Things To Do In Vancouver This Weekend

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Winter has sure blown into town with some extra-crisp air this week (at least for Vancouver, which is really not that bad, I must admit.) Luckily there are a whole bunch of indoor programs that have begun! Warm up with some dance with Ballet BC’s season starter, step out to catch a First Nations film program, or celebrate Diwali – a Hindu festival of lights!

Friday | Saturday | Sunday | Ongoing



Friday November 6

 

Ballet BC

Ballet BC

Ballet BC: Program 1
Where: Queen Elizabeth Theatre
What: Three choreographers who are reshaping contemporary ballet; three distinct perspectives on the future of dance; three works that will thrill and move you.
Runs until: Saturday November 7, 2015

FUSEFUSE: Transform
Where: Vancouver Art Gallery, 8:00pm
What: It’s another one of the VAG’s art parties, when the gallery serves drinks and invites everyone to wander, look, dress up (if you want – it’s an art party) and play! Art, music and live performance is on, featuring spectacular dance and costume performances by Angela Brown and David Khang, music by Krista Lomax & Mike Schmidt and See Monsters duo Bracken Hanuse Corlett & Dean Hunt, a drawing performance by Lawrence Paul Yuxweluptun, as well as storytelling by Sharon Shorty & Ivan Coyote—two master storytellers will show us the power of the spoken word.

Through Indian Eyes: Native American Cinema

Through Indian Eyes: Native American Cinema

Through Indian Eyes: Native American Cinema
Where: The Cinematheque
What: Financed variously by tribal communities and non-Native sources, the films in this series have all been directed by First Nations peoples. Since first appearing on film in 1895, First Nations have been excluded from any meaningful role in the production of their own cinematic images and continue to be marginalized in the entertainment industry today. Over the last 25 years, however, a renaissance in independent First Nations filmmaking has occurred. First Nations filmmakers have undertaken dramas, comedies, shorts, documentaries, and animation, reaching mainstream audiences and Native communities while working to recuperate tribal languages, spirituality, and community: a national cinema in formation.
Runs until: Wednesday November 25, 2015

Nirbhaya

Nirbhaya

Nirbhaya
Where: York Theatre (639 Commercial Drive)
What: On December 16, 2012, a young woman boarded a bus in Delhi heading for home. What followed changed countless lives forever. Internationally acclaimed playwright and director, Yaël Farber (Mies Julie) has created a searing new work that cracks open the code of silence around women whose lives have been shattered by violence.
Runs until: Saturday November 14, 2015

 

Gratasorpresa

Grata Sorpresa
Where: Ayden Gallery (opening reception at 7:00pm)
What: Street art, fine art, illustration and photography from some of the best and most talented young Colombian artists (and a few Canadians.)
Runs until: Sunday November 29, 2015

A Christmas StoryA Christmas Story, The Musical
Where: Artsclub Theatre
What: Based on the popular film, this festive musical tells a tale familiar to anyone who has ever been a kid: the dogged pursuit of acquiring a desired toy. It’s the 1940s and for 9-year-old Ralphie nothing under the tree will satisfy-save for an Official Red Ryder carbine-action BB gun.
Runs until: Sunday December 27, 2015

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Render: The Vancouver International Music Video Festival
Where: Vancity Theatre, 8:00pm
What: Co-founded by Goehring and Jacobson of the Vancouver audio-visual techno act The Automatic Message, Render celebrates music video production as an art form in its own right. The festival, now in its second year, aims to showcase the creativity and talent that goes into music video production around the world.
Runs until: Saturday November 7, 2015

Amish

The Amish Project
Where: Pacific Theatre
What: In 2006, the Amish of Nickel Mines, Pennsylvania forgave the man who walked into their schoolhouse and shot ten girls. A brilliant meditation on radical kindness, The Amish Project is a stunning exploration of the strength of community and the power of forgiveness in the face of tragedy.
Runs until: Saturday November 21, 2015

MacbethMacbeth
Where: Cambrian Hall (215 East 17th)
What: Standing Room Only Theatre is pleased and proud to present Shakespeare’s The Tragedy of Macbeth in all its glory, complete with choreographed fights, special effects and some very explicit bewitchery.
Runs until: Saturday November 15, 2015

Regular Expressions

Regular Expressions

Regular Expressions
Where: 221A (221 E Georgia) opening reception at 7:00pm
What: Not readymades, but ready-to-be-mades. These objects and images that have been called, for the moment, “art” seem too strange and slick to have simply been picked from the mundane cache of the “real world;” they smack of a virtual well of potential forms that is somehow both more generic and at the same time more customized.
Runs until: Saturday February 6, 2016

big-sugar-color-by-michael-maxxisBig Sugar
Where: The Commodore
What: A Canadian blues, reggae rock band, most known from the late 90s – early 00s.

