Things to Do in Vancouver: Finding Fun Things to Do in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
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Special Events for February 2005

 

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February 1 - 4, 2005
Music in the Morning presents: Judith Forst, Coffee at 10am, Concert at 10:30, Vancouver Academy of Music, 1270 Chestnut St., Vancouver; 604-873-4612, www.musicinthemorning.org

February 2 - 5, 2005
2005 North American Congress on the Aging Male, at the Hyatt Regency Vancouver; www.kenes.com/aging

February 2 - 5, 2005
First Vancouver TheatreSpace Society presents Stage One Festival of Solo Theatre.  Stage One aims to continue to challenge and engage Vancouver's artistic sensibilities, to support and enhance the growing network of solo festivals in Europe and North America, to educate both artists and the public about solo performance, and to increase opportunities for solo performers in Vancouver and worldwide uniquely dedicated to their art by providing a brand-new cultural event.  Waterfront Theatre, 604-257-0366, www.festivalboxoffice.com

February 2 - 12, 2005
PuSh International Theatre Festival and Touchstone Theatre present The Trigger. This portrait of a violation and its ripples through time breaks new aesthetic ground between hard-hitting social commentary and inventive image theatre. Written by internationally acclaimed theatre artist Carmen Aguirre, The Trigger combines live music, trapeze work and stunning visuals to tell a daring story. Warning: mature subject matter.  http://www.pushfestival.ca/push5.htm

February 2 - 14, 2005
Vancouver TheatreSports League presents Saint Valentine's Day Massacre.  St. Valentines Day Massacre is back once again to provide you with a ruthlessly funny and cuttingly competitive comedy improv tournament to be held from February 2nd to February 14th, 2005 at the New Revue Stage on Granville Island; 604-280-4444, www.vtsl.com

February 2, 2005
Ted Schredd: How to Have Fun When It Just Seems Impossible.  Vancouver Public Library, Central Branch, (604) 331-4044.

February 2, 2005
Vancouver Public Library presents Forever Jung: While scientists have explored the physical universe, C.G. Jung and the post-Jungians that follow him continue to explore the inner world of the individual. There is no question that Jung's collected works can be difficult to read. In this brief introduction to Jung, we will attempt to provide a basic map by which to start your own journey of exploration. Every person lives a story. Jungian psychology provides a guide to the stories we live every day and gives us tools by which we can change the endings of our beginnings; 604-331-3774.

February 3, 2005
Vancouver Public Library presents Time Flies with Torsten Muller.  The VPL and Coastal Jazz and Blues Society present Time Flies Sessions @ Vancouver Public Library Join Ken Pickering and Torsten Muller as they probe the mystique of free improvisation and discuss the Time Flies Festival of Improvised Music; 604-331-3602.

February 3 - 6, 2005
Early Bird RV Show and Sale at the Tradex Trade & Exhibition Centre, Abbotsford; (604) 850-1976, www.rvshowsbc.ca

February 3 - 19, 2005
Gateway Theatre presents Einstein's Gift: Two brilliant men use their scientific talents to try and make the world a better place. Einstein's Gift asks big questions about uncontrolled excitement over scientific achievement and the price of fame. Who thought the invention of fertilizer could lead to this?  Gateway Theatre, 604-270-6500, www.gatewaytheatre.com

February 4, 2005
 TRACY GRAMMER and JIM HENRY St. James Hall (3214 West 10th Ave) $15 members/$18 non-members Portland Singer/songwriter continues to perform the works of her late partner Dave Carter, now joined by Jim Henry on guitars. For tickets call: 604-736-3022.

February 4 - 6, 2005
Japanese Lacquerware Exhibit and Demonstration. Exhibit and demonstration of traditional Japanese Yamanaka lacquerware.  Crafting of Yamanaka lacquerware has a 400-year history in Yamanaka, Ishikawa Prefecture, Japan. The Yamanaka crafts people will bring several pieces of lacquerware for this event and demonstrate the traditional lathing and lacquering techniques. It will be a unique opportunity for local arts and crafts people to exchange ideas and learn more about this arts and crafts form. National Nikkei Heritage Centre, Burnaby; 604-777-7000.

February 4 - 12, 2005
PuSh International Theatre Festival and Theatre Replacement present The Empty Orchestra.  : Love can break your heart. Can the cold pull it back together again? It's 40 below and almost everyone has left for warmer climates. Trapped in the middle of a cold snap, two broken souls huddle around opposite ends of a heating vent searching for a little warmth. A love story powered by karaoke.  Scotiabank Dance Centre, 604-257-0366, www.theatrereplacement.org

February 4 to March 6, 2005
Arts Club Theatre Company presents ENCHANTED APRIL.   Romance, Friendship, Tuscany and Enlightenment Have you ever wanted to get away from it all? Four women did and had the time of their lives. The tale of four very unique characters who come together to rent an Italian villa for a holiday away from their unfulfilling London lives, The Enchanted April was Elizabeth von Arnim's 16th novel, and an instant international success during its first publication in 1922.  Stanley Theatre,  604-687-1644, www.artsclub.com

February 4, 2005
Coastal Jazz presents: Wynton Marsalis and the Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra. The 15-piece Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra features some of the world's foremost instrumental soloists and ensemble players. Hailed as "an extraordinary versatile orchestra" by the Los Angeles Times, the LCJO has been Jazz at Lincoln Center's (JALC) resident orchestra since 1988. Under the leadership of Music Director Wynton Marsalis, the LCJO has revitalized a singular American institution: the jazz big band.  Queen Elizabeth Theatre, 604-872-5200, www.coastaljazz.ca

February 5, 2005
 COUNTRY DANCE with THE SYBARITES St. James Hall (3214 West 10th Ave) $10 The latest in our new series of country dances features Vancouver?s Sybarites and Seattle caller Tom Wimmer. All dances are taught on the spot, no experience necessary. Come with or without a partner and please come fragrance-free. Soft shoes suggested. For tickets call: 604-736-3022.

