Arts tip sheet: It's Spooktober, Troupe Vertigo flies high, and Cirque du Soleil at its vintage-carnival best

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      Troupe Vertigo with the VSO

      October 16 at the Orpheum

      Former Cirque du Soleil members put gravity-defying acrobatics to the sounds of Tchaikovsky, Mussorgsky, and Dvořák. Fun and fine music for the whole family (shown here).



      To October 31 at the Improv Centre

      Check out a truly spirited lineup of horror-larious Vancouver TheatreSports shows to get into a Halloween mood.



      To October 20 at the Granville Island Stage

      Andrew McNee is brilliant as a troubled teen’s imaginary friend. The Arts Club show starts big and stays there.


      Jerusalem Quartet

      October 14 at the Chan Centre for the Performing Arts

      String heaven comes to Earth, with Pinchas Zukerman on viola and Amanda Forsyth on cello (shown here) in this Vancouver Recital Society showcase for six sparkling sextets.


      Curious Imaginings

      To December 15 at the Patricia Hotel

      We’ve said it before and we’ll say it again: a rare chance to see Aussie art star Patricia Piccinini’s provocative, lifelike human-animal sculptures in the intimate setting of century-hotel rooms.



      October 10 to 14 at the Pacific Coliseum

      This is Cirque du Soleil at its vintage-carnival best, leaving the sequins behind in Vegas for a more gorgeously muted, turn-of-the-last-century palette.