Circus Fest

Circus Fest

Circus Fest
Where: Various locations in Vancouver
What: As CircusWest celebrates its 30th Anniversary, this festival will bring together the West Coast Circus Community and its audiences through 4 days of awe-inspiring, evocative and spellbinding circus artistry. CircusFest is the catalyst to develop stronger community engagement with Circus, to celebrate our current successes and to dream collectively about the circus potential on the West Coast.
Runs until: Sunday November 8, 2015

Sounds Global
Where: Highlands United Church (North Vancouver)
What: The intercultural music of the future: new pieces by up-and-coming composers, as well as works by Farshid Samandari and Naomi Sato, performed by Sounds Global (the VICO’s chamber ensemble), with visiting Japanese sho virtuoso Naomi Sato.

DOAGobHardcore 2015 featuring D.O.A and Gob
Where: The Rickshaw, 8:00pm
What: Two of Vancouver’s most legendary punk bands, together for the first time.

Cornucopia
Where: Whistler, BC
What: A celebration of food and drink up in Whistler.
Runs until: Sunday November 15, 2015

Harold and Maude

Harold and Maude

Late Night Movie: Harold and Maude
Where: The Rio, 11:59pm
What: Young, rich, and obsessed with death, Harold finds himself changed forever when he meets lively septuagenarian Maude at a funeral. Darkly funny and romantic, this 70s cult classic is a must-watch.


 

Saturday November 7

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Contemporary Art Gallery

Contemporary Art Gallery Annual Gala and Art Auction

Contemporary Art Gallery Annual Gala and Art Auction
Where: Vancouver Contemporary Art Gallery, 6:30pm
What:  This year’s auction will include work by Canadian artists such as: Andrew Dadson, Wayne Ngan, Tiziana La Melia, Kelly Lycan and Geoff Rees.

ICGIndigenous City Gathering 2015
Where: SFU Woodward’s (149 W. Hastings), 6:30pm
What: A stirring evening featuring extraordinary Indigenous leaders, artists and community members exploring the theme of “city building”. From storytelling to live painting, traditional foods to memorable performances, the first inaugural Indigenous City Gathering will spark conversations and connections.

Enforcing Haida Law: The Stand at Lyell Island
Where: Bill Reid Gallery, 2:00pm
What: The remote location of Hlk’yah GaawGa (Windy Bay) on Lyell Island was the focus of protests in late 1985 that led to the groundbreaking cooperative management relationship between the Haida Nation and the Government of Canada. This will be one of a special series of talks that will shed light on the traditional knowledge and cultural beliefs that led to this landmark agreement.

DiwaliDiwali Fest Downtown
Where: Roundhouse Community Centre (181 Roundhouse)
What: A free event that brings together the best of contemporary and classical Indian culture for the entire family. This year’s event will include over fifteen different music and dance performances, an Indian bazaar featuring South Asian crafts and cuisine, and a room-sized rangoli.

100 Dogs Adoption Event
Where: 4360 Agar Drive (Richmond)
What: 100 dogs have been rescued from high-kill shelters in California and will be up for adoption! Pre-register to adopt, and if you don’t find your perfect canine, remember there are always dogs who need homes at the BCSPCA and other local dog rescues such as Dogwood, Last Chance, RAPS, Bully Buddies, and many many more. (You want more? Comment and I’ll give you more! Adopt, don’t shop, everyone…)

 

Bugs BunnyBugs Bunny at the Symphony
Where: The Orpheum
What: The world’s most beloved Looney Tunes and their legendary stars projected on the big screen — Bugs Bunny, Daffy Duck, Elmer Fudd, Pepe Le Pew, Tweety, Sylvester, Wile E. Coyote, and Road Runner — while their extraordinary original scores are played live by the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra.
Runs until: Sunday November 8, 2015

3 Inches of Blood

3 Inches of Blood

3 Inches of Blood
Where: Commodore Ballroom
What: The “last” show (due to demand, another show was added tomorrow night, so this is more “last show 1 of 2.”) After sixteen years of heavy metal and enough lineup changes to require a chart on their Wikipedia page, local metal powerhouse, 3 Inches of Blood, are going their mostly separate ways for new projects and, pictured above, fabulous sweaters.

