Vancouver Adventures: Our Picks for January 28-February 3

This week: Sip on a tiki cocktail, enjoy a four-legged performance under the big top, pig out at a Southern-inspired dinner experience + more

1. Locals Only: Let’s Play Records Edition – Saturday, January 28

It’s a vinyl-only party vibe at Open Studios, East Vancouver’s warehouse and art space, when semi-regular event Locals Only gives some love to Vancouver DJs, including Tyler Fedchuk, Briser Gonzalez, Purify and Todd Omotani. The event will be hosted by DJ Mike McSuede and VJs BentMatter.
Doors at 10 p.m., $10 before midnight; Open Studios, 252 East 1st Avenue


2. District Local presents Get Lucky: An Art Show – Sunday, January 29

Get lucky at Fortune Sound Club this weekend! Enjoy the Chinese New Year Parade in Chinatown and pop in to to see artwork produced on red pockets (lucky envelopes) by local artists and community members. Admission is free, but a $5 donation is appreciated.
12 to 4 p.m., Fortune Sound Club, 147 East Pender Street


3. Go Go Bungalow – Sunday, January 29

Sip on a tiki cocktail and enjoy some vintage Polynesian pop at Shameful Tiki Room’s celebration of retro go-go girls, as dancers Ginger Avenue, Androsia Wilde and Melody Mangler shimmy the night away.
8 to 11 p.m., 4362 Main Street, no cover, 19+


4. Cavalia’s Odysseo – Sunday, January 29 to Sunday, March 5

Enjoy a family outing under the big top! Cavalia returns with its new show, Odysseo. Take in a live performance that features equestrian arts, acrobats and high-tech theatrics, as Cavalia’s four-legged performers take you on a journey to discover magnificent landscapes.
Times and ticket prices vary, see Cavalia’s website for more details
Under the White Big Top at Olympic Village, 299 West 1st Avenue


5. New York, New York – Sunday, January 29 and Tuesday, January 31

La La Land might be getting all the Oscar buzz glory right now, but Scorsese’s 1977 parody of the bygone age of the Hollywood musical tells another great love story between a perfectionist jazz musician (Robert De Niro) and a wannabe performer on the cusp of stardom (Liza Minnelli). Check out this screening in the restored, full-length version by the Vancouver International Film Festival.
January 29 at 7:30 p.m. and January 31 at 3:20 p.m; 1181 Seymour Street, $12


6. Mamie’s Low Country Pig Roast – Tuesday, January 31

Eating yourself into a comfort-food coma is the only acceptable alternative to hibernation. Mamie’s Low Country Pig Roast is a Southern-inspired, three-course long-table dinner with all the fixin’s, including a family-style spread of warm country biscuits, sides and house-made pickles and relishes. Chef Jeff Koop will carve and serve whole-roasted suckling pig, with house-made Baton Rouge hot sauce, Augusta-style BBQ pit beans, Mississippi-braised greens and freshly baked bread. Save room for baked apple pie served with Kentucky whisky pudding and chocolate fudge brownies.
Mamie Taylor’s, 251 East Georgia Street, 6:30 p.m., $63.35


7. Drunk Spelling Bee – Tuesday, January 31

Do spelling errors make you see red? Do you have an annoyingly pedantic know-it-all friend? Q Shi Q Japanese BBQ’s Drunk Spelling Bee brings together groups of smart-asses to out-spell each other. Drink when your team is right and drink when they are wrong. Traditional style kushiyaki (skewers of meat or vegetables grilled on a special Japanese BBQ and topped with delicious sauces) will be on hand to soak up the sake and local craft beer.
Reservations are recommended, contact Kayte Wilson at to book or call the restaurant at 604-428-7744


8. VTSL’s Throwdown – International TheatreSports Festival – Wednesday, February 1 to Saturday, February 4

Flex your funny bones at the Vancouver TheatreSports’ (VTSL) Throwdown International TheatreSports Festival (formerly The Massacre), which runs February 1 to 14 at The Improv Centre on Granville Island. The annual improv competition will see local VTSL teams take the stage from February 1st to 4th and international improv teams from as far afield as Oslo, Norway and Mumbai, India will be welcomed into the competition from February 9th to 14th.
VTSL’s Throwdown – International TheatreSports Festival, February 1 to 14 at The Improv Centre on Granville Island
Tickets on sale now at


9. The Taboo Naughty but Nice Sex Show – Friday, February 3 to Sunday, February 5

Let’s talk about sex, baby! The 16th annual Naughty but Nice show returns to spice things up with three days of adult-themed seminars, sexy shopportunities, fetish fashion shows and entertainment from an eclectic range of performers such as The Penis Painter Brent Ray Fraser and Tantra Fitness’ Miss Pole Dance Taboo competition.
Friday 5 p.m. to 12 a.m., Saturday 12 p.m. to 12 a.m. and Sunday 12 p.m. to 6 p.m.
The Vancouver Convention Centre, East Building Hall B & C, 999 Canada Place; tickets $15 advance, $20 on the door


10. Chickflip Fundraiser and Skatebroads Vancouver Art Show – Friday, February 3

Check out skateboarder Norma Ibarra’s photo journal of Vancouver’s female skateboarding scene, enjoy tunes by local DJ Candy Crush and take in the Vancouver movie premieres of Days Like These – A Female Skateboard Film and Quit Your Day Job Vid. Raising funds to help pro female skateboarders travel to this summer’s Chickflip event, there will be Hey Y’all drinks, dancing, fun and tons of raffle prizes on offer.
7 p.m. to 1 a.m., free, Antisocial Skateboard Shop, 2337 Main Street
Full event details here