Things To Do in Vancouver This Weekend

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Get ready for a weekend of interactive theatre, drunk science, paintings of kittens, and your choice of folk music or psytrance – and that’s just Friday! There is much in the works to tire out all the people training for the Sun Run well before Sunday. Good luck to all the runners out there from all of us on the sidelines and… from those of us soundly sleeping in.

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Friday April 17

Science World After Dark

Science World After Dark

Science World After Dark
Where: Science World
What: Want to explore Science World without any kids running around and with a drink in your hand? Who doesn’t! You can drink freely and play with all the things, even those you usually have to (politely) wait (forever) for a pile of squirmy kids to remove themselves from. Tonight it’s fun adults only! (19+)

GIRLS, GIRLS, GIRLS for Capture Photo Festival
Where: Untitled Art Space (436 Columbia) opening reception 8:00pm
What: An all-girls, all-analog photography exhibition celebrating the female. Seven female film photographers from across the country showcase their portraits of girls in an exhibit that aims to empower female artists, photographers, models, muses, and girls in general as it highlights the collaboration of women in art and photography.
Runs until: Saturday May 1, 2015 (Fridays and Saturdays)

Infected Mushroom - photo: infected-mushroom.com, Philadelphia, PA February 2015

Infected Mushroom – photo: infected-mushroom.com, Philadelphia, PA Feb. 2015

Infected Mushroom
Where:  Commodore Ballroom, 9:00pm
What: Electro whomp-whomp psytrance from Israel – this will be a a room of flashing lights and everybody dancing. Think raves, festivals, glow-sticks and non-stop beats, and if this makes you grin your biggest silliest grin, this is definitely your scene.

Skylark Music presents The Ironworks Sessions
Where: The Ironworks, 8:00pm
What: Featuring the distinguished pianist Jane Coop playing a solo program. Music by Bach and Claude Debussy frame a special composition of Vancouver’s Robert Pritchard, written for Ms. Coop, and which includes a video interpretation by the composer himself. Tickets available at Tickets Tonight.

Nothing Is Heavy
Where: Rickshaw Theatre (254 East Hastings)
What: A three-day metal festival with Juno-nominated Gorguts, the first Sacrifice show in 20 years, Anciients, Black Wizard and more.
Runs until: Sunday April 19, 2015

Menno Kitty: New Works by Andrea Hooge

Menno Kitty: New Works by Andrea Hooge

Menno Kitty: New Works by Andrea Hooge (opened this week)
Where: Hot Art Wet City (2206 Main) opening reception 7:00pm
What: Drawing from her childhood interpretations and understandings of the world around her, Hooge includes images of kittens, dolls, and babies mixed in with an array of objects that act as personal symbols.
Runs until: Saturday May 2, 2015

Theatre Conspiracy presents Foreign Radical: a game of secrets

Theatre Conspiracy presents Foreign Radical: a game of secrets

Theatre Conspiracy presents Foreign Radical: a game of secrets (opened this week)
Where: The Cultch (1895 Venables)
What: 20 participants at a time are invited into an intriguing theatrical game world exploring security, profiling, terrorism, freedom of expression and privacy in the age of cyber surveillance. Mobile throughout the performance, they collaborate and compete, investigate and debate, gather evidence, and spy on each other. Depending on personal and group decisions, they are at times in divided in groups to witness different perspectives on dramatic scenes and documentary media that colour their views and ability to win the game.  With multilingual elements in Farsi and Arabic.
Runs until: Saturday April 25, 2015

Lord Huron

Lord Huron

Lord Huron
Where: The Vogue, 7:00pm
What: Dreamy, country-ish, indie folk music (and visual project) from Michigan. With guest: Cayucas.

