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Special Events for January 2006


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December 31, 2005
Arts Club Theatre Company presents  NEW YEAR'S EVE WITH BEAUTY AND THE BEAST. Ring in the New Year with Belle, Gaston and your other favourite characters from Disney's Beauty and the Beast! This all-inclusive family friendly celebration is a treat for all ages and a great way to spend New Year's Eve. Stanley Industrial Alliance Stage, 2750 Granville Street, Vancouver; 604.687.1644.

December 31, 2005
Heritage Valley New Year's Eve Bash. Watch our calendar or call for more details on this fabulous evening of games, super prizes, live entertainment, laughter and end the night dancing to a live band. Also includes our renowned gourmet buffet, champagne toast, party favours & late night snack; 604 864-8888,

December 31, 2005
Surrey First Night 2005.  First Night event festivities will be held for the first time in Surrey at Central City Plaza to celebrate the New Year.  This event will include a host of activities throughout the day and evening including live music featuring Universal recording artist, Hedley and a fireworks spectacular at midnight counting down the New Year.  Contact Whalley BIA at 604-580-2321 or visit

January 1, 2006
Polar Bear Swim.  Join the locals in this traditional New Year's "jolt to the system" . Registration begins at 10:00am, and the swim takes place at 12:00.  Held at White Rock Beach, 604-536-6844.

January 4 - 11, 2006
Xray Media proudly present Chun Yi: Legend of Kung Fu.  Queen Elizabeth Theatre, Tickets 604-280-3311

January 5 - 28, 2006
Presentation House Theatre presents HAY FEVER.  The second offering of the season, Hay Fever - a well-known favourite by Noel Coward - is a comedy of style, wit and excessively bad manners that examines the antics of an eccentric theatrical family. When a quartet of visitors arrives on the doorstep of the Bliss country home, an innocent weekend leads to unexpected mayhem. Noel Coward cleverly exposes the hazardous clash between eccentricity and conservatism.  Presentation House Theatre, 333 Chesterfield Ave., North Vancouver;

January 6, 2006
Light of the World Fundraiser Garage Sale.  Visit us and receive a free ticket to win a beautiful gift basket. Enjoy a free coffee as you browse and choose from our unusual artifacts, old books, antiques and other elegant things; 631 Ioco Road (the old Pleasantside Grocery), Port Moody; 604-461-8728

January 7, 2006
David Hancock Bald Eagle Biology Presentation and Slideshow.  David Hancock is an international authority on bald eagles and other birds of prey. He has reared thousands of birds, including some of the rarest species kept in captivity. His work has been presented to the public through writing, photography and books. He has written and published hundreds of articles, several books and produced many films. He is currently undertaking research on the Bald Eagles of the Lower Fraser Valley, focusing on the seasonal changes and breeding success.  Brackendale Art Gallery,

January 7, 2006
Pacific Baroque Orchestra presents CELLO EXTRAVAGANZA.  St. Augustine's Catholic Church, 2028 West 7th Avenue, Vancouver; 604.215.0406,

January 8, 2006
20th Annual Brackendale Eagle Count.  The Eagle Count is co-ordinated by Patricia Heintzman and Thor Froslev and is conducted by trained volunteers for scientific purposes and is not open to the general public. The Gallery will  be open at 9:00 am. Be on hand as the count is returned throughout the day. Activities include - eagle walking tours with members of the Brackendale Eagle Reservice Society at l0:00 am.  Brackendale Art Gallery,

January 9, 2006
SO, WHAT DO CALLIGRAPHERS DO?   Using slides and samples of calligraphy, Martin Jackson will discuss tools and materials, and where and how present day calligraphers use their skills.  Vancouver Public Library, 350 West Georgia St., Vancouver, (604) 331-4001,

January 10, 2006
The Friends of Chamber Music proudly present six-time Grammy award winners, the Emerson Quartet in a program of Mozart, Bartok and Sibelius.  Vancouver Playhouse, Tickets 604-257-0366

January 10 - 14, 2006
PUSH FESTIVAL: Tempting Providence  Theatre NFLD/Labrador. A story of courage and strength told with simple elegance. Myra Grimsley arrived in Newfoundland from her native England in 1921, and was one of the first group of outport nurses. She became a legend for performing a variety of medical takes and was known throughout Newfoundland and Labrador as ?Florence Nightingale of the North?.  The Vancouver East Cultural Centre, 604-251-1363,

