Davis Cup: Canada takes a swing at France
Watch some of the world’s finest tennis players in action, including Gäel Monfils, Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, Milos Raonic, Daniel Nestor and Vasek Pospisil as Canada takes on France at the Davis Cup’s World Group First Round – the first time the two countries have gone toe-to-toe in the tournament since 1966 (at UBC through Sunday, ticketmaster.ca).
Vancouver International Boat Show
Learn how to ply the briny in style at the 50th anniversary Vancouver International Boat Show, where you’ll find vessels from luxurious yachts to tiny dinghies, as well as a nautically inclined guests including Russell Newberry from Deadliest Catch, teen round-the-world solo sailors Zac and Abby Sunderland, and Duma, the wakeboarding dog (at BC Place and Granville Island, vancouverboatshow.ca). Prefer life on terra firma? Hit the Fraser Valley Spring Home Show in Abbotsford (at Tradex, fvtradex.com).
Leave an indelible mark on your grey matter at Entity, a neuroscience-inspired dance piece created by red-hot London choreographer Wayne McGregor and set to a score by Coldplay and Massive Attack collaborator Jon Hopkins. According to the Sunday Times, “it's like being licked by a panther's juicy, rasping tongue while you’re revising maths” (at the Playhouse Saturday, ticketmaster.ca).
For more eye-popping dance, don’t miss New Animal, a work by renowned Vancouver choreographer Dana Gingras that has favourite local dance company 605 Collective exploring their unbridled animal nature (Saturday, thecultch.com). For a beast of an entirely different sort, catch the Broadway musical Beauty and the Beast, at the Queen E through Sunday (vancouver.broadway.com)
Speaking of exploring animal nature, learn all about evolution through tours, talks, and activities at the Beaty Biodiversity Museum’s FestEVOLVE, including a talk about the life and times of Charles Darwin, and a lecture that compares virus outbreaks in the movies with the real deal (until March 9, beatymuseum.ubc.ca). Then head for the Vancouver Aquarium, where you can check out their new cetacean-heavy exhibit, Whales of the North (until Feb. 29, vanaqua.org).
Visit one of the art world’s most storied haunts through theatre, dance and the timeless music of Leonard Cohen at Chelsea Hotel, a work about a writer seeking inspiration, and trying to erase a love from memory (at the Firehall until March 3, firehallartscentre.ca). Or head back all the way to 1905 New York where you’ll meet a single 35-year-old African American seamstress who makes exquisite undergarments for brides-to-be – but ends up entwined in a romance that’s all her own in Intimate Apparel (at the Arts Club until March 10, artsclub.com).
The Be Good Tanyas
Watch one of B.C.’s favourite trios make a welcome return as the Be Good Tanyas bring their sweet harmonies to the Vogue Saturday and Alix Goolden Hall in Victoria Sunday (voguetheatre.com, ticketmaster.ca). More indie faves? Soak in the dark synth pop of favourite electronic act Cold Cave (at the Electric Owl Saturday, northerntickets.com).
New Spanish Cinema
Have a fin de semana español as Vancity Theatre presents New Spanish Cinema, a festival of award-winning comedies, documentaries, and dramas – as well as a horror classic – including Academy Award nominee Chico & Rita (until Feb. 16, viff.org).
Tales of the Cocktail
Dive into cocktail culture with tastings, seminars, special events and schmoozes at Tales of the Cocktail on Tour, three days of mixology that includes the Spirited Dinner Series, a series of liquor-infused culinary explorations of everything from La Belle Époque to the botanicals found in gin (Feb. 12-14, talesofthecocktail.com).
Chair Lift Speed Dating
Kindle a new romance and enjoy a few runs while you’re at it as Big White and Silver Star ski resorts present Chair Lift Speed Dating, where they’re matching up like-minded skiers and boarders, then sending them to the summit of love (Feb. 12, bigwhite.com; Feb. 14 skisilverstar.com).
Valentines Day in Stanley Park
Looking for love that’s a little more down-to-earth? Find out about the romantic, bizarre, and sometimes downright shady history of romance in Stanley Park on a special Valentine’s Day-themed guided walk (Sunday, stanleyparkecology.ca), or savour the food of love as the VSO presents Romantic Rachmaninoff and Ravel: A Valentine Celebration, featuring stellar young pianist Joyce Yang (at the Orpheum Saturday and Monday, vancouversymphony.ca).