Picks of the Week – October 9, 2019

Thanksgiving Weekend is upon us, time for us to give thanks to friends and family (and you readers), along with the plethora of entertainment and activities in the picks of the week.

Oktoberfest at Vancouver Alpen Club

Alpen#DasOriginal Oktoberfest continues the fun this weekend, and the the next at Vancouver Alpen Club

Spooks: The most frightful time of the year, Fright Nights at PNE, fills the fair with haunted houses, thrilling rides and ghoulish ghosts until Halloween

Trolley: Get spooked and learn some of the dark side of Vancouver’s history on the Haunted Vancouver Trolley Tour, from October 11 – 31

Pucks: Vancouver Canucks home opener brings LA Kings to Rogers Arena tonight, then Saturday night Philadelphia Flyers make a visit.

Transform: A Cabaret Festival – Virago Nationi

Fest: Transform: A Cabaret Festival continues, through this weekend, to take over the three stages of The Cultch with a multi-disciplinary festival of indigenous, local and international works

North: Take off and see the Great White North meets the Land of Fire and Ice as Flyover Canada welcomes Flyover Iceland to the cinematic adventure until October 20

BigTop: Cirque du Soleil brings their latest show, Luzia to the Big Top at Concorde Pacific Place, continuing through the end of the year

Pop: Friday night the Jonas Brothers : Happiness Begins Tour brings the trio, supported by Bebe Rexha and Jordan McGraw to Rogers Arena.

Suns: The Arts Club Theatre Company season begins with A Thousand Splendid Suns at the Stanley Industrial Alliance Stage, running until October 13th.

Bedrooms: The Arts Club Granville Island Stage opens The Birds & the Bees is a Canadian bedroom comedy about love, lust, beekeeping, and the artificial insemination of turkeys.

The Shipment

Stereotypes: Speakeasy Theatre’s production of the provocative work The Shipment by Young Jean Lee moves to Presentation House Theatre in North Vancouver until Oct 12th

Jazz: Friday Jazz is live at Tyrant Studios, this week featuring Nick Bracewell Trio.

Comedy: Saturday Comedy takes the stage at Tyrant Studios, this week’s stand-up finds Jacob Samuel and Chris Griffing supporting headliner Simon King

Improv: It’s your last chance to hit the books and laughs at The Improv Centre on Granville Island with Back to School Theatresports  closing October 12.

Rock: Local legends 54-40 make their annual visit to the Commodore Ballroom for two shows, Friday and Saturday night.

Icon: Sunday night, spend An Evening with John Fogerty: My 50 Year Trip, as the legendary musician revisits the sounds of 1969 – Woodstock and his Creedence Clearwater Revival songbook, at Rogers Arena

Picks of the Week – December 20, 2017

Just five more sleeps until Santa makes his rounds, in between your last-minute shopping, here’s a few picks of the week to keep you entertained.

Icing: The Vancouver Canucks play host to St Louis on Thursday at Rogers Arena

Solstice: The Dr Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Garden is transformed into an illuminated wonder for the 24th Annual Winter Solstice Lantern Festival on Thursday evening.

Acrobat: The stunning Cirque du Soleil Kurios, Cabinet of Curiosities continues under the Grand Chapiteau at Concord Pacific Place

Snow White photo Emily Cooper

Snow: Until January 6th, help Snow White and the Seven Dwarves evade her Evil Stepmother in East Van Panto at The Cultch York Theatre

Twinkle: Light up your nights with the Festival light displays all around Metro Vancouver; Lights of Hope, Canyon Lights, Bright Nights, Heritage Christmas, Glow Christmas, Lights at Lafarge all bring a little Christmas Spirit.

Festival: Vancouver Chinese Lantern Festival makes its debut on Friday, bringing dozens of Chinese lanterns, throughout the 14 acre PNE site.

Stage: The Arts Club Theatre Company’s dramedy  The Day Before Christmas is onstage at the Goldcorp Stage until Sunday, while fan favourite Onegin remounts the Arts Club, Granville Island Stage, until December 31st and Disney’s Beauty & The Beast is already extended until January 13th.

