If one of your New Year’s resolutions was to “eat less bacon” – well – we can’t help you there. We can help, however, if one of them was to “experience more art.”

The PuSh International Performing Arts Festival kicks off this month for three weeks from the 14th to February 2nd – that’s plenty of time to check out our following must-sees during the 10th anniversary of this rad contemporary art festival, which features the works of local, national and international artists:

L.A. Party/An Evening with William Shatner Asterisk

The first show involves a vegan heading into a drug-fueled bender in L.A., as told through special effects. The second will make any Trekkie giddy; sounds and video clips of the original Start Trek’s Captain James T. Kirk are presented as a montage. Conceived by New York theatre artist, Phil Soltanoff, expect two separate one-man shows – without a man.

January 21–25
Studio T, SFU’s Goldcorp Centre for the Arts
149 West Hastings Street

Gender Failure

What is it like to fit into the ‘gender binary’? And how does it feel when it fails us? Canadian trans artists Rae Spoon and Ivan Coyote break it down through a hilarious and heartbreaking display of music, art, video and narrative. Listen to their stories told through poetry and wit; and witness a new chapter in the duo’s seven-year artistic partnership.

January 16–17
Club Push at Performance Works
1218 Cartwright Street, Granville Island

Photo: David Baltzer

Photo: David Baltzer


Norman Mailer described Andy Warhol’s Kitchen as having dull dialogue, and a “horror to watch”, but he also described it as a historical document that “captured the essence of every boring, dead day one’s ever had in a city, a time when everything is imbued with the odor of damp washcloths and old drains.” Watch Warhol’s muse and icon, Edie Sedgwick, along with the rest of the “cast” spill, famously sneeze and fidget in this classic “chaotic” piece. You want contemporary art? This will teach you about an entire generation through Warhol’s eyes.

January 16
Djavad Mowafaghian Cinema, SFU’s Goldcorp Centre for the Arts
149 West Hastings Street

Photo: Gob Squad Arts Collective

Photo: Gob Squad Arts Collective

Super Night Shot

Four performers and activists film throughout Downtown Vancouver one hour before you watch it. Super Night Shot has been filmed and performed in four languages, in six continents – from Siberia to Bangalore nearly 200 times. Consider this spontaneous art at its finest – with cake and ice cream included!

January 14
Vancouver Playhouse
600 Hamilton Street

Photo: Cylla von Tiedemann

Photo: Cylla von Tiedemann

A Brimful of Asha

Real-life mother and son Asha and Ravi Jain share their true stories of tradition, generational differences, love and conflict between immigrant parents and first-generation children. Ravi Jain is an award-winning director, producer, actor, activist and artistic director of Toronto’s Why Not Theatre.

January 16–February 8
Revue Stage, Arts Club Theatre Company
1601 Johnston Street, Granville Island

Tim Etchells

You know those neon signs you’ve been seeing all over the Internets? The ones describing raw emotions via the most on-point statements? UK-based artist and PuSh artist-in-residence, Tim Etchells’ work will include visual art, video, text, photography and more in an exhibition called Who Knows, two performance pieces called The Quiet Volume and Sight is the Sense that Dying People Tend to Lose First, and a keynote address at the PuSh Assembly.

Opening night: January 23
Contemporary Art Gallery
555 Nelson Street

Keynote: January 21st
Djavad Mowafaghian Cinema, SFU’s Goldcorp Centre For The Arts
149 West Hastings Street

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By Katharine Sawchuk

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