B.C.’s very own professional ballet company has commissioned rising French choreographer Medhi Walerski for a full-length work titled, New York. The choreographybegins by questioning the balance of order and chaos before considering the human need for celebration—a fitting theme for Ballet BC’s 30th anniversary season.
8 p.m., tickets range from $30 to $90
Queen Elizabeth Theatre, 650 Hamilton Street
Celebrate St. Paddy’s Day at Vancouver’s only Irish-owned pub. As an authentic Irish establishment, The Irish Heather won’t be pouring green beer or handing out plastic clovers. Instead, stop by for a pint over lunch or dinner to enjoy live traditional music, pipers and dancers, or cross the street to seasonal pop-up pub Baby Heather.
11:30 a.m. until late, reservations required
210 Carrall Street
Mamie Taylor’s longtable dinner series returns this week with the latest of classic American cuisine. A four-course Tex-Mex dinner kicks off with a welcome margarita, before Chef Tobias Grignon shares delectable jalapeno poppers, tortilla soup, hanger steak and caramel quesadilla dishes.
$45, 6:30 p.m.
Mamie Taylor’s, 251 East Georgia Street
The BC Produce Marketing Association puts a fun spin on fresh produce with the 17th Annual Healthy Chef Competition. The event sees 10 different culinary groups—ranging from schools to restaurants—each prepare and serve approximately 70 plates that incorporate a prominent use of fresh produce. After dinner, the judging panel, featuring esteemed members of the BC Chefs’ Association, will announce award winners, including the recipient of the $1000 prize for the Healthy Half-Your-Plate Award. The BCPMA will also be presenting $7000 to the BC Chefs’ Association Scholarship fund.
$90, 6:30 p.m.
Hyatt Regency, 655 Burrard Street
Leon Bridges – March 15
Twenty-six-year-old Fort Worth, Texas native Leon Bridges quickly rose to stardom following the 2015 release of his debut album, Coming Home. The old soul has dedicated himself to 1960s R&B and gospel genres, bringing a classic sound back into the contemporary limelight with catchy singles like Coming Home and Smooth Sailin’.
8 p.m., tickets starting at $29.50
Orpheum Theatre, 601 Smithe Street
If you’re a fan of rugby (or short shorts), you’ll definitely want to stop by BC Place this weekend for the HSBC Canada Sevens event. The 2015-16 series sees 16 national teams compete for the championship over the course of 10 international tournaments, including Vancouver's this weekend. The Rugby Sevens also doubles as an Olympic qualifier for Rio 2016. Based on an overwhelming response, 5000 additional upper bowl tickets were released, giving you an extra opportunity to watch rugby at its best.
Vancouver Police Recovered Good Auction – March 12
The Vancouver Police are back at it with their annual Recovered Goods Auction in partnership with Able Auctions. An impressive inventory of recovered stolen goods includes over 300 bikes, a great selection of appraised jewellery, electronics, sporting equipment, musical instruments and more. Buyers are welcome to stop by preview events on Thursday, March 10 or Friday, March 11 to see if something catches their eye before registering for Saturday’s bidding.
Previews: March 10 & 11, 12 p.m. to 6 p.m. Auction: March 12, 9 a.m.
$10, 1055 Vernon Drive
Universal Music Canada
Jann Arden – March 12 and 13
Iconic Canadian singer Jann Arden is stopping on the West Coast while touring her latest album, Everything Almost. The Calgary native, slated to co-host the 2016 Juno Awards for the second time later this spring, first broke out onto the music scene with her hit song, Insensitive and has had 19 top 10 singles throughout her career.
March 12: Massey Theatre, 735 Eighth Avenue, New Westminster
March 13: Centennial Theatre, 2300 Lonsdale Avenue, North Vancouver
Known for turning cult film classics into interactive evenings out, East Van’s Rio Theatre is presenting Stanley Kubrick’s beloved Clockwork Orange.Based on Anthony Burgess’s dystopic novel about a life in a future totalitarian England, the film stars Malcolm McDowell as Alex, the rebellious teenager who is sentenced to behaviour modification therapy.
11 p.m., The Rio Theatre, 1660 East Broadway
Tickets: $8-10 in advance, $10-12 at the door
Born and raised in Kelowna, Haley fell in love with the West Coast while studying English Literature at UBC. Remaining true to her Okanagan upbringing, she still feels most at home on a golf course or by the water.