45 things to do in Metro Vancouver on Thursday, May 18

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      Looking for something to do on Thursday? The Straight’s got you covered. Here are 45 events happening in or around Vancouver on Thursday, May 18.



      American alt-rock singer-songwriter and guitarist Pete Yorn plays the Biltmore Cabaret.

      The Rogue Folk Club presents soul-gospel artist Mike Farris at St. James Hall, with guest Paul Pigat.

      Montreal psychobilly band Gutter Demons plays Pat's Brewhouse & Pub, with guests Steady Teddy and the KTrain Babies.



      ARThritis Soirée at the Fairmont Hotel Vancouver features food, champagne, live and silent auctions, and performance by violinist Jenny Bae with members of the VSO, with proceeds to Arthritis Research Canada.



      Learn how to make cream puffs, profiteroles, chouquettes, and eclairs at Kensington Community Centre.



      Learn social songs, drumming, and dance with composer, producer, and traditional Lil’wat singer Russell Wallace at SFU Goldcorp Centre for the Arts.

      Learn how to safely and skillfully tie a number of versatile knots and ties that can serve as the building blocks for all sorts of rope bondage scenes at The Art of Loving.

      An evening of photos and information on traveling in Japan at G Adventures.



      Vancouver comedian Chris James performs the first of three nights of standup at the Comedy Mix.

      Comedian and author Jonathan Baum performs the first of three nights of standup at Yuk Yuk's Comedy Club.

      Comedy on Wheels at Performance Works celebrates Canada's birthday with performances by Tanyalee Davis and a crew of cast members.

      Night of comedy at Seven Dining Lounge by local improv troupes the Radical and Five by Five.



      Deconstructing Diaspora symposium at UBC Robson Square features Dr. Vishakha Desai examining the role of artists and arts institutions in today’s constraining environment. 

      The Richmond Art Gallery and the Richmond Media Lab host Art After Dark Remix, a monthly evening of hands-on art and electronic music making, at the gallery.



      Carmen Rodriguez facilitates a writing workshop at Historic Joy Kogawa House where photographs will serve as a springboard for the creation of a mini-memoir.

      Book launch for Wherever I Find Myself: Stories by Canadian Immigrant Women features authors Miriam Matejova, Jasmine Sealy, Sarah Munawar, Kaija Pepper, and Jianna Faner.



      Corey Payette's musical Children of God at the York Theatre tells the story of the children of an Oji-Cree family who are sent to a residential school in northern Ontario.

      The Arts Club Theatre Company presents Million Dollar Quarteta jukebox musical inspired by Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis, and Carl Perkins, at the Stanley Industrial Alliance Stage.

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

      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.

      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.

      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.

      Arts Umbrella Theatre and Music presents the Expressions Theatre Festival, featuring five diverse and distinctive productions by young artists, at the Waterfront Theatre.

      The musical Northern Tapestry: A Lost World at the Vancity Culture Lab explores the beauty and enduring strength of the Canadian landscape and its peoples.



      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 the final performance of The Marriage of Figaro at the Vancouver Playhouse.

      Living composers’ new commissions collide with adventurous works of the late Renaissance in Transfigured Light, a microtonal vocal and instrumental performance at Mountain View Cemetery's Celebration Hall.



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

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

      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.

      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 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.



      Free screening at Patagonia Vancouver of Island Earth, Cyrus Sutton’s documentary about indigenous scientist Cliff Kapono and his struggle for truth between science and tradition. 

      Screening at the Rio Theatre of Colossal, Spanish director Nacho Vigalondo's genre-defying mash-up that’s equal parts sci-fi monster movie and metaphor-laden, revenge-fueled romantic drama.

      Free screening at the Cinematheque of David Cronenberg's 1983 horror flick Videodrome, starring James Woods and Deborah Harry.


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