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What to See Vancouver

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.

For Shutterbugs: Capture Photography Festival

By JILL VON SPRECKEN

"Hot Properties #3" by Jim Breukelman

“Hot Properties #3” by Jim Breukelman

From Apr. 1 to 28, the Capture Photography Festival takes the city by storm in a snapshot spectacular that features over 75 exhibitions, events and public art projects, plus more than 40 participating galleries. To see the city through a new lens, watch for billboard-sized installations of Jim Breukelman’s series Hot Properties: Urban House Portraiture (“Hot Properties #3,” pictured). The photos of quirky, well-tended Vancouver homes also capture a portrait of the people within. Time to get snap-happy.

Paul Harrison and John Wood at the Contemporary Art Gallery

By JILL VON SPRECKEN

"2 Balls of String" by British duo John Wood and Paul Harrison

“2 Balls of String” by British duo John Wood and Paul Harrison

Unsure about modern art? Well, one thing’s certain: I Didn’t Know I Didn’t Know It, the first Canadian solo show by British duo John Wood and Paul Harrison, challenges all preconceived notions. The artists are famed for deadpan artworks that highlight their views of human trials and tribulations, with an unexpected edge of humour (“2 Balls of String,” pictured). See their thought-provoking works at the Contemporary Art Gallery, to Apr. 24.

Long Live the King

By SHERI RADFORD

(Photo:  RTG Productions)

Return to Grace pays tribute to the king of rock ‘n’ roll. (Photo: RTG Productions)

Pull on your bobby socks, slide on your saddle shoes, and get ready to relive the glory days of rock ’n’ roll. When you see the Man from Memphis’s unmistakeable swivel and swagger in Return to Grace (Mar. 22-27), you’ll forget it isn’t Elvis Presley himself on stage performing all his greatest hits, from “Heartbreak Hotel” and “Suspicious Minds” to “Love Me Tender” and “You Ain’t Nothing But a Hound Dog.”

The Vancouver Art Gallery’s MashUp Exhibit

By JILL VON SPRECKEN

(Photo: © The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, Inc./SODRAC)

“Jackie II” by Andy Warhol. (Photo: © The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, Inc./SODRAC)

In an era where collage is commonplace and remixes rule the radio waves, the Vancouver Art Gallery presents an exhibition that traces the melange movement back to its beginnings. It’s no small task: MashUp: The Birth of Modern Culture (to Jun. 12) covers the gallery’s entire four floors—their largest exhibition yet—and features 371 artworks by 156 artists. Head up to the fourth floor, where mixed-media history begins with early-20th-century works by innovators such as Pablo Picasso and Marcel Duchamp, before descending through the ages, all while taking in pieces by Andy Warhol (“Jackie II,” pictured), Quentin Tarantino, William Burroughs and many others. It’s a creative tour de force—and it’s all under one roof.

The Must List

Your must-do activities and must-see attractions for March and April 2016

By SHERI RADFORD

Cherry blossoms turning the city pink. (Photo: Coast Mountain Photography/Tourism Vancouver)

Cherry blossoms turning the city pink. (Photo: Coast Mountain Photography/Tourism Vancouver)

Visit the belugas, dolphins, penguins and turtles at the Vancouver Aquarium.

Lace up your shoes and join 50,000 other walkers, joggers, runners and wheelchair racers for the Vancouver Sun Run (Apr. 17), Canada’s largest 10K road race—or just cheer from the sidelines.

Eat sushi.

Dress in green for St. Patrick’s Day (Mar. 17), and join in all the CelticFest activities (Mar. 10 to 17).

Take a yoga class.

Travel by mini ferry to Granville Island, then browse for fresh produce and artisan crafts in the Granville Island Public Market.

Buy an umbrella, because you’re bound to need one at this rainy time of year.

Fill your camera with images of local landmarks such as the Gastown Steam Clock, Canada Place, Olympic Cauldron, Digital Orca, Inukshuk and A-maze-ing Laughter.

Explore a whole menagerie of plastinated creatures at Body Worlds: Animal Inside Out, running to Mar. 28 at Science World.

Clip-clop around Vancouver’s favourite green space with Stanley Park Horse-Drawn Tours, and make sure to snap a photo of the totem poles.

Go skiing on one of the local mountains or at nearby Whistler.

Enjoy a coffee while visiting all the friendly felines at Catfé, Vancouver’s first cat cafe.

Cross the swaying Capilano Suspension Bridge.

Attend a performance of the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra.

Go for a stroll—or, if you’re feeling energetic, a run or a bike ride—along the seawall.

Spend some quality time in an off-leash dog park, watching all the joyful canine antics.

Take the kids for a ride on the Easter Train in Stanley Park.

Bounce on the famous sprung dance floor of the Commodore Ballroom.

Snap a selfie with cherry blossoms in the background.

Cheer on the Vancouver Canucks or the Vancouver Whitecaps at a home game.

Theatre Fun for Young Ones

By SHERI RADFORD

See Franklin the Turtle and all his friends at Koba's Great Big Show

See Franklin the Turtle and all his friends at Koba’s Great Big Show

The tiniest of theatre-goers find entertainment galore at Go, Dog. Go! (to Mar. 20). Adapted from the beloved children’s book by P.D. Eastman, this family musical gets tails wagging with its zany song and dance. Also a hit with wee ones: Koba’s Great Big Show (Mar. 20). This family-friendly production brings together characters from four of the most popular preschool shows on TV—Franklin the Turtle, The Backyardigans, Max & Ruby and Mike the Knight—for a musical adventure guaranteed to keep tots and tykes amused.