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Special Events for November 2004


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November 4, 2004
Setting a Social Agenda for Labour. Elaine Bernard, Harvard University, speaks. SFU Harbour Centre, 604-291-5100.

November 4, 2004
The Summerhill Tea & Trumpets Series: Hits of the Wartime Era. Featuring music from the era of World War II, this program includes A Nightingale Sang in Berkeley Square, Waltons Spitfire: Prelude and Fugue, Coates Dambusters March, and Elgars Pomp & Circumstance: March No. 1. Bramwell Tovey, conductor Sandra Stringer, mezzo-soprano Christopher Gaze Orpheum Theatre,

November 4 - 6, 2004
Ballet British Columbia presents The Faerie Queen. "The Faerie Queen" breathes new life into Shakespeare's exuberant, joyful tale "A Midsummer Night's Dream." Locked in a world of law and order, the lovers escape to the realm of the faeries where magic and fantasy prevail. Queen Elizabeth Theatre, 604-280-3311.

November 4 - 6, 2004
Comedy Jokedown: 30 comics from across North America compete for $10,000 in prizes. Bell Performing Arts Centre (Surrey),

November 4 - 13, 2004
Touchstone Theatre presents: Strawberries in January. In the screenplay of Francois' life, serendipity rules, love happens at first sight, and long lost friends are reunited. In reality, the scenes of life are less than ideal. A whimsical and unconventional romantic comedy by a young Quebecois playwright, starring Donald Adams, Dawn Petten, Haig Sutherland and Katey Wright. Directed by Katrina Dunn. Written by Evelyne de la Cheneliere, translated by Morwyn Brebner. Vancouver East Cultural Centre, 604-709-9973.

November 5, 2004
JUST FOR LAUGHS COMEDY TOUR: The nation's biggest comedy tour - The Lipton Just For Laughs Comedy Tour 2004 presented in associaton with Canada Post - is crashing back into town starring Canada's fastest rising star Jeremy Hotz and featuring Russell Peters, Todd Lynn, The Doo Wops, Adam Bloom and more. Orpheum Theatre, Vancouver; 604-732-5003,

November 5 - 6, 2004
Routes to our Roots: Finding Chinese Canada. Chinese Canadian Family History workshop. Vancouver Public Libary; 604-331-3711

November 5 - 7, 2004
Vancouver Ski & Snowboard Swap at BC Place Stadium;, 604-669-2300.

November 5 - 8, 2004
Vancouver Asian Film Festival: Showcases the stories created by Asian Canadian and Asian American writers, producers and directors. The selection of programs presented this year will reflect personal struggles and triumph from life portrayals to fictional stories. Cinemark Tinseltown Theatres,

November 6, 2004
Love Your Neighbour Bike Tour. Help support our local charities and raise funds to support our North American tour. This event is a fun 15K bike tour. SouthPoint Shopping Centre Parking lot, South Surrey; 604-542-9392.

November 6, 2004
Palaeontology Show at the Richmond Nature Park, 604-718-6188.

November 6, 2004
Salmon Watch Registered Family Program at Tynehead Regional Park, Surrey; Sponsored by the GVRD, 604-432-6359.

November 6, 2004
Super Saturday for Park Partners: Fourth annual learning day for park lovers and volunteers. Mark your calendar now and plan to attend a fabulous day of workshops on topics ranging from park stewardship and interpretation skills to youth leadership to working with the media. Super Saturday is an opportunity for volunteers to learn new skills, and have a great time sharing experiences with other volunteers active in regional parks across the Lower Mainland. This year's theme will centre on parks as part of our communities, perceptions and uses of parks, and heritage in parks. BCIT, Burnaby Campus. Call 604-432-6359 to register. Free.

November 6 - 7, 2004
Best of the West Fall Antique Show. A major event for West Coast antique collectors, both American and Canadian. Best of the West features 100 antique and collectibles dealers from across Canada. Tradex Centre, Abbotsford;, 800-667-0619.

