5 Fresh Things to Do in Vancouver This Week (Nov. 13-18)

Laugh, launch, and live like the Europeans.

(Photo Credit: Vancouver Architecture and Design Film Festival.)

Launch Forward

November 14

The Architecture and Design Film Festival is an international festival that showcases modern documentaries and short films about design and architecture. After swinging through New York, Washington, and Athens, the fest is about to make its debut in Vancouver – but not until 2019. Get pumped at the super-early Launch Party and screening of Strange and Familiar: Architecture on Fogo Island directed by Katherine Knight and Marcia Connolly.When: Wednesday, November 14 6:30 p.m. – 10:30 p.m.Where: Imperial TheatreCost: $10More Info: adfilmfest.com  (Photo Credit: Red Gate Arts Society.)

Crack Up

November 14

Laugh ‘till your face hurts at Yellow Fever, a comedy show that’s by Asians, for everyone. This show will spotlight some of Vancouver’s best up-and-coming Asian comedians – but you won’t catch them using stereotypes to get a laugh. The comedians (including Soo Jeong, Andrea Jin, and Ronald Dario) are serving up stigma-free hilarity and celebrating culture through chuckles.When: Wednesday, November 14 8:00 p.m.Where: Red Gate Arts SocietyCost: From $5More Info: facebook.com 

A European Christmas

November 17

Ease yourself into the holiday season with Vancouver’s first ever European Christmas market. With live dance performances, cultural booths, food vendors and more, it’s the perfect start to the festive period. And yes, it’s totally acceptable to start the celebrations early.When: Saturday, November 17 11:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.Where: Stanley Park PavilionCost: FreeMore Info: Facebook  (Photo Credit: YEW Seafood + Bar.)

Say Cheese

November 18

Ready to dip into your sophisticated side? Learn about perfect pairings of whiskey and cheese at this masterclass, tasting and four-course dinner by YEW Seafood + Bar. Tastings of MacAllan Whiskeys (including the Double Cask Gold, Double Cask 12 Years Old, Triple Cask Matured 12 Years Old, and Rare Cask) are followed by a dinner of egg yolk raviolo, autumn mushroom tartlet, and grilled flat iron steak.When: Sunday, November 18  5:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.Where: YEW Seafood + BarCost: $120More Info: yewseafood.com  (Photo Credit: Vancouver Academy of Music.)

Space Out

November 18

Get the ultimate astronomical audio-visual experience at VAM Symphony Orchestra: The Planets. This presentation of Holst’s The Planets will be accompanied by (literal) star-studded image projections by the H.R. MacMillan Space Centre. Sit back, relax, and think about just how small and insignificant you are in our tremendous and infinite cosmos.When: Sunday, November 18  2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.Where: Orpheum TheatreCost: From $10More Info: vancouveracademyofmusic.com