FAMILY FRIENDLY EVENTS:
Family Day at Fort Langley
Come and learn the traditions of the families at Fort Langley – from varied backgrounds like Scottish, Hawaiian, First Nations and Metis, the workers embraced their cultures here! Enjoy the feature presentation on First Nations resources, make some Scottish bannock, or challenge your skills playing ‘Ulu Maika – a game meant to train Hawaiian warriors. • Fort Langley National Historic Site, 23433 Mavis Ave. • Feb. 10-12 • http://www.pc.gc.ca/fortlangley
Massey Madness: Family Arts Fest
An all-inclusive day of arts activities and live theatre performances for the whole family to enjoy. Includes theatre performances for young children with Axis Theatre’s Th’owxiya: The Hungry Feast Dish (11 a.m.); a First Nations story by Joseph Dandurand, Confessions of a Grocery Store Clerk (2 p.m.); and The New Conformity by Cause and Effect Circus and Travis Bernhardt’s comedic magic (7 p.m.). There will also be free family activities in the lobby and the Plaskett Gallery from 11 a.m.-5 p.m. • Massey Theatre, 735 Eighth Ave., New West • Feb. 10 • $5-$25/single show tickets, $10-$35/full day pass, ticketsnw.ca, 604-521-5050, masseytheatre.com
Enjoy some of Travis Bernhardtâs comedic magic at Massey Madness.
Lunar New Year at the Library
Lion Dance and Music: Start the Lunar New Year with a lion dance, qigong and kung fu demonstrations, then explore the beautiful sound of world music with musical performance), and make wishes for a lucky and prosperous year. Feb. 10, 12:30-2 p.m., VPL Central Branch, 604-331-3603 • Sound of World Music: Explore the beautiful sound of world music with performances, and make wishes for a lucky and prosperous year. Feb. 10, 3:30-4 p.m., VPL Kensington Branch, 1428 Cedar Cottage Mews, 604-331-3603 • Free, vpl.ca/events
VSO: Platypus Theatre: Peter and the Wolf
In a fresh take on a well-loved classic, Peter is a dreamer who suddenly finds himself in the middle of an adventure: a mystifying mission to capture a wily wolf. Two dancers and an actor, colourful sets and incredible masks make for a modern and humorous re-telling of this enduring story. Peter and the Wolf brings listeners in on the action as they help catch the mangy marauder once and for all. • Orpheum Theatre, 601 Smithe St. • Feb. 11, 2 p.m. • 604-876-3434,
PJs, Paws and Jaws: Family Day Sleepover at the Aquarium
Learn about the fascinating ways that animals camouflage from their predators by paying a visit to see them outside. Then head inside for an evening snack and get hands on with cool artifacts like sea otter paws and shark jaws. Then everyone will call it a night and head down to Underwater Steller’s Bay to catch some z’s. Breakfast will be served at 7:30 a.m. followed by time to explore the galleries. • Vancouver Aquarium, 845 Avison Way, Stanley Park • Feb. 11-12 • $92/$115, vanaqua.org
Jellyfish at the Vancouver Aquarium.
Children’s Arts Festival
A fun-filled day of creative interaction, entertainment and more. Visitors to the festival will be able to wander through multiple zones where they can enjoy fun performances for kids of all ages, participate in hands-on arts and crafts or sign up for Creativity Classes led by professional artists. • Richmond Cultural Centre, 7700 Minoru Gate • Feb. 12, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. • $5, childrensartsfestival.ca
With wit and humour for all ages, DuffleBag Theatre charms audiences with their original adaptions of fairy tales and classic stories. They create a magical experience by inviting up audience members to become the stars of the show, making an exciting, interactive, and unique experience for everyone, and this time is no different. Cinderella’s life is storybook perfect. That is, until circumstances force her into a life of drudgery in the home of her wicked stepmother and stepsisters. • Chilliwack Cultural Centre, 9201 Corbould St. • Feb. 12, 2 p.m. • $12, 604-391-7469, chilliwackculturalcentre.ca
The DuffleBag Theatre’s production of Cinderella.
