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Vive la France: Music of postwar Paris comes to Vancouver

And four events that make Vancouver awesome this week
Paris! The Show brings its French charms to UBC's Chan Centre March 18.
Paris! The Show brings its French charms to UBC's Chan Centre March 18.

Paris! The Show

If you’re not risking a trip to France anytime soon, let Paris come with an evening of music and dance. This tribute to the greatest French songs of the post-Second World War era with an exceptional cast, spectacular live band, original storyline and scenic design will transport audiences from Montmartre to the stages of the great Parisian cabarets of the time. The show features some of the greatest and best-loved songs of Edith Piaf, Charles Aznavour, Jacques Brel, Josephine Baker, Maurice Chevalier, Lucienne Boyer, Charles Trenet, Yves Montand and others.

When: March 18, 8 p.m.

Where: Chan Shun Concert Hall, 6265 Crescent Rd. (UBC)

Monster Jam

Photo Vic Turczynski
Photo Vic Turczynski

If you like big trucks and you cannot lie, get ready for Monster Jam. This is the action-packed motorsports experience where 12,000-pound trucks and the world-class athletes who drive them tear up the dirt with gravity-defying feats. This year, five trucks will make their debut at the show including Dragon, Wild Side, Raminator, Rammunition and Just Get Er Done II. Don’t forget the earplugs!

When: March 14 to 15

Where: Pacific Coliseum at the PNE, 2901 East Hastings St.

Bats, Blooms, & Bars

Photo iStock
Photo iStock

Fan of tequila or mezcal? Did you know those spirits’ source plant, the agave, shares a special relationship with a certain breed of bat? To learn about this special connection, how it’s compromised, and what’s being done to prevent it, Condesa Jewelry Expertise and David Ciralsky host an exclusive talk by world-renowned biologist and conservationist Dr. Rodrigo Medellin, fondly known as "The Bat Man of Mexico." Be sure to RSVP to for this first-come, first-served talk.

When: March 15, 7 p.m.

Where: Heritage Hall, 3102 Main St.

Lucky 7's: Shameful Tiki Room Seven-Year Anniversary

Photo courtesy of Shameful Tiki Room/Facebook
Photo courtesy of Shameful Tiki Room/Facebook

One of Vancouver’s coolest watering holes celebrates an auspicious birthday, and you can join in the merriment. The Shameful Tiki Room turns seven with a themed night paying homage to 1960s tiki culture in Las Vegas. They’ll have a special menu, a limited edition tiki mug, live hula dancers and more. The fun begins March 18, and carries on nightly through March 22.

When: March 18 to 22

Where: Shameful Tiki Room, 4362 Main St.

First Annual Colony Mario Kart 64 Tournament

Ready to test your skills on the road, Mario Kart-style? Colony on Granville hosts its first-ever Mario Kart 64 tournament, and players can enter for free. Cash prizes, not to mention glory, are up for grabs. Register online.

When: March 14

Where: Colony Granville, 965 Granville St.


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