Our (gay) guide to Vancouver’s arts scene in January

There is no better time than now to make your New Year’s resolution to take in some live performing arts in 2014 as we present our January guide to what’s happening on Vancouver stages.

Isolde N. Barron and Peach Cobblah host Tucked and Plucked: Vancouver’s Drag Herstory Live on Stage.

Isolde N. Barron and Peach Cobblah host Tucked and Plucked: Vancouver’s Drag Herstory Live on Stage.

Part of the 2014 PuSh International Performing Arts Festival, this year’s Club PuSh includes Ivan Coyote and Rae Spoon exploring their failed attempts to fit into gender binary in Gender Failure (16 & 17 Jan) and Isolde N. Barron and Peach Cobblah unearth the history of the drag movement in Vancouver with Tucked & Plucked: Vancouver’s Drag Herstory on Stage (24 Jan).

Metro Theatre presents its annual family-friendly holiday pantomime, Jack and the Beanstock (closes 4 Jan).

It’s a Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious holiday season as Mary Poppins flies in for a visit with the Banks’ family in this jolly holiday treat (closes 5 Jan).

James Bond has provided not only some of film’s most thrilling moments in his fifty year screen history, but some of the most thrilling music, too.  The Vancouver Symphony Orchestra presents Fifty Years of James Bond featuring the most memorable songs and music from past and more current James Bond films. (10 & 11 Jan).

The inaugural Italian Film Festival will showcase five new films from Italy and five films from Italy’s historical repertoire of cinema (10 – 16 Jan).

The Pulitzer Prize–winning Driving Miss Daisy is on a road-trip as this touring production makes numerous stops around the province before making its ways to Granville Island next month (10 Jan – 11 Feb).

The tenth annual PuSh International Performing Arts Festival presents groundbreaking work in the live performing arts over three weeks (14 Jan – 2 Feb).

Pacific Theatre presents The Honest Fishmongers production of William Shakespeare's Measure for Measure.

Pacific Theatre presents The Honest Fishmongers production of William Shakespeare’s Measure for Measure.

The Arts Club and PuSh present A Brimful of Asha in which real-life mother and son share the stage and tell their entertaining true story of generational and cultural clash.

Battery Opera presents Walking Projects through the streets of Vancouver with guided improvised tours of the city by six performers, based on Chris Bose and David McIntosh’s stories and maps (17 Jan – 1 Mar).

The Vancouver Symphony Orchestra launches the first annual New Music Festival featuring renowned Australian composer and violist, Brett Dean (17 – 20 Jan).

The Honest Fishmongers are back, this time taking on Shakespeare’s Measure for Measure as a guest production of Pacific Theatre in what they are calling “a surprisingly contemporary tale of scandal, abuse of power, and the balance of justice with grace” (17 Jan – 18 Feb).

Blackbird Theatre presents a solid and handsome production of Chekov’s Uncle Vanya, in which Chekov introduces us to a life he himself once lived for five years as a country doctor (closes 18 Jan).

Felix Unger and Oscar Madison move into the Stanley Theatre as the Arts Club presents The Odd Couple, the now classic comedy of mismatched roomies (23 Jan – 23 Feb).

Grease is indeed the word as Studio 58 presents this musical look back at the 1950s.  Photo by David Cooper.

Grease is indeed the word as Studio 58 presents this musical look back at the 1950s. Photo by David Cooper.

The Royal Winnipeg Ballet brings the timeless tale of love, loyalty, and fate to Vancouver with choreographer Rudi van Dantzig’s classical ballet Romeo + Juliet (3 Jan – 1 Feb).

Back by popular demand, monologuist TJ Dawe takes audiences on a deeply honest and ultimately uplifting shamanic quest in his solo show Medicine at the Firehall (14 – 25 Jan).

It is indeed the word.  Studio 58 wants to transport you back to the 1950s as greaser Danny and wholesome Sandy sort out their mutual attraction in Grease (30 Jan – 23 Feb).

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