Family Day at the Carousel
Celebrate Family Day at the carousel with a special program designed for families with young children. Enjoy the antics of a children’s entertainer, get creative with children’s art activities, join in some heritage games and enjoy unlimited carousel rides. • Burnaby Village Museum, 6501 Deer Lake Ave. • Feb. 12, 11 a.m.-2 p.m. • $6.50, drop-ins welcome if space allows, pre-registration recommended, 604-297-4565, burnabyvillagemuseum.ca
Family Fun on the Farm Spend the day on a working farm right in Vancouver. Meet the chickens, goats, sheep, horses, and ponies. Roast marshmallows on the bonfire. (Pony rides available for $10/child.) A huge garage/moving sale includes horse books, tack, equipment, and clothing. Home baked goodies and coffee available. Wheelchair accessible. • Southlands Heritage Farm, 6767 Balaclava St. • Feb. 12, 11 a.m.-3 p.m. • 604-261-1295, www.southlandsfarm.ca
Family Day Concert with Rick Scott
Celebrate Family Day with beloved children’s entertainer, Rick Scott. Combining music, storytelling and humour, this lively participatory concert is great for all ages. Rick Scott will be joined by Nico Rhodes on electric piano. • The ACT, 11944 Haney Place, Maple Ridge • Feb. 12, 1 p.m. • $15, 604-476-2787, theactmapleridge.org
Into the Arctic: B.C. Family Day
The Vancouver Maritime Museum will be at the Queen Elizabeth Theatre for a family-friendly day of arctic exploration. Check out the Into the Arctic exhibition and make Inuit-inspired snow goggles, check out the Arctic-inspired music of Thomas Beckman and drop-in for free hot chocolate. • Queen Elizabeth Theatre, 630 Hamilton St. • Feb. 12, 11 a.m.-2 p.m. • vancouvermaritimemuseum.com
Lunar New Year Fest
Celebrate Lunar New Year with free family fun including cultural music, dance, crafts, lucky draws, a traditional lion dance, and more! • Central City, 10153 King George Blvd., Surrey • Feb. 12, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. • Free, 604-587-7773, centralcity.ca
Kids Takeover UBC at MOA
The Museum of Anthropology will be celebrating Family Day with a kids takeover event. Bring your whole family along for a day of youth-led art activities, dancing, and live African fusion music by Zhambai trio. The event is part of the Kids Takeover UBC event, with activities happening all over campus. • Museum of Anthropology at UBC, 6393 NW Marine Dr. • Feb. 11, noon-5 p.m. • Free with admission, 604-822-5087, moa.ubc.ca
Family Day with Will Stroet & Pebble Star Artists
Celebrate B.C. Family Day with concerts by CBC Kids star and Juno-nominee Will Stroet, along with fellow Juno-nominee Ginalina, Bollywood dancer Karima Essa and The Blues Berries. • Jewish Community Centre, 950 W. 41st Ave. • Feb. 12, 11 a.m. • $12/early bird tickets, 604-727-4413, pebblestar.eventbrite.ca
Family Day at the Canadian Museum of Flight
Have your photo taken in a real Canadian Snowbird or Starfighter jet, enjoy museum tours, crafts and the really, really big candy bowl! • Canadian Museum of Flight, 5333 216th St., Langley • Feb. 12, 10 a.m.-3:30 p.m. • By donation, museumofflight.org
Family Day at the Canadian Museum of Flight.
