What: Following last year’s sold out show, the highly-anticipated Burlesque Duos returns to the Rio’s stage on Tuesday, February 14. Featuring performances by April O’Peel & Diva Fandango, Melody Mangler & Voracious V, Vixen Von Flex & Ava Lure, and Jungle Kat & Ruthe Ordare. Hosted by Mister Mickel & Connie Cahoots.
What: A special comedy event guaranteed to break hearts and funnybones. The stage will run red as two teams of Cupids battle for the audience’s affection! Plus there will be award-winning comedy, chocolate hearts, and a special presentation of TLC: Tables, Ladders and Chairs!
What: Experience an ultra-swanky evening of live performance, cocktails, and music inspired by vintage Hollywood glamour and Rat Pack era cool. Also featuring a dance party in the Projection Room, Space Age Bachelor Pad Music curated by Trevor Risk, and stand-up comedy.
What: Elle is the story of Marguerite de La Rocque de Roberval, a French noblewoman who set out in 1542 for Canada with her uncle, Jacques Cartier to colonize the new-found country. Adapted from Douglas Glover’s novel by Severn Thompson, Elle reinvents the beginnings of this country’s national narrative.
Where: Firehall Arts Centre – 280 E. Cordova Street, Vancouver
What: The prom you never had in high school: it’s a radical, community-oriented, anti-capitalist, queer, cross-dressing, gender bending, bike loving, slow dancing, big dress wearing, good time. A fundraiser for creative resistance and direct action in BC.
What: Vancouver TheatreSports League rocks the laughs with their annual TheatreSports Festival, Throwdown(formerly called The Massacre). February 1 through 4 sees local teams compete in a round robin competition. Then international teams from Oslo, Mumbai, Orlando, Seattle and Montreal join the fray starting February 9, with the grande finale on Valentine’s Day
Where: The Improv Centre – 1502 Duranleau Street, Vancouver
What: Enjoy an hour-long guided group snowshoe tour followed by a delicious chocolate fondue, served in an intimate setting. Prices include snowshoe and headlamp rentals, tour guide and chocolate fondue.
Where: Grouse Mountain – 6400 Nancy Greene Way, North Vancouver
When: February 12 at 3 pm and 6 pm, and February 14 at 3 pm, 6 pm, and 8:30 pm
What: Vancouver Mysteries are looking for Love Detectives to take part in an interactive adventure on the streets of Vancouver. This year couples can choose from 3 different games, which will be run simultaneously. Compete for title of Top Detectives plus a box of chocolates
Where: Downtown Vancouver – game starts and ends near Waterfront Station.
What: Peggy Sawyer, a starry-eyed young dancer, arrives in New York to pursue her Broadway dreams. When the leading lady can’t go on, the novice takes over and becomes a star. 42nd Street is considered to be a musical comedy classic, and features many recognizable Broadway standards including, of course, the titular title track.
Where: Studio 58 – 100 West 49th Avenue, Langara College
What: Whether you’re heading out to a special dinner with your partner, your bestie, your mom, or your crew – make it a special one by going to a restaurant that’s going the extra mile on February 14. Some of these spots are even spreading the love and giving diners the chance to taste these menus before the big day. Check out the drool-worthy menus and make a reservation at one of these 20 romantic restaurants.
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Daniel Chai is a writer and actor based in Vancouver, BC.