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What to See Vancouver

Kung Fu Tea at Shangri-La’s Xi Shi Lounge

By SHERI RADFORD

Tea sommelier Che Huadong performs kung fu tea

Kung fu tea by sommelier Che Huadong

Imagine afternoon tea. Did you think of boring old biddies in a stuffy room taking part in a dull tradition? Think again. Xi Shi Lounge recently added tea sommelier Che Huadong to its staff, and his specialties include two performance arts rarely seen outside China: kung fu tea—which is every bit as incredible as it sounds—and face-changing opera. You’ll never think of teatime the same way again. See Huadong’s full shows Sat. and Sun. afternoons, or enjoy shorter performances of just kung fu tea during afternoon tea services from Wed. to Sun.

Pound the Pavement: Vancouver Sun Run

By SHERI RADFORD

More than 45,000 participants will participate in Canada's largest 10K road race. (Photo: ©RyanFaas/istockphoto.com)

More than 45,000 participants will participate in Canada’s largest 10K road race. (Photo: ©RyanFaas/istockphoto.com)

Losing weight isn’t easy. Each year, thousands of Vancouverites make a New Year’s resolution to get in shape, and many set their sights on the Vancouver Sun Run (Apr. 19). In 2014, more than 45,000 participants signed up for Canada’s largest 10K road race. Along its picturesque route, live entertainment and the gorgeous backdrop of ocean and mountains—not to mention throngs of cheering spectators—help to take competitors’ minds off the hard work of completing 10 km (6.2 mi). And running through this city’s gorgeous scenery is always better than a day at the office.

Ariana Grande at Rogers Arena

By JILL VON SPRECKEN

Pop superstar Ariana Grande. (Photo: ©2014 Getty Images/MTV 2014)

Pop superstar Ariana Grande. (Photo: ©2014 Getty Images/MTV 2014)

Make no mistake about it: diminutive pop diva Ariana Grande has a voice that is larger than life. Her smash single “Problem” topped the charts in 65 countries and catapulted Grande to superstardom. The singer-songwriter is taking hits like “Bang Bang” and “Love Me Harder” on the road to promote her latest album, My Everything. Catch the pint-sized powerhouse at Rogers Arena, Apr. 16.

Keep it Moving: Fitness Classes in Vancouver

Even the most dedicated fitness enthusiast can be thrown off their game when travelling. Luckily, creative and convenient classes offer special drop-in rates tailor-made for visitors.

By LAURA DENNIS

Keep it moving while on vacation in Vancouver

There are plenty of ways to keep fit while on vacation in Vancouver

BARRE
Imagine the delicate and graceful movements of ballet combined with high-intensity strength training and conditioning. Barre Fitness takes elements from ballet, pilates and interval training to create a workout focused on total-body conditioning and the development of lean muscle mass. The hour-long classes make use of the barre (a stationary handrail about belly-button height), free weights, balls, straps and body weight to target specific muscle groups, followed by deep stretching. Enjoy upbeat music and encouraging instructors in the light and airy Yaletown studio. A perfect pirouette may never be in your future, but toned buns certainly are. Drop-in classes are $22 and can be reserved online. (more…)

Proud at the Firehall Arts Centre

By SHERI RADFORD

(Photo: Emily Cooper)

(Photo: Emily Cooper)

Not all politicians are skilled (or lucky) enough to win a second term in office. Proud (Apr. 7 to 25), however, has earned its second run at the Firehall Arts Centre after being a runaway hit there last year. Focussing on Prime Minister Stephen Harper, the play reimagines the outcome of the last federal election—with hilarious results. O Canada indeed!

Pop-Up Exhibition at the Capture Photography Festival

By JILL VON SPRECKEN

"Tokyu Plaza, Tokyo" by Matthew Pillsbury

“Tokyu Plaza, Tokyo” by Matthew Pillsbury

Matthew Pillsbury knows what it’s like to be on the outside looking in. The celebrated New York–based photographer travelled to Tokyo and explored the bustling metropolis through his camera lens. His long-exposure snaps capture the blur of a city in constant motion and highlight a surreal contrast between technology and traditional culture. See works such as “Tokyu Plaza, Tokyo” (pictured) in Matthew Pillsbury: Tokyo at the Douglas Udell Gallery Pop-Up, Apr. 4 to 25.

