Vancouver Adventures: Our To Do Picks for March 22-29

This Week: Blue yourself when the Blue Man Group hits town, gear up for the premiere of Game of Thrones with Thrones burlesque and more

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Blue Man Group at the Queen Elizabeth Theatre: March 25-30

Got a case of the blues? The infamous Blue Man Group has the remedy. They bring their energetic and creative performance to the Queen Elizabeth Theatre March 25-30. Expect an awesome fusion of music, comedy and incredible technology. Tickets to this family friendly show are available online, with prices starting at $40.

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Vancouver International Auto Show: March 25-30

Concept vehicles, exotic cars and newly released models are packing the showroom floor at the Vancouver Convention Centre from March 25 to 30, giving visitors to the 2014 Vancouver International Auto Show a chance to check out all the hottest rides on four wheels. Plus, be sure to take a stroll down Hagerty Classic Alley to tire kick iconic cars from the ‘50s and ‘60s, including a special 50th anniversary salute to the Ford Mustang. Tickets are $15 online, or $10 for seniors and students.

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Lost in the Trees at The Media Club: March 27

Remember the days when rock bands would leave trashed hotel rooms in their wake? Let’s hope American indie-rockers Lost In the Trees are at the forefront of a brand-new tradition. The North Carolina-based quartet has teamed up with Tree Canada, a non-profit eco group, to help reforest Vancouver by giving away tree saplings at their March 27 concert at the Media Club (695 Cambie St). And if you Instagram a pic of your planted tree, you’ll be automatically entered into a draw to win a prize pack. Tickets are $12.

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Burnaby Village Museum Scavenger Hunt – Until March 28

For most parents, spring break is anything but when you’ve got kids to entertain. So why not get them to expend their excess energy at Burnaby Village Museum, now hosting The Hunt until March 28. They’ll scavenge the ‘20s-era town searching for clues left behind by storybook toys, all while taking in a tea party, craft-making sessions, kids’ entertainers and carousel rides. Tickets are $7 at the door, from noon to 4 p.m.

Game of Thrones LIVE at The Rio: March 28-29

Forget what the calendar says: winter is coming! Straight from California, the award-winning burlesque troupe Tourettes Without Regrets hits the Rio Theatre (1660 E. Broadway) to perform Game of Thrones LIVE for two nights only on March 28 and 29. This vaudeville–style show rolls out everything from a Stark vs. Lannister audience contest and Tyrion stand-up comedy to a White Walker rampage and a Melisandre Fire Dance. Word of warning: EVERYONE DIES! Buy tickets for $20 online or $25 at the door.

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Fraser Valley Bead & Jewelry Show: March 28-30

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 28 to 30 at Coquitlam’s Executive Plaza Hotel. Featuring nearly 50 vendors and more than 20 jewelry-making workshops, it’s considered Western Canada’s biggest beading bonanza. Tickets are $5 per person, with free admission for kids under 12.

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Yard, Garden and Renovation Show: March 28-30

Is the grass really greener on the other side? If so, you can learn to grow a Grade-A garden that’ll make your neighbours green with envy. Just head to the 12th annual Yard, Garden and Renovation Show from March 28 to 30 at Chilliwack Heritage Park, where you’ll find everything you need to spruce up your space, along with expert advice, demos, a family fun zone and even a barbecue cook-off. Go online to print out a coupon for $2 off the admission price.

The Seafarer: Until March 29

On a dark and stormy Dublin night, four old friends gather for their annual ritual of cards and demon rum. But as the evening progresses, things take a sinister turn and they find themselves playing for more than just a few quid in The Seafarer, on stage until March 29 at Pacific Theatre (1440 W. 12th Ave). Sparkling and suspenseful, this chilling pitch-black comedy by Irish playwright Conor McPherson takes us on a long night’s journey into day. Tickets are $31.50 per person, with discounts for kids.

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Stanley Park Easter Train: Until March 30

The Easter Bunny has arrived early this year! Hop by the Stanley Park Easter Train during spring break for a fun-filled day of kids’ activities, including a ride on the miniature train, egg hunts, crafts, games, face painting and even a bunny-ear workshop. Bring your own Easter basket and check it out until March 30, from 10:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. with admission at the gate, priced at: $3.50 for adults; $8.75 for kids and $5.25 for babies and toddlers.

This Stays in the Room: Until March 30

TMI? No way: This Stays in the Room, onstage till March 30 at Vancouver’s Gallery Gachet (88 E. Cordova St), offers audiences up an earful, with seven actors telling their own real-life stories ranging from physical and sexual abuse to betrayal, homophobia and addiction. But don’t expect a depress-fest ‘cause these poignant tales are leavened with lightness and engage audiences through interactive use of video and sound.

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Karaoke at The Backstage Lounge

Some people just love to hear the sound of their own voice. If you’re one of ‘em, check out Karaoke Tuesdays at the Backstage Lounge on Granville Island. From 8 p.m., you’ll have the chance to release your inner rock star as you join a live band on stage to belt out a tune of your choice. Tickets are $6 at the door – and, don’t worry: if you’re in need of liquid courage there will be plenty of drink specials on tap.