February 5, 2005
Capilano Performing Arts Theatre and The Rogue Folk Club  present Kelly Joe Phelps.  An evening with Kelly Joe Phelps is a new journey every time always fresh, surprising and spell-binding. He describes his style best perhaps: "much of the music will always remain improvised this is where the outside emotion will be heard. The music can and most likely will change with every performance that's the breath and the life and the vitality." Intense and lyrical blues earned through experience.  Capilano Performing Arts Theatre, 604-990-7810, www.capcollege.bc.ca/theatre

February 5, 2005
First Impressions Theatre and Hooper's Troopers present Thomas T.  Thomas T is a musical that tells the story of how the runt of a pack beats the odds to rise to superstar status. From his grandmother's humbling beginnings to his ascension to stardom as a social activist, Thomas T is a little guy who makes good. . .in a very bad way.  Centennial Theatre, North Vancouver;  604-984-4484, http://www.centennialtheatre.com/

February 5, 2005
Health & Literacy Fair Day at the Coquitlam Public Library, Poirier Street, Coquitlam; Coquitlam Public Library 604-937-4155, askalibrarian@library.coquitlam.bc.ca

February 5, 2005
Motor Spectacular: Witness the return of the 2004 World Finals Champion Grave Digger! Plus Freestyle Motocross, Demolition Derby and more. Kids' favourite Monster Mutt comes to Vancouver in his quest to make it to the World Finals in 2005! Other competitors include Jurassic Attack, Maniac, Airborne Ranger, High Roller, Team Suzuki, and Widowmaker.  B.C. Place Stadium,  604-669-2300, www.bcplacestadium.com

February 5, 2005
Vancouver Public Library presents Chinese New Year Storytimes.  To celebrate the Chinese New Year, Multicultural Services Division of the Vancouver Public Library is offering a special story time in Cantonese at Britannia Branch. 2005 is the Year of the Rooster. We have prepared a series of stories to share with our Chinese kids. Please come and enjoy stories about Chinese culture, songs, and rhymes. Children of all ages are welcome. 3 pm, Britannia Branch Library, 1661 Napier Street, Vancouver.

February 5 - 6, 2005
Enquist Slalom. A regional junior ski race hosted by the Seymour Ski Club. 9:00am  3:00pm, www.mtseymourskiclub.com / www.mountseymour.com / 604-986-2261

February 5 to May 8, 2005
Rodney Graham: A Little Thought.  Vancouver artist Rodney Graham is one of the most celebrated artists in the international contemporary art scene. Artist, writer, musician and actor, Graham is acclaimed for inventing new approaches to landscape, literature and sound. A Little Thought is a mid-career retrospective that focuses on Graham's video and film work.  Vancouver Art Gallery, 604-662-4719, www.vanartgallery.bc.ca

February 6, 2005
Chihuahua Club of BC.  8am - 6pm in the Cloverdale Agriplex the Chihuahua Club of BC will be hosting a dog show. For more information please contact Edna St. Hilaire at 604-521-0922.

February 6, 2005
Children's Swap Meet. This swap meet is Sunday February 6/05 from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Regular tables $16.05 each, Commercial tables $53.50 each. You can register for the next swapmeet either in person, by phone, or internet. Poirier Community Centre and Centennial Room, Coquitlam; 604-933-6000, poiriercommunitycentre@coquitlam.ca

February 6, 2005
City of Coquitlam's Children's Swap Meet at Poirier Community Centre; The event has a reputation as a good place to find a bargain on items such as children's toys and clothing. This sale is for used items only that are suitable for infants and children, with the exception of four tables, which have been reserved for commercial vendors.9 am to 1 pm; More information please call 604-933-6048 or email poiriercommunitycentre@coquitlam.ca

February 6, March 6, 2005
Migratory Bird Watching, 11am - 3pm, Meet at White Rock Museum.   White Rock & Surrey Naturalists  604-219-2043.

February 7, 2005
Open Mic Night for Teens. Teens are invited to come on stage -- anything goes: from stories to poetry to songs. Prizes each night for audience favourite. First Monday of the month until June.  Vancouver Public Library, 604-331-3691.

February 7, 21, 2005
Vancouver Poetry Slam at Cafe Deux Soleils; Doors and sign up 8 pm, Slam begins at 9 pm, 604-708-0670.

February 8, 2005
Norm Foote and his Animated Wall of Sound. Dynamic instrumentals and Norman Foote's slightly off the wall jazz and pop vocal phrasings add up to a tasty mix in these family-resonant and witty story songs. With the Blue Mountain Singers.  The ACT (Maple Ridge Art Centre & Theatre), 604-476-ARTS (2787), http://www.artscentretheatre.org

February 9, 2005
Chinese/Vietnamese/Tibetan/Korean New Year. Year of the Rooster.

February 9, 2005
SketchFest Vancouver presents SketchFest Snack Pack.  See a set from each of the six groups that will be performing at SketchFest Vancouver! It's like a chocolate box of comedy you get to pick through. Or like a bento box of hilarity. Or, um, one of those bags with different cereal pieces and pretzels and stuff in it. But funnier. And not as salty.  Waterfront Theatre, www.sketchfestvancouver.com

February 9 - 12, 2005
You're A Good Man Charlie Brown" -Port Moody Secondary School, Port Moody Arts Centre, 604-931-2008, pomoartscentre@telus.net

February 9 - 13, 2005
Vancouver International Boat Show.  Western Canada's largest and oldest power and sail vessels, accessories, electronics, fishing gear and lodges.  B.C. Place Stadium, 604-294-1313, www.bcplacestadium.com

