Azúcar Negra plays as part of the Vancouver Cuban Music Festival
Azúcar Negra plays as part of the Vancouver Cuban Music Festival

This week on Vancouver stages take us on a voyage around the world from New Hampshire to Russia and finally to the island nation of Cuba.

The Osimous Theatre production of Our Town continues until October 18 in the hall of the First Christian Reformed Church.  Don’t let this quiet and powerful show fool you with its simplicity because simple does not mean unfulfilling.  Act one will calm, act two will excite and the finale will not only make you cry, it will force you to think about the things that really matter.

Exit 22 Theatre, featuring the students of Capilano University’s performing arts department, kicks off its season with an adaptation of Nikolai Gogol’s The Government Inspector (Oct 15-18).  The play follows the antics of a bunch of on-the-take public servants in a small Russian town who discover an inspector will soon be arriving to investigate them.  Bent on covering up their misdeeds, a case of mistaken identity takes this piece to a whole new satirical level.

The Vancouver Cuban Music Festival (Oct 16-19) is a four-day-long celebration of that island’s musical legacy. The all-star lineup of artists directly from Cuba include Azucar Negra, Pedrito Calvo. Tania Pantoja, El Indio, Gardi and Waldo Mendoza. Other events include dance workshops, movie screenings, drumming circles, a jamming session and even a kid’s talent show.

Vancouver Presents!