September 29, 2023


Arts Eternal

40 things to do in Vancouver this week, August 22 to 26

MONDAY: Indie-rock band from Issaquah, Washington, Modest Mouse, plays the Orpheum Theatre.

MONDAY TO FRIDAYThe Imitation Game: Visual Culture in the Age of Artificial Intelligence, a new exhibition running at the Vancouver Art Gallery until October 23, surveys the extraordinary uses (and abuses) of AI in the production of modern and contemporary visual culture around the world.

MONDAY TO FRIDAY: the South Asian Arts Society presents the seventh annual Monsoon Festival of the Performing Arts at Langley’s Campbell Valley Red Barn until Aug. 31.

MONDAY TO FRIDAY: in collaboration with the Winnipeg Art Gallery, the Museum of Vancouver is presenting the travelling exhibition Boarder X until October.

MONDAY TO FRIDAY: new exhibition T. rex: the Ultimate Predator reveals the story of the most iconic dinosaur in the world through life-sized models, fossil casts, and engaging interactives. The exhibition runs until January 22, 2023 at Science World.

Theatre Under the Stars runs at Malkin Bowl.
Emily Cooper

MONDAY TO FRIDAY: Theatre Under the Stars presents performances of the musicals Something Rotten! and We Will Rock You, running alternate evenings to August 27 at Malkin Bowl.

MONDAY TO FRIDAYUninvited: Canadian Women Artists in the Modern Moment gathers more than 200 works of art by a generation of painters, photographers, weavers, bead workers, and sculptors. Running until January 8, 2023, at the Vancouver Art Gallery.

MONDAY TO FRIDAYEverything Under the Sun: In Memory of Andrew Gruftone of the Capture Photography Festival’s featured exhibitions, runs until September 11 at the Vancouver Art Gallery.

TUESDAY: Canadian R&B/pop/hip-hop superstar the Weeknd plays BC Place Stadium, with guest Doja Cat.

TUESDAY: Canadian pop-rockers Barenaked Ladies play the PNE Amphitheatre as part of the PNE Summer Night Concerts series, with guest Kim Mitchell.

TUESDAY: free outdoor concert at the Silk Purse Arts Centre features young artists from Vancouver Opera, including soprano Allyson Hop, tenor Ian Cleary, and pianist Tina Chang.

Old Boy screens at the Rio.

TUESDAY & THURSDAY: screenings at the Rio Theatre of a 2022 restoration of Korean director Park Chan-wook’s 2003 revenge-thriller Old Boy.

TUESDAY TO FRIDAY: the Pacific National Exhibition (PNE) runs until September 5, featuring the Stars of the Peking Acrobats, SuperDogs, Flying Fools High Dive Show, Dueling Pianos, Electric Fire, and the return of Summer Night Concerts. 

TUESDAY TO FRIDAY: performances at the Queen Elizabeth Theatre of Come From Away, the hit musical based on the true story of 7,000 stranded passengers and the small town in Newfoundland that welcomed them.

TUESDAY TO FRIDAY: showing at the Museum of Anthropology of UBC until January 1 is Xicanx: Dreamers + Changemakers / Soñadores + creadores del cambio, which showcases the rich traditions of 33 Xicanx artists.

TUESDAY TO FRIDAY: the Vancouver Canadians take on the Hillsboro Hops in Minor League Baseball action at Nat Bailey Stadium.

TUESDAY TO FRIDAYWe Were So Far Away is a travelling exhibition, showing at the Vancouver Maritime Museum until November 27, that uses first-person narratives and archival images to tell stories of the Inuit residential school experience.

WEDNESDAY: Sunset Cinema presents a free outdoor screening of the PG action flick Spider-Man: No Way Home at the Queen Elizabeth Theatre Plaza.

Once Upon a Time In…Hollywood screens at the Rio.

WEDNESDAY: screening at the Rio Theatre of Quentin Tarantino’s ninth feature film, 2019’s Once Upon a Time In…Hollywood, starring Leonardo DiCaprio and Brad Pitt.

WEDNESDAY: California alt-rock band Cake plays the PNE Amphitheatre as part of the PNE Summer Night Concerts series.

WEDNESDAY: former boy band from the States, Backstreet Boys, plays Rogers Arena.

WEDNESDAY: post-punk quintet from London, England, Shame, plays the Rickshaw Theatre.

WEDNESDAY TO FRIDAY: the Bill Reid Gallery presents the exhibition True to Place: stímetstexw tel xéltel, which examines the work of 10 Northwest Coast Indigenous artists, until March 19, 2023. 

THURSDAY: Nchem?u?s Day at Presentation House Theatre is a day of sharing with Indigenous Knowledge Keepers, Elders, artists, storytellers, and friends.

Death Valley Girls play the WISE Hall.

THURSDAY: L.A. garage-rock band Death Valley Girls plays the WISE Hall, with guests the Black Tones.

THURSDAY: Meet Me in Gastown is a family-friendly community celebration featuring a performance by the Vancouver Metropolitan Orchestra and an immersive light show by Go2Productions

THURSDAY: the Chris Fraser Trio performs a free outdoor jazz concert at Roedde House Museum.

THURSDAY: American indie folk-rock singer-songwriter Father John Misty plays the Orpheum Theatre, with guest Suki Waterhouse.

THURSDAY: Tuareg songwriter and musician Mdou Moctar performs modern rock music inspired by Tuareg guitar music at the Rickshaw Theatre, with guests Lithics.

Classical Mystery Tour plays the PNE.

THURSDAY: the Vancouver Symphony joins Classical Mystery Tour in a tribute to the Beatles at the PNE Amphitheatre as part of the PNE Summer Night Concerts series.

THURSDAY: Austin, Texas-based rock duo Black Pistol Fire plays the Commodore Ballroom, with guests Shooks.

FRIDAY: drag artists Ginger Minj, Plastique Tiara, Trinity The Tuck, Manila Luzon, and Kendall Gender perform A Night of True Colours at the PNE Amphitheatre as part of the PNE Summer Night Concerts series.

FRIDAY: join gardener Laura Principe for a one-hour guided walk through VanDusen Botanical Garden.

FRIDAY: Scottish indie-rock band Franz Ferdinand plays the Orpheum Theatre.

FRIDAY: Oklahoma pop-rock band Hanson, composed of brothers Isaac, Taylor, and Zac Hanson, plays the Vogue Theatre.

Warpaint plays the Hollywood Theatre.
Mia Kirby

FRIDAY: L.A. indie-rock quartet Warpaint plays the Hollywood Theatre.

FRIDAY: California punk-rock band Pulley plays the Fox Cabaret, with guests the Corps.

FRIDAY: the Vancouver Tap Dance Society presents Shake the Earth: Taiko and Tap at the Orpheum Annex.

FRIDAY: American rapper Action Bronson plays the Harbour Events Centre.

The Lions play the Roughriders at BC Place.
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FRIDAY: the B.C. Lions take on the Saskatchewan Roughriders in Canadian Football League action at BC Place Stadium.


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