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Special Events for March 2005

 

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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!  http://www.festivaldubois.ca/

February 28 to March 13, 2005
Home & Garden Show.  Visit Coquitlam Centre for our famous Spring Home & Garden Show! Throughout the centre, retailers that specialize in home & garden products & services will give you their input and advice. Spring has sprung - don't let it pass your home by!

February 28 to March 26, 2005
 Sista'Hood Celebration presents Sista'Hood Festival 2005.  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

March 1 - 5, 2005
 Chutzpah! presents Dance All-Stars: an extraordinary evening of dance.  A dance program like this comes along once in a lifetime. Performing to rave reviews around the world and recognized nationally as three of North America's most accomplished and stunning dance artists, Aszure Barton, Simone Orlando and Emily Molnar will thrill audiences with their grace, athletic prowess and innovative choreography.  Norman Rothstein Theatre, www.chutzpahfestival.com .

March 1 - 12, 2005
The Dishwashers:  The Arts Club Theatre presents the world premiere of an absurd comedy by Morris Panych. Lurking beneath the urbane world of the modern restaurant is a motley group of dishwashers who seem to have only their profession in common. Arts Club Theatre, 1585 Johnston St., For info, call (604) 687-1644.

March 2, 2005
 Lectures on Architecture presents Alfred Homann.  Join famed Danish architect and industrial designer, Alfred Homann, who is recognized globally for his creation of architectural fixtures with designs renowned for their classic timelessness and functionality. Since establishing his own architecture and industrial design practice in 1978, Homann's projects and subsequent awards and successes prove the scope of his talent the span of his career. 6:00 pm , Free, Robson Square.

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, www.chancentre.com

March 2, 2005
 Vancouver Education & Career Fair 2005.  The Education & Career Fairs are the largest most comprehensive career planning events in British Columbia. With exhibits and Information Sessions, the Education & Career Fairs are designed to help attendees develop or change their career path. Featuring Information Sessions, Exhibits from universities, colleges, private training intitutions, corporations and associations in BC, Canada. USA and International.  Vancouver Convention & Exhibition Centre, www.vanconex.com , 604-276-7471.

March 2 - 5, 2005
 Hard Rubber New Music Society and the Vancouver East Cultural Centre present: Enter/Exit.  Should you stay or go? Enter/Exit is a psychadelic, rave-inspired, non-linear theatrical experience with an all-star cast of musicians, dancers and theatre artists. Whether in love, life, space or the mind, points of entrance and exit form the thematic core of this high-energy, interdisciplinary work driven by music.  Vancouver East Cultural Centre, www.vecc.bc.ca

March 2 - 12, 2005
 Firehall Arts Centre presents Tales of an Urban Indian.  Darrell Dennis returns to the Firehall stage with his irreverant one-man show about growing up "Indian" in an urban centre. Filled with laughter, tears, confusion and confessions, Tales of an Urban Indian has played sold-out shows across Canada.  Firehall Arts Centre,  www.firehallartscentre.ca

March 2 - 26, 2005
 Vagabond Players present This Year, Next Year.  Norah Hardings warm and moving play, THIS YEAR, NEXT YEAR, tells the trials and tribulations of a British working class family during the months leading up to D-day. From the challenges of the family matriarch coping with rationing and difficult relatives, to the heartaches and romances of the younger family members, the play gives a nostalgic picture of life on the home-front during wartime, and shows the courage demanded from people who must make important decisions this year when they have no idea what next year will bring.  Bernie Legge Theatre, Queens Park, New Westminster; 604-521-0412.

March 3 - 5, 2005
 Ballet British Columbia & The Royal Winnipeg Ballet presents A Cinderella Story.  Queen Elizabeth Theatre, 604-280-3311, www.balletbc.com

March 4, 2005
 Vancouver Public Library presents Imperial Connections: Canada and the Chinese Labour Corps. In January 1917, Britain and France negotiated a contract with the Chinese government to supply men to work behind the front lines in France and Belgium. The Imperial authorities asked Canada's Department of National Defence to be responsible for bringing the Chinese labourers by ship to Vancouver, transporting them across Canada, and then putting them on board ships for Trans-Atlantic crossing to the war zone. With the aid of photographs from the time, Judy Maxwell will uncover a hidden part of Canadian transnational history. 7:00 pm, VPL - Central Branch.

March 4, 2005
Guns & Hoses. A charity hockey game between the Squamish Fire Department and the Squamish R.C.M.P. This is a great family event. Entry is by donation and money raised will go to Cops for Cancer and Waduruppuwa, Sri Lanka (our adopted village) For further information please contact Graham Roberge at [604]815-9278 or Denice Roberge at [604]898-9463 7:30 P.M. TO 9:30 P.M  BRENNAN PARK REC CENTRE, SQUAMISH

March 4, 2005
Village of HeARTS Tsunami benefit concert.  ohn Gilliat, Peter Groenof and the Daytrippers perform. Silent auction of artwork, beer, wine and food. All proceeds to tsunami relief.  The Fort Langley Hall, 604 888-1989.