February 10, 2005
Backyard Birding Workshop (50 years and up).  Calling all bird watchers! Construct a bird feeder to feed your feathery friends or get ready for Spring nesting and build a cozy cedar bird house. Get some great birding tips and listen to the calls of some of the birds that might visit your bird house or feeders. Kits are easy to build and no experience is necessary. Barcode 100761. Pinetree Community Centre, Coquitlam; 604-933-6036, jbuday@coquitlam.ca

February 10, 2005
SketchFest Vancouver presents Assaulted Fish. Assaulted Fish is a Vancouver-based, Pan-Asian-Canadian, shorter-than-average, cross-cultural sketch comedy troupe that enjoys using lots of hyphenated words to describe itself. Winners of the People's Choice Award-- SKETCHOFF!#%!! 2003 The world is a funny place.  Waterfront Theatre, www.sketchfestvancouver.com

February 10 - 12, 2005
Ballet British Columbia presents Nine Sinatra Songs.  after researching turn-of-the-century ballroom dancing styles for the movie "Ragtime," Twyla Tharp created "Nine Sinatra Songs" in 1982. This wildly popular Tharp classic presents its view of 1950s social dancing through the nostalgic and yet sharpened eyes of the 1980s. Costumes by Oscar de la Renta flash with a similar double edge of present and previous ages. Queen Elizabeth Theatre, 604-280-3311, www.balletbc.

February 11, 2005
Funkey Monkey Talent Show.  7 pm at Chief Sepass Theatre (Fort Langley) a fun-filled evening of young talent including singing, dancing and acting ? for more info call 604-888-3113.

February 11, 2005
Hot Hot Hot! A Fiesta of Samba and Bossa Nova from Brazil.  The sizzling hot sounds of Samba and Bossa Nova fill the Orpheum in this Symphony Pops concert straight from Brazil! Brasilia joins Principal Pops Conductor Jeff Tyzik and the orchestra to perform the music of Carlos Jobim, Astor Piazzollla, Manuel de Falla, and much more.  Orpheum Theatre, 604-280-4444.

February 11, 2005
The World Poetry Reading Series and Vancouver Public Library present the Fourth Anniversary Gala. The following special presentations and events are scheduled: World Poetry Lifetime Achievement Awards: Addena Sumter Frietag and Dugald Christie World Poetry Special Group Recognition Award: Pandora's Collective with Bonnie Nisha and Sita Carboni World Poetry Ambassador Medallion: Anita Aguirre Nieveras Group Poetry Reading: "Oh Canada" by Alejandro Mujica-Olea; VPL - Central Branch;

February 11 - 12, 2005
Year of The Rooster Celebration.  What a multicultural way to celebrate the New Year! The communities of Chinese, South Asian, Thai, Korean, Japanese (just to name a few) will gather at International Village on February 11-13, 2005 to show us how to welcome the Year of the Rooster. Multicultural main stage performance, authentic cooking at the Asian Food Pavilion, arts and craft at the Cultural Village and 120 booths are some of the highlights of this colourful event. Bring some non-perishable food items for the Food Bank and you have a chance to win some fabulous prizes. Admission is free and all are welcome!  International Village, 88 W.Pender St. Vancouver.

February 11 - 13, 2005
Asian Fusion Food Festival. Eat, taste, smell and pick-up tips from the experts.  Vancouver is well known in North America for offering the most variety and the best quality in ethnic cuisine, especially Asian. Asian Fusion is a 3-day galore of cooking and sampling, featuring local chefs sharing their secrets on the main cooking stage. This is not only a celebration of food but is also a unique cross-cultural experience with entertainment and fun for people of all ages, from all walks of life, bringing together locals and tourists alike.  International Village Market Place, 604-601-2121, http://www.asianfoodfestival.com

February 11 - 13, 2005
SnowBall Classic International DanceSport Competition.  The SnowBall Classic is Canada's premiere DanceSport competition (competitive ballroom dance) held every February, and is one of the few events on the worldwide circuit of competitive DanceSport event.  Hyatt Regency Hotel Vancouver.

February 12 - 13, 2005
Best of the West Antique Expo.  Best of the West Antique Expo: A major event for West Coast antique collectors, both Canadian and American, Best of the West features 100 antiques and collectibles dealers from across Canada.  Tradex Centre, Abbotsford; 1-800-667-0619, www.antiqueshowscanada.com

February 12, 2005
 THE WAYBACKS St. James Hall (3214 West 10th Ave) $17 members/$20 non-members Jam-band from California ? stunning players, fine singers ? a GREAT dance band.  For tickets call: 604-736-3022.

February 12, 2005
Delta Museum and Archives presents Celebrate Chinese New Year: Year of the Rooster.  everyone is invited to celebrate the Year of the Rooster. The whole family can enjoy crafts, traditional treats, and demonstrations of Chinese art. Children hear traditional legends and participate in the Lions Dance to help usher in a prosperous and lucky new year. Delta Museum & Archives, 4858 Delta Street, Ladner.

February 12, 2005
Kid's Swap Meet, 10.00am ? 1pm in the Shannon Hall, Cloverdale; 604-513-8880.

February 12, 2005
Love Songs in Kerrisdale.  Wandering quartets sing love songs just in time for Valentine's Day! For more information see website: www.kerrisdalevillage.com

February 12, 2005
North Vancouver Community Arts Council presents Sweetheart Ball 35th Anniversary Fundraiser and Gala.  Join us Saturday, February 12th for our Sweetheart Ball 35th Anniversary Gala and Fundraiser as we celebrate 35 years of supporting the arts in our community, and raise funds for Art/Music Programmes for Youth and The Christie House Arts and Heritage Centre conversion. Dance to the sounds of the 18-piece Deep Cove Swing Band, or just tap your toes and enjoy a rousing cabaret performance by A String of Girls. You will be indulged by a fabulous assortment of hor d'oeuvre, decadent desserts. There will be great door prizes and an opportunity for some fabulous deals at the silent auction while supporting your local arts community!  The Amoury, 1513 Forbes Avenue, North Vancouver; 604-988-6844.

