Things To Do: 6 can't-miss Vancouver arts events this week, Feb 1 to 6

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      Starting with the bracelet that replaces the glass slipper, composer Gioacchino Rossini and librettist Jacopo Ferretti’s La Cenerentola whimsically upends the Cinderella tale that you know. Among the other surprises you’ll see in UBC Opera’s production of this comic gem, the wicked stepmother becomes an evil stepfather, the prince disguises himself as a valet, and the fairy godmother is a tutor-philosopher. And forget any Disney-esque preconceptions you have of pumpkin carriages or magical mice. But it’s Rossini’s beautiful music that’s the real draw here: the vocal virtuosity, the speeding patter, and the showcase for the title character’s mezzo voice. Gordon Gerrard conducts members of the Vancouver Opera Orchestra for this rendition, with Nancy Hermiston in the director’s chair.

      La Cenerentola is at the Chan Centre for the Performing Arts from Thursday to Sunday (February 1 to 4).



      An uproarious, backstage-nerve-amped ode to Canadian theatre.
      To February 25 at the Stanley Industrial Alliance Stage

      Dublin Oldschool

      The Irish offerings at this year’s PuSh fest have been unforgettable, and this hit’s no exception.
      To February 3 at the Cultch

      Symphonie Espagnole

      French violinist Alexandra Soumm in fine form.
      February 3 and 5 at the Orpheum

      Alex Nussbaum

      The guy is simply a nonstop joke machine.
      February 1 to 3 at the Comedy MIX

      The Octopus Eats Its Own Leg

      Prepare for the art event of the year as Takashi Murakami hits town with flying colours.
      February 3 to May 6 at the Vancouver Art Gallery