CatwomanCatwoman: In Hecklevision
Where: VanCity Theatre
What:Haters, this one’s for you! Make your snide comments and clever quips known, as you heckle along to Catwoman! “As a rule VIFF takes some pride in the calibre of films we are able to present at Vancity Theatre. That’s not exactly the case with this new monthly late night series. Working with our good friends at NorthWest Comedy we have suspended all quality controls – or rather, reversed our usual critical standards – to bravely recover some of the worst Hollywood movies in recent memory.”

Winter Farmers Market

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: Saturday April 23, 2016

Render: The Vancouver International Music Video Festival Artist Talk
Where: Vancity Theatre, 1:30pm
What: Featuring four directors and facilitated by a moderator. The moderator will introduce each director and one music video will be screened, respectively. The moderator will then facilitate a discussion between the panelists on a variety of topics ranging from industry-related and technical topics to more specific talk about concept development and how each director collaborated with the musician. After the formal discussion, there will be an audience Q&A period.

Regular Expressions Performance: Debate Competition
Where: 221A (221 E Georgia) 2:00pm
What: A performance by Xiaoshi Vivian Vivian Qin to accompany the exhibition, Regular Expressions.

ERUPTIONEruption: A Tribute to Early Van Halen
Where: Venue (881 Granville)
What:With OC/DC, a tribute to AC/DC.

The Franchise Show
Where: Vancouver Convention Centre
What: Ever thought of owning a franchise? Attendees can meet face-to-face with representatives from some of Canada’s leading brands, attend educational seminars and speak one-on-one with franchise experts. Guests will be given the opportunity to learn how to become business owners backed by the resources and support of an established brand.


 

Sunday November 8

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Beer Can derbyBeer Can Derby
Where: 1882 Adanac, 1:00pm
What: At the Beer Can Derby, contestants make race cars out of beer cans and run them down a giant track (kind of like Matchbox or Pinewood Derby, but for adults). Prizes will be given to both the fastest and best-looking cars. Attendees are encouraged to make their cars beforehand, but they will have plenty of parts available at the main event.

3InchesOfBlood

3 Inches of Blood
Where: Commodore Ballroom
What: The VERY LAST show ever? Unless there is a reunion, anyways! After sixteen years of heavy metal and enough lineup changes to require a chart on their Wikipedia page, local metal powerhouse, 3 Inches of Blood, are going their mostly separate ways, giving way for new projects.

MAC-MILLERMac Miller
Where: The Vogue
What:American rapper, on tour to support his new release “GO:OD AM” out September 18th. With every ticket purchased online for Mac Miller you will receive one download of the standard version of his upcoming album GO:OD A.M., in stores 9/18/15.

 

 


 

Ongoing

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New Works by Jim Park

New Works by Jim Park

New Works by Jim Park (ends this weekend)
Where: Kimoto Gallery (1525 West 6 ave) opening reception 6:00pm
What: Born in South Korea, Park came to Canada when he was 13 and grew up in Abbotsford, BC. He is attracted to the use of large canvas to capture the sense of loneliness that may be evoked by situations such as watching the waves crash on the beach. Influenced by the changing landscape and rapid globalization of cities he has lived in, his large-scale paintings function as a tangible record and re-creation of his mental and emotional experiences while walking through these landscapes.
Runs until: Saturday November 7, 2015

Ballet BC: Program 1 (this weekend only)
Where: Queen Elizabeth Theatre
What: Three choreographers who are reshaping contemporary ballet; three distinct perspectives on the future of dance; three works that will thrill and move you.
Runs until: Saturday November 7, 2015

Bugs Bunny at the Symphony (this weekend only)
Where: The Orpheum
What: the world’s most beloved Looney Tunes and their legendary stars projected on the big screen — Bugs Bunny, Daffy Duck, Elmer Fudd, Pepe Le Pew, Tweety, Sylvester, Wile E. Coyote, and Road Runner — while their extraordinary original scores are played live by the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra.
Runs until: Sunday November 8, 2015

rumblecockRumble Cock (ends this weekend)
Where: Performanceworks
What: John has been in a stable relationship with his boyfriend for a number of years. But when he takes a break, he accidentally falls in love with a woman. Torn between the two, filled with guilt and conflicting emotions, he doesn’t know which way to turn.
Runs until: Sunday November 8, 2015

