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Weekend Wrap

Fridays at 8:20 a.m. Jenna Chow keeps you up to date on what's happening around town. Plus, we give out tickets to some of the city's hottest events.

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Weekend Wrap: Events made to impress even the best

Posted by Lien Yeung

Here are some pre-Valentine's Day ideas to impress those you love the most!

It's the original Slavic fairy tale that inspired The Little Mermaid. Rusalka tells the tragic story of a water nymph who falls in love with a human prince and their journey to be together. The music in this opera by composer Antonin Dvorak is simple and elegant but when paired with a full orchestra is expressive and romantic. 

This is no "So You Think You Can Dance"...Wayne Mcgregor is one of the world's hottest contemporary choreographers right now and he's bringing one his show Entity to Vancouver for two nights. Be prepared to experience raw, sensual movements paired with razor sharp technical precision and a light show like no other. 

Back for a second year of cocktail goodness, some of North America's finest bartenders will be descending upon Vancouver to serve up their best. A festival pass gets you into all five tasting rooms at the Fairmont Pacific Rim, seminars, and evening parties. Although geared towards the spirits industry, budding cocktail aficionados are more than welcome. 

As the sun sets, check out Illuminate Yaletown in the city. Then release your inner ski bum and head for the slopes. Cypress, Seymour, and Grouse Mountain are doing special themes for the festival City and Slope. Cypress will be reliving the glory days of the 2010 Winter Olympics and honouring all things Candiana. Those of us with neon, spandex, and wooly headbands still sitting in our closets should be quick to whip it out because Seymour Mountain is handing out prizes for the best 80s costumes. Grouse Moutain is offering a unique opportunity with "24 Hours of Winter" - runs will be open all day and night! DJs and a tented deck will let you party all night long.

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Weekend Wrap: Everything's Better With Friends

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Mark Fast "Faster" trunk show - Feb 3 - 4
Nicki Minaj, Rhianna, and Kylie Minogue are all fans...rising Canadian designer Mark Fast is doing a "try and buy" for the first time in Vancouver. It's your exclusive opportunity to purchase some of this globally recognized designer's sexy knit wear and some of it will even be on for half off regular price! You can find the sale on at the Westin Bayshore today from 4-9pm and tomorrow from 10am-2pm.

NFL Canada Superbowl XLVI Viewing Party - Feb 5
Grab the biggest football fans in your life and make your way to the Commodore Ballroom for the city's biggest Superbowl party. Tickets are about $40 each but it includes watching the game on giant screens, Seattle Seahawks cheerleaders, tailgate foods, & appearances by people like NFL legend Marcus Allen. Whether the Patriots or the Giants take it, this party promises to be a ball. Things kick off at 2pm.

Hobiyee Celebration - Feb 3 (starts today!) and Feb 4
If you're looking to make new friends, this is the event for you. Over 500 dancers are getting together to celebrate the Lunar New Year with the Nisga'a people and you're invited! This annual celebration is bigger than ever with traditional dancers from BC to the Yukon, singers, and dozens of local artisans. The celebrations started today until 10pm and tomorrow (Jan 4) from 10am - 10pm at the PNE Agrodome.


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Weekend Wrap: Keeping it all in the family

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This French-Canadian celebration at the Ft. Langley Historic Site is going to be a throwback to the days of the early trading days of the Hudson's Bay Company. The whole family will get to try maple taffy, finger weaving, take donkey rides, and even get photographs with one of the 20 feet beavers from the closing ceremony of the Olympic Games. Plus, interactive song and dance all day long from French-Canadian duo, VAZZY.

A dance theatre show that will have you laughing the whole way through. This show stars four talented clowns who have to earn their way to a train ticket home. It's on for one day only at Centennial Theatre.

This concert's will feature an 18 pc jazz band and a choir all doing some of Dizzy Gillespie's biggest hits. Dizzy was a legendary trumpeter in addition to having contributed to the start of bebop and Cuban influenced jazz. You'll hear some of his biggest hits like A Night in Tunisia, Two Bass Hit, and Manteca. 

The annual Chinese New Year takes place this Sunday starting precisely at noon in Vancouver's Chinatown. Get ready for lion dances, firecrackers, and parade teams from across Metro Vancouver including CBC! Prior to the parade, a 2 day festival happens in the plaza of Sun Yat Sen Garden filled with food, music, and plenty of traditional decor.

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Weekend Wrap: Push your boundaries and live a little

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Do You Want What I Have Got? A Craiglist Cantata - On now until Feb. 11
Composer and singer Veda Hille and CBC's Bill Richardson have co-produced this show as part of the 2012 Push Festival. Their combined wit have come together and put some of the strangest and most inspired Craigslist ads to song. The show promises to offer 80 minutes of hilarity. It's on now at the Arts Club Theatre.

