Be­yond the flurry of arts fes­ti­vals, here are five other shows worth check­ing out in the chilly season.

The Georgia Straight - - Chill Out - > JANET SMITH

LE MOZART NOIR (At the Van­cou­ver Play­house

on Fe­bru­ary 4 ) Early Mu­sic Van­cou­ver marks Black His­tory Month with the Pa­cific Baroque Orches­tra’s con­cert of the mu­sic of Che­va­lier de Saint-ge­orges, a vi­o­lin­ist who was the son of a slave and, in the 18th cen­tury, be­came the first clas­si­cal com­poser of African an­ces­try. THE MEN IN WHITE (At the Arts Club Granville

Is­land Stage from Fe­bru­ary 15 to March 11 ) Play­wright Anosh Irani riffs on love, vi­o­lence, and cricket in India and Canada, with class act Rachel Di­tor helm­ing. DOVER STRING QUAR­TET WITH AVI AVI­TAL (At the Van­cou­ver Play­house on Fe­bru­ary

19 ) The Van­cou­ver Recital So­ci­ety de­liv­ers a dou­ble whammy here, nab­bing one of the U.S.’S hottest young string quar­tets and pair­ing it up with a stand­out Is­raeli man­dolin vir­tu­oso. BJM (LES BALLETS JAZZ DE MON­TRÉAL) (At the Van­cou­ver Play­house on Fe­bru­ary 24 and 25 ) Af­ter four years, the pol­ished, pow­er­house Montreal con­tem­po­rary-dance com­pany re­turns. EL­BOW ROOM CAFE: THE MU­SI­CAL (At the

York The­atre from March 1 to 12 ) Yes, Van­cou­ver, the city’s sassi­est brunch spot fi­nally gets the camp-filled show it de­serves.

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