September 30, 2023


Arts Eternal

45 things to do in Vancouver this weekend, June 3 to 5

FRIDAY: go behind the scenes with Chor Leoni and three Canadian composers in an interactive evening of exploration and connection at St. Andrew’s-Wesley United Church.

FRIDAY: British prog-rock band the Pineapple Thief plays the Rickshaw Theatre, with guests Karcius.

FRIDAYKayhan Kalhor and Kiya Tabassian, masters of the Persian setar, perform Dueling Setars at West Vancouver’s Kay Meek Arts Centre.

Kill the Ripper plays at Presentation House Theatre.

FRIDAY AND SATURDAY: the Geekenders and Affair of Honor present performances of Fairlith Harvey’s darkly comic, female-led, Victorian revenge-fantasy Kill the Ripper at North Vancouver’s Presentation House Theatre.

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

FRIDAY AND SATURDAY: Escape Into Art is a group show featuring wood sculptures, jewelry, and paintings by more than 20 local artists at Eastside Atelier

FRIDAY AND SATURDAY: the Bridge Festival at West Vancouver’s Ambleside Park celebrates cultural diversity with performances by over 30 local and international artists.

FRIDAY AND SATURDAYLamondance presents Skin Within, a collective of new contemporary dance works by choreographers Alexis Fletcher, Noam Gagnon, Nicolas Ventura, Richard Walters, and Davi Rodrigues at the BlueShore Financial Centre for the Performing Arts.

The Vancouver Canadians play Tacoma at Nat Bailey Stadium.

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

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: 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: 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 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.

Lu Yang’s Hell Realm #1 and Heaven Realm #1 are on display at the Polygon Gallery.

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

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.

Hamilton plays at the Queen Elizabeth Theatre.
Joan Marcus

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: illusionist Shawn Farquhar presents his Hidden Wonders Speakeasy Magic Experience in a venue hidden behind a fake business facade in New Westminster.

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.

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

The Whitecaps play Real Salt Lake.

SATURDAY: the Vancouver Whitecaps take on Real Salt Lake in Major League Soccer action at BC Place Stadium.

SATURDAY: the UBC Farm Farmers’ Market offers certified organic and farm-fresh produce and seeds from the UBC Farm in addition to a variety of other local vendors.

SATURDAY: Family Day at the Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Garden features traditional Chinese games and mosaic and painting activities.

SATURDAY: comedian Jon Gagnon performs standup at Rick Bronson’s House of Comedy in New Westminster.

SATURDAY: First Saturday Open Studios is an opportunity to visit artists in their studios, learn about techniques, build relationships, and buy artworks directly from them.

SATURDAY: Canadian country artist Dallas Smith performs at the Abbotsford Centre on his Some Things Never Change Tour.

Shaun Verreault performs with his trio at Guilt and Co.

SATURDAY: Vancouver blues- and rock-guitar great Shaun Verreault from Wide Mouth Mason leads his trio at Guilt and Co.

SATURDAY: the VSO Day of Music is a day-long celebration of music, with free live concerts, open rehearsals, and family-friendly activities at various downtown Vancouver locations.

SATURDAY: Carry Me Home is a live and virtual show that combines the worlds of dreams, storytelling, acrobatics, dance, and music.

SATURDAY: British indie-electronica band Elder Island plays the Imperial Vancouver.

SATURDAY: the Good Noise Vancouver Gospel Choir performs at Stand Up For Something–Stand Up For Love at Christ Church Cathedral.

SATURDAYKayhan Kalhor and Kiya Tabassian, masters of the Persian setar, perform Dueling Setars at the Roundhouse Community Centre.

Uma Thurman in Kill Bill: Volume 1.

SATURDAY: screenings at the Rio Theatre of writer-director Quentin Tarantino’s Kill Bill: Volume 1 and Kill Bill: Volume 2, starring Uma Thurman.

SATURDAY: the Rock Against Racism fundraiser at the Rickshaw Theatre features performances by D.O.A., Roots Round Up, China Syndrome, and the Asian Persuasion All Stars.

SATURDAY: Montreal indie pop-rock band Stars plays the Hollywood Theatre, with guest Nicholas Krgovich.

SATURDAY: Sunshine Coast musician, composer, and producer Susana Williams plays the Shadbolt Centre for the Arts.

SATURDAY: the North Shore Folkfest showcases the talents of local performing-arts groups with a wide range of traditional cultural dances and musical performances at North Vancouver’s Centennial Theatre.

SATURDAY: the Vancouver Youth Choir’s final concert of the season features new music by Laura Hawley, Shireen Abu Khader, and Corey Payette at St. Andrew’s-Wesley United Church.

The VSO performs a kids’ concert at the Orpheum.

SUNDAY: the Vancouver Symphony performs its final kids’ concert of the season, Beethoven Lives Upstairs, at the Orpheum Theatre.

SUNDAY: the tenth annual Mid Main Art Fair features 17 established Vancouver-area artists showcasing works for sale in a variety of styles and mediums at the Heritage Hall.

SUNDAY: Edmonton synth-pop duo Purity Ring plays the Hollywood Theatre, with guest Dawn Richard.

SUNDAY: screening at the Rio Theatre of Martin Scorsese’s 1990 gangster epic Goodfellas, starring Robert De Niro, Joe Peschi, and the late Ray Liotta.