January 11 - 14, 2006
Deep Cove Cultural Society presents SLEEPING BEAUTY.  Deep Cove Shaw Theatre, 4360 Gallant Avenue, North Vancouver; 604.929.9456

January 12, 2006
DAVID AND CAROLINE BRAZIER, The VPL presents a lecture by David and Caroline Brazier. They will speak about David's book, The Feeling Buddha: A Buddhist Psychology of Character, Adversity and Passion. An engaging introduction to Buddhism, it explains the Buddha's earliest teachings and is a practical guide for how to live fully in today's stressful world. The book is a lucid account of how the Buddha's path of wisdom and loving kindness grew outof the challenges he encountered in life. It explains the concepts of enlightenment, nirvana and the four Noble Truths, free from mystification.Vancouver Public Library, 350 West Georgia St., Vancouver, (604) 331-4001,

January 13, 2006
Bones in the Forest: Film Screening by Necessary Visions.  Told through the eyes of both native and non-native elders, it places deforestation into the context of colonization. Maintaining an even-handed tone, the filmmakers incorporate the views of loggers, alternative forestry practitioners, a former VP of logging giant MacMillan-Blodell, native elders and longtime protesters. (Free admission. Co-sponsored by the Necessary Voices Society.)  Vancouver Public Library, 350 West Georgia St., Vancouver, (604) 331-4001,

January 13 - 14, 2006
Pacific Theatre presents SIDESHOW: A NIGHT OF IMPROV.  Pacific Theatre is proud to present SIDE SHOW - A Night at the Improv - comedy improv with a healthy dose of hilarity. Good clean fun for the whole family with our zany friends from around city, so let the games begin! Pacific Theatre, 1440 West 12th Avenue, Vancouver.  604.731.5518,

January 13 - 16, 2006
BC Open Waterpolo Invitational, Watermania Aquatic Centre, Richmond; 604-448-5353.

January 14, 2006
A Photographer's Vision of the Four Seasons - Roy Hamaguchi.  Roy's photographs have appeared in numerous magazines and books and on a Canadian postage stamp. With Roy's vast experience photographing wildlife from the Tundra to the Serengeti Plain the evening promises to be enlightening and entertaining.  Brackendale Art Gallery,

January 14, 2006
The Paperboys.  One of Harrison's most popular bands returns with their high energy blend of Celtic, bluegrass,Pop and Latin known as STOMP. They have just returned from their second European tour in the past year. Time: 8:00pm Call for more info!  Memorial Hall, Harrison Hot Springs, 604-796-3664,

January 15, 2006
21st Century Flea Market: From shabby chic to 50's kitsch, collectibles and memorabilia to vintage kitchenalia, 175 tables of bargains on deluxe 20th century junque! Croatian Cultural Centre, 604-980-3159,

January 15, 2006
BRAS FOR A CAUSE! BREAST CANCER AWARENESS BENEFIT. Soroptimist International of the Langleys are thrilled to announce their "uplifting " fundraiser for the Langley Mammography Clinic and the Langley Memorial Hospital Foundation! Decorate a bra of your choice as a Theme Bra that will be auctioned off at the gala to be held on April 22, 2005 at Cascades Convention Centre. The evening will incluce food, music, a no-host bar, awards and Silent and Live Auction of the amazing one-of-a-kind bras. For a Donor Sign Up Sheet, a sponsorship form, or a poster, call Edwina at 604-530-4816, Donna at 604-888-6605, or Noreen at 604-888-9409

January 15, 2006
Coastal Jazz and Blues Society presents LISA MILLER'S Q.  Pianist Lisa Miller has become a force in Vancouvers creative music community since her arrival here six years ago from San Francisco. Her remarkable quartet, Q, is a vehicle for her compositions, which embrace her interest in modern jazz, contemporary classical composition, and free improvisation. With Peggy Lee cello, Steve Smith bass, Dylan van der Schyff drums.  Vancouver East Cultural Centre, 1895 Venables Street, Vancouver, 604 872-5200.

