Things to Do in Vancouver This Weekend: April 12, 2018

This weekend you can attend a giant cherry blossom picnic, find comedy on a 1930s murder train, sip the local spirits of BC distilleries, or see a Salish weaving fashion show.

Friday | Saturday | Sunday | Ongoing



Friday April 13

Murder on the Improv Express

Murder on the Improv Express
Where: The Improv Centre
What:The comedic whodunnit is set in the 1930s and involves many of the set characters and scenarios you’d expect to find. However, what isn’t known is who is the victim, who is the killer and how the dastardly deed was done. These are just some of the things that will be established by audience suggestions during the course of the show. What is known is that audience members will die laughing at all the improbable plot twists and turns.
Runs until: Saturday May 26, 2018

Me and You
Where: Arts Club Theatre
What: From childhood until old age, Liz and Lou are sisters who go through life mostly as friends, but sometimes as foes. Liz is a steady-minded biologist while Lou is a free-spirited painter, and their personalities clash over everything from hair dye to cheating partners to rebellious children. See their stories come alive across the decades through the acclaimed mask work of Melody Anderson in a comedy that gives a unique face to sisterhood.
Runs until: Sunday May 6, 2018

Vancouver Whitecaps vs. Los Angeles

Vancouver Whitecaps vs. Los Angeles
Where: BC Place Stadium
What: Cheer for some soccer.

Haida Now Guided Tour with Curator Kwiaahwah Jones

Haida Now Guided Tour with Curator Kwiaahwah Jones
Where: Museum of Vancouver
What: Join Haida Curator Kwiaahwah Jones in viewing an unparalleled collection of Haida art featuring more than 450 works by carvers, weavers, photographers and print makers. Learn about many of the works that highlight the interconnection between Haida art, language, land, spirituality, resilience, and life in the city on this conversational 90-minute tour.

The Music of Brahms and Sibelius (show 1 of 2)
Where: The Chan Centre
What: The youngest-ever prizewinner of the International Jean Sibelius Violin Competition in 2010, Esther Yoo performs the extraordinary Violin Concerto by that competition’s namesake, on the 1704 “Prince Obolensky” Stradivarius violin. And a young American conductor, Karina Canellakis, returns to direct the beautiful Third Symphony of Johannes Brahms.

Riverdance

Riverdance
Where: Queen Elizabeth Theatre
What: It’s the traditional Irish tapping extravaganza.
Runs until: Sunday April 15, 2018

Isle of Dogs Storyboarding Workshop

Isle of Dogs Storyboarding Workshop
Where: The Annex
What: Following on the rave reviews for Wes Anderson’s animated canine-centric Isle of Dogs, VIFF hosts an exclusive workshop with lead storyboard artist, Jay Clarke. Mapping his journey from the storyboards through a live drawing session on the big screen, Clarke reveals his sources of inspiration, his philosophies of drawing and how he imbues his animated creations in films with human emotions.

Hyperspace Metal Festival Day 1

Hyperspace Metal Festival Day 1
Where: The Rickshaw
What: A day of melodic power metal including Iron Kingdom, Odinfist, Arkenfire, Medevil and more.

Festival of Words
Where: Boathouse Lounge Inn at the Quay (New Westminster)
What: Networking, book sales, talks, readings and a gala all celebrating the written word.
Runs until: Sunday April 15, 2018


 

Saturday April 14

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BC Distilled

BC Distilled
Where: Croatian Cultural Centre
What: 40 distilleries from across British Columbia showcase their best products to aficionados and newbies alike.

Vancouver Cherry Blossom Festival: The Big Picnic

Vancouver Cherry Blossom Festival: The Big Picnic
Where: Queen Elizabeth Park
What: The Festival was inspired by the long-time Japanese cultural tradition of Hanami, which literally translates to “flower (hana-) viewing (mi)”. Join families and new friends for a picnic of blossoms and spring celebration.

