1st -. 5th – Mother of the Maid, Pacific Theatre; mother of Joan of Arc; pacifictheatre.org

1st – 5th – The Shipment, Firehall Arts Centre; provocative comedy; firehallartscentre.ca

1st – 11th – Vancouver International Film Festival, various locations; viff.org

1st – 13th – A Thousand Splendid Suns; Stanley Theatre, Arts Club; sweeping tale of war-torn Afghanistan, based on the best-selling novel; artsclub.com

1st – 13th – Antony & Cleopatra, Studio 58, Langara College; gender-reversed production; ticketstonight.ca

1st – 26th – The Birds & the Bees, Arts Club Granville Island; Canadian comedy about love, lust and bee-keeping; artsclub.com

2nd – 12th – Transform A Cabaret Festival; The Cultch, a variety of ground-breaking artists; music, drag, theatre, circus burlesque; transformcabaret.com

3rd – Dec. 15th – Luzia: Cirque du Soleil, Under the Big top, Concord Pacific Plaza; cirquedusoleil.com/luzia

4th – 20th – Dancing Lessons, Jericho Arts Centre, presented by Naked Goddess Productions; professor with Asperger’s syndrome and dancer; nakedgoddessproductions.com

5th – Prohibition, Politics and Neglect: The Making of a Drug Overdose Crisis in Canada, Dr Mark Tyndall, UBC, The Vancouver Institute, Free Saturday Evening Lectures at UBC, Instructional Resources Centre, 8:15 pm; http://vancouverinstitute.ca

10th – Nov. 3rd – Cost of Living, Goldcorp Stage, BMO Theatre Centre; presented by Arts Club in partnership with Citadel Theatre; award-winning play about relationships and living with physical disabilities; artsclub.com

11th – 20th – Body Awareness, Studio 16; mitchandmurrayproductions.com

16th – 26th – Take the Milk, Nah?, TheCultch; solo show by Jivesh Parasram about his Indo-Caribbean heritage; thecultch.com

17th – 26th – China Doll, Gateway Theatre, Richmond; coming of age story set in the 1900s; gatewaytheatre.com

18th – Nov. 2nd – Frankenstein Lost in Darkness; Pacific Theatre, reinterpreted; pacifictheatre.org

19th – Rights Before We Talk Reconciliation: The Reality of Canada’s Relationship with Indigenous People, Ms. Tanya Talaga, award-winning journalist and author; The Vancouver Institute, Free Saturday Evening Lectures at UBC, Instructional Resources Centre, 8:15 pm; http://vancouverinstitute.ca

21st – 27th – Vancouver Writers Festival, Granville Island, several authors and venues; writersfest.bc.ca

24th – Nov. 24th – Chutzpah Festival; various venues; comedy, music & film, dance, theatre; chutzpahfestival.com

30th – Nov. 10th – Heart of the City Festival: several venues; over 100 events; heartofthecityfestival.com