Vancouver Adventures: Our Picks for March 4 to 10

This week: Experience indigenous food and dance, enjoy some live local theatre, eat curry to your heart's content + more

1. Coastal First Nations Dance Festival – Now until Sunday, March 5

Produced by the Dancers of Damelahamid, in partnership with the UBC Museum of Anthropology, the Coastal First Nations Dance Festival celebrates its 10th year with performances that showcase a diverse array of indigenous songs, stories and dances from across Western Canada.
UBC Museum of Anthropology, 6393 NW Marine Drive
Tickets from $18


2. Cooking for Reconciliation – Friday, March 3 & Saturday, March 4

Former Top Chef Canada finalist Rich Francis has been working to raise the profile of modern indigenous cuisine since 2010, and he will soon open his restaurant, 7th Fire in Saskatoon. His pop-up, in association with Oceanwise and Skwachays Lodge, is a journey toward truth and reconciliation using indigenous foods to create a better understanding of pre-colonial indigenous culture and the impact of colonization.
29 West Pender Street, Skwachays Lodge Hotel and Gallery

5 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. seatings, $79


3. The 20 – Now until Monday, April 3

Anyone who has ridden the number 20 bus knows there are lots of characters onboard. The 20 features 20 unique portraits from the imagination of Alixzandar Morle, inspired by the passengers of the infamous DTES bus line. On opening night there will be drinks from East Van’s Bomber Brewing, burgers on sale from Golden Era Burger and music selections by Jakub DjPolar Polaczyk.
Opens March 3, 7 p.m.
1192 East Hastings Street


4. Vancity International Salsa Bachata Kizomba Festival 2017 – Friday, March 3 to Monday, March 6

Get into the groove with three days of dance workshops, performances and social dancing at this international celebration of the sexiest partner dances around. Newbies can try the beginner boot camps to get a flavour of the Latin American- and African-inspired dances, and experts can perfect their techniques in a range of workshops aimed at all levels.
Grand Villa Casino, 4331 Dominion Street, Burnaby
Tickets from $20


5. Anatomy Fashion Show – Saturday, March 4

Forget about skinny models! This fashion show is not skin-deep; in fact, it’s all about our innards. Hosted by an undergraduate team of students from Phi Delta Epsilon International Medical Fraternity, the quirky fashion show features anatomical artwork on models, plus live performances and food offerings.
SFU Harbour Centre, 555 West Hastings Street, Vancouver B.C.
6 to 8 p.m., $18


6. Slow Meat Day – Sunday, March 5

Slow Meat is meat raised humanely, naturally and with minimal impact on the environment. Celebrate quality meat at New Westminster’s River Market with taster plates from Re-Up BBQ (slow-smoked heritage pork pasture-raised by Blue Sky Ranch with housemade BBQ sauce and creamy slaw) and Wild Rice Market Bistro (braised organic beef from Blue Goose Cattle Co in an open-faced Bao with pickled veg, scallion verde, horseradish aioli).
River Market, 810 Quayside Drive, New Westminster
11 a.m. to close, $12


7. Popsicle Stick Bridge Building Competition – Sunday, March 5

Get creative with the kids and bring your completed popsicle bridge to the mall to test how much it can hold! The 17th annual popsicle stick bridge building contest is organized by the Sea to Sky branch of the Association of Professional Engineers & Geoscientists of BC. Entrants can get a kit of 120 popsicle sticks, glue, cardboard bridge deck and the rules at KidsBooks in Edgemont Village (3040 Edgemont Boulevard, North Vancouver).
Capilano Mall Atrium, 935 Marine Drive, North Vancouver
11 a.m. to 2 p.m.


8. Full Moon and Empty Arms – Sunday, March 5

Take in the splendour of the Edwardian mansion at Hycroft Manor and enjoy an hour of 1930s and 1940s big band love songs that include The Very Thought of You, Autumn Leaves, The Night We Called it a Day and Love is the Sweetest Thing. Music will be performed by singer Elspeth McVeigh, young Vancouver musicians Gabriel Dubreuil on violin and Madeleine Elkins on guitar with Donna Cullis on the keys.
2 to 3 p.m., Hycroft Manor, McRae Avenue
$25 in advance and at the door


9. Curry Cup – Monday, March 6

Presented by the Chefs’ Table Society of British Columbia, eight of Vancouver’s top chefs will compete in the 4th annual Curry Cup to help raise funds for Project Chef, a curriculum-based school program aimed at children in grades four and five that teaches students about healthy food. Enjoy six curries made by chefs from establishments such as Espana, Cafe Medina and Heritage, along with beer from R&B Brewing, wine from Evolve Cellars and cocktails.
6:30 to 9:30 p.m., $65
Heritage Hall, 3102 Main Street


10. #NoFilter – Thursday, March 9

Vancouver TheatreSports’ newest show uses the spontaneity of improv comedy to delve into our fleeting, over-sharing digital world. The interactive show includes live-stream social media (projected on the theatre’s giant screen) and audience suggestions (verbal, texted or tweeted) to drive the action. Featuring short scenes based on FB posts, tweets and YouTube videos (with the audience acting as trolls), and a longer form improv based on social media cues, #NoFilter is sure to be ‘lit’.
The Improv Centre, 1502 Duranleau Street, Granville Island
Thursdays at 9:15 p.m., see website for show details and tickets