November 6, 13, 17, 27, 2004
The Francophone Coup de Coeur de Vancouver 2004. Get ready! The annual Coup de Coeur Francophone Festival is back for its 10th birthday in Vancouver. Standing by the tradition, a spell of concerts around francophone songs will be presented all along November. Switzerlands Thierry Romanens will entertain you with his enthusiasm and his rasping voice, Ginette will attract you with her sweet melody, Vancouvers Mimosa will make you swing and Richard Desjardins will thrill you at the rate of his composition. Canadian idols Audrey de Montigny will surprise you with her freshness and talent., 604-736-9806.

November 7, 2004
Lest We Forget at the Richmond Museum; 604-231-6460.

November 7, 2004
Rogue Folk Club presents Rick Scott. Rick Scott is an award winning singer/songwriter and one of Canada's most beloved children's entertainers. His gift for combining wacky humour and poignant human commentary has earned him a devoted following of all ages. Rick is Goodwill Ambassador for the Down's Syndrome Research Foundation and presents this show with support from the Canada Council for the Arts. St. James Hall,

November 7, 2004
Salmon Come Home celebrates the return of salmon to their spawning grounds in Hoy Creek after their long journey home. The event provides the opportunity to speak with various government, community and volunteer organizations about the local environment and to learn more about what to do to improve and support the natural surroundings. This year's event will focus on connecting salmon and children so it will include activities to engage the younger members of your family! All are welcome. Hoy Creek Hatchery and Rearing Pond (behind 2975 Princess Crescent), Coquitlam; 604-933-6036.

November 7 - 10, 2004
Resource Expo '04 - Aboriginal Energy & Resource Development. Resource Expo 2004, the largest, most high-profile Aboriginal resource event in the country, brings together the resource development industry and Aboriginal players to network, share information , and exchange views on this rapidly evolving ear of opportunity. Hyatt Regency;, 604-683-1234.

November 9 - 10, 2004
Believer: Multidisciplinary depiction of the internment of Japanese Canadians during WWII. The Believer' is Kokoro Dance's gripping depiction of the history of Canadians and Americans of Japanese ancestry during the Second World War. Through photographs, live music, recorded voices, and butoh dance, 'The Believer' reveals the brutal realities of racial prejudice and the power of enduring hope. Roundhouse Community Centre; 604-662-7441.

November 10, 2004
Richmond's 125th Birthday, Richmond Museum, 604-231-6460.

November 10 - 21, 2004
Centennial Theatre presents Jesus Christ Superstar. Raw, energetic, flamboyant and passionate, Jesus Christ Superstar introduced Broadway to Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice and the "rock opera".The provocative retelling of the events of Christ's last week on earth leading up to his crucifixion infuses one of the world's best known stories with musical theatre savvy. With its galvanizing, sung through, contemporary rock score and cutting edge sensibility the show feels as much a rock concert as a theatre piece. Centennial Theatre, North Vancouver; 604-984-4484.

November 11, 2004
Bird Migration: Discover which birds use Burnaby Lake as a summer cottage, winter vacation stop or year-round home. Hear the cricket-call of overwintering, green-winged teals, watch hooded mergansers dive for lunch and catch a glimpse of the occasional goldeneye. Burnaby Lake Regional Park. Sponsored by the GVRD, 604-432-6359.

November 11, 2004
Remembrance Day: A day to honour souldiers' past and present dedication and bravery.

November 11 - 14, 2004
Cornucopia, Whistler's Food & Wine Celebration: oin us for gourmet dining, wine tastings, food and wine seminars, and special events. Cornucopia showcases the talents and trade secrets of the region's leading chefs and winemakers. Fifty top wineries from California, Oregon, Washington and British Columbia and an array of industry experts participate in gala grand tastings, winemaker dinners, food and wine seminars, and a wrap-up gourmet brunch; (

November12 , 2004
Lost Lagoon Lantern Festival: Celebrate St. Martin's Day: walk along Lost Lagoon and then head to the Rowing Club for the festival. Bring strollers, umbrellas, cameras, and money to pay for the festival, food & fun. Presented by the Deutsche Kinderschule Vancouver (DKV) Society, which is a non-profit organization dedicated in founding the first fulltime German child-care Facility in Vancouver;, 604 647-0951.

