WEEK AHEAD: Adbusters and Occupy, BC Chinese Music Ensemble and Vancouver Hot Chocolate Festival
Adbusters’ next steps for Occupy
It’s not often that a magazine can give voice to an entire revolution, but that’s just what Adbusters did when it called for and named the Occupy Wall Street movement. On February 5, Kalle Lasn and Darren Fleet, the magazine’s founder and senior editor, will be talking about how to keep that movement going. They are launching their new book, Meme Wars: The Creative Destruction of Neoclassical Economies at UBC. The book is “an articulation of what could be the next steps in rethinking and remaking our world that challenges and debunks many of the assumptions of neoclassical economics and brings to light a more ecological model.” The event is co-sponsored by Banyen Books, UBC’s AMS Student Society and Adbusters. The Feb. 5 discussion starts at 7pm at the Norm Theatre in the SUB Building on the UBC Campus. Admission, of course, is free.
Year of the Snake tea ceremony and concert
In celebration of the upcoming Chinese New Year of the Snake, the British Columbia Chinese Music Association presents a concert and tea party, Bamboo Shoots in Spring, performed by the BC Chinese Music Ensemble. The events also mark the 10th anniversary of the BCCME, one of the largest professional Chinese music ensembles in North America. The repertoire includes traditional Chinese masterpieces, and Canadian and Chinese compositions by Rui-Shi Zhuo, John Oliver, Mei Han, Zhi-Min Yu, Randy Raine-Reusch and Mark Armanini. Preview tea party: February 3, from 2 to 6 pm; $5 includes tea and refreshments, entertainment by BCCME and a rare DVD presentation on Chinese musical history. Concert: Feb. 16 at 3 and 7 pm; $30. Both events take place at CBC Studios (700 Hamilton). For tickets and more information go to BCCMA.net or call 604-327-8807.
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The Vancouver Hot Chocolate Festival believes that chocolate makes people happy. Who’s going to argue with that? The third annual celebration of hot chocolate is going on now through February 14.
The festival involves 23 local “Choc Stars” and 60 new hot chocolate flavours. Vancouver’s finest patisseries, chocolatières, cafés and even food trucks have put their hearts and culinary talents into inventing new versions of the drink.
The hot chocolate menu options vary by day. Recently, for example, Chocolate Arts, in Vancouver’s budding Armoury district, served When Pigs Fly, featuring Alto El Sol, an exquisitely rich single origin chocolate, topped with maple bacon marshmallows and served with a peanut butter cookie. Feel free to faint. Meanwhile, Bel Café in the Rosewood Hotel Georgia, is offering Pretty in Pink, a white chocolate drink with notes of rose and raspberry, served with the cafe’s rich vanilla bean shortbread. The Juice Truck, in cahoots with East Van chocolate experts Beta 5, is serving A Snowball’s Chance in Tokyo – white choc matcha with a yuzu marshmallow.
Browse the menus yourself by flavour or by date.
Funds raised from the 2013 Vancouver Hot Chocolate Festival will be donated to Vancouver’s A Better Life Foundation.