10 Arts Events Not to Miss in November

November may be the “deadlines” month, but what better way to destress than by attending some fun and enriching UBC Arts events?


UBC Symphony Orchestra: Prokofiev and Dvorak

November 1 | 7:30-9:30pm | Chan Centre

$8 or FREE Rush Tickets for UBC Students 

The UBC Symphony Orchestra is a 110-member orchestra of gifted young musicians performing symphonic works from the 18th, 19th and 20th centuries. On Friday Nov 1, they’ll be performing Prokofiev’s Cinderella Suite No. 1, Op 107 and Dvorak’s Symphony No. 8 in G major, Op. 88.  Featuring guest conductor Johannes Müller Stosch and graduate student conductor Zane Kistner.

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Flamenco Legends: The Paco de Lucía Project

November 2 | 8:00-10:30pm | Chan Centre

$46 – 94

As a testament to the enduring musical legacy of world-renowned Spanish guitarist Paco de Lucía, the late artist’s tour-de-force sextet comes together in a stirring celebration of the unifying, boundary-shattering spirit of flamenco music.

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UBC Opera presents: The Tales of Hoffmann

November 2, 3, 8, 9 | 7:30pm | Old Auditorium

$15 for UBC students

UBC Opera opens their 2019-2020 season with an exciting new production of the French classic Les Contes d’Hoffmann (Tales of Hoffman). This vibrant opera fantastique brings life to the audience and composer alike with its mythical plot and dazzling music. The opera draws from three stories by the eponymous poet E.T.A. Hoffmann, telling a tale of multifaceted love and artistry.

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UBC Connects Talk with Ziya Tong: “Blind Spots: Rethinking Your Reality”

November 4 | 6:30-9:00pm | Vancouver Playhouse

General Admission & Alumni: $19.95
Limited free seating for UBC students

UBC Arts alumna and science journalist Ziya Tong reveals a hidden world by taking us on a journey to examine some of humanity’s biggest blind spots. The author of The Reality Bubble: Blind Spots, Hidden Truths, and the Dangerous Illusions that Shape Our World, Tong will speak about how significant parts of our global food, energy and waste systems are purposely hidden. There are cameras everywhere, she reminds us, except where our food comes from, where our energy comes from, and where our waste goes. Yet science, and the curiosity that drives it, can help civilization flourish when we understand that there is more to the world than meets the eye.

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Yip So Man Wat Memorial Lecture

November 5 | 7:00-9:00pm | Ponderosa Commons Ballroom
Free (RSVP Required)

The Department of Asian Studies’ annual Wat Lecture, ‘Where Silence Reigns, Startling Claps of Thunder,’ will be presented by Dr. Geremie Barmé 白杰明. He will reflect on some of China’s voices of resistance that are determined to break the silence.

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UBC Theatre presents: Timothy Findley’s The Wars

November 7-23 | 7:30pm | Frederic Wood Theatre
Students: $11.50

Adapted for the stage by Dennis Garnhum, and featuring the graduate BFA acting class of 2020, The Wars is a touching tale of connection through the eyes of a soldier. When Robert Ross, a tender-hearted idealist who shares a strong bond with his wheelchair-bound sister, trades his comfortable Canadian life for the harsh world of trench warfare in World War I, we watch his slow unravelling. This story takes us deep inside the mind of a soldier and catapults us into the mud, smoke, and chlorine gas of the front line in France during World War I. 

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President’s Concert Series

November 12 | 6:30pm | Chan Centre for the Performing Arts
November 30 | 6:30pm | The Old Auditorium
Free for UBC students

Hosted by UBC president Santa Ono, the President’s Concert Series is a celebration of music featuring renowned local and international performers. This November, there are two special concerts happening.

November 12 features internationally celebrated musicians, pianist Jon Kimura Parker and cellist Desmond Hoebig. November 30 features an evening of music and science with internationally celebrated members of the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra and UBC medicine researchers.

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Is it Time to Wave the Flag?

November 13 | 6:00-9:30pm | Vancouver Playhouse
Free for UBC students (RSVP Required)

2019 marks the 50th Anniversary of the decriminalization of homosexuality in Canada. Join the Honourable Janet Austin, Lieutenant Governor of BC, and Santa J. Ono, President & Vice Chancellor, UBC, alongside sociology professor Amin Ghaziani and prominent LGBTQ2+ leaders and advocates, as they share their unique perspectives and vision for shaping a diverse and more inclusive society in Canada and beyond. 

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My Career Story: Getting a Tech Job Without a Tech Degree

November 14 | 6:00-7:30pm | Centre for Student Involvement & Careers – Front Lounge
Free (RSVP Required on CareersOnline)

Career opportunities in the tech sector are booming, and not just for those with a computer science degree. Arts graduates are increasingly in demand for their ability to adapt, solve problems, and collaborate. If you’re interested in exploring what working in tech could look like, or you are actively looking for opportunities within the industry, this panel event is for you!

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Black Like Me

November 20 7:30pm | November 21 12:30pm | Telus Studio Theatre
$15 for UBC students

 An Exploration of the Word N——–

A poignant and pointed look at historic and ongoing oppression, Black Like Me demands that we confront our own privileges, prejudices, and deeply-ingrained wounds. Is it possible to redefine a blood-soaked term that was intended to dehumanize a people? How can a word so connected to racialized violence take on such subjectivity both within and outside of Black communities?

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Bonus: November is Thrive Month!

Nov 1-30, 2019 | All over the UBC Campus

Thrive is a month-long series of events focused on helping everyone at UBC explore their path to mental health. Thrive kicks off on November 1st with UBC’s Largest Spin Class, and continues all month long with guided wellness walks, movie screenings, sleep and meditation workshops and more.

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