November 12, 2004
The Port Moody Art Association is proud to present its 37th Annual Arts Show and Sale of Original Paintings at the Port Moody Social Recreation Centre, 300 Ioco Road, Port Moody, B.C., Canada.

November 13, 2004
A Night for Owls, Richmond Nature Park, 604-718-6188.

November 13, 2004
Paul Anka at the Centre in Vancouver for the Performing Arts; 604-280-4444.

November 14, 2004
Vancouver Symphony Orchestra presents Kids' Koncerts. Bramwell Tovey, conductor/inspector. This concert includes beloved tunes such as Tubby the Tuba, excerpts from Dvorak's New World Symphony, Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy from Tchakovsky's Nutcracker, and many more! Orpheum Theatre, 604-876-3434.

November 16, 2004
Salmon Festival, Port Coquitlam; 604-927-5236

November 16 - 17, 2004
David Copperfield: An intimate Evening of Grand Illusion. Queen Elizabeth Theatre; 604-280-4444.

November 16 - 18, 2004
Welcome to Insomniac Indoor Softball. This years Insomniac Softball tournament will feature a bigger home run area and Panago pizza for all teams, to help fill those late-night munchies. For those of you who have never played in BC place and have always idolized the BC Lions, the experience is quite amazing to play in such a massive stadium;

November 17, 2004 to January 3, 2005
18th Annual Festival of Trees at the Four Season Hotel;

November 18, 2004
Modernism; its Legacy, Present and Future. Renowned architect Harry Seidler discuss the work of Gropius, Albers, Breuer, and Niemeyer, with whom he worked in his youth, and then talks about his own celebrated 50-year career. UBC Robson Square; 604 683 8588 x.333.

November 18, 2004
The Council of Parent Participation Preschools in B.C. is very pleased to advise you of an upcoming presentation by Kathy Lynn. Kathy is Canada's leading advocate for children, parents and families, and the most recognized parenting educator in the country. Over three decades of speaking to parents and professionals about kids and families, Kathy has helped thousands of moms and dads become better parents and has made a big difference in the lives of Canada's children. Kathy's topic will be Discipline?Steps to Success. Child discipline helps children learn the rules, experience the consequences of their behaviors (negative and positive) and develop an understanding of the decision-making process. Effective discipline acknowledges the temperaments and priorities of both children and parents. This presentation offers a pain-free, flexible system which motivates children to self-discipline. It is appropriate for parents of children from infancy to puberty. Lucas Centre for Continuing Education 2132 Hamilton Avenue in North Vancouver; 604-435-4430 

November 18 - 21, 2004
Christmas at Hycroft. Visit the hostpric McRae Mansion splendidly decorated for the Christmas season. Hycroft Mansion, 1489 McRae Avenue, Vancouver; 604-731-5847.

November 19, 20, 27, 2004
Christmas Craft Fairs: See what folks around the Lower Mainland have spent all year creating! The perfect holiday gift is out there waiting for you. Only new, personally handcrafted items will be sold. Free admission for buyers. Sellers, contact the centres for table rental and registration information. Bonsor and Cameron Recreation Complex, 604-439-1860.

November 19 - 21, 2004
Eastside Culture Crawl: Western Canada's largest open-studio event and sale and a once a year chance to personally meet artists and artisans in the studios where they create. Artists' studios on the Eastside in the area bounded by Main St., East 1st and Terminal Avenue, Commercial Drive, and North to the waterfront. Most of the buildings are in walking distance of each other. A bus is available to shuttle people to outlying studios, departing from the Eastside Culture Crawl Information Booth, based at Strathcona Community Centre, 601 Keefer Street.

