December 2, 2023


Arts Eternal

40 things to do in Vancouver this weekend, July 29 to 31

FRIDAY: as part of the Vancouver Bach Festival, Ensemble Arkora presents a project of new works by Canadian composers and ancient masterworks at Christ Church Cathedral at 1 pm.

FRIDAY: local blues-rockers the Steve Kozak Band perform at Frankie’s Jazz.

FRIDAY: Australian alt-rock trio Camp Cope plays the Rickshaw Theatre.

Maddy Kelly is at 604 Studios.
Emily Cooper

FRIDAY: Vancouver comedian Maddy Kelly is featured at Comedy Here’s Often‘s monthly standup showcase at 604 Studios.

FRIDAY: electro-industrial band from Mexico and Germany, Hocico, plays the Fox Cabaret, with guests Clockwork Echo and Biocarbon13.

FRIDAY: to kick off Pride Weekend 2022, over 20 drag performers take part in Drag Attack! at the Rio Theatre, hosted by Dandy and Phyllis Hull.

The Exorcist screens at VIFF Centre.

FRIDAY: screening at the VIFF Centre of William Friedkin’s 1973 horror classic The Exorcist as part of the Summer in the 70s film series.

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 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.

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: 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.

CATS: Young Actor’s Edition is at PAL Studio Theatre.
Emily Cooper

FRIDAY TO SUNDAYChildren’s Theatre of Richmond presents CATS: Young Actor’s Edition at the PAL Studio Theatre.

FRIDAY TO SUNDAY: the Vancouver Pride Society presents the Vancouver Pride Festival, celebrating the city’s 2SLGBTQAI+ communities with numerous events leading up to the Pride Parade on Sunday.

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

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: the Arts Club Theatre Company presents performances at the Granville Island Stage of Made In Italy, about a second-generation Italian teen struggling to find his place in Jasper, Alberta.

Theatre Under the Stars is at Malkin Bowl.

FRIDAY TO SUNDAY: 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 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: 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 SUNDAYGhosts 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.

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: Xanax and Mx.Bukuru host Drag on the Drive: Pride Edition, with co-stars Jerrilynn Spears, Abeiya, Margaux Rita, & Dayna Hart.

The Vancouver Street Dance Festival is at Robson Square.
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SATURDAY: the Vancouver Street Dance Festival is a family-friendly outdoor festival at Robson Square featuring dance battles, performances, workshops, and live DJ and band music.

SATURDAY: the Geekenders presents This Show Made Me Gay!, a nerdlesque cabaret celebrating queer pop culture, at the Rio Theatre.

SATURDAY: screening at the VIFF Centre of director George Lucas’s 1973 comedy American Graffiti as part of the Summer in the 70s film series.

SATURDAY: local alternative R&B/neo-soul band Dacey plays the Fox Cabaret.

SATURDAY: local LGBTQ dance band Queer As Funk celebrates Vancouver Pride 2022 at the Commodore Ballroom, with guests Dawn Pemberton and DJ Slade.

SATURDAY: American progressive metalcore band ERRA plays the Rickshaw Theatre, with guests Alpha Wolf, Thornhill, and Invent Animate.

The Celebration of Light is at English Bay.

SATURDAY: the Honda Celebration of Light fireworks display at English Bay features pyrotechnics by a team from Spain and the pre-fireworks Red Bull Air Show.

SATURDAY: One Night Stand-Up is a showcase of Vancouver queer comedians at Ocean Art Works as part of the Vancouver Pride Festival.

SATURDAY: the Neon Night Garden Party at the Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Garden features pan-Asian LGBTQ+ artists such as Quanah Style, Kara Juku, and Lyle Chan.

SATURDAY AND SUNDAY: the 48th annual Powell Street Festival features live music, Japanese food booths, and a craft marketplace at Oppenheimer Park and the Powell Street area.

SUNDAY: screening at the Rio Theatre of Japanese director Hayao Miyazaki‘s 2005 animated classic Howl’s Moving Castle, dubbed into English.

One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest screens at the VIFF Centre.

SUNDAY: screening at the VIFF Centre of director Milos Forman’s Oscar-winning 1975 film One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest as part of the Summer in the 70s film series.

SUNDAY: Happyland is a Pride celebration at the PNE Amphitheatre featuring Orville Peck, Perfume Genius, and Big Freedia.

SUNDAY: screening at the Cinematheque of Red, the conclusion of the ​“Three Colours Trilogy” by Krzysztof Kieślowski.

SUNDAY: Canadian jazz pianist Rufus Lin performs at Lulu Island Winery with guest vocalist Caity Gyorgy.

SUNDAY: Early Music Vancouver presents a baroque concert in the historic parlour of Roedde House Museum.

Alanis Morissette plays Rogers Arena.

SUNDAY: Canadian alt-rocker from the ’90s, Alanis Morissette, plays Rogers Arena, with guests Garbage.



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