72 things to do in Metro Vancouver on Saturday, May 13

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      Looking for something to do on Saturday? The Straight’s got you covered. Here are 72 events happening in or around Vancouver on Saturday, May 13.



      English rock singer-songwriter James McCartney plays the WISE Hall, with guests the Cut Losses and Anna Rose.

      Canadian electro-global band Coco Jafro plays Frankie's Jazz Club.

      The Rogue Folk Club presents Canadian folk guitarist-vocalist Andy Hillhouse coheadlining St. James Hall with Canadian husband-and-wife duo the Eisenhauers.

      Music by DJ Madd, Daega Sound, Levrige, Knautic, and Evan Jones at Red Gate Gallery's Dub Creature Soundsystem 003.

      American indie-rock singer-songwriter and Antlers member Peter Silberman plays the Fox Cabaret.

      The Georgia Straight presents Vancouver garage-rockers the Smugglers at the Commodore as part of the Straight 50th anniversary, with guests the Muffs, Chixdiggit, and Needles//Pins.

      Performances by AROKIS Music Society big bands Impressions and Urbana at New Westminster's Columbia Theatre.

      The Marcus Mosely Chorale performs gospel-style music infused with pop, jazz, and R&B at Highlands United Church.

      City Soul Choir presents songs of resistance and unity by Russell Wallace, Leonard Cohen, Neil Young, Brian Tate, Sly and the Family Stone, and Sharon Jones at Canadian Memorial United Church.



      Help build a massive blanket fort at Telus Garden and take in musical performances, food, and family-friendly games and activities, with proceeds to Canuck Place Children's Hospice.

      Save the Mothers presents a five-km walk in Burnaby's Central Park that raises awareness and support to save the lives of women and babies in the developing world from preventable death in pregnancy or childbirth.

      Charity walk at Spanish Banks raises awareness and funds for dog-rescue association Thank Dog I Am Out.

      Fashion historian Ivan Sayers celebrates fashion styles and gowns from 1900 to 1990 at at Mother's Day High Tea and Fashion Show at Grand Villa Casino, with proceeds to Pacific Assistance Dogs Society.

      Author Christopher Gudgeon launches his new short-story collection Encyclopedia of Lies at VCC Broadway, with proceeds to Keating Gudgeon and Jess Nichol scholarships.

      A cast of the city’s impersonators, dancers, models, designers, hair stylists, and makeup artists put on a fashion show at Harbour Dance Centre, with proceeds to Positive Living B.C., which helps people in our communities who are living with HIV.

      Evening of gourmet food, entertainment, and acoustic music by the Washboard Union at the Pan Pacific Hotel, with proceeds to the Canadian MPS Society, which supports children and families effected by mucopolysaccharidosis (MPS) and related diseases.

      A Whisky Library at Lynn Valley Library Square features whisky tastings, literature readings, live and silent auctions, and music from the Black Bear Rebels, with proceeds to the Trish McMordie Memorial Fund, benefiting the Youth Services Department of the North Vancouver District Public Library.



      Final day of Vancouver Bird Week, which features walks, talks, workshops, birding basics, bird art, and free birdy activities for all ages at various Vancouver locations.

      Spring Festival at Point Grey Village features live music, children's entertainment, local food, and a marketplace.

      Celebrate science at SFU Burnaby with documentary screenings, science shows and demonstrations, tours of the Trottier Observatory, liquid nitrogen ice-cream making, 3D-molecule viewing, and a chance to try on an astronaut survival-suit.



      Indulge in tea by Culinary Blossom and enjoy dainty sandwiches and delectable sweets at a Mother's Day High Tea at Mackin Heritage Home and Toy Museum.

      Learn how to prepare three family-friendly, kid-approved recipes that are packed with nutrients at Mount Pleasant Neighbourhood House.

      Taste your way through the spiritual journey of U2 through a chef's tasting menu at Langley's Power to Change Building that pairs each dish with an original narrative that highlights the spiritual convictions that inspired the band's songs.



      Circus West presents Neverland, a Peter Pan origin story featuring mermaids, pixies, pirates, and one boy who never wants to grow up, at the PNE Garden Auditorium.

      Kids can get tips from a wildlife photographer on how to find some of Vancouver’s birds and how anyone can get shots of them at Stanley Park Pavilion.