March 4 - 5, 2005
 Canadian Exporters' Showcase 2005. The 2005 Canadian Exporters' Showcase is your link to the $4.8 billion Chinese market and each year, more and more Canadian companies are tapping into this lucrative market. There is an especially strong demand for Canadian goods in China, which boasts a consumer market of 1.3 billion people. Canadian companies are highly regarded internationally for the quality and reliability of their products and services. With the right contacts, your company can flourish overseas through this 3rd Annual Showcase. The Canadian Exporters Showcase (CES) is the only Canadian-Asian Exhibition of it's kind in Canada to connect Canadian companies interested in exporting their products or services to companies in China, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Korea or India that are looking for new products. CES will be held at the Vancouver Convention and Exhibition Centre on March 5, 2005. More than 85 Canadian companies will be exhibiting their products. Over 3,000 qualified local and international delegates will be in attendance.  Vancouver Convention & Exhibition Centre, www.canadianexportersshowcase.com

March 4 - 6, 2005
Fraser Valley Boat & Sportsman Show/Bc Hunting and Country Living Show.  Over 200 displays of boats, marine accessories, fishing tackle manufacturers and retailers, lodges and resorts, RV's, camping supplies and accessories, ATV's and much more. Non-stop expert presentations & demos, entertainment, Kid's Fish n'Pond, Guppy Races, expert fishing demos, ATV demos, casting pool, and great prizes. Featuring fishing guru - Brian Chan. Tradex, Abbotsford; http://www.reel-shows.com/

March 5, 2005
 Shetland Sheepdog Club of BC.  The Shetland Sheepdog Club of BC will be hosting a dog show in the Agriplex, Cloverdale;

March 5, 2005
 Vancouver Public Library presents Culture Jam: Film Screening by Jill Sharpe. Hijacking Commercial Culture delivers a fascinating rap on the 20th Century movement called Culture Jamming. Pranksters and subversive artists are causing a bit of brand damage to corporate midshare. Jammers, cultural commentators, a billboard advertiser and a constitutional lawyer take us on a wild roller coaster through the back streets of our mental environment. Stopping over in San Francisco, New York's Times Square, and Toronto, we catch the jamming in action with Batman-inspired jack Napier of the Billboard Liberation Front. Disney arch-enemy Reverent Billy from the Church of Stop Shopping and Media Tigress Carly Stasko. Culturejam asks: Is Culture Jamming civil disobedience? Senseless vandalism? The only form of self-defence left? 7:30 pm, VPL - Central Branch.

March 5, 2005
Do Animals Have Homes? Parent and Tot Nature Program, Tynehead Regional Park, http://www.gvrd.bc.ca/checkitout

March 5, 2005
E-Fest, Ninth Annual. The Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of British Columbia, and Vancouver Public Library's Science & Technology Divsion celebrate National Engineering and Geoscience Week 2005 with a multidisciplinary display. E-Fest's interactive displays and project exhibits demonstrate to the public how the many facets of engineering and geoscience affect our everyday lives.  Held in the Promenade of the Central Library.

March 5, 2005
Family Tropical Winter Festival.  This family event, sponsored by Coquitlam Leisure and Parks, features performance by Tony Prophet, entertainer and music teachers, and variety of activities for the whole family: crafts, games, face paintings, etc. Chimo Pool and the Poirier Community Centre, 604-933-6048.

March 5, 2005
Food Security: Effecting positive change. An international roster of speakers will look at what is needed to provide access to affordable, nutritious and culturally appropriate food for all people, at all times.  Chief Dan George Centre, Free but reservations (by March 3) are essential: 604-291-5100.

March 5, 2005
Karate Tournament at the Steveston Community Centre, 604-718-8080.

March 5, 2005
Kid's Swap Meet at the Shannon Hall, Cloverdale; 604-588-9919.

March 5, 2005
Motown Meltdown, Shooting Stars Foundation fund-raiser.  Featuring Jim Byrnes, Leora Cashe, Norman Foote, Roy Forbes, Babe Gurr, Bill Henderson, Candus Churchill, Riley Inge (The Temptations), Rebecca Jenkins, Kia Kadiri, Tom Lavin, Russell Marsland, Jane Mortifee, Sibel Thrasher, Shari Ulrich and others.  Commodore Ballroom, 604-280-4444

March 5, 2005
One-Man Lord of the Rings. Charles Ross enacts stripped-down scenes from the Lord of the Rings movie trilogy. Surrey Arts Centre, 604-501-5566.

March 5 - 6, 2005
Nokia Mobile MVMNT Tour.  Join NOKIA and their 20' trailer for a day of music, technology, and prizes.  Mount Seymour, www.mountseymour.com

March 6, 2005
Doing it for a Song : Norman Foote with Jim Byrnes, Roy Forbes, Bruce Greenwood, Babe Gurr, and Mario & Anne Iacovone. Brackendale Art Gallery. http://www.brackendaleartgallery.com/Calendar.html

March 6, 2005
Jhadten Jewall. Talk, followed by a guided meditation while playing Jewall's CD, The Sounds of Creation.  Banyen Books, 1 pm - 2 pm, http://www.banyenbooks.com/EVENTS.HTM

March 6, 2005
Sunday, March 6th Bill Bourne (AB) & Eivør Pálsdóttir (Iceland) with Special guests, St James Hall 3214 West 10th Avenue Tickets $15 members/$18 non-members

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

March 6 - 12, 2005
 Canstruction Vancouver: Canstruction Vancouver - Imagine seeing an eight-foot sculpture entirely from tins of tuna? Now in its third year, this innovative charitable event brings together corporate teams drawn from the design, construction and business communities to create and build extraordinary structures entirely of canned food and other non-perishables. All net proceeds are donated to Greater Vancouver Food Banks.  Canada Place, http://www.canstructionvancouver.com/index.html

March 7, 2005
 Vancouver Public Library presents:Open Mic for Teens. Anything goes, from stories to poetry to songs. It can be your own material or someone else's. It doesn't matter who wrote it, we wanna hear it; 604-331-3691.

