1. Disrupt the status quo at International Women’s Day 2020: DISRUPT, a free event on Sunday, March 8 from 2 to 6 p.m. at River Market, 810 Quayside Dr. The all-ages event includes performances and speakers including Filsan Abdiaman, Laura Fukumoto, Tonye Aganaba, Stars of the North drumming, Karen Ward and Emma Cooper.
2. Head to Anvil Centre Theatre for the Royal Canadian Theatre Company’s presentation of Screwball Comedy, a spoof of the screwball comedy genre of movies popular in the 1930s and 1940s. Shows are on Friday, March 6 and Saturday, March 7 at 3:30 and 7:30 p.m. Tickets at www.anvilcentre.com or 604-521-5050.
3. Get inspired when 10 presenters share their passions at Pecha Kucha New West Volume 25. It’s on Saturday, March 7 from 7 to 10 p.m. at Knox Presbyterian Church, 403 East Columbia St. You can buy a beverage and mingle with other attendees starting at 7 p.m. and enjoy presentations (featuring 20 images for 20 seconds each) on a variety of topics starting at 8 p.m. Tickets are $10 and available at www.pechakuchanewwest.com.
4. Grab your beads and mask and join the fun at the New West Artists’ fundraising masquerade dinner and dance on Saturday, March 7 at the Royal City Curling Club lounge, 75 East Sixth Ave. Doors open at 6 p.m. and a dinner featuring Creole/Cajun-style food is at 7 p.m. The evening includes a cash bar, prizes, silent auction, 50/50 and entertainment by Razzmajazz, a New Orleans-style band playing traditional jazz Creole, Dixieland and blues-style music. Tickets are $39 and available in advance at 604-525-4566 or by etransfer to firstname.lastname@example.org (answer: mardigras). Info: www.newwestartists.com.
5. Celebrate International Women’s Day at a fundraiser for the Canadian Harambee Education Society, which helps girls in Kenya and Tanzania to further their educations. It’s on Sunday, March 8 from 5 to 8 p.m. at the Sapperton Pensioners Hall, 318 Keary St. It includes dinner (6 p.m.), a silent auction, a “boutique” where you can buy African items, entertainment by Quayside Voices and special guests – Kenyan ambassador John Lanyasuya and award-winning broadcast journalist Erica Johnson. Tickets ($20 or $10 for kids 12 and under) are available at the door.
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