57 things to do in Metro Vancouver on Saturday, May 20

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      Looking for something to do on Saturday? The Straight’s got you covered. Here are 57 events happening in or around Vancouver on Saturday, May 20.

       

      CONCERTS

      SoCal country singer-songwriter Sam Outlaw plays the Biltmore Cabaret.

      The Affordable Concert Series at the Rio Theatre features performances by Disco Funeral, Hard Rock Miners, Rio Samaya, and The Walk Ins.

      American rock band Black Marble plays the Astoria Pub, with guests Draa, Spectres, Weird Candle, and DJ Nikki Nevver.

      DJ Michael Laycock, DJ Nils, and percussionist Kurai Mubaiwa present a night of global grooves at the Backstage Lounge's Worldbeat Sessions.

       

      ETCETERA

      The All British Classic Car Show at VanDusen Botanical Garden features 500 vintage and classic cars, food trucks, vendors, automotive displays, a swap meet, and music by a 34-piece brass band.

      Tiny House event at Science World showcases sustainable design, construction, and innovation, and reflects on our waste culture.

      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.

       

      FOOD & DRINK

      The Fort Langley Beer and Food Festival features Fraser Valley craft breweries, local food vendors, and live music by Six Gun Romeo and Velvet Bulldozer at Fort Langley National Historic Site of Canada.

       

      KIDS' STUFF

      Family Fun Day at Britannia Mine Museum features gold panning, exhibits, underground train tours, a costume photo booth, face painting, live drilling demos, and terrarium building.

      Your children are the stars of this magic show at Norman Rothstein Theatre, as every child eight years or older is invited up on stage to help with the magic.

       

      SPORTS

      The Vancouver Whitecaps take on Sporting Kansas City in Major League Soccer action at BC Place Stadium.

       

      COMEDY

      American comedian, actor, voice artist, screenwriter, and musician Fred Armisen performs at the Commodore Ballroom.

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

      Vancouver comedian Chris James performs the third 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.

      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.

      Six actors are paired with six improvisers who present six mashed-up scenes from six different plays at Havana Theatre's Actor's Nightmare.

      Matty Vu and Malcolm McLeod host an evening featuring local standup comedians and improvisers at Little Mountain Gallery's Bloodfeud.

      VABF Social Club is an evening of comedy at CBC Studio 700 by Cameron Macleod, Jacob Samuel, Aaron Charles Read, Fraz Wiest, Carla Mah, Kelli Ogmundson, and Nima Gholamipour, with proceeds to the Vancouver Art Book Fair.

       

      ARTS ETCETERA

      The Tagore Spring Festival at Surrey City Hall is a multicultural celebration of spring through dance, music, and poetry, inspired by Nobel-laureate Rabindranath Tagore's idea of a confluence of cultures.

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

      Folklore ensemble Vuk Karadzic presents an evening of dance, costumes, and music at Surrey's Bell Performing Arts Centre.

       

      DANCE

      Dance in Transit features free outdoor dancing for everyone at Robson Square, Jim Devi Plaza, Queen Elizabeth Plaza, and Plaza of Nations.

       

      LITERARY

      Performance at the Vogue Theatre by The Moth, a nonprofit organization dedicated to the art and craft of storytelling.

       

      THEATRE

      Final 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.

      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.

      First Impressions Theatre presents the final 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 the final 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

      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.

       

      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

      William Rowson conducts the Vancouver Symphony in a program of David Lang's Sweet Air, Marcus Goddard's Voices Rising, Jocelyn Morlock's Icarus, landing, Keith Hamel's Dreamer, and Andy Akiho's Speaking Tree at the Orpheum Annex.

      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.

      Trumpeter Candice Newberry, sopranos Catherine Laub and Angelina Van Dyke, tenor Jonathan Quick, and baritone and accompanist Eric Hominick perform classical vocal music at Faith Presbyterian Church, with proceeds to crisis pregnancy centres.

      The B.C. Chinese Music Association presents music by the B.C. Chinese Orchestra and the Silk Bamboo and Maple Festival Orchestra at Playhouse Vancouver.

       

      ATTRACTIONS

      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.

      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.

      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 the Cinematheque of Robert Aldrich's 1962 horror classic, What Ever Happened to Baby Jane?, starring Joan Crawford and Bette Davis.

      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 Rio Theatre of Citizen Jane: Battle for the City, about writer and urban activist Jane Jacobs's fight to save historic New York City during the 1960s.

      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.

      Screening at Vancity Theatre of The Transfiguration, director Michael O'Shea's horror movie about a troubled teen who has a fascination with vampire lore.

       

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