March 8 - 11, 2005
 Full Figure Theatre presents Bustin' Out Festival: You just got lucky. Ridin on the wings of providence busTin ouT is here again. Year seven celebrating International Womens Day. With four events geared to entertain, spark your brain and ease your pain. Join us at Chivana for The busTin ouT Soire. March 8, 8pm, 2340 W. 4th Avenue. Enjoy a night of entertainment while raising awareness for Breast Cancer Research with Oh so fortunate stand-up comedy, music, dance and theatre. The hilarious Christine Lippa will be hosting an I must be in Vegas night with such talents as: Tammy Bentz, The Pussy Willows, Candus Churchill, Emelia Symington-Fedy, Kim Pechett, Bev Elliott, and Jenn Griffin. And then A Nite to Delight Workshop March 9, 7pm Healing the Self Venue: tba call 604-904-3695 for info and reservations Plus the Forum, March 10, 7pm How Does She Do It: Does Success Mean Never Having to Say Youre Happy Venue: tba Informal and Engaging. Come and get your dice loaded in the ideas room. Celebrate the close of International Womens Day (Week) with Oh Susanna at The Music Nite At Chivana 2340 West 4th Avenue The right time, the right place; 604-257-0366, www.fullfiguretheatre.net

March 8 - 12, 2005
 The Vancouver East Cultural Centre presents: Coming Up for Air.  Adapted from George Orwell's novel, this smart, humorous and blunt play explores the trials of childhood, adolescence and middle age. Set in 1938 England, this one man show features veteran actor Bernard Cuffling as a disenfranchised insurance salesman. At 51, he sets out to prove that "there's life in the old dog yet." Equally comic and poignant , Leslie Mildiner's script explores war, lack of soul and industrialization. It posits the idea that, sometimes, in our rush to get where we're going, we often lose sight of where we are.  www.vecc.bc.ca  

March 8 - 26, 2005
 2005 Vancouver international Dance Festival: Experience the 2005 Vancouver International Dance Festival! For three weeks in March, the VIDF features local, national, and international dance artists in free and ticketed performances, along with master classes and workshops, art and photography exhibitions, dance writing seminars, post-performance cabarets and discussion sessions, and daily drawing sessions. Roundhouse Community Centre, 604-662-4966, www.vidf.ca

March 8, 2005
 Wood Solutions Fair:  A one-day FREE educational and trade show event on wood products and construction. Register by March 4, 2005. Design professionals: Earn your continuing education and AIBC/AIA learning units - up 6 CEUs.   Westin Bayshore Hotel, www.woodsolutionsfair.com

March 9, 2005
Satellite Short Film Festival 2005. Beaming to a BC community near you, Satellite is a traveling exhibition of short films from BC, Canada and around the world.  With three programs - one from BC, one international and one program featuring films suitable for the whole family - all films in the S.S.F.F. are cutting edge, entertaining and celebrate our cultural diversity.  Pacific Cinematheque, 604-685-3841, http://www.cineworks.ca

March 9 - 12, 2005
 EDAM and the Vancouver International Dance Festival present Vanishing Point: Created and performed by Peter Bingham, EDAM's Artistic Director, and Crystal Pite, Kidd Pivot's Artistic Director. Free Show (reservations required) Wed. March 9th.  EDAM Studio, 303 East 8th Ave., Vancouver; 604-876-9559.

March 9 - 14, 2005
 Spirit of the Commonwealth: The Spirit of the Commonwealth Festival is an international showcase celebrating new and emerging young artists and creative ideas from the diverse cultures of Africa, the Americas, Asia, the Caribbean, the Mediterranean, and the Pacific. Various locations, www.spiritofthecommonwealth.org

March 10, 2005
 Vancouver Francophone Cultural Centre presents 3 Concerts in 1!  Ironworks Studio & Gallery, 604-736-9806.

March 10, 2005
 West Vancouver Community Arts Council presents Celtic Dreams. A special morning of soulful harmonies and innovative instrumental arrangements, with Irish instrumental-based group, CLEIA. 10:30 am,  Silk Purse Arts Centre, 604-925-7292.  

March 10, 2005
I Love Paris in the Springtime. Vancouver Symphony presents a celebration of great French music and stories including Offenbach's Orpheus in the Underworld, Strauss' Wine, Women and Song. Hosted by Christopher Gaze.  Orpheum Theatre, 604-876-3434, http://www.vancouversymphony.ca

March 10, 2005
Vancouver Public Library presents How Does She Do It: Does Success Mean Never Having to Say You're Happy? Vancouver Public Library and Full Figure Theatre present an informal and engaging forum. The career, the calm, the family and the fun: how do women juggle the balls of economics, work, the entrepreneurial spirit, body and arts? Is it possible to be a woman and be happy? The guest panel for this discussion is made up of exciting women doing amazing things, feeling amazing and talking about it. Meet women creating new businesses, running huge companies, taking up passions , having more kids and then doing something else again. 7:30 pm, free, VPL - Central Branch.

March 10 - 11, 2005
Mikado.  Gilbert and Sullivan's the Mikado presented by The Traditional Learning Academy Drama Department.  At The Evergreen Cultural Center, Coquitlam; 604-931-7265 for ticket information.

March 10 - 19, 2005
Into the Woods. Fairytale-twisting musical by Stephen Sondheim.  Once upon a time in a far off kingdom, Cinderella, her Prince, Rapunzel, Little Red Riding Hood, the Wolf, Jack and the Beanstalk, and the Witch all lived happily ever after -- until the fairytales entwine and begin to fracture. When the magic beans grow to let giants into the world, the cozy woods become dark and scary. The fairytale characters band together as the quest is on to find the cow as white as milk, the cape as red as blood, the hair as yellow as corn, and the slippers as pure as gold. We learn that no one is alone as they venture . . . Into the Woods!  Capilano College Performing Arts Theatre, 604-990-7810.

March 11, 2005
Remembering Bird: Celebration of the life of Charlie Parker on the 50th anniversary of his death features Campbell Ryga Quintet, stories, video footage.  Graville Island Brewery, 604-338-5549.

