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Vancouver

Artist Statement

By JILL VON SPRECKEN

"Spaced Invaders" by Sonny Assu

“Spaced Invaders” by Sonny Assu

In an era where street art is around every corner, Sonny Assu’s graffiti-esque tags stand out. Except his canvas isn’t brick—it’s Emily Carr’s famed paintings. In We Come to Witness: Sonny Assu in Dialogue with Emily Carr at the Vancouver Art Gallery (to Apr. 23), Assu interrupts Carr’s works by adding Kwakwaka’wakw-style formline elements, reaffirming First Nations’ place in her landscapes.

Top Dogs

By SHERI RADFORD

Get your best friend on the best-dressed list.

Get your best friend on the Best-Dressed list.

Pampered pooches and well-heeled hounds get outfitted by Danes and Divas. The local company crafts stylish bowties, collars, leashes, bandanas and more for dapper dogs (and good-natured cats). Shalla Black established the business in 2012 because she saw a need for accessories that went beyond basic nylon or leather. Designed and manufactured in BC, Black’s creations express each pet’s personality. Outfit your own precious pup at Barking Babies or online.

A Song of Ice and Fire

By SHERI RADFORD

A concert as epic as its namesake.

A concert as epic as its namesake.

Apr 1 While you’re (still) waiting for the next book and TV season, immerse yourself in the GoT world at the Game of Thrones Live Concert Experience, complete with 3D designs that rise from the stage and an 80-piece orchestra conducted by the show’s composer, Ramin Djawadi. After all, winter is coming.

Delicious Deeds

By CHLOË LAI

Mouth-watering salmon at Joe Fortes. (Photo: Dining Out For Life)

Mouth-watering salmon at Joe Fortes. (Photo: Dining Out For Life)

At Dining Out For Life, you can have your cake and let someone else eat it, too—in a manner of speaking. On Mar. 30, restaurants throughout the Lower Mainland donate 25% of each food bill to local not-for-profit A Loving Spoonful, which provides free, healthy meals and nutritional counselling for Vancouverites living with HIV/AIDS. The more you indulge, the more you help. So go ahead and order that chocolate molten cake (Dockside), praline mousse (Forage) or traditional tiramisu (Joe Fortes) after dinner. It’ll feel as good as it tastes.

A Beautiful Nature

By CHLOË LAI

"Among Flowers" by Katie Cheung.

“Among Flowers” by Katie Cheung.

There’s an element of earthly magic to award-winning artist Katie Cheung’s mixed-media and acrylic-on-canvas paintings. Flowers blossom freely across the scene, inspired by her boundless love of gardening. Born in Hong Kong and trained in Vancouver, Cheung is constantly experimenting with colours and styles, creating lush pieces that dance between realism and dream states. Explore her energetic and introspective works in Beyond Nature II, at Art Beatus until March 31.

High Impact

By JILL VON SPRECKEN

"Salmon Panel" by Susan Point.

“Salmon Panel” by Susan Point.

In the Coast Salish language, the closest word to “art” is “x ˘al,” a reference to the feeling derived from making a mark. It’s a definition that perfectly suits boundary-bending Musqueam artist Susan Point and a career spent making her mark on paper, glass, wood—and, of course, First Nations art. Known for blending traditional Coast Salish motifs with non-traditional techniques, Point creates intricate, modern works that are sure to leave an impression (“Salmon Panel,” pictured). Find an array of the famed artist’s eye-catching pieces in X ˘al: Making Her Mark at Coastal Peoples Gallery until Mar. 30.

Dance Dance Fever

By SHERI RADFORD

San Francisco's Alonzo King LINES Ballet.

San Francisco’s Alonzo King LINES Ballet.

Newbies and aficionados alike always find much to love at the Vancouver International Dance Festival (Mar. 1 to 25). The 17th annual fest brings to local stages everything from ballet to butoh. Don’t miss Dairakudakan, Japan’s otherworldly ensemble; the visionary choreography of San Francisco’s Alonzo King LINES Ballet (pictured); and Post No Bills, a solo piece by Denmark’s Kitt Johnson that explores the transformative power of crisis.

Made For Each Other

By JILL VON SPRECKEN

Postmark Blonde and Sevens IPA await the action.

Postmark Blonde and Sevens IPA await the action.

Beer and rugby—it’s a match made in sporting heaven. Especially when it’s a local brew, crafted to team up with the fast-paced HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series that takes the city by storm Mar. 11 and 12. The limited-edition Sevens IPA from Postmark Brewing can be found throughout the province, including at BC Place, the action-packed epicentre. The accessible IPA takes a balanced approach to hops, so it’s as easy to drink as the Rugby Sevens are exciting to watch. Sounds like the perfect pairing.

Get in the Action

By CHLOË LAI

Players run onto the field in a blaze of glory.

Players run onto the field in a blaze of glory.

Unleash your inner adrenaline junkie: the HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series (Mar. 11 and 12) crams all the action of a standard 80-minute game into two seven-minute halves. This worldwide tournament throws down a game so fast-paced that you might forget to breathe. Diehard fans and newbies alike are encouraged to join the game-day chaos by donning their most outrageous costumes. And with more than half of Team Canada hailing from BC, there’s plenty to cheer about.

Breaking Boundaries

By SPENCER VAN VLOTEN

Aaron Davidman in Wrestling Jerusalem

Aaron Davidman in Wrestling Jerusalem

The Chutzpah! Festival (to Mar. 13) is back for another year of culturally diverse, boundary-pushing music, dance, comedy and theatre. This year’s fest includes performances from Abraham.In.Motion, who deliver a mixed repertoire of Kyle Abraham’s socially conscious hip-hop, jazz and African dance fusions. On the theatre front, Aaron Davidman grapples with identity, justice and history in his solo show Wrestling Jerusalem (pictured). And for those after something on the lighter side, Mark Schiff, one of Jerry Seinfeld’s favourite funnymen, has all the laughs you need.

The Great Indoors

The weather outside is sometimes frightful, but the indoor activities are always delightful

By SHERI RADFORD

Take in spectacular views of Canada Place, skyscrapers, Stanley Park, the North Shore mountains and the Pacific Ocean from the Vancouver Lookout's observation deck, 169 m (553 ft) above the city. (Photo: KK Law)

Take in spectacular views of Canada Place, skyscrapers, Stanley Park, the North Shore mountains and the Pacific Ocean from the Vancouver Lookout’s observation deck, 169 m (553 ft) above the city. (Photo: KK Law)

1. Get an unparalleled 360-degree view of the city from the Vancouver Lookout.

2. Learn about balloons, bubbles, bodies, beavers, bears, butterflies, bugs and a whole lot more at Science World.

3. Paint your face blue and green and cheer for the home team at a Vancouver Canucks hockey game in Rogers Arena. Or do up your face in blue and white and root for the Vancouver Whitecaps at a soccer game in BC Place. (more…)

Top Teas

By SHERI RADFORD

It's tea, tea and more tea at TWG.

It’s tea, tea and more tea at TWG.

Floor-to-ceiling windows that let in an abundance of natural light, wall after wall of premium teas stored in bright yellow tins, tea-infused cocktails and mocktails—this is definitely not your grandmother’s tea salon. The flagship North American store for TWG Tea opened downtown last month, and it features more than 500 teas, along with a food menu sure to get gastronomes atwitter. Tea is infused into sauces, vinaigrettes, desserts, maracons and more, all with delicious results. Whether you’re a fan of black, green, white, oolong or all of the above, you’re sure to find exactly your cup of tea.