February 25 to March 1
By Morgan Hannah, Life & Style Editor
We are flying through the year and that chilly, frosty weather has almost packed its bags and hopped on over to Calgary for a long visit. In the meantime, here’s some activities and events to get your blood pumping and keep you warm this end of winter and early spring!
Nineteenth Annual Talking Stick Festival
Date: Until February 29
Location: Various locations in Vancouver
Time: Various times based on locations
Price: Depending on show free, $15 to $30 per show, exclusive tickets $250
Talking Stick Festival is a lively celebration of Indigenous arts. Come see dances, music, powwow, films, and visual arts at this festival that is on its nineteenth year of celebration! According to the Talking Stick Fest website, “this year’s theme is hən̓əm̓stəmxw tə syəθ” (pronounced huh-num-stoh teh see-yahl), which translates to ‘Using Tradition.’ ”
The Confucius Institute: Cultural Exchange or Political Propaganda?
Date: February 26
Location: The University of British Columbia, Earth Sciences Building, Room 2012
Time: Doors at 5:30 pm, Show at 6 to 8 pm
Price: $10 per ticket online or at the door
In the Name of Confucius is a 52-minute documentary film that, according to the UBC Students for Freedom of Expression Facebook event page is “exposing the growing global controversies surrounding the Chinese government’s multi-billion-dollar Confucius Institute (CI), a Chinese language program attaching to over 1600 foreign universities and schools around the world.”
Come meet the documentary maker, Doris Lu an immigrant from mainland China, in a panel and ask her questions about this mind-expanding film. “Critical questions are encouraged.” Clive Ansley, retired prof of Chinese History and Chinese Law with 36 years of experience, and Josephine Chiu-Duke, History prof and specialist, will also be on the panel.
OK Tinder—Swipe Right Comedy
Date: February 27
Location: The Improv Centre on Granville Island, 1502 Duranleau St, Vancouver
Time: 9:15 pm to 10:15 pm
Price: $10.75 to $15.75 per ticket
Miserable trying to date in Vancouver’s rough dating-scene terrain? Forget all the nature hike dates and awkward dinners, this improv show is sure to be the best Tinder-related experience you’ll ever have. This is the last showing of this improv show, so be sure not to miss it!
Festival of Light and Lantern Parade
Date: February 28
Location: Haney Place Mall, 11900 Haney Pl, Maple Ridge
Time: Doors 4 to 8 pm
Bit of a drive out, but if you’ve ever watched the Disney movie Tangled, then you know the view of the lanterns flying in the sky will be worth it. So, make some carpool arrangements to come out to this family-oriented event and make a lantern! The website boasts that you can “watch amazing local cultural entertainment, listen to hometown poets, and join the Vancouver Lion Dancers for a parade with your lantern through Haney Place Mall!”
Hidden Wonders: A Speakeasy Magic Experience
Date: March 1
Location: 434 Columbia St, Vancouver (right beside Dr. Sun Yat Sen Classical Chinese Garden)
Time: 7 pm to 8:15 pm Price: $35 to $60 per ticket
Shawn Farquhar’s show will astound, amuse, and astonish! Come out to Vancouver to see the man that has duped audiences and judges alike on Penn & Teller’s Fool Us! This guy has skills you literally can’t understand and probably will never understand—but that’s the magic of it!