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6 weekend events in B.C.'s Lower Mainland, January 30-February 1

01/30/2015 08:32 EST | Updated 04/01/2015 05:59 EDT
It's Super Bowl weekend, so Seahawks and Patriots fans across B.C. are sure to be glued to the screen Sunday afternoon with the snack food of their choice.

But if football isn't your thing, there's still a lot going on in the Lower Mainland — including something special for Back to the Future fans. Here are some ideas to help you keep the whole family entertained this weekend.

1) Underneath the Lintel at Pacific Theatre

This play has one of the most intriguing plots we've ever heard — a library book turns up, 113 years overdue, sending a Dutch librarian on a globe-spanning journey with a steamer trunk full of clues, a tape recorder and a whole lot of questions.

The show debuted in New York City in 2001 and Time Out New York called it one of the top 10 plays of the year.

- Until Saturday, January 31

- Pacific Theatre, Vancouver

2) Norman Foote in Concert

Bring the whole family to this show featuring Juno Award-winning Vancouver entertainer Norman Foote. He's travelled all over the world, from Nashville, Tenn. to New Zealand to Nagasaki, Japan, showing off his skills as a singer, puppeteer, and comedian. 

- Saturday, January 31

- Surrey Arts Centre

3) Black History Month: Stayed on Freedom!

You can take in a variety of musical styles drawn from black tradition in this musical celebration with the Marcus Mosely Chorale. Some 50 singers are joined by a small band on stage, and you'll hear American gospel along with notes of soul and jazz.

Eleanor Collins, Dawn Pemberton, Will Sanders and the City Soul Choir are also part of the bill. The concert will kick off Black History Month in Vancouver.

- Saturday, January 31, 7:30 p.m. PT

- St. Andrew's-Wesley United Church, Vancouver

4) 2015 Karate Canada National Championships

This national karate competition is at the Richmond Olympic Oval and is open to the public. You can witness some of Canada's most talented karate practitioners in the ring.

This is the last national meet before the Pan American Games qualifier, so you could be watching some of the members of our national team at work.

For junior athletes, the championships are the first step to making the cut for the 2015 Junior World Karate Championships in Jakarta, Indonesia.

- Friday, January 30 to Sunday, February 1

- Richmond Olympic Oval

5) Super Bowl parties

OK, we confess - we couldn't completely exclude the Super Bowl! If you're an NFL fan and you're not quite lucky or rich enough to be heading to Phoenix, Ariz. there are plenty of places to watch the big showdown in Metro Vancouver.

Of note is the River Rock Casino, where you can watch the game on the big screen, win prizes and nosh on a tailgate-style buffet.

Or head to the Rio Theatre, where you can listen to live sports commentators on the game, watch a live warm-up halftime show with Wet Coast Burlesque, test yourself on trivia, and also take home some prizes. 

- Sunday, February 1

- Various venues around Metro Vancouver 

6) And an honourable mention: Back to the Future's 30th anniversary

If you are a child of the 1980s, then you'll probably remember the first time you saw Back to the Future. Who can forget Marty McFly or the cool Delorean time travelling car and the flux capacitor?

On this, the 30th anniversary of the classic film, the SPARK FWD Conference on visual effects is coming to Vancouver - and bringing a special treat for Back To The Future fans...

...a panel discussion with the DeLorean Time Machine designer and special effects supervisor, Kevin Pike, the director of photography, Dean Cundey, and original storyboard and concept artist, Andrew Probert.

If you can't make it, just rent the film and let it take you back — to the present!

- Saturday, January 31, 7:30 p.m.

- VIFF Vancity Theatre, Vancouver

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