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Things to Do Vancouver

Hot Ticket: Three Premieres at Ballet BC

By JILL VON SPRECKEN

Ballet BC photo by Cindi Wicklund

May 10 to 12, 2018 The final presentation of Ballet BC’s 32nd season unveils one Canadian and two world premieres—a triple-threat performance that’s sure to be en pointe. Program 3 brings to the stage for the first time Cayetano Soto’s haunting Beginning After, and New Work by the company’s own artistic director, Emily Molnar. Plus, for the first time in Canada, Bill presents the raw energy of Israeli choreographers Sharon Eyal and Gai Behar. See all three at the Queen Elizabeth Theatre.

True Love at the BMO Vancouver Marathon

By SHERI RADFORD

Johnson and Makokis on their matrimonial marathon in 2017. (Photo by Christopher Morris)

May 6, 2018 How do you know a couple is in it for the long run? When they share a passion for running—and get married in the middle of a race. At last year’s BMO Vancouver Marathon, Anthony Johnson and James Makokis paused at kilometre 32 to tie the knot against the picture-perfect backdrop of English Bay. On May 6, look for the happy couple as they celebrate their anniversary by doing the marathon again, this time with their moms. It seems the course of true love sometimes does run smooth.

Review: Misery

BY SHERI RADFORD

Apr. 2018

Andrew McNee and Lucia Frangione. Set design by Lauchlin Johnston, costume design by Stephanie Kong, and lighting design by Andrew Pye. Photo by David Cooper.

It’s hard to walk a mile in another person’s shoes. And when those shoes belong to an Oscar-winning powerhouse such as Kathy Bates, the challenge is multiplied. Fortunately, Lucia Frangione is more than up to the task. She slips into the part of “number one fan” Annie Wilkes with a crazed gleam in her eye and fully inhabits the role, making it her own without ever veering into creepy caricature. (more…)

Thousands Hit the Streets for the Vancouver Sun Run 2018

By JILL VON SPRECKEN

Every year, more than 40,000 runners of all ages and abilities lace up for the Vancouver Sun Run

Apr. 22, 2018 Lace up your runners and join over 40,000 of your closest friends at the Vancouver Sun Run. The annual road race was launched in 1985, and took off—now it’s Canada’s largest 10-km (6.2-mi) race, and the third-largest race of its kind worldwide. It attracts elite runners from around the globe, as well as costumed competitors, wheelchair athletes and sprinters of all ages. Along the picturesque route are podium-worthy views of Stanley Park and False Creek, as well as morale-boosting live entertainment. Trust us: it’s the most fun you can have with your running shoes on.

2Cellos: The Score Tour at Rogers Arena

By CHLOË LAI

Stjepan Hauser and Luka Sulic of 2Cellos. (Photo by Roger Rich)

Apr. 25, 2018 Individually, Croatian cellists Luka Sulic and Stjepan Hauser began as classical music prodigies, winning countless prizes at international music competitions. Together, they’ve taken the pop/rock world by storm: since bursting into the spotlight as 2Cellos seven years ago, they’ve played with the Red Hot Chili Peppers, toured with Sir Elton John and performed on The Ellen DeGeneres Show, The Tonight Show and Glee. Catch them at Rogers Arena as they unleash their latest album, Score, covering iconic songs from films like The Lord of the Rings and Titanic. Truly epic. 

Science World: Ripley’s Believe It or Not

By JILL VON SPRECKEN

Interact with a vast collection of fascinating artifacts, discoveries and displays from around the world at Ripley’s Believe It or Not.

To Apr. 22, 2018 Step right up! At Science World, kids of all ages can explore the unbelievable at the Ripley’s Believe It or Not exhibit. Inside this “odditorium” of artifacts, discover the science behind the truly amazing and absurd, such as micro-sculptures that can pass through the eye of a needle, and a life-size model of a prehistoric snake. Or stand on your tiptoes to see how you measure up against the world’s tallest man. Experiments, specimens, challenges and multimedia installations help budding explorers glimpse the weird and wonderful world of Robert Ripley. Strange, but true.

Review: The Humans

BY SHERI RADFORD

Apr. 2018

The cast of The Humans. Set design by Drew Facey, costume design by Jenifer Darbellay, and lighting design by Adrian Muir. Photo by David Cooper.

