September 27, 2023


Arts Eternal

40 things to do in Vancouver this week, June 27 to July 1

MONDAY: Denver doom-metal band Primitive Man plays the Fox Cabaret, with guests Mortiferum, Jarhead Fertilizer, Body Void, and Elizabeth Colour Wheel.

MONDAY: Second Chances is a fundraising concert by Danielle Schroeder, with all proceeds to the Anderson Lodge Healing Centre for Women.

MONDAY: the Delvon Lamarr Organ Trio performs at the BlueShore Financial Centre for the Performing Arts as part of the TD Vancouver International Jazz Festival.

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: 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

MONDAY TO FRIDAY: the 2022 TD Vancouver International Jazz Festival features performances by top-name musicians from across the globe at various Vancouver locations until July 3.

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.

Uninvited is now showing at the VAG.

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 FRIDAY: the Queer Arts Festival features three weeks of both playful and profound music, theatre, and literary events exploring the theme “Hauntings”, running until July 8 at various Vancouver venues.

MONDAY TO FRIDAYEnsemble Theatre Company presents performances at the Waterfront Theatre of the plays Marjorie Prime and Pass Over, running in repertory until July 2.

TUESDAY: Writer’s Showcase at the Vancouver Public Library features readings by authors Anthony Bidulka, S. Portico Bowman, Kelly Kaur, and Joanne Jackson.

TUESDAY: British jazz trio GoGo Penguin performs at the Vancouver Playhouse as part of the TD Vancouver International Jazz Festival.

TUESDAY: dark-wave duo Lebanon Hanover plays the Rickshaw Theatre, with local guests Wire Spine.

Sarah Osborne plays Knox United Church.

TUESDAY: Instrumental Measures presents folk singer and songwriter Sarah Osborne at Knox United Church.

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: Canoe Cultures :: Ho’-ku-melh at the Vancouver Maritime Museum features the work of 20 Indigenous artists and carvers alongside historical images and information that tells the story of the resilience and strength of Indigenous peoples through the war canoe and all it represents. Curated by Indigenous artist and cultural historian Roxanne Charles, the exhibition runs until July 3.

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.

TUESDAY TO FRIDAYCoastal Reflections, an exhibition of photographers Sanam Khani and Trevor Schmidt, runs until July 3 at West Vancouver’s Kay Meek Arts Centre.

TUESDAY TO FRIDAY: the Arts Club Theatre Company presents performances at the Stanley Industrial Alliance Theatre until July 31 of Kinky Boots, a Tony Award–winning musical that celebrates compassion and acceptance.

Artist Jamie Smith speaks at Richmond Art Gallery.
Jamie Smith

WEDNESDAY: THRIVE Artist community founder Jamie Smith speaks about her recent body of work and art exhibition Mother Time at the Richmond Art Gallery.

WEDNESDAY: the Vancouver Burlesque Co. presents its Spring Student Showcase at the Rio Theatre, with performances by Androsia Wilde and Roxy Reverie, Lady Blache Bouvier, Scarlet Delirium, Maverick, Cherry OnTop, and Pin-Up Posse.

WEDNESDAY: emerging Vancouver circus troupe Acrovert debuts its new show Living Room at the Annex.

WEDNESDAY TO FRIDAYGhosts of the Machine, a new exhibition curated by Elliott Ramsey that looks at the relationships between humans, technology, and ecology, runs until August 14 at the Polygon Gallery.

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.

WEDNESDAY TO FRIDAY: showing at the Polygon Gallery until July 3 is Gathering Darkness, an exhibition of photographs of Russia’s war on Ukraine by Alexander Glyadvelov.

The Glorious Sons play three nights at the Commodore.

WEDNESDAY TO FRIDAY: Ontario rockers the Glorious Sons play three nights at the Commodore Ballroom., with guest JJ Wylde.

THURSDAY: New York-based comedian Nimesh Patel performs a standup show at the Rio Theatre.

THURSDAYMoon Coin Productions presents tributes to Elton John and Billy Joel, The Rocket Man & Piano Man, at Surrey’s Bell Performing Arts Centre.

THURSDAY: performances by Canadian and American guitar greats Paul Pigat and Stephen Ulrich (with Big Lazy) at the BlueShore Financial Centre for the Performing Arts as part of the TD Vancouver International Jazz Festival.

THURSDAY: Jacq Frances performs her 90-minute comedy special Divorced in Paradise at the Cultch, with guest Jane Stanton.

Brit Floyd plays the Orpheum Theatre.

THURSDAY: Pink Floyd tribute band from Britain, Brit Floyd, plays the Orpheum Theatre.

THURSDAY AND FRIDAY: performances of What the Buddha Never Taught, Dr. Martin T. Adams’ musical celebration of the western encounter with Buddhism, at the Jericho Arts Centre.

THURSDAY AND FRIDAY: Fraser Valley Musical Theatre presents performances at the Surrey Arts Centre of the Tony Award-winning musical Anything Goes, featuring many of Cole Porter’s most famous songs.

FRIDAY: Canada Together is a Canada Day celebration taking place at outdoor spaces at Canada Place, Jack Poole Plaza, Harbour Green Park, and surrounding city streets, featuring kids’ activities, exhibits, food trucks, and performances by Johnny Reid, the Boom Booms, Omega Mighty, Bitterly Divine, Aché Brasil, and Lazy Syrup Orchestra with Ashleigh Ball.

FRIDAY: touring comic, podcaster, and actor Akaash Singh performs a standup-comedy show at the Vancouver Playhouse.

FRIDAY: gothic blues singer-songwriter and poet from Nashville, Adia Victoria, plays the WISE Hall.

FRIDAY: the 2022 Taiwanese Canadian Cultural Festival features live performances, art exhibition, cinema, and family activities at the Vancouver Art Gallery North Plaza.

FRIDAY: L.A. noise rock/industrial band Health plays the Biltmore Cabaret on its Purgatory DLC Tour.

Robert Blake gets freaky in Lost Highway.

FRIDAY: screening at the Cinematheque of David Lynch’s polarizing 1997 mystery-thriller Lost Highway.


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