Cultural Calendar

Yamato Drummers of Japan.| Photo by Hiroshi Seo.

Yamato Drummers of Japan.| Photo by Hiroshi Seo.

Lost Words: Political Edition

Jan. 26

The Emerald Lounge

555 Gore Ave., Vancouver

Lost Words is a series focused on banned, censored and controversial plays, and what makes them like that. Whether they’€™re written to be negative towards a party in power, or become investigated for what they produce, their stories and productions will be shared in this showing of banned and controversial works.

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Yiddish Glory

Jan. 27

Richmond Hill Centre for Performing Arts

10268 Yonge St., Richmond

A few years ago in Kiev, Ukraine, archivists in the manuscript department of the Ukrainian National Library found a number of sealed boxes. They held hand-written Yiddish documents containing thousands of songs written by Yiddish speaking Jews in Ukraine during World War II. Joseph Stalin’s authorities seized the papers and sealed them, seemingly destroying them forever. Now these songs will be performed for the first time in almost 70 years at the Richmond Hill Centre for Performing Arts.

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Sam Sullivan’€™s Public Salon 24

Jan. 27

Vancouver Playhouse

600 Hamilton St., Vancouver

The Public Salons are presented by the Global Civic Policy Society as a way to present, listen, discuss and promote ideas that can entertain and be of use in the community. The 24th edition of the Public Salon will feature an author, a poet, a TV host, a radio broadcaster, a microbiologist, a marathoner and more.

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The 28th Annual Massacre Improv Festival

Jan. 27-Feb. 13

Vancouver TheatreSports League

1502 Duranleau St., Vancouver

The Vancouver Theatre SportsLeague is an internationally renowned theatre company that is recognized as one of the best producers of improvisational talent. The Massacre Improv Festival is back as teams from renowned theatre companies from both Canada and abroad compete in what will be a funny and fantastic competition.

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Mount Pleasant Community/Public Art Jam

Jan. 28

Heritage Hall

3102 Main St., Vancouver

The Mount Pleasant Business Improvement Association is inviting its members along with local artists, businesses and organizations to share what they think could be fun and engaging displays of public art. Bring your creativity and ideas to the discussion on how to improve the area.

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Print made by Julie McIntyre.| Photo by ArtStarts.

Print made by Julie McIntyre.| Photo by ArtStarts.

New Impressions: Making the Common, Exceptional with Julie McIntyre

Jan. 30

ArtStarts Gallery

808 Richards St., Vancouver

ArtStarts puts on free arts-based workshops where kids and families can learn from great artists in fun 45-minute workshops. The next workshop is with Julie McIntyre and is focused on printmaking. Learn how to make fantastic prints using basic materials and equipment around your home.

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Open Waters: Marine Painting

Feb. 1-29

Uno Langmann Limited Fine Art

2117 Granville St., Vancouver

This exhibition explores marine painting, a record of design, invention, battles and voyages throughout history. Alongside of objets d’€™art from Europe and North America are paintings from artists including Vilhelm Arnesen, Abraham Hulk and Carl Frederik Sorenson.

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Science of Cocktails

Feb. 4

TELUS World of Science

1455 Quebec St., Vancouver

For only one night the Science of Cocktails will make Science World into Vancouver’€™s largest cocktail laboratory. This fundraising event (for Science World’€™s Class Field Trip Program), invites you to sample unique, crafted cocktails from local bartenders alongside delicious food pairings from Railtown Catering.

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Yamato, the Drummers of Japan

Feb. 6

Queen Elizabeth Theatre

630 Hamilton St., Vancouver

Taiko is a musical instrument deeply entrenched in Japanese culture, and the Yamato Drummers of Japan will be bringing their electrifying and dynamic music to Vancouver in this one night only exposition of athleticism, theatrics, agility and speed.

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Family Day at Fort Langley National Historic Site

Feb. 6-8

Fort Langley National Historic Site of Canada

23433 Mavis Ave., Fort Langley

A fun family adventure for Family Day weekend, Fort Langley National Historic site will be hosting a fun day of activities for all. From exploring the chores and work of a 19th century family to watching blacksmith and coopering demonstrations to participating in the family scavenger hunt there will be plenty of fun for everyone.