      Beginner-level coding workshop for girls eight to 13 years old and their parent, guardian, aunt, or older sibling at Amazon Vancouver.



      The Vancouver Terminal City Rollergirls house teams Public Frenemy play the Riot Girls and the Faster Pussycats go up against the Doomsday Bunnies at New Westminster's Royal City Curling Club.



      Max Dashu discusses how the witch craze was escalated through torture trials, who was persecuted, and the role of the state, churchmen, doctors, and professors in propagating diabolist mythology at SFU Harbour Centre.

      Learn how to grow food, herbs, shrubs, and trees in small containers and how to attract birds and bees to your garden at UBC Botanical Garden and Centre for Plant Research.



      Canadian-American comedian Harland Williams performs the third of three nights of standup at Yuk Yuk's Comedy Club.

      Canadian comedian Kate Davis performs the third of three nights of standup at the Comedy Mix.

      Vancouver's dance and theatre communities battle it out for lip-sync supremacy at CBC Studio 700.



      UBC Asian Studies celebrates Punjabi language and culture with an event in honour and memory of Harjit Kaur Sidhu at North Delta Secondary School.

      Join co-curator Grant Arnold at the Vancouver Art Gallery for a tour of the exhibition Susan Point: Spindle Whorl, the first major survey of pre-eminent Coast Salish artist Susan Point, before it closes on May 28. 

      Vaudevillian variety show at the Rickshaw Theatre features Scarlet Lux, Vixen Von Flex, Andrea Welsink, Pynksy Shell, Rahel, Belly Company, Raks Sokkar, Nicci, Uncle Dirty, Hellison, Melody Mangler, and Harmony Belly Dance Co.

      Kimura Tsubasa leads Japanese calligraphy workshops at the Museum of Anthropology at UBC.



      As part of the Chutzpah/PLUS Dance Series, birds sing a pretty song at Norman Rothstein Theatre features dance, live music, and interactive media in a production choreographed by Rebecca Margolick and directed with Maxx Berkowitz.

      Ballet B.C.'s Program 3 features premieres by choreographers Emanuel Gat, Emily Molnar, and Ohad Naharin at the Queen Elizabeth Theatre.



      Meet authors and publishers and attend free workshops for writers at the Vancouver Public Library's day-long Write On Vancouver. Participating authors include Elee Kraljii Gardiner, Leah Horick, Juliane Okot Bite, Sonja Larsen, Zoey Leigh Peterson, Anna Ling Kaye, Minelle Mahtani, Carleigh Baker, Jónína Kirton, Kat Norris, Elen Ghulam, Alyson Quinn, Cheri Champagne, Cynda Yeasting, David Tracey, Doris Gregory, Edwin Lee, Gail Daldy, Heather Haley, Jayne Seagrave, Jerome Bacco, John Young Sykes, Karen Dodd, Kate Bird, Lisa Anne Smith, Mari Swingle, Mary Ann Clarke Scott, Michael Seidelman, Neall Ryon, Patrick Hill, R.J. McMillen, Ruth Kozak, S.M. Freedman, Wayne Gatley, and Winona Kent.



      Patrick Street Productions presents a performance at New Westminster's Anvil Centre of A Little Night Music, Stephen Sondheim's Broadway-style musical about mismatched couples.

      Performance at the Firehall Arts Centre of Circle Game: Reimagining the Music of Joni Mitchell, conceived and directed by Vancouver's Andrew Cohen and Anna Kuman.

      Mom's the Word Collective presents Mom's the Word 3: Next 1/2 Empty at the Granville Island Stage.

      Final performance at Performance Works of Robin Hood: Prince of Tease, an original burlesque-style musical-theatre production inspired by the classic folk-tale figure of Robin Hood.

      Metro Theatre presents the final performance of Straight and Narrowa comedy that explores what happens when a cozy relationship is threatened by personal crisis.

      First Impressions Theatre presents a performance of On a First Name Basis, Norm Foster's play about a successful but cantankerous novelist who discovers he knows nothing about his maid of 28 years.

      The Theatre B.C. North Shore Zone Annual Festival of Plays ends at North Vancouver's Presentation House.

      Performance at Studio 1398 of String of Pearls, Michelle Lowe's play that combines the stories of more than two dozen women, all connected to the titular necklace in some way.

