September 27, 2023


Arts Eternal

50 things to do in Vancouver this weekend, June 24 to 26

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: screening at Vancity Theatre of John Carpenter’s effects-filled 1982 horror classic The Thing, starring Kurt Russell.

FRIDAY: The Talking Stick FestivalVancouver 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.

Jane Stanton performs standup comedy.

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

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 AND SATURDAY: 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.

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

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

The Dragon Boat Festival takes place at Concord Pacific Place, Creekside Park, and False Creek.

FRIDAY TO SUNDAY: the Concord Pacific Dragon Boat Festival features more than 130 teams competing in dragon-boat races, with events taking place at Concord Pacific Place, Creekside Park, and False Creek. Performers on the mainstage include such local indie favourites as the Zolas, Hotel Mira, and Mauvey.

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

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: 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.

Old Soul Rebel performs on Friday as part of the jazz fest.

FRIDAY TO SUNDAY: the 2022 TD Vancouver International Jazz Festival features performances by top-name musicians from across the globe at various Vancouver locations until July 3.

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 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.

FRIDAY TO SUNDAY: We 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 SUNDAYEnsemble Theatre Company presents performances at the Waterfront Theatre of the plays Marjorie Prime and Pass Over, running in repertory until July 2.

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

Xicanx: Dreamers + Changemakers / Soñadores + creadores del cambio shows at MOA.

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 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 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: 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 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.

FRIDAY TO SUNDAY: 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.

Cheer on the B.C. Lions as the take on the Argonauts.

SATURDAY: the B.C. Lions take on the Toronto Argonauts in Canadian Football League action at BC Place Stadium.

SATURDAY: at PopCappella II the Chor Leoni men’s choir performs pop songs by the likes of The Weeknd, Stevie Wonder, Jimmy Cliff, and A-ha at St. Andrew’s-Wesley United Church.

SATURDAY: New York rapper and record producer Bishop Nehru plays the Biltmore Cabaret.

SATURDAY: Karen Flamenco Dance Company presents its production of Wizard of Oz at the Vancouver Playhouse.

SATURDAY: Zambia-born, UK-based electronic-music artist Laxcity plays 369 Carrall, with guest So Sus.

SATURDAY: Portland, Oregon indie-rock band Typhoon plays the Rickshaw Theatre, with guests MAITA.

Joyce N’Sana performs at the North Van Civic Plaza.

SATURDAY: Montreal-based singer-songwriter Joyce N’sana performs Afro-blues-hop music at the City of North Vancouver Civic Plaza.

SATURDAY: Seinfield Burlesque is a bizarro night of dance performances (and partial nudity) at the Rio Theatre featuring characters from the Seinfeld TV show.

SATURDAY: the Root Dwellers monthly music showcase features performances by SIESKI, Molly Annelle, and Fionn at the ANZA Club.

SATURDAY: six-piece Celtic-folk band The Wheat in the Barley plays the White Rock Elks Hall, with guests Saint Cecilia.

SATURDAY: American comedian Bill Burr performs standup at Rogers Arena.

My Dad Wrote a Porno is at the Queen Elizabeth Theatre.

SATURDAY: the comedy team behind the hit podcast My Dad Wrote a Porno perform their new live show at the Queen Elizabeth Theatre.

SATURDAYKristine Koster leads a Forest Therapy Walk inspired by the Japanese tradition of Shinrin-Yoku at VanDusen Botanical Garden. SOLD OUT.

SATURDAY: screening at the Rio Theatre of Jazz Fest: A New Orleans Story, directors Frank Marshall and Ryan Suffern’s documentary about the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival.

SATURDAYVancouver Symphony concertmaster Nicholas Wright performs triple-duty as curator, leader, and soloist for a concert at the Chan Centre for the Performing Arts showcasing the sounds of the VSO’s string section.

SATURDAY AND SUNDAY: the 25th annual Scandinavian Midsummer Festival at the Scandinavian Community Centre features cultural displays, artisan vendors, live musical performances, and Scandinavian foods.

Atanarjuat: The Fast Runner screens at the Cinematheque.

SATURDAY AND SUNDAY: screening at the Cinematheque of Zacharias Kunuk’s Atanarjuat: The Fast Runner,  the first-ever feature in the Inuktitut language.

SUNDAY: Foodstock 2022 at Swangard Stadium is a Greater Vancouver Food Bank benefit featuring eight bands and eight breweries, including headlining band Bend Sinister.

SUNDAY: the Vancouver Whitecaps take on the New England Revolution in Major League Soccer action at BC Place Stadium.

SUNDAY: WrestleCore at the RIckshaw Theatre features the first-ever title defence of the INFINITY title, between Adam Ryder and former Impact X-Division Champion Trey Miguel.

SUNDAY: Toronto-based band Kobo Town, featuring Trinidadian songwriter Drew Gonsalves, redefines calypso music at Lynn Valley Village.

Milla Jovovich in The Fifth Element.

SUNDAY: 25th anniversary screening at the Rio Theatre of The Fifth Element, director Luc Besson’s over-the-top sci-fi flick about a a cab driver who unwittingly becomes the central figure in the search for a legendary cosmic weapon.

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