January 15, 2006
Music in the Morning presents ROB KAPILOW'S GREEN EGGS AND HAMADEUS.  A thrilling collision of Dr. Seuss's wacky classic, Green Eggs and Ham, and Mozart's masterpiece, Eine Kleine Nachtmusik.  Chan Centre for the Arts, 6265 Crescent Road, UBC;

January 16, 2006
Nahanni Forever, presented by the Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society at the Vancouver East Cultural Centre. Spectacular images of Nahanni National Park and surrounding lands, scientific insights and special guests, including Dehcho Grand Chief Herb Norwegian. Tickets available at Mountain Equipment Co-Op, Ticketmaster and the CPAWS-BC office, 604-685-7445.

January 17, 2005
Life Without Limits.  Vancouver Marriot Pinnacle Hotel 7:30 PM An insightful evening describing: How to fire up your passion for life. Why you make the same @*#%! choices over and over again. How to leave the Joneses in the dust. ...and so much more;, 604-255-5922.

January 17, 2006
PUSH Festival: Eye of Newt.  Stefan Smulovitz leads the Eye of Newt ensemble with an original score to legendary Japanese director Akira Kurosawa's final film Dreams. A cinematographic masterpiece, the film is essentially eight separate short films that together explore man's relationship with his environment. Dreams weaves the past, present and future into thoughts and images of one man?for all men.  The Vancouver East Cultural Centre, 604-251-1363,

January 18, 2006
Bryan Adams. Rock icon Bryan Adams will celebrate his 25th Anniversary as a recording artist with an extensive national tour of Canada that touches down in Vancouver at General Motors Place on Wednesday, January 18th, and coincides with the release of his first two-CD collection Anthology, is in stores now.  General Motors Place, 604-280-4444.

January 19, 2006
How to Get Better Grades - Terry Small.  Terry Small B.Ed., M.A., is a master speaker, teacher, trainer, and learning skills specialist. He has presented his cutting edge ideas on the brain and learning to over 100,000 people in schools, businesses, and organizations for 30 years. Terry has often keynoted national and provincial conferences. He has appeared on CTV, BCTV, CKNW, Global, and in numerous publications. Make this your child's best year ever in school!! Terry Fox Secondary School - 1260 Riverwood Gate, Port Coquitlam; Register by phone 604-939-3690 or email

January 19, 2006
Robbie Burns Day, Minoru Seniors Centre, Richmond; 604-718-8450.

January 20, 2006
Nickelback.  Nickelback is a success story built on the road, on the radio and by above all things, great rock songs. They consistently sell out arenas around the world and the band?s popularity has risen rapidly since their 2000 debut The State, followed by 2001?s record-breaking album Silver Side Up and 2003?s The Long Road. Chances are no one needs reminding that Silver Side Up?s first single ?How You Remind Me? received numerous awards, and was the #1 most played song of 2002, helping Nickelback achieve the title of #1 most played rock act that same year. As if that wasn?t enough, Nickelback?s record-breaking 2004 Canadian Tour saw the band play 42 shows in 32 cities.  General Motors Place, 604-280-4444.

January 20 to February 2, 2006
Tourism Vancouver presents DINE OUT VANCOUVER.  Tourism Vancouver invites you to experience our citys spectacular food and wine scene from January 20 to February 2. Enjoy three-course dinners at 144 of Vancouvers hottest restaurants for $15, $25, or $35 per person complemented by fabulous BC VQA wine pairing suggestions. Reservations recommended. Book now to avoid disappointment.

January 21, 2006
Cap Folk 'n' Roots Series presents JIM BYRNES ACOUSTIC BAND.  A local legend in both music and television, Jim Byrnes is one of Vancouver's most respected and beloved entertainers. Currently collaborating with the well-known roots duo, Steve Dawson and Jesse Zubot, Byrnes's new band and new musical direction is getting rave reviews. His latest Juno-nominated release, "Fresh Horses", was one of last year's most talked about and acclaimed roots recordings.  Capilano College Performing Arts Theatre,

January 21, 2006
Come and celebrate the Year of the Dog at Riley Park Community Centre. Enjoy free admission to our Celebration of Chinese Lunar New Year.