February 12, 2005
Valentine's Day Cards, 1:30-3:30 pm at the Langley Centennial Museum create beautiful handmade cards for your loved ones at a cost of $15 ? to register call 604-888-3922.

February 12, 2005
Vancouver Public Library presents Chinese New Year Storytimes. To celebrate the Chinese New Year, Multicultural Services Division of the Vancouver Public Library is offering a special storytime in Mandarin at Renfrew Branch. 2005 is the Year of the Rooster. We have prepared a series of stories to share with our Chinese kids. Please come and enjoy stories about Chinese culture, songs, and rhymes. Children of all ages are welcome. Renfrew Branch Library.

February 12, 2005
Winter Botany: Take a refreshing winter walk to explore plants in their winter dress. Leaves may be few, but there are lots of buds, twigs and bark. Learn some plant identification skills and interesting plant uses such as tonics or tasty teas. Tynehead Regional Park, Surrey; To register, call 604-501-5100.

February 13, 2005
Capilano Performing Arts Theatre and The Rogue Folk Club  present Martyn Joseph.  Some musicians want to move your feet, some just want to move you. Martyn Joseph wants to move heaven and earth. His music articulates a yearning for another world that is yet to be born songs of sorrow acquainted with grief but, nevertheless, melodies with hope and optimism for change. Martyn's song catalogue is an impressive archive of our times, our tribulations, our wonder and our wounds. A night to be touched deeply in spirit and song from one of Wales' most popular exports.  Capilano Performing Arts Theatre, 604-990-7810.

February 13, 2005
Dr. Sun Yat Sen Classical Chinese Garden presents Chinese New Year Festival & Parade Year of the Rooster.  he Chinese New Year or 'Spring Festival' is the biggest, most important festival in Chinese culture. It is a time of rebirth and renewal, the coming together of families, feasting, presents, lion dances, lanterns, chasing out bad luck and bad spirits, and wishing luck and good fortune to everyone for the coming year. At the Garden, we host an annual public celebration of Chinese New Year with music, dance, martial arts demonstrations, lucky red packets, and hands-on traditional crafts and much more for the whole family from 10:00am -4:30pm. Don't miss out on the big, colorful parade as it winds past the Garden and through Chinatown. Everyone welcome. Donations appreciated.

February 13, 2005
K2 Snowboards and MEC Demo.  On snow equipment demo featuring K2 snowboards and gear from MEC.  Demo Village located at the base of Mystery Peak Chairlift, Mount Seymour. www.mountseymour.com / 604-986-2261

February 13, 2005
Smith Grudge Match.  Amateur snowboard slopestyle competition at the Young Guns Terrain Park, Mount Seymour. www.mountseymour.com / 604-986-2261.

February 14, 2005
Amateur Inventor' and Gadgeteers' Meet. Share experiences, ideas, inventions and gadgets. 7 pm to 9 pm, Our Town Cafe, informant@justice.com

February 14, 2005
Bridge Design Science Workshop at the Richmond Museum, 604-231-6460.

February 14, 2005
Channel M presents KODO: Drummers of Japan.  One of the world's most celebrated and popular performance companies, KODO has electrified audiences and critics in more than 2000 performances in 30 countries since their first appearance in 1981. Drawing from Japan's rich tradition of music and performance, KODO has created a vital sound and tradition of its own. The combination of dance and song joins together sounds drawn from a variety of instruments including the shamisen, bamboo xylophone, gong, bamboo flute and wooden clacker. Music resonates from drums of assorted shapes and sizes, dominating the spectacle. Their performances on the taiko, the traditional Japanese drum, have become a modern phenomenon.  Queen Elizabeth Theatre, 604-280-3311.

February 14, 2005
Kendo Tournament at the Steveston Community Centre, 604-718-8080.

February 14, 2005
Kodo Drummers of Japan. Legendary Japanese drumming group returns to Vancouver for one of only two Canadian dates on their North American One Earth Tour.   One of the worlds most celebrated and popular performing companies, Kodo has electrified audiences and critics in more than 2000 performances in 30 countries since their first appearance in 1981. Drawing from Japan's rich tradition of music and performance, Kodo has created a vital sound and tradition of its own. The combination of dance and song joins together sounds drawn from a variety of instruments including the shamisen, bamboo xylophone, gong, bamboo flute and wooden clacker. Music resonates from drums of assorted shapes and sizes, dominating the spectacle. Their performances on the taiko, the traditional Japanese drum, have become a modern phenomenon.  Queen Elizabeth Theatre, 604-280-4444, http://www.kodo.or.jp

February 14, 2005
Valentine's Day: Named in honour of a Catholic saint, Valentine's day now widely celebrates love of partners, family members and friends with the exchange of cards and small gifts.

February 14, 2005
Vancouver Public Library presents Letterpress Book: Start to Finish.  Full-time artist and printmaker Andrea Taylor will give a talk and slide presentation that reveals the secrets of creating letterpress books. She will cover everything from coming up with a concept, selecting and setting the type, carving linocuts and creating wood engravings, choosing a binding, proofing, printing, and finally the wonderful moment when the first book is finished and bound. Andrea Taylor works as a full-time artist and is a member of Dundarave Print Workshop and Gallery at Granville Island in Vancouver.  VPL - Central Branch.

February 14 - 20, 2005
Aldergrove Heritage Week.  For more information call 604-857-0555.

February 14 - 20, 2005
Fort Langley Heritage Week.  A number of heritage-related activities for children, adults, and families are taking place at Langley Centennial Museum in Fort Langley all week long, including self-guided walking tours of the historic buildings and the cemetery. For more information call 604-888-3922.

