Vancouver Opera gets romantic with Puccini’s La Bohème

And four other reasons Vancouver is awesome this week

Puccini’s La Bohème

It’s considered opera’s most enduring love story, and it’s on stage in Vancouver on Valentine’s Day (and a few other days, too). Enjoy the Vancouver Opera’s presentation of Puccini’s celebrated La Bohème. This new production is — literally — an enormous vintage picture postcard of Paris. Sung in Italian with English surtitles... che romantico!

When: Feb. 14, 16, 19, 21 and 24
Where: Queen Elizabeth Theatre. 630 Hamilton St.

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JFL Northwest Pop-Up Parties

Adam Bailie performs at a JFL NorthWest pop-up party in Ackery’s Alley.
Adam Bailie performs at a JFL NorthWest pop-up party in Ackery’s Alley.

Did you score tickets to any of the Just for Laughs Northwest comedy fest shows? Don’t have FOMO — they are doing some fun pop-up parties that are free and open to the public. For the first time in JFL NorthWest history, pop-up parties will be taking place in Ackery’s Alley. On Feb. 14, show some love for comedy with $5 cans of Bomber beer, free Tim Hortons coffee and live music from Adam Bailie, Chersea and DJ O Show. Then on Feb. 19, in addition to the drinks, there will be free performances from the New Shackletons and Derek Pitts. Fake Ghost Tours, with comedians Abdul Aziz and Shawn O’Hara and musician Aaron Read, will leave every hour, on the hour.

When: Feb. 14, 5 to 8 p.m. and Feb. 19, 5:30 to 9:30 p.m.

Where: Ackery’s Alley, off Smithe between Granville and Seymour

Enhancing Psychological Health and Resiliency

What are some key ingredients for psychological health and resilience? Explore this question, as well as the role of art and creativity in enhancing resilience with guest speaker Dr. Alina Sotskova. She is the artistic director of Voirelia: a non-profit dance, psychology and philosophy hub. She will draw from examples in art to talk about how creativity can help strengthen mental health. Her talk is part of several events taking place around the region for Psychology Month.

When: Feb. 16, 1 to 2:30 p.m.

Where: Vancouver Public Library Britannia Branch, 1661 Napier St.

Suburban Dads on Vacation Theme Party

Beaumont Studios celebrates father figures in all their tacky glory at its Suburban Dads on Vacation
Beaumont Studios celebrates father figures in all their tacky glory at its Suburban Dads on Vacation Theme Party.

Put on your finest Hawaiian shirt, socks with sandals, and Members Only jacket to this fiesta of appropriating suburban dad culture. This goofy 19-plus theme party will have all the best dad drinks, dad games, dad activities, a corny dad inspired photo booth and dad music to make it a night just like the family vacation dads have dreamed of.

When: Feb. 15, 7 p.m. to 2 a.m.

Where: Beaumont Studios, 316 West Fifth Ave.

Places That Matter: Community Celebration

Celebrate Vancouver Heritage Week with this popular annual gathering. Get together with other Vancouverites to honour the people and places that make — and have made — our city so awesome. Check out the displays, open house, music and refreshments. Plus it’s totally free.

When: Feb. 20, 6 to 8:30 p.m.

Where: Heritage Hall, 3102 Main St.


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