November 19 - 21, 2004
The Vancouver International Storytelling Festival: Artistic Directors Umeeda Switlo, Kira van Deuson, Ivan Coyote and Meegan Maultsaid are assembling a multicultural festival of storytelling, in English and other languages, for adults and children. Friday Evening - feature tellers; Saturday evening How Music Came to the World; Sunday evening performance, and daytime theme rooms, including immigrants to Canada, the Middle East, Tales of Magic and Folklore from Europe, and kitchen table stories from small town Canada. Vancouver Museum, 1100 Chestnut, and WISE Hall, 604-876-2272,

November 20, 2004
Christmas Gift and Craft Fair, Thompson Community Centre, Richmond; 604-718-8422.

November 20, 2004
Storytelling: Stories and fables for children aged 4+. Le Centre, 604-736-9806.

November 20, 2004
Temples of Faith Trip, Richmond Museum, 604-231-6460.

November 20, 2004
VECC KIDS? SERIES PRESENTS THOMAS ARTHUR, LYRICAL JUGGLER. The Vancouver East Cultural Centre, 1895 Venables Street, Saturday November 20th at 2pm. Tickets are available through Ticketmaster, 604-280-3311.

November 20 - 25, 2004
Cherie Smith JCC Jewish Book Festival. The Cherie Smith JCC Vancouver Jewish Book Festival is celebrating its 20th anniversary. A variety of programs are scheduled throughout the week including creative writing workshops, childrens' activities, book launches and, of course, literary readings. With close to 25 authors participating from around the world, this is a great opportunity to experience some of the world's finest literary talent. Most events are free. or call 604-257-5111

November 20, 2004 to January 2, 2004
Heritage Christmas at Burnaby Village Museum: Come experience a traditional Burnaby Christmas. Our beautiful village (circa 1925) is decorated with lights and traditional ornaments. Visit with Father Christmas, tour the historical buildings including a Chinese herbalist's store, the general store, a blacksmith's shop and many more. Crafts for the children, schoolhouse story time, Christmas baking in the farmhouse and children's entertainers, choirs and exhibits are featured. Admission rates apply. Carousel rides $1.50. Hours: 12:00noon-5:30pm, November 20-30. December hours vary. Info line: 604.293.6501. 

November 21, 2004
Antique Road Show with Al Bowen. Port Moody Station Museum, 2734 Murray Street, Port Moody. Call (604) 939-1648.

November 24, 2004
Avril Lavigne at the Pacific Coliseum; 604-280-4444.

November 24, 2004
World Kindness Concert. Local talent, including children join forces with some of Vancouvers up and coming artists to raise funds for the 'Invest in a Kinder World - Coin-Spiracy" Program to help control issues such as bullying in our schools. Centennial Theatre, North Vancouver; or call 604-984-4484.

November 25, 2004
The Dance Centre presents Goh Ballet Youth Ensemble. Senior students from Vancouver's world-renowned Goh Ballet Academy embody the beauty, grace and technical rigor of ballet, in a program of varied excerpts from the classical repertoire. The Dance Centre, 400-873 Beatty Street, Vancouver.

November 26, 2004
The North Shore Celtic Ensemble Celebrate Ageless Spirit: The North Shore Celtic Ensemble and the Silver Harbour choir and Scottish dancers present a musical gathering for all ages featuring songs and dance of celtic influence. Centennial Theatre, North Vancouver; 604-984-4484.

November 26 - 27, 2004
The Shadbolt Centre for the Arts presents: The One Man Star Wars Trilogy. The One Man Star Wars Trilogy is a one-hour, high-energy, non-stop blast through three films: Strikes Empire The Hope, New>and The Return of the Jedi. The catch is, there's only one cast member! Charles Ross, the writer and solo performer, spent too much of his childhood in a galaxy far, far away. Adulthood has been similar. Ross plays all the characters, re-creates the effects, sings the music, flies the ships and fights on both sides of the battles; 604-291-6864

November 27, 2004
2nd Annual Burnaby Edmonds Lions Santa Claus Parade. Join in the fun along Edmonds Street from Canada Way to Linden Avenue; 604-521-4272.

November 27, 2004
Christmas Craft Fair, Steveston Community Centre, 604-718-8080.

November 27, 2004
CHRISTMAS CRAFT FAIR: Visit Murrayville Community Hall on November 27 for their Christmas Craft Fair. There will be 40 tables of loval in home businesses and craft vendors. To book a table, call us at 604-533-5569. Visit for more information.

