MUSIC & DANCE
Dig out your acid wash jeans and join the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra for arrangements of 1980s music by Robert Palmer, Michael Jackson, George Michael, Huey Lewis and the News, Tears for Fears, and John Williams.
601 Smithe Street, Vancouver
$16.25-$115 at www.vancouversymphony.ca
THE MERRY WIDOW
Vancouver Opera performs Franz Lehár’s opera set in the heart of vibrant fin de siècle Paris, about the wealthy widow, Hanna Glawari (sung by Italian-Canadian Lucia Cesaroni), who schemes to win the heart of dashingly handsome Count Danilo.
Queen Elizabeth Theatre
650 Hamilton Street, Vancouver
$49-$135 at www.vancouveropera.ca
Gravity turns elastic in Wang Ramirez’s sensational new work Borderline that combines b-boy dance battles with the soaring movement of Wuxia martial arts, to trace a line between chaos and control.
600 Hamilton Street, Vancouver
From $35 at DanceHouse.ca
Julianne Chapple’s strikingly original ensemble work is an immersive performance combining dance, sculptures and video to explore the physical and spiritual effects of our rapidly changing technological landscape.
Scotiabank Dance Centre
677 Davie Street, Vancouver
$22-$26 at www.thedancecentre.ca
Until October 20
Thai is 16 years old and no longer needs an imaginary friend living under her bed – but that imaginary friend, Mustard, has other plans. The Arts Club presents a darkly comic tale about growing up, moving on, and finding magic where you least expect it.
Granville Island Stage
1585 Johnston Street, Granville Island, Vancouver
From $29 at www.artsclub.com
A VANCOUVER GULDASTA
This riveting play focuses on a Punjabi family in Vancouver in the early 1980s as they navigate trauma, violence, and their daughter’s complicated friendship with a Vietnamese refugee teen living in their basement.
1895 Venables Street, Vancouver
$40 at www.thecultch.com
KILL ME NOW
Touchstone Theatre presents this frank and ferociously funny play about a single dad who develops a serious medical condition and learns to ask for help. Kill Me Now was a finalist for the 2016 Governor General’s Literary Award for Drama.
Firehall Arts Centre
280 East Cordova Street, Vancouver
$25-$33 at www.firehallartscentre.ca
October 19-November 10
A pack of teenage girls prepare for battle on the soccer field. In the exhilaration of adolescence, they grapple with everything from pop culture to politics, discovering their identities as individuals and as a team. Who will come out on top?
1440 West 12th Avenue, Vancouver
$20-$36.50 at www.pacifictheatre.org
STANLEY PARK GHOST TRAIN
Depart on a family-friendly train ride inspired by Halloween tales through Vancouver’s historic Stanley Park.
Stanley Park Miniature Train
610 Pipeline Road, Stanley Park, Vancouver
$6-$12 at www.vancouver.ca
FAN EXPO VANCOUVER
Celebration of geek culture includes marketplace, panels, and meet and greets with sci-fi and fantasy celebs. Featuring Ron Pearlman (Hellboy), Wil Wheaton (Star Trek: The Next Generation), Jason Momoa (Aquaman), Lou Ferrigno (The Incredible Hulk), and more.
Vancouver Convention Centre West
1055 Canada Place
$30-$79 at www.fanexpovancouver.com
VANCOUVER WRITER’S FESTIVAL
Dozens of world-renowned authors share unexpected stories, delve into current events, and reflect on what it is to be alive today. Guests include Patrick deWitt, Deborah Levy, Rachel Kushner, Gary Shteyngart, Sisonke Msimang, Buffy Sainte-Marie, Kenneth Oppel, and Jodi Picoult.
Various Vancouver venues. Ticket prices vary; tickets and schedule at writersfest.bc.ca/2018-festival
VANCOUVER FALL HOME SHOW 2018
This annual celebration of home and design returns with hundreds of exhibits, industry personalities, and the latest home and lifestyle trends. Celebrity speakers include Todd Talbot (Love It or List It Vancouver), Colin and Justin (Cabin Pressure), and Tiffany Pratt (Home to Win).
Vancouver Convention Centre West
1055 Canada Place, Vancouver
$6-$13 at www.vancouverfallhomeshow.com