March 11, 2005
The Wheat In The Barley -- CD release (BC) St James Hall 3214 West 10th Avenue Tickets $12 members/$15 non-members “The Wheaties” celebrate the long-awaited release of their third CD, "After the Battle". With their geographically and ethnically diverse brew of Celtic, Slavic, Middle-Eastern, South American and Mediterranean influences,"Eurasian Roots Music" is probably as narrow a label as you could put on this BC-based folk music group. Their tightly arranged instrumentals, sparkling with improvisation are compellingly danceable, while their songs recall the lives of ordinary working people and migrants to Canada from many points of the globe. www.wheatinthebarley.com

March 11, 2005
Tillers Folly, Celtic band performs songs from new CD Water at the Bar.  Maple Ridge Art Centre and Theatre, 604-476-2787.

March 11 - 12, 2005
Vancouver Symphony presents legendary John McDermott performing in a Celtic celebration just in time for St. Patrick's Day. Conducted by Jeff Tyzik.  Orpheum Theatre, http://www.vancouversymphony.ca

March 11 - 17, 2005
 CelticFest Vancouver 2005. Over 40,000 people are expected March 11 - 17, 2005 to celebrate Celtic culture in Vancouvers Entertainment District. Showcasing the best of local Celtic talent over seven days, youll discover some of British Columbias best Celtic music, dance, arts, crafts, workshops, spoken word and highland sports at 18 popular venues and 3 outdoor weekend stages, along downtown Granville Street. There will be plenty of FREE events and surprises to enjoy including Vancouvers own St. Patricks Day Street Parade, which will be held on Sunday, March 13th with over 40,000 expected in attendance! New for 2005, will be the CelticVillage Market where you can shop and browse for Celtic artistic treasures and food and learn more about Celtic traditions and history throughout the weekend, as well as Celtic films, quirky Celtic comedy and more whimsical entertainment for the kids. more About CelticFest.  Various Venues, 604-727-3984, www.celticfestvancouver.com

March 12, 2005
Boardroom Session - Pro.  Professional / Invitational snowboard lifestyle event featuring Canada’s top riders, a 50’ big air jump, staircase rail, festival village with demos’, DJ’s, and more.  Mount Seymour, www.mountseymour.com

March 12, 2005
Fraser River Family Days. Fun family activities include crafts and more.  Fraser River Discover Centre, 11 am to 3 pm, 604-521-8401.

March 12, 2005
Reese Whiteout Tour.  Music, prize giveaways and more.  Mount Seymour, www.mountseymour.com

March 12, 2005
St. Patrick’s Day Fun Fair.  Presented by Kiddies’ Korner Preschool. Bring the kids and have a blast! This community event features the Vancouver  Gizeh Shrine Clown Unit, a fantastic midway of games and events, a Silent Auction and a concession. Elks Lodge – 2272 Leigh Square, Port Coquitlam, www.kkp.ca (http://www.kkp.ca)

March 12 - 13, 2005
 UBC School of Music presents FluteFest. The School of Music at the University of British Columbia is pleased to announce the 2005 UBC FluteFest with distinguished guest artists, SIR JAMES GALWAY and DAVID NICHOLSON, as well as UBC Flute Faculty in masterclasses and recital, March 12th and 13th, UBC School of Music. FluteFest is an opportunity for people of all ages and abilities to learn from the great masters in a friendly and inclusive environment. UBC Music Building, 604-822-5574, www.music.ubc.ca

March 13, 2005
 Celebrating Commonwealth Day. A festivity of music, words, and food from around the world at the newly renovated Christ Church Cathedral, Vancouver - Georgia and Burrard. Enjoy sights, sounds and colours of the modern Commonwealth. 2:30pm Musical Entertainment, 3:00pm Parade of Flags All Are Welcome - Bring Family and Friends - Admission is Free!  Christ Church Cathedral, 604-678-9344.

March 13, 2005
 CelticFest's 2005 St. Patrick's Day Parade.  Vancouver's Second Annual St. Patrick's Day Parade "An estimated 40,000 - 60,000 will turn out for the next one... " Vancouver's Second Annual St. Patrick's Day Parade coincides with Celtic Heritage Week and is a feature event of CelticFest 2005. Organizers hope to see Vancouver's parade celebrations grow to rival those in cities like Montreal and Toronto. Parade Route The parade route starts at Davie (TBA) and Granville Street and makes its way along downtown Granville Stree. There will be marching bands, The Vancouver Police Drill Team and Fire Department, colourful floats, giant clowns, dressed up vehicles, dance troupes, celebrity entertainers and surprises.  www.celticfestvancouver.com

March 13, 2005
Against All Odds - Uzume Taiko.  This story takes place in Nabune, Japan. Many years ago, Kenshin, a powerful warlord decided that Nabune had many things he wanted - rice, mountain vegetables, fish and men he could use in his army. He sent samurai warriors by ship to conquer the village. The villagers did not have weapons to defend themselves so they devised a cunning trick to play upon their enemies. Based on true events, this performance showcases the ancient art of Taiko Drumming, which played an integral part in the Villagers plan.  Centennial Theatre Family Festival, 604-984-4484, www.uzume.com (http://www.uzume.com)

March 13, 2005
Lori Pappajohn, Harp. Brackendale Art Gallery, http://www.brackendaleartgallery.com/Calendar.html

March 13, 2005
Talking Stick 2005. Gala benefit features Buffy Sainte-Marie, Ulali, Margo Kane, Sandy Scofield and Kinnie Starr.  Chan Centre for the Performing Arts, 604-280-4444.