January 21, 2006
Kerrisdale Concert Series presents: Chris Hamilton. We are delighted to have popular children's musician Chris Hamilton here to perform favourites from his first kids' CD, 'Sticky Situations' (nominated for a 2005 Western Canadian Music Award for 'Outstanding Children's Recording') and songs from his upcoming new CD. His show is full of funny, high-energy music that gets kids and their parents dancing and singing along! $5 per ticket (3yrs+) or $18 for a family of four (membership not required).  Kerrisdale Community Centre, 604-257-8100.

January 21 - 22, 2006
Vancouver 3rd Annual PetExpo at Vancouver Trade and Convention Centre;

January 21 to February 11, 2006
Playhouse Theatre Company presents VINCENT IN BRIXTON.  Winner of London's prestigious Olivier Award in 2003, Vincent in Brixton is loosely based on Vincent van Gogh's early life in London. It paints the artist as a brash young Dutchman unsure of what he wants to do in life - until he rents a room from an English widow, with whom he shares a passionate relationship, and his destiny is changed forever. Vancouver Playhouse,

January 22, 2006
Antique ID Clinic, Richmond Museum, 604-231-6457.

January 22, 2006
Chinese New Year Celebration, West Richmond Community Centre; 604-718-8400.

January 22, 2006
St Andrew's Church, Vancouver Welsh Men's Choir.  Choral Concert by the 100 voice Vancouver Welsh Men?s Choir. A benefit to the Lions Gate Hospital Emergency Room Campaign and Youth Programs of St Andrew?s United Church.  Centennial Theatre, North Vancouver;  604-984-4484,

January 23, 2006
Federation of Lasermasters (Society).  We teach children how to play basic chess and advanced Lasermaster Game strategies and elementary math.  The Lasermaster School Challenge Program increases strategic thinking skills, stimulates intellectual creativity, dramatically improves a child's ability to think rationally, and improves problem-solving ability.  When students play Lasermaster they must call upon higher-order thinking skills, analyze actions and consequences, and visualize future possibilities.  Poirier Street Community Centre, Coquitlam; 604-436-0807,

January 23, 2006
Vancouver Symphony Orchestra.  North Shore Classics series featuring music by Russian Composers Kodaly, Shostakovich and Tchaikovsky. Conducted by Tania Miller with Jennifer Lim on piano and Larry Knopp on trumpet.  Centennial Theatre, North Vancouver;  604-984-4484,

January 26, 2006
Amore Amore Bridal Gala.  Amore Amore promises to introduce you to services that will make your wedding absolute perfection. Enjoy delicious hors doeuvres, select wines, enchanting dcor ideas and stunning floral arrangements to make your dream wedding a reality. The fashion show by one of the hottest bridal salons in Vancouver, Bisou Bridal is sure to set your heart a flutter featuring the latest Monique L'Huiller gowns exclusive to Vancouver. A tempting dessert bar with tea or coffee and fabulous door prizes finishes this delectable event.  Elliot Lewis Gallery, 1540 West 2nd Ave , Vancouver; 604.723.5975

January 26, 2006
Barb Wilson, Parks Canada Speakers Lecture on the Haanas Gwaii.  Haida Gwaii, also known as the Queen Charlotte Islands, is a remote island archipelago on the north coast of British Columbia. Details on this talk to be announced. (Free admission.)  Vancouver Public Library, 350 West Georgia St., Vancouver (604) 331-4001,

January 26, 2006
Decidedly Jazz Danceworks.  Decidedly Jazz Danceworks presents Pulse a live music/dance show featuring audience favourites from the company's extensive repertoire woven together with compelling new creations. The work celebrates a wide range of styles and human experiences, from the soulful longings of the blues to the joyful exuberance of swing. A seamless journey through the sights and sounds of jazz, with surprising, moving and hilarious stops along the way. Pulse promises an evening that will forever change the way you look at this intoxicating form of music and dance.  Centennial Theatre, North Vancouver;  604-984-4484,

January 26 - 29, 2006
Chinese New Year Flower Bazaar. Every year, the Buddhist Temple holds a festive Chinese New Year Flower Bazaar; featuring cultural items to ring in the new year. Open to the public, this fair provides an opportunity for visitors to experience the new year festivities with traditional snacks and foods, auspicious flower arrangements, Chinese calligraphy, exciting raffles, and much, much more. Open til midnight on Chinese New Year's Eve.  International Buddhist Temple 9160 Steveston Highway  604-274-2822

