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.
Beginning with the Seventies: GLUT
Vancouver Women’s Bookstore closed in 1996, but those who still miss the often controversial enterprise can visit a reconstruction of it by Alexandra Bischoff at UBC’s Morris and Helen Belkin Gallery. Thirteen artists and writers will occupy the installation for the duration of the exhibition, which also includes works that explore language as a medium, by Allyson Clay, Gathie Falk, Germaine Koh, Laiwan, Evelyn Roth, Elizabeth Zvonar, and others.
(Vancouver: opening reception Jan. 11, 6-9 p.m.; runs to Apr. 8)
PuSh International Performing Arts Festival
The PuSh Festival showcases artists who take risks in transformative performances. Its 14th year features 28 theatre, dance, performance art and interdisciplinary works from 11 countries. The supercharged dance sensation Some Hope for the Bastards, by Quebec renegade Frédérick Gravel, launches the fest, Jan. 16 at Vancouver Playhouse.
(Vancouver: Jan. 16-Feb. 3)
Diderot String Quartet and Eybler Quartet
Early Music Vancouver just experienced its busiest December on record, but there’s no slowing down. This weekend sees three nights of gorgeous string quartet music played on period instruments, the first by New York’s Diderot String Quartet, the second by Toronto’s Eybler Quartet—both at Christ Church Cathedral. The third evening features musical treats by the Eybler paired with delectables from the kitchen of Dockside Restaurant for a fundraiser organizers are calling a musical banquet.
(Vancouver: Jan. 12-14)
If you’ve yet to visit, you’re in for some “weird, wonderful” seduction at the Lunarium. Remounted by the Crystalline Cabaret, the “allegorical wonderland” is inspired by George Melies’ 1902 film A Trip to The Moon and features dance, magic, theatre, circus and burlesque. The adventure, at the Fox Cabaret, is part of BC Alliance member Theatre Wire's subscription series.
(Vancouver: Jan. 13)
Hot Brown Honey
Australian company Briefs Factory heats up the York Theatre with a sizzler of a show, that was smash hit at Edinburgh Fringe for the way it shatters gender and race stereotypes. BC Alliance executive director Brenda Leadlay caught the preview and was still reeling from the cabaret's "outrageous" burlesque boldness the next day, when she sported the show's merch: a pin that reads "Decolonize and moisturize."
(Vancouver: Jan. 10-27)
Brendan Lee Satish Tang | Lucien Durey
Recent City of Vancouver Mayor's Arts Award-winner Brendan Lee Satish Tang is known for his intricate ceramics that fuse tradition and manga-like styles. But at Burrard Arts Foundation, the artist takes a detour with his installation meatspace. A series of sculptural network-like abstractions, the work evokes biological, digital, and human-constructed forms—everything from scaffolding to complex molecules. This work, too, is a fusion of worlds, or what Tang calls the "in-between space: that digital/real life space that we all kind of coexist in." Lucien Durey presents two dreamy installations in his show Paraphernalia, for which he employs a thrift shop’s worth of oddities and found objects. An anthropologist of stuff, Durey finds the real value of things is measured by their “embedded narratives.”
(Vancouver: opening reception Jan. 11, 7 pm; runs to Feb. 13)
Empowering and supporting art experiences for youth and young adults help to instil strong values for arts and culture. The first exhibition of 2018 at Kariton Art Gallery portrays life from the perspective of eight Abbotsford photographers aged 12 to 16. The non-profit Cameras4Change collaborated on the project, which provided participants the opportunity to learn ways visuals can tell a story.
(Abbotsford: to Feb. 6)
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.