20 things to do in Vancouver this week: January 16 to 20

Jan 14 2017, 7:12 am

Another week is here and finally Vancouver is warming up! Here’s hoping wherever you are, your ice is melting and your sidewalks are cleared.

And now it’s warm enough to step outside, you’ll be glad to know there are still tons of events happening around town to help you shelter from the rain.

So here are 20 things to do in Vancouver this week, from a legendary bartender at large to some saucy male ballerinas.

Monday, January 16

Bartender at Large

  • What: The Canadian premiere and only Vancouver screening of the smash hit documentary Bartender at Large. Complimentary Lot 40 cocktails will be served before and after the screening; there will also be a Q&A with bartender Erick Castro.
  • Where: Rio on Broadway – 1660 East Broadway, Vancouver
  • When: Monday, January 16. Doors at 7 pm, film at 7:30 pm
  • Tickets: On Eventbrite, totally free

Lost Neighbourhood Walking Tour: Kawamuko

  • What: For the first time, on the 75th anniversary of a tragic crime that shattered Kawamuko forever, rediscover the sad lost story of this vibrant Japanese-Canadian neighbourhood, on this walking tour led by historians Stewart Muir and Janet Nicol.
  • Where:  Meet at 305 West 4th Avenue, Vancouver
  • When: Monday, January 16, from 6 to 7 pm
  • Register: On Eventbrite, totally free

PuSh International Performing Arts Festival

  • What: Back for its lucky 13th year, the PuSh International Performing Arts Festival consistently pushes boundaries across a variety of formats and disciplines, and this year’s lineup is no exception.
  • Where: Various venues around Vancouver
  • When: Monday, January 16 to Monday, February 5
  • Tickets: $10 -$103, depending on the performance; for details of to how to attend and where to buy tickets, check our essential guide to the PuSh Festival

Yin Yoga and Meditation

  • What: Enjoy a mindful morning of self-study during Cristina Friere’s gentle class. The slow, mindful nature of yin yoga blends perfectly with a meditation practice and will leave you feeling rejuvenated and ready to approach your day.
  • Where: VanDusen Botanical Garden – 5251 Oak Street, Vancouver
  • When: Monday, January 16 from 10:15 to 11:30 am
  • Tickets: Online, $15 for members, $20 for non-members

Tuesday, January 17

Canucks vs. Predators

  • What: The Vancouver Canucks take on the Nashville Predators again this Tuesday, after last week’s defeat in overtime. They could turn it all around with your support – and look out for the new supporters’ section making their second ever appearance!
  • Where: Rogers Arena – 800 Griffiths Way, Vancouver
  • When: Tuesday, January 17, at 7 pm
  • Tickets: On Ticketmaster, $29.75-$197.75

Impromptu Rock Choir: Bowie

  • What: This week the Impromptu drop-in rock choir is singing Rebel Rebel by David Bowie and Happy Together by The Turtles. You don’t need to audition, read music, memorize song words, or sing solo – the choir is all about just having fun singing.
  • Where: The Wise Hall – 1882 Adanac St, Vancouver
  • When: Tuesday, January 17, doors at 7 pm, singing from 7:30 to 9 pm
  • Tickets: On the door, $10

The Women’s Balcony

  • What: Emil Ben Shimon’s comedic debut feature, The Women’s Balcony, tells of an accident during a bar mitzvah, which leads to a gendered rift in a devout Jerusalem community. A good-hearted story about women speaking truth to patriarchal power.
  • Where: The Norman Rothstein Theatre – 950 W 41st Avenue, Vancouver
  • When: Tuesday, January 17 at 7 pm
  • Tickets: Online, $13 for the ticket + $2 membership fee

R/Improv and Storytime

  • What: The Fictionals present an evening of Reddit-inspired comedy at Cafe Deux Soleils, plus an audience-powered Storytime where imagination rules all.
  • Where: Cafe Deux Soleils – 2096 Commercial Drive, Vancouver
  • When: Tuesday, January 17 at 8 pm
  • Tickets: On the door, $7 for adults or $5 for students

Wednesday, January 18

Sweat Baby Sweat

Jan Martens' Sweat Baby Sweat (The Dance Centre)

Jan Martens’ Sweat Baby Sweat (The Dance Centre)

  • What: Maverick Flemish choreographer Jan Martens takes the most clichéd theme in dance – the relationship between a man and a woman – and distils it into an intensely physical, intimate duet depicting all-consuming love.
  • Where: The Dance Centre – 677 Davie Street, Vancouver,
  • When: From Wednesday, January 18 to Friday, January 20, at 8 pm
  • Tickets: At Tickets Tonight, $36 for adults, $28 for students

Vancouver Writers Fest Incite 2017 

  • What: Incite is a free, bi-monthly reading series presented by the Vancouver Writers Fest and Vancouver Public Library. Did you resolve to read more poetry in 2017? Start the year off right with readings from four fine poets.
  • Where: CBC Studio 700 – 700 Hamilton Street, Vancouver
  • When: Wednesday, January 18, from 7:30 to 9 pm
  • Tickets: Free, register online