February 15, 2005
Vancouver Public Library presents An Author Reading by Ingrid Newkirk.  The Vancouver Public Library, Banyen Books and Necessary Voices Society present Ingrid Newkirk, author of Making Kind Choices: Everyday Ways to Enhance Your Life Through Earth and Animal Friendly Living. The president and founder of PETA (People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals) presents a handbook for cruelty-free living, detailing everyday choices we can make in the products we buy and the foods we eat to preserve the well-being of animals, the Earth, and more.  7:30 pm, VPL - Central Branch.

February 15, 2005
Vancouver Public Library presents An Author Reading by Susan Miller.  Vancouver Public Library presents Susan Miler reading from her new book, The Year Ahead: 2005. "A new year holds so much promise and opportunity for you to fulfill your dreams." Don't miss this opportunity to explore planetary cycles and aspects that will affect you and the world around you in 2005.  7:30 pm, VPL - Central Branch.

February 16, 2005
 SOLAS Capilano College (2055 Purcell Way) $20 members/$23 non-members Hot Celtic band from Eire/USA, featuring the amazing Seamus Egan on flute and whistle and lots of other instruments, Win Horan on fiddle, Mick McAuley on accordion, Eamon McElholm on guitar and Deirdre Scanlan on vocals.  For tickets call: 604-736-3022.

February 16, 2005
Richmond 125 Exhibit Opening at the Richmond Museum, 604-231-6460.

February 16, 2005
University Women's Club of Vancouver presents Hot Walls, New Spaces.  Alice is an art historian, curator and freelance critic. She holds a PhD in contemporary Asian Art from McGill University Montreal. Alice is curator at Centre A, gallery at 849 Homer St., the only institution of its kind in Canada committed to the research, production, presentation and interpretation of contemporary Asian and Asian Canadian art. The gallery is a lively exhibition venue for video, installation and performance works while promoting Canadian artists.  7:00 pm, Hycroft Mansion, 1489 McRae Avenue, Vancouver.

February 16, 2005
Vancouver Public Library presents An Event in Celebration of Black History Month An Author Reading by George Elliott Clarke.  The Vancouver Public Library and HarperCollins Publishers present George Elliott Clarke reading from his new book, George & Rue, a masterful blend of fiction and reality. It was, by all accounts, a "slug-ugly" crime: in 1949, George and Rufus Hamilton bludgeoned a taxi driver to death with a hammer in the dirt-poor settlement of Barker's Point, New Brunswick. Less than eight months later, the brothers were hanged for their crime. Infused with the sensual, rhythmic beauty that is the hallmark of George Elliott Clarke's writing, George and Rue brilliantly reimagines the lives of the two brothers, Clarke's matrilineal first cousins. George Elliott Clarke is a best-selling author, award-winning poet, playwright and screenwriter. He is the author of six books of poetry, including Whylah Falls (a 2002 CBC Canada Reads Finalist) and Execution Poems (Winner of the 2001 Governor General's Award for Poetry). He is currently the E.J. Pratt Professor of Canadian Literature at the University of Toronto.  7:30 pm, VPL - Central Branch.  

February 16 - 22, 2005
Richmond Heritage Week, Richmond 604-231-6460.

February 17 - 19, 2005
Pacific Agriculture Show: BC's largest Agriculture event of the year. This 7th annual event is the premier event for BC's Agriculture industry. Tradex Exhibition Centre, Abbotsford; 604 291-1553, www.agricultureshow.net

February 18, 2005
A Day of the Arts. Calling all young art enthusiasts! Children ages 6 to 11 can bring their imaginations to Place des Arts, on this district-wide professional development day in the Tri-Cities, for a full Day of the Arts. Inspired children can indulge in 6 different arts activities. Children can choose to craft a fantastic treasure book, explore adventure through movement, fabricate a Japanese dragon boat, create collage, paint on paper, wood or rocks, make masks, and drum new rhythms plus more! Come prepared to be creative and to develop skills in the arts. No experience is necessary-children will discover they can have both fun and success in art activities.  Place des Arts is located at 1120 Brunette Avenue in Coquitlam. Call (604) 664-1636 to register. For more information, visit www.placedesarts.ca

February 18, 2005
Le Carnaval: "Le Carnaval" is an exciting, new winter event, bringing families together for a unique cultural and educational celebration. While assisting in the promotion of Richmond's French Immersion schools, we'll provide an atmosphere similar to the Quebec Winter Carnaval. Come out and experience this friendly, neighbourhood event as we blend art, culture, sports and entertainment. Lang Community Park: Corner of Saba and Buswell, Richmond; 604-233-8910.

February 18, 2005
Multicultural Celebration.  Celebrating the diversity of cultures that exist in our community, Dogwood Multicultural Group invites the Coquitlam community to join them in their popular event of ethic food, music, dance and cultural displays. Everyone is welcome! There will be free children activities on site.  Dogwood Pavilion, 624 Poirier Street, Coquitlam; 604-933-6000.

February 18 - 19, 2005
Capilano Performing Arts Theatre and The Rogue Folk Club present The Arrogant Worms. Our annual foray into the absurd begins with none other than the Arrogant Worms, a folk/comedy trio that is certainly one of our more endearing not to mention silly shows of the year. Using only guitar, bass, great stage presence, super-tight harmonies and the sharpest of wit, the Worms are on a mission to make you laugh. Back for two nights of folk at its funniest! 604-990-7810, www.capcollege.bc.ca/theatre.

February 18 - 20, 2005
Flyfishing Show, Flyfishing Events presents the Western Canadian Fly Fishing Exposition!  Agriplex, Cloverdale;

February 18 - 20, 2005
Golf Expo:  Over 100 exhibitors, new gold equipment demos, golf instruction, destination resorts, celebrity appearances, and interactive contests.  B.C. Place Stadium, 604-661-7373, www.bcplacestadium.com

February 18 - 20, 2005
Outdoor Advenutre Sports Show.  With over 200 exhibitors, free seminars, exciting sport events and challenging interactive features, this show attracts consumers who are interested in active outdoor lifestyles.   B.C. Place Stadium, 604-661-7373, www.bcplacestadium.com.

