Toronto Dance Theatre: House Mix
When: Feb. 23-24, 8 p.m.
Where: Vancouver Playhouse
Tickets and info: from $35, dancehouse.ca
The company celebrates 50 years with a selection of some of its, and artistic director and choreographer Christopher House’s, greatest hits. These range from the elegiac 1991 piece Early Departures, to the thrilling, fast-moving audience fave Vena Cava, to a recent work, Thirteen. A DanceHouse presentation.
Actor Tristan Risk.
BadAss Film Festival
When: Feb. 23-25
Where: Rio Theatre
Tickets and info: $35 (festival pass), riotheatretickets.ca
The fourth annual BadAss Film Festival consistently flies under the radar — possibly because the genre (exploitation, horror, action) film festival is largely the work of one man. Yet this year organizer David Aboussafy has arranged premiere screenings of no fewer than four features including the well-reviewed Badsville from Canadian director April Mullen. Guests include actor Tristan Risk (pictured), who also performs Sunday with the Caravan of Creeps.
Pss Pss is at York Theatre To March 4.
When: To March 4
Where: York Theatre
Tickets and info: from $22, tickets.thecultch.com
Inspired by Charlie Chaplin and Buster Keaton, the Swiss-Italian founders of Compagnia Baccalà created Pss Pss. In the award-winning (including the Swiss Theatre Award and the Cirque du Soleil Prize) show, two modern-day clowns play out a pas de deux through gesture and look. “It’s a show for everybody who needs a hug,” says Cultch executive director Heather Redfern.
An Almost Holy Picture is at Pacific Theatre to March 3.
An Almost Holy Picture
When: To March 3
Where: Pacific Theatre
Tickets and info: $20-$36.50, pacifictheatre.org
Groundskeeper Samuel Gentle has heard God’s voice three times in his life, but has yet to find understanding or peace. “The play is simple, but Samuel Gentle’s heart is nuanced,” says Ron Reed. Reed directs David Snider in Heather McDonald’s one-man play about faith, doubt and hope.
Plastic Acid Orchestra.
Spectralism with Plastic Acid Orchestra
When: Feb. 24 at 8 p.m. (pre-show chat 7:15 p.m. )
Where: Annex (823 Seymour St.)
Tickets and info: $12-$29, newmusic.org
Spectralism emerged in the 1970s, when composers like Gérard Grisey and Tristan Murail began using sonographic representations of sound as a compositional starting point. The result is music that explores timbre, tempo, and other qualities of sound. Plastic Acid Orchestra presents seminal works by spectralist composers that are rarely performed in Vancouver.
Cindy Peterson (Lynn) and Bill Croft (Ray) in The Past at Studio 1398 Feb. 25-March 3.
When: Feb. 25-March 3 (no performance Feb. 26), 8 p.m.
Where: Studio 1398
Tickets and info: From $15, brownpapertickets.com
Speedbump Theatre makes its debut with the world premiere of The Past. A darkly humorous play about addiction and sobriety, it features two aging, lonely alcoholics and the young woman who brought them together. Written by Arthur Holden, The Past won the Theatre B.C. Canadian Play competition for 2017.
Bully is at Biltmore Cabaret on Feb. 26.
When: Feb. 26, 9 p.m.
Where: Biltmore Cabaret
Tickets and info: $18, ticketfly.com
Led by Alicia Bognanno, Bully stole all the indie-rockers’ lunch money with their 2015 debut Feels Like. The Nashville-based trio is on tour for their second album, the equally commanding Losing. Chicago’s Melkbelly opens.
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