March 13 - 15, 2005
 Spring Gift Show. Hundreds of new, exciting and award winning exhibitors have credited the Vancouver Gift Show as the place where they got started. See great new products here first - apparel, fashion accessories, bed/bath/linen, body & soul, contemporary handcrafted, childs play, general gift, gourmet food, garden accessories, holiday/floral, home & dcor, jewelry, stationery and tourist/resort. B.C. Place Stadium, www.vancouvergiftshow.com

March 14, 2005
 Commonwealth Day 2005.  Her Honour, The Honourable Iona Campagnolo, Lieutenant Governor of British Columbia, will read the Queen's Commonwealth Day Message. Keynote speaker: Sir John Daniel, President and CEO, Commonwealth of Learning Performances by musicians and dancers from Commonwealth countries, followed by a reception. Museum of Anthropology, www.col.org/comday.htm

March 14 - 20, 2005
 27th Annual Vancouver Playhouse International Wine Festival.  Winemakers from around the world strut their stuff at the Vancouver Playhouse International Wine Festival, March 14 to 20, 2005. The 27th annual ode to the grape has a record 174 wineries from 17 countries pouring some 1,100 wines at 49 events over seven days. Vancouver Convention & Exhibition Centre, www.playhousewinefest.com

March 15, 2005
Ethnicity and War: A Bosnian Woman's Journey Towards acceptance Presented by the Canadian Red Cross.  In 1991, shortly after war broke out in the former Yugoslavia, Julia and her now husband made the painful decision to leave their families behind in search of acceptance. A third generation ethnic, Ukranian from Prijedor, Bosnia Hercegovina, Julia was forced to put her career as a Mining Engineer on hold indefinitely in search of a place where cultural diversity is embraced and she could raise her family in peace. Her journey took her from Preijedor to Rome to Edmonton and finally to Vancouver where her, her husband and three children embarked on the journey towards a new life.  Vancouver Public Library, 7:30 pm, (604) 709-6662.

March 17, 2005
 The Dance Centre presents Urban Tap Squad.  From body rhythm and improvisation to classic tap, Urban Tap Squad showcases the depth and variety of this North American-born dance style with exuberant charm and energy. Guaranteed to get your foot tapping.  The Dance Centre, 400-873 Beatty Street, Vancouver.

March 17, 2005
A St. Paddy’s Day Feast.  Granville Island is renowned as the place to get the freshest and widest variety of oysters. Several excellent locations on the Island stock a tantalizing array of locally grown oysters. All of the oysters from our waters are fresh, clean-tasting and packed full of nutrients and vitamins. If you are travelling any distance, ask the merchants to pack your oysters in ice to keep them in peak condition on the journey home. In Ireland, the classic combination of Guinness and shucked oysters are eaten to celebrate the most Irish of days – St. Patrick’s Day.

March 17, 2005
St. Patricks Day Skate at the Richmond Ice Centre, 604-448-5366.

March 17, 2005
The Secret of Smell: Unraveling odour codes. Erika Plettner, SFU chemistry, discusses the work of olfaction researchers, Richard Axel and Linda B. Buck, winners of the Nobel Prize in medicine and physiology.  Research in olfaction could hold the key to many new discoveries, including new pest management and understanding of diseases, such as Parkinson's and Alzheimer's. Linda Buck is a previous winner of SFU's Linville-Wright award in olfaction research.  SFU Harbour Centre, http://www.sfu.ca/nobelseries.  

March 17, 2005
Treetops Adventure Trip, Richmond Nature Park, 604-718-6188.

March 18 - 19, 2005
Boardroom Session - Amateur.  Amatuer snowboard slopestyle competition.  Mount Seymour, www.mountseymour.com

March 18 - 19, 2005
Keepin' it Real Christian Conference For Young Adults 18-30ish - Music/Food/Fun/Seminars/Meet Others.  Sunshine Hills Foursquare Church, http://www.youngadultconference.com

March 18 - 19, 2005
Sewing and Crafts Show.  Dozens of exhibitors plus more than 70 seminars, stage shows and demonstrations daily taught by top professionals, designers, authors, and celebrity speakers.  Tradex, Abbotford; http://www.sewingandcraftsshow.com

March 18 - 20, 2005
"Spring Craft & Antique Show" returns to the Lynden Fairgrounds.  Lynden, Washingon; http://www.lyndencraftantiqueshow.com

March 18 - 20, 2005
KWANTLEN FIRST NATIONS 7TH ANNUAL POW-WOW; Admission by donation. For more information contact Kwantlen First Nations @ 604-888-2488.

March 19, 2005
 Tom Russell’s Wild West Show! (USA) St James Hall 3214 West 10th Avenue Tickets $17 members/$20 non-members The wild west portion of the Roots on the Rails tour kicks off in Vancouver on March 19th with some of the top names in Cowboydom. Three days and nights of music and poetry on board the last great long-distance streamline train still operating in North America. Tom Russel, Andrew Hardin, Don Edwards, Paul Zarzyski, Ramblin’ Jack Elliot and Wylie & the Wild West. www.tomrussell.com www.wylieww.com www.ramblinjack.com www.paulzarzyski.com www.donedwardsmusic.com www.andrewhardin.com www.rootsontherails.com

March 19, 2005
Anti-war protest on 2nd anniversary of Iraq war, Vancouver Art Gallery, 2 pm,  Organized by Mobilization Against War and Occupation (MAWO)  www.mawovancouver.org, info@mawovancouver.org, 604-322-1764.

March 19, 2005
Easter Eggstravaganza, Richmond City Centre, 604-233-8910.

March 19, 2005
Night Quest.  Celebrate spring equinox with a night stroll in the forest. Follow lantern-lit trails leading to discovery stations. Explore the world of night creatures. Enjoy crafts, entertainment and a hot drink around a crackling bonfire. Allow at least one hour to complete the quest. Bring a flashlight. Wheelchair and stroller accessible. Pacific Spirit Regional Park, Sponsored by the GVRD, 604-432-6359.

March 19 - 24, 2005
Rogers Wireless Play Dome. Canada's Largest Indoor Carnival with over 45 rides and attractions! Experience Spring Break fun for everyone - under the Dome! One ticket allows you to stay all day and ride as often as you like. One-day Dome Passes are just $20, multi-day Ultimate Passes are $35. For parents and those who just like to watch, Guest Passes are $6. Tickets are available at the door only. Click here for more information.

