Winter Arts Blitz

It’s wintertime in Vancouver. Some people ski or board themselves ragged. Some people retreat to their townhouses and drink a lot of beer. We at XYVR advocate some balance: whether you’re ski-bumming or just eating your way through the cold months, make some time for the arts. There’s a burgeoning scene here all year, but right now there’s the PuSh International Performing Arts Festival. It makes your wintertime culture crawling as easy as a randy teenager in spring.

Haircuts by Children
That’s not an ironic title, just weird. A bunch of kids from Surrey will cut the hair of adults. It’s a performance piece. It’s a statement – about what, that’s up to you. If you decide you’d like to buy the finished piece, we’re not sure what the protocol is regarding tipping. January 26 and 27 from 12 pm to 4 pm at NuNu’s Salon and Spa (1855 Commercial Drive). For more information visit the PuSh Festival homepage.

Dances for a Small Stage 18
An itsy-bitsy stage, plus a pile of national-calibre dancers. You, sitting back with a drink and an impressed look on your face. This will not be like going to the stuffy ballet. Runs January 31 and February 1 at The Legion on the Drive. For more info call (604) 731-6856.

We’ve already mentioned The Black Rider (brainchild of William S. Burroughs and Tom Waits) in a note last week. We’ll note it again, in case you missed it. At the Arts Club, Granville Island Stage, until February 9. Call (604) 687-1644 for tickets.

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