January 26 - 29, 2006
Vancouver Motorcycle Show.  A showcase of new motorcycles, ATVs, scooters, and related products and services. If it is motorized on two wheels, its here!  Tradex Exhibition Centre, Abbotsford Airport; 604-535-7584,

January 26 to February 12, 2006
Six Miniature Tragedies.  Celebrated French playwright, director and actor Jean-Paul Wenzel will direct our senior students in his newest work. Six Miniature Tragedies is a series of vignettes using a variety of theatrical forms from cabaret to tragedy to achieve a theater revealing intimate chaos. Six Miniature Tragedies is a satellite production of the 2006 PuSh International Performing Arts Festival and a special initiative with theConsulate General of France and the French Association for Artistic Action (AFAA/French Ministry of Foreign Affairs).  Studio 58 - Langara College, 100 W. 49th Ave, Vancouver; 604.257.0366

January 26 to February 25, 2006
Here on the Flight Path.  In this touching romantic comedy, a newspaper columnist spends most of his time on his apartment balcony near the airport runway chatting up three very different and attractive neighbours. Get ready for a hilarious takeoff when you meet this regular guy with just one thing on his mind?and it?s not what you think!  Granville Island Stage, (604) 687-1644.

January 28, 2006
Cap Folk 'n' Roots Series presents KELLY JOE PHELPS.  The brilliance of Kelly Joe Phelps is like a fine wine - it just keeps getting better as time goes by. An evening with Phelps is like no other. His original blues tunes and spellbinding guitar work is fresh and spontaneous in every performance. A series mainstay artist, come for your fix of some of the best acoustic blues on the planet.  Capilano College Performing Arts Theatre,

January 28, 2006
Chinese New Year Celebration. Live on stage entertainment with Lion Dance, information and interactive booths.  Richmond Centre 6551 No. 3 Rd.  604-303-7204

January 28, 2006
Flea Market. Here?s your chance to clean out your cupboards or find yourself a bargain! More than 50 tables of pre-loved items on display to comb through. Note to vendors: Please register in person at Confederation Centre and choose your table (maximum of one table per person plus one table for a friend). Table rental: $15.00. Free admission for buyers. Saturday, 9:30am-2:00pm, January 28. Confederation Centre, 4585 Albert Street. Phone: 604-296-70110 or 604-294-1936.

January 28, 2006
PuSh International Performing Arts Festival presents KRONOS QUARTET FEATURING TANYA TAGAQ.  Chan Centre for the Arts, 6265 Crescent Road, UBC;

January 28, 2006
Valdy Wingding Dinner & Dance.  Our famous salmon bisque, caesar salad, bread & dessert.  Brackendale Art Gallery,

January 28 - 29, 2006
Chilliwack & District Pipe Band Burns Night, Evergreen Hall, Chilliwack; 604-858-5215.

January 28 - 29, 2006
First Impressions Theatre presents SONGWRITER'S CAFE.  A blockbuster concert hosted by Norman Foote and featuring musicians Bill Henderson (Chilliwack), Babe Gurr and John Mann (Spirit of the West). This is a fundraiser for the Deep Cove Cultural Centre, presented by First Impressions Theatre.  Deep Cove Shaw Theatre, 604.929.9456,

January 29, 2006
7th Annual Family Series at the Evergreen Cultural Centre.  Thomas Arthur in Airplay.  Thomas Arthur, lyrical juggler extraordinaire, captivates audience members young and old with his breathtakingly beautiful rhythmic juggling. From large metal spirals to simple colourful spheres, Thomas' choreographed movements seamlessly meld music with movement to create visually stunning images. Audience interaction also plays a big role in this show, with children of all ages invited to participate in games of rhythm, balance and coordination.  Evergreen Cultural Centre, 1205 Pinetree Way, Coquitlam, 604-927-6555,

January 29, 2006
Birds of Southwestern British Columbia .   Richard Cannings works as a consulting biologist in Naramata, BC. He has taught at UBC and was curator of the Cowan Vertebrate Museum there for 15 years. His main interest is the breeding biology of owls.  Along with brother Sydney, he has written many articles and several books and offers continuing education courses in Natural History.  Brackendale Art Gallery,

January 29, 2006
Chinese New Year Celebration. Stage show and performances include lion dance, Chinese king fu and dancing, greetings and gifts from God of Fortune.  Parker Place Shopping Centre 4380 No. 3 Road  604-273-0276