March 19 - 25, 2005
 The 8th Annual Spring Break Theatre Festival For Young Audiences.  Four professional theatre companies specializing in theatre for young audiences will perform at four venues around the Lower Mainland during the Spring Break week. The Festival offers a range of family entertainment throughout each day for kids aged 5-12. Tickets: $8 with discounts for groups of 10 or more. For more information, call the venues or TicketMaster at (604) 280-3311. All shows are approximately 1 hour.

March 19 - 25, 2005
Spring Break Theatre Festival.  Another week of fabulous family fun! Great West Life presents the 8th annual Spring Break Theatre Festival for Young Audiences. Four professional theatre companies specializing in theatre for young audiences will perform 17 shows. The festival offers a range of great family entertainment for ages 5 to 12.Arts Club New Revue Stage. 1601 Johnston St., For info, call (604) 927-6555.

March 20, 2005
 Surrey Art Gallery presents Spring Break Family Workshop: Your Canadian Landscape. After an inspiring guided tour of the exhibitions, families will have fun working together to create a mixed media landscape that expresses their personal ideas and experiences of Canada; 604-501-5566.

March 20, 2005
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.

March 20, 2005
All day anti-war / anti-occupation conference.  All Day Anti-War, Anti-Occupation Conference. The 21st Century: the Century of War, Occupation and Resistance  Building the Anti War Movement: Why there is no other option!  Britannia Community Centre, Organized by Mobilization Against War and Occupation (MAWO)  www.mawovancouver.org, info@mawovancouver.org, 604-322-1764.

March 20, 2005
Scales and Coils.  See and hold reptiles from around the world, and learn about the care of these special animals. Admission by donation. Presented by the Westcoast Society for the Protection and Conservation of Reptiles.  Lynn Canyon Ecology Centre, http://www.dnv.org/ecology

March 20 - 28, 2005
Carousel Capers: Unlimited carousel rides, entertainers twice a day, crafts and spot prizes make this a fun getaway during spring break.  Visit the blacksmith and general store for a trip back in time. Take in the toy room and the old-time movie for a good laugh.  Burnaby Village Museum, 604-293-6500, http://www.burnabyvillagemuseum.ca

March 21, 2005
Eight-legged Wonders. Learn to appreciate the habits of spiders and other amazing arachnids. Presented by the Spencer Entomological Museum. Admission by donation.  Lynn Canyon Ecology Centre, http://www.dnv.org/ecology

March 21 - 24, 2005
 The Shadbolt Centre for the Arts presents: The Spring Break Theatre Festival.  Five professional theatre companies specializing in theatre for young audiences will perform at the Shadbolt Centre during the Spring Break week. Join us for an affordable and fun-filled family event. The festival offers a wide range of family entertainment throughout each day for kids aged 5 - 12. More event details will be available as we move closer to the date. One performance from the Spring Break Theatre Festival is included in the Shadbolt Centre's Spring Break Arts Camp.  Shadbolt Centre for the Arts, http://www.city.burnaby.bc.ca/cityhall/departments_parks/prksrc_fclts_shdblt.html

March 21 - 25, 2005
Toymaker Rick Hartman to Crank up the Fun at Spring Break.  Gadgets, gizmos and incredible inventions will take the Science Theatre at Science World this Spring Break as renowned toymaker and children's entertainer Rick Hartman performs The Gears of Invention, a show about science, art, and creativity guaranteed to delight the whole family. Rick will spin a mesmerizing mixture of stories, toys and inventions twice daily from March 21 to 25, Monday to Friday, at 12:50pm and 1:50pm.  Science World, www.toyworkshop.com

March 22, 2005
Birds of Prey. Swoop to the Ecology Centre to meet local raptors. Presentations at 11 am and 1 pm. Presented by the Owl Rehabilitation Society. Admission by donation.  Lynn Canyon Ecology Centre, http://www.dnv.org/ecology

March 22, 2005
Nature Detectives - Insect Investigations, Richmond Nature Park, 604-718-6188.

March 22, 2005
NATURE DETECTIVES - INSECT INVESTIGATIONS, Richmond Nature Park. Uncover nature's secrets with a close-up look at insects. 604 718-6188

March 22, 2005
Steven Austen, Author of Meditation for Everyday Living talks about the physical and metaphysical benefits of meditation. Banyen Books, http://www.banyenbooks.com/EVENTS.HTM

March 23, 2005
A Trickster Tale.  The Ecology Centre Puppeteers present the story of how coyote got a black-tipped tail. Join us for this fabulous black light puppet show! Show times are at 11:00, 12:00, and 1:00. Drop in, admission by donation.  Lynn Canyon Ecology Centre, http://www.dnv.org/ecology

March 23, 2005
McDonalds I’m Lovin It Tour.  Amateur park session with pro riders, DJ’s, demos, and more.  Mount Seymour, www.mountseymour.com

March 23, 2005
Nature Detectives - Snakes and Frogs, Richmond Nature Park, 604-718-6188.

March 23, 2005
NATURE DETECTIVES - SNAKES AND FROGS, Richmond Nature Park. Young sleuths seek clues to understanding the behaviour of reptiles and amphibians. 604 718-6188

March 23 - 24, 2005
Rick Scott: Funny and entertaining, Rick Scott has many albums to his credit as a solo performer, a children's performer and with the group Pied Pumpkin. Joined by the Kanaka Creek Elementary Choir.  Maple Ridge Art Centre & Theatre, http://www.artscentretheatre.org

March 23 - 26, 2005
Volvo AWD Ski Series.  On hill family entertainment, prizes, ski performance video tips, and more.  Mount Seymour, www.mountseymour.com

March 24, 2005
BC Bears and Beyond.  From the black bears of BC to the sun bears of Asia, learn about the habits of bears. Presented by the Northwest Wildlife Preservation Society. Drop in, admission by donation.   Lynn Canyon Ecology Centre in Lynn Canyon Park, http://www.dnv.org/ecology

March 24, 2005
NATURE DETECTIVES - BIRDS, Richmond Nature Park. Young sleuths have fun discovering the science of birds. 604 718-6188

March 24, 2005
Nature Detectives - Mammal Mysteries, Richmond Nature Park, 604-718-6188.

