Rio Theatre takes it to the Max for Australia fire relief fundraiser

And four other reasons Vancouver is awesome this week

Mad Max-athon For Aussie Fire Relief

Support friends and loved ones in "the Land Down Under" by watching a screening of all four of George Miller's iconic dystopian classics — Mad Max, The Road Warrior, Beyond Thunderdome and Fury Road — back to back on the big screen at the Rio Theatre. Get ready for trivia, raffles and door prizes, a 50/50 draw, a costume contest and, most importantly, a chance to send some love, friendship and dollars to those on the front lines of this environmental disaster.

When: Jan. 25, 4.30 p.m.

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Where: Rio Theatre, 1660 East Broadway

Weathered Beer

Out of the darkness that is winter in Vancouver comes great things, such as  the chance to taste rare and unusual brews with like-minded beer fans. The Weathered Beer Celebration is an "extreme" beer tasting event focusing on the flavours of the season. This year's event will feature beers from more than 50 breweries, with pours of rare and exciting stouts, lambics, barleywines, strong ales, sours/wild ales, as well as some hoppy and lager ales, too. Weathered considers itself more of a "bottle share" style event that offers bottle or can pours, a draft bar, and an art gallery.

When:  Jan. 25 (Session 1: 1 to 5 p.m., Session 2: 7 to 11 p.m.) and Jan. 26 (Session 3: 1 to 5 p.m.)

Where: Heritage Hall, 3102 Main St.

Chinese New Year Parade

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The 47th annual Chinese New Year Parade will make its way along its 1.3-km route, featuring more than 3,000 participants in 70 entries. The colourful and lively signature event has dancing, music, martial arts performances and the iconic lion dances. If you hang around the Chinatown neighbourhood, you’ll see more lion dances after the parade, too. The route begins at the Millennium Gate on Pender, then proceeds east along Pender, turns south onto Gore, turns west onto Keefer and then disperses on Keefer at Abbott.

When: Jan. 26 at 11 a.m.

Where: Chinatown (route begins at the Millennium Gate)

Fortune Food Fair

Time to ring in the Year of the Rat, and what better way to celebrate the Lunar New Year than with food. Fortune Sound Club is bringing back its one-day Food Fair pop-up event Jan. 26. Check out the Lunar New Year parade, then hang around at the free, all-ages food fair to grab a bite — or two — to eat.

When: Sun. Jan. 26 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Where: Fortune Sound Club, 147 East Pender St.


Closet Raid

This is your chance to raid the closets of your favourite local style influencers Sharday Engel and Jen Pistor. Join HeyArchive and ARC Apparel for an afternoon of champagne by Gray Monk Estate Winery and the best pre-loved clothing from this city's style mavens. This is the perfect opportunity to snag some great new year outfits or gifts for friends and family while diverting apparel from hitting the landfills.

When:  Jan. 25, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Where: ARC Apparel's Gastown Boutique, 306 West Cordova St.


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