BLOOD ON THE DANCE FLOOR
February 6-9 at the SFU Goldcorp Centre for the Arts
Both written and performed by Jacob Boheme, this moving production combines Aboriginal Dance, theatre, and storytelling to share Boheme’s story as someone living at the intersection of Aboriginal, queer, and HIV-positive communities in Southern Australia.
TABOO NAUGHTY BUT NICE SEX SHOW
February 8-10 at Vancouver Convention Centre
Canada’s largest adult trade show is back for another year of frisky fun. As always, there will be plenty of exhibitors, entertainment, and seminars. Performances by Body Heat – All Male Revue and educational sessions on sex by Dr. Jess are amongst some of this edition’s highlights.
YEAR OF THE PIG TEMPLE FAIR
February 10 at Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Garden
Happy New Year! The annual Temple Fair is back to celebrate the lucky Year of the Pig. Visit the beautiful Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Garden and enjoy a day of storytelling, musical and
LOVE IS GREATER THAN
February 12 at Cinematheque
A group of some of Vancouver’s most talented young creatives will gather in this special showcase to tell stories about love. JUNO-nominated stand up comedian and political activist Charlie Demers will be amongst those performing. Proceeds from the event will go towards LOVE BC, which provides artistic support to youth who have been affected by discrimination and violence.
AFRICAN FASHION AND ARTS MOVEMENT VANCOUVER
February 16 at Scottish Cultural Centre
AFAM is an organization dedicated to increasing educational opportunity for young Africans. The fashion show features African designers from both Vancouver and other parts of Canada, as well a showcase of art, dance performances, and a silent auction in support of children’s education in Lome, Togo-West Africa.
WINTER JAZZ ON GRANVILLE ISLAND
February 22-24 at Performance Works
Coastal Jazz presents three days of free jazz concerts, in every interpretation from classic and modern to funk and soul. You won’t want to miss performances by Geordie Hart (bassist of The Boom Booms) and Tonye Aganaba.
A TASTE OF COEXISTENCE
Until March 20 at Hillel BC, UBC
Two of Vancouver’s favourite Mediterranean eateries — Chickpea and Aleph — are coming together in honour of coexistence and delicious hummus. Chickpea’s chefs are Israeli and Aleph’s are Palestinian. The restaurants are alternating providing $8 lunches at UBC’s Hillel BC every Wednesday until March, in an initiative to celebrate each other and what they have in common. Their collective statement is worth a read, but the bottom line is this: “We believe in peace, love, equality, equity and justice for the people of today and the children of tomorrow.”
THE AMISH PROJECT
February 20-23 at Studio 1398
In 2006, the local milkman walked into an Amish school, shot all the girls, and then himself. This critically-acclaimed production by Dark Glass Theatre explores the tragic event, as well as how the Amish community forgave the gunman and embraced his family as fellow victims.
BLACK HISTORY MONTH AT THE VANCOUVER PUBLIC LIBRARY
Various VPL locations across the city
The Vancouver Public Library will be celebrating Black History Month with an extensive selection of special events from film screenings of documentaries like Little Black Schoolhouse to talks by writers like Chelene Knight. Drop by your local branch to check out what’s on.
February 26-March 9 at Studio 16
When eight year old Benoit goes to the dentist for a toothache things are as they seem — but, once there, a story unfolds that is more problematic than a cavity. Local theatre company Théâtre la Seizième’s newest production, Le Soulier, is a dark comedy that explores behavioral disorders and self-medication.Pulse