Dan Savage at the Vogue Theatre - Sat, Jan 21 at 8 pm
est known for his sex column "Savage Love", Dan comes to Vancouver to speak about a global movement he founded last September. The "It Gets Better" campaign motivated celebrities, politicians, and citizens from around the world to speak out against homophobia and bullying against teens. You can hear from Dan Saturday night at 8pm - one night only!

Red at the Vancouver Playhouse - On now until Feb. 4
This play delves into the mind of 20th century painter Mark Rothko. The abstract painter was regarded as a genius by many but his assistant felt his wrath as he struggled with his rise to fame. Directed by Kim Collier, this Tony Award winning play is bound to entertain. Buy your tickets at the Vancouver Playhouse website.

Gung Haggis Fat Choy - Sun, Jan 22 at 6 pm
One of Vancouver's most unique traditions, Gung Haggis Fat Choy combines celebrations for Chinese New Year with Robbie Burns Day. Enjoy a full 10 course dinner complete with deep fried haggis dumplings, live music, poetry, and lots of friends. The night's dress code welcomes everything from cheong sam (traditional Chinese dress) to kilts.

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Weekend Wrap: Food and fun that's good for the soul

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The Polaroid Party by Team Awesome - This fundraiser is working to send kids in Ethiopia and India to school while kicking up the fun factor. Enjoy Polaroid photo displays from 20 of Vancouver's finest photographers, dance all night to DJs Christine Yurie and The Freshest, and organizers promise some social media related surprises all night long! Party starts at 8pm, Canvas Lounge, tonight (Jan 13)!

Beginner's Guide to Classical Music - The VSO School of Music is offering the first of many lectures for classical music newbies from 3 - 5 pm, Jan 14. Lecturer and VSO viola player Angela Schneider will be sampling musical excerpts, discussing the different periods of classical music, and teaching you what to listen for during a concert. The class heads down to the VSO concert Tchaikovsky and Beethoven in the evening to practice what they've learned. 

Wild Rice New Westminster Cooking Class - aspiring chefs can take part in these Chinese cooking classes headed up by executive chef Todd Bright. The classes take place every Monday night at 6 pm in Wild Rice New Westminster and January's theme is a 4-course vegan menu. Yummy.

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A whirlwind trip around the world from Metro Vancouver

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The Ian Hendrickson Smith Quintet - January 6 - 7, The Cellar Jazz Club

One of the most in-demand jazz musicians in New York City, Ian Hendrickson Smith brings his alto saxophone playing talents to Vancouver for two nights. He'll be playing alongside New York Organist Adam Scone, locals Cory Weeds on tenor saxophone, Dave Sikula on guitar, and Jesse Cahill on the drums.

The Great White Silence - January 7 - 8, Vancity Theatre

A beautiful film restored by the British Film Institute based on an ill fated 1924 exploration to Antarctica. The film contains some of the first ever moving images captured of the South Pole.

Fantastique! Corey Cerovsek plays Korngold - January 7 - 9, Orpheum Theatre
 
The Vancouver Symphony Orchestra presents violin and piano prodigy Corey Cerovsek. Now based in Paris, this accomplished musician returns to Vancouver to play three special shows with the VSO featuring pieces from Korngold, Debussy, and Berlioz.

Wine Around the World in 80 minutes - January 10, Waldorf Hotel


Sommelier Kurtis Kolt will take you to 16 different countries in 80 minutes through some of his favourite everyday wines. Walk away knowing all the basics from reading wine labels to food pairing.

Christmas Tree-Chipping Parties! They're all happening this weekend January 7 - 8

Vancouver (various locations): City of Vancouver and Lions Club Tree Chipping Events. Donations of cash and non-perishable food items will be collected at the events. Trees will be chipped at the event and then composted at the Vancouver landfill.

Surrey: Elgin Park dry grad fundraiser - They're not just collecting trees for chipping by donation but also recyclable bottles to support their high school.
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Fun at the art gallery, films, food...and a show fit for the king (of pop, that is)

 
I felt the temperature drop quite a bit on Halloween night, so here are a few indoor things for you to do this weekend:
 
FUSE:  Covet - Friday, November 4th, 8pm to 1am, at the Vancouver Art Gallery (750 Hornby Street)
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dressing up as snooki...again...

