February 26, 2024


Arts Eternal

40 things to do in Vancouver this weekend, August 26 to 28

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: American rapper Action Bronson plays the Harbour Events Centre.

The Lions play the Roughriders at BC Place.

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

FRIDAY: drag artists Ginger MinjPlastique TiaraTrinity The TuckManila Luzon, and Kendall Gender perform A Night of True Colours at the PNE Amphitheatre as part of the PNE Summer Night Concerts series.

FRIDAY: the Vancouver Asian Film Festival‘s Mighty Asian Moviemaking Marathon celebrates its 17th year of showcasing local filmmakers with a gala screening and awards show at the Vancouver Playhouse.

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.

Heathers screens at the Rio.

FRIDAY: screening at the Rio Theatre of director Michael Lehmann’s 1988 black comedy Heathers, starring Winona Ryder and Christian Slater.

FRIDAY: Jokes Please! is a night of standup comedy at Cambrian Hall hosted by Ross Dauk.

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

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

Theatre Under the Stars runs at Malkin Bowl.
Emily Cooper

FRIDAY & SATURDAY: 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.

FRIDAY TO SUNDAYThe 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.

FRIDAY TO SUNDAY: 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.

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

FRIDAY TO SUNDAY: 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.

FRIDAY TO SUNDAYUninvited: 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.

FRIDAY TO SUNDAYEverything 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.

FRIDAY TO SUNDAY: 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. 

Come From Away runs at the Queen E.
Matthew Murphy

FRIDAY TO SUNDAY: final 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.

FRIDAY TO SUNDAY: 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.

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

FRIDAY TO SUNDAYWe 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.

FRIDAY TO SUNDAY: 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.

SATURDAY: American alternative-R&B singer-songwriter Sabrina Claudio performs at the Commodore Ballroom.

SATURDAY: the Gipsy Kings, featuring Nicolas Reyes, play the PNE Amphitheatre as part of the PNE Summer Night Concerts series.

The Whitecaps play Nashville at BC Place.
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SATURDAY: the Vancouver Whitecaps take on Nashville SC in Major League Soccer action at BC Place Stadium.

SATURDAY: Songs of Summer at Richmond’s Gateway Theatre feature performances by DJ Miss Sparklez and Krystle Dos Santos.

SATURDAY: It’s a Beautiful Fight For the Neighbourhood at the Red Gate Arts Society is a fundraiser for COPE’s 2022 campaign for rent control, featuring music by Kamikaze Nurse, Goat Rodeo, Cheap Flavor, and GRDN Collective.

SATURDAY: the Geekenders presents The Showgirls of Dunder Mifflin, a burlesque parody written by Fairlith Harvey, at the Rio Theatre.

SATURDAY: join instructor Sangeeta Thomas on a walk and talk through VanDusen Botanical Garden to gain an understanding of what elements children enjoy most in a garden.

The Visitor screens at the Rio.

SUNDAY: as part of Italian Day on the Drive, screening at the Rio Theatre of director Giulio Paradisi‘s bizarro 1979 sci-fi/horror cult oddity The Visitor.

SUNDAY: horn-driven pop-rock band Chicago plays the PNE Amphitheatre as part of the PNE Summer Night Concerts series.

SUNDAY: East Van soul-funk band the Vanrays performs at Container Brewing as part of the Live on the Patio concert series.

SUNDAY: screening at the VIFF Centre of Terence Malick’s 1978 melodrama Days of Heaven, with introduction from UBC educator Joshua Timmerman.

SUNDAY: South Asian comedy show at the Orpheum Theatre features Jaswinder Bhalla and Binnu Dhillon and team.

SUNDAY: The Operating Room is a standup comedy show at Tightrope Impro Theatre hosted by Dusty Searcy.

SUNDAY: American folk/dream-pop singer and songwriter Faye Webster plays the Vogue Theatre.

Kendrick Lamar plays Rogers Arena.

SUNDAY: American rapper Kendrick Lamar performs at Rogers Arena, with guest Baby Keem.


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