5 Things to Do in Vancouver This Week (January 29-February 4)

A Sondheim fairytale-themed musical, an early 2000s indie-music throwback and an improvised rom-com.

Here’s your weekly roundup of the top events in the city, including art exhibitions, local theatre, restaurant openings, concerts, film, markets and other to-dos we think you’ll love. If you have a Vancouver event you’d like to submit for consideration, send an email to kdonaldson@canadawide.com.

1. Experience the Music of Leonard Cohen at the Chelsea Hotel

February 3- March 3

Check in to the Leonard Cohen-inspired play, Chelsea Hotel: The Songs of Leonard Cohen where a lovesick writer is on a quest for a hit song at the titular New York hotel while Cohen’s classics serenade you for an evening of theatre meets cool hipster coffee shop vibes.

When: February 3 -March 3
Where: Firehall Arts Centre
Cost: $40
More info: firehallartscentre.ca


2. Meet-Cute (and Laugh) at the Fully Improvised Rom-Com, Love Unexpected

February 2-24

If you love romantic comedies then grab your quirky best friend and come laugh at an improvised love letter to the genre.

When: February 2-24
Where: Tightrope Impro Theatre
Cost: $23.76
More info: eventbrite.ca


3. Get Nostalgic for the Early-2000s Indie Music Scene With Cold War Kids

February 2

If you are a millennial then you likely had at least one Cold War Kids song on your playlist (or dare I say, CD!) Well, the “Hang Me Up To Dry” indie band is back on their “20 Years Tour” to remind us all that we are indeed getting older, and so we might as well dance about it.

When: February 2
Where: The Vogue Theatre
Cost: $45
More info: admitone.com


4. See a Circus Meets Paper Performance Unfold at PuSh Festival’s PLI

February 2-4

What do you get when you combine a circus artist, two visual artists and paper? I’m not sure! But, if you go to the avant-garde PuSh Festival performance of PLI, you might find out.

When: February 2-4
Where: The Vancouver Playhouse
Cost: From $39
More info: pushfestival.ca


5. Enjoy a Twisted Fairytale at Into the Woods

February 1-18

For those who love musicals, this Tony-winning musical-turned-movie-then-back-to-musical stars all your favourite fairytale legends like Little Red Ridinghood, Rapunzel and more, as they tackle an evil witch’s curse and perfect pitch.

When: February 1-18
Where: Studio 58
Cost: From $10
More info: www.etix.com