A Fateful Meeting of Les Femmes Fatales

A Fateful Meeting of Les Femmes Fatales

A Fateful Meeting of Les Femmes Fatales (opened this week)
Where: Havanna Theatre (1212 Commercial Dr)
What: Lesbian home entertainment goes terribly wrong. Long-time couple Beth and Michelle host a role-playing murder mystery evening with their friends. But when real-life ex-lovers, business embezzlement, and illicit entanglements collide with this role-playing fantasy world, murder is in the air.
Runs until: Saturday April 25, 2015 (select days only)

 


 

Saturday April 18

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Kathryn Calder

Kathryn Calder

Kathryn Calder
Where:  The Media Club (695 Cambie), 7:00pm
What: Singer-guitarist from The New Pornographers goes solo. With guests Louise Burns and Ford Pier.

Ukrainian Arts and Culture Fest
Where: AUUC Strathcona Ukrainian Hall & Performing Arts Society
What: A weekend of Ukranian culture! On Saturday you can learn to make traditional Ukrainian jewelry (1:00pm), and then explore the “bilij holos/pure voice” folkstyle of singing from Eastern Europe (3:15pm).

Def Leppard
Where:  Rogers Arena, 7:30pm
What: You know that time of the night where someone plays “Pour Some Sugar On Me” and we all admit loudly by demonstration that yes, we do know every word to this song? Live that moment live in an arena of people! You know you want to.

Monument to Mysterious Fires—Tailgate Party for Capture Photography Festival
Where: Parking lot at Quebec and East 5th, 2:00pm
What: A family-friendly tailgate party to celebrate the installation of Other Sights’ public project, Monument to Mysterious Fires. The event includes entertainment, food trucks, and a beer garden from a local brewery. Photographer Angela Fama will be on-site with her project “What Is Love?” inviting guests to collaborate in her traveling pop-up photo studio.

Rapp Battlez

Rapp Battlez
Where:  The Fox Cabaret (2321 Main), 7:30pm
What:  Comedians use their fighting words in a spit-spraying rap battle. Be ready for anything.

Angela Grossmann, Underwear, from Models of Resistance, 2015

Angela Grossmann, Underwear, from Models of Resistance, 2015

Models of Resistance (curator talk)
Where: Poïesis Contemporary (2423 Granville), 1:00pm
What: Exhibition curator Lynn Ruscheinsky holds a conversation entitled “Hello Dolly” with artist Angela Grossmann. Questions and answers will address the role performance plays in the assumption and persistence of gender identity. Discussion will consider the part that contestation and transgression play in the disruption of regulatory social norms as a possibility of liberation and empowerment.

The Great Requeum presented by the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra
Where:  Orpheum Theatre
What: Some moody Mozart and Tchaikovsky. Three pieces conclude with Mozart’s tragically-unfinished Requiem. The great Requiem Mass was indeed a requiem for himself, as the composer gravely predicted shortly before his death.

Danko Jones
Where:  Venue (881 Granville)
What: A bluesy rock trio from Toronto who have been compared to the style of Thin Lizzy and AC/DC.


 

Sunday April 19

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The Vancouver Sun Run
Where: From downtown, through the west end, across the Burrard bridge, and ending around BC Place Stadium.
What: If you are downtown Sunday morning it will be impossible to miss crowds of people in breathable clothing and running shoes festooned with numbered flags, all participating in Canada’s largest 10k road race. (Last year the run attracted over 45,000 people.)

Inspector Tovey meets Mozart
Where: Orpheum Theatre, 2:00pm
What: A concert for kids where kids are introduced through the time travel of Inspector Tovey, to Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart.

From Darkroom to Daylight
Where: Vancity Theatre (1181 Seymour), 6:00pm
What: Exploring the dramatic change from film to digital in photography. Harvey Wang was mid career when the tools of his craft were made nearly obsolete. He interviewed more than twenty photographers and prominent figures in the field, as well as Steven Sasson, co-inventor of the digital camera, and Thomas Knoll, co-creator of Photoshop.

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Grown Ups Read Things They Wrote as Kids
Where: The Electric Owl (926 Main St.), 7:30pm
What: Brave Canadians get up in front of a live audience of strangers, and read childhood poems, short stories, letters from camp, and diary entries.

