BC Adventures – Our To Do Picks for March 16-22

This week in BC: Get up close and personal with Iron Mike Tyson, witness several thousand whales in migration, see a classic Dr. Seuss tale come to life on stage, and more

Winter Farmers’ Market at Nat Bailey Stadium — Every Saturday

Winter doesn’t have to mean going without, especially when it comes to tasty fresh fruit and vegetables. So until produce aisles proliferate with summer’s bounty, fussy foodies can check out the Winter Farmers’ Market at Nat Bailey Stadium (30th and Ontario St, Vancouver). Held every Saturday until April 27, it’s the place to stock up on fresh-picked fare and an array of locally made nibbles, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Admission is free.

TEDxStanleyPark Conference — March 16

Transformational ideas don’t come from rehashing age-old questions: they come from inventing new ones. And at the first-ever TEDxStanleyPark conference, inquiring minds will encounter a diverse lineup of thoughtful speakers eager to inspire you with one common theme: “Think the Unthinkable.” Held on March 16 at the Sauder School of Business Theatre (UBC Robson Square, Vancouver), it’s a chance to broaden your intellectual horizons with “ideas worth spreading.”

Mike Tyson: Undisputed Truth — March 16

A boxing Hall of Famer with a passion for pigeons, Mike Tyson is both a gentle giant and a fearsome fighter. Now he’s set to tell all during his acclaimed one-man show Mike Tyson: Undisputed Truth, stopping at Richmond’s River Rock Casino Resort on March 16. Get ready for an earful because the heavyweight champ reveals the truth behind the headlines in what critics have called “a must-see theatrical knockout!” Tickets for the 8 p.m. show start at $89.50, but for $129.50 you’ll also get to meet-and-greet the big guy himself.

Satisfaction: The International Rolling Stones Show 
— March 16

If imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, Sir Mick owes a thank-you note to the guys behind Satisfaction — The International Rolling Stones Show, considered the top Rolling Stones tribute band in the world. And on the anniversary of the iconic rockers’ 50th anniversary, Satisfaction is set to roll out a five-decade repertoire of hits on March 16 at Boulevard Casino’s Red Robinson Show Theatre in Coquitlam.Tickets for the 8 p.m. show start from $29.50 through ticketmaster.ca.

Pacific Rim Whale Festival — March 16-24

Think you have a long commute? Pity the poor grey whale, braving a 16,000-kilometre round-trip journey from the Baja Peninsula to the Bering Sea each spring. The 25th annual Pacific Rim Whale Festival, running from March 16 to 24, offers great ogling opportunities as some 20,000 of the magnificent mammals skim Vancouver Island in a mammoth migration. Check out more than 75 activities and attractions, many of them free, taking place in and around Tofino, Ucluelet and the Pacific Rim National Park Reserve.

Credit: VFW

Vancouver Fashion Week — March 19-24

What will fashionistas be wearing this winter? Find out at Vancouver Fashion Week, where you can get a sneak peek at top trends from over 60 up-and-coming designers from March 19 to 24 at the Chinese Cultural Centre (50 E. Pender St). And with the designers hailing from 12 different countries, you can rule out any chance of cookie-cutter couture. The fun ranges from fashion shows to gala parties, with a range of ticketing options available.

Penn & Teller’s North American Tour — March 22

Rooting for Penn Jillette to win the latest season of Celebrity Apprentice? You’ll have the chance to tell him yourself when Penn & Teller make a one-night stop at River Rock Casino Resort in Richmond on March 22. Even though the famed illusionists are in the midst of a 100-show North American tour, they always make time after the performance for a meet-and-greet and autograph-signing with fans. Find tickets for the 8 p.m. show, starting at $90, through ticketmaster.ca.

Fraser Valley Yard, Garden & Renovation Show — March 22-24

Is the grass really greener on the other side? If so, you can learn to grow a Grade-A garden that’ll make your neighbours green with envy. Just head to the 11th annual Yard, Garden and Renovation Show from March 22 to 24 at Chilliwack Heritage Park, where you’ll find everything you need to spruce up your space, along with expert advice, demos, a family fun zone and even a barbecue cook-off. General admission is $7 at the door or $6 online.

The Cat in the Hat — March 31

As a way to combat childhood illiteracy, Ted Geisel (a.k.a. Dr. Seuss) accepted a friend’s challenge to “write a story that first-graders can’t put down.” The result was 1957’s The Cat in the Hat, recently rated “one of the top 100 picture books of all time.” You’ve almost certainly read the book, so why not see it on stage when the children’s classic comes to Waterfront Theatre (1412 Cartwright St, Vancouver) until March 31. Tickets to the show, recommended for kids ages 3 and up, are available online or at 604-685-6217.

Credit: Pidgin

Fusion Fare at Pidgin Restaurant

These days Pidgin (350 Carrall St) has been getting press for all the wrong reasons. Located in Vancouver’s notorious Downtown Eastside, the upscale eatery has drawn protestors decrying the gentrification of the district, known colloquially as Skid Row. That’s a shame because the fusion fare has been gobbled up by critics, thanks to a menu full of “simple staples skewed and polished with Asian elegance.” Check it out nightly for dinner, drinks or late-night sharing plates, with full details online or at 604-620-9400.

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