Arts hot ticket: Much Ado About Nothing, Empire of the Son, Louis Riel Day Celebration, and Brian Posehn

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      Much Ado About Nothing

      November 8 to 24 at the Frederic Wood Theatre

      Lois Anderson directs UBC Theatre and Film’s season-opening romp—a Much Ado About Nothing set just after the 2018 Italian Cup soccer championship.


      Empire of the Son

      November 8 to 17 at Gateway Theatre’s Studio B

      When the Straight first reviewed Tetsuro Shigematsu’s Empire of the Son, his exquisite ode to his late father, three years ago, we called it “painstakingly honest” and “one of the best shows of the year”. In it, the artist reflects on his relationship to his emotionally distant dad, uncovering the wartime traumas of his elder’s childhood—often using live projections of gorgeous miniatures and toys to enact scenes. If you haven’t seen it, don’t miss this artful exploration of a father and son.


      Louis Riel Day Celebration

      November 10 at the Orpheum Annex

      Just try to sit still while watching the Louis Riel Métis Dancers and master jigger Yvonne Chartrand in action.


      Brian Posehn

      November 15 to 17 at the Comedy MIX

      We love a comedian who wears his nerdiness proudly on his sleeve. And majestically bearded standup Brian Posehn, who you know from shows like The Sarah Silverman Program, Mr. Show, and The Big Bang Theory, riffs on everything from underground bands to Star Wars and Dungeons & Dragons. Come out and learn to laugh at your inner geek.