BC Adventures – Our To Do Picks for November 17-23

This week in BC: Enjoy captivating dance with Ballet BC, fun and frolics with Disney On Ice, Cirque du Soleil's latest high-flying hit, and more


This week in BC: Enjoy captivating dance with Ballet BC, fun and frolics with Disney On Ice, Cirque du Soleil’s latest high-flying hit, and more

BeatleShow! – November 17

Born after Beatlemania? Let’s just say that Bieber Fever can’t compare to the fan frenzy unleashed by the Fab Four back in the 1960s. While the mass hysteria can’t be replicated, the music can — which you can enjoy in concert at BeatleShow! on November 17 at Richmond’s River Rock Show Theatre. It’s been voted “the best Beatles tribute in the world,” thanks to psychedelic special effects, costume changes and a rockin’ repertoire of the band’s greatest hits. Tickets are $34.50 to $44.50 online or by phone at 1-855-985-5000.

The Fraser Valley Bald Eagle Festival – November 17-18

Talk about an event that’s for the birds! The Fraser Valley Bald Eagle Festival, taking place on November 17 and 18, includes everything from nature walks and eco displays, to First Nations dance and expert speakers, all at various locations throughout the Fraser Valley. And you’ll have plenty of chances to ogle the eagles, as over a thousand of them flock to Harrison River at this time each year to feast on spawning salmon.

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Beethoven Celebration – November 18

Beethoven’s music transcends time, which is why symphonies still celebrate him and audiences still applaud him almost 200 years after his death. Case in point is the Beethoven Celebration by the Vancouver Academy of Music Symphony Orchestra on November 18 at 7:30 p.m. at the Orpheum. Under the baton of Maestro Leslie Dala, the program includes Symphony No. 9, the Triple Concerto and the Fidelio Overture, as well as special guests including the Vancouver Bach Choir.

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Where the Wild Things Are – November 18

You’ve read the book. You’ve seen the movie. Now Maurice Sendak’s beloved story, Where the Wild Things Are, comes to life on stage at North Vancouver’s Presentation House Theatre (333 Chesterfield Ave) until November 18, in Kim Selody’s Dora-nominated production. Audiences will be immersed in Max’s make-believe world as they travel across the ocean, crash through the forest and witness a battle of wills between boy and beast. Performances take place at 1 p.m., 4 p.m. and 7 p.m., with tickets available for $15 online or by phone at 604-990-3474.

Disney On Ice’s Dare to Dream – November 21-25

Expect a show of royal proportions when Rapunzel, Tiana and Cinderella skate into Vancouver for Disney On Ice’s Dare to Dream. Kids can relive memorable moments from Tangled, The Princess and the Frog and Cinderella as a cast of world-class skaters brings the romance, humour and adventure of the films to life in this fun-filled family show. See it from November 21 to 25 at the Pacific Coliseum at the PNE, with tickets $24 to $75 online or by phone at 604-757-0345.

Ballet BC’s In/verse – November 22-24

A fusion of firsts is how you could describe Ballet BC’s In/verse, on stage from November 22 to 24 at Vancouver’s Queen Elizabeth Theatre. That’s because the evening features three premieres of cutting-edge works by Italian choreographer Jacopo Godani; American sensation Nicolo Fonte and Ballet BC artistic director Emily Molnar. Tickets for the 8 p.m. show are available from $22.25 to $70 online or 1-855-985-2787.

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Brent Butt – November 23

With a last name like that, it’s no wonder that Vancouver’s Brent Butt honed a sense of humour at an early age. He’s been going strong ever since, becoming one of Canada’s foremost funnymen and the creator of such popular sitcoms as Corner Gas and Hiccups. If you’ve only ever seen him on TV, here’s your chance to catch him in person on November 23 at the River Rock Show Theatre in Richmond. Tickets are $39.50 to $49.50 online or by phone at 1-855-985-5000.

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Cirque du Soleil, Amaluna – November 23 to December 30

Does anyone really pay attention to the storyline in a Cirque du Soleil show? Plots, no matter how appealing, can’t help but be eclipsed by stunning backdrops, aerial acrobatics and special effects. But pay attention because there is a story underlying Cirque’s latest high-flying hit, Amaluna, playing from November 23 to December 30 at Vancouver’s Concord Pacific Place. So in case you miss it: It’s a love story set on an island governed by goddesses, one of whom falls for a shipwrecked sailor. Sound intriguing? Buy tickets online from $35 to $130, not including service charges.

Credit: Flickr / Mark & Andrea Busse

Rocky Mountaineer Song Contest – Until November 30

Does the thought of a train ride leave you whistling a happy tune? Good. Then record it and enter the Rocky Mountaineer Song Contest, open from now until November 30. All you have to do is translate the train’s unique travel experience into an original song, and you’ve got a chance to pocket $5,000, work with Canadian music producer Garth Richardson and have your work heard around the world as the soundtrack for a new promo video. Better make it a toe-tapper ’cause the top-10 picks will be up for public vote on Facebook.

The Parker – ongoing

From steak houses to burger bars to sushi spots, most restaurants cater to carnivores. Not so at The Parker vegetarian eatery (237 Union St, Vancouver). And if you equate meatless with tasteless, you’ll eat your words once you try the red cabbage salad topped with apple and ginger dressing, the vegetarian cassoulet or the maple parfait. Knock it all back with a cocktail (we like the “Vancouver,” a mix of gin, sweet vermouth, benedictine and orange bitters) and we’re betting you’ll be back for more.

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