Tender Napalm (ends this weekend)
Where: Havana Theatre
What: Explosive and poetic, the play weaves a compelling tapestry that re-imagines and re-defines the language of love. One man, one woman and the struggle to survive in the face of catastrophe. What is this thing called love?
Runs until: Sunday November 8, 2015

Off Leash

Off Leash

Off Leash (ends this weekend)
Where: Studio 16
What: A ‘fusion-operetta’ that deals with savage loneliness in an urban area. Dog owners from disparate backgrounds visit an off-leash designated area of a park at five in the morning each day. Romance and competition lead to antagonism and violence as tension erupts between humans and canines.
Runs until: Sunday November 8, 2015

Circus Fest (this weekend only)
Where: Various locations in Vancouver
What: As CircusWest celebrates its 30th Anniversary, this festival will bring together the West Coast Circus Community and its audiences through 4 days of awe-inspiring, evocative and spellbinding circus artistry. CircusFest is the catalyst to develop stronger community engagement with Circus, to celebrate our current successes and to dream collectively about the circus potential on the West Coast.
Runs until: Sunday November 8, 2015

Nirbhaya

Nirbhaya

Nirbhaya
Where: York Theatre (639 Commercial Drive)
What: On December 16, 2012, a young woman boarded a bus in Delhi heading for home. What followed changed countless lives forever. Internationally acclaimed playwright and director, Yaël Farber (Mies Julie) has created a searing new work that cracks open the code of silence around women whose lives have been shattered by violence.  
Runs until: Saturday November 14, 2015

Scare City

Scare City

Scare City
Where: Hot Art Wet City
What: Featuring works from Shwa Keirstead and Mia Dungeon, Scare-city explores the realms of the “scarce” with particular reference to endangered animal species. It also looks at the notion of the “city” and the role that urban sprawl plays in impacting wild life. Plus, it’s Halloween, so it’s a little scary!
Runs until: Saturday November 14, 2015

MacbethMacbeth
Where: Cambrian Hall (215 East 17th)
What: Standing Room Only Theatre is pleased and proud to present Shakespeare’s The Tragedy of Macbeth in all its glory, complete with choreographed fights, special effects and some very explicit bewitchery.
Runs until: Saturday November 15, 2015

Cornucopia
Where: Whistler, BC
What: A celebration of food and drink up in Whistler.
Runs until: Sunday November 15, 2015

Depth and Perception
Where: Petley Jones Gallery (1554 West 6th)
What: New works from Canadian born sculptor Blake Ward. Building on the techniques of figurative sculpture developed in antiquity, this collection of contemporary sculpture challenges the classical figure by shifting our attention toward the exploration of negative space thus leading us inward.
Runs until: Thursday November 19, 2015

throwbackThrowback Theatre Sports
Where: The Improv Theatre (1502 Duranleau)
What: Do you remember Tubbs and Crockett? Leg warmers? The Rubik’s Cube? Line-backer shoulder pads? Big hair? They’re icons from the decade of excess – the 1980s, a time when ‘more was more.’
Runs until: Saturday November 21, 2015

Amish

The Amish Project
Where: Pacific Theatre
What: In 2006, the Amish of Nickel Mines, Pennsylvania forgave the man who walked into their schoolhouse and shot ten girls. A brilliant meditation on radical kindness, The Amish Project is a stunning exploration of the strength of community and the power of forgiveness in the face of tragedy.
Runs until: Saturday November 21, 2015

Fearmongers Haunted House

Fearmongers Haunted House

Fearmongers Haunted House
Where:
14211 Burrows (Richmond)
What:
Fearmongers is intended to be an immersive haunted house that will take you through the horrors of Greek mythology. You must travel through fourteen mythology themed rooms with traps, monsters, obstacles and more than an hour of haunting.
Runs until:Saturday November 22, 2015

Through Indian Eyes: Native American Cinema

Through Indian Eyes: Native American Cinema

Through Indian Eyes: Native American Cinema
Where: The Cinematheque
What: Financed variously by tribal communities and non-Native sources, the films in this series have all been directed by First Nations peoples. Since first appearing on film in 1895, First Nations have been excluded from any meaningful role in the production of their own cinematic images and continue to be marginalized in the entertainment industry today. Over the last 25 years, however, a renaissance in independent First Nations filmmaking has occurred. First Nations filmmakers have undertaken dramas, comedies, shorts, documentaries, and animation, reaching mainstream audiences and Native communities while working to recuperate tribal languages, spirituality, and community: a national cinema in formation.
Runs until: Wednesday November 25, 2015