March 25, 2005
NATURE DETECTIVES - MAMMAL MYSTERIES, Richmond Nature Park. Young nature detectives explore the amazing world of mammals. 604 718-6188

March 25 - 27, 2005
 Western Front New Music presents Freedom Festival.  Friday, March 25th Bruce Freedman Quartet and Aeroplane Trio Saturday, March 26th Free Trade Sunday, March 27th raw and cooked and the Freedom Festival Orchestra.  Western Front, 303 East 8th Avenue, Vancouver.

March 25 - 27, 2005
China National Oriental Song and Dance Ensemble  Traditional, classical and modern music and dance incorporating magic, special effects and martial arts.  Queen Elizabeth Theatre, 604-272-0208, http://www.pronationproductions.com/

March 26 - 27, 2005
EXOTIC REPTILE SHOW, Richmond Nature Park.  A WCSPC show of exotic reptiles. Talk to the people who know reptiles best. 604 718-6188

March 26, 2005
Children's Easter Party at the Steveston Community Centre, 604-718-8080.

March 26, 2005
Stage Fever.  Greater Vancouver Professional Theatre Alliance presents Stage Fever, A Celebration of World Theatre Day, featuring backstage tours, scavenger hunts, free panel discussions, special deals, and an original performance of My First Time, www.theatre.ubc.ca/gvpta.

March 26, 2005
The Tiller’s Folly -- DVD release (BC) St James Hall 3214 West 10th Avenue Tickets $13 members/$16 non-members On September 11, 2004, The Tiller's Folly raised the rafters at the historical Gulf of Georgia Cannery in Steveston with a high-energy performance of their best-loved tunes. The sold-out event was filmed with six cameras and luscious 5.1 surround sound and now, 6 months later, the Rogue is proud to present the release of the DVD of that extraordinary evening. Grounded and influenced by Celtic Music and the mists of Canadian history, The Tiller’s Folly have decades of musical experience between them, Their unique blend of Celtic/folk/rock/pop/bluegrass is written with respect for tradition and history, played with virtuosity and gusto, and is fun and thoughtful, both. In this age of fast-food music, even in the folk field, thank goodness for the music of Tiller’s Folly www.tillersfolly.com

March 27, 2005
Easter Egg Hunt & Pet Parade Family Easter Sunday celebrations.  The Easter Bunny visits the Museum every year to leave Easter eggs for children! There's enough for everyone but all participants must be registered in advance.  Is your dog the best-dressed canine around? Is your cat the best-behaved pet in BC? Does your hamster put all other hamsters to shame in the crankiest rodent category? Enter your pet into the Museum's Pet Parade to win fabulous prizes! All participants must be registered in advance.  Port Moody Station Museum, (604) 939-1648.

March 27 to April 5, 2005
Annual Easter Scavenger Hunt. Experience Western Canada's largest collection of heritage railway equipment dating back to 1890. 12:00 - 3:00, West Coast Railway Heritage Park. Admission by Donation.  http://www.wcra.org

March 27, 2005
 Minter Garden's Opening Day & Easter Celebration.  An inter-denominational outdoor Sunrise Church Service will be held at 7:30am Easter Sunday morning (Complimentary admission before 9am) Blossom, our mascot, will be handing out Easter treats during the day. Enjoy our fabulous gourmet Easter Lunch Buffet. Reservations required 604.794.7044. www.mintergardens.com

March 29, 2005
Tom Russell, Mary Gauthier and Gretchen Peters (USA) Capilano College Theatre (2055 Purcell Way) Tickets $20 members/$23 non-members The Wrap-up concert for Roots on the Rails return trip (the Songwriter Train) will feature three gritty, intellegent and often challenging songwriters. Former Vancouver resident, Tom Russell has a long history of songwriting. His songs have been performed by Johnny Cash, Guy Clark and Sylvia Tyson to name a few and his gift for storytelling has had him compared to Bob Dylan, author John Steinbach and poet Walt Whitman. Mary Gauthier is one of the most challenging artists to rise up from the underground in a long time. Her path has wound through devastation and despair. She has beaten back demons, lived off the streets, sunk to the bottom of life, turned 18 behind bars, emerged from darkness, and to completely confuse things won notice as a respected restaurateur — all before writing her first song. Gretchen Peters has been hailed by many as one of Nashville’s best contemporary songwriters. Her intelligent and introspective songs have been covered by pop, country, blues and folk artists all over the world. www.tomrussell.com www.gretchenpeters.com www.marygauthier.com Tickets for all shows at the St. James Hall can be purchased at Zulu and Highlife Records, Rufus' Guitars or by calling the Rogue Folk Information and Reservation Line at 604-736-3022. For Capilano College shows, call the Capilano College Box Office at 604-990-7810 or the Rogue Hotline (604-736-3022)

March 29, 2005
Rambles in the Brambles: Grab boots, brollies and raincoats for a self-guided walk in the woods. Ramble along winding trails through dense brambles, over calm forest creeks and under winter-bare alders and green cedar bows. Search for clues that reveal amazing facts about the forest, streams and creatures that depend on them. Pick up your ‘discovery card’ at the Nature House between 11 am and 2 pm. Return your completed sheet by 3 pm to earn a special treat.  Burnaby Lake Regional Park, Sponsored by the GVRD, 604-432-6359.