Ghost of Christmas Past (Josh Chambers) & Scrooge (Russell Roberts) Photo: David Cooper

Dickens: From December 7 – 24th, the Holiday Classic, A Christmas Carol comes to life onstage at Gateway Theatre in Richmond.

Narnia: Carousel Theatre, invites families to step through the wardrobe as C.S Lewis’  The Lion The Witch and The Wardrobe comes to the stage until December 31st.

Carols: The 25th Anniversary of the VSO’s Traditional Christmas at St Andrew’s Wesley this weekend and in various venues throughout the month

Drag: The Christmas Queen is back to ruin Christmas for Vancouver Theatresports League and on Saturday nights, anything can, and will happen,  when Vancouver drag diva the Unstoppable Connie Smudge joins the stage,  it’s two queens for the price of one at Christmas Queen Drag Race.

Friday Find: Cirque du Soleil Kooza

Kooza_2015-10-29, 19 20 13Cirque du Soleil Kooza is now playing under the Grand Chapiteau at Concorde Pacific Place in Vancouver.

An eclectic and electrifying trek through the childlike imaginary world.  Thrilling acrobatics, zany clowns and live musicians all combine for the circus experience that Cirque du Soleil is renowned for the world over.  The costumes are stunning, bringing the world to the big top, with the singers and musicians adding to the cultural expedition and helping build the excitement to the edge-of-your-seat stunts.

Cirque du Soleil Kooza runs at Concorde Pacific Place until December 27th, dark, most Mondays with two shows on many days.  Showtimes vary between 1330, 1630 and 2000. Buy Tickets Online at cirquedusoleil.com/kooza


La Soirée ONE DROP In Vancouver

This evening, the big top of Cirque du Soleil`s Amaluna in Vancouver was home to La Soirée ONE DROP, a spectacular fundraiser in support of water for all.  ONE DROP is a Montreal based initiative created by Guy Laliberté, Founder of Cirque du Soleil, with a goal to develop access-to-water and sanitation projects in countries where access to this vital resource is lacking.

To raise awareness and funds to support the cause, over the last four years, ONE DROP has hosted La Soirée ONE DROP in cities around the world and Vancouver is the grand finale of this year’s fundraising activities.  Expected to raise $1million, the event is sure to be one of the most talked about charity events of the year. Guests were treated to a spectacular soiree set under the tent at Concorde Pacific Place, featuring a specially designed food and beverage menu offered by Whistler’s renowned Bearfoot Bistro and friends.

At a sneak preview earlier before the main event, ONE DROP interim Executive Director Catherine B. Bachand introduced Gianni Kovacevic a member of ONE DROP’s Global Leaders Circle and sponsor Kyle Washington, Chairman of Seaspan, the BC association of marine companies. Hearing them speak about their drive to support ONE DROP, people got a sense of how passionate this organization in their quest to ensure safe, clean water is available for everyone.

What’s On Weekend – Nov 3-5, 2011

Is it really November already?

Thursday, November 3
– continuing until Sunday at Masik Studios is Vancouver Fashion Week, with shows and after parties all weekend.
– The Helm welcomes another weekly edition of DJ Jeffery Michael’s We Like Boy night.

Friday, November 4
– when you’re done with Fashion Week, get out your retro garb and head to ANZA Club for Studio 54 Spit.
– The Helm is hopping for a second night with Ff part 2 with DJ Adam Dreaddy 
– at Numbers Cabaret it’s A Night of Divas & Goblins, keep your Halloween spirit alive at a constume fundraiser for Pinoy Pride Vancouver Outreach Programs
– for three nights only Rogers Arena is home to Michael Jackson The Immortal World Tour by Cirque du Soleil 
– 90’s icons The Lemonheads are at The Biltmore Cabaret

Saturday November 5
– humourist David Sedaris is at The Centre For Performing Arts in Vancouver
– at the Waldorf celebrate Echo Chamber: Eastside Culture Crawl kick off.
– Feast, the annual fundraiser for DOXA : The Documentary Film Festival is happening at Roundhouse Community Centre