Credit to Author: Shawn Conner| Date: Mon, 10 Feb 2020 19:00:59 +0000
Whether you’re looking for date ideas, free things to do or just something fun to do in downtown Vancouver, you can’t go wrong with our list of events happening around Metro Vancouver between Feb. 14-20.
Headlining this week’s picks is Talking Sex on Sunday, a new original musical.
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When: Feb. 14-March 8
Where: Firehall Arts Centre
Tickets: from $25 at firehallartscentre.ca
In this new original musical comedy, Margot and her lady pals always host a theme party on the first Sunday of every month. What happens when Margot decides to make it a sex toy party? Directed by Donna Spencer, Talking Sex on Sunday features an all-female cast, including Janet Gigliotti, Jennifer Lines, Sara Vickruck, Irene Karas Loeper, Caitriona Murphy, Katrina Reynolds, and Seana-Lee Wood. The book and lyrics are by Stratford-based musician/actor Sara-Jeanne Hosie, with music by Hosie and Nanaimo-based Nico Rhodes.
When: Feb. 15 at 8 p.m.
Where: Rickshaw Theatre
Tickets: $18, at ticketmaster.ca
The New York City horn-based funk band found internet fame in 2014 when videos of them busking in subways and playing Lipps Inc’s Funkytown and James Brown’s I Feel Good went viral. Lucky Chops recently released their self-titled debut full-length. “Playing a mixture of originals and their excellent reworkings of popular songs, the band explode onto the stage with an infectious energy which seemed to permeate the room in a matter of seconds… both the band and the audience brought their A-game and kept feeding off each other’s strong energy right until the end,” raves a noizze.co.uk review of a 2018 Leeds show.
When: Feb. 19-29
Where: Vancity Culture Lab
Tickets: $35 at tickets.thecultch.com
Naomi Vogt (pictured) performs this one-woman play, written by her sister Deborah. Big Sister is about the real-life experience of Naomi’s 70 lb weight loss and how it affected the siblings’ relationship. “It is basically a letter from my sister to me about our relationship and our respect of bodies,” Naomi says in the media release. “She bullied me as a kid even though she is the junior sister, and she did have an impact on the way I saw myself. And so the play is a conversation between sisters.” The Rapid Pitch Productions show won the 2018 Cultchivating the Fringe award, granted to a show that demonstrates a strong potential for further development. Reviewing a 2018 performance for the Sun, theatre critic Jerry Wasserman wrote that the sisters’ “complex relationship is as much the crux of this fascinating piece as the fat-shaming and female attractiveness that Naomi addresses.”
When: Feb. 15 at 8 p.m.
Tickets: Pay what it’s worth, reserve a spot for $3.50 at newmusic.org
In this New Music Vancouver double-bill, experimental musicians/composers Crys Cole (pictured) and Oren Ambarchi each perform a solo set featuring music and themes from their recent and upcoming album releases. Winnipegger Cole presents episodic electroacoustic works that incorporate field recordings and electronics with live objects and instrumentation. Melbourne musician (and frequent Cole collaborator) Oren Ambarchi plays a solo guitar set drawing from Simian Angel (2019), a collaboration with Brazilian percussionist Cyro Baptista.
When: Feb. 15 at 11 a.m.
Where: Massey Theatre, New Westminster
Info: From $7 at masseytheatre.com
Animals of the forest are inspired to come together by Dukdukdiya, the hummingbird, to save their beautiful home from a raging fire in this opera for young people. Based on an Indigenous parable from the Quechuan people of South America, Flight of the Hummingbird includes Haida-manga illustrations by graphic novelist Michael Nicoll Yahgulanaas. This Vancouver Opera/Victoria Pacific Opera co-presentation is part of Massey Theatre’s Under the Rainbow Family Weekend.
When: Feb. 18 at 9 p.m.
Where: Commodore Ballroom
Tickets: $38 at ticketmaster.ca
Following his collaboration with Swedish pop sensation Robyn on her 2018 hit album Honey, Joe Mount wrote and recorded the sixth album for his band Metronomy album himself. The electro-indie pop UK act is now on an extensive North American tour with its live five-piece lineup, playing songs from the new album like Sex Emoji and Salted Caramel Ice Cream as well as fan favourites like The Look and Love Letters.
When: Feb. 15-23
Where: Waterfront Theatre, Granville Island
Tickets: $18-35 at tickets.carouseltheatre.ca
Recommended for ages 2-7 (and adults too), Beep features puppetry and humans in a story about a rotund, striped character named Mort and a robot named Beep who disrupts everyday (and boring) life in Mort’s village. This is the B.C. premiere of the show, a creation of the much-loved Adelaide-based company Windmill Theatre. “Beep tells a story of difference, friendship, and acceptance with generous helpings of turquoise fluff and adorable performances,” writes the Adelaide Review.
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