The Vancouver Symphony Orchestra
The Orchestra’s Season Opener

Dates and Venue Friday, Sept. 22, 2017, 8pm & Saturday, Sept. 23, 2017, 8pm | Orpheum Theatre

Conductor Bramwell Tovey Featured performers Australian String Quartet

Programme Bramwell Tovey’s Time Tracks (North American Première); John Adams’ Absolute Jest for String Quartet and Orchestra; Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No. 5 in E minor

Bramwell Tovey’s final season begins with a performance of the Maestro’s own Time Tracks, a collection of orchestral themes from his opera, The Inventor. Former Concertmaster Dale Barltrop returns to the Orpheum stage with the Australian String Quartet, to perform Absolute Jest, a work inspired by Stravinsky’s Pulcinella. Finally, Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No. 5, defined by his never-ending struggle with fate, and the answer to whether we have free will, or if our fates are determined.
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Tickets $19 - $95 (subscriber, senior, and student discounts available). Purchase online at www.vancouversymphony.ca or by calling VSO Customer Service at 604.876.3434



The City of Nations Society
Boney M with opening act ABRA Cadabra

Date and Venue September 25, 2017, 8pm | Queen Elizabeth Theatre,

This nostalgic concert features Boney M featuring with original lead singer Liz Mitchell to re-live the music of this iconic group from the 70’s and 80’s! The band had hits with “Daddy cool”, “Sunny”, “Ma Baker”, “Belfast”, “Rivers of Babylon” and “Brown Girl in the Ring.”

Tickets – prices range from $62 - $136 and on sale now at www.ticketstonight.ca

 



Vancouver International Film Festival

Dates and Venues September 28 – October 13, 2017 | Various theatre venues in Vancouver

In terms of admissions and number of films screened, VIFF is among the five largest film festivals in North America. VIFF Screens films from more than 70 countries on nine screens, with a program that includes a selection taken from top film festivals. Three main programming platforms make VIFF unique: a large selections of East Asian films, one of the biggest showcases of Canadian film in the world and vibrant documentary films.

Admission Single tickets: From September 14, In-person Box Office opens at the Vancouver International Film Centre, 1181 Seymour Street. Evening/Weekend/Holiday - Adult $15, Student/Senior $13, Accessible $13, Youth under 18 $10 (Only available for films classified for youth). Weekday Matinee (Monday to Friday before 5pm) Adults $13

 

 


The Cultch
The Goblin Market

Dates and Venue October 3 –14, 2017, 8pm | Where: York Theatre, 639 Commercial Dr.

Christina Rossetti’s poem Goblin Market is a vibrant feminist work with themes of female power, sexuality, sisterly love and sorority. The poem is used as a springboard for this performance from the New Zealand circus company The Dust Palace. Goblin Market is a sensory feast for the eyes; physical theatre and acrobatics in a story of lust and temptation. Contains nudity and sexually explicit scenes –recommended for ages 16+

Tickets from $22. Single tickets on sale now through The Cultch’s Box Office: 604.251.1363 or tickets.thecultch.com

 


The Cultch
1 Hour Photo by Tetsuro Shigematsu, Vancouver Asian Canadian Theatre (VACT)

Dates and Venue October 3 – 7, 10 – 14, 2017, 8pm; matinees Oct 8, 14 & 15, 2pm | The Cultch’s Historic Theatre, 1895 Venables St.

1 Hour Photo is the story of Mas Yamamoto, a man whose life was swept up by the major currents of the 20th century; from growing up in a fishing village on the banks of the Fraser River, to being interned as a Japanese Canadian during World War II, to guarding the Canadian arctic against Soviet bombers during the height of the Cold War. 1 Hour Photo is an intimate and captivating snapshot of a life lived courageously in the face of hardship and heartbreak; a moving portrait saturated with the most vivid colors of our times.

Tickets From $22 - purchase at tickets.thecultch.com/Online/



The Vancouver Symphony Orchestra
Tea & Trumpets: Ludwig van Beethoven

Date and Venue Thursday, October 5, 2017 at 2pm | Orpheum Theatre

Conductor William Rowson, Host Christopher Gaze, Featured performer Alexander Knopp - Violin

The opening concert of the Tea & Trumpets series features the music of one of the greatest of the great composers, Ludwig van Beethoven, and stories from the life of this tortured genius.

Tickets $35 - $42 (subscriber, senior, and student discounts available). Purchase online at www.vancouversymphony.ca or by calling VSO Customer Service at 604.876.3434



a MISCELLANEOUS Productions
Monsters

Dates and Venue Friday, October 6, 2017 & Saturday, October 7 at 8pm | Faris Family Studio Theatre, The Scotiabank Dance Centre, 677 Davie St.

