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What to See Vancouver

The City of Bhangra Festival

By JILL VON SPRECKEN

(Photo: Joe Carlson)

Let the beats move you at the City of Bhangra Festival. (Photo: Joe Carlson)

The City of Bhangra Festival—a sequined, spangled, Bollywood-esque blowout—arrives on the streets of Vancouver and Surrey from Jun. 11 to 18, 2016. It’s the largest festival of its kind in North America, drawing a globetrotting array of DJs, filmmakers, musicians and dancers. Break out the bangles and bindis at the Crash an Indian Wedding kick-off party; laugh until your sides hurt at Where Not to Do Bhangra; listen to women share their stories of struggle and success; or let the beats move you at the open-stage celebrations.

Lawrence Paul Yuxweluptun at the Museum of Anthropology

By JILL VON SPRECKEN

“Killer Whale Has a Vision and Comes to Talk to me about Proximological Encroachments of Civilizations in the Oceans.” (Photo: William Eakin/Plug In Editions)

“Killer Whale Has a Vision and Comes to Talk to me about Proximological Encroachments of Civilizations in the Oceans.” (Photo: William Eakin/Plug In Editions)

Playful yet polemical, traditional yet innovative—works by Lawrence Paul Yuxweluptun defy definition. Surrealist elements infuse the Coast Salish artist’s works, turning conventional notions of Northwest Coast art upside down. The result? Politically charged canvases that blend brilliant hues and pressing First Nations issues. See his career-spanning works at the Museum of Anthropology’s Unceded Territories (to Oct 16, 2016).

Oscar-Worthy Theatre

By JILL VON SPRECKEN

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Cineplex Theatres have raised the movie-experience bar

Prefer a glass of pinot with your popcorn? Then raise a glass to the newly launched Cineplex VIP Cinemas at Marine Gateway. The second-floor, VIP theatre serves up a menu of classic movie snacks, as well as full-on entrées and appetizers. Indulge in crispy calamari, artisanal cheeses or burgers in the modern lounge and patio, or have your meal delivered right to the plush, recliner-style seats. Wine and cocktails round out the swish adults-only experience. It’s dinner and a movie, in red-carpet style.

Welcoming the World

By SHERI RADFORD

False Creek with Science World

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.