Boca del Lupo’s Micro Performance Series presents The Chop Theatre’s Through the Gaze of a Navel at Granville Island’s Anderson Street Space (1405 Anderson Street) from April 23 to 27.

Through the Gaze of a Navel is a performance in the form of a yoga class that audience members can either participate in or observe. The performance is led by Emelia Symington Fedy, a woman who has consumed every new-age pop-psych medicine she could get her hands on. During Through the Gaze of a Navel, Fedy asks “the big questions” while guiding participants through a yoga class suitable for people of all levels. The performance runs 45 minutes.

FUSE: A Terrible Beauty takes place at the Vancouver Art Gallery (750 Hornby Street) on Friday (April 25) from 8 p.m. to 1 a.m. FUSE brings together one-of-a-kind experimental art, music, live performance all at one party.

The 2014 DOXA Documentary Film Festival takes place May 2 to 11 at various Vancouver venues. This year, film screenings will take place at the Vancity Theatre (1181 Seymour Street), Cinematheque (1131 Howe Street), Rio Theatre (1660 East Broadway Street), and Vancouver Playhouse (600 Dunsmuir Street).

This year’s DOXA festival will feature over 90 films and 78 screenings, taking audiences into the unknown—from encounters with mountain gorillas to cartoon ponies and the men who love them, wild boars, roller derby girls, young agrarians, and stick insects.

Just in time for warmer temperatures, HUB Bike to Work Week returns to Metro Vancouver from May 26 to June 1.

HUB encourages cyclists of all levels to participate in Bike to Work Week by offering online tools to track commutes and a chance to win prizes, including seven brand new bicycles. During the week-long event, participants can visit HUB celebration stations for free coffee, bicycle tune-ups, and daily giveaways. Start an office team and challenge your co-workers to get some fresh air and exercise on their daily commute.

CircusWest presents Kaleidoscope: Circus in Technicolour featuring youth in the Performance and Centre Stage programs of CirKids. The original production takes the PNE Garden Auditorium stage (2901 East Hastings Street) from May 1 to 4, with shows at 12:30 p.m. and 7 p.m. daily.

Kaleidoscope: Circus in Technicolour tells the story of a young boy who searches for and is inspired by coloured worlds of circus and ultimately finds his true colours.

The Soweto Gospel Choir returns to Vancouver in a tribute concert to Nelson Mandela on Sunday (April 13) at the Queen Elizabeth Theatre (650 Hamilton Street). The concert, which will also celebrate the 20-year anniversary of the end of apartheid, starts at 7:30 p.m.

The South African gospel group from Soweto is a 30-person choir formed in 2002. Known for their vocal harmonies and vibrant performances, the multiple Grammy Award-winning choir has performed alongside the likes of Bono, Queen, Celine Dion, John Legend, Pater Gabriel, Josh Groban, Aretha Franklin, and Stevie Wonder.

The spring 2014 edition of the Gastown Shop Hop takes place Thursday (April 10) from 5 to 9 p.m. During the event, some of Vancouver’s most stylish clothing, shoes, accessories, and home-furnishing shops will offer discounts, in-store specials, and more.

Live Nation has announced that Michael Franti & Spearhead's music and yoga tour, Soulshine, is making a stop in Vancouver at the PNE Amphitheatre on Thursday, June 26.

Artists SOJA, Brett Dennen, and Trevor Hall will be joining the North American tour, along with special guest yoga teachers.

Each afternoon on the Soulshine tour will begin with a mass yoga and acoustic music jam with Michael Franti and friends, led by inspiring teachers from across North America. The yoga session is designed for people of all experience levels, ages, shapes, and sizes and will feature artists participating side by side with fans.

 Afternoon yoga will give way to the full concert in the evening. 

PROUD, Michael Healey’s satirical play about a certain Canadian prime minister, takes the Firehall Arts Centre stage (280 East Cordova Street) from April 5 to 26.

The political comedy imagines a different outcome to the last federal election—the Tories took Quebec and won a huge majority.

PROUD makes its Vancouver premiere with Andrew Wheeler as a prime minister bearing remarkable resemblance to Prime Minister Stephen Harper. Craig Erickson will play Harper’s Machiavellian chief of staff, and Emmelia Gordon will play a novice MP. PROUD is directed by Firehall artistic producer Donna Spencer.

Live Nation has announced that the 15th annual Burnaby Blues + Roots Festival is returning to Deer Lake Park for a family-friendly day of music on Saturday, August 9, 2014.

Performers at the all-ages outdoor festival will include Big Sugar, Matt Andersen and the MelloTones, Bettye LaVette, Imelda May, the Harpoonist and the Axe Murderer, Wide Mouth Mason, Shakey Graves, Blind Boy Paxton, Steve Kozak, Chic Gamine, Rich Hope and his Evil Doers, and Miss Quincy. 

For more information, please visit the Burnaby Blues + Roots Festival website.

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