February 18 - 20, 2005
Spend on Trend Collective Show & Sale.  Vancouver's first unique event showcasing local clothing, accessories, and home decor brands. Enjoy fabulous goodie bags, delectable treats and the opportunity to purchase directly from the designers themselves. Heritage Hall, (3102 Main Street) a landmark building at the corner of 15th Avenue and Main Street in Vancouver. www.spendontrend.com

February 19 - 20, 2005
Chefs Fest 2005.  ?Chefs Fest 2005? will showcase some of Vancouver?s best chefs in Granville Island Public Market. This festival celebrates Vancouver?s local chefs as well as all the great local ingredients found at the Market. Featured chefs include: Rob Clark (C Restaurant), Stephanie Noel (West Restaurant), Jean Francis (Provence Marinaside), Hidekazu Tojo (Tojo?s), and Jean Francis (Provence Marinaside).  Granville Island, (604) 666-5784.

February 19, 2005
Brunette River Field Trip, Richmond Nature Park, 604-718-6188.

February 19, 2005
Museum of Anthropology presents Raven Tales: How Raven Stole the Sun. Back by popular demand, this is the first computer animated film written, produced, designed, voiced and directed by an all Canadian/Aboriginal team. Artist/carver/storyteller Simon James will be in attendance at MOA on February 19. (The film will be screened again on Sunday, March 20 at 1:00 and 3:00 pm. Museum of Anthropology.

February 19, 2005
Red Thunder ? Next Generation.  Red Thunder Dancers - The Next Generation follow in their predecessors? footsteps in the celebration of the unique heritage of their Plains Indian background. With the steady beat of mother earth resounding from the drum, fancy footwork, exquisite costuming, and stories of their ancestors are presented in a colourful and energetic display of dances of the Plains Indian people. This company is based on the Tsuu T?ina Nation reserve, on the outskirts of Calgary.  The Vancouver East Cultural Centre, 604-251-1363, http://www.vecc.bc.ca

February 19, 2005
Sacred Places Tour., 10-4 from the Langley Centennial Museum pick up a map and tour the history and architecture of heritage churches and cemeteries; free for everyone ? for info call 604-888-3922.

February 19, 2005
Vancouver International Airport Community Tsunami Relief Benefit. All proceeds to the World Vision Canada Relief Fund.  Richmond Hotel and Convention Center; 604-278-3551.

February 19, 2005
Yeti Mountain Snowshoe Challenge.  Be a part of the fastest growing outdoor winter activity  snowshoeing  and be a part of the first true Canadian mountain snowshoe race series. The Yeti features recreational / competitive snowshoe running race with a 5km and 10km loop.  Mount Seymour base area and the Discovery Snowshoe Trails, www.mountseymour.com / 604-986-2261.

February 20, 2005
 East Beach Foreshore Planting, 10am - 2pm. Meet at City Tent - East Beach, White Rock Parks Department,  604-541-2179.

February 20, 2005
21st Century Antiques Fair: 150 tables and booths of 19th and 20th century antiques and collectibles; Croatian Cultural Centre, 604-980-3159, http://www.21cpromotions.com/

February 20, 2005
Centennial Theatre presents Night Light.  From its Family Festival Series, Centennial Theatre presents Green Thumb Theatre's production, Night Light. There is a monster in Tara's dresser! Her big borther Victor says it's just socks and pyjamas, but Tara knows better. Whenever she wants to play in her room or tries to go to sleep, it shows up. She's also worried about her Dad, who's really sick. Victor wants to help his little sister feel brave, but he's got trouble of his own - Farley the school bully. In this Jessie Award winning performance, two siblings brave monsters and bullies with hilarious results. 604-984-4484, www.centennialtheatre.com

February 20, 2005
Passport to the Past: Heritage Week 2005.  Celebrate Fort Langley?s historic treasures at this event offered by GVRD, Parks Canada and Township of Langley. Enjoy exhibits, crafts, games, and refreshments. Pick up your Passport to the Past and follow the treasure map at each of these local sites: Derby Reach Regional Park, Fort Langley National Historic Site, and Langley Centennial Museum. To complete your journey, walk or bike along the beautiful 5-km Fort-to-Fort Trail. Sponsored by the GVRD, 604-432-6359, programs.info@gvrd.bc.ca

February 22, 2005
HIstoric Murrayville Bus Tour, 0-3 pm from the Langely Centennial Museum visit the historic landmarks of the Five Corners community of Langley with Fred Pepin ? to register phone 604-888-3922.

February 22, 2005
O.W.L. Show at the Richmond Nature Park, 604-718-6188.

February 22, 2005
Steveston Waterfront Tour organized by the Richmond Museum, 604-231-6460.

February 23, 2005
Harlem Globetrotters, Virtuostic basketball players take on New York Nationals at GM Place; 604-280-4444.

February 23 - 27, 2005
8th Vancouver International Mountain Film Festival at the Centennial Theatre, North Vancouver; 604-984-4484, www.vimff.org

February 23 - 27, 2005
BC Home & Garden Show.   Western Canada's largest indoor flower and garden show with over 450 exhibitors featuring everything for your home and garden. 604-661-7373, www.bcplacestadium.com

February 25, 2005
15th Annual Pacific Northwest Bacchanalian Wine & Food Festival.  The Canadian International Dragon Boat Festival Society in conjunction with the Burnaby Assoc. for Community Inclusion is excited to be producing the 15th Annual Bacchanalian Wine and Food Festival - a celebration of the best of the Pacific Northwest. Sumptuous samplings, wonderful wines, entertainment, silent auction and raffles make for a fun and memorable evening. Sinclair Centre, 757 W. Hastings St., Vancouver, http://www.localwineevents.com/Vancouver--BC-Wine/event-55489.html

February 26, 2005
Forum Youngblood.  Amateur snowboard slopestyle competition.  Young Guns Terrain Park, Mount Seymour.  www.mountseymour.com / 604-986-2261.

