Things To Do: 6 can't-miss Vancouver arts events this week, December 6 to 12

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      Editor’s choice

      Beauty Myth

      Glossy magazines have been trying to dictate how women look, eat, and behave for decades. Now they take surreal new form in a multimedia dance work by Vancouver’s Kelly McInnes. In trailers for her new Shiny, a work in part inspired by the feminist ideas of Naomi Wolf’s book The Beauty Myth, cutout magazine faces form eerily bizarre sculptural headpieces for the performers as they move about. At other moments they form blankets and clothing, until the women break nakedly free. Ideas about body image, domestic work, and perfect beauty all intermingle in a provocative, and all too timely, performance.

      Shiny is at Left of Main from Wednesday to Saturday (December 6 to 9).


      East Van Panto: Snow White and the Seven Dwarves

      We just can’t recommend this twisted holiday treat highly enough.
      To January 6 at the York Theatre

      City On Edge: A Century of Vancouver Activism

      Inspire your inner activist at this well-animated ode to this city’s shit-disturbing past.
      To February 18 at the Museum of Vancouver

      How Star Wars Saved My Life

      The deeply moving tale of a boy who escaped a real-life Dark Side.
      December 6 to 10 at Performance Works

      Mixed Nuts

      More fun than stocking stuffers: Arts Umbrella mashes fun holiday sendups with divine contemporary dance.
      December 8 to 10 at the Vancouver Playhouse

      Little Dickens

      Pull whatever strings you have to to get to this warped adult holiday puppet show.
      To December 22 at the Cultch