January 29, 2006
Chinese New Year Festival.  Celebrate the Year of the Dog with sound, color, and joy. The Garden?s plum blossom trees will be in full bloom signifying the return of spring. Chinatown and the Garden will be decorated for the biggest festival in the Chinese calendar. Activities include fortune telling, martial arts, calligraphy writing, storytelling, lucky red packets, and a special exhibition of traditional New Year arts by the Chinese Canadian Artists Federation. Watch for the big parade that winds through the streets of Chinatown around noon!  Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Garden, 604-662-3207,

January 29, 2006
Chinese/Vietnamese/Tibetan/Korean New Year.  Year of the Dog.

February 1 - 28, 2006
Celebration 2010: Whistler Arts Festival.  A showcase of the performing arts, literary events, film screenings, art exhibitions and street performances throughout the month in support of the 2010 Winter Olympic & Paralympic Games; 604.938.9221

Ongoing until January 2, 2006
Heritage Christmas at Burnaby Village.  Come and experience a traditional Christmas. Our beautiful village is decorated with lights and traditional ornaments. Have a visit with Father Christmas. Take in a vaudeville melodrama by the Footlight Theatre Company and enjoy the performances of storyteller Jack Winter. Be sure to sample Christmas baking in the farmhouse. As well, daily children's entertainers, choirs, and exhibits are featured in this step back in time. Burnaby Village Museum, (604) 294-7201 or

Ongoing to January 2, 2006
CLASSIFIED MATERIALS: Accumulations, Archives, Artists.  In a world characterized by an abundance of information that circulates rapidly through a complex set of networks, the processes of assembling and ordering materials hold a distinctive resonance as the basis for artistic activity. This exhibition examines some of the ways in which artists employ, transform or challenge the processes of ordering and classifying through which conceptions of the world, and our individual positions in it, are deeply embedded. Classified Materials spans two floors of the Gallery and combines an extensive selection of works from the collection with contributions by more than 45 internationally regarded contemporary artists from Vancouver, Asia, Europe, the United States and the Middle East.  Vancouver Art Gallery, 604-662-4700.

Ongoing until January 11, 2006
Richmond Art Gallery presents KEVIN MACKENZIE.  Kevin McKenzie's art practice stems from fusing traditional materials in First Nations art such as horsehair, feathers, and felt, with industrial materials, such as chrome, metal, and neon lighting. McKenzie explores the complex relationship corporate American has with the image of the Native American. He has researched the use of the Native American image in corporate culture as an icon. The more he researched, the more he discovered that the Native American had been used to sell everything from soap to cars.  Richmond Art Gallery, 7700 Minoru Gate, Ste 180, Richmond, 604.231.6457

Ongoing to January 13, 2006
Magic Lanterns: Leva Woo & Robin Shaw.  An exhibition of paintings, mixed media and sculptures in celebration of Winter Solstice and winter days by Leva Woo and Robin Shaw.  Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Garden, 604-662-3207,

Ongoing until January 15, 2006
Presentation House Gallery  presents STEPHEN SHORE: THE BIOGRAPHICAL LANDSCAPE.  he focus of Stephen Shore's exhibition The Biographical Landscape is his legendary body of work known as Uncommon Places. These photographs were produced between 1973 and 1982 and they are considered a key monument in the history of the depiction of the American "vernacular landscape".  Presentation House Theatre, 333 Chesterfield Ave., North Vancouver;

Ongoing to January 15, 2006
Protean Picasso: Drawings and Prints from the National Gallery of Canada. Picasso's monumental fame will be forever linked to his development of the abstract style that came to be known as Cubism. As a constant innovator, Picasso worked in numerous artistic styles of his own invention, resulting in the creation of many iconic masterpieces that were made famous for their break with aesthetic traditions. This fall, the Vancouver Art Gallery will launch a remarkable Picasso project that brings together the full scope of the artist's career through examples of his drawings, prints and paintings. For the project, the Vancouver Art Gallery will jointly present Protean Picasso: Prints and Drawings from the National Gallery of Canada and Selected Paintings from International Collections, a rare grouping of eleven Picasso paintings, which have been loaned to the Gallery from a number of international collections.  Vancouver Art Gallery - 750 Hornby Street, Vancouver, 604-662-4700.