Ukrainian Arts and Culture Fest

Ukrainian Arts and Culture Fest

Ukrainian Arts and Culture Fest
Where: AUUC Strathcona Ukrainian Hall & Performing Arts Society
What: A weekend of Ukranian culture! On Sunday you can learn to make Pysanky: Ukrainian Easter eggs (12:30pm), play folk instruments from Easter Europe (3:00pm), and then fill up on a lunch bazaar of perogies, Ukrainian sausage and cabbage rolls (11am-3:30pm).

Charanga Habanera
Where: Commodore Ballroom, 7:00pm
What: Cuban timba music ensemble from Havana. These guys have been going strong since starting their group right out of art school in 1988 when they set out to do a musical project of charanga, which was a popular music style in Cuba in the 1940s and 1950s.

NOW in the Trees
Where: Lost Lagoon at Stanley Park, 2:00pm
What: NOW Society takes to the trees with the help of workshop participants from New Westminster Secondary School. Acoustics of the wild landscape interact with NOW Society’s acoustic instrumentalists as they emerge from the trees.

 


 

Ongoing

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Arts Club Theatre Company presents Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike (ends this weekend)
Where: Arts Club Theatre Company – Stanley Alliance Industrial Stage
What: Christopher Durang’s witty mash-up of Chekhov characters and smartphones for our hyperconnected era. Middle-aged siblings Vanya and Sonia live an angst-ridden, melancholic existence on their family farm until their glamorous movie-star sister, Masha, swans in for a surprise visit-along with her hunky 20-something boy toy, Spike.
Runs until: Sunday April 19, 2015

Contemporary Art Gallery Presents Jeremy Shaw – Medium-Based Time (ends this weekend)
Where: Contemporary Art Gallery, 12pm-6pm
What: This show features Berlin-based Canadian artist Jeremy Shaw, including a black and white 16mm film of transgender voguer Leiomy Maldonado, a video installation that reworks archival ethnographic film into a dystopian science fiction narrative, and a new series of light-activated UV prints.
Runs until: Sunday April 19, 2015

Famous Puppet Death Scenes

Famous Puppet Death Scenes

The Cultch presents Famous Puppet Death Scenes (ends this weekend)
Where: The Cultch (Vancouver East Cultural Centre)
What: Through the magic of puppetry and a collection of famous scenes culled from the absolute best puppet shows in history, the Old Trouts promise to cure your fear of death. They will deconstruct your traumatized psyche and reconstruct you so that death means nothing to you anymore.
Runs until: Sunday April 19, 2015

Nothing Is Heavy (this weekend only)
Where: Rickshaw Theatre (254 East Hastings)
What: A three-day metal festival with Juno-nominated Gorguts, the first Sacrifice show in 20 years, Anciients, Black Wizard and more.
Runs until: Sunday April 19, 2015

Theatre Conspiracy presents Foreign Radical: a game of secrets
Where: The Cultch (1895 Venables)
What: 20 participants at a time are invited into an intriguing theatrical game world exploring security, profiling, terrorism, freedom of expression and privacy in the age of cyber surveillance. Mobile throughout the performance, they collaborate and compete, investigate and debate, gather evidence, and spy on each other. Depending on personal and group decisions, they are at times in divided in groups to witness different perspectives on dramatic scenes and documentary media that colour their views and ability to win the game.  With multilingual elements in Farsi and Arabic.
Runs until: Saturday April 25, 2015

A Fateful Meeting of Les Femmes Fatales (opened this week)
Where: Havanna Theatre (1212 Commercial Dr)
What: Lesbian home entertainment goes terribly wrong. Long-time couple Beth and Michelle host a role-playing murder mystery evening with their friends. But when real-life ex-lovers, business embezzlement, and illicit entanglements collide with this role-playing fantasy world, murder is in the air.
Runs until: Saturday April 25, 2015 (select days only)

