The Daisy Theatre will be presented at the Cultch (1895 Venables Street) from September 23 to October 12.

Created and performed by Ronnie Burkett, The Daisy Theatre is back by popular demand after a sold-out run in 2013. This season’s edition of The Daisy Theatre will feature new variety acts and characters in addition to existing favourites. Each performance is different, daring, and ridiculous as puppeteer Burkett and his 30 marionettes take over the stage.

Pacific Baroque Orchestra opens its 2014-15 season with Kaffeemusik with two performances in the Lower Mainland.

The first concert will take place at Christ Church Cathedral (690 Burrard Street) on Saturday (September 27) at 8 p.m. and a second will take place at West Vancouver United Church (2062 Esquimalt Avenue) on Sunday (September 28) at 2:30 p.m.

Kaffeemusik features music that Bach, his family, and friends would have performed on summer afternoons at the Zimmermann’s Coffeehouse in Leipzig in the 1730s. Pieces will include Bach’s Brandenburg 5, a flute concerto by František Benda, and an orchestral overture (BWV 1070).

DanceHouse kicks off its sixth season with Wayne McGrego of Random Dance’s FAR at the Vancouver Playhouse on Friday and Saturday (September 26 and 27) starting at 8 p.m.

Inspired by the Age of Enlightenment, FAR features 10 dances as they confront the distortions, sensuality, and feeling of the 18th century’s contemporary sensibility. The piece, which crosses dance, science, film, music, visual arts, and technology, is performed to a haunting score by composer Ben Frost.

Interior Design Show West, best known as IDSwest, takes place at the Vancouver Convention Centre from Thursday to Sunday (September 25 to 28). Now in its 10th year, the event features the latest trends, ideas, and products designed for the home.

We’re unveiling exclusive behind-the-scenes content and celebrating design from across North America and abroad,” David Tyldesley, director of IDSwest, stated in a news release. “We invite design enthusiasts from far and wide to come and learn from the design world’s most creative minds. IDSwest is the Western hub for a diverse group of creative types who come to experience what’s up-and-coming in the world of design.”

Vancouver Opera opens its 2014-15 season with Georges Bizet’s beloved opera Carmen. Performances take place September 27 to 28, and October 2 to 5 at the Queen Elizabeth Theatre (649 Cambie Street).

The four-act French opera (performed with English subtitles projected above the stage) tells the story of a downtrodden soldier named Don José who falls for seductive gypsy Carmen. Enraptured by Carmen’s beauty and sensuality, Don José abandons his childhood sweetheart and military post to pursue his love. However, Carmen soon abandons Don José for a handsome toreador named Escamillo. In a fit of jealous rage, Don José kills Carmen.

The Dance Centre opens its 2014-15 Global Dance Connections series with Ballet Preljocaj in Empty moves (parts I, II & III. Performances will run September 25 and 26 at 8 p.m. at the Scotiabank Dance Centre (677 Davie Street)

Empty moves (parts I, II & III) was created by French choreographer Angelin Preljocaj. The piece is set to the 1977 recording of John Cage’s Empty Words.

With one of Canada’s largest wine festivals—the Vancouver International Wine Festival—still five months away, the Arts Club Theatre’s Chef Meets B.C. Grape is a popular fall event for local oenophiles. The local theatre company hosted the California Wine Fair in April, but its fall wine-tasting fundraiser—now in its 10th year— is meant to showcase B.C.

The first-annual Vancouver Design Week takes place at various Vancouver venues now until September 28.

The two-week event includes talks, tours, awards, workshops, exhibits, parties, and pop-ups that celebrate and explore the unique design ecosystem of the city.

Highlights of VDW include a special design-focused edition of Pecha Kucha Night at the Vogue Theatre on September 18, a block party at Hawkers Market on September 20, amazing tablescapes and cocktails at Dinner by Design on September 21 and 22, the IDSWest launch party at the Vancouver Convention Centre on September 25, and more.

Vancouver-based dance organization New Works launches its 2014-15 season on September 18 at the Orpheum Annex (823 Seymour Street). The evening will feature four local contemporary dance companies: 605 Collective, the response., Out Innerspace Dance Theatre, and Tara Cheyenne Performance.

Josh Martin of 605 Collective and Tara Cheyenne Performance will present excerpts of critically acclaimed repertoire performed to sold-out audiences earlier this year. Out Innerspace Dance Theatre and the response. will preview upcoming works.

New Works was founded by Barbara Clausen 21 years ago and is a pillar of Vancouver’s dance scene.

Mandolinist Chris Thile and double bassist Edgar Meyer will open the 2014-15 Chan Centre Presents series with a performance at UBC’s Chan Centre for the Performing Arts (6265 Crescent Road) on September 16 at 8 p.m.

The award-winning MacArthur “Genius” Fellows and collaborators will present a high-energy evening of mainly original compositions that blur the boundaries between bluegrass, classical, and pop music.