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What to See Vancouver

Sweet Street

By SPENCER VAN VLOTEN

Just one of the many sweet creations along Gingerbread Lane.

There are plenty of sweet creations along Gingerbread Lane

Maybe you can’t catch the gingerbread man, but you can catch Hyatt Regency’s Gingerbread Lane from Dec. 4 to 27. The 26th edition of this sweet event features dozens of eye-catching creations by professional chefs, amateur culinary artists and local secondary school students. Previous displays include a towering building and the Gastown Steam Clock in cookie form, and a new selection of sugary masterpieces promises to impress. Stroll down the lane free of charge, and be sure to vote for your favourite.

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.

Disney On Ice: Worlds of Enchantment

By SHERI RADFORD

Anna and Elsa are just two of the Disney stars coming to town for Worlds of Enchantment.

Anna and Elsa are just two of the Disney stars coming to town for Worlds of Enchantment.

Nov 23 to 27

Your kids know every word to “Let It Go”—and belt out the song at least once per day. They can recite all the adventures of Woody, Buzz, Jessie, Slinky Dog, Little Bo Peep and Mr. Potato Head. They pretend to be Lightning McQueen and Mater every time they enter a vehicle. In other words, your kids will absolutely love Disney On Ice presents Worlds of Enchantment, which skates into the Pacific Coliseum for nine shows filled with Disney-inspired music, dancing, stunts and, of course, superb ice skating.

Boundary Bending Boxes for a Cause

By JILL VON SPRECKEN

"Full Moon Container" by Shawn Hunt. (Photo: Lattimer Gallery).

“Full Moon Container” by Shawn Hunt. (Photo: Lattimer Gallery).

Nov 19 to Dec 3, 2016

Some artists think outside the box—others paint it. Each year, Lattimer Gallery presents 20 BC-based First Nations artists with a blank cedar bentwood box, and receives a stunning showcase of creativity in return. The handcrafted artworks are then auctioned off, all in support of the Urban Native Youth Association. See boundary-bending pieces by the likes of Corrine Hunt, Sonny Assu, Gwaai Edenshaw and Shawn Hunt at the 2016 Annual Charity Bentwood Box Event, Nov. 19 to Dec. 3, 2016. Now that’s a cool cause.

Eastside Culture Crawl

By JILL VON SPRECKEN

“Alley Variations #5” by Richard Tetrault

“Alley Variations #5” by Richard Tetrault

For 20 years, art admirers have taken to the streets to ponder paintings, pottery, photography and more at the Eastside Culture Crawl (Nov. 17 to 20, 2016). The popular festival draws over 25,000 studio-hoppers as they tour the creative spaces of nearly 500 local artists. Download a map from the Crawl’s website and embark on a self-guided tour to 78 venues in edgy East Van. The souvenir-savvy snag one-of-a-kind pieces, such as relief prints by Richard Tetrault (“Alley Variations #5,” pictured).

Brothel #9: Catch the Award-winning Play at The Cultch

By JILL VON SPRECKEN

Brothel #9 (Photo: Emily Cooper).

Brothel #9 (Photo: Emily Cooper)

Nov 17 to 27

In Brothel #9, an award-winning play by Anusree Roy, a young woman named Rekha travels from her tiny Indian village to the big city of Calcutta, to begin work in a light-bulb factory. However, she quickly discovers that her new job isn’t what she expected—she’s been sold into a brothel. Catch her haunting, hard-hitting journey at The Cultch.

Walker Evans at the Vancouver Art Gallery

By JILL VON SPRECKEN

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“Roadside Sign Near Birmingham, Alabama” by Walker Evans

Oct 29 to Jan 22

From Depression-era farmers to New York subway riders, snaps by Walker Evans paint a portrait of America. Hailed as one of the 20th century’s great artists, Evans captured the world through his lens from the 1920s to the ’70s. See over 180 snapshots like “Roadside Sign Near Birmingham, Alabama” (pictured) in the Vancouver Art Gallery’s Walker Evans: Depth of Field (Oct. 29 to Jan. 22).

Dazzling Dance

By SHERI RADFORD

The Thousand Yard Stare by Jessica Lang Dance. (Photo: Takao Komaru)

Jessica Lang Dance. (Photo: Takao Komaru)

Since its founding five years ago, Jessica Lang Dance has become one of the most acclaimed troupes in the United States. See their Canadian debut at the Vancouver Playhouse (Oct. 28 to 29, 2016) when they perform a mixed repertoire that includes The Thousand Yard Stare, their latest work, honouring those affected by war.

Ghosts in Vancouver

Haunting tales and tours of spooky sightings in the city

By LOUISE PHILLIPS

Vancouver has its share of restless spirits

Vancouver has its share of restless spirits

From ghoulies and ghosties
And long-leggedy beasties
And things that go bump in the night
Good Lord, deliver us!

You might want to utter that old Scottish prayer on a tour of haunted Vancouver. This is a young city, but we have our share of restless spirits and other supernatural phenomena.

On a 90-minute walk with Ghostly Vancouver Tours, owner-guide Stephanie Watts leads guests into the Fairmont Hotel Vancouver to describe the city’s best-known ghost, the Lady in Red. A 1940s patron fond of dancing at the hotel with her husband, the forever-young socialite has been spotted many times on the 14th floor, drifting through closed doors and standing outside a window where there is no ledge. One unsuspecting guest waited for the elevator with the Lady in Red, who joined a man and a child already in it, then all three vanished together. They are thought to be the spirits of the Cox family, who died in a 1944 car crash. (more…)

Unreal Photography at Jennifer Kostuik Gallery

By JILL VON SPRECKEN

"Pamukkale" by Georg Kuettinger

“Pamukkale” by Georg Kuettinger

Real place or dreamscape? In Georg Kuettinger’s photographs, it’s both. The German artist takes multiple snaps from different viewpoints, then knits them together into a single landscape portrait. The end results are dense, almost painterly panoramas that straddle the line between real and surreal (“Pamukkale,” pictured). See Kuettinger’s other-worldly works in Landscape: Remixed at Jennifer Kostuik Gallery (Oct. 15 to Nov. 20, 2016).

Mulan the Musical

By SHERI RADFORD

A scene from Mulan the Musical

A scene from Mulan the Musical

East meets West in Mulan the Musical, based on an ancient story about a girl who disguises herself as a male and takes her elderly father’s place in the Chinese army. Filled with drumming, kung fu and dance, this timeless tale of loyalty and devotion always entertains the whole family. See it Oct. 15 at the Queen Elizabeth Theatre.

Celebrate Diwali Fest

By JILL VON SPRECKEN

A theatre performance for Diwali Fest

A theatre performance for Diwali Fest

Diwali, the ancient Hindu festival of lights, celebrates victory over darkness with a blaze of candles, lanterns and fireworks. Join the celebrations at Diwali Fest (Oct. 11 to Nov. 30), where a confetti of citywide events fête the annual holiday. Signature events include family-friendly Diwali Downtown (Oct. 29) and cabaret-style Chai House (Nov. 20), plus activities aplenty, such as Bollywood dance, music, food and theatre (pictured).