Family Flag Day
Spend Family Day with your clan by going back in time. This free, fun-filled drop-in event for all ages will include an opportunity to discover the various flags, tartans and coat of arms families once used to represent themselves. Visitors can even make a family crest of their own to take home as a keepsake. Enjoy a guided tour of the house, pioneer children’s games and more. • Historic Stewart Farm, 13723 Crescent Rd., Surrey • Feb. 12 • Free, 604-592-6956, surrey.ca/heritage
FlyOver Canada: Flight of the Dragon
Follow a mythical dragon as you soar over some of China’s most spectacular landscapes and scenery – including the Great Wall of China, Zhangjiajie National Forest Park, the city of Shanghai and more. Then take off again to experience FlyOver Canada, an exhilarating journey from east-to-west across Canada. • FlyOver Canada, Canada Place • FlyOverCanada.com/Flight-Of-The-Dragon
Soar over China at FlyOver Canada’s Flight of the Dragon.
Family Valentine’s Train Ride
Enjoy a Valentine’s train ride and crafts. • Bear Creek Park, 13750 88th Ave., Surrey • Until Feb. 14, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. • $6, bctrains.com
Family Day at the Vancouver Aquarium
Celebrate Family Day with our aquatic family. Meet a tortoise and a penguin, pose for family pictures with Ollie the Sea Otter, and enjoy aquatic-themed puppet shows, story time and face painting. Receive 25% off Aquarium membership over the Family Day long weekend. • Vancouver Aquarium, 845 Avison Way, Stanley Park • Feb. 10-12, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. • $22-$39, vanaqua.org
B.C. Sports Hall of Fame: Red Mitten Weekend
In conjunction with the start of the 2018 Winter Olympics and Paralympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea, the B.C. Sports Hall of Fame will be hosting an event that honours British Columbia’s Olympic and Paralympic heritage with a Red Mitten Weekend. Participate in a 2010 Olympic-themed scavenger hunt, and re-live all the highlights and unforgettable moments of the Vancouver Olympics and Paralympics on the Hall’s big screen. • B.C. Place, 777 Pacific Blvd. • Feb. 10-12 • bcsportshalloffame.com
Family Day at Surrey Nature Centre
Celebrate being a family outdoors this Family Day. Test your skills at the family challenge station, go on a guided nature walk, join a story time and more. • Surrey Nature Centre, 14225 Green Timbers Way, Surrey • Feb. 12, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. • Free, metrovancouver.org/events
Robson Square Ice Rink
Renew a classic Vancouver tradition and enjoy some old-fashioned fun at Robson Square’s outdoor skating rink. Come and celebrate winter in style with free skating in the heart of downtown Vancouver. • Robson Square, until Feb. 28, opens daily at 9 a.m. • Free, skate rentals available, robsonsquare.com, 604-646-3554
Extreme Survivors: Winter Wildlife
From chickadees to crows, insects to amphibians, and shrews to squirrels, animals display a bewildering variety of adaptations for surviving the winter. Bundle up and take a walk with Stanley Park Ecology Society and begin exploring how wintering animals beat the cold and meet their shelter, food and water needs. • Stanley Park Nature House, Lost Lagoon, Stanley Park • Feb. 11, 1:30-3:30 p.m. • $5-$12.50, 604-718-6522, stanleyparkecology.ca
Take a walk through Stanley Park and learn how animals survive the winter.
Family Day Campfire
Drop by a cozy campfire and learn about nearby nature through story and song. Bring a mug for a taste of hot chocolate. • Pacific Spirit Regional Park, meet at the park centre on W. 16th Ave., west of Blanca Street • Feb. 12, 12:30-3:30 p.m. • Free, all-ages, drop in, 604-432-6359, metrovancouver.org/events
Mt Seymour Family Day Weekend: Free Lift Tickets
To celebrate B.C. Family Day, children 12 and under and a maximum of two children per paying adult, can enjoy a complimentary lift ticket after 2:30 p.m. Some terms and conditions apply. Check website for full details. • Mt Seymour, North Van • Feb. 10-12, mtseymour.ca
B.C. Family Day Long Weekend at Sea to Sky Gondola
Have some winter fun this Family Day with 50% off lift tickets. A full weekend of family fun has been planned including snowshoeing, snow-tubing, and children’s activities like face-painting and live music by Will Ross on Sunday. • Sea to Sky Gondola, Squamish • Feb. 9-12 seatoskygondola.com
Enjoying the view from the Sea to Sky Gondola bridge.