It’s Thanksgiving, and Brigid and boyfriend Richard are hosting the big holiday dinner for the first time, in their new apartment. Deidre, Brigid’s mother, is none too pleased about her daughter’s loud apartment with no view—or about the fact that Brigid doesn’t have a ring on her finger yet. Erik, Brigid’s father, is perpetually distracted. Aimee, Brigid’s sister, pines for her ex-girlfriend while struggling with an impending job loss and impending major surgery. Momo, Brigid’s grandmother, suffers from dementia and spends the evening in a wheelchair, occasionally yelling random words and knocking objects off the table. (more…)

Find Your Nirvana

BY SHERI RADFORD

Apr. 2018

Photo by Jakob Ager

On one of those perfect cold-but-sunny Saturdays that make Vancouver seem worth every penny of its astronomical housing prices, Paul (my husband) and I embarked on a North Shore adventure. Sofie, a student, and Jakob, a photographer, were our guides for the day—Locals, in the parlance of Yervana, while Paul and I were the Explorers. Sofie and Jakob took us to Cypress Mountain, where the four of us donned snowshoes and tromped around the mountain trails, past one tiny tot trying to ski for the very first time, past picturesque cabins nestled in the snow like something out of a storybook, past giggling groups of Boy Scouts and Girl Guides on their own snowy, chaperoned adventures.

Photo by Jakob Ager

We lost track of time, snowshoeing through the pristine wilderness. Eventually, we stopped for sandwiches (still warm from Whole Foods) and snacks and decided, reluctantly, that is was time to head back from this winter wonderland.

Photo by Jakob Ager

All too soon, we were back in civilization. Further snowy adventures would have to wait for another Yervana day.

Yervana is a new website and iOS app that offers personalized outdoor adventures in Vancouver, Squamish and Whistler, including snowshoeing, skiing, hiking, trail riding, kayaking, sailing, stargazing and long-exposure photography. Yervana matches up knowledgeable Locals with eager Explorers. Visit www.yervana.com to learn more.

Cirque du Soleil Hits the Ice

By CHLOË LAI

Photo by Matt Beard, costumes by Marie-Chantale Vaillancourt. Courtesy Cirque du Soleil

Apr. 11-15, 2018 For the first time ever, Cirque du Soleil is taking their gravity-defying show to a whole new level: the ice. Awe-inspiring acrobats are joined by skaters—coached by four-time world champion figure skater Kurt Browning—for Crystal, a groundbreaking ice show packed with synchronized skating, aerial trapeze, and ramp-jumping, back-flipping hockey players. It’s a new frontier for fearless fun.

Viva Las Vegans: Touring Vancouver’s Plant-Based Eateries

By CHLOË LAI
Apr. 2018

The organic, dairy-free gelato at Umaluma is deliciously creamy. (Photo courtesy Umaluma)

Vancouver Food Tour gets the palate party started with a walking tour of some of the city’s most popular plant-based eateries. Cozy comfort fare, vegan pizzas, acai bowls and unbelievably creamy dairy-free gelato (pictured) await eager appetites in Gastown and Chinatown, while a visit to nearby Vegan Supply Co. offers a chance to stock your suitcase with healthy snacks for herbivores. Remember, what happens in Vancouver’s vegan scene doesn’t have to stay in Vancouver’s vegan scene.

On the Granville Island Stage: Misery

By SHERI RADFORD

Photo by David Cooper

Apr. 5 to May 5, 2018 Dealing with a fan can be murder, as one unlucky author learns in Misery. Adapted from the Stephen King novel and subsequent Oscar-winning film, this harrowing play tells the story of romance novelist Paul Sheldon. His “number one fan,” Annie Wilkes, rescues him after a car accident. But the dream scenario quickly turns into a nightmare: Annie holds Paul captive until he brings her favourite character back to life. Will Paul succeed in writing his own happy ending? Find out at the Granville Island Stage.

Northern Exposure: Capture Photography Festival 2018

By JILL VON SPRECKEN
Apr. 2018

“Subduction Study #7” by Kapwani Kiwanga. (Photo by Victor Sguaresso courtesy Kapwani Kiwanga/Goodman Gallery)

Various dates The Capture Photography Festival is ready for its close-up. From Apr. 3 to 30, the snapshot spectacular focuses on top photographic talent at events, public art projects and gallery exhibits across the city. To see snaps by shutterbugs in all stages of their careers, head to the Contemporary Art Gallery’s The Blue Hour (Apr. 6 to Jun. 24). The exhibit highlights photography by five international and Canadian artists, such as Kapwani Kiwanga (“Subduction Study #7,” pictured), who explores the possible collision of the African and European continents. Now that’s a new angle.