November 28, 2004
Jack and the Beanstalk - Alberta Opera Touring Association. Centennial Theatre, North Vancouver; 604-984-4484.

November 29, 2004
Christmas Craft Fair, Sea Island Community Centre, Richmond, 604-718-8000.

Ongoing until January 3, 2004
Massive Change: The Future of Global Design. We live in a world where design affects all aspects of our lives and holds the possibility of changing the very nature of human life itself. Massive Change: The Future of Global Design is an exhibition that examines how design is changing the world. Curated by internationally renowned designer Bruce Mau, the exhibition invites viewers to consider the dynamic future of design culture and the choices we must make. By presenting the new capacity, power and promise of design, Massive Change poses the question: Now that we can do anything, what will we do? Organized by the Vancouver Art Gallery, Massive Change will tour internationally to six venues in North America, Europe and Asia. Vancouver Art Gallery,

Ongoing until December 18, 2004
Delta Museum & Archives presents: RSVP - Stepping out in Delta. Who can resist an opportunity to dress up and look their best? Whether for family occasions such as christenings and wedding receptions, or for dinner parties and community dances, people of all incomes & ages love a chance to put their best foot forward. Social customs and clothing styles may have changed dramatically over the years, but the desire to step out in style is timeless. This exhibit takes a peek into the closets and dressing tables of past generations of party-goers; 604-946-9322.

Ongoing until November 19, 2004
The Roedde House Museum presents: Vancouver Marches to the Great War. Roedde House Museum, 1415 Barclay St., Vancouver;

Ongoing until November 20, 2004
Ophidian Entertainment presents Ruthless! Eight year old Tina Denmark knows she was born to play the role of Pippi Longsticking and she will do anything to win the part in her school musical. "anything" includes murdering the leading lady! This outrageous musical comedy garnered rave reviews during its long Off-Broadway run which opened with Britney Spears in the title role. Anyone who has ever had kids knows that they don't stay cute forever and young Tina Denmark is a parent's worst dreams come true! Waterfront Theatre, Granville Island; 

Ongoing until November 21, 2004
The Belkin Satellite Gallery presents: Electric Ladyland by Neil Wedman. he exhibition brings together a new body of work conceived around the subject of Jimi Hendrix's seminal 1968 double-album, Electric Ladyland. The cycle centres on Wedman's large-scale rendition of the notorious nude cover photograph that appeared on the 1969 U.K. and European album release. In May 1999, Wedman recast the photograph's original configuration of nineteen London Club girls with a group of eighteen, thirty to forty-five year old women assembled from Vancouver's live music scene. : 

Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Garden presents Chinese Culture Through Papercuts. Traditional papercutting demonstration and display by Mrs. Rong Fang Wu. Watch Mrs. Wus skillful fingers shape beautiful butterflies symbolizing love along with Chinese characters and symbolic flowers, animals, and landscapes from classic myths and legends. Every Tuesday afternoon from 11am -2pm.

100 year Anniversary of Flight Program: With an emphasis on Canadian innovation and aviation technology, follow the history of flight from early Greek legend to the Wright brothers and beyond. H.R. MacMillan Space Centre, Vancouver; 604-738-7827.

The 50s Gallery: Do you remember the 50s? Bobby socks and poodle skirts; milkshakes and rock and roll. Few decades have made such an impression on popular culture. Admire the mint-condition 1955 Ford Fairlane, check out the neon, or put a quarter in the jukebox and listen the music of the decade that gave birth to the teenager in this, the latest addition to the history of Vancouver. Vancouver Museum, 604-736-4431.

Beyond the Grain: Delve beyond the grain in this compelling collection of contemporary Northwest Coast First Nations artwork and discover the deep-rooted traditions that mold each unique piece. Coastal Peoples Fine Arts Gallery presents a group show of master works exhibiting the rich range in form and style of our coastal communities including such artists as Henry Green, Tim Paul, Norman Tait, Dale Campbell, Susan Point and Chuck Heit; 604-685-9298. 

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