Historical dramas, herbal remedies, catering for the masses + more
1. Comedy Bonanza Weekend – Friday, March 29 and Saturday, March 30
Facebook/Little ImprovGet ready for a weekend of hot comedy—from stand-up to sketch to improv—all to support the Little Mountain Gallery's bid to secure air con for the little space. Shows include special editions of Bloodfeud (stand-up versus improv), Rapp Battlez and Panel of 1000 Topics, when comedians attempt to riff on 1000 topics.
Little Mountain Gallery, 195 East 26th Avenue, Vancouver; Various times; Tickets $12 to 50
2. Sticky: A Post-It Note Art Show – Saturday, March 30
Facebook/Post It CanadaCheck out little original art made on three-by-three Post-It notes! Hundreds of local—and a few (surprise) international—artists contributed six to 10 pieces each, with each Post-It priced at $20. Bring cash and expect a line-up.
Arts Factory Society, 281 Industrial Avenue, Vancouver; 6 p.m. to 10 p.m.: Free; Details online
3. Riverdale Burlesque – Saturday, March 30
Facebook/April O'PeelWhile navigating the troubled waters of romance, school and family, Archie and the gang become entangled with a masked figure who is trying to ruin prom. Who is the masked figure? Will prom be saved? Find out at the Rio’s dark and sexy Riverdale burlesque event, featuring April O'Peel and others.
The Rio Theatre, 1661 East Broadway, Vancouver; Doors 8 p.m., with show at 9 p.m.; Tickets $25
4. VAL Lab Closing Party – Saturday, March 30
Facebook/Vancouver Art and LeisureSay goodbye to Vancouver Art and Leisure’s lab with a warehouse event full of non-stop partying, with music, performers and drag artists putting on a show until the early hours.
The Lab, 101 West 6th Avenue, Vancouver; 9 p.m. to 5 a.m.; Tickets $25
5. West End Walking Tour – Saturday, March 30
Facebook/West End BIAShare stories and discover the West End on a one-hour walking tour to help you reconnect with the neighbourhood. Held in partnership with Gordon Neighbourhood House, CityStudio and the Langara College Applied Planning Program, the free tour highlights significant landmarks that have shaped the community and discusses the impacts of new developments in the area.
Start at Jim Deva Plaza, 1200 Bute Street, Vancouver; 11 a.m. to Noon; Free; Details online
6. 24-Hour Movie Marathon – Saturday, March 30 and Sunday, March 31
Facebook/The CinemathequeDo you love movies? Do you really love movies? The Cinematheque is once again hosting an epic 24-hour movie marathon of forgotten gems, arthouse hits and curios from around the world. Prizes, complimentary craft beers and tasty treats help survivors get through the marathon.
The Cinematheque, 1131 Howe Street, Vancouver; Begins at 10 a.m.; 19 and up; Tickets $60
7. The Tashme Project: The Living Archives – Tuesday, April 2 to Saturday, April 13
Firehall Arts CentreTracing the history and common experience of the Nisei (second generation Japanese Canadians) through childhood, WWII-era internment in Canada, and post-war resettlement east of the Rockies, this play is created and performed by Julie Tamiko Manning and Matt Miwa, with direction by Mike Payette. Created from 20 interwoven interviews with Nisei from across Canada, the actors portray the voices of both men and women interviewees as they seek a deep emotional and spiritual connection with the stories of their elders.
Firehall Arts Centre, 280 East Cordova Street, Vancouver; Various times; Tickets $30
8. Catering Masterclass: The Art of Catering Your Own Event – Tuesday, April 2 and Wednesday, April 3
Gourmet WarehouseParty planners of all skill levels can learn from one of Vancouver's best chefs—and author of seven cookbooks—Caren McSherry, when Gourmet Warehouse’s founder hosts an intensive two-night workshop that will cover the essential party-planning skills needed to organize and execute an event for 20 people or more.
Gourmet Warehouse, 1340 East Hastings Street, Vancouver; 6 p.m. to 9 p.m; Tickets $249
9. Herbal Medicine 101 – Tuesday, April 2
Facebook/VanDusen Botanical GardenLearn all about herbal medicines with medical herbalist Katolen Yardley during an informative talk on incorporating remedies into your life. Discover the basics of using herbs for your health with home remedies, herbal medicines, topical applications and preparations. Leave class with common terminology, tools to identify local medicinal plants and natural applications for common first aid and general health issues.
VanDusen Botanical Garden, 5251 Oak Street, Vancouver; 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.; Tickets $35; Details online
10. Glory – Thursday, April 4 to Saturday, April 13
Gateway TheatreBased on the incredible true story of the Preston Rivulettes women’s hockey team, Glory follows four friends living in the 1930s, who set out to prove to Canada that hockey isn’t just a sport for men. As they fight through the Great Depression, prejudice and personal upheaval, can they overcome the odds and forge their own path to glory?
Gateway Theatre, 6500 Gilbert Road, Richmond; Various times; Tickets from $29