Ongoing until January 15, 2006
Disney's Beauty and the Beast.  Winner of the 1994 Tony Award for Best Musical, the most beautiful love story ever told comes to life on stage. Brilliantly adapted from the Academy Award?winning animated film, this much-loved spectacle will thrill you with its show-stopping musical numbers, astonishing sets, and lavish costumes. Belle, a feisty young woman confined in her small, provincial town, meets the Beast, in reality a young prince whose lack of compassion has trapped him under a spell. Can Belle teach the Beast to love? Can the spell be broken?  Stanley Theatre, (604) 687-1644.

Ongoing until March 18, 2006
Vancouver Giants Hockey.  Canada's most popular Junior hockey team is ready for another spectacular season! or 604-4-GIANTS for more information.

Ongoing until April 15, 2006
Vancouver Canucks NHL Hockey, General Motors Place,,  604-280-4400

Ongoing until June, 2006
Jericho Hill Community Drum Circle, lead by Lyle Povah - 8th Year! An intergenerational, multicultural and weekly rhythmical celebration, all ages and stages welcome, first-time-beginner-friendly, wheelchair accessible, drums and instruments provided. Jericho Hill Centre, 4196 West 4th Avenue, Sundays drop-in (September-June), 3-5 p.m. Adults $5, 4-18 years and seniors $3, under 4 years free. Info 604 736-6487 or

Ongoing until July 1, 2006
H.R. MacMillan Space Centre presents OUR VANISHING SKY.  By simple definition, light pollution is light that is not needed or wanted, including lighting that is too bright. Through educational text display panels, looped video presentations, interactive activities and a Planetarium show demonstrating the before-and-after impact of night light pollution on major cities around the globe, Our Vanishing Sky educates visitors about the disturbingly negative effects of light pollution on their lives and what they can do about it.  604-738-STAR,

Vancouver TheatreSports League presents VTSL FAMILY MATINEE SERIES.  Instant Improv is improvised sketch comedy at its very best. The audience provides the inspiration in the form of suggestions, and the improvisers provide the entertainment in the form of hilarious improvised scenes. Whether the improvisers reconstruct the story of an audience members first day at school or a recess mishap, each Instant Improv performance is as unique as its audience.  New Revue Stage, 1585 Johnston St., Granville Island.  604-738-7013,

Family Fun at the UBC Museum of Anthropology: Poles of the Northwest Coast.  This program is offered on the 2nd and 4th Sunday of every month from 1:00-2:30 pm. MOA welcomes families and individuals interested in learning more about NWC First Nations cultures. This new program is free with admission to the Museum. Family admission of $25 includes two adults and up to four children. The program lasts 90 minutes and is suitable for children 6-12 years. For more information visit:

MOMS WANTED! Ever feel under-appreciated? Does someone you know think they have a better idea of how to raise your own children? How would you like to put them to the test? Put that know-it-all family member or special friend in your shoes while you enjoy a weekend getaway! Paperny Films is looking for moms (or dads) with multiple children to star in "Crash Test Mommy", an insightful and entertaining television series for Life Network on the realities of parenting. If you know a mum (or dad) who really deserves a break and who has something to prove, call 604 228 1960 or e-mail us at for more information.

You Say You Want A Revolution.  Groove on Vancouver as the hippie capital of Canada. Visit the hippies? communal house, try on some macrame finery, and listen to great Vancouver bands from the late 1960s. Look for your mom or dad, or yourself, in swinging footage of the Stanley Park Be-In and the Retinal Circus nightclub. Follow the action as Vancouverites ?both hippie and straight - fought the freeway and saved their neighbourhoods.  Vancouver Museum, 1100 Chestnut Street, 604-736-4431,

Vancouver TheatreSports League presents The Imprentice. The Imprentice isnt about Money, Money, Money, Money its about Funny, Funny, Funny, Funny when an all-powerful host, with impossibly bad hair, runs a competition where a group of improvisers must employ all their formal training, their street-smarts, their improv-chutzpah in this ultimate boardroom battle. Who will hear those dreaded words Youre fired! and which one will be hired to be the Improv Apprentice. It is a 100% non-scripted show that relies on audience suggestions to move the show to its final conclusion. New Revue Stage,

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