Among the BC Alliance for Arts + Culture's 450 members are artists, performance groups and cultural workers at museums, theatres, concert venues, community organizations, professional associations and more. Here's what some of them are up to this week.
Vancouver blues legend Jim Byrnes stars as Scrooge in a modern version of Dickens's A Christmas Carol, set in Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside. Bah Humbug! features 40 songs, many familiar, others surprising, including tunes by Elton John and Nine Inch Nails. James Fagan Tait directs the show, co-produced by SFU Woodward’s Cultural Programs with Vancouver Moving Theatre and Full Circle: First Nations Performance, at SFU Goldcorp Centre for the Arts. (Insiders' tip: Use the code BHECC and get 20 % off tickets.)
(Vancouver: Dec. 7-16)
Free Holiday Lights Walking Tours
It’s holiday selfie time. BC Alliance member Downtown Vancouver BIA invites everyone on a guided tour of festive public sites. Bonus: Complimentary hot beverages provided by Trees Organic. (Meanwhile, DVBIA just published results of its Granville Street survey, asking what kind of establishments people want to see on the strip. Answers are heartening: most people want rooftop and patio bars, restaurants and live performances spaces, while 90 percent of respondents prefer independent stores as opposed to chain stores.)
(Vancouver: Dec. 13 and Dec. 20)
Arts Umbrella Dance Company’s fun twist on Tchaikovsky’s The Nutcracker at Vancouver Playhouse combines dance styles such as ballet, hip-hop, jazz, modern and ballroom dance with an updated story laced with tongue-in-cheek humour. Kids love it and so do adults.
(Vancouver: Dec. 8-10)
Universal Gospel Choir: Peace on Earth
At 70 members, Vancouver’s longest-running gospel choir is larger than ever this year. So for the first time, it performs its jazzy, funky yuletide concert in a bigger venue: Queen Elizabeth Theatre.
(Vancouver: Dec. 9)
Encounters: Annual Members’ Exhibition
Encounters is a portraiture show at the Kelowna Art Gallery, that features 90 artists reflecting on themselves, examining someone else, or taking a more abstract approach. Patty Leinemann's metal sculpture depicting a pair of suitcases, Mom & Dad, stands near a piece composed of dripped tea and coffee on paper by Cheryl Arnouse titled Perspective on Homelessness.
(Kelowna: runs to Feb. 3)
Bill Reid Gallery | Intangible Closing Event with Marvin Oliver
Take in an artist talk with Marvin Oliver on the final day of his exhibition Intangible: Memory and Innovation in Coast Salish Art. It's also the last day Bill Reid Gallery will be open until the spring. A $1.5-million renovation to the gallery by Merrick Architects will add 1,300 sq. ft. of exhibition space. The Gallery reopens sometime in April with Body Language, an exhibition on tattooing on the Northwest Coast.
(Vancouver: Dec. 10)
For more member events, check out our Member News page. To see your event on the BC Alliance website, email your press release to Nancy Lanthier at email@example.com.