September 27, 2023


Arts Eternal

40 things to do in Vancouver this week, May 23 to 27

MONDAY: New York City noise-rock band A Place to Bury Strangers plays the Rickshaw Theatre, with guests TV Priest.

MONDAY: screening at the Rio Theatre of a 2022 restoration of Francis Ford Coppola’s 1974 thriller The Conversation, starring Gene Hackman.

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 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 FRIDAYRennie Museum presents Spring 2022: Collected Works, a group exhibition on the potency of photography featuring the work of Larry Clark, Katy Grannan and Andres Serrano, running until May 28. Warning: this exhibition includes images and content that some may find offensive.

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 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.

Avril Lavigne plays the Doug Mitchell Thunderbird Sports Centre.

TUESDAY: Ontario pop-rocker Avril Lavigne plays the Doug Mitchell Thunderbird Sports Centre, with guests grandson and Mod Sun.

TUESDAY: pianist Mark Valenti performs a program of sonatas, preludes, and etudes by Bach, Mozart, Barber, and Debussy at the Silk Purse Arts Centre.

TUESDAY: American art-pop singer-songwriter Ezra Furman plays the Hollywood Theatre.

TUESDAY: Belarusian post-punk band Molchat Doma plays the Rickshaw Theatre.

TUESDAY: alt-pop duo Oh Wonder, consisting of Anthony Vander West and Josephine Vander West, plays the Vogue Theatre.

Hamilton runs at the Queen Elizabeth Theatre.
Joan Marcus/Broadway Across Canada

TUESDAY TO FRIDAY: Broadway Across Canada presents performances at the Queen Elizabeth Theatre of Hamilton, the Tony-winning musical with book, music, and lyrics by Lin-Manuel Miranda.

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: Coastal 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: 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.

WEDNESDAY: soprano Simone Osborne and bass-baritone Gordon Bintner performs in UBC Opera’s Singer Behind the Song at the UBC Old Auditorium.

WEDNESDAY: German singer-songwriter and electronic dance-music producer Monolink plays Malkin Bowl in Stanley Park.

The Beaches play two nights at the Commodore.

WEDNESDAY AND THURSDAY: Toronto rock quartet the Beaches plays the Commodore Ballroom, with guests the Blue Stones.

WEDNESDAY TO FRIDAYSho Sho Esquiro: Doctrine of Discovery is a solo exhibition by designer, artist, and activist Sho Sho Esquiro that showcases meticulously crafted couture gowns, textiles, paintings, and photographs to celebrate the beauty and resilience of First Nations communities. The exhibition runs at the Bill Reid Gallery of Northwest Coast Art until June 5.

WEDNESDAY TO FRIDAY: the Just For Laughs Vancouver comedy festival features shows by top-name comics at various Vancouver venues.

WEDNESDAY TO FRIDAYThéâtre la Seizième presents performances at Studio 16 of the tragi-comedy S’effondrent les vidéoclubs.

WEDNESDAY TO FRIDAY: Alegria, a  Cirque du Soleil classic reimagined for a new generation, runs until June 5 under the Big Top at Concord Pacific Place.

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 rEvolver Festival runs at the Cultch.

WEDNESDAY TO FRIDAY: the 12-day rEvolver Festival features new works by emerging to early mid-career artists at the Cultch.

THURSDAY: goth-metal band Cradle of Filth plays the Rickshaw Theatre on its Existence is Futile Tour.

THURSDAY: author and sailor Bruce Macdonald celebrates the launch of his book, Never Say P*g: The Book of Sailors’ Superstitions, at the Vancouver Maritime Museum.

THURSDAY: Montreal garage-rock artist Paul Jacobs plays the WISE Hall.

THURSDAY AND FRIDAY: performances at the Metro Theatre of Stag and Doe, a comedy that shines a light on the nature of love, marriage, and weddings, until May 29.

THURSDAY AND FRIDAY: performances at the The Shop Theatre of The Tyler Sisters, a new play by British playwright Alexandra Wood that follows three sisters over 40 years.

FRIDAY: American DJ/producer dance-pop duo Two Friends plays the Commodore Ballroom.

FRIDAY: comedians, moms, and social-media stars Tiffany Jenkins, Meredith Masony, and Dena Blizzard perform their new comedy show, My Name Is NOT Mom, at the Harbour Events Centre.

Vance Joy plays Rogers Arena.

FRIDAY: Australian folk-pop superstar Vance Joy plays Rogers Arena, with guests Dear Rouge and Budjerah.

FRIDAY: American folk musician and singer-songwriter Tomberlin performs at the WISE Hall.

FRIDAY: New Jersey prog-metal band Symphony X plays the Rickshaw Theatre.

FRIDAY: musica intima presents Nagamo, a new program by composer of Cree descent, Andrew Balfour, at St. James Anglican Church.

FRIDAY: Chicago’s the Lovettes celebrate the girl groups from the golden era of pop in their show Leaders Of The Pack at the Kay Meek Arts Centre.

FRIDAY: late-night screening at the Rio Theatre of John McTiernan’s 1987 horror-thriller Predator, starring Arnold Schwarzenegger.

FRIDAY: the Circle of Eagles Lodge Society 50th Anniversary & Film Screening at the York Theatre features live music, silent auction, and screening of the documentary The Circle of Eagles.

RupLoops performs at the Surrey Arts Centre.

FRIDAY: the Light the Spark all-ages dance party at the Surrey Arts Centre features RupLoops dropping cool beats and guest appearances from Charlotte Diamond, Fred Penner and Rick Scott.