The Turning Point Ensemble. Photo: Tim Matheson
The Turning Point Ensemble. Photo: Tim Matheson

A little wine, music and dance make for a chill week on Vancouver stages as we say goodbe to summer and embrace the fall.

The Arts Club’s ChefmeetsBCGrape  (Sep 17, 18, 23) fundraising series returns with three evenings featuring BC wines and cuisine pairings, as well as access to the world-class winemakers and highly-trained chefs who create them.  Designed to be social, lively, and informative, the series offers an opportunity to showcase both the wine industry and some of the fine dining options in our province.  All proceeds benefit the Arts Club’s community engagement initiatives and youth-focused education programs.

The Dance Centre’s popular Discover Dance! noon hour series opens a new season, with a performance of African dance by Jacky Essombe (Sep 18). Born in Cameroon, Essombe is well known for her inspiring teaching and performances that express the cultural traditions and ancient rhythms of West and Central Africa. This interactive presentation features Essombe and her team of dancers and musicians in a program dance, live drumming and singing. There will be an artist talkback after the show.

Turning Point Ensemble launches its season with Imaginary Worlds (Sep 19), designed to imagine new worlds and evoke the spirit of other times. The concert will feature an eclectic mix including the Viennese Kaiser Waltz by Strauss, the folk music of Korean street markets, Vancouver’s early Chinatown, and a brand new work from Tajik/Canadian composer Farangis Nurulla-Khoja.

Neworld Theatre presents Bite of the Underground (Sep 20), a cabaret-style show that combines comedy, music, spoken word, theatre, and visual art. Offering a window into a cross-section of some of the  talent currently in Vancouver and designed to knock down the walls between genres.  The upcoming production will feature comedy from host Charlie Demers; jazz from young east end gurus The Carlo Rossi Gang;  an excerpt from The Pipeline Project, a play being developed by ITSAZOO Productions and Savage Society; ukelele + guitar sounds by Ruby & Smith; a reading of an excerpt from My Name Is Rachel Corrie led by Marcus Youssef; stand up comedy from Katie Ellen Humphries; and a closing musical set by local Mariachi band Los Dorados. The event will also feature art by local artist Susan Point.

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