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Sheri Radford

The Bee’s Knees

By SHERI RADFORD

Local designer Trisha Petrovich's fashions are inspired by honeybees

Local designer Trisha Petrovich’s fashions are inspired by honeybees

Vancouver’s Trisha Petrovich has been busy as a bee lately, creating a new line of buzz-worthy clothing. Designed and made in Canada, the Let Me Bee collection from Tastemakers by Trish P. uses honeybees’ wings, stripes and honeycomb patterns as inspiration. Petrovich immersed herself in the apiarian world at the Honeybee Centre in nearby Surrey, observing, learning and even getting stung a few times. Want to feel like a queen bee? Make a beeline to Global Atomic or Adhesif and pick up your own piece of wearable art.

A Shoo-In: Orla Kiely x Clarks Collection

By SHERI RADFORD

Dotty in oxblood by Orla Kiely x Clarks capsule shoe collection

Dotty in oxblood from the Orla Kiely x Clarks capsule shoe collection

Kate Middleton and Zooey Deschanel are already fans of designer Orla Kiely. Now, for the second time, the “Queen of Prints” has partnered with the respected footwear brand Clarks. End result? The Orla Kiely x Clarks Autumn/Winter 2014 capsule shoe collection, which includes bold silhouettes and unexpected textures in six eclectic styles: the Dotty (pictured), Dora, Dorothy, Daphne, Dilly and Dixie. Find them all at Gravitypope, and get ready to put your best foot forward.

Get Cooking!

By SHERI RADFORD

Learn tips and tricks from the experts at The Dirty Apron, either with classes or a cookbook

Learn tips and tricks from the experts at The Dirty Apron, either with a class or a cookbook

If you can’t tell your mandoline from your mortar and pestle, The Dirty Apron Cooking School can help, with offerings ranging from Ocean Potion: The Seafood Class (Oct. 4, Nov. 13) to Meat Eaters Unite: The Meat Class (Nov. 20). Even if you’re already a budding Nigella or Emeril in the kitchen, the school’s chef instructors can help you improve your technique. For those who prefer to learn at home, The Dirty Apron Cookbook by David Robertson ($34.95) features more than 80 of the school’s tried-and-true dishes along with insider tips and tricks. Find it at local bookstores. Bon appétit!

Rumours?

By SHERI RADFORD

All five Fleetwood Mac members are on the road for their On With the Show tour

All five Fleetwood Mac members are on the road for their On With the Show tour

Those aren’t just rumours—for the first time in 16 years, all five Fleetwood Mac members are on the road together. Christine McVie has joined her bandmates Mick Fleetwood, John McVie, Lindsey Buckingham and Stevie Nicks for the On With the Show tour, criss-crossing North America all autumn long. It rolls into Rogers Arena on Nov. 18 for an evening of timeless hits, everything from “Go Your Own Way” to “Dreams” to the guaranteed crowd-pleaser “Don’t Stop.”

We Heart Britto

By SHERI RADFORD

These bright suitcases from Britto eliminate any mix-ups at the luggage carousel

These bright suitcases from Heys help eliminate any mix-ups at the luggage carousel

At any airport overflowing with almost-identical black suitcases, the Britto Collection by Heys really stands out. Sporting the works of Brazil-born, Florida-based artist Romero Britto, the cheerful bags display elements of cubism, pop art and graffiti. More than just a pretty face, each bag boasts an expansion system—which means there’s always room to tuck in one more souvenir—as well as a fully lined interior, a built-in TSA lock and 360-degree spinner wheels. Pick up one at The Bay, and you’ll never again have trouble spotting your suitcase on the baggage carousel.

Flashdance – The Musical

By SHERI RADFORD

The hit movie dances its way to the stage for Flashdance – The Musical

The hit movie dances its way to the stage for Flashdance – The Musical

Back in 1983, the influence of Flashdance was inescapable. The hit movie produced a flood of top-10 songs—“Maniac,” “Gloria,” “Manhunt,” “I Love Rock ’N’ Roll,” plus that oh-so-catchy title track—and countless fashion trends. Now it’s time to brush off those old legwarmers and off-the-shoulder grey sweatshirt and head to the Queen Elizabeth Theatre for the stage adaptation, Flashdance – The Musical (Nov. 11 to 16). What a feeling!

