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Weekend events: What's on in the Lower Mainland November 7-9

11/08/2014 12:25 EST | Updated 01/07/2015 05:59 EST

With the fall weather settling in, it's tempting to just curl up in front of the sofa with the latest hot series on Netflix, but there is plenty going on this weekend in the city.

So if you get bored on that couch, here are a few ideas for how to have fun, if you're in the mood to learn, laugh or linger. 

1) Media Democracy Days

If you love talking about social change and the impact of new technologies on democracy, you won't want to miss this weekend event.

Keynote speakers include Michael Geist, a copyright expert and advocate for Internet freedom, and Reilly Yeo, community engagement specialist at Openmedia.ca.

There are also film screenings, workshops and a media fair featuring innovative and alternative media organizations.

- Friday and Saturday

- Various venues in downtown Vancouver

2) Undivided Colours - a dance performance 

The local dance company Co.ERASGA presents five dancers from Canada and Southeast Asia, here to perform and exchange ideas.

Local artist Alvin Erasga Tolentino has brought these dancers together to talk about their different dance styles and collaborate in new forms.

William Lau comes from a tradition of Chinese dance and opera, Didik Nini Thowok combines folk and modern dance in his native Indonesia,

Pichet Klunchun has brought classical Thai dance and contemporary sensibilities together to the stage, and Canadian dancer Peter Chin weaves together his Jamaican, Irish and Chinese roots in his multicultural and multi-layered works.

- Saturday and Sunday

- The Roundhouse

3) Standup! The original tandoori kings of comedy

If you liked "I Can't Believe It's Not Butter Chicken!" then you'll probably enjoy this new show by the same company. Sunee Dhaliwal and Hollywood Harv have played to sold-out audiences across Canada.

Audiences can expect irreverence, cliches and some side-splitting laughs from the two comics, and you can also groove to hip hop, Bhangra and Bollywood tunes with DJ 151. 

- Saturday

- Bell Performing Arts Centre, 6250 144 St, Surrey, BC

4) Ouxi Puppetry Festival at MOA

CBC's Margaret Gallagher went to see these Taiwanese puppets at the new festival and she was pretty impressed.

The festival continues to Nov. 9 and showcases the artistry of the puppets with their intricate detail, along with engaging performances and workshops.

What they tell us about Taiwanese culture can be very revealing as well as entertaining. 

- Until Nov. 9

- Museum of Anthropology, UBC 

5) Military History Tour of Stanley Park

Discover the military history of Vancouver's greenest gem. Tour guides will reveal over 150 years of military stories, including secret defence sites, monuments, and sites of protest and peace gatherings.

Learn more about the war effort activities in the park, and peruse rare historical photographs. It's a side of the park that may not be visible, but it's worth learning about, especially this weekend. 

- Nov. 9

- Meet at the viewing plaza overlooking Lost Lagoon, near Alberni Street, Stanley Park

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