February 26, 2005
Roundhouse Community Centre presents The Black History Market and Cultural Showcase.  This exciting cultural showcase is being held to celebrate Black History Month, which recognizes the presence of the African/Black community and the contributions they have made to Canadian society. The Black History Market and Cultural Showcase will act as a medium to educate, promote and celebrate the African/Black culture through dance, theatre, music and food. This family event provides a wonderful opportunity to hear native performers play African/Caribbean ethnic music, sample African/Caribbean foods, purchase a wide variety of interesting crafts and participate in the interactive sessions like drumming and dancing. 11:00 am, $5, Roundhouse Community Centre.

February 26, 2005
Seedy Saturday: Celebration of heritage seed varieties and organic gardening features more than 30 growers, seed companies and exhibitors and Seeds of Curiosity kids' component. VanDusen Botanical Gardens, 604-878-9274.

February 26 - 27, 2005
 First Annual Brackendale Documentary Film Festival. Films of the Natural World. Brackendale Art Gallery, 604-898-3333, http://www.brackendaleartgallery.com/

February 26 - 27, 2005
Nokia Mobile MVMNT Tour.  Families are invited to Mount Seymour for an evening of winter themed activities including SnowTubing, Tobogganing, Face Painting, Bonfire, Glow Balloons, and more; www.nokia.ca / www.mountseymour.com / 604-986-2261.

February 26 to March 6, 2005
Chutzpah Festival 2005The Lisa Nemetz Showcase of Jewish Performing Arts. Chutzpah! is back with a lineup of great performances in music, theatre, dance and comedy and two new co-productions with The Chan Centre for the Performing Arts and the UBC Theatre Department. http://chutzpahfestival.com/

February 27, 2005
 ABDULLAH CHHADEH Capilano College (2055 Purcell Way) $20 members/$23 non-members The Arab world?s most innovative qanun player. The qarun is a 10th century oriental instrument , redesigned by Chhadeh to enhance it?s tonal range and enable him to challenge the traditional repertoire.  For tickets call: 604-736-3022.

February 27, 2005
"Robin Hood" Family Performance Series...everyone participates in this interactive story theatre event. Get ready for a high-energy and truly fairy tale experience.  Evergreen Cultural Centre 1205 Pinetree Way, Coquitlam; 604-927-6555, info@evergreenculturalcentre.ca

February 27, 2005
Antique Appraisals with Al Bowen. Always sold out, buy your tickets early to get your antiques and collectibles appraised. Port Moody Station Museum, 2734 Murray Street, Port Moody; pmmuseum@telus.net

February 27 to March 6, 2005
Festival du Bois: Celebrating its 16th year in March 2005, Festival du bois is an annual splash of bright colours amid the last, grey days of Vancouver's winter. This year, the popular francophone folk music festival presents a program that spans cultures, languages and generations: a celebration of music that's global in its scope, performed by the joyously informal atmosphere of a neighbourhood block party. The Festival welcomes artists from Montreal to Senegal and all points in between - all of whom have at least one thing in common: their innovative fusion of folk traditions with contemporary sounds. Regardless of where you come from or whether you speak a word of French, there's something for everyone at Festival du Bois. The festivities in Blue Mountain Park will go forward rain or shine. Come and flaunt your "Frenchness" with us!  Blue Mountain Park, Blue Mountain St. & King Albert Ave., Coquitlam, 604-936-0039.

February 28 to March 26, 2005
Sista'Hood Celebration presents Sista'Hood Festival.  The theme for the 2005 Sista'Hood Celebration will be Confluence. In focusing on the theme of confluence, or the flowing together of people, energies and ideas, Sista'Hood 2005 has partnered and collaborated with other producers who already have a solid audience and reputation in the community. In essence, we have combined, or flowed together, the Sista'Hood programing with that of the local community. Events include music, spoken word, burlesque, and workshops on community development. Various locations, www.sistahoodcelebration.com

February 28, 2005
Gwynne Dyer, CBC commentator on international affairs and author of Future: Tense looks at the goals of the major world players and dissects their strategies for fighting terrorism.  SFU Harbour Centre, 7:30 pm, 604-291-5100.

February 29, 2005
Swap Meet at the Steveston Community Centre, 604-718-8080.

March 2, 2005
The Chutzpah! Festival presents: Brave Old World.  World-renowned Brave Old World has set new standards in creating, performing and teaching kelzmer and New Jewish music. Their performance at The Chan includes a new programme entitled "Songs of the Lodz Ghetto". Combining the soulfullness of Yiddish tradition, the finesse of classical music and the vitality of jazz, the music of Brave Old World is unique and unforgettable. Chan Centre for the Arts, 604-822-2697, www.chancentre.com

Ongoing until February 5, 2005
 Les contes vancouverois (Urban Tales).  Five local authors have each concocted a tale, their common link being the beautiful city of Vancouver. In cabaret-style, you will discover plenty of new characters and their stories right from your own backyard! 

Ongoing until February 11, 2005
Le Centre culturel francophone de Vancouver presents Caroline Planque: Casa Marianella.  "Casa Marianella" is a socio-cultural documentary of the daily life of immigrants from Latin America.  Le Centre Culturel Francophone de Vancouver, 1551 W. 7th Avenue, Vancouver.