Eastside Flea Spring Markets
Features more than 50 local vendors, rotating food trucks, seasonal drink specials, artisan showrooms, pinball, door prizes and great tunes. • The Ellis Building, 1024 Main St. • Feb. 10-11, plus every other weekend until May 20, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. • $3 admission, eastsideflea.com
Cannery Farmers’ Market
This unique indoor winter market features local food and artisan merchants inside a historic cannery setting. • Gulf of Georgia Cannery National Historic Site, 12138 Fourth Ave., Richmond • Feb. 11, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. • Free admission, 604-664-9009, gulfofgeorgiacannery.org
Nat Bailey Winter Farmers’ Market
Each week you can look forward to finding locally grown vegetables and fruit, meat, and seafood from local ranchers and fishermen, artisan cheese and bread, herbs and seasonal nursery items, baked goods, prepared foods and artisanal craft. There will also be a selection of food trucks and hot drink vendors on site, along with market musicians. • Parking lot and plaza of Nat Bailey Stadium • Saturdays, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. until April 21 • 604-879-3276, eatlocal.org
Hastings Park Winter Farmers Market
Shop for farm-to-table goodness from more than 30 farms and producers each week, including a great selection of winter produce, meat, fish and eggs, artisanal cheeses, bread, and prepared food, craft alcohol, wild harvested product, handmade craft, and delicious food truck offerings. • PNE Fairgrounds, 2901 E. Hastings St. • Sundays 10 a.m.-2 p.m., until April 29 • Free admission, 604-879-3276, eatlocal.org
Port Moody Winter Farmers Market
Find fresh, locally grown produce, meats, artisan baked breads, treats, prepared foods, food trucks, craft beer, wine and spirits. • 300 Ioco Rd., Port Moody • Sundays, 10 a.m.-2 p.m., until April 20 • makebakegrow.com
MUSIC & CONCERTS:
Canadian rock band from Vancouver, fronted by singer-songwriter Dan Bejar. On tour in support of their 12th studio album, The Wild Ones. With guests Mega Bog. • Commodore Ballroom, 868 Granville St. • Feb. 9, 9 p.m. • $25, ticketmaster.ca, livenation.com
Frontman Dan Bejar of the band Destroyer.
Tribute to Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons (The Jersey Boys)
A Las Vegas-style evening featuring four of the U.S.’s most sought-after singers paying tribute to Broadway’s smash hit Jersey Boys and the timeless music of Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons. • Blue Frog Studios, 1328 Johnston Rd., White Rock • Feb. 9-10, Feb. 14-17 • $47, bluefrogstudios.ca
East Van Mardi Gras
Jazz, horns, funk, costumes, stilts, parades and more all go in the hall pot to create a magical evening of a New Orleans-style Mardi Gras – East Van Style. With the Big Easy Funk Ensemble. • WISE Hall, 1882 Adanac St. • Feb. 9, 8 p.m. • $15/$20, brownpapertickets.com
B3 For Bunny: Pat Bianchi Trio
Grammy-nominated organist and winner of Downbeat Magazine’s 2016 rising star poll, Pat Bianchi has established himself as one of the premier organists on the international scene today. • Frankie’s Jazz Club, 765 Beatty St. • Feb. 9 and 10, 8 p.m. • $20, coastaljazz.ca
VSO: A Romantic Pops Valentine
Love and romance are front and centre as conductor William Rowson and the VSO perform music that will get you in the mood for Valentine’s. Joined by pianist Jon Nakamatsu, soprano Robyn Driedger-Klassen, and tenor Frédérik Robert, the orchestra dials up some of the most sensual and romantic music ever written, including Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue, sizzling selections from Bizet’s Carmen, and beautiful music by Strauss, Puccini and Mascagni. • Orpheum Theatre, 601 Smithe St. • Feb. 9 and 10, 8 p.m. • 604-876-3434, vancouversymphony.ca
Kimbra: The Primal Heart Tour 2018
Pop singer-songwriter from New Zealand tours to support her latest release, Primal Heart. • The Imperial, 319 Main St. • Feb. 9, 9 p.m. • $26.50, ticketweb.ca, Red Cat, Zulu, timbreconcerts.com
Canadian singer-songwriter’s style is classified as jazz and blues, but she often combines several musical genres in her songs including surf music, electric blues, gospel and country. • Shadbolt Centre, 6450 Deerlake Ave., Burnaby • Feb. 9, 8 p.m. • $40, 604-205-3000, tickets.shadboltcentre.com
