This week in (gay) Vancouver

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Fighting Chance Productions presents Neil Labute’s drama reasons to be pretty.

Ever wonder what the late fees for not returning a Drag Queen on time might be?  You may very well get to find out as we present the events we’re most looking forward to this week in Vancouver.

The Bobbers, Vancouver’s Queer Comedy Improv troupe, returns to the Davie Village at the recently (re)opened Heaven’s Door.  After flirting with Vancouver’s West Side in recent months, the gang returns to its roots for a night of improvisational comedy every Monday night.  With a start time that makes it okay to be out on a school night, The Bobbers present their unique brand of queer comedy from their rotating band of merry men and women.  Did we mention there is no cover?

Vancouver’s Queer Comedy Improv troupe returns to the Davie Village every Monday night.

Vancouver’s Queer Comedy Improv troupe returns to the Davie Village every Monday night.

Fighting Chance Productions is off to the Havana on Commercial for their first production of 2014 with Neil Labute’s reasons to be pretty.  The final installment of Labute’s trilogy that focuses on our obsession with physical appearance, this contemporary drama centers around four young working class friends and lovers who become increasingly dissatisfied with their dead-end lives and each other.

Fighting Chance Productions presents Neil Labute’s drama reasons to be pretty.

Fighting Chance Productions presents Neil Labute’s drama reasons to be pretty.

Forget the traditional hardcover, how about checking out a person instead?  The Human Library returns to the PuSh International Performing Arts Festival with a curated collection of ‘human books’ covering an eclectic range of subjects, from “Drag Queen” to “Cultural Pirate” and “Born Again Christian.” Sign out one of thirty human books at the Vancouver Public Library Central Branch, start your one-on-one conversation and the rest is up to you.

From drag queens to born-again Christians, the Human Library is like no book you've ever taken out of a library.

From drag queens to born-again Christians, the Human Library is like no book you’ve ever taken out of a library.

Here are a couple of other events we’re also excited about this week:

  • A Brimful of Asha – You thought your mother was opinionated?  Wait until you meet Asha and her son take to the stage to tell their entertaining true story of generational and cultural clash.
  • New Music Festival – The Vancouver Symphony Orchestra launches its inaugural festival with renowned Australian composer and violist, Brett Dean.

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