Pi Theatre Presents: Blasted
Where: Performance Works (Granville Island)
What: A play about what happens when domestic and war-related violence intersect. Are you ready to be Blasted?
Runs until: Saturday April 25, 2015

Vancouver Cherry Blossom Festival
Where: Various locations
What: The blossoms are in bloom and raining softly on streets all over our city! Join the celebration with events all over Vancouver.
Runs until: Wednesday April 29, 2015

GIRLS, GIRLS, GIRLS for Capture Photo Festival
Where: Untitled Art Space (436 Columbia)
What: An all-girls, all-analog photography exhibition celebrating the female. Seven female film photographers from across the country showcase their portraits of girls in an exhibit that aims to empower female artists, photographers, models, muses, and girls in general as it highlights the collaboration of women in art and photography.
Runs until: Friday May 1, 2015 (Fridays and Saturdays)

Menno Kitty: New Works by Andrea Hooge
Where: Hot Art Wet City (2206 Main)
What: Drawing from her childhood interpretations and understandings of the world around her, Hooge includes images of kittens, dolls, and babies mixed in with an array of objects that act as personal symbols.
Runs until: Saturday May 2, 2015

Arts Club Theatre Company presents Farewell, My Lovely
Where: Arts Club Theatre Company – Granville Island Stage
What: Crooks. Dames. Smoking guns and crystal balls. More dead bodies than your average graveyard. Tickets available at Tickets Tonight
Runs until: Saturday May 2, 2015

New Works by Rachel Stableford, Kevin Ledo, James Knight, Kaz Simpson, Tina Yan
Where: Ayden Gallery (88 West Pender, 2nd floor)
What: A haven for both emerging and established artists, don’t miss the Ayden Gallery’s latest collection. From Stableford’s colourful pop to Ledo’s sometimes ethereal mix of graphics and realism.
Runs until: Sunday May 3, 2015

Capture Photography Festival Feature Exhibition: Images that Speak
Where: Satellite Gallery (560 Seymour St.)
What: The exhibition showcases ten local and international contemporary artists, many showing in Vancouver for the first time, whose works call into question how photographic images speak to us.
Runs until: Saturday May 16, 2015

Cézanne and the Modern at the Vancouver Art Gallery
Where: Vancouver Art Gallery
What: This exhibition comprises some fifty works and includes major paintings by Edgar Degas, Amedeo Modigliani, Camille Pissarro and Vincent van Gogh among others, as well as sculpture by Paul Gauguin, Wilhelm Lembruck and Jacques Lipchitz.
Runs until: Monday May 18, 2015

Baker’s Market 2015
Where: Moberly Arts & Cultural Centre (7646 Prince Albert St.) 11am-3pm
What: Every Sunday, find beautifully decorated iced sugar cookies, cupcakes, French macarons, croissants, breads, scones, toffees, chocolates, marshmallows, gluten-free, organic, baked goods, and much more.
Runs until: June 14, 2015 (Sundays)

Western Waters: The Royal Canadian Navy On Our Coast
Where: Vancouver Maritime Museum
What: The Royal Canadian Navy On Our Coast is a journey through the individual stories, strategic operations and accomplishments of our local RCN during the wars of the 20th century.
Runs until: Spring 2015

Material Future, The Architecture of Herzog & de Meuron and the Vancouver Art Gallery
Where: The Vancouver Art Gallery
What: An exhibition featuring the work of renowned Swiss architectural firm Herzog & de Meuron, the design architects of the new Vancouver Art Gallery building.
Runs until: Sunday October 4, 2015

Cesna?em, the City Before the City
Where: Museum of Anthropology, Musqueam Cultural Education Resource Centre, Museum of Vancouver
What: A transformative journey to explore an ancient landscape and living culture that can be found right underneath Vancouver’s nose. Tickets available at Tickets Tonight
Runs until: December 30, 2015

 

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