Ancient maps are said to have warned unwary travelers venturing too near the edges of the unknown, and there will be monsters indeed at the premiere performance of Monsters, a new transdisciplinary musical theatre work. Loosely based on Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein, “Monsters” is a strongly anti-bullying, anti-violence, anti-racism play designed for young audiences aged 12 and older, and performed by youth, exploring how and why a community creates and supports a ‘monster’, how collusion functions and how people are often attracted to individuals with loud, brash, forceful or aggressive personalities but are unaware of how incredibly damaging they can be.

Tickets $15 (plus service charges) Purchase online misc.brownpapertickets.com




Urban Ink
Freedom Singer

Dates and Venue October 7 – 18, 2017, Tues – Sat evening 8pm; Sat. & Sun. Matinees @ 2pm | Goldcorp Stage at the BMO Theatre Centre, 162 W. 1st Avenue, Vancouver

Freedom Singer is a rare musical journey through the history of the Underground Railroad and the songs that carried freedom seekers northward to Canada. Performed by Khari Wendell McClelland along with JUNO nominee Toronto soul singer Tanika Charles and acclaimed Vancouver guitarist Noah Walker.

Tickets $32 General admission, $22 for those 30 years & under. Vancouvertix Box Office: www.vancouvertix.com or 604.629.8849 More Information visit: www.urbanink.ca

 


Patrick Street Productions
A Little Night Music Music and Lyrics by Stephen Sondheim, Book by Hugh Wheeler

Dates and Venue October 12 - 21, 2017, 8pm; Matinees on Sat, Oct. 14 & Sun, Oct. 15 @2pm; Special Tea Matinee Tues, Oct. 17 @1pm | Gateway Theatre, 6500 Gilbert Road, Richmond

A Little Night Music is Steven Sondheim’s musical masterpiece. Based on Ingmar Bergman’s comedy of manners, Smiles of a Summer Night, Sondheim collaborated with playwright Hugh Wheeler to adapt the original film into a sophisticated musical with a timeless score. Set in Sweden at the turn of the last century, A Little Night Music follows the progressions of infatuation, jealousy and true love as a cast of characters meet, couple and uncouple during a weekend at a lavish country estate.

Tickets From $29 online at tickets.gatewaytheatre.com Box Office: 604-270-1812
Info: www.gatewaytheatre.com/littlenightmusic




Vancouver Opera
Turandot by Giacomo Puccini

Dates and Venue October 13, 19, 21 at 7:30pm, October 15 at 2pm | Queen Elizabeth Theatre

Containing some of the greatest operatic music ever written, Turandot blends epic chorus sections with unforgettable intimate moments, and is the culmination of Puccini’s career.The characters of Ping, Pang, and Pong inTurandot can at first glance seem buffoonish. However, in Puccini’s day, they were commonplace as they're a spin on characters from Commedia dell’arte —a classic style of Italian theatre that used extreme gesture, masks, and ensemble movement to present complex narratives to the masses.


Tickets from $46.75. Purchase online: tickets.vancouveropera.ca/ or call VO Ticket Centre: 604-683-0222




Aenigma Theatre And Bright Young Theatre

VIVA by Scott Button

Dates and Venue October 14 – 21, 2017, 8pm. October 15, 21, 22 at 2pm. NO SHOW on October 16 | The Havana, 1212 Commercial Dr, Vancouver

Two Strangers, Two Stories, One City, and One Fateful Night that will change both of their lives forever. Alice and Graeme are two very different people whose lives have been shaped by tragedy. Graeme is running from the memory of his missing sister, while Alice is struggling to save the life of her dying brother. Their very different paths, however, lead them both to Las Vegas, where anything is possible. Over the course of a night, Alice, Graeme, an illegal organ, a prostitute who might be a long lost sister and the underground world of the homeless come crashing together in a prodigious stroke of chance.

Tickets $22 Regular; $18 Student. Purchase online at tickets.theatrewire.com/shows/viva/events or at the door. Pay-What-You-Can Preview on the Oct 12 and Oct13. For more information visit: aenigmatheatre.com




Pacific Theatre (Cave Canem Production)
The Lonesome West by Martin McDonagh

Dates and Venue October 20 - November 11, 2017, Wed – Sat 8pm, 2pm matinees all Saturdays | Pacific Theatre, 1440 W 12th Ave.

In the Irish hamlet of Leenane, brothers Coleman and Valene eke out a squalid existence in their deceased father’s house. It’s hard to tell who they hate more: the outside world, or each other. When the hapless local priest Father Welsh attempts to reconcile the brothers, things spin wildly – and hilariously – out of hand. Martin McDonagh’s pitch-black dialogue and wicked sense of humour tests the boundaries of family, faith, and forgiveness.