Cooking Class: Stock, Soup & Stew

  • What: This class is a must if you’re looking to cook delicious heart warming home meal and save money! Learn how to make chicken stock, lentils and smoked ham soup, and chicken coq au vin, then enjoy the meal with some wine afterwards.
  • Where: The Uncommon Cafe, 477 Powell Street, Vancouver
  • When: Wednesday, January 18 from 6 to 9 pm
  • Tickets: On Eventbrite, $65

And Bella Sang With Us

  • What: A stylish and darkly humorous buddy cop drama celebrating two of Vancouver’s unsung pioneers – the city’s first female police officers, sent to deal with a ‘female morality issue’ on the Downtown Eastside in 1912.
  • Where: Firehall Arts Centre — 280 East Cordova Street, Vancouver
  • When: From Wednesday, January 18 to Saturday, January 28, times vary according to date
  • Tickets: At Firehall Arts Centre, $24

Thursday, January 19

Holy Fuck

  • What: Toronto electronic band Holy Fuck may have a questionable name, but their music is what you’ll remember after seeing them live. The band has toured all over the US and Canada, and released their latest Congrats in 2016.
  • Where: Fortune Sound Club – 147 East Pender Street, Vancouver
  • When: Thursday, January 19, at 8 pm
  • Tickets: On Ticketweb, $20

Craft Beer 101

  • What: Sample eight styles of brews, and build a base of knowledge about the world of craft beer. Taught by CAMRA Vancouver‘s Education Liaison, Kai Miller, this is a great way to up your savvy and appreciation of beer.
  • Where: Big Rock Urban Brewery & Eatery –  310 West 4th Avenue, Vancouver
  • When: Thursday, January 19 from 6:30 to 8 pm
  • Tickets: On Eventbrite, $15 for CAMRA members, $20 for non-members

Love and Information

  • What: More than 100 vibrant characters search for meaning in their lives in Love and Information. Through sex, death, feeling, thinking, taxidermy, and karaoke, they discover each other, in this series of vignettes by noted playwright Caryl Churchill.
  • Where: Frederic Wood Theatre at UBC — 6354 Crescent Road, Vancouver
  • When: From Thursday, January 19 to Saturday, February 4, at 7:30 pm
  • Tickets: At UBC Theatre Tickets, $5-$24.50

Vancouver Civic Theatres job fair

  • What: If you love going to the theatre so much you want to work there, head to this job fair to speak to the Vancouver Theatre Attendant team about opportunities. Make sure to bring your resume and your Serving It Right certificate.
  • Where: Queen Elizabeth Theatre Salons – 600 Hamilton Street, Vancouver
  • When: From Thursday, January 19, from 4 to 8 pm
  • Info: Vancouver.ca

Friday, January 20

Dine Out Vancouver

L’Abattoir (Amy Ho/Courtesy L’Abattoir)

  • What: This annual festival is back with a full 17-day schedule of delicious events and unique culinary experiences for diners. Activities include brunch crawls, cocktail masterclasses, wine debates, guest chef dinners, and street food markets.
  • Where: All around Vancouver
  • When: Friday, January 20 to Sunday, February 5
  • Tickets: Individual event ticket details and prices here

Steel Panther

  • What: American parody rock/glam metal band Steel Panther are playing a pair of shows in Vancouver, supported by The Wild! Known for their profane lyrics, as well as their exaggerated on-stage personae, it’s sure to be a night to remember.
  • Where: The Commodore Ballroom – 868 Granville Street, Vancouver
  • When: Friday, January 20 and Saturday, January 21. Doors open at 8pm, show starts at 9 pm.
  • Tickets: $35, available at Ticketmaster

Matt Sesow: Inauguration Day

  • What: Gallery1515 is hosting an Inauguration Day Open House featuring new paintings by Washington DC based artist Matt Sesow. Join them on this “intense and historical” day to take in some thought-provoking art and reflect on the world.
  • Where: Gallery 1515 – 1515 West 7th Avenue, Vancouver
  • When: Friday, January 20, from 7 to 9 pm
  • Register: At Eventbrite, totally free

Les Ballets Trockadero de Monte Carlo

Les Ballets Trockadero de Monte Carlo (Zoran Jelenic)

Les Ballets Trockadero de Monte Carlo (Zoran Jelenic)

  • What: These male ballerinas are back to reinterpret ballet classics with great irrelevance. Get ready for saucy and fabulous versions of Swan Lake, La Esmeralda, and Don Quixote like you’ve never seen them before.
  • Where: Queen Elizabeth Theatre – 650 Hamilton Street, Vancouver
  • When: Friday, January 20 and Saturday, January 21
  • Tickets: At Tickets Tonight, $29-$129
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