2007 Maple Blues Award and two-time Juno Award nominee, Ndidi Onukwulu.
PIGS: Canada’s Pink Floyd Tribute
Features selections from the entire Floyd catalog, including a few special surprises from Floyd solo records. In addition to classics from legendary albums like Dark Side Of The Moon, Wish You Were Here, Animals, and The Wall, the band will showcase material that has rarely—if ever—been performed live by Pink Floyd. • Chilliwack Cultural Centre, 9201 Corbould St. • Feb. 9, 7:30 p.m. • $42, 604-391-7469, chilliwackculturalcentre.ca
An Intimate Evening with Shari Ulrich
From Pied Pumkin through The Hometown Band, and on as a solo artist this Juno Award-winning multi-instrumentalist has put out twenty-three albums – including her collaboration with solo artists Bill Henderson and Roy Forbes, Barney Bentall and Tom Taylor, and more recently The High Bar Gang. • Chilliwack Cultural Centre, 9201 Corbould St. • Feb. 10, 7:30 p.m. • $30, $32, $35, 604-391-7469, chilliwackculturalcentre.ca
West Coast musician Shari Ulrich.
Dan Auerbach and the Easy Eye Sound Revue
Eight-time Grammy-winner Dan Auerbach announces the 20-date Easy Eye Sound Revue Tour, featuring Robert Finley and Shannon Shaw, with special guests Shannon & The Clams. • Vogue Theatre, 918 Granville St. • Feb. 10, 9 p.m. • $45, ticketfly.com, livenation.com
Dan Auerbach brings his Easy Eye Sound Revue Tour to the Vogue Theatre.
Sacremento electronic music duo formed by brothers Kevin and Jeff Saurer. • The Imperial, 319 Main St. • Feb. 10, 9 p.m. • $20, livenation.com
American Music Awards-nominees blend old-fashioned country charm, lyrical wit and rock n’ roll grit. With guests Cold Creek County Washboard Union. • Abbotsford Centre, 33800 King Rd. • Feb. 10, 7:30 p.m. • $39.50, $59.50, $69.50, ticketmaster.ca
Country music band Old Dominion.
The Boots & Babes Ball
New Country 93.7 JR-FM presents the 5th Annual Boots & Babes Ball, featuring James Barker Band and Meghan Patrick, with special guest JoJo Mason. • Commodore Ballroom, 868 Granville St. • Feb. 10, 8:30 p.m. • $25/$30, ticketmaster.ca, livenation.com
An eclectic mixture of musical genres and styles from classical to jazz, exemplifying the capabilities of the modern trumpet, featuring Master trumpeter Jens Lindemann. • Kay Meek Centre, 1700 Mathers Ave., West Van • Feb. 11, 3 p.m. • $29-$45, 604-981-6335, kaymeek.com
The Vancouver Inter-Cultural Orchestra is pleased to join Sound of Dragon Society in co-presenting this unique chamber concert, featuring cellist Bo Peng and his octet Cellissimo, Lan Tung (erhu), and the talented young string players of the Richmond Delta Youth Orchestra, conducted by Jonathan Der. • Orpheum Annex, 823 Seymour Street • Feb. 11, 3:30 p.m. • $15, $19.99, $30, brownpapertickets.com, vi-co.org
Canadian folk pop singer-songwriter brings her Western Canadian Tour to Venue, with Mick Flannery. • Venue Nightclub, 918 Granville St. • Feb. 11, doors 7 p.m. • $17, venuelive.ca, Red Cat, Zulu, Neptoon
Jenn Grant is a Canadian folk pop singer-songwriter.
