Things To Do: 6 can't-miss Vancouver arts events this week, August 30 to September 5

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      Editor’s choice

      Fringe Preview

      Think of it as the ultimate one-stop tasting menu for the annual Vancouver Fringe Festival. The Georgia Straight Fringe-for-All is a chance to sample a bunch of shows from the event’s 100-plus offerings and to get into the full-on Fringe spirit the night before the fest opens. The fast-flying format? No fewer than 40 Fringe artists have two minutes to perform a reason to see their shows—a concept as helpful as it is absurdly entertaining. But the best part may be that hilarious Fringe faves Travis Bernhardt and Chris Ross (of Chris and Travis fame, shown here) host the two-hour preview.

      The Georgia Straight Fringe-for-All happens Wednesday (September 6) at Performance Works.


      High five

      Five events you just can’t miss this week

      Opera and Arias

      Serene Barber of Seville at Bard on the Beach’s open-air tent.
      September 4 at Vanier Park

      In a Different Light

      More than 100 pieces of intricate Northwest Coast art.
      To spring 2019 at the UBC Museum of Anthropology

      Ian Wallace: Collected Works

      Provocative older works by a local master.
      To September 30 at the Rennie Collection

      Much Ado About Nothing

      Imagine Shakespeare if he’d lived during Italy’s golden age of cinema.
      To September 23 at the BMO Mainstage

      The Venetian Ghetto

      Virtual multimedia reconstructions transport you back to the 16th century.
      To October 30 at the Italian Cultural Centre