Things To Do: 7 can't-miss Vancouver arts events this week, October 12 to 18

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      Editor’s choice

      Vancouver International Puppet Festival

      We love how the first Vancouver International Puppet Festival is dividing its offerings when it launches on Granville Island.

      Before Dark shows will be geared to families, while After Dark ones are adults-only—and as anyone who has seen hits like Avenue Q, Puppet Death Scenes, and Daisy Theatre knows, puppets aren’t just for kids. Highlights at the fest include Mind of a Snail’s Inside Outlet, Theatre Bagger’s The Little Old Man, and UpCYCLEd Stories’ bike marionettes.

      The Vancouver International Puppet Festival takes place on Granville Island from Friday to Sunday (October 14 to 16).


      Guest pick

      Onegin on CD

      Now you can relive the hits from the musical Onegin, a hit at the Arts Club last season.

      Written by Vancouver’s Amiel Gladstone and Veda Hille, the twice-held-over modern reimagining of Aleksandr Pushkin’s Eugene Onegin featured an original score, sung by the cast and played live on-stage by the Ungrateful Dead: Hille behind a grand piano, Marina Hasselberg on cello, and Barry Mirochnick on drums.

      Now the artists are releasing a CD of the show’s tunes, with a one-night-only concert on November 6 at the Goldcorp Stage at the Arts Club’s BMO Theatre Centre, where the production debuted. CDs will be available for purchase after the performance, and all proceeds from the licensed launch party will support Arts Club new-play development initiatives.


      High five

      Five events you just can’t miss this week

      Asymmetrical Response

      Cory Arcangel and Olia Lialina respond wittily to our wired world.
      To October 22 at the Western Front

      Danish String Quartet

      Cool, expressive young chamber stars hit the VRS.
      October 19 at the Vancouver Playhouse

      The Zombie Syndrome: Dead in the Water

      New boat chases and zombie vampires bring the scares.
      To October 31 on Granville Island

      Sean Kent

      Funny social commentary by a guy slightly baffled by our wired world.
      October 14 and 15 at the Comedy MIX

      Mechanical Music

      Turn your ears to the cutting edge at the new-music fest.
      October 13 to 15 at the Annex