Things to do in Vancouver Aug. 11-17

St. John Passion

Aug. 11, 7:30 p.m. | Chan Centre for the Performing Arts

Tickets and info: From $34,

St. John Passion is one of J.S. Bach’s ‘s masterworks. Taking text from Martin Luther’s German translation of the Bible, and combining it with the work of poet Barthold Heinrich Brockes, the piece calls for orchestra, choir, six vocal soloists and one evangelist. As part of Vancouver Bach Festival 2017, Pacific Baroque Orchestra and Vancouver Cantata Singers join forces with intensity for this performance, complete with all the fire and brimstone to accompany the exaltations. A piece this big demands a venue that can do it justice, and the Chan Centre is the finest space of its size for vocal music, with the clarity and impact of large group singing both being spectacular. All the better when it’s Bach.

The final Red Truck Beer Truck Stop Concert Series of the summer happens August 12. Handout ORG XMIT: YwvRkvrJ2AKmh7p6k5Q4 [PNG Merlin Archive]

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Red Truck Concert Series

Aug. 12, 4 p.m. | Red Truck Brewing, 295 E. 1st Ave.

Tickets and info: $35, at

One look at the photo gives you an idea of just how successful the trio of concerts that this local craft brewery hosts is with the public. And why not? You’ve got a selection of suds flowing where they are brewed; you’ve got an exceptional lineup of varied party tunes from Year of the Wolf, Real Ponchos, Vince Vaccaro, Harpoonist and the Axe Murderer, and headliners Lee Fields & the Expressions. Plus, it is easy to get to the venue on any number of buses, or along bike lanes. About the only downer is that the space isn’t bigger. Selling fast.

Andrew Cownden is Launce in Bard on the Beach’s The Two Gentlemen of Verona.

The Two Gentlemen of Verona

Until Sept. 20 | Vanier Park

Tickets and info: From $59, at

Valentine and Porteous are BMFs (best male friends) with girl trouble. Well, for Porteous, that is. He’s in love with Valentine’s girl Sylvia. Plus he has his own girlfriend, who deserves to know. Through all the back and forth, this relationship comedy is one of Shakespeare’s most popular lighter plays

Source:: Vancouver Sun – Entertainment

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