Things to Do in Vancouver This Weekend: May 11, 2017

Feast on a festival of spot prawns, marvel at a program of ballet, revel in a talk from an astronaut, and learn to weave from a Coast Salish Chief. You could to absolutely every one of these things this weekend – and more. This is also the last weekend of the Opera Festival, Vancouver Bird Week, and DOXA – so catch them while you can!

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Things to Do in Vancouver This Weekend: May 11, 2017

Vancouver Screen Scene: Seth Rogen and Supergirl, Japanese stars, and more

Comedic Seth Rogen is returning to his hometown to shoot The Something.

Comedic Seth Rogen is returning to his hometown to shoot The Something.

Survival is a recurring theme in this week’s roundup of screen-related news in Vancouver, cropping up both as the subject of storylines and a TV series that might need to find ways to avoid the chopping block.

First up, let’s start on a note of levity with a hometown connection.

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Vancouver Screen Scene: Seth Rogen and Supergirl, Japanese stars, and more

Things To Do In Vancouver This Weekend

April 30

It’s May! Summer is coming, and what better way to celebrate than with a weekend of shedding some clothes in the form of all the burlesque going on this weekend or a body painting competition? If that’s too fast for you we can do dinner and a movie first – or many dinners and many movies. In fact, how about entire festivals devoted to eating and documentary film? If that’s still not quit right, there’s also theatre, dance, music and a nerd prom for adults going on this weekend.

 

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Things To Do In Vancouver This Weekend

Things To Do In Vancouver This Weekend

Things To Do In Vancouver This Weekend
Add some (pumpkin?) spice to this sunshine-filled fall weekend with our top picks for things to do in Vancouver this Friday to Sunday!

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Things To Do In Vancouver This Weekend

DOXA Documentary Film Festival May 3 – 12

Mechanical Bride documentary image

Image from The Mechanical Bride. Photo courtesy DOXA.

Now in its 12th year, DOXA is one of Canada’s leading documentary film festivals. As usual, the fest features a blend of politically driven, socially conscious flicks as well as some that are meant to be purely entertaining.

This year’s spotlight films include a locally-made film about Occupy Wall Street, a doc that uncovers a heretofore unearthed corner of the Beatles mythos, and some experimental Vancouver cinema from the ’60s and ’70s.

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DOXA Documentary Film Festival May 3 – 12

Documentary Film Festival Coming to Vancouver: DOXA, May 4-13

Yemen. 2011.  A struggling Yemeni tour guide is trying to keep his travel agency and hotel afloat while revolution breaks out all around him.  When gunfire and rocket attacks cut one tour short, he returns home to the capital only to find pro- and anti-government forces facing off in the streets.  Will he join the revolution or go about business as usual?

This is the central dilemma in The Reluctant Revolutionary one of more than 100 documentaries from around the globe being screened at this year’s DOXA Documentary Film Festival, May 4 – May 13 at venues around Vancouver.   Themes range from the Arab Spring and dissidence in China to sex workers, psychedelic drugs and grizzly bears.   For documentary fans, it’s a unique chance to see award-winning works from Canada and abroad, world premieres and groundbreaking interactive productions.

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Documentary Film Festival Coming to Vancouver: DOXA, May 4-13