MY FUNNY VALENTINE
February 7-18 at Scotiabank Dance Centre
In 2008, Lawrence King was shot and killed by his classmate after asking him to be his valentine. In a number of monologues written by Vancouver playwright Dave Deveau, actor Conor Wylie gives voice to seven different people affected by the aftermath of a horrific hate crime.
February 15 at Covenant House
Taking place throughout the year, this movement raises both funds and awareness for homeless youth. This particular iteration is aimed at young professionals, who are overcoming obstacles (completing education, applying for jobs) that many young homeless individuals might be facing.
BLACK HISTORY MONTH AT VIFF
February 5-29 at Vancouver International Film Festival
This year, VIFF’s annual Black History Month film series places an emphasis on inspirational women amongst recurring themes of politics, protest, and music. Along with new works from Canadian filmmakers (Black Cop, Brown Girl Begins), Senegal’s Félicité — about a single mother in the Congo — is a highlight.
CELEBRATE CRAFT BEER!
February 8 at Performance Works
This charitable fundraiser lives up to its name: celebrating seasonals from 10 different BC craft beer breweries including Granville Island, Luppolo, R&B, and Strange Fellows. Tickets include four tastings and jurors will pick the winner.
February 8-March 10 at Deer Lake Art Gallery
The multidisciplinary work of local artist Monique Motut-Firth is featured in this exhibition that explores an intersection of urban space, industrialization, natural elements, and identity by way of prints and collage.
ROMEO + JULIET
February 21-24 at Queen Elizabeth Theatre
Ballet BC presents the iconic Shakespearean tragedy about two star-crossed lovers, adapted by famed choreographer Medhi Walerski and set to Russian composer Sergei Prokofiev’s original score.
February 15-March 15 at various locations
The annual festival of Jewish performing arts celebrates its 18th year, with international performances in dance, comedy, theatre, and music. Highlights this season include Vancouver musician/poet Barbara Adler, humorist Jonathan Goldstein and Perla Batalla — a longtime touring band member of Leonard Cohen, who will perform a tribute.
February 24 at Rickshaw Theatre
The Portland, Oregon band is on tour in support of their new album, Offerings — a 14-track conceptual record partly inspired by filmmakers David Lynch and Federico Fellini that explores the spiralling stages of losing one’s mind.
MEN’S ACCOUNTABILITY CONFERENCE
March 3 at RayCam Community Centre
In the wake of #MeToo, this session will include workshops on pro-feminism and accountability. All male-identifying individuals are welcome.