Looking for something to do in Metro Vancouver? Here are three suggestions for the weekend of Feb. 17-18.
The 45th Vancouver Chinatown Spring Festival Parade: Year of the Dog
One of Vancouver’s best parades goes Sunday morning, as the 45th Vancouver Chinatown Spring Festival Parade celebrates the new year of the Chinese lunar calendar in style. This signature Chinatown event promises lion dances, and not just any lion dances, but the largest assembly of traditional lion dance teams in Canada. As well, you’ve got cultural dance troupes, marching bands, martial arts performances and a bunch of other cool parade stuff. Do you really need me to sell this any harder than it sells itself? It’s a Chinese new year parade, which is pretty much the best kind of parade there is.
Where: Chinatown, Vancouver (Parade starts at Millennium Gate on Pender Street)
When: Sunday, 11 a.m.
There are a handful of good concerts this weekend, but for me, the lineup begins and ends with one-of-a-kind gypsy-punk group Gogol Bordello. Not only are they the perfect kind of strange, but they’re one of the most energetic live bands you’ll ever see. Touring in support of their seventh studio album and first in four years, last August’s Seekers and Finders, Gogol Bordello is sure to prove they’ve still got it. By all means, listen to the song below, or you could just take my word for it: Gogol Bordello is awesome.
Where: Commodore Ballroom, 868 Granville St., Vancouver
When: Sunday, 9 p.m.
Shakespeare After Dark: The Bard Improvised & Twisted
Instant Theatre Company presents Shakespeare’s plays the way they were meant to be seen: drunk. Shakespeare After Dark is a night of the bard at The Rio, but with a very Rio twist: someone has had one too many. And not someone in the audience — someone onstage. In the first half, you get a scene from the Bard “utterly monkey-wrenched by an utterly punch-drunk cast member,” forcing the rest of the cast to improvise. For the second half, the cast sobers up for a Shakespearean tragedy, but improvises it based on audience suggestions. You will laugh.
Where: Rio Theatre, 1660 East Broadway, Vancouver
When: Saturday, 8 p.m.
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