Sakura Days Japan Fair

Sakura Days Japan Fair
Where: VanDusen Garden
What: A weekend in the botanical garden celebrating blossoms and Japanese culture.
Runs until: Sunday April 15

The Mojo Stars

The Mojo Stars
Where: The Fox Cabaret
What: A night of original music, short film, and celebration as blues/rockers The Mojo Stars share the evening with 2018 Juno nominee bluesman Brandon Issak and his band The Saints of Swing.

Delhi 2 Dublin

Delhi 2 Dublin
Where: The Commodore
What: A live-electronic, bhangra, hip-hop, world-pop, hybrid act. Famous for their energy onstage, the four member crew has played over 100 shows ayear for the last decade at festivals like Electric Forest (USA), Woodford Folk (Australia) and Bali Spirit Festival (Indonesia). 

Vaisakhi Day Parade
Where: Vancouver
What: Every April, millions of Sikhs world-wide celebrate Vaisakhi Day, a day that marks the New Year. Considered one of the most important festivals in the Sikh calendar, parades celebrating the event are held in Sikh communities around the world.

Hyperspace Metal Festival Day 2

Hyperspace Metal Festival Day 2
Where: The Rickshaw
What: A day of melodic power metal including Helion Prime, Scythia, Tanagra and more.

Tyle

Tyle
Where: The Lido
What: Solo instrumental post-rock artist Tyle from Regina, Saskatchewan, on tour supporting the album “/VIAL”. Come for reverb-y abstract soundscape building guitar that’s full of emotion.

The Music of Brahms and Sibelius (show 2 of 2)
Where: The Chan Centre
What: The youngest-ever prizewinner of the International Jean Sibelius Violin Competition in 2010, Esther Yoo performs the extraordinary Violin Concerto by that competition’s namesake, on the 1704 “Prince Obolensky” Stradivarius violin. And a young American conductor, Karina Canellakis, returns to direct the beautiful Third Symphony of Johannes Brahms.


 

Sunday April 15

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Daymé Arocena and Roberto Fonseca

Daymé Arocena and Roberto Fonseca
Where: The Chan Centre
What: Cuban musical ambassadors and charismatic artists Daymé Arocena and Roberto Fonseca evoke a hypnotic Havana night of original fusion of jazz, rumba and Cuban neo-soul and cha-cha-cha.

Salish Weaving Fashion Show

Salish Weaving Fashion Show
Where: UBC Museum of Anthropology
What: Weavers will walk down the catwalk in MOA’s iconic Great Hall, modelling their fabulous works. This is the last chance to visit the popular and innovative exhibition, which shares a rich legacy of traditional weaving with the public and inspires contemporary weavers.

Tehran Taboo

Tehran Taboo
Where: VanCity Theatre
What: Iran-born, Germany-based animator Ali Soozandeh fearlessly skewers the sexual taboos and other double-standards of Iranian society in his debut feature, one of the highlights of this year’s Cannes Critics’ Week.

British Home Children: Uncovering the Hidden Stories
Where: Central Library
What: Authors Patricia Skidmore (Marjorie Too Afraid to Cry and Marjorie: Her War Years) and Beryl Young (Charlie: a Home Child’s Life in Canada) discuss how they discovered and researched the surprising child migrant stories of their parents.


 

Ongoing

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The Fabric of Our Land: Salish Weaving

The Fabric of Our Land: Salish Weaving
Where: UBC Museum of Anthropology
What: For generations Salish peoples have been harvesting the resources of their territories, transforming them into robes of rare beauty and power. Symbols of identity, they acted as legal documents and were visible signifiers of the presence of knowledge holders and respected people. Now mostly stored away in museums these masterworks are rarely seen. They have much knowledge to share and many stories to tell. Musqueam asked the Museum to bring these weavings to inspire weavers and share part of this rich legacy with all of us.
Runs until: Sunday April 15, 2018

Public Artwork by New Delhi-Based Artist Asim Waqif

Public Artwork by New Delhi-Based Artist Asim Waqif
Where: Vancouver Art Gallery
What: Inspired by environmental concerns and the pace of human consumption, Waqif will construct an immersive architectural experience from materials collected at re-purpose stores, transfer stations and landfills in the metro Vancouver area. Waqif’s architectural structure will also incorporate an interactive acoustic system using microphones, effects pedals and speakers. Visitors are encouraged to move through the installation maze allowing them to actively experience the architecture instead of passively observing it.
Runs until: Sunday April 15, 2017

