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Sheri Radford

Larger than Life

By SHERI RADFORD

Cavalia: Odysseo rides into Olympic Village. (Photo: Dan Harper)

Cavalia: Odysseo rides into Vancouver. (Photo: Dan Harper)

Jan 31-Feb 26 There’s no horsing around in Cavalia: Odysseo. The largest touring show on the planet comes to the Olympic Village and features precise choreography of 65 horses and 48 riders, acrobats, aerialists, dancers and musicians. The end result is an epic production filled with breathtaking moments: horses galloping through sweeping vistas (thanks to the world’s largest projection screen), a giant merry-go-round filled with live horses, and an on-stage lake for the water-filled grand finale. You heard that straight from the horse’s mouth.

Bold & Bright

By SHERI RADFORD

A bright mural lights up Ian Tan Gallery even on grey days. (Photo: KK Law)

A bright mural lights up Ian Tan Gallery. (Photo: KK Law)

Is the wet winter weather getting you down? For a reprieve, head to Ian Tan Gallery on South Granville. On the outside wall you’ll find a kaleidoscopic mural sure to brighten even the drabbest of grey Vancouver days—and make a blue-sky day even better. The cheerful mural is based on a piece by Ontario artist Kristofir Dean, whose vibrant paintings are displayed inside the gallery. According to Dean, colour “stirs the mind, heart and spirit.” We couldn’t agree more.

West Coast Cravings

By SHERI RADFORD

Enjoy Pacific Northwest tastes at The Salted Vine.

Enjoy Pacific Northwest tastes at The Salted Vine.

Looking for a taste of the West Coast? Visit The Salted Vine, a newcomer to the Squamish dining scene, for local selections that extend from the food to the decor to the serving dishes. Ocean Wise seafood, beef from Pemberton and produce from Brackendale are just a few of the local ingredients that go into the ever-changing line-up of fresh, seasonal creations. They’re served on dishware made in Squamish, against a backdrop of works by some of the area’s many artists. Consider it the ultimate 100-mile-diet meal.

Ice Ice Baby

By SHERI RADFORD

The Inverse Hair Conditioning System

The Inverse Hair Conditioning System

If frizz is the name of the game, then it’s time to free your follicles from years of heat damage. The Inverse Hair Conditioning System uses ice to lock in hydration, resulting in stronger, healthier, shinier hair. The simple system consists of ice cores that pop out to go in the freezer, a sleek body, ice mist spray and a carrying bag. The best part? No nasty chemicals and no cord. Buy online at ca.inversehair.com.

Purely Canadian Apparel

By SHERI RADFORD

Get cozy and Canadian with a Mary Maxim sweater from Roots.

Get cozy and Canadian with a Mary Maxim sweater from Roots.

Hand-knit from warm and cozy tri-blend yarn, the Mary Maxim sweater for men is decorated with a friendly beaver and a series of maple leaves. The only way the sweater could be more Canadian is if it came with maple syrup, a side of poutine and a hockey stick. Pick up this comfy Canuck creation at Roots, eh.

Potty for Potter

By SHERI RADFORD

The Unauthorized Harry Potter Experience

The Unauthorized Harry Potter Experience

Dec 13-24 Muggles and wizards alike are sure to be charmed by Potted Potter: The Unauthorized Harry Experience, a zany play that spoofs all seven Harry Potter books in just 70 hilarious minutes. The magical show casts its spell over the Vogue Theatre, so don your best robe, grab your favourite wand and get ready to cheer for The Boy Who Lived—and boo He Who Must Not Be Named.

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.

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.