Destination: Deep Cove

By LAURA DENNIS

The spectacular view from Quarry Rock, part of the Baden  Powell Trail

The spectacular view from Quarry Rock, part of the Baden Powell Trail

Just a short drive outside the city lies a peaceful oasis, perfect for spring visitors. The quiet waterfront community of Deep Cove, nestled in the shadow of Mount Seymour, only has one road leading into the village. After checking out the view, the first stop is local haunt Honey’s. Don’t be tempted by the chocolate or maple-iced doughnuts because the original honey-dipped is the way to go. After a good carbo-load, join the 41-km (25-mi) Baden Powell Trail at the trailhead on Panorama Drive. This gentle hike through the rainforest, complete with bridges and waterfalls, ends at Quarry Rock, a bluff over the water with spectacular sweeping vistas of the Cove, the island-dotted inlet, and the distant city skyline. After this workout, reward yourself with a meal from Arms Reach Bistro. The light yet flavour-packed penne chicken features goat cheese with basil, asparagus and sundried tomato. Next, take a leisurely stroll by the boutiques lining the main street. Check out locally designed goods at A’hoy or peruse the gift shop at the Seymour Art Gallery. Later, once you’re back in the hustle and bustle of the city, you’ll wonder if it was all a mirage.

Famous Puppet Death Scenes

By SHERI RADFORD

Puppets bite the dust in the comedy, Famous Puppet Death Scenes

Puppets bite the dust in the comedy Famous Puppet Death Scenes

Dying for a laugh: the characters in Famous Puppet Death Scenes re-enact every manner of croaking, biting the dust, going belly-up, kicking the bucket and shuffling off this mortal coil. They draw their scenes from all genres, from grim Irish drama to Victorian melodrama to screwball comedy. Who knew death could be so entertaining? Mar. 31 to Apr. 19 at the York Theatre.

Indoor Adventures

It’s no secret that Vancouver tends to rain much of the year—approximately 1,588 mm (62.5 inches) of the wet stuff falls per annum. That means creative ways must be found to beat the rainy day blues.

By LAURA DENNIS

Simulated golf at One Under. (Photo: Joann Pai)

Simulated golf at One Under. (Photo: Joann Pai)

INDOOR GOLF
Hidden beneath Granville Street is One Under, with its six state-of-the-art golf simulation bays. Play a round or two at one of the best courses in the world without worrying about the weather. Create some friendly competition in a closest-to-the-pin contest, or blow off steam by smacking balls at an abandoned building. If all that swinging works up an appetite, grab a charcuterie plate or pizza—try Italian sausage and fennel—from the menu. Wash it down with one of the many craft beers on offer, or sip a scotch from the extensive list. (more…)

Ballet BC: Trace

By SHERI RADFORD

Dancer from Ballet BC's Trace. (Photo: Michael Slobodian)

Dancer from Ballet BC’s Trace. (Photo: Michael Slobodian)

Dance fans get triple the enjoyment for the price of one ticket with Trace. Presented by Ballet BC, this don’t-miss evening includes the Canadian premiere of William Forsythe’s workwithinwork; the world premiere of a new work by Walter Matteini; and the return of Medhi Walerski’s Petite Cérémonie, a mix of dance and theatre that has been an audience favourite since its 2011 premiere. Mar. 26 to 28 at the Queen Elizabeth Theatre.

TransMigration’s Cool Choreography

By JILL VON SPRECKEN

TransMigration pays homage to First Nations artist and shaman, Norval Morrisseau

TransMigration pays homage to First Nations artist and shaman, Norval Morrisseau

The late, great Norval Morrisseau’s bold, whimsical works take centre stage in TransMigration. The dance-theatre piece is inspired by the First Nations artist and shaman, and draws on both his life and paintings. The choreography, music and design capture Morrisseau’s brilliance as an artist, while also touching on his struggles and triumphs. Catch this feast for the eyes, and spirit, at The Historic Theatre, Mar. 17 to 21.

A Night at the Opera: Die Fledermaus

By JILL VON SPRECKEN

Scene from Johann Strauss, Jr.'s Die Fledermaus

Scene from Johann Strauss, Jr.’s Die Fledermaus

Revenge may be a dish best served cold, but in Johann Strauss, Jr.’s Die Fledermaus, it’s also served with champagne. At a lavish soirée attended by Vienna’s high society, the dapper Dr. Falke repays his friend Eisenstein for abandoning him one night, drunk and dressed as a bat, or fledermaus. Staged by the Vancouver Opera, this effervescent comedy is punctuated by laughter, love, music, waltzing and plenty of bubbly. Don’t miss it, Mar. 5 to 8 at the Queen Elizabeth Theatre.