Riverdance

Riverdance
Where: Queen Elizabeth Theatre
What: It’s the traditional Irish tapping extravaganza.
Runs until: Sunday April 15, 2018

Sakura Days Japan Fair

Sakura Days Japan Fair
Where: VanDusen Garden
What: A weekend in the botanical garden celebrating blossoms and Japanese culture.
Runs until: Sunday April 15

Festival of Words
Where: Boathouse Lounge Inn at the Quay (New Westminster)
What: Networking, book sales, talks, readings and a gala all celebrating the written word.
Runs until: Sunday April 15, 2018

Chelsea Hotel | Image by David Cooper

Chelsea Hotel | Image by David Cooper

Chelsea Hotel
Where: Firehall Arts Centre
What: Leonard Cohen’s powerful and inspirational music is the heartbeat for Chelsea Hotel. Through Cohen’s transcendent songs and the honesty of his lyrics, witness an eclectic cabaret of loves won and lost.
Runs until: Saturday April 21, 2018

Winter Farmers’ Market

Winter Farmers Market
Where: Nat Bailey Stadium
What: Each week you can look forward to finding locally grown vegetables and fruit, meat and seafood from local ranchers and fishermen, artisan cheese and bread, herbs and seasonal nursery items, baked goods, prepared foods and artisanal craft.
Runs until: April 21, 2018 (Saturdays)

The Humans
Where: Arts Club Theatre
What: When three generations of the Blake clan descend on a rundown lower Manhattan duplex for Thanksgiving dinner, much more is simmering than the gravy. As the holiday gaiety subsides, the pressures weighing on the family members reach a boiling point.
Runs until: Sunday April 22, 2018

Vancouver Cherry Blossom Festival | Image by thetu2

Vancouver Cherry Blossom Festival
Where: Various locations
What:It’s that time of year when the city turns all shades of pink – the cherry blossoms are in bloom! Celebrate with community picnics, fairs, blossomy bike rides, and group walks. The Blossom Barge will be at Granville Island featuring free performances.
Runs until: Sunday April 29, 2018

N. Vancouver

N. Vancouver
Where: The Polygon Gallery
What: The show in the newly-opened gallery will pay tribute to the evolution of North Vancouver and will feature commissioned works by more than 10 artists, including Andrew Dadson, Gabrielle Hill, Althea Thauberger, Stephen Waddell and Tracy Williams, paired with existing work by Stan Douglas, Greg Girard, Fred Herzog, Curt Lang, and Jeff Wall, among others.
Runs until: Sunday April 29, 2018

Capture Photography Festival | Image: Nadia Belerique, In The Belly Of A Cat

Capture Photography Festival
Where: Various locations
What:High-profile exhibitions as well as emerging talent and community participation are in the lens. There will be events in Vancouver’s leading public and commercial galleries, as well as public installations and a series of community-based photo workshops, tours, artist talks, films, and panel discussions.
Runs until: Monday April 30, 2018

Misery
Where: Arts Club Theatre
What:It’s Stephen King’s thriller on stage. Successful romance novelist Paul Sheldon is rescued from a car crash by his “number one fan,” Annie Wilkes, and wakes up in her secluded home in the mountains of Colorado. While Annie nurses him back to health, Paul soon realizes that he is not her guest, but her captive.
Runs until: Saturday May 5, 2018

Takashi Murakami: The Octopus Eats Its Own Leg

Takashi Murakami: The Octopus Eats Its Own Leg
Where: Vancouver Art Gallery
What: Featuring fifty-five remarkable works, some newly created for the presentation in Vancouver, this retrospective offers a critical and serious meditation on the current state of Japanese society in the midst of a complex, global world, while highlighting Murakami’s important role as a committed and often conflicted commentator on cultural production.
Runs until: Sunday May 6, 2018

