January 2-27 at The Improv Centre
Vancouver TheatreSports League rings in the New Year with laughs at its annual Throwdown – International TheatreSports Festival. The festival welcomes the best TheatreSports teams from all around the US, who will go head-to-head in round robin matches. Don’t miss three-time returning champs from Orlando. Will they do it again this year?
January 12 at the Rickshaw Theatre
The fourth annual celebration of David Bowie’s life and music will include performances by 18 local bands covering his music, art inspired by the icon, face painting, and a costume contest. The musical lineup includes La Chinga, The Judys, and Fuckguns / Daddy Issues (Bloody Betty). Proceeds benefit the Canadian Cancer Society.
FRAMES OF MIND
January 16 at the Cinematheque
Frames of Mind is an ongoing monthly film series that supports education surrounding mental health and illness. This month’s feature is the Vancouver premiere of Waiting for Barcelona – a black and white documentary about a migrant named Mou, who has been living on the streets of Barcelona for 10 years.
VOGUE FEMME WORKSHOP WITH PACKRAT LANVIN
January 19 at KW Studios
Dancer Packrat Lanvin – who has worked with the likes of N.E.R.D. and RuPaul’s Dragcon – is hosting a Vogue Feminine (also known as Vogue Femme) workshop that will focus on understanding and learning the art form with history, across the floor, and freestyle. Vogue Feminine originated in the Black and Latino gay communities of New York City. The workshop’s environment, as always with its presenter Van Vogue Jam, is totally inclusive.
SOUNDING THE INFINITE
January 19 at the Museum of Anthropology
In support of Marking the Infinite at the Museum of Anthropology, Sounding the Infinite illuminates the stories behind the works of art and the artists that created them. Curator Carol E. Mayer will lead a guided tour of the exhibition and seven-piece ensemble RumSalt will perform an inspired set in response to the works.
BOOBIES AND WIENERS SIX
January 25-26 at The Arts Factory
The annual dirty art show is back for its sixth year in a row. Presented by Hot Art Wet City and Arts Factory, the exhibition features a great assortment of local artists playing with subject matter and styles that touches on everything from crass to cartoon.
January 24–26 at Roundhouse Community Arts and Recreation Centre
This show, part of the PuSh Festival, has writer and performer Selina Thompson telling a powerful story of courage, change, and healing. Thompson traces her journey on the Transatlantic Slave Triangle – which transported millions of enslaved men, women, and children from Africa to Europe and America from the 16th to the 19th century – through ritual, ceremony, and spoken word.
BLACK ART JAZZ COLLECTIVE
January 25-26 at Frankie’s Jazz Club
This group of talented musicians channels both Miles Davis and Art Blakey while expressing the history of jazz and the African American civil rights movement. Contemporary, soulful, and modern, the Black Art Jazz Collective features Jeremy Pelt on trumpet, Wayne Escoffery on sax, James Burton III on the trombone, Xavier Davis on piano, Corcoran Holt on bass, and Johnathan Blake on drums.
ODD SOCIETY SPIRITS
1725 Powell Street
The East Vancouver distillery just launched single malt and rye whiskies made from 100 per cent local grains. The highly anticipated Commodore Canadian Single Malt Whisky and the Prospector Canadian Rye Whisky source grains grown and harvested in BC, which distiller Gordon Glanz uses to craft his whiskies onsite in small batches using traditional methods.
February 1 at Centennial Theatre
Matthew Good is on his first solo tour in Canada since 2007, this time in support of his most recent and ninth solo album, 2017’s Something Like a Storm. All proceeds of Good’s merchandise sold will benefit the Canadian Mental Health Association.Pulse