Arts hot ticket: Great Russian Trios, Lion in the Streets, TheatreSports' Throwdown

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      Great Russian Trios

      January 17 and 18 at West Point Grey United Church

      Born and raised in St. Petersburg, Anastasia Markina (shown here) has gone on to take some of the top piano prizes in the world, and to become the head keyboardist with the Dallas Symphony. Now the virtuoso joins Vetta Chamber Music violinist Joan Blackman and cellist Eugene Osadchy in works by some of the greats of her homeland; think Sergei Rachmaninoff and Dmitri Shostakovich. Of course, you don’t have to be Russian to play them, but, man, it helps.

      Lion in the Streets

      January 17 to February 2 at the Telus Studio in the Chan Centre for the Performing Arts

      In Judith Thompson’s unforgettable 1990 play, the central character is the ghost of a murdered nine-year-old who’s returning to her neighbourhood 17 years after her death. It’s a fascinating premise that offers this UBC Theatre and Film production opportunities for surreal staging, and moments of pitch-black darkness that rub up against biting humour. Through it all Thompson asserts herself as one of this country’s most brilliant playwrights. Michelle Thorne directs.


      To January 27 at the Improv Centre

      You have a little over a week left to catch the action at Vancouver TheatreSports League’s annual international improv fest, Throwdown. We’re talking some of the best improvisational comedy teams from around the globe, all going head-to-head in competition. Don’t be surprised to find yourself picking sides and hollering like you’re at a hockey game.