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 about three dysfunctional couples whose destinies intertwine after a six-year-old girl injures herself with an addict’s discarded needle.
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
What: Montreal’s Sam Roberts and his band are taking their latest album on the road with a stop in Vancouver. Making his debut back in 2002, Roberts has gone on to win multiple Juno Awards. In March of 2016, Sam Roberts Band took up The Bathouse, The Tragically Hip’s studio near Kingston, Ontario to record their sixth full-length album, TerraForm.
Where: The Orpheum Theatre – 601 Smithe Street, Vancouver
When: February 7 at 8 pm
Tickets: Available through Live Nation from $33.50 – $66.50
What: To celebrate its 10-year anniversary and to thank everyone for their ongoing support, Jules Bistro is offering a Table D’Hote (three-course meal) for lunch and dinner. The authentic French bistro is offering the choice of Bistro Salad or Soup Du Jour for a starter, an 8oz Ribeye Steak, Pan Seared Salmon Provencal, or Mussels with Fries as a main, and Chocolate Terrine for dessert.
Where: 216 Abbott Street, Vancouver
When: February 7 to February 12
Price: $21 for lunch and $23 for dinner (the original prices from ten years ago)
What: At the dawn of a new century, everything is changing and anything is possible. Set in the volatile melting pot of turn-of-the-century New York, Ragtime weaves together three distinctly American tales. Presented by Fighting Chance Productions.
Where: Orpheum Annex – 823 Seymour St, Vancouver
When: February 7 to 10 at 8 pm, February 11 at 2 pm and 8 pm.
What: The infectious ‘Cindy Lauper musical’ is back, with having toured the world during its four-year life, spanning several translations in Korean and Japanese. In one of those vague ‘inspired by true events’ stories, fabulous performer Lola dances into town and into the fortunes of a struggling gentlemen’s shoe factory. The quest for the perfect stiletto is fierce in this Grammy Award-winning Broadway staple.
Where: Queen Elizabeth Theatre – 650 Hamilton Street
What: Roll up the sleeves on your PJs and help construct a giant BlanketFort in which a comedy show happens. Then enjoy a night of funny with Ava Julien, Jo Dworschak, Ryan Williams, Chelsea McNabb, Ryan Gunther, Melanie Rose and Shlomo McPeake. Hosted by Emma Cooper.
Where: Astoria Hastings – 769 East Hastings Street, Vancouver
What: Based in Chicago, Manual Cinema is a performance collective, design studio, and film/video production company. They combine handmade shadow puppetry, cinematic techniques, and innovative sound and music to create immersive stories for stage and screen. Ada/Ava is a gothic tale that explores mourning and melancholy, self and other.
What: American hip-hop duo El-P and Killer Mike, also known as Run the Jewels, stop in Vancouver in support of Run the Jewels 3. The Gaslamp Killer, Gangsta Boo, Nick Hook and Cuz also join Run the Jewels on the tour.
Where: PNE Forum– 2901 E Hastings Street, Vancouver
What: This unique bilingual evening features a staged reading in English with Chinese subtitles of Fallacy of the Fist, which tells the story of a siege during China’s Boxer Rebellion in 1900, and the absurdity of war which has trapped both the besieged and the besiegers. The reading will then be followed by a performance of the play in Chinese, with English subtitles, and a post-show talk.
Where: Dorothy Somerset Studio – 6361 University Boulevard, Vancouver
What: Each talk focuses on a single work from the SFU Art Collection and will unpack the work out of storage while unpacking its significance. This series encourages participation from audiences that are new to visual art and to the SFU Art Collection. Adriana Contreras, Marketing and Communications Coordinator for SFU Health & Counselling Services, is this month’s speaker.
Where: SFU Gallery – AQ 3004 8888 University Drive, Burnaby
What: The Fictionals are serving up Rambo-style romance at The Rio Theatre with Valentine’s Vengeance. Bring a friend, a lover, and friends who you want to be lovers, and enjoy Cupid Against Humanity comedy. Who will be the first Most Horrible Person in Vancouver of 2017?
Where: The Rio Theatre – 1660 East Broadway, Vancouver
What: Pop-Up Love Party reimagines Plato’s Symposium in its quest to define eros with all its plagues and pleasures. The performers must outdo each other in a battle of ideas. They do this with the aid of nostalgia, aerobics, a kangaroo court, conspiracy theories, an infectious pop ballad and quiet philosophical contemplation.
Where: Shadbolt Centre for the Arts– 6450 Deer Lake Avenue, Burnaby
What: Do you have the Wisdom, Power and Courage to defeat two deadly rounds of Zelda trivia from There Is No Easy Mode? Assemble your team of up to five warriors, and find out at EXP Restaurant and Bar.
Where: EXP Restaurant and Bar – 309 West Pender Street, Vancouver
What: In light of the recent Women’s March demonstrations, there is no better time for this twist on The Godfather, reimagined as a Shakespearean drama. The all-female production, as typical of all Classic Chic’s work, will add one more gender-bendy level to some of our most traditional masculine archetypes.
Where: Pacific Theatre – 1440 W 12th Avenue, Vancouver
What:Girl Positive co-authors Tatiana Fraser and Caia Hagel will facilitate a panel discussion that will uncover the innovative ways in which women artists are disrupting and innovating culture. Featuring author, actor, and playwright Carmen Aguirre, artistic director of Western Gold Theatre Anna Hagan, mixed-raced social justice activist, actor and artist Mariam Barry, and director, writer, actor and educator Kim Harvey.
Where: The CultchHistoric Theatre – 1895 Venables Street, Vancouver
What: The Edible Museum of Canadian Food and Wine is giving guests a one-night-only chance to attend an interactive exhibition that will leave you educated and full. The expo will be divided into vignettes depicting prominent moments in our foodie past, including origin stories of iconic dishes like poutine and the creation of the McIntosh apple.
When: Thursday, February 9 from 7 to 10pm
Where: The Permanent, 330 West Pender Street
Tickets: $22; purchase via Eventbrite (includes tastes from select VQA wines and small bites)
What: More than 20 award-winning bartenders will be at the Science of Cocktails creating unusual and delicious cocktails. There will be cocktail science activities, hands-on-demonstrations, and 12 different food stations to satiate your stomach. Plus, ticket proceeds go to support Science World class field trips for under served schools in Vancouver.
Where: Science World – 1455 Quebece Street, Vancouver
What: Photojournalists Rebecca Blissett, Gerry Kahrmann, Richard Lam, and John Lehmann discuss digital photography in the current landscape of the print media industry. This panel discussion will be moderated by journalist Jennifer Moreau of the Burnaby Now.
Where: Museum of Vancouver – 1100 Chestnut Street, Vancouver
What: Small Stage 35: the valentine’s edition is a dance portrayal of Romeo and Juliet set on our signature distinctly small stage. Genres include hip hop, jazz, urban street, contemporary, and a few other surprises.
Where: AnzaClub Vancouver – 3 West 8th Avenue, Vancouver
What: Comedian Hasan Minhaj is known for his appearances on The Daily Show With Trevor Noah and his viral web series The Truth with Hasan Minhaj. He has also been seen on a variety of other television programs including Arrested Development on Netflix, HBO’s Getting On, and @Midnight on Comedy Central.
Where: Vancouver Playhouse – 600 Hamilton Street, Vancouver
What: An intimate evening of live music and astronomy in the planetarium star theatre. Recording artist Louise Burns will be playing a selection of songs inspired by the love of star gazing. In between songs, astronomy educators will guide you through the nighttime sky.
Where: H.R. MacMillan Space Centre – 1100 Chestnut Street, Vancouver