Things To Do: 6 can't-miss Vancouver arts events this week, December 13 to 19

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      Editor’s choice

      Choral array

      You want variety? Vancouver’s all-male Chor Leoni offers up a holiday concert with songs as diverse as the treats on a fully loaded Christmas-cookie tray. Artistic director Erick Lichte gleefully mixes the nontraditional with beautifully arranged classics. Think a version of “O Come, O Come, Emmanuel” with a gospel-meets–Boyz II Men feel; tunes by indie darlings Tori Amos and Ron Sexsmith; and a rollicking rendition of “The Mummer’s Song”, drawn from the Newfoundland tradition of disguised carollers and the kitchen parties they create. Add a sing-along “O Come, All Ye Faithful”, Irving Berlin’s “White Christmas”, and a new composition, “Winter” from Winter Proverbs, by Frances Farrell, and you’ll feel like you’ve gotten a full Yuletide fix.

      Christmas With Chor Leoni is at St. Andrew’s–Wesley United Church on Friday and Monday (December 15 and 18) and at West Vancouver United Church on Saturday (December 16).


      Music for the Winter Solstice

      A deeply moving, nontreacly sonic alternative to kitschy carol stuff.
      December 14 and 15 at Heritage Hall

      Disney’s Beauty and the Beast

      A lavishly staged fairy tale, with Shannon Chan-Kent as Belle.
      To January 13 at the Stanley Industrial Alliance Stage

      East Van Panto: Snow White and the Seven Dwarves

      A hirsute evil stepmother plus a gothy Snow White plus aging-rocker dwarves equals a laugh riot.
      To January 6 at the York Theatre

      Chris Locke

      An entertainingly original voice in Canadian comedy right now.
      December 14 to 16 at the Comedy MIX

      The Nutcracker

      Lots of fun, kid-friendly touches in Goh Ballet’s trip to the Land of Sweets.
      December 14 to 19 at the Centre in Vancouver for Performing Arts