Vancouver events: Jeremy Shaw, Oprah, John Kimura Parker and more
Check out best events in the Lower Mainland, Jan. 17 to Jan. 24.
An exhibition of ceramics by Brendan Tang opens Jan. 19 at Surrey Art Gallery.
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Canadian Ceramics at Surrey Art Gallery
The art mash-ups of Toronto and Vancouver artists Alex McLeod and Brendan Tang fuse video games with landscape painting, early Asian ceramics with cartoons, and other historical styles with pop art forms. These two artists are hot. Kanye West is a fan of McLeod, and Tang recently won the $10,000 RBC award. Also opening is Ornamentalism, a collection of strange and elaborate sculptures of machine parts, cupcakes and more, by Saskatchewan’s Clint Neufeld and Portland’s Dirk Staschke. Finally, a show culled from the permanent collection includes works by Tam Irving, Linda Stanbridge, and others.
Opening reception Jan. 19, 7:30 p.m.; to March 24 | Surrey Art Gallery
Admission: by donation; www.surrey.ca/arts
Vancouver Motorcycle Show
Four wheels move the body; two wheels move the soul. For those who believe, this expo features hundreds of the latest rides, accessories and touring destinations, as well as breathtaking performances by record-holding Canadian National Superbike champion Jordan Szoke and stunt riders Team Empire. Kids can peel in the Yamaha Riding Academy.
Jan. 17-20 | Tradex Trade & Exhibition Centre
Last November, Beck released a new album, but only as sheet music. Vancouver’s Broken Mirrors, along with a slate of top-notch guests including CR Avery, Headwater, Company B, SSRIs, Rococode, Paul Pigat, Cameron Dilworth and others, perform the album in its entirety.
Jan. 17, 8 p.m. | Rio Theatre
Tickets:$15 at riotheatretickets.ca
Jeremy Shaw: Transcendental Capacity
The Vancouver/Berlin artist Jeremy Shaw once video-recorded subjects on the psychedelic drug DMT. Continuing his exploration of altered states, Shaw this time monitors himself listening to heavy headphone music, using a camera that gives him a shock as he photographs his finger, thereby capturing his magnetic field or ‘aura,’ during the height of each song. Witness his many dimensions in a series of quite gorgeous (and all different) photographs (including Donna Summer, I Feel Love, below). Shaw’s solo show is the first in the new space under gallery director Sarah Macaulay (of the former Blanket Contemporary Art) — yet another gallery to move to the lower Main Street area.
Opens Jan. 17, 6 p.m.; to Feb. 28 | Macaulay & Co. Fine Art (293 E. 2nd Ave.)
Attila Richard Lukacs
Famous for his grand portraits of gay skinheads, cadets and decadent male nudes (some of which are part of the Elton John Collection), the Vancouver-based painter’s new works are decidedly softer and dreamlike, as mystical narrative layering combines with contemplative abstraction.
Opens Jan. 17, 6 p.m.; to Feb. 23 | Winsor Gallery (258 E. 1st Ave.)
Vancouver Chamber Choir: A Little Jazz / A Little Tango
Choral works by the great Astor Piazzolla and George Shearing anchor this buoyant program, which also includes the premiere of Elise Letourneau’s Four Love Poems by E.E. Cummings. Guests include pianists Miles Black and Linda Lee Thomas, and a rhythm section featuring Jodi Proznick (bass) and Joel Fountain (drums).
Jan. 18, 8 p.m. | Ryerson United Church
Tickets:$28/$24.50 at vancouverchamberchoir.com
Ocean Cruising Adventures
Should you be thinking right about now of selling up and setting sail around the world, let this lecture series be your inspirational tugboat. Featuring locals who’ve done it, first up is Judith and Harry McPhie, who share adventures co-captaining their 45-foot sailboat on an 18-year circumnavigation.
Jan. 18-Feb. 15, 8 p.m. | H.R. MacMillan Space Centre
Tickets: $13 at vanmaritime.com
VSO: Jon Kimura Parker plays Grieg
The Vancouver-born, Houston-based pianist Jon Kimura Parker performs Grieg’s Piano Concerto, one of the most beautiful works ever written for piano. Up to the task of following it: The world premiere of Totem, by VSO composer-in-residence Edward Top. The concert, which also includes Prokofiev’s Symphony No. 5, hits the road for a two-week U.S. tour later this month.
Jan. 19 and Jan. 21, 8 p.m. | Orpheum Theatre
Tickets:$21-$88 at vancouversymphony.ca
The famed string quartet plays with an appealing blend of drama and idiosyncrasy. They received awards from the Gramophone magazine for their recordings of Beethoven and Bartók, and their recent Haydn releases have received rave reviews. For their Vancouver concert, they bring fresh insight to works by Haydn, Britten and Brahms.
Jan. 20, 3 p.m. | Vancouver Playhouse
Tickets:$40 at friendsofchambermusic.ca
Red Wanting Blue
The unpretentious heartland rockers and ballads by this Ohio quintet have captured the ears of NPR DJs, and last July, the band performed on the David Letterman Show.
Jan. 21, 8 p.m. | Media Club
Tickets:$10 at www.redwantingblue.bpt.me
The six-man California band’s dance-happy music blends elements of reggae, rock, blues and hip-hop. The new album Top of the World features guest collaborators including members of Black Uhuru, Greyboy Allstars and Fishbone. They all must truly appreciate Slightly Stoopid’s vibe, because this album derives much of its grooves from past songs. Hear it in its entirety on the band’s website.
Jan 23, 8 p.m. | Commodore Ballroom
Tickets:$23.50 at www.livenation.com/jan. 24
The superstar media leader hits the motivational lecture circuit to share ways you, too, can reach your full potential. Winfrey’s January Huff Post column offers a likely slice of her pep talk: “No matter what you’re struggling through — no matter the pain or anguish — you can go inside behind your mind and observe it happening to you. When you come to know this, you realize that even though the canvas of your life is painted with daily experiences, behaviours, emotions, you’re the one controlling the brush.”
Jan. 24, 7 p.m. | Rogers Arena
Tickets:$79-$369 at www.ticketmaster.ca
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