BC Adventures – Our To Do Picks for March 9-15

This week in BC: Celebrate St. Patrick's Day Celtic-style, embark on a ferry adventure for spring break, discuss Vancouver's take on the birds and the bees, and more

Vancouver Whitecaps — March 9

To rabid Whitecaps fans, the waning days of winter mean only one thing: the start of soccer season! Catch the Vancouver Whitecaps in their second home game of the season on March 9 against league rivals Columbus Crew. Want to help them continue the season on the right foot? Then come out to holler for our homeboys at BC Place Stadium (777 Pacific Blvd, Vancouver), starting at 4:30 p.m. For tickets, visit the website or call toll-free 1-855-646-2277.

Vancouver Pet Expo — March 9-10

From fins to feathers to fur, the Vancouver Pet Expo caters to all kinds of animals. So whether your pet passions involve reptiles, parrots, chinchillas or just a precious ol’ pooch, you’ll find hundreds of exhibitors showcasing a wide range of animal-friendly products and services, along with free seminars, lectures and even main stage entertainment. Catch it March 9 and 10 at The Forum at the PNE, with tickets available for $9 at the door and $7 for seniors/students.

The Magic Flute 
— March 9-17

Set on the rocky shores and in the ancient rainforests of the Pacific Coast, Vancouver Opera’s production of The Magic Flute blends Mozart’s beguiling music with indigenous mythology. Does this out-there reimagining work? According to the Vancouver Sun, the answer is a resounding “yes,” with a reviewer declaring it “shining,” “original” and “an opulent theatrical experience.” See it from March 9 to 17 in six performances only at Vancouver’s Queen Elizabeth Theatre.

CelticFest Vancouver — March 9-17

Billed as the largest St. Patty’s Day party in Western Canada,CelticFest Vancouverlives up to the hype with a full-scale street parade, marketplace and dozens of family-friendly events unfolding from March 9 to 17 at various downtown venues. The St. Patrick’s Day parade kicks off at 11 a.m. from Howe and Davie streets, but if you can’t wait until then to kick it up Celtic style, check out the weeklong lineup of events, including “A Whisky Kiss” scotch tasting atThe Cellaron March 13.

The True Heroines — March 12

Uh oh, better call the cops — we’ve officially got a “heroine” addiction. But it’s a habit we don’t want to kick ’cause it’s all about The True Heroines, a web-based sci-fi dramedy that explores the lives of three seemingly “normal” 1950s housewives who just happen to have superpowers. The season-one preview combined with a live show is on stage for one night only on March 12 at Vancouver’s Rio Theatre, for a song-and-dance spectacular that’s been described as “Mad Men, Glee and Heroes all rolled into one.”

This is Cancer — March 15-16

Imagine cancer as a person . . . a narcissistic song-and-dance man in a gold lamé suit, no less! This is where Vancouver actor Bruce Horak’s imagination wandered when he faced his own successful battle with the disease — an experience that led him to pen This is Cancer, on stage March 15 and 16 at Surrey Arts Centre. Like Horak, you, too, might laugh in the face of death because this satirical cabaret brings a welcome dose of humour to an all-too-serious subject. Catch it at 8 p.m., followed by a Q&A with Horak and a pioneering cancer-care physician.

Rainier Provisions

Looking for a bottle of squid ink, Guinness mustard or quince paste? You’ll find all these items, plus a whole lot more, at Rainier Provisions (2 W. Cordova, Vancouver), a new 102-seat emporium that’s equal parts diner, deli and marketplace. Stocked with local artisan products and hard-to-find international items, this Gastown-area grocer also serves breakfast, lunch and dinner, along with quality coffee and a fully stocked bar boasting 18 types of bourbon.

Family Night

So what if Family Day is over for another year? You can still bond with your brood over dinner at trendy Vancouver restaurants like Trattoria and Society. Too pricey, you say? Then you obviously haven’t heard about Family Night, a special weekly promotion that invites kids to eat for free. Big on taste and easy on budgets, the deal is available for kids under 12 at Society on Sundays and for kids under 8 at Trattoria on Mondays, from 4:30 p.m. and 4 p.m. respectively.

BC Ferries Vacation Packages

Stumped about where to spend spring break? Inspiration abounds at the Fairmont Pacific Rim (1010 Canada Place, Vancouver), site of a 90-square-foot interactive media wall highlighting dozens of BC Ferries vacation packages. What’s on offer? Too many to list, but let’s just say we’re eyeing an overnighter in Victoria that includes accommodation, round-trip transportation and Afternoon Tea at the Fairmont Empress Hotel, from $195.

Sex Talk in the City — Until September 2

It’s not every day that a museum exhibit comes with an “R” rating, but Sex Talk in the City has issued an advisory for “coarse language, sexually suggestive scenes and nudity.” Good way to attract attention — and voyeurs! — to Vancouver Museum, where this erotic multifaceted exhibition is on display until September 2. Expect everything from online dating to safe-sex ads to the pride parade presented in a fun, approachable manner that’s nevertheless suitable for mature audiences only.

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