Fes­tive, Frothy Fun

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It is a truth uni­ver­sally ac­knowl­edged that a hol­i­day show should wrap up love and laugh­ter in a fam­i­lyfriendly pack­age. For­tu­nately, Miss Ben­net: Christ­mas at Pem­ber­ley (to Dec. 30; page 50) de­liv­ers on all fronts. Set two years after Pride and Prej­u­dice, this mod­ern se­quel cap­tures the spirit of Jane Austen’s muchrevered novel about the Ben­net fam­ily. Will book­ish mid­dle child Mary fi­nally find true love? Find out at the Granville Is­land Stage. Spoiler alert: it’s a Christ­mas show, so we pre­dict a happy end­ing.—Sheri Rad­ford

Dec 23 FES­TIVE CANTATAS: A MONTEVERDI CHRIST­MAS VES­PERS Recre­ates the lav­ish cel­e­bra­tion of Christ­mas ves­pers from the Church of San Marco in 17th-cen­tury Venice, with mu­sic by the in­com­pa­ra­ble Clau­dio Monteverdi. 3 pm. $20.50-$73. The Chan Cen­tre for the Per­form­ing Arts, 6265 Cres­cent Rd. Tick­ets 604-822-2697. www.ear­ly­mu­sic.bc.ca X Map 4: D1

SPE­CIAL EVENTS & FES­TI­VALS

To Dec 31 BA­CIO ROSSO Ex­pe­ri­ence a feast for the senses: an over-thetop evening of cirque, com­edy and cui­sine in an in­ti­mate set­ting. Guests are seated in the heat of the ac­tion, with jug­glers, con­tor­tion­ists, trapeze artists, ma­gi­cians, singers and clowns weav­ing to­gether an un­for­get­table evening, com­ple­mented by a four­course gourmet menu. W-Sa 7 pm, Su 6 pm. $109+. Queen El­iz­a­beth Park, 4600 Cam­bie St. 604-563-6776. www.ba­ciorosso.com X Map 4: E4

To Jan 11 TI­TANIC: THE AR­TI­FACT EX­HI­BI­TION Fo­cuses on the ill-fated ship’s com­pelling hu­man sto­ries, told through more than 120 authen­tic ar­ti­facts and ex­ten­sive room re-cre­ations. $17.95, se­nior $15.95, stu­dent $13.95, un­der 5 free. Van­cou­ver Lipont Art Cen­tre, 4211 No. 3 Rd., Rich­mond. 604-285-9975. www.ti­tan­ic­van­cou­ver.com Map 3: C3

Dec 1-Feb 28 ROB­SON SQUARE ICE RINK Bring your own skates and glide around the ice for free in down­town Van­cou­ver. Cash-only skate ren­tals $5. F-Sa 9 am-11 pm, Su-Th 9 am-9 pm. 800 Rob­son St. 604-646-3554. www.rob­son­square.com Map 1: C5

Dec 21 WIN­TER SOL­STICE LANTERN FES­TI­VAL Cel­e­brate the sun’s re­turn in three Van­cou­ver neigh­bour­hoods: Granville Is­land, Yale­town, Strath­cona. Pro­ces­sions il­lu­mi­nate the long­est night of the year with lanterns, singing, live mu­sic and danc­ing. 6-10 pm. www.se­cret­lantern.org

Dec 28-29 CON­TACT WIN­TER MU­SIC FES­TI­VAL This all-ages in­door mu­sic fest fea­tures Skill­rex, The Chainsmok­ers, Galan­tis, Troy­boi, Al­i­son Won­der­land, NGHTMRE and oth­ers. BC Place Sta­dium, 777 Pa­cific Blvd. Tick­ets 1-855-985-5000. www.con­tact-fest ival.com X Map 1: D6

Dec 31 NEW YEAR’S EVE: GLITZ & GLAM­OUR GALA Din­ner and danc­ing, with a live band, seven DJs and four dance floors. Doors open 6 pm, din­ner 7 pm. $110, dance only $60. Hil­ton Van­cou­ver Metrotown, 6083 McKay Ave., Burn­aby. Tick­ets 1-855-9855000. Map 2: D4

Jan 1 PO­LAR BEAR SWIM For the 99th year, more than 2,500 brave, cos­tumed, slightly crazy peo­ple take an in­vig­o­rat­ing dip in English Bay. 2:30 pm. In Van­cou­ver 311, out­side Van­cou­ver 604-873-7000. www.van­cou­ver­parks.ca Map 1: B3

