Celebrate funny women, grab some grub at a popular food truck + more
1. Cherry OnTop & Portia Favro Present Lust 2.0 – Friday, January 18 & Saturday, January 19
Facebook/Portia Favro ProductionsEnjoy an exotic cabaret show, featuring a story of love affairs, passions and desires told by top burlesque performers. Leave your inhibitions at the door for a night of lust-fuelled fun.
Rio Theatre, 1660 East Broadway, Vancouver; 19 and up; Tickets $40 advance, or $45 at the door
2. Dine Out Vancouver – Friday, January 18 to Sunday, February 3
Facebook/Dine Out Vancouver FestivalIt’s time for some foodie fun! More than 250 restaurants will be taking part in this year’s Dine Out Festival, with set menus ranging from $15 to $45.
Various locations and times; Details online
3. VidLaser Show – Saturday, January 19
Facebook/Roundhouse ShowsCheck out the free astronomy show or stay for the musical spectaculars featuring the hits of Pink Floyd, Gorillaz and Radiohead. The Planetarium’s VidLaser shows include a full dome video projection system, multiple RGB lasers, and surround sound for a truly multi-sensory experience.
BCIT Planetarium, 3700 Willingdon Avenue, Burnaby; 7:20 p.m. to 11:30 p.m.; Tickets from $12
4. Lunar Eclipse – Sunday, January 20
Facebook/Space Centre YVRWatch the total lunar eclipse and learn about the moon in a special show in the Planetarium Star Theatre, where you can also see a live feed of the eclipse. If it’s a clear night, you might be able to see the moon through the observatory telescope. The total eclipse occurs between 8:41 p.m. and 9:43 p.m. so there’s time to do both!
H.R. MacMillan Space Centre, 1100 Chestnut Street, Vancouver; Observatory open from 6:30 p.m. to 10:00 p.m., with show from 7:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.; Tickets at the door; Details online
5. Shred for a Cause Locals Edition — Monday, January 21
Facebook/Mt SeymourLadies! Hit the slopes on Monday nights (5 p.m. to 10 p.m.) at Mount Seymour, to shred for a cause and raise funds for a local, community-based charity called The Bloom Group, providing progressive social services in Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside. Drinks and food specials are served from 5 p.m. onwards, with trivia and games at 8 p.m.
Mount Seymour, 1700 Mt Seymour Road, North Vancouver; Men: $35, Women: $15, with $7.50 from every lift ticket going to The Bloom Group; Details online
6. Street Food City VIII – Monday, January 21 to Sunday, January 27
Facebook/Dine Out Vancouver FestivalHave an al fresco winter feast at Dine Out’s eighth annual Street Food City celebration, with food from more than 20 local food trucks, covering cuisine from Indian and Italian to Mexican and even comfort food like mom would make.
Vancouver Art Gallery, North Plaza, 850 West Georgia Street, Vancouver; 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. weekdays and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Fridays and weekends; Details online
7. Vancouver World Chef Exchanges — Tuesday, January 22 to Thursday, January 31
Dine Out VancouverFive internationally renowned chefs will be coming to Vancouver as part of Dine Out this year, with London’s Warren Geraghty collaborating with Felix Zhou at Heritage Asian Eatery on January 22nd, Sydney’s Francesco Mannelli and Edgar Kano at Yew Seafood and Bar on January 23rd, San Diego’s Jason McLeod and Chris Janowski at Coquille on January 24th, Dusseldorf’s Sascha Stemberg, Tim Schulte and David Mueller at Bauhaus on January 30th, and Montreal’s Jeremie Bastien and JC Poirier at St Lawrence on January 31st.
8. Smash Comedy Festival – Thursday, January 24 to Saturday, January 26
Facebook/Nasty Women Comedy VanSmash Comedy Festival is a three-day comedy festival spotlighting Vancouver’s best and brightest women/trans/femme/plus performers. Produced by the feisty gals of Nasty Women Comedy, the inaugural Smash Comedy Festival features funny, feminist-forward comedy in the form of sketch, improv and stand-up shows, as well as writing and improv workshops, comedy karaoke and a '90s dance party, all with the charitable goal of sending underrepresented kids to Improv Camp.
Little Mountain Gallery, 195 East 26th Avenue, Vancouver and the Biltmore Cabaret, 2755 Prince Edward Street, Vancouver; Tickets from $15
9. Science World After Dark – Thursday, January 24
Facebook/Science World CACheck out the exhibits at Science World without the crowds and learn more about nature’s power in the Omnimax film Volcanoes: The Fires of Creation showing at this adults-only evening.
Science World at Telus World of Science, 1455 Quebec Street, Vancouver; From $24, 6:30 p.m. to 10 p.m. with film at 6 p.m.; Details online
10. Boobies and Wieners Six – Friday, January 25 and Saturday, January 26
Facebook/Hot Art Wet CityViewer discretion is advised for Hot Art Wet City’s sixth annual celebration of explicit art, from the crass to the cartoonish with a bit of good taste thrown in. It’s art! Check out the opening reception from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. for a fun and filthy evening out or head there on Saturday for a daylight delight between noon and 4 p.m.
Arts Factory, 281 Industrial Avenue, Vancouver; Free; Details online