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What to See Vancouver

Welcoming the World

By SHERI RADFORD

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Science World, an iconic Vancouver landmark since Expo 86

It’s impossible to imagine just how different Vancouver would be if Expo 86 hadn’t taken place. Running from May 2 until Oct. 13, 1986, this transportation-themed world’s fair left behind several structures that quickly became local icons—BC Place, Canada Place, Science World (pictured), the SkyTrain and the Inukshuk statue, to name a few. Plus the five-month-long party introduced more than 22 million people to Vancouver’s laid-back, ocean-side charm, firmly establishing the city as a tourism destination.

Catch Some Rays

By JILL VON SPRECKEN

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Experience sea life at the Vancouver Aquarium

Meeting sea creatures isn’t always so easy on dry land. But at the Vancouver Aquarium’s interactive Discover Rays exhibit, it’s possible to get up close and personal with cownose rays and southern stingrays. Just roll up your sleeve and take the plunge: the rays will let you touch their smooth skin as they swim past. Then, explore the exhibit to learn more about your newfound friends, and even take a behind-the-scenes peek at the tank’s life-support system. Go ahead—we’re certain you’ll hit it off.

Winter is Coming

By SHERI RADFORD

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Throne and Games – A Chance of Snow

Stormy with a chance of hilarity. That’s the forecast this month as Throne and Games – A Chance of Snow continues on Granville Island, presented by the Vancouver TheatreSports League (to May 28). Lightning-quick improvisers battle for comedic supremacy, until just one of the great families of Westeros remains to claim the Iron Throne. Weather may be unpredictable, but with this show, the belly laughs are guaranteed.

That’s Amore

By SHERI RADFORD

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The Vancouver Chamber Choir. (Photo: Vancouver Chamber Choir)

What do you get when you take delizioso Italian food and wine, add in fantastico prizes and a silent auction, and set it all against a background of bellissimo music? Divertimento. This fundraiser for the Vancouver Chamber Choir’s community outreach and education programs takes place May 25 at La Piazza Dario Ristorante Italiano. Salute!

Spring Fling

By JILL VON SPRECKEN

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Spring in bloom captured in a painting

A palette of spring hues blooms at Pousette Gallery’s Spring Group Show (to May 28), where pretty petals, bold colours and softly lit landscapes are in season. Warm-weather works by gallery artists include Vancouver-based painter Leanne Christie and her expressive oil-on-canvas pieces (“Cambie From Granville,” pictured). Also on the exhibit’s roster: plein-air paintings by Jean Claude Roy, bold brushstrokes by Roger Ricard and super-saturated canvases by Denis Chiasson.

Ballet BC’s Program 3

By SHERI RADFORD

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Ballet BC celebrates its 30th anniversary

Dance fans are in for a triple treat this month as Ballet BC celebrates the end of its 30th anniversary with Program 3. The captivating show includes remounts of Emily Molnar’s 16 + a room and Jorma Elo’s I and I am You, plus the Canadian premiere of Bill by Sharon Eyal, an Israeli choreographer known for her daring, sensual works. See all three at the Queen Elizabeth Theatre, May 12-14.

Beautiful Bots

By SHERI RADFORD

Lynne Fahenstalk at her worktable

Lynne Fahnestalk at her worktable

Where others see junk, Lynne Fahnestalk sees potential. Any discarded piece of copper, brass or steel could be just the thing she needs to finish one of her upcycled robot sculptures. It might take her an afternoon to put together a Bot, or it might take months of scouring yard sales and flea markets, looking for the elusive piece of metal that will bring out a Bot’s true personality. But as much as she might like to, Fahnestalk can’t spend every waking moment visualizing her next robot: the Vancouver resident also works full-time at a book-distribution company, and she has been a professional illustrator and cartoonist for decades. (more…)

10 Things We Love About Eco-Friendly Vancouver

It’s easy to see how we’re on track to be the world’s greenest city by 2020

By SHERI RADFORD

(Photo: KK Law)

(Photo: KK Law)

1. Bicycles
Mild West Coast weather forms the backdrop for cycling on the seawall or coasting along in dedicated bike lanes, resulting in Vancouverites’ year-round love affair with two-wheeled transportation. (more…)

Dance Dance Fever

By SHERI RADFORD

See fiery dance by Karen Flamenco. (Photo: David Cooper)

See fiery dance by Karen Flamenco. (Photo: David Cooper)

You could spend your lunch hour eating a sandwich—or you could spend it nourishing your love of ballet, bhangra, tap, hip hop, flamenco and more. Each month, the Discover Dance! series showcases a local dance company in a noon-hour performance. Catch Karen Flamenco (Apr. 21) as they combine music, dance, storytelling and costumes into perfectly fiery flamenco.

Canuck the Crow

By SHERI RADFORD

Canuck the Crow, a friendly East Vancouver resident. (Photo: Shawn Bergman)

Canuck the Crow, a friendly East Vancouver resident. (Photo: Shawn Bergman)

The latest Vancouver celebrity has been spotted commuting on the SkyTrain, flipping through the pages of a newspaper, strolling into a McDonald’s, and riding a skateboard—none of which might seem unusual, except this particular celeb is a bird. Canuck the Crow was found as a hatchling and raised by humans until he was able to fly, then he was released, but he never lost his fondness for people. He befriended Shawn Bergman, who for almost a year now has been documenting Canuck’s avian antics on Facebook. So if you’re in East Vancouver and notice a friendly crow with an orange band on his leg, you should stop to say hello. You just might end up with a story worth crowing about.

Painting or Photograph?

By JILL VON SPRECKEN

“Departing Ferry” by Michael Levin

“Departing Ferry” by Michael Levin

Get up close—we mean really close—and personal with the lush landscapes at Elissa Cristall Gallery before deciding if they were brought to life by brushstroke or photographer at Is It a Photograph? Is It a Painting? (Apr. 2 to 23). The exhibit features two artists, who both employ muted palettes and a playful approach to realism. Michael Levin’s chromogenic photographic prints are nothing short of dreamy (“Departing Ferry,” pictured), while Nathan Birch splits his serene scenes across canvases as a reminder that his paintings aren’t real. Definitely worth a closer look.

Spine-Tingling Cinema: Movies in the Morgue

By JILL VON SPRECKEN

Catch a flick in the city's old morgue. (Photo: KK Law)

Catch a flick in the city’s old morgue at the Vancouver Police Museum. (Photo: KK Law)

Bored to death of the same old movie experience? Liven things up at Movies in the Morgue. The second Tuesday of every month, the Vancouver Police Museum brings silver-screen favourites to the city’s old morgue, including popular flicks such as Hot Fuzz (Apr. 12). Bring along blankets and some friends, and try not to be distracted by the…ahem, surroundings.