Ruby Slippers Theatre presents a double bill—Après Moi and The List—at Studio 16 (1555 West 7th Avenue) from January 27 to February 1. Performances start at 8 p.m. each night, with additional performances at 1 p.m. on January 31 and February 1.

Après Moi and The List are English translations of two French-Canadian plays dealing with love, loss, compassion, and memory.

The Dance Centre and the PuSh International Performing Arts Festival present MACHINENOiSY’s Time Machine at the Scotiabank Dance Centre (677 Davie Street) from February 4 to 7 at 8 p.m.

The ambitious new creation by the Vancouver-based contemporary dance company brings together seven professional dancers and eight children.

Created by co-artistic directors Delia Brett and Daelik, Time Machine is a thought-provoking and original work in collaboration with sculptor and costume artist Natalie Purschwitz.

Time Machine contrasts the innate knowing of children with the acquired knowledge of adults and examines how time and experience shape and distort our bodies.

The Vancouver Turkish Film Festival takes over the Vancity Theatre (1181 Seymour Street) from Friday to Sunday (January 23 to 25). The festival showcases the best in contemporary Turkish cinema and features internationally acclaimed movies, documentaries, and short films.

This year’s festival kicks off with the opening night gala screening of Coming Soon, a love-letter to the golden age of Turkish cinema by comedy director Cem Yilmaz.

On Saturday, two documentaries will be shown.

The R2R Film Festival and Kids Culture Film Series presents Felix at the Rio Theatre (1660 East Broadway Street) on Sunday (January 25) at 1:45 p.m.

Felix is a South African film from director Roberta Durrant that tells the story of an aspiring musician.

Felix is a 14-year-old boy with dreams of becoming a saxophone player like his late father; however, his mother does not approve. After receiving a scholarship to attend an elite music school, Felix gains the help of his father’s former bandmates to prepare for the school’s jazz concert.

Live Nation has announced that British electronic group Clean Bandit will perform at the Commodore Ballroom on Wednesday, April 22, as part of the Straight Series. 

Comprised of brothers Jack and Luke Patterson alongside the classically-trained pair of Grace Chatto and Neil Amin-Smith, Clean Bandit formed in 2008 in the dingy confines of a Cambridge nightclub.

Tickets for the show are priced at $24.50 (plus service charges and fees) and go on sale this Friday (January 23) at 10 a.m. on the Live Nation website.

Tickets are also available for purchase by phone at 1-855-985-5000, at Red Cat Records, and at all Ticketmaster Outlets.

Vancouver artists TJ Dawe, Kahlil Ashanti, and Justin Sudds have teamed up with Frank Warren to bring the voices of popular blog PostSecret.com to the stage. PostSecret: The Show will run at the Firehall Arts Centre (280 East Cordova Street) from January 20 to February 7.

PostSecret.com is a website created by Warren that displays anonymous secrets revealing stories of frailty and heroism in our world. The play is a visual, auditory, and emotional journey through our deepest fears, ambitions, and confessions.

PostSecret: The Show stars local performers Nicolle Natrass, Ming Hudson, and Kahlil Ashanti, with original music performed by Mario Vaira.

Club PuSh takes over Granville Island’s Performance Works (1218 Cartwright Street) from January 22 to February 7 during the 2015 PuSh International Performing Arts Festival.

Club PuSh is a dynamic space that celebrates experimentation and is also the social hub of the festival.

Marquee Acts include gender-bending musical act The Christeene Machine, French performer Gérald Kurdian in 1999, comedic performer Nick Jaina in The Hole in the Coffin, musical legends Sonic Elder, Norwegian vocalist Sissel Vera Pettersen, hip-hop act Char Bagh, musical journey Tomboy Survival Guide, and eclectic band Las Cafeteras.

The Italian Film Festival takes over Vancity Theatre (1181 Seymour Street) starting today (January 9) until January 15.

The festival opens with a reception featuring one of the greatest Italian movie stars, Sophia Loren, followed by a screening of her 1964 film, Marriage Italian Style. A more contemporary flick, 2013’s Five Star Life, which tells the story of a woman’s quest for personal and professional fulfillment, follows.

Other festival highlights include a screening of Barolo Boys: The Story of a Revolution, which is followed by a wine reception celebrating the film.

PuSh International Performing Arts Festival and Théâtre la Seizième present Séquence 8 by Quebec’s Les 7 doigts de la main. Performances take place at the Vancouver Playhouse (600 Hamilton Street) from January 22 to 24 at 8 p.m.

Circus troupe Les 7 doigts de la main present a contemporary circus performance that draws its inspiration from Carl Jung’s statement that “The meeting of two personalities is like the contact of two chemical substances: if there is any reaction, both are transformed.”

Eight performers showcase dance, acrobatics, storytelling, and circus that will leave audiences on the edge of their seats.

Dance Allsorts presents Deanna Peters and Meredith Kalaman as part of its 2014-15 season. The performance takes place January 18 at 2 p.m. at the Roundhouse Arts and Recreation Centre (181 Roundhouse Mews), with a workshop with Peters to follow.

Peters’s most recent production, Cut Away, features Barbara Bourget, Kim Sato, Elissa Hanson, and Peters. The piece blends Butoh, hip-hop, and contemporary dance styles.

Kalaman’s Ruminate is a duet in collaboration with Arash Khakpour. The piece was inspired by videos of giraffes violently thrashing their necks in combat and expresses the desire to dominate another being by means of physical force.

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