What: The 23rd annual Rendez-Vous French Film Festival screens over 40 films from Quebec and France. Talk-backs, galas and a short film program are also featured.
Where: Coquitlam Evergreen Cultural Centre – 1205 Pinetree Way, Coquitlam; Jules Verne Auditorium – 5445 Baillie, Vancouver; Alliance Française De Vancouver – 6161 Cambie Street, Vancouver; SFU Woodwards – 149 West Hastings Street, Vancouver
When: February 2 to 12 at various times
Tickets:Online, $7.50 students, $10 adults, $16 Double Bill
What: Haitian born poet and MC Dana I.D Matthews has performed spoken word poetry across Canada. Dana was part of London’s Poetry Slam team at the Canadian Festival of Spoken Word in 2010, and became its team captain the next year. He was a Vancouver Poetry Slam team finalist in 2012, an independent finalist at Canadian Individual Poetry Slam in 2013, and is a Kwantlen Polytechnic Universty Grand Slam Champion.
Where: Cafe Deux Soleils – 2096 Commercial Drive, Vancouver
What: Taking place from January 17 to February 14, 2017, the Hot Chocolate Festival once again makes for a delectable countdown to the sweetest day of the year, Valentine’s Day, when a lot of us are definitely thinking about chocolate. The month-long event finds cafes, sweet shops, and restaurants around Vancouver serving up special cocoa-y creations.
What: The gentrification of Vancouver’s Mount Pleasant neighbourhood is the backdrop for writer-director Ross Weber’s thoughtful tale of three dysfunctional couples whose destinies intertwine after a six-year-old girl injures herself with an addict’s discarded needle she finds in her yard.
Where: The Cinematheque – 1131 Howe Street, Vancouver
What: Up to 30 willing participants will engage in a game of secrets in Foreign Radical’s unique mix of multimedia elements and varying outcomes. It’s a game of security, profiling, freedom of expression and privacy – all wrapped up in the overarching theme of cybersurveillance.
Where: Studio 1398 – 1398 Cartwright Street, Granville Island
When: February 6 at 7 pm. February 7 to 10 at 7 pm and 9 pm, February 11 at 2 pm, 7 pm and 9 pm
What: The top 25 teams in the Lower mainland will compete in the 40th anniversary season of the Canadian Improv Games. Each team will perform improvised scenes from audience suggestions within the CIG 5 event format. The top two teams will be invited to the National Tournament in Ottawa at the National Arts Centre.
Where: Waterfront Theatre – 1412 Cartwright Street, Granville Island
When: February 6 to 10 at 7:30 pm, February 11 at 2 pm and 7:30 pm