September 27, 2023


Arts Eternal

40 things to do in Vancouver this weekend, May 27 to 29

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

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

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.

Vance Joy plays Rogers Arena.

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

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

FRIDAY: screening at the Cinematheque of director Mira Nair’s 1991 romance, Mississippi Masala, starring Denzel Washington and Sarita Choudhury.

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.

FRIDAY AND SATURDAYThéâtre la Seizième presents performances at Studio 16 of the tragi-comedy S’effondrent les vidéoclubs.

FRIDAY AND SATURDAY: the Vancouver Symphony celebrates the end of its winter/spring 2022 season with Mahler’s Symphony No. 5 at the Orpheum Theatre.

FRIDAY AND SATURDAY: 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 TO SUNDAY: 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.

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.

The Imitation Game is showing at the Vancouver Art Gallery.

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

FRIDAY TO SUNDAY: 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.

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 SUNDAYRennie 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.

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

Dana Gould performs at the Rio as part of JFL Vancouver.

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

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 SUNDAYSho 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.

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

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

FRIDAY TO SUNDAY: 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 is running at the Cultch.

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

SATURDAY: American pop singer-songwriter Role Model plays the Commodore Ballroom, with guest THE BLSSM.

SATURDAY: self-styled comedy therapist Lizzie Allan performs in Connection Please!, at fundraiser for the 2022 Women of Options Gamechangers Campaign at New Westminster’s Anvil Centre.

SATURDAY: screening at the Rio Theatre of director Ti West’s horror flick X, about a group of young filmmakers who set out to make an adult film in rural Texas but find themselves fighting for their lives.

SATURDAY AND SUNDAY: Arts in the Garden is a self-guided tour of 12 North Shore garden spaces, with live music and visual artists leading engaging activities.

Fred Penner, Charlotte Diamond, and Rick Scott play the Surrey Arts Centre.

SATURDAY AND SUNDAY: bring the kids and singalong with iconic Canadian children’s performers Charlotte Diamond, Fred Penner, and Rick Scott at the Surrey Arts Centre.

SUNDAY: soul vocalist Krystle Dos Santos and her four-piece band take young audiences back in time to the peak of Motown Music at a free Artstarts event at New Westminster’s River Market.

SUNDAY: the Walk to Make CF History takes place at New Westminster’s Queen’s Park, with all proceeds to Cystic Fibrosis Canada.

SUNDAY: the IG Wealth Management Walk for Alzheimer’s, the Alzheimer Society of B.C.’s largest fundraiser, takes place at the Creekside Community Rec Centre.

SUNDAY: the VAM Orchestral Festival features performances by five Vancouver Academy of Music ensembles at the Orpheum Theatre.

SUNDAY: the Safe & Sound Music Fest at Swangard Stadium features performances by headliner Ty Dolla $ign, plus CKay, Ayra Starr, Rascalz Ft. Kardinal Offishall, and Boslen.

Screening at the Rio Theatre of The Innocents.

SUNDAY: screening at the Rio Theatre of Norwegian director Eskil Volgt’s supernatural thriller The Innocents