November 9 edition: When nature makes its own art

Plus: Cocktail pop-ups and community care pivots

It might be getting cold and gross, making heading outside feel harder, even if you have the luxury of your own car. But there are still so many things to do. A frankly baffling amount. 

While many of us are hunkering down, galleries are putting up new exhibits, theatre companies are debuting new material, and musicians continue to tour before snow season really grinds most of the country to a halt.

And a long weekend is a perfect time to brave the elements and discover what’s out there. See you at a show!

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Commentary: Climate change art embraces nature’s elements

A woman works on a canvas on the floor of a forest.

Artist Jean Huang reflects on how creating art in the great outdoors helped turn her climate dread into action and joy.


Grandview’s Local Open Access Fridge is shutting down. What comes next?

Two women stand in front of a shuttered structure. It reads "LAF: Local Open Access Fridge"

A community fridge project is ending after two and a half years of serving the community—but the organizers say there’s more to come.


Spread holiday cheer for a great cause!

On November 18th and 19th, Homes For The Holidays, presented by Connor, Clark & Lunn Financial Group, is set to grace UBC's Cecil Green Park Mansion! 

The cliff-top mansion will be transformed to showcase uniquely festive décor ideas ranging from tablescapes to room vignettes for attendees to reimagine in their own homes. Yet, beyond the festive décor and twinkling lights, there lies a deeper purpose. All proceeds for Homes For The Holidays will support Take a Hike Foundation, dedicated to empowering youth with the skills and resilience they need to graduate high school, build healthy relationships and achieve success – however they define it.  


Julie Kim’s comedy looks to bigger things

A blak and white photo depicts an East Asian woman making a face, holding er hands in front of her chest.

Voted the city’s favourite comedian in the Best Of Vancouver awards, Julie Kim chats with us ahead of her double-header album recording at the Biltmore.

  • The Chutzpah! Festival returns November 2 - 23 with an exciting and dynamic lineup, presenting music, theatre, comedy, dance and multimedia arts, connecting communities and celebrating the vibrancy of our stories.*

  • PuSh Festival returns Jan 18 - Feb 4, 2024. Save up to 25% on tickets with an early bird PuSh Pass! Program launches November 22.*

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You Nearly Missed: Beach Fossils at The Pearl

Four masculine people, sitting on a squishy sofa in a dramatically lit room, are all conscpicuously wearing shoes.

Lo-fi indie kings Beach Fossils are coming here in support of their fourth album, the rainy-day vibes Bunny.

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Stand Up Dance celebrates survival and recovery in Anatomalia, November 16-18

Queer Canadian choreographer Meagan O’Shea’s new work Anatomalia is definitely not your usual dance show: theatrical, playful and imaginative, it uses dance, design and sound to celebrate female resilience, release trauma, and reclaim joy.

Three shows only, November 16-18 at Scotiabank Dance Centre: get your tickets here.


Wined Up: Hester Creek’s 2022 Sémillon

A bottle of Haster Creek 2022 Semillon lies sideways across some fall squashes.

Sometimes our very own Mike Usinger just wants to riff about wine. Here he is with tasting notes for a light and spry white from the buzzy Okanagan winery.


Hurricane Mona | Nov 18 - Dec 3 | The Cultch

A rebel activist under house arrest, a suburban family on the brink, a doomsday-talking frog with a bone to pick. Playwright Pippa Mackie serves-up catastrophic family dysfunction and climate woes in this hilarious dark comedy for our times. 

A World Premiere production presented by Touchstone Theatre and Ruby Slippers Theatre. Get tickets!


From Slander’s Brand opening celebration at the Polygon Gallery | November 9 | 7pm

Running from November 10 to February 4, this exhibition brings together three artists asking how art can witness or reflect trauma and change. [By donation] 

A Doll’s House Part 2 at Pal Studio Theatre | November 9 to 26 | Various times 

Ibsen’s play ends with Nora Helmer slamming the door on domestic life. Lucas Hnath’s sequel asks, 15 years later, why she might return. [$25+]

A Tale of Two Cities at Abbotsford Arts Centre | November 10 to 19 | 7:30pm

The world premiere of Abbotsford playwright Adriel Brandt’s adaptation of the epic Charles Dickens novel. [$15+] 

Symbiotic Reconciliation (共生·和解) opening at Lipont Gallery | November 10 | 7pm 

Local artist duo Wenli Yang and Roy Hoh use photography to examine symbiosis and memory through relationships. [Free]

Bad Company Burlesque at the Morrissey | November 11 | 8pm 

Let loose with one night of burlesque, pub games, and cheeky fun. [$22.63+]

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