This week: shop for baked goods, check out world-class dance, watch a classic flick at a brew hall + more
1. Comedypants – Saturday, March 2
Facebook/ComedypantsCatch up-and-coming comedians at this monthly stand-up showcase, featuring Matty Vu, Emily Bilton, Maddy Kelly, Katie-Ellen Humphries, Dan Duvall and Evan Mumford. The evening will be hosted by Alistair Ogden.
Avant Garden, 729 Gore Avenue; 8 p.m. doors, 8:30 p.m. show; Tickets $10 in advance or at the door
2. Flourist pop-up shop at Di Beppe – Saturday, March 2
Facebook/FlouristIn anticipation of the launch of their new flour mill and bakery this spring, the newly rebranded Flourist (formerly GRAIN) returns to Di Beppe for a special pop-up shop. Pick up freshly baked sourdough breads, baked goods, savoury galettes, chocolatey brownies and a full selection of dry goods, including lentils, chickpeas, orzo and Flourist’s best-selling flours.
Di Beppe, 8 West Cordova Street; place your pre-order from 12 to 4 p.m.
3. Vintner’s Brunch – Sunday, March 3
Facebook/Vancouver Wine FestA highlight of the Vancouver International Wine Festival, the annual Vintner’s Brunch brings together four of Vancouver’s top restaurants and caterers to pair elegant tasting plates with wines from around the world. This year’s participating restaurants include Origo Club, Royal Dinette, Bauhaus and many more.
More information and tickets available on the Vancouver Wine Fest website
4. Sunday Night Movie at Bells and Whistles – Sunday, March 3
Facebook/Bells and WhistlesFraserhood beer hall Bells and Whistles kicks off its Sunday Night Movie series with a screening of the 1991 classic surf-heist film Point Break. This is the first official instalment of the weekly movie night, which will continue every Sunday with a different crowd-pleasing flick, including Superbad (March 10), Space Jam (March 17) and Tropic Thunder (March 24).
3296 Fraser Street; Films at 9 p.m., Happy hour from 10 p.m.
5. Vancouver International Dance Festival – Monday, March 4 to Saturday, March 30
Facebook/Vancouver International Dance FestivalPerformances, workshops and seminars will showcase world-class dance at the Vancouver International Dance Festival. Shows include Canadian premieres from Japan’s sensational Dairakudakan, as well as Taiwan’s Tjimur Dance Theatre, appearing in Vancouver for the very first time; three world premieres from Vancouver’s own Vision Impure (Olivia C. Davies, and Lesley Telford); and three West Coast premieres from East Coast artists Daina Ashbee (Montreal), Manuel Roque (Montreal) and 10 Gates Dancing (Ottawa).
Go online for tickets or call 604-662-4966
6. Urban Grind – Tuesdays, March 5, 12, 19, and 26
Facebook/The Vancouver LookoutEvery Tuesday evening in March, all you urban adventurers can scale the 633 steps of the Harbour Centre Lookout as many times as you want. Admission includes a beer at the top as a reward and DJ entertainment.
Harbour Centre lobby; 555 West Hastings Street; 4:30 to 6:30 p.m., $5 cost, cash only
7. Monster Jam – Friday, March 8 to Sunday, March 10
Facebook/Monster JamMotorsports fans can see the return of Cam McQueen and Northern Nightmare at the PNE’s Monster Jam. Add on a Pit Pass to get a glimpse of the trucks up close, meet the drivers, and get their autographs.
PNE, 2901 East Hastings Street; Tickets $18 to 70
8. Celtic Festival – Now until Wednesday, March 20
Facebook/Celtic Fest VancouverCelebrate Celtic culture at Vancouver's Celtic Festival with plays and musical performances that showcase traditional instruments and historical events. The festival culminates with a family-friendly St Patrick’s Day celebration at St. James Hall in Vancouver.
Various times and venues
9. Cuba Vida – Friday, March 8
Facebook/Dance CubaTake a colourful tour of Cuba’s dances and music—from bulerías, seguidilla, chachachá, mambo and rumba to conga and bolero—at this dynamic and soulful show.
Massey Theatre, 735 8th Ave, New Westminster, 7:30 p.m., $50 to $60
10. Growing Room literary festival – March 8-17
Facebook/Room MagazineFeaturing over 100 feminist authors, this literary festival is run by Room magazine and includes workshops, readings and panel events, covering relevant issues in an inclusive way.
See website for full lineup