Metro Vancouver events this week: 5 things to do between Jan. 11-17

Headlining this week’s picks is Dog Rising from Montreal-based choreographer Clara Furey.

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Whether you’re looking for date-night ideas, free things to do or just something fun to do with the kids, you can’t go wrong with our list of events happening around Metro Vancouver between Jan. 11-17.

Headlining this week’s picks is Dog Rising from Montreal-based choreographer Clara Furey.

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For more ideas, click HERE for our coverage of Vancouver’s Arts scene. Here are five things to do in Metro Vancouver this week:

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Plastic Orchid Factory presents Clara Furey’s dance show Dog Rising at Roundhouse Community Centre Jan 12. Photo by Mathieu Verreault /Clara Furey/Plastic Orchid Factory

Dog Rising

When: Jan. 12 at 7 p.m.

Where: Roundhouse Community Centre, 181 Roundhouse Mews, Vancouver

Tickets: $5-50 at tickettailor.com

Tio’tia:ke (Montréal)-based choreographer Clara Furey/Bent Hollow presents Dog Rising. The performance features a trio of dancers. In a media release, Natalie Gnam of presenter Plastic Orchid Factory stated that, “We saw a studio showing (without any production elements) last year … and it totally blew us away! The work is rigorous, singular, and unpredictable in all the best ways possible. It is a transportive journey into states of being that offer time for reflection and truly sharing space and time.”

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Beneath Springhill: The Maurice Ruddick Story

When: Jan. 10-20

Where: Surrey Arts Centre, 13750 88 Ave.

Tickets: $29-54 at tickets.surrey.ca

A remount of the Arts Club’s 2021 production at the Granville Island Stage, this one-man show is based on the 1958 Springhill, N.S., mining disaster and tells the story of coal miner Maurice Ruddick (Jeremiah Sparks). Trapped 4,000 feet underground, the African Canadian “singing miner” kept the spirits up of his fellow miners over nine days. Following its Surrey run, the Arts Club Company On Tour production continues on to Mission (Clarke Theatre, Jan. 21), Coquitlam (Evergreen Cultural Centre, Jan. 23-27), West Vancouver (Kay Meek Arts Centre, Feb. 1 & 2) and Maple Ridge (ACT Arts Centre, Feb. 2 & 4).

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Grade School compete in the second of four preliminary rounds with ELEVATE at the Biltmore Cabaret Jan 12. Photo by Ryan Ng /Grade School

ELEVATE Music Project

When: Jan. 12

Where: Biltmore Cabaret, 2755 Prince Edward St., Vancouver

Tickets: $10 (plus fees) at admitone.com

Grade School, Kers, Mamarudegyal MTHC, Emma Alves, Riun Garner and Clay Orange are the competing acts on the second of four preliminary round nights in the ELEVATE Music Project. A four-person panel of judges will choose the top six performers from the preliminary rounds to play in the semifinal on Feb. 10. Three advancing acts will compete for the grand prize at the Vogue on March 7 for the chance to win custom prize packages. The third and fourth preliminary rounds take place Jan. 19 and Feb. 2.

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Tara Cheyenne Friedenberg performs her new solo show Pants at Firehall Arts Centre Jan. 17-20. Photo by Wendy D Photography /Tara Cheyenne Performance/Firella Arts Centre


When: Jan. 17-20

Where: Firehall Arts Centre, 280 E. Cordova St., Vancouver

Tickets: $30 at firehallartscentre and 604-689-0926

This solo dance/theatre/comedy piece by veteran dance artist Tara Cheyenne Friedenberg “takes a deep dive into the shallow end of the gender binary through raw comedy and dance that crawls inside our ‘packaging,’” according to the media release. Friedenberg’s previous work includes the shows Banger, Body Parts, and I Can’t Remember the Word for I Can’t Remember.

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The Vanrays are one of several local bands playing tribute to David Bowie Jan. 13 at the Rickshaw Theatre. Photo by Gord McCaw/Andrew Samuel /The Vancrays

Bowie Ball

When: Jan. 13

Where: Rickshaw Theatre, 254 E. Hastings St., Vancouver

Tickets: Sold Out

Once again, a flurry of local bands take to the Rickshaw’s stage to salute the late David Bowie, who died in 2016. Acts include The Vanrays, Cass King and the Cassettes, Tequila Bats, Star Collector, Space Junk, Fallen Stars, La Chinga, Eleven Twelves, Shag, and Quixotic Neurotics.

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