Me and You
Where: Arts Club Theatre
What: From childhood until old age, Liz and Lou are sisters who go through life mostly as friends, but sometimes as foes. Liz is a steady-minded biologist while Lou is a free-spirited painter, and their personalities clash over everything from hair dye to cheating partners to rebellious children. See their stories come alive across the decades through the acclaimed mask work of Melody Anderson in a comedy that gives a unique face to sisterhood.
Runs until: Sunday May 6, 2018

Living Building Thinking: Art and Expressionism | Portrait of Anna Grünebaum by Otto Dix (image cropped)

Living, Building, Thinking: Art and Expressionism
Where: Vancouver Art Gallery
What: The term Expressionism is invariably associated with the period of art and social activism in Germany between 1905 and 1937, encompassing visual art, literature, philosophy, theatre, film, photography and architecture. Explore the development of Expressionism in art from the early 19th century to the present day through the German Expressionist collection from the McMaster Museum of Art.
Runs until: Monday May 21, 2018

Murder on the Improv Express

Murder on the Improv Express
Where: The Improv Centre
What:The comedic whodunnit is set in the 1930s and involves many of the set characters and scenarios you’d expect to find. However, what isn’t known is who is the victim, who is the killer and how the dastardly deed was done. These are just some of the things that will be established by audience suggestions during the course of the show. What is known is that audience members will die laughing at all the improbable plot twists and turns.
Runs until: Saturday May 26, 2018

Haida Now

Haida Now
Where: Museum of Vancouver
What: This exhibition features an unparalleled collection of Haida art boasting more than 450 works created as early as 1890. Local Haida artists will share their insights and knowledge about the art pieces, providing visitors with the opportunity to experience a powerful way to engage with the worldview and sensibility of the Haida people while gaining greater appreciation for the role museums can play in the reconciliation movement.
Runs until: Saturday June 16, 2018

Bombhead | Untitled by Carel Moiseiwitsch (image rotated for the screen)

Bombhead
Where: Vancouver Art Gallery
What:  A thematic art exhibition organized by guest curator John O’Brian that explores the emergence and impact of the nuclear age as represented by artists and their art. Encompassing the pre- and postwar period from the bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki in 1945 to the triple meltdown at Fukushima Daiichi in 2011, BOMBHEAD brings together paintings, drawings, prints, sculpture, photographs, film and video that deal with this often dark subject matter.
Runs until: Sunday June 17, 2018

The Blue Hour

The Blue Hour
Where: Vancouver Contemporary Art Gallery
What:Making reference to the brief period of twilight at dawn and dusk when temporal linearity appears to momentarily hover in a state of suspension, this photography exhibition presents works by five Canadian and international artists – Joi T. Arcand, Kapwani Kiwanga, Colin Miner, Grace Ndiritu, and Kara Uzelman – that collectively act as a proposition to consider the futurity of the photographic image.
Runs until: Sunday June 24, 2018

Culture at the Centre

Culture at the Centre

Culture at the Centre
Where: UBC Museum of Anthropology
What: Five Indigenous-run cultural centres in BC will be showcased representing six communities: Musqueam Cultural Education and Resource Centre (Musqueam), Squamish-Lil’wat Cultural Centre (Squamish, Lil’wat), Heiltsuk Cultural Education Centre (Heiltsuk), Nisga’a Museum (Nisga’a), and Haida Gwaii Museum (Haida). Covering a wide geographic expanse from Vancouver to the Nass River Valley, this marks the first time the participating communities will come together to share their diverse cultures in one space.
Runs until: Monday October 8, 2018

In a Different Light

In a Different Light
Where: Museum of Anthropology
What: More than 110 historical Indigenous artworks and marks the return of many important works to British Columbia. These objects are amazing artistic achievements. Yet they also transcend the idea of ‘art’ or ‘artifact’. Through the voices of contemporary First Nations artists and community members, this exhibition reflects on the roles historical artworks have today. Featuring immersive storytelling and innovative design, it explores what we can learn from these works and how they relate to Indigenous peoples’ relationships to their lands.
Runs until: Spring 2019

What are you up to this weekend? Tell me and the rest of Vancouver in the comments below.

 

 




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