This week in (gay) Vancouver: a celebration, a twist on a classic, and the library comes to life

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Theatre at UBC presents The Bacchae 2.1

The Cobalt celebrates, Theatre UBC presents a new twist to a Greek classic, and the library comes to life.

The Cobalt, East Vancouver’s queer friendly nightclub, is celebrating its Fifth Anniversary (25 Jan) with a party. The evening features  DJs G Luve and Trevor Risk playing music for you to dance

Theatre UBC presents Charles L. Mee’s subversive The Bacchae 2.1 (until Feb 7) that not only draws from Euripides’ classic Greek tragedy, but also from German literary theorist Klaus Theweleit’s Male Fantasies, Valerie Solanas’ The S.C.U.M. Manifesto and Joan Nestle’s Lesbian Herstory Archives resulting in a show that presents a subversive Dionysus in thigh highs and combat boots (photo above by Tim Matheson).

The Human Library (until Feb 8) returns to the PuSh Festival for a third year challenging us to “borrow a book, discover a life”. Only these are flesh-and-blood books covering a diverse range of topics, including “Bearded Drag Queen” and “Queer Islamaphobe”.  Simply pick from one of 30 human books at the Vancouver Public Library Central Branch and start your own conversation. Partly scripted and partly improvised, these human books may just open your eyes.

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