STAGE – COMEDY & CABARET PERFORMANCES:
Snowed In Comedy Tour 10-Year Anniversary
This comedy show celebrates its 10-year anniversary with Scott Thompson, Pete Zedlacher, Paul Myrehaug and Dan Quinn. • Rickshaw Theatre, 254 E. Hastings St. • Feb. 10, doors 8:30 p.m. • $35, rickshawtheatre.com
The Comic Strippers
A fictitious male stripper troupe played by a cast of some of Canada’s best improvisational comedians performs a sexylarious improv comedy show. These guys try to be sexy… it just comes out funny. Semi undressed and completely unscripted, The Comic Strippers take off their shirts and take on your suggestions to create a whole new genre of comedy. • Feb. 9, Bell Performing Arts Centre, Surrey, bellperformingartscentre.com • thecomicstrippers.com
Vancouver TheatreSports League puts the ha-ha in Ha-ha-happy Valentine’s. Let VTSL’s improvisers tickle your funny bone with three special shows: Love Matches – classic TheatreSports matches given a romantic twist; Love Unscripted – celebrates all the inane clichés and funny, awkward moments you’d expect to see in any romantic comedy as suggested by the audience; Red Hot Improv – takes its cue from today’s hook-up culture. Romance Week climaxes with My Funny Valentine, a special Valentine’s Day event on Feb. 14, hosted by none other than Cupid himself along with the Goddess of Love, Aphrodite (aka Venus). • Improv Centre, 1502 Duranleau St., Granville Island • Until Feb. 14 • From $11.75, vtsl.com
Get in the mood this Valentine’s with a variety of improv shows at Vancouver TheatreSports League’s Romance Week.
STAGE – DANCE PRODUCTIONS:
A Russian Grand Duchess, born to privilege, is cast out into a post-revolutionary world…What will become of her? Canada’s Ballet Jörgen brings back the magical tale of the Russian Grand Duchess Anastasia for the 100th anniversary of the story. • Feb. 9-10: Kay Meek Centre, West Van, $29-$45, kaymeek.com
Go back in time to the beginning of a modern myth with Anastasia.
STAGE – PLAYS & THEATRE PRODUCTIONS:
This Tony Award-nominated coming-of-age musical is based on the graphic novel memoir by Alison Bechde. The show features a protagonist, Alison, at three different stages in life—as a child, a college student and an adult—revealing memories of her uniquely dysfunctional family along the way. Alison’s father, Bruce, was many things: a historical preservationist, a funeral home director, a distant parent, and a closeted gay man. In the struggle to understand her father while also dealing with her own coming out, Alison documents the story of her life in coloured panels. An Arts Club Theatre Company production. • Granville Island Stage • Feb. 8-March 10, from $29, 604-687-1644, artsclub.com
The Arts Club Theatre Company presents the Tony Award-nominated coming-of-age musical Fun Home.