Tickets $20 - 36.50, taxes not included call 604.731.5518 or visit pacifictheatre.org


ONGOING

FightingChanceProductions
POSH

Dates and Venue September 14 - 29, 2017, 8pm Tues – Sat + matinee on Sunday Sept. 24 at 2pm | PAL Theatre, 581 Cardero Street

In Posh, audiences witness an examination of power, privilege and persuasion, as they are taken behind the scenes of a meeting of The Riot Club, an elite and secret dinner society comprised of ten of the 'brightest, boldest and best' students at Oxford in present-day-England. There will be an ASL interpreted performance on Sept. 22 and a talk back following the 2pm matinee on Sept. 24

Tickets start at $15 and are available now at FightingChanceProductions



Pacific Theatre
The Christians by Lucas Hnath

Dates and Venue September 15 - October 7, 2017, Wed – Sat 8pm + 2pm matinees all Saturdays | Pacific Theatre, 1440 W 12th Ave.

What happens when a pastor gets up in front of his church and announces a drastic change in doctrine? After taking his church from a meager storefront to gleaming megachurch, Pastor Paul overturns one of the most sacred tenents of his congregation’s beliefs, sending them reeling towards schism. As they grapple with the mysteries of faith, certainty, and what happens after we die, they must also face the reality of loving those whose beliefs have made them into sudden strangers.

Tickets $20 - $36.50, taxes not included. Call 604.731.5518 or visit pacifictheatre.org - Pay-what-you-can preview on Sept 14



Arts Club Theatre Company
Angels in America Part Two: Perestroika
by Tony Kushner

Date and Venue September 7 – October 8, 2017, Tue–Thu at 7:30pm, Fri & Sat at 8pm, Wed at 1:30pm, and Sat & Sun at 2pm | Stanley Industrial Alliance Stage

The conclusion to the Arts Club’s production of Angels in America kicks off their 2017 – 18 season. Angels in America is a poignant account of the AIDS crisis and the Reagan era, weaving together the stories of eight core characters struggling to find harmony among their beliefs, desires, and the societal roles they feel obligated to uphold.

Tickets from $29 at artsclub.com or the Arts Club Box Office at 604.687.1644

 


Interrupting the Interface: New Works by David Wilson

Dates and Venue September 7 – 30, 2017 | Kimoto Gallery, 1525 W. 6th Avenue, Vancouver

David Wilson’s latest series of paintings demonstrates the subtle interface between reality and filtered reality. It’s an important distinction in the age of fake news and doctored images, but also a deeper comment on how the filters of memory or mood inform our everyday perceptions. Wilson’s lush, rainy urban street scenes evoke a counterintuitive-yet-comforting feeling of warmth and familiarity. Sodden figures, grey buildings, and damp roads reflect light, morphing and dissolving into drips and washes as they approach the edges of the canvas. Link to preview work and read artist statement: kimotogallery.com/interruptingtheinterface

Artist in attendance at the opening reception Thursday, Sept. 7 between 6pm & 9pm

 


United Players
Mr. Foote's Other Leg by Ian Kelly

Dates and Venue September 1 – 24, 2017, 8pm; Sunday Matinées: Sept 10, 17, 24 @ 2pm | At the Jericho Arts Centre

In Georgian London, no one is more famous than Samuel Foote. Satirist, impressionist, and dangerous comedian, he has become a star in the earliest days of celebrity culture. Adored by many, despised by some, Foote finds himself at the sharp end of attacks from the press -- and a surgeon's knife. Based on the true story of Foote, the play explores our obsession with celebrities, and their rise and fall.

Tickets $20 - $26 ($12 Preview) - purchase tickets online at tix for Mr.Foote or phone 604 224 8007, ext. 2 or go to reservations@unitedplayers.com Tickets are usually available at the door, but reservations are recommended.


Bard on the Beach

 

xMuch Ado About Nothing


Dates and Venue June 1 – September 23, 7.30pm + Sat & Sun matinees at 2pm | BMO Mainstage, Vanier Park


It’s Italy in 1959, and a group of actors and filmmakers are celebrating the wrap of their latest movie. Movie stars Beatrice and Benedick are drawn to each other but refuse to admit it, and Hero and Claudio’s marriage plans are about to be sabotaged by a journalist’s mean-spirited scheme. Cue the paparazzi, then a faked death, and la dolce vita threatens to become not so sweet; but with a script full of surprises, love can still triumph before the credits roll.

 

xThe Winter’s Tale


Dates and Venue June 8 – September 22, 7.30pm + Sat & Sun matinees at 2pm | BMO Mainstage, Vanier Park


A husband’s fierce jealousy is the trigger for a magical and moving tale, set in Sicily and Bohemia, which begins with a cruel punishment and ends with a miracle. King Leontes believes his wife, Queen Hermione, has been unfaithful to him with his best friend, so he puts her in prison and orders that their newborn baby be abandoned in the wilderness. Sixteen years later, across the sea, two young people fall in love and their union becomes the catalyst for reunion, redemption and a family’s healing.


Tickets $21 - $59. Call the Box Office at 604.739.0559 or purchase online at https://bardonthebeach.org