Gratasorpresa

Grata Sorpresa
Where: Ayden Gallery (opening reception at 7:00pm)
What: Street art, fine art, illustration and photography from some of the best and most talented young Colombian artists (and a few Canadians.)
Runs until: Sunday November 29, 2015

Arctic Adaptations: Nunavut at 15

Arctic Adaptations: Nunavut at 15

Arctic Adaptations: Nunavut at 15
Where: Museum of Vancouver
What: A century of arctic architecture, an urbanizing present, and a projected near future of adaptive architecture in Nunavut. Each of these components documents architectural history in this remarkable but relatively little known region of Canada, describes the contemporary realities of life in its communities, and examines an adapting role for architecture moving forward.
Runs until: Sunday December 13, 2015

A Christmas StoryA Christmas Story, The Musical
Where: Artsclub Theatre
What: Based on the popular film, this festive musical tells a tale familiar to anyone who has ever been a kid: the dogged pursuit of acquiring a desired toy. It’s the 1940s and for 9-year-old Ralphie nothing under the tree will satisfy-save for an Official Red Ryder carbine-action BB gun.
Runs until: Sunday December 27, 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.
Runs until: December 30, 2015

940x320_TicketTonightCirque du Soleil presents Kooza
Where: The Cirque tents!
What: KOOZA is a return to the origins of Cirque du Soleil: It combines two circus traditions – acrobatic performance and the art of clowning. The show highlights the physical demands of human performance in all its splendor and fragility, presented in a colorful mélange that emphasizes bold slapstick humor. The Innocent’s journey brings him into contact with a panoply of comic characters such as the King, the Trickster and the Obnoxious Tourist and his Bad Dog. Tickets available at Tickets Tonight.
Runs until: Sunday January 3, 2016

Lee Bul

Lee Bul

Lee Bul
Where: Vancouver Art Gallery
What: The Vancouver Art Gallery presents a survey exhibition of recent works by Korean artist Lee Bul, one of the most important artists of her generation. Early drawings and models are paired with ambitious sculptures revealing Bul’s visually and conceptually compelling practice.
Runs until: Sunday January 10, 2015

The Gund Collection

The Gund Collection

The Gund Collection: Contemporary and Historical Art from the Northwest Coast
Where: Vancouver Art Gallery
What: The Gund collection includes magnificent nineteenth-century masks, feast bowls, argillite carvings and other objects from across the region, including from the Haida, Nuu-chahnulth, Kwawaka’wakw, Tlingit, Heiltsuk and Nuxalk First Nations.
Runs until: January 31, 2016

Regular Expressions

Regular Expressions

Regular Expressions
Where: 221A (221 E Georgia) opening reception at 7:00pm
What: Not readymades, but ready-to-be-mades. These objects and images that have been called, for the moment, “art” seem too strange and slick to have simply been picked from the mundane cache of the “real world;” they smack of a virtual well of potential forms that is somehow both more generic and at the same time more customized.
Runs until: Saturday February 6, 2016

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Gwaii Haanas: Land Sea People
Photo: Jason Shafto

Gwaii Haanas: Land Sea People
Where: Bill Reid Gallery
What: Stories of the only place in Canada protected from mountaintop to seafloor. Thirty years after the Haida took a stand at Lyell Island, this unique place exists as an unprecedented example of cooperative management, between the Haida Nation and the Government of Canada.
Runs until: March 27, 2016

Body Worlds: Animals Inside Out

Body Worlds: Animals Inside Out

Body Worlds: Animals Inside Out
Where: Science World
What: Body Worlds creator and anatomist, Dr Gunther von Hagens takes you on an anatomical safari. As you explore this captivating exhibition, you will experience the intricate biology, zoology and physiology of a variety of the world’s most spectacular creatures.
Runs until: Sunday March 28, 2016

Winter Farmers Market

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: Saturday April 23, 2016 (Saturdays)

Across the Top:

Across the Top: The Quest for the Northwest Passage

Across The Top: The Quest for the Northwest Passage
Where: Vancouver Maritime Museum
What: This exhibit will transport you to the Arctic where you will learn about its environment and people; the many voyages of discovery; the search for John Franklin’s lost expedition (both historical and modern), and the ultimate discovery of HMS Erebus by Parks Canada.
Runs until: May 2016


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