Merrily We Roll Along
This traditional showbiz musical is turned on its head in this thrilling and compelling Broadway fable about friendship, compromise, and the high price of success. Merrily We Roll Along begins in the present and moves backwards, tracing the lives of wealthy, jaded composer Franklin Shepard and his two friends through each milestone of their personal and professional lives. Presented by the United Players. • Jericho Arts Centre, 1675 Discovery St. • Until Feb. 11, $33-$38, 604-224-8007, unitedplayers.com
The Arts Club Theatre Company presents David French’s raucous comedy that celebrates the ups and downs of life in the theatre. Four actors, a director, a playwright, and one grand dream of Broadway-bound success. Anything from a forgotten line to a faulty wig may just make or break their new Canadian play. Can this motley crew set aside their egos and anxieties in order to make it to the big time? • Stanley Industrial Alliance Stage, 2750 Granville St. • Until Feb. 25, from $29, 604-687-1644, artsclub.com
Sleeping Beauty Dreams
Mexico’s famed Marionetas de la Esquina present Amaranta Leyva’s whimsical and enchanting puppet show. A princess with overprotective parents and a lonely boy whose single mother works all the time are at the heart of this international collaboration. As they embark on a journey of self-discovery, both the princess and boy learn about the power of positive risk-taking. • Feb. 9: Evergreen Cultural Centre, 1205 Pinetree Way, Coquitlam, pay-what-you-can, evergreenculturalcentre.ca or 604-927-6555 | Feb. 10, 2 p.m.: Surrey Arts Centre, 13750 88th Ave., $15 at 604-501-5566, surrey.ca
Sleeping Beauty Dreams by Mexico’s Marionetas de la Esquina.
The Langley Players’ winter play is a comedy that will whisk audiences away to the warmth of a fishing lodge in rural Georgia where they will find an array of entertaining characters. When one of the characters pretends to be a ‘foreigner’ who doesn’t speak any English, the possibilities for comedy are endless. • Langley Playhouse, 4307 200th St. • Until Feb. 24, $15, 604-534-7469, langleyplayers.com
The Garage Sale
Surrey Little Theatre presents this comedy by award-winning B.C. playwright, David King. Phil, a middle-aged father, is frustrated with the direction his life has taken. But…he has a plan – sell everything and move his wife and two teenagers to the desert. Unfortunately he has neglected to mention this to his family. Through their discovery of the true reason for the garage sale and the wonderfully strange collection of characters that attend, we get a delightful day-in-the-life comedy and some surprising resolutions. • Surrey Little Theatre, 7027 184th St • Until Feb. 24, $15/$17, 604-576-8451, surreylittletheatre.com
Mama Nadi’s bar both protects and profits off the bodies of the women who have become casualties of a long and brutal civil war in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. She ensures survival by catering to both sides of the conflict, but how long can she keep the war outside her walls? • Pacific Theatre, 1440 W. 12th Ave. • Until Feb. 17, $20-$36.50, 604-731-5518, pacifictheatre.org
Wine and secrets are spilled in this laugh-out-loud production. Two nuns at the Sisters of Perpetual Sewing Convent have been secretly making wine to keep their convent open. Everything starts to go wrong when two snooping reporters, Paul and Sally, show up and go undercover in the convent as a nun and priest. Presented by the Vagabond Players. • The Bernie Legge Theatre, Queen’s Park, New West • Until Feb. 25, $12-$17, vagabondplayers.ca
The Skin of our Teeth
Thornton Wilder’s Pulitzer Prize-winning comedy is as pertinent today as when it was written during the Second World War, celebrating humanity’s resilience in the face of climate change, floods, fire, plague and war. The cast of colourful characters includes the Antrobus family, their maid Sabina, a pet dinosaur and a woolly mammoth. Combining tragedy with comedy, wit, intelligence and imagination, the play has been described as ‘a marriage of Plato and Groucho Marx.’ Presented by Studio 58. • Studio 58, Langara College, 100 W. 49th Ave. • Until Feb. 18, $20, $21, $25, ticketstonight.ca, 604-684-2787, studio58.ca
Studio 58 presents Thornton Wilderâs Pulitzer Prize-winning comedy, The Skin of Our Teeth.