March 29 to April 3, 2005
Jacques Brel is Alive and Well and Living in Paris. An Arts Club Theatre Company touring production.  This legendary revue is a powerful portrail of the world and human emotions. Jacques Brel (Is Alive and Well and Living in Paris) is full of muisical observations that reverberate with love, loss, poignancy, and the changes that come with age. Featuring unforgettable songs such as If We Only Have Love and Carousel.  Evergreen Cultural Centre, http://www.evergreenculturalcentre.ca/

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

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 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/

Ongoing until 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

Ongoing until March 12, 2005
 First Impressions Theatre presents: Pizza Man: Thriller by Darlene Craviotto, directed by Peter Lhotka.   Deep Cove Shaw Theatre, 4360 Gallant Avenue, North Vancouver; http://www.firstimpressionstheatre.com/

Ongoing until March 19, 2005
 Belkin Satellite presents Glenn Lewis.  Commencing January, 2005, a self-contained exhibition programme (approaching aspects of Vancouver's experimental art community during the period 1945-1975) is to be presented at the Belkin Satellite. This programme, researched and curated by CAUSA (Collective for Advanced and Unified Studies in the Visual Arts) opens with an inaugural exhibition developed through two successive stages: Glenn Lewis Stucco Floor, Divided, 1969 (15 Jan. to 12 Feb.) Walls/Graphs, 1969 (22 Feb. to 19 March) Glenn Lewis (b. 1935, Chemainus, B.C.) is part of the first generation of interdisciplinatry artists behind Vancouver's "Western Front". He has exhibited, performed, and screened video productions internationally.  www.belkin-gallery.ubc.ca

Ongoing until March 19, 2005
 Le Centre Culturel Francophone de Vancouver presents Marie Pierre Schliewinsky.   Marie Pierre Schliewinsky is a French painter trained in private art schools in Paris and in southern France (Nice). She has been living in Canada since 1969, on Vancouver Island for the most part, where she finds the tranquility and spirituality of her environment an essential source of inspiration. Marie-Pierre's oil paintings capture well the gusts of energy and passion of her spirit. The exhibit a carrousel of colours presents a vibrant palette and an impressionistic brushstroke that celebrate nature in all its turbulence and vitality. For Marie Pierre Schliewinsky, painting is a visceral experience that enables her to touch those who view her work.  Le Centre Culturel Francophone de Vancouver,  604-736-9806.

Ongoing until March 19, 2005
 The Playhouse presents COPENHAGEN.  In 1941 Werner Heisenberg travelled to occupied Denmark to meet with his former mentor, Niels Bohr. The reason for the meeting and what was said between the two physicists has long been a topic of speculation, which Michael Frayn tackles in this Tony Award-winning play. Now spirits, Bohr, his wife Margrethe, and Heisenberg meet in a theoretical after-life to re-enact and interpret that long-ago encounter. Memory and perception collide like atoms until motivation and understanding become as uncertain and as indefinable as our place in time and space; www.vancouverplayhouse.com

Ongoing until March 20, 2005
 Morris and Helen Belkin Gallery presents Electrifying Art: Atsuko Tanaka. One of the most influential artists of Post-War Japan, Atsuko Tanaka's installations and performances provided a benchmark position of the Japanese avant garde. Following World War II, industrialization and urbanization rapidly and radically transformed the cultural landscape in Japan. A member of the Gutai Art Association, Tanaka and other like-minded artists struggled to find new modes of expressing the unpredictable changes that were occuring around them. Experimentation and innovation became central to their artistic practice. Electrifying Art will feature three important historical works: the sound installation "Bell (Work)", 1955; the famous garment "Electric Dress", 1956, made of over one hundred multicoloured, blinking lightbulbs; and a 30-foot wide dress "Work (Red Dress)", froma performance in 1957. Also featured are 15 abstract paintings and 40 detailed drawings. www.belkin-gallery.ubc.ca

Ongoing until March 31, 2005
High Water Flooding on the Fraser.  Mon. to Sat. 10-4:45 and Sun. 1-4:45 at the Langley Centennial Museum learn about the impact of floods on the people and communities of the Lower Fraser Valley; also exhibits by land and water management partners with admission by donation – call 604.888.3922

Ongoing until April 3, 2005
 Surrey Art Gallery presents Underwater BC Photographic Society.  The Society will present a selection of photographs by its members witha focus on the cold-water marine environment of the west coast of BC, which is considered one of the best diving locales for underwater photography in the world. The Society, through its programs and exhibitions, strives to increase the understanding and perservation of the marine environment. 604-501-5566.

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. Senior students from MainDance's training school will create movement studies. Come experience how quick and dynamic movement gems are constructed by young and up and coming choreographers. Drawing the Salon Due to the success of our Eye on Dance drop-in drawing sessions this past April, we will open this series up free to those who are interested in bringing their drawing materials to sketch the dancers as they rehearse. Chairs and easels will be provided. Participation is free to everyone. Some drawings will be selected to be on display during the View New performances.  Roundhouse Community Centre, 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 April 24, 2005
 Western Front New Music presents Raw and Cooked. March 27: special edition with the Freedom Festival April 24: special guests Moneeo, electronic instrument builders from Sweden New artists. New work. Dish it out!!! Original works for spoken word, dance, video, music and performance art. Low fi, unplugged, laptops, live acts, telepathy, and alternative practices are welcome. Contact rawandcooked@front.bc.ca

Ongoing until 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

Ongoing until May 20, 2005
 Vancouver Public Library presents Chinese Family Storytime.  Let's expose your kids to the Chinese language and help them acquire a love of books and reading. Reading to children from a young age helps them become better readers once they start school. VPL Multilingual Division is helping kids get a head start by offering free drop-in Chinese storytime sessions at Oakridge Branch. Children of all ages and their parents or caregivers are welcome to attend. Storytimes are held in Mandarin;  VPL - Oakridge Branch.

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 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, 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.

Ongoing
 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,  www.vtsl.com







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