Presenting part two of our feature on arts attractions guaranteed to overpower the call of the couch. Because winter is no time hibernate.
The Editors / Hot Hot Heat
See how post-punk revival pop is supposed to sound with this double bill by UK alt-darlings The Editors and the pride of Victoria Hot Hot Heat. Feb. 5 at Commodore, 8 pm. Tickets are $25 from ticketmaster.ca.
My Name is Rachel Corrie
A controversial one-woman show, co-written by Guardian reporter Katharine Viner and Die Hard, Robin Hood and Harry Potter bad guy Alan Rickman. Based on the diary of a young human rights activist who was killed trying to stop an Israeli army bulldozer from demolishing Palestinian homes in the Gaza Strip. In town following its Canadian premiere in Montreal because the Toronto leg of the production was cancelled due to protests. We did say controversial, remember? Hurry up and get those tickets because the buzz surrounding the show, combined with the tiny venue, means it’s going to sell out fast. Ongoing to February 9 at Havana Theatre (1212 Commercial Drive), 9:30 pm. (Friday and Saturday at 7 pm and 9:30 pm). Tickets are $25 from ticketstonight.ca.
If you’re younger than 25, skip this one. Otherwise, you might remember this band from the summer of 1994 when their debut album Hints, Allegations, and Things Left Unsaid played non-stop for about three months. Relive that summer vibe February 1 at Red Robinson Show Theatre (2080 United Boulevard, Coquitlam). 8 pm; tickets are $49.50-$59.50 from ticketmaster.ca.