Align Entertainment presents this hilarious, romantic hit musical based on the 2001 hit film. The show follows the bombastic adventures of blonde beauty Elle Woods. This Bel Air princess with a passion for everything pretty and pink enjoys a would-be perfect life until boyfriend Warner breaks up with her in favor of more serious pursuits at law school. Proving she too can have serious ambitions, the lovelorn Woods ditches her Delta-Nu dames and calls on her good looks and wits to follow her sweetheart to Harvard University. Casting away stereotypes, her cunningness in the courtroom earns her a new love and hot career as she outsmarts a criminal and makes off with the trial. • Michael J. Fox Theatre, 7373 Macpherson Ave., Burnaby • Until Feb. 17, $27-$39. 778-888-8444, alignentertainment.ca
Align Entertainment presents the romantic and hilarious Broadway hit, Legally Blonde.
When Greg stumbles on a homeless mutt in the park, it’s love at first sight, but when he brings her home, it shakes up his life, his job and his marriage. Sylvia is A.R. Gurney’s endearing comedy about empty nests, mid-life crises, and attachments, both human and canine. Presented by the North Vancouver Community Players. • Theatre at Hendry Hall, 815 E. 11th St., North Van • Until Feb. 17, $18/$16, 604-983-2633, northvanplayers.ca
A Midsummer Night’s Dream
Star-crossed lovers, graceful fairies courtly royals and country bumpkins come together for a night of fantasy and romantic comedy in one of the Bard’s most beloved works. A Midsummer Night’s Dream captivates with its lively juxtaposition of lofty and lowly, earthly and fantastical. The play opens with the mythic couple Theseus and Hippolyta, planning their wedding festival. As the festivities start, the entanglements of a quartet of sparring lovers and medley crew of amateur actors unfold against the backdrop of an enchanted forest, full of mischievous fairies. An Exit 22 Company Production. • BlueShore Financial Centre for the Performing Arts, Capilano University • Until Feb. 10 • $10-$22, capilanou.ca/blueshorefinancialcentre
The Old Trout Puppet Workshop’s brand new puppet extravaganza. Using Lewis Carroll’s Jabberwocky as the impetus to examine the things that keep us all awake at night, the Trouts dive deep into the abyss of our own frailty. • York Theatre, 639 Commercial Dr. • Until Feb. 17, from $22, 604-251-1363, thecultch.com
Motown the Musical
Featuring more than 40 classic hits such as My Girl and Ain’t No Mountain High Enough, Broadway Across Canada’s production tells the story behind the hits as Diana, Smokey, Berry and the whole Motown family fight against the odds to create the soundtrack of change in America. • Queen Elizabeth Theatre, 630 Hamilton St. • Until Feb. 11, from $30.50, ticketmaster.ca
Broadway Across Canada brings Motown the Musical to the Queen Elizabeth Theatre’s stage.
Don’t Dress For Dinner
A sex farce sequel to Boeing Boeing. Bernard and Robert are back! Now married, Bernard has not given up his swinging lifestyle. Hoping to spend a romantic weekend with his mistress, he tries to send his wife, Jacqueline, to her sick mother’s, under the pretense that he’s going to have a boy’s weekend with his pal, Robert. But when Jacqueline finds out Robert, who happens to be her lover, is coming, she finds a way to stay, throwing off her husband’s perfect plans. • Coast Capital Playhouse, 1532 Johnston Rd., White Rock • Until Feb. 24, $10-$22, 604-536-7535, whiterockplayers.ca
My Funny Valentine
Zee Zee Theatre commemorates their 10th anniversary with a remount of this critically-acclaimed, award-winning play. The show was created in response to the tragic 2008 murder of Lawrence King, a 15-year-old shot by his male classmate after asking him to be his valentine. Vancouver actor Conor Wylie’s powerful one-man tour-de-force explores a community in mourning through a series of profoundly moving monologues. • Scotiabank Dance Centre, 677 Davie St. • Until Feb. 18, $27-$32, theatrewire.com, zeezeetheatre.ca