49 things to do in Metro Vancouver on Friday, March 19

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      Looking for something to do on Friday? The Straight’s got you covered. Here are 49 events happening in or around Vancouver on Friday, May 19.

       

      CONCERTS

      The Rogue Folk Club presents Brazilian-born vocalist Flávia Nascimento coheadlining St. James Hall with jazz-world composer and guitarist Itamar Erez.

      Canadian punk- and alt-rock legend Art Bergmann plays the Rickshaw Theatre, with guests Hunting.

      Fundraising gospel concert at Surrey's Chandos Pattison Auditorium features music by Ron Kenoly, Tamara Kleinsasser, Theo Bessem, Pentab of B.C. Choir, Michelle Vanderhoef, Robyn St. Amand, Sue Penner, and Gabby Magna, with proceeds to Holy Seed International and Mercy Touch Mission International.

      Local grind band Pest Synapse plays Pat's Pub & Brewhouse, with guests Svneatr, Technical Damage, and Tainted Soul.

       

      ETCETERA

      The four-day Cloverdale Rodeo and Country Fair at the Cloverdale Fairgrounds features features four rough-stock rodeo events, five rodeo performances, live entertainment, food, a lumberjack show, a freestyle skateboarding competition, and a midway.

       

      FORUMS

      Architect and urban planner Gabu Heindl proposes equality, justice, and the enabling of political dissensus as parameters for city planning in a forum at SFU Goldcorp Centre for the Arts.

       

      COMEDY

      American actor, insult comedian, costume designer, and drag queen Bianca Del Rio performs at the Vogue Theatre on her Not Today Satan Tour.

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

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

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

      Grad School Improv takes on the hit show Black Mirror to present standalone episodes of psychological, satirical, and modern science-fiction at Little Mountain Gallery.

      A fictitious male stripper troupe, played by a cast of Canadian comedians, performs a scared shirtless improv comedy show at Coquitlam's Evergreen Cultural Centre.

       

      ARTS ETCETERA

      Artist Jin-me Yoon speculates on significant shifts in her thinking and making of the last 25 years by looking at past and current work within larger discursive changes at Vancouver Art Gallery.

      Frank Olivier presents a one-man show at Norman Rothstein Theatre that fuses Cirque du Soleil with Penn and Teller.

       

      DANCE

      Coastal City Ballet presents Irene Schneider's timeless exploration of the redemptive power of love, Giselle, with score by Adolphe Adam at the Vancouver Playhouse.

       

      THEATRE

      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.

      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.

      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.

      Pacific Theatre presents a performance of Outside Mullingar, a quirky story about a pair of introverted misfits from families that live on neighbouring farms.

       

      GALLERIES

      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.

      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.

      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.

       

      MUSEUMS

      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.

       

      MUSIC

      Alexandre Bloch conducts pianist Jonathan Biss and the Vancouver Symphony in a program of Schumann's Manfred: Overture, Mozart's Piano Concerto No. 21 in C Major, and Haydn's Symphony No. 92 in G Major, Oxford at the Chan Centre for the Performing Arts.

      The Oratorio Singers perform music by Saint-Saëns, Durufle, Ravel, Debussy, Poulenc, and Lauridsen at St. Andrew's–Wesley United Church.

       

      ATTRACTIONS

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

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

      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.

       

      MOVIES

      Screening at Vancity Theatre of My Entire High School Sinking Into the Sea, director Dash Shaw's animated film about what happens when an earthquake causes a high school to float into the sea, where it slowly sinks like a shipwreck.

      Screening at the Cinematheque of the Truman Capote-penned cult classic, Beat the Devil, now newly restored.

      Late-night screening at the Rio Theatre of Twin Peaks: Fire Walk with Me, about an FBI agent who disappears while investigating the murder of a young girl.

      Creature Skateboards presents a screening of the skateboarding documentary The Creature Video, with proceeds to the Leeside DIY Skate Park.

      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.

      Screening at the Vancity Theatre of director Charles Wilkinson's documentary Vancouver: No Fixed Address, which dissects the compromises that come with putting down roots in one of the most liveable cities in the world.

      Vancouver premiere at the Cinematheque of Certain Women, the new feature by Kelly Reichardt.

      Free screening at the Vancouver Public Library Dunbar Branch of Across the Great Divide, a National Film Board of Canada that explores Canada's great northern wilderness.

       

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