities galore for Chinese New Year

Aberdeen Centre boasts activities galore for Chinese New Year

The Year of the Rooster arrives on Jan. 28, and from the fiery to the tranquil, Chinese New Year festivities abound across the region. The annual Chinese New Year Parade fills the streets of Chinatown with lively lion dances and martial arts performances, while LunarFest’s cultural exhibitions, games and craft-making lessons are at Oakridge Centre from Jan. 17 to Feb. 5. In Richmond, a huge selection of festive goodies and beautiful flowers are on offer at Aberdeen Centre’s Chinese New Year Flower & Gift Fair, while the International Buddhist Temple’s restful New Year’s Eve celebrations are a great option for those seeking something Zen.

Flexible Foodies

By SPENCER VAN VLOTEN

Catch food and flips at Cuisine & Confessions

Catch food and flips at Cuisine & Confessions (Photo: Alexandre Galliez)

What happens when you combine food, acrobats and intimacy? You get Cuisine & Confessions, which tumbles into the Vancouver Playhouse from Jan. 25 to 29. In this meld of dance, theatre and circus, an acrobatic troupe takes over a giant kitchen to craft a meal. Bodies bend, fold and fly as utensils pass around the room and ingredients are creatively mixed. Amidst the culinary gymnastics, acrobats share family recipes, childhood memories and other personal recollections, making the night one to remember.

Aquatic Affection

By SPENCER VAN VLOTEN

The Vancouver Aquarium has couples covered this Valentine's.

The Vancouver Aquarium has couples covered this Valentine’s.

On Feb. 11, treat your valentine to good food and fishy fun at the Hugs & Fishes Dinner & Sleepover at the Vancouver Aquarium. Couples start with a three-course meal, then meet with veterinarians for a lively lesson on how sea animals get frisky. An up-close-and-personal look at the aquarium’s marine residents follows, and a sizzling couples’ cooking competition tops off the night’s activities. Once you’ve flaunted your culinary chops, snuggle up and doze off together, and after dreaming of seals and sea otters rise and shine to a hot breakfast buffet.

On the Brink: PuSh Festival 2017

By JILL VON SPRECKEN

Mess is showing at the PuSh Festival. (Photo: Edmund Collier)

Mess is showing at the PuSh Festival. (Photo: Edmund Collier)

Jan 16-Feb 5 Ready to bend your boundaries? Then head to the PuSh International Performing Arts Festival. Now in its 13th year, the annual fest celebrates groundbreaking theatre, dance, music and visual arts in over 27 works by artists from 11 countries. See works such as Mess, Sweat Baby Sweat or Macbeth: Third World Bunfight, a provocative piece that sets Verdi’s opera in the Congo, with machete-sharp results. It’s an evening spent on the edge—of your seat, that is.

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.

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).

Gift Rapt: Circle Craft Christmas Market

By JILL VON SPRECKEN

Felted bowls by Hold

Felted bowls by Hold

It’s never too early to start making your list and checking it twice. The Circle Craft Christmas Market (Nov. 9 to 13, 2016) makes gift-giving merry and bright with handmade pieces perfect for everyone on your list—naughty or nice. The event showcases over 300 artisans and their wares, including wraps by Chloë Angus Design, wooden toys by Fidoodle, textiles by Hold (pictured) and everything in-between. It’s holiday shopping, all wrapped up.

Ghouls’ Night Out

By SHERI RADFORD

Get into the Halloween spirit with an assortment of seasonal goodies

bat mug1 Serve witches’ potions and brews in a bat-shaped mug. Available at HomeSense. (more…)

Dazzling Dance

By SHERI RADFORD

The Thousand Yard Stare by Jessica Lang Dance. (Photo: Takao Komaru)

Jessica Lang Dance. (Photo: Takao Komaru)

Since its founding five years ago, Jessica Lang Dance has become one of the most acclaimed troupes in the United States. See their Canadian debut at the Vancouver Playhouse (Oct. 28 to 29, 2016) when they perform a mixed repertoire that includes The Thousand Yard Stare, their latest work, honouring those affected by war.

Ghosts in Vancouver

Haunting tales and tours of spooky sightings in the city

By LOUISE PHILLIPS

Vancouver has its share of restless spirits

Vancouver has its share of restless spirits

From ghoulies and ghosties
And long-leggedy beasties
And things that go bump in the night
Good Lord, deliver us!

You might want to utter that old Scottish prayer on a tour of haunted Vancouver. This is a young city, but we have our share of restless spirits and other supernatural phenomena.

On a 90-minute walk with Ghostly Vancouver Tours, owner-guide Stephanie Watts leads guests into the Fairmont Hotel Vancouver to describe the city’s best-known ghost, the Lady in Red. A 1940s patron fond of dancing at the hotel with her husband, the forever-young socialite has been spotted many times on the 14th floor, drifting through closed doors and standing outside a window where there is no ledge. One unsuspecting guest waited for the elevator with the Lady in Red, who joined a man and a child already in it, then all three vanished together. They are thought to be the spirits of the Cox family, who died in a 1944 car crash. (more…)

Mulan the Musical

By SHERI RADFORD

A scene from Mulan the Musical

A scene from Mulan the Musical

East meets West in Mulan the Musical, based on an ancient story about a girl who disguises herself as a male and takes her elderly father’s place in the Chinese army. Filled with drumming, kung fu and dance, this timeless tale of loyalty and devotion always entertains the whole family. See it Oct. 15 at the Queen Elizabeth Theatre.