It's Halloween Weekend! What's there to do other than trick or treating or house partying?  I always think that I'm going to come up with a great costume idea, and then this time of year rolls around and my creativity bank has been overdrawn (hence last year's Snooki costume - but I just couldn't get as Oompa Loompa orange as she is).   Anyway, I have a few suggestions for things other than costumes, parties and cheap candy (ugh). Smile - October 28th and October 29th at Norman Rothstein Theatre (950 West 41st Avenue at Oak)   If you like Sesame Street or the Muppet Show for characters like Guy Smiley (the talk show host) and Don Music (the frustrated composer who'd bash his head against the ivories), then you're going to want to see Smile at Norman Rothstein Theatre.   It's a comedy musical satire that goes behind the scenes of a 1985 teenaged beauty pageant where a group of 17 year old girls is combined with a win-at-all-costs competition...but all the adults are played by large Muppet-style puppets.     Smile, the comedy musical satire, is at Norman Rothstein Theatre now until Sunday night. There's a show both tonight and tomorrow night at 8, and then 2pm show tomorrow and Sunday. See, not so scary unless you fear Muppets (and fyi, both Guy Smiley and Don Music TERRIFIED my sister when she was little - sorry, N!).   Little Spooks & Friendly Ghosts - Saturday, October 29th, 5 to 7pm at VanDusen Botanical Garden (5251 Oak at 37th Avenue) So...for children aged nine and under, there's: Little Spooks & Friendly Ghosts at VanDusen Botanical Garden by Public Dreams (the same people who created the Trout Lake Lantern Festival and the Parade of Lost Souls). Little Spooks & Friendly Ghosts is tomorrow night between 5 and 7pm, and includes some gently scary fun. Play Giant Jenga - a fun game that involves 7-foot tall pieces made from lightweight packing foam, learn to juggle from one of Public Dream's expert circus performers, make your own spooky wind catchers in the Glasshouse...all while Public Dreams characters on stilts characters in spooky costumes wander through the Jack-O'Lantern laden garden. Little Spooks & Friendly Ghosts is at VanDusen Botanical Garden tomorrow night from 5 to 7 and happens rain or shine, so dress for the weather...and little ones can come in costume to help haunt the Garden.   Chef Mark McEwan - Monday, October 31st at Barbara-Jo's Books to Cooks (1740 West 2nd Avenue) and Tuesday, November 1st at CinCin (1154 Robson) Celebrity chef, restauranteur, and tv personality Mark McEwan is coming here next week to celebrate his new book, Mark McEwan's Fabbrica, a collection of recipes with an Italian twist. He's here for two things: on Monday evening at 6 (yes, Halloween night), he's doing a cooking demo and talk at Barbara-Jo's Books to Cooks on West 2nd... And then Tuesday night at 6:30 p.m., Chef McEwan is hosting a four-course dinner and overseeing the... Read more »

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dancing, swaying, and solving - not bad

Dance your way through a museum, sway to some soul...and strike terror into yourself as you solve a mystery. Are you up for it?   Not Just Bhangra - Saturday, October 22nd, 9:30am to 4:30pm at the Museum of Vancouver (1100 Chestnut Street in Kitsilano)   Right now, there's an exhibition put on by the Museum of Vancouver and the Vancouver International Bhangra Celebration Society called Bhangra.me: Vancouver's Bhangra Story.  Bhangra.me traces the major moments in the local bhangra scene, so in addition to early costumes, photos, rare videos and albums, the exhibition features interviews and memorabilia from international artists Jazzy B, Harbhajan Mann, Delhi 2 Dublin, En Karma, and more.   Bhangra.me was supposed to close this Sunday, October 23rd, but it's been extended to January 1st...and to celebrate, the Museum of Vancouver and the Vancouver International Bhangra Celebration Society are hosting a family-oriented day called Not Just Bhangra this Saturday - a day of food, performances, and interactive exhibition programming.  Mmm, tasty Indian snacks...   Not Just Bhangra is at the Museum of Vancouver tomorrow from 9:30 in the morning until 4:30 in the afternoon.     The Campbell Brothers - Saturday, October 22nd, 8pm, at The Vogue Theatre     The funky gospel group and masters of the steel guitar (called Sacred Steel), The Campbell Brothers, are here tomorrow night with special guest singer Joyce "Cinnamon" Jones. These guys are 'real deal' Sacred Steel gospel blues legends - high energy, funky with plenty of soul. Sacred Steel emerged from the House of God Keith Dominion Church over 60 years ago - it's a little known gospel hybrid - but it didn't surface outside the church until The Campbell Brothers started touring extensively in the mid-1990s. The Campbell Brothers are here tomorrow night with special guest singer Joyce "Cinnamon" Jones at 8 o'clock at the Vogue Theatre.   Judge Dee & The Haunted Garden - October 26th to the 31st, from 7 to 10 each night, at Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Garden (578 Carrall Street) For the first time ever, Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Garden is morphing into a terrifying Haunted House inspired by Robert Van Gulik's classic Judge Dee murder mysteries...and features nearly 30 actors, dancers, and musicians. So brave the garden's haunted pathways, uncover clues, then warm your bones at the old tea house as you piece together the crime...but WATCH OUT!!! because you never know what (or who) maybe lurking around the next corner. See if you and Judge Dee can solve the case before the next victim meets her gruesome fate! Judge Dee & The Haunted Garden starts on Wednesday, October 26th and haunts Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Garden each night through Halloween - Monday, October 31st from 7 to 10 each of those nights.  It's NOT for young children or people who easily scare (did you go to the Van Helsing walk-thru tour at Universal Studios?  I was pretty close to losing it by the time I got out of there). ... Read more »