December 9, 2023


Arts Eternal

50 things to do in Vancouver this weekend, Sept. 9 to 11

FRIDAY: Nova Scotia indie-rock singer-songwriter Joel Plaskett plays the Commodore Ballroom.

FRIDAY: That Other Hunger is a solo exhibition of videos, textiles, and sculptures by Vanessa Brown, running until November 6 at the Richmond Art Gallery.

FRIDAY: late-night screening at the Rio Theatre of Alan Parker’s 1982 film Pink Floyd The Wall, starring Bob Geldof.

FRIDAY: Nectar is a night of immersive dance and burlesque hosted by Chelsea Hart at Beaumont Studios.

Flasher plays the Fox Cabaret.

FRIDAY: indie-rock band from Washington D.C., Flasher, plays the Fox Cabaret.

FRIDAY: the Vancouver Metropolitan Orchestra presents its 20th Anniversary season opening concert at the Chan Centre for the Performing Arts, featuring pianist Ryo Yanagitani.

FRIDAY AND SATURDAY: American stand-up comedian, podcaster, reality television host, and actor Bert Kreischer plays two nights at the Queen Elizabeth Theatre.

FRIDAY AND SATURDAYFirst impressions Theatre presents Ring of Fire: The Music of Johnny Cash, a tribute to the legendary Man in Black, at Deep Cove Shaw Theatre until September 24.

FRIDAY AND SATURDAY: North Vancouver Community Players present Alan Bennett’s series of solo pieces, Talking Heads (Lady of Letters & Miss Fozzard Finds Her Feet) to September 24 at The Theatre at Hendry Hall.

FRIDAY & SUNDAY: The Yellow Wallpaper is a Fringe Theatre Festival production featuring classical text and physical theatre at Arts Umbrella.

Doug and the Slugs and Me screens at VIFF Centre.

FRIDAY TO SUNDAY: screenings at the VIFF Centre of director Teresa Alfeld’s 2022 rock documentary, Doug and the Slugs and Me.

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 SUNDAYElemental Cinema brings together the collaborative film works of Denise Ferreira da Silva and Arjuna Neuman, showing to December 11 at the Morris and Helen Belkin Art Gallery.

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.

Peter Pan Goes Wrong runs at the Stanley.

FRIDAY TO SUNDAY: The Arts Club Theatre Company presents the international comedy sensation, Peter Pan Goes Wrong, at the Stanley Industrial Alliance Stage until October 16.

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 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 SUNDAY: the Vancouver Canadians take on the Eugene Emeralds in Minor League Baseball action at Nat Bailey Stadium.

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.

The Fringe Theatre Festival continues at various venues.

FRIDAY TO SUNDAY: the Vancouver Fringe Festival features 11 days of boundary-pushing theatre from performance artists worldwide at various Vancouver venues.

FRIDAY TO SUNDAY: Dominican-born artist Tania Marmolejo’s first solo exhibition in Canada, The Dream and the Voyage, runs until October 1 at the Center of International Contemporary Art.

FRIDAY TO SUNDAY: drawing inspiration from the global political unrest seen in 2011, Stan Douglas presents 2011 ≠ 1848, four large-scale photographs and a two-channel video installation, showing until November 6 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.

FRIDAY TO SUNDAYWestern Gold Theatre presents 90 Days, a play about the 1972 Ugandan forced exodus of its Asian community, 50 years later, running until September 25 at Pal Studio Theatre.

The Rocky Horrror Picture Show screens at the Rio.

SATURDAY: late-night screening at the Rio Theatre of director Jim Sharman’s 1975 musical-comedy The Rocky Horror Picture Show, starring Tim Curry as Dr. Frank N. Furter.

SATURDAY: the Mid Autumn Moon Festival features an array of activities, including poetry, music, lion dance, mooncake tasting, and calligraphy, at the Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Garden.

SATURDAY: melodic metalcore band from Ohio, Miss May I, plays the Rickshaw Theatre, with guests CurrentsKingdom of Giants, and LANDMVRKS.

SATURDAY: Sisters in Psychedelics at the VSO School of Music aims to elevate women’s contributions and perspectives in the psychedelic realm.

SATURDAY: the Parkinson Superwalk in Stanley Park’s Ceperley Park raises support for the Parkinson Society BC’s life-changing programs and services for people affected by Parkinson’s disease.

Peach Pit plays Malkin Bowl.

SATURDAY: Vancouver indie-pop band Peach Pit kicks off its Right Down the Street Tour at Stanley Park’s Malkin Bowl.

SATURDAY: electronic pop artist Alice Glass performs at the Hollywood Theatre.

SATURDAY: the Vancouver Reptile Expo features a wide variety of reptiles, amphibians, and invertebrates at Ladner’s East Delta Hall.

SATURDAY: BOX + FLOW + RESTORE at All-City Athletics is an evening of letting go, suitable for all levels of boxing and meditation.

SATURDAY: comedian Alonzo Bodden performs a standup show presented by Yuk Yuk’s at the Hard Rock Casino Vancouver.

Girlpool plays the Fortune Sound Club.

SATURDAY: L.A. indie-rock band Girlpool, featuring Avery Tucker and Harmony Tividad, plays the Fortune Sound Club.

SATURDAY: local soul-rockers the Vanrays play the Princeton Pub, with guests Doug Andrew and Brian Barr.

SATURDAY: Live Acts Canada presents a punk-rock show at the Railway Stage & Beer Cafe features performances by the Interrogation, the Haptics, Growing Up Dead, and Brahman.

SATURDAY AND SUNDAY: Mid-Autumn Celebrations at the Chinese Canadian Museum include an illuminated installation of lanterns and samplings of regional varieties of mooncakes.

Ted Littlemore performs at Norman Rothstein Theatre.

SATURDAY AND SUNDAY: as part of the Chutzpah! Festival, a world premiere evening of music, dance, and visuals staged by Israeli choreographer and director Idan Cohen of Ne. Sans Opera & Dance, at the Norman Rothstein Theatre.

SUNDAY: in the Fringe Festival play Neurotic Erotica, running to September 18 at the Improv Centre, controversial author Esme J.K. Quimby (Regan Shrumm) reads from her latest novel, 50 Shades of Grief: A Neurotic Erotica.

SUNDAY: Bryan Danielson tells stories from his career in the world of pro-wrestling at the Rio Theatre.

SUNDAY: Fallen City at the Orpheum Annex is an interdisciplinary arts project fusing art and science to raise awareness of earthquake risks and to honour the lives lost to earthquakes.

Gorillaz play Rogers Arena.

SUNDAY: British virtual band Gorillaz plays Rogers Arena, with guests EarthGang.

SUNDAY: Vancouver jazz flutist Jeremy Price performs at Frankie’s Jazz with pianist Tilden Webb, bassist Jodi Proznick, and drummer Nick Bracewell.

SUNDAY: visual artist Ed Pien presents a workshop at Historic Joy Kogawa House that combines drawing and writing as process to disrupt the conventions of observational drawing.

SUNDAY: drummer/composer Arvind Ramdas leads his trio in two sets of swinging jazz and new originals at Havana Theatre.

SUNDAY: Canadian rock legend Tom Cochrane performs at Mission’s Clarke Theatre.

Feast of Fields is at UBC Farm.

SUNDAY: Feast of Fields at UBC Farm is FarmFolk CityFolk’s annual local food celebration and signature fundraising event.


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