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