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Top Vancouver Events April 4 - 10: pillow fighting, dirty dancing and cherry blossoms

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Don't be surprised when you see feather remains as you walk through downtown this week. It's the annual pillow fight flash mob. This stuff is normal in Vancouver. Kinda like last week's crazy wedding that took place as the final FourPlay wedding episode at Salt Tasting Room.


Top Picks

Dirty Dancing Burlesque (Kelly’s pick)
Apr 5 | 8 - 11:30PM | Rio Theatre | $20

With sassy burlesque dancer April O'Peel playing the part of innocent Baby this is bound to be a good show. Live music by Blue Morris playing the songs you know from the Dirty Dancing soundtrack, including my cheesy fave "I Had the Time of my Life". 

Sakura Days Japan Fair  (Miraj’s pick)
Apr 7 -8 |  10 AM - 5PM | VanDusen Botanical Garden | $10/$8

Celebrate spring at Sakura Days Japan Fair, a family friendly, two day Japanese festival of Japanese business, culture, cuisine and cherry blossoms. Enjoy traditional and modern cultural performances, eat unique festival-style Japanese cuisine and peruse a selection of Japanese influenced products

2012 World Wide Pillow Fight Club 7.0 (Ajay's Pick)
Apr 7 3-330pm | Vancouver Art Gallery | Free

Not sure what to expect at this flash mob? Watch what happened last year.


Honorable Mentions

To Catch a Bike Thief Launch Party
Apr 5 | 7-10PM | The Hive | Suggested $20

So many bike thieves in Vancouver I wouldn't be surprised if the person who stole my bike showed up at this party. And if you do...Imma get you! See how easy (or hard) it is to steal a bike, and maybe win one if you're any good!

Easter Bunny Bender Dance Party
Apr 5 | Waldorf | $12 adv / $15

The Easter Bunny Bender Edition of LLW is almost upon us! DJ Abasi and his crew has got all four rooms ready to rock. Get your tickets ASAP and save some money and avoid the regular line. It's going to be massive.

Sketches Of Paradise [Art Opening]
Apr 5 | Catalog Gallery | Free

Catalog Gallery is proud to present new work by Amir Aziz. Amir Aziz is a multi-disciplinary artist who explores the intersection of art and technology, in light of the sacred artistic traditions of the world.

Terminal City Roller Girls Season Opener
Apr 6 | 5-11 PM | Kerrisdale Arena | $15/$20

Ever see that movie Whip It with Drew Barrymore and Ellen Page? Well this is it in real life. Tough chicks donning short shorts, roller skates and an attitude to kick some ass.

Good Vibe Friday - Caribbean Funk Style
Apr 6 | 9PM - Late | Backstage Lounge | $10/$12 

BOOM. Du yu ting and sway to the music man. Come "play in the sun" with me and dance to some smooth music from Watasun, Giraffe Aftermath and the lovely boys of One Kingdom.

Send & Receive / Awakening the Fire [Art Opening]
Apr 6 | Ayden Gallery | Free


Reel Causes April: SHERPAS - An award winning documentary
Apr 11 | 8 - 11 PM | Vancity Theatre | $15

Sherpas – The true heroes of Mt. Everest, a documentary about the unsung heroes from Nepal. Without their help and assistance it is unthinkable to conquer the summit of world’s highest mountain. Yet Sherpas are never on the news, nobody really knew about them and their contribution towards the expedition are easily forgotten. ^mk

Re:Generation III: How We Green Our City
Apr 11 | 7 - 9.30 PM | Waldorf Hotel | $0-$10

Is there a green space 5 minutes from your house? Should there be? How about planting fruit tree orchards in parks or planting tens of thousands more street trees? Co-create, Dialog and Dream your city green with an amazing line-up of Intergenerational storytelling. Re:Generation is about Cross-Community engagement that really shakes up the status-quo.


Coming Up

The River & The Road CD Release Party
Apr 14 | 7:30-11:30PM | The Media Club | $10

Media and Democracy | Public Forum with David Barsamian
Apr 15 | 2 - 5 PM | SFU Harbour Centre | Free

Projecting Change Film Festival
Apr 17 -22 | various times | SFU Woodward’s | $12/$10

Voices of the Street reading and launch event
Apr 19 | 7 - 10 PM | Waldorf Hotel | $10 (suggested)

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