Things To Do: 6 can't-miss Vancouver arts events this week, October 18 to 24

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      Editor’s choice

      Piano powerhouse

      You may remember wunderkind George Li from when he appeared in the Vancouver Recital Society’s Next Generation Series in 2011—the same year the then 10th-grader performed for President Barack Obama at the White House. Now, at 22, the powerful pianist has only gotten better, scoring everything from a silver medal at the 2015 International Tchaikovsky Competition to the 2017 Arthur Waser Prize. You’ll get a chance to catch up with this talent, praised as much for his technical skills as his expressive abilities, when he comes back to the VRS, showcasing a piano lover’s feast of Franz Liszt, Frédéric Chopin, and, of course, Sergei Rachmaninoff. Opening it all? A Joseph Haydn sonata; Grammophone called Li’s performance of it on his recent Live at the Marinsky album “dextrous, bubbling, life-affirming”.

      George Li is at the Chan Centre for the Performing Arts on Sunday (October 22).


      High five

      Five events you just can’t miss this week


      A culture-mashing new spectacle gives this epic work fresh life.
      October 19 and 21 at the Queen Elizabeth Theatre

      Angela Cheng

      The Canadian piano star tackles Maurice Ravel’s showstopping concerto.
      October 20 and 21 at the Chan Centre for the Performing Arts
      Oct 23 at the Centennial Theatre

      Honour: Confessions of a Mumbai Courtesan

      Mumbai’s red-light district comes to life in this searing solo show.
      October 20 to November 4 at the Vancity Culture Lab

      City on Edge

      A thrilling, immersive look at our long history of shit-disturbing.
      To February 18, 2018, at the Museum of Vancouver

      Phil Hanley

      The former Vancouverite makes a brief return from standup success in the Big Apple.
      October 26 to 28 at the Comedy MIX