Fun and Games

By SHERI RADFORD

Customize your favourite game with personalized mementos

Customize your favourite game with personalized mementos

It’s all fun and games: favourite family photos become family game nights with customized Monopoly boards from CafePress. Each game comes complete with all the bits and pieces you remember from long, lazy childhood afternoons—including Chance and Community Chest cards, green houses, red hotels, and the beloved racing car, Scottie dog and top hat—but the board is adorned with snapshots of your choosing. Select from themes such as love, family rules, birthday, baseball and best friends, then upload your most captivating candids and perfect portraits to create a unique keepsake. Available online.

Lululemon: Bigger & Better

By SHERI RADFORD

Lululemon's flagship store is bigger and better than ever

Lululemon’s flagship store is bigger and better than ever

Diehard fans know there’s just one way to improve a Lululemon store: make it bigger, so it can hold even more yoga pants and hoodies. That’s exactly what the Vancouver brand did recently, opening its largest space yet, right downtown on Robson Street. The gorgeous new flagship store includes innovations such as a digital pant wall and an onsite testing and personalization shop. Huge shopping spree, here we come.

Spooky Stuff

By SHERI RADFORD

This spooky book is part of the Halloween Scare series

This spooky book is part of the Halloween Scare series

Witches, goblins, vampires and ghouls are taking over: the A Halloween Scare series has already sent chills through places such as New York, Washington and Florida, and now it’s heading north of the border. A Halloween Scare in Canada by Eric James (Sourcebooks; $11.99) visits beloved Canuck locations such as Parliament Hill in Ottawa, Sambro Island Lighthouse in Nova Scotia, and the totem poles right here in Stanley Park. At local bookstores.

Stickboy

By SHERI RADFORD

Spoken-word artist, Shane Koyczan

Spoken-word artist, Shane Koyczan

What happens when the bullied becomes the bully? Canada’s best-known spoken-word artist, BC’s own Shane Koyczan (pictured), explored this idea in his novel-in-verse Stickboy. Koyczan and composer Neil Weisensel have now adapted the much-lauded book into a visually innovative and musically memorable opera. Catch the world premiere Oct. 23 to Nov. 7 at the Vancouver Playhouse.

A Peek at Peaked Pies

By SHERI RADFORD

Savoury meat pie found at Peaked Pies

Savoury meat pie with all the fixings, at Peaked Pies

It’s impossible to spend a day in Whistler without hearing Australian accents aplenty. Before Peaked Pies opened, all those homesick Aussies couldn’t find one of their favourite foods here: meat pies. But these savoury delicacies aren’t just for folks from Down Under. Choices ranging from beef curry to chunky pepper steak to chicken with mushroom and leek—all “peaked” with mashed potatoes, mushy peas and gravy—appeal to taste buds of every nationality. Consider it a United Nations of flavours.

Write On!

By SHERI RADFORD

Author Emma Donoghue. (Photo: by Andrew Bainbridge)

Author Emma Donoghue. (Photo: by Andrew Bainbridge)

Bookworms and bibliophiles, rejoice: the Vancouver Writers Fest is back for its 27th year, and it’s bigger than ever, with more than 100 authors coming to Granville Island from Oct. 21 to 26. This year’s highlights: Ireland’s Colm Tóibín, Norway’s Karl Ove Knausgaard, France’s Maylis de Kerangal, and Herman Koch from the Netherlands. Home-grown talent includes Emma Donoghue (pictured), William Gibson and Miriam Toews. The festival’s signature mix of big-name writers and newly discovered gems is sure to set any book-lover’s heart aflutter—and guarantees a heavy bag filled with new must-reads for the trip home.