September 24, 2023


Arts Eternal

45 things to do in Vancouver this week, June 20 to 24

MONDAY: screening at the Vancity Theatre of director Todd Haynes’s documentary The Velvet Underground.

MONDAY: screening at the Rio Theatre of director Stephen Herek’s 1986 horror-comedy Critters.

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 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.

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.

Uninvited is 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.

TUESDAY: American indie-pop act Del Water Gap plays the Fox Cabaret, with guest Raffaella.

TUESDAY: American rapper and producer R.A.P. Ferreira (FKA milo) plays the Rickshaw Theatre, with local guest Emotionz.

TUESDAY: Canadian indie band Men I Trust plays the Vogue Theatre, with guest Sam Lynch.

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 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.

Frankie and the Witch Fingers play the Fox Cabaret.

WEDNESDAY: L.A. garage-punk/psych-rock band Frankie and the Witch Fingers plays the Fox Cabaret.

WEDNESDAY: launch at the SFU Goldcorp Centre for the Arts of Stealing Looks at the Sun, a new anthology that features work from 23 writers marginalized by homelessness and poverty.

WEDNESDAY: Famous Last Words is a literary comedy event at Pyatt Hall in which five contestants attempt to win their way into the heart of emcee Sara Bynoe.

WEDNESDAY: the Vancouver Whitecaps take on York United in a Major League Soccer Canadian championship semi-final game at BC Place Stadium.

WEDNESDAY: screenings at the Cinematheque of Al Neil: A Portrait and In Search of Innocence, with introduction by writer-performer Phil Smith, Lecturer Emeritus at Emily Carr University of Art + Design.

WEDNESDAY: Wednesday Night Blues and Brews at Hastings Mill Brewing features performances by local blues-rockers the Steve Kozak Band.

WEDNESDAY: celebrate the launch of Out of the Fire: Metalworkers Along the Salish Sea with author Pirjo Raits and photographer Dale Roth at Dayton Books.

Story, story, die. is at the Vancouver Playhouse.

WEDNESDAY AND THURSDAYDanceHouse presents the West Coast premiere of winter guests’ evocative work Story, story, die. at the Vancouver Playhouse.

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

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.

THURSDAY: Catalina La O: Now With Me is a a one-person cabaret/comedy show at the Roundhouse Community Centre as part of the 2022 Queer Arts Festival.

THURSDAY: Comedy Feast is a standup comedy show at the Fox Cabaret hosted by Jacob Samuel.

THURSDAY: free screening at SFU Surrey of Nelly Queen: The Life and Times of Jose Sarria, as part of the Margaret Lowe Benston Lecture Series in Social Justice.

THURSDAY: New Jersey indie-pop act Bleachers plays the Orpheum Theatre, with guests the Lemon Twigs.

Death Proof screens at the Rio Theatre.

THURSDAY: screening at the Rio Theatre of Death Proof, Quentin Tarantino’s 2017 action flick about a murderous stuntman who uses cars to kill.

THURSDAY: the Scrawny Show is a standup comedy show featuring Jane Stanton at the ANZA Club.

THURSDAY: Story Story Lie is an interactive combination of comedy, storytelling, and game show, hosted by storyteller Jo Dworschak and her lovely assistant David C Jones at the Rio Theatre.

THURSDAY AND FRIDAYDeep Cove Stage Society presents performances at Deep Cove Shaw Theatre until June 25 of Ken Ludwig’s Moon Over Buffalo, directed by Kayt Roth.

THURSDAY AND FRIDAY: the four-day Sound of Dragon Music Festival features Inuit and Mongolian throat singing and Taiwanese folk music fused with jazz at the Annex.

THURSDAY AND FRIDAYPacific Theatre presents the Canadian premiere of Joel Horwood’s play Wolves Are Coming For You.

FRIDAY: the Barn Burner is a fundraiser at the BlueShore Financial Center for the Performing Arts featuring Steven Page and Barney Bentall, with all proceeds to benefit youth mental-health initiatives throughout the North Shore.

FRIDAY: a princess masquerades as a man to win love In Pierre Carlet de Chamblain de Marivaux’s 1732 comedy, The Triumph of Love, at PAL Studio Theatre.

Brad Turner leads his quartet at Pyatt Hall as part of jazzfest.

FRIDAY: opening day of the 2022 TD Vancouver International Jazz Festival, which features performances by top-name musicians from across the globe at various Vancouver locations.

FRIDAY: The Talking Stick Festival, Vancouver Civic Theatres, and the TD Vancouver International Jazz Festival present performances by Indigenous artists spanning multiple genres and nations at the Indigenous Summer Stage at the Queen Elizabeth Theatre Plaza.

FRIDAY: brass house band Too Many Zooz mixes jazz, Afro-Cuban rhythms, funk, EDM, and house music at the Fortune Sound Club.

FRIDAY: ZOSO–The Ultimate Led Zeppelin Experience performs at the Rickshaw Theatre.

FRIDAY: Comedy Here Often? presents a standup comedy show at 604 Studios featuring host Peter Grant, Mike Greenwood, Aaron Read, Machine Michelle, and headliner Jane Stanton.

The Days is performed at the Dance Centre.

FRIDAY: The Days is a duet created by English choreographer Theo Clinkard in collaboration with Finnish dancers Maria Nurmela and Ville Oinonen, performed at the Scotiabank Dance Centre.


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