BC Adventures – Our To Do Picks for March 23-29

This week in BC: Visit BC's first Crate & Barrel for home design inspiration, enjoy 40 of the province's brightest composers at Sonic Boom 2013, turn out your lights to save the Earth, and more

Sonic Boom 2013
 — March 20-24

Does B.C. boast a budding Beethoven, Mozart or Chopin? Find out at Sonic Boom 2013, when 40 of our province’s best composers hit a high note with nightly concerts from March 20 to 24 at various Vancouver venues. This 26th annual festival gives fans of new music an earful with dozens of back-to-back performances by the likes of Adrian Verdejo, Paul Steenhuisen, and the Turning Point Ensemble.

Crate & Barrel Grand Opening — March 21-24

Four days of festivities, from March 21 to 24, mark the grand opening of B.C.’s first Crate & Barrel store, located at Vancouver’s Oakridge Centre. Featuring the U.S. retailer’s carefully curated collection of stylish and unique housewares and furniture, the new 27,000-square-foot location offers a shopping experience that is as unique as the brand itself. Enjoy a 15 per cent discount during opening weekend, and, even better: if you’re among the first 25 guests through the door each day, you’ll also receive a $50 gift card!

Fraser Valley Bead & Jewelry Show — March 22-24

What’s the next best thing to bling when your budget has bottomed out? That’s easy: beads. And you’ll have plenty to choose from at the Fraser Valley Bead & Jewelry Show, taking place from March 22 to 24 at Coquitlam’s Executive Plaza Hotel. Featuring nearly 50 vendors and more than 20 jewellery-making workshops, it’s considered Western Canada’s biggest beading bonanza. Tickets are $7 per person, with free admission for kids under 12.

Crimson Coast and Flamenco Rosario — March 23

During last week’s spring break, young dance enthusiasts from all over Vancouver Island were busy busting moves at Crimson Coast’s Body Talk Project, a seven-day workshop where students learned the basics of capoeira, flamenco and fusion dance styles. Was one week of intensive instruction enough to turn the teens into twinkle-toes worth watching? See for yourself when they stage a public performance along with Flamenco Rosario on March 23 at Nanaimo’s Port Theatre, starting at 7:30p.m.

Motown Meltdown — March 23

Once upon a time, AIDS sufferers were ostracized. Times sure have changed, and for proof, look no further than Motown Meltdown, a ballroom blitz that helps support direct-service AIDS agencies. Held March 23 at Vancouver’s Commodore Ballroom, this fundraising fête for the Shooting Stars Foundation features a benefit concert with 25 local luminaries like Jane Mortifee, David Sinclair, Linda Kidder and Jim Byrnes. Tickets for the 8p.m. show are available online or by calling 1-855-985-5000.

Earth Hour — March 23

Light-bulb moments are so overrated. There’s no brighter idea this week than going dark for Earth Hour. On March 23, just switch off your lights from 8:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m., and you’ll be among the billion-plus people taking part in an international effort toward combating climate change. What to do in the dark? Go online for family-friendly tips, or maybe swing by Vancouver’s Fairmont Pacific Rim to enjoy a special Earth Hour menu called “Green with Envy” in the Lobby Lounge.

Vancouver International Auto Show — March 26-31

When it comes to cars, the choices are practically endless. Four-wheel drive or fuel efficient? Convertible or crossover? Check out all the options at the Vancouver International Auto Show, motoring into the Vancouver Convention Centre from March 26 to 31. Be among the first to browse the latest models from the world’s top manufacturers, along with a moto-marketplace, SuperCars exhibit and collector vehicles showcase, for $15 at the gate.

Glowbal Collection Tour — Until March 28

The Glowbal Collection of restaurants — Coast, Italian Kitchen, Trattoria, Society, glowbal grill, Black+Blue and the Fish Shack — is offering diners an appetizing deal on meals. Here’s how it works: Swing by any one of the eateries for brunch, lunch or dinner and you’ll be issued a Glowbal Passport that entitles you to a 10 per cent discount at any of the remaining restaurants, until March 28. Plus, if you travel to all seven eateries, you’ll receive a $100 gift certificate for your next visit.

Willow Stream Spa Deals — Until March 31

Now that winter’s a wrap, why not put a “spring” in your step with a Body Quench Hydrating Wrap at Willow Stream Spa in Vancouver’s Fairmont Pacific Rim Hotel? This luxurious treatment bids buh-bye to rough winter skin, and also includes a hair-conditioning scalp massage and a full-body application of nourishing avocado oil, for $129 per person (regular $149). Plus, you can prolong the pleasure by saving 20 per cent on all Willow Stream reviving products ’til March 31.

2 Pianos 4 Hands — Until April 14

“An unforgettable duet in the key of laughter.” That’s the tagline for 2 Pianos 4 Hands, a true tale that has become one of Canada’s most successful stage shows. After being cheered by two million people worldwide, Vancouverites can see what all the fuss is about when Ted Dykstra and Richard Greenblatt propel you through comically poignant vignettes of their childhood piano lessons while sharing the triumphs and tortures of being “extraordinarily good failed musicians.” See it at the Stanley Theatre until April 14, with tickets available online.

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