Stop the Presses
Catch top films about the journalism biz – from an award-winning documentary about the New York Times to the Robert Redford/Dustin Hoffman classic All The President’s Men – at Stop the Presses, featuring celebrity guest hosts and a Saturday panel discussion with top journos from The Globe, the Province, the Tyee and more. The season is sponsored by The Globe and Mail (at Vancity until Feb. 2, viff.org).
They were English women of a certain age who showed the world far more than their pansies and periwinkles to raise money for cancer in 2000 – and you can catch the stage version of their remarkable story at Calendar Girls (at the Stanley until Feb. 26, artsclub.com).
Catch another weekend of inventive performing arts at the PuSh International Performing Arts Festival – this weekend featuring Boca del Lupo’s theatrical guided tours of the Vancouver Art Gallery, the eclectic Trampoline Hall lecture series curated by author Lee Henderson, the Turning Point Ensemble’s premiere of a new large-scale work by Rodney Sharman and more (through Feb. 4, pushfestival.ca).
Watch a hard-boiled, trench coat-clad private eye try to solve the mystery of the missing dame in Scott Wentworth’s witty musical sendup of Bogie-style film noir – complete with piano playing lounge singer Buddy Toupee, who comments on the action in song (until Feb. 4, vancouverplayhouse.com).
Phineas & Ferb
Looking for kid-friendly fun? Catch Disney’s Phineas & Ferb, The Best Live Tour EVER! – a live version of the popular animated kids’ show about two inventive brothers (at the Pacific Coliseum, ticketmaster.ca). And don’t miss the Backyardigans in Abbotsford (Sunday, ticketmaster.ca), or beloved children’s entertainer Al Simmons and his Something’s Fishy at Camp Wiganishie with the VSO at the Orpheum Sunday (vancouversymphony.ca).
Vive les Voyageurs
Celebrate our province’s French-Canadian roots at Vive les Voyageurs in Fort Langley, where you can watch an ice sculptor in action, dance along to traditional French music, eat poutine and sugar pie, impress your chérie by picking up a few mots français, and get your photo taken with a 20-foot inflatable beaver – seriously (Saturday and Sunday, pc.gc.ca/fortlangley).
Head for Mount Washington and find out what it’s like to run on snow at The Yeti Snowshoe Race – all ages and skill levels welcome (Saturday, theyeti.ca). Or bundle up the whole gang and make your way up to Mount Seymour’s Family Snow Day, where you can go tubing and tobogganing, check out snowshoe demos, make crafts in a yurt, and roast s’mores over an open fire (Sunday, mountseymour.com).
Catch classical rising stars the ATOS Trio, who have landed prestigious international awards, appeared in major venues around the globe – including Carnegie Hall – and became BBC Radio 3 “New Generation Artists”, as they perform works by Mozart, Beethoven and Shostakovich (at the Playhouse Sunday, ticketstonight.ca).
Waldorf Rock Lottery
Witness a mash-up of 20 favourite Vancouver indie musicians – among them the Cruz brothers, Chris-a-riffic, violinist Annie Lou and more – as they form five new bands at the Waldorf’s Rock Lottery, which is raising funds for a Ladies Rock Camp at an area prison (Sunday, brownpapertickets.com). For another offbeat show, don’t miss dark electronic dance duo Myths as they present their pop opera The Golden Dawn at Woodward’s (Saturday, sfuwoodwards.ca).
Ear drums still wanting more? Catch Alabama Shakes, a fast-rising band that has been written up in Spin and Rolling Stone, is about to perform on Conan, and released a single on Jack White’s label – and hasn’t even released a full-length album yet (at the Media Club Sunday, northerntickets.com). For more musical fusions, don’t miss Beats Antique, a California band that blends African music, hip-hop, jazz and Middle Eastern styles with electronic beats (at the Commodore Sunday, ticketmaster.ca), or favourite Vancouver garage rock duo the Pack A.D., who are returning to home shores with a new album (at the Rickshaw Saturday, liveatrickshaw.com).