      Theatre Hera West  presents a performance at Havana Theatre of Ties of Blood: The Brontes, a dramatic reimagining of the lives and art of the Bronte siblings.

      Ace Productions presents the final performance at Coquitlam's Evergreen Cultural Centre of Freud's Last Session, in which author and former atheist C.S. Lewis visits the London home of Dr. Sigmund Freud.



      Pacific Crossings at the Vancouver Art Gallery features works from well-known Hong Kong artists created after their relocation to Vancouver throughout the 1960-90s.

      Susan Point: Spindle Whorl at the Vancouver Art Gallery surveys Point’s entire career through more than a hundred artworks that take the spindle whorl as their starting point.

      Retainers of Anarchy at the Vancouver Art Gallery features new work from Howie Tsui that considers wuxia as a narrative tool for dissidence and resistance.



      Amazonia: The Rights of Nature at at the Museum of Anthropology at UBC features Amazonian basketry, textiles, carvings, feather works, and ceramics both of everyday and of ceremonial use, representing indigenous, Maroon, and white settler communities.

      The Lost Fleet at the Vancouver Maritime Museum investigates the unjust 1941 seizure of 1,200 Japanese-Canadian fishing vessels following the bombing of Pearl Harbour through a collection of historic photographs, models of Japanese-Canadian-built fishing boats, fishermen’s tools, and replica documents.



      The Vancouver Opera Festival presents a performance of The Marriage of Figaro at the Vancouver Playhouse.

      The West Coast Symphony Orchestra performs works by Cimarosa, Vaughan Williams, and Sibelius at New Westminster's Queens Avenue United Church.

      Elektra Women's Choir presents work by living Canadian and American female composers, including Alice Parker, Eleanor Daley, Ramona Luengen, Abbie Betinis, Joan Szymko, Leslie Uyeda, Joanne Metcalf, Sarah Quartel, Jocelyn Hagen, and iconic songwriter Joni Mitchell at Dunbar Ryerson United Church.

      Opera Mariposa and the Mariposa Theatre Wing present an evening of music from Puccini, Verdi, and the hit musical Hamilton at Marpole United Church, with proceeds to the ME/FM Society of B.C.

      Bramwell Tovey conducts the Vancouver Symphony, pianist Thomas Lauderdale, vocalist China Forbes, and the band Pink Martini at the Orpheum Theatre.



      At the Bloedel Conservatory you can take in more than 200 free-flying exotic birds and 500 exotic plants and flowers.

      Edgewater Casino offers 24-hour gaming, over 60 table games, a poker room, a high-limit section, 500 slot machines, restaurants and lounges, and live entertainment, including concerts and televised UFC events.

      The 22-hectare VanDusen Botanical Garden features over 255,000 plants from around the world, a restaurant, a garden shop, and a horticulture library.

      Take a ride in an exterior glass elevator and get a 360° view of Metro Vancouver and the North Shore mountains at Vancouver Lookout.

      Lighthouse Park features 10 kilometres of hiking trails, picnic areas, guided walks provided by the Lighthouse Park Preservation Society, and the historical 1912 Point Atkinson Lighthouse.

      Science World features hundreds of interactive exhibits in five permanent galleries, live science demonstrations and workshops, and giant movies in the Omnimax Theatre.

      The Capilano Suspension Bridge features seven suspended footbridges offering views 110 feet above the forest floor.

      The Vancouver Aquarium features almost 800 animal species in galleries ranging from Canada's Arctic to the Amazon rainforest.

      Grouse Mountain resort features a Skyride to the peak with views of Vancouver and the Pacific Ocean, as well as skiing and snowboarding, snowshoeing, ice skating, and mountain ziplines.

      Soar from coast-to-coast across the Canadian landscape with a 25-minute ride featuring effects such as wind and scents at FlyOver Canada.



      The DOXA Documentary Film Festival runs until May 14 at various Vancouver venues, featuring a curated selection of public screenings, panel discussions, public forums, and educational programs. Todays screenings include Ali Weinsein's Mermaids at the Vancity Theatre.

      Screening at the Rio Theatre of director Ceyda Torun's documentary Kedi, which uses specially crafted camera rigs and an extreme measure of observational patience to capture all of the hard-to-reach places where cats go in Istanbul.

      Screening at the Rio Theatre of Your Name, Makoto Shinkai's animated film about two high schoolers who switch bodies and must adjust to their lives around each other.


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