Ongoing until February 12, 2005
Touchstone Theatre presents PuSh International Performing Arts Festival. PuSh 2005 is a feast of innovation designed to launch the New Year with some lasting inspiration. Feature presentations include The Black Rider, Say Nothing, FRANK, Crime and Punishment and Touchtone's own production, The Trigger. www.touchstonetheatre.com

Ongoing until February 16, 2005
Sidney and Gertrude Zack Gallery presents Prints and Sculpture by Zeke and Joe Ziner.  Veliki Bubni is a small village in the Ukraine, from which Joe Ziner's ancestors emigrated. Vancouver Island is where he lives. The art of father and son, Zeke and Joe Ziner, highlights intergenerational respect, which becomes the overriding theme of the exhibit. Imagined Ancestors is a series of portraits created in response to Joe Ziner's family's involvement with the stories of their forebearers from Lithuania, Poland and the Ukraine. Sidney and Gertrude Zack Gallery, 950 West 41 Avenue, Vancouver; www.jccgv.com

Ongoing until February 19, 2005
The Playhouse presents HUMBLE BOY. Following the death of his father, Felix Humble, an astrophysicist, leaves the safety of his Cambridge studies to return home for the funeral. Home life soon proves rife with discoveries of a human nature: his mother Flora has been having an affair with their neighbour George Pye, the father of Felixs ex-fiance, Rosie. Rosie, in turn, has a daughter, possibly of Humble parentage. This haunting and hilarious retelling of Hamlet features a melancholy Brit, a complicit Gertrude, a loutish Claudius and an Ophelia more than capable of surviving rejection.  Vancouver Playhouse, 604-873-3311, www.vancouverplayhouse.com

Ongoing until February 27, 2005
Burnaby Art Gallery presents The Power of Place - 30 Years of Printmaking in Newfoundland.  Burnaby Art Gallery, 604-205-7332, www.burnabyartgallery.ca

Ongoing until February 27, 2005
Presentation House Gallery presents The Elephant Has Four Hearts: Nyau Masks and Ritual.  The exhibition will consist of photographs, video, and a sampling of masks. Curated by Bill Jeffries. Presentation House Gallery, 333 Chesterfield Avenue, North Vancouver.

Ongoing until February 3, 2005
Visa Presents Dine Out Vancouver 2005Tourism.  Vancouver invites you to experience our city's outstanding food and wine scene during Dine Out Vancouver 2005 presented by Visa. For 14 delicious days beginning Friday January 21, 2005, enjoy a three-course dinner at Vancouver's hottest restaurants at special rates complemented by fabulous BC VQA wine pairings. www.tourismvancouver.com

Ongoing until March 2005
Vancouver Giants Hockey at the Pacific Coliseum.  Various dates from October 2004 - March 2005, www.vancouvergiants.com

Ongoing until March 2, 2005
North Vancouver Community Arts Council presents Life Drawing.   Life Drawing is non-instructional. Please bring your own art supplies. Space is limited.  $50 for 6 sessions/$10 drop-in.  Christie House Arts and Heritage Centre, 604-988-6844.

Ongoing until March 4, 2005
absolut theatre and Gallery Gachet present The Masks We Wear.  This is an innovative multi-media community- building project devised by Siobhan McCarthy. It is an experimental workshop/ lab/ rehearsal series that will take place over an eight month period- where actors, visual artists and members of the general public can drop in and make masks, develop pieces and performances that will result in an installation of all of the masks and performances of all the participants in the month of March at Gallery Gachet.  Gallery Gachet, 88 East Cordova St., Vancouver, http://www.whoareyoucallingcrazy.com/absolut.html

Ongoing until March 4, 2005
Architectural Institute of British Columbia presents Elements III: Metal.  Much like its successful predecessors Glass and Wood, Elements III: Metal will explore the space where architecture meets craft via the medium of metal. On display will be unique furniture and metal objects designed by celebrated local artists.  AIBC Architecture Gallery, 100-440 Cambie Street, Vancouver.

Ongoing until April 13, 2005
Roundhouse Community Centre presents The Salon Series and Drawing the Salon.  The Salon Series is an "open to the public" studio series revealing the creative process of making dance.  Roundhouse Community Centre, 181 Roundhouse (Pacific at Davie), Vancouver; 604-713-1872.

Ongoing until April 16, 2005
Delta Museum and Archives presents The Boundary Bay Oyster Plant. B.C. Packers Ltd. established an oyster harveting and processing operation on Boundary Bay in 1940. Under the management of John Christopherson, the oyster plant flourished until 1963, when pollution in the bay forced its closure. This exhibit looks at the history of an important local industry in Delta, using photographs and original documents donated to the Archives by John Christopherson.  Delta Museum & Archives, 4858 Delta Street, Ladner.

Ongoing until May 29, 2005
Real Pictures: Photographs from the Collection of Claudia Beck and Andrew Gruft.   From canonical figures in the history of photography Henri Cartier-Bresson, Robert Frank, Andr Kertsz, Nadar, William Henry Fox Talbot and Edward Weston to contemporary Vancouver artists such as Roy Arden, Stephen Waddell, Scott McFarland and Karin Bubas, this exhibition presents more than 300 photographic works from the outstanding collection of Claudia Beck and Andrew Gruft. Assembled over three decades, the Beck/Gruft collection is notable for its emphasis on vintage prints and focuses on the descriptive power of photography. These images are both documents and fictions, evoking an ongoing fascination with photography's compelling position in a realm between truth and artifice. Organized by the Vancouver Art Gallery; 604-662-4719, www.vanartgallery.bc.ca

Ongoing until June 30, 2005
Practice Your French. Learn, practice and improve your French with the participation of volunteers. Every Thursday.  French Cultural Centre, 6 pm, 604-736-9806.

Ongoing until August 30, 2005
 Vancouver Museum presents Skateboarding in Vancouver: a look at the colourful and controversial history of skateboarding in this city and beyond. See skateboards and equipment from all eras of the sport from the surf-inspired sixties to the electric eighties to the fine-arts inspired nineties. Learn how skateboarding has been shaped by this city and how skateboarding has shaped it. 604-734-7368.







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