COM­EDY

Dec 2 SE­BAS­TIAN MANISCALCO One of com­edy’s fastest-ris­ing stars. 7 pm. $45.75-$75.75. Queen El­iz­a­beth The­atre, 630 Hamil­ton St. Tick­ets 1-855-985-5000. www.ha­haha.com X Map 1: C6

Dec 14 TEAM COCO PRESENTS CO­NAN & FRIENDS: AN EVENING OF STAND-UP AND IN­VEST­MENT TIPS Pro­fes­sional fun­ny­man Co­nan O’Brien is joined by some of his favourite comics: Ron Funches, Lau­rie Kil­martin, Moses Storm and Flula Borg. 8 pm. $55.75$75.75. Queen El­iz­a­beth The­atre, 630 Hamil­ton St. Tick­ets 1-855-985-5000. www.ha­haha.com X Map 1: C6

Dec 18 LET­TERKENNY LIVE, THE EN­CORE! Cast mem­bers from the pop­u­lar TV show per­form orig­i­nal sketches and stand-up sets. 6:30 pm. $39.50-$79.50. Or­pheum The­atre, 601 Smithe St. Tick­ets 1-855-9855000. X Map 1: C5

CON­CERTS

Dec 4 ELVIS COSTELLO & THE IMPOSTERS The English singer-song­writer is best known for clas­sics such as “Oliver’s Army” and “Veron­ica.” 8 pm. $48.50-$128.50. Queen El­iz­a­beth The­atre, 630 Hamil­ton St. Tick­ets 1-855-985-5000. X Map 1: C6

Dec 7 CHILD­ISH GAM­BINO When Don­ald Glover isn’t busy act­ing in films such as Solo: A Star Wars Story, he’s per­form­ing R&B, soul and hip hop un­der his stage name. 8 pm. $59.50-$139.50. Rogers Arena, 800 Grif­fiths Way. Tick­ets 1-855-985-5000. X Map 1: D6

Dec 9 BACH COL­LEGIUM JA­PAN Early Mu­sic Van­cou­ver presents the ac­claimed baroque orches­tra and choir per­form­ing mu­sic by J.S. Bach, Vi­valdi and Han­del, as well as shorter works by Conti, Mar­cello and Tele­mann. 3 pm. $18+. The Chan Cen­tre for the Per­form­ing Arts, 6265 Cres­cent Rd. Tick­ets 604-822-2697. www.ear­ly­mu­sic.bc.ca X Map 4: D1

Dec 12 SHAKEY GRAVES The Amer­i­can singer com­bines blues, folk and rock. 8 pm. $29.50-$55. Queen El­iz­a­beth The­atre, 630 Hamil­ton St. Tick­ets 1-855-985-5000. X Map 1: C6

Dec 13 TENA­CIOUS D Jack Black and Kyle Gass form the two halves of the com­edy rock duo. 7:30 pm. $39.50$79.50. Queen El­iz­a­beth The­atre, 630 Hamil­ton St. Tick­ets 1-855-985-5000. X Map 1: C6

Jan 1 SALUTE TO VI­ENNA NEW YEAR’S CON­CERT Usher in the new year with a glit­tery cel­e­bra­tion of Vi­enna’s golden era. 2:30 pm. $57.50+. Or­pheum The­atre, 601 Smithe St. Tick­ets 604-876-3434. www.van cou­ver­sym­phony.ca X Map 1: C5

SPEC­TA­TOR SPORTS

Mul­ti­ple Dates VAN­COU­VER CANUCKS HOCKEY Van­cou­ver’s NHL team skates into ac­tion vs Dal­las Stars (Dec 1). 1 pm. Min­nesota Wild (Dec 4). 7 pm. Nashville Preda­tors (Dec 6). 7 pm. Philadel­phia Fly­ers (Dec 15). 7 pm. Ed­mon­ton Oil­ers (Dec 16). 7 pm. Tampa Bay Light­ning (Dec 18). 7 pm. St. Louis Blues (Dec 20). 7 pm. Win­nipeg Jets (Dec 22). 7 pm. Rogers Arena, 800 Grif­fiths Way. Tick­ets 1-855-9855000. canucks.nhl.com X Map 1: D6

Dec 6-9 ISU GRAND PRIX OF FIG­URE SKAT­ING FI­NAL See the world’s best

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