Things to do in Metro Vancouver this week: SYML, The Dumpling King, We Hunt Buffalo, and more

OUR PICKS:

1. SYML

Jan. 12, 8 p.m. | The Cultch

Tickets and info: From $22.50, tickets.thecultch.com

Extra points if you knew that this moniker of Seattle-based singer/songwriter Brian Fennell translates as the Welsh for “simple.” As a founding member of the indie rock band Barcelona, Fennell saw a fair bit of success with pop song placement in TV and film. His latest album was recorded in his basement studio in Issaquah, WA., and caught the ears of the folks at Nettwerk Music Group, who released the smooth, sensitive material such as the lead single Where’s My Love.

The Dumpling King’s Johnnie Walker Black pork belly and scallion dumplings. [PNG Merlin Archive]

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The Dumpling King’s Johnnie Walker Black pork belly and scallion dumplings.

2. The Dumpling King home delivery

Vancouver only

Prices and info: From $50 for 50 plus pieces, thedumplingking.ca

Let’s get real about resolutions to eat better, lose weight and so on. They don’t work. So how about resolving to eat better dumplings this year and stock your fridge with frozen variations that can quickly be steamed up or fried and added to soups and other dishes to make you happy. Being happier means being healthier. The Johnnie Walker Black pork belly and scallion dumplings pictured are only one of founder Matthew Murtagh-Wu’s gourmet creations. Hungry? Order online.

Actor Mark Hamill reprises his role as Jedi Knight Luke Skywalker in Star Wars: The Last Jedi.

3. Star Wars: The Last Jedi

Various dates, times | Lower Mainland theatres

Info: cinemaclock.com

Disney/Lucasfilm’s latest edition to the Star Wars franchise passed the $1 billion dollar international box office mark at the start of this year, and the film shows no sign of slowing down. However, the lineups are reasonable enough now that you can attend a screening and get a primo seat without having to be there hours ahead of your screening time. Given the degree to which this science fiction series has entered into the global mind, doesn’t it make sense to be up to date? Plus, the Rian Johnson-helmed instalment is getting solid reviews, proving the days of Jar-Jar Binks are hopefully behind us forever.

Vancouver TheatreSports League members, from left, Graeme Duffy, Michael Teigen and Margret Nyfors.

4. Vancouver TheatreSports’ Throwdown International TheatreSports Festival

Until Jan. 21 | The Improv Centre

Tickets and info: From $10.75,

Source:: Vancouver Sun – Entertainment

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