45 things to do in Metro Vancouver on Thursday, June 15

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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, June 15.

       

      CONCERTS

      American folk-blues band Hurray for the Riff Raff plays the Imperial, touring in support of new album The Navigator.

      Los Angeles hard-rock/metal band Tool, featuring Maynard James Keenan, plays Rogers Arena.

      Giving Voice is a cross-cultural musical experience featuring Sister Says, Murray Porter, David Morin, Kristie McCracken, Chersea, Ostwelve, DJ Kookum, and Dennis Joseph at Christ Church Cathedral.

      Jamaican reggae singer-songwriter Tarrus Riley plays the Commodore, with guests the Blak Soil Band and JAH9.

      Canadian metal band Annihilator, featuring founder and guitarist Jeff Waters, plays the Rickshaw, with guests Mason and Mutank.

      Portland-based rock 'n' roll band Blitzen Trapper plays the Biltmore, touring in support of latest album All Across This Land.

      Roots-jazz band Mad for Joy and the Joyful Rebellion Choir celebrate Canada 150 with a free all-ages show at St. James Hall.

      Quebec-based neo-folk singer-songwriter Combustion Lente (Myriam Parent) performs at Pyatt Hall as part of the Festival d'été francophone de Vancouver.

      Local jazz band the Maria Ho Quartet--featuring vocalist Ho, pianist Michael Creber, bassist Paul Rushka, and drummer Dave Robbins--plays Frankie's Jazz.

       

      BENEFITS

      Making a Difference evening at the Permanent includes a keynote address by sportscaster Michael Landsberg and a performance by the Kettle Choir, with proceeds to the Kettle’s mental health support programs.

       

      FORUMS

      Enjoy two hours of playful intimacy with your partner and take kissing to the next level at the Art of Loving's Creative Kissing class.

       

      COMEDY

      Canadian comedian Kyle Bottom performs the first of three nights of standup at the Comedy Mix.

      Vancouver improv troupes the Radical and the Wedding Party perform comedy inspired by audience suggestions at Seven Dining Lounge.

       

      ARTS ETCETERA

      The City of Bhangra Festival continues until Monday, featuring concerts, after parties with DJs, workshops, and free events at various Vancouver venues. Today's schedule includes a Bhangra-funk workshop with Shivani at Scotiabank Dance Centre.

       

      LITERARY

      Survivors of concussions and mild brain injuries read from Concussion and Mild Brain Injury, which follows their inspirational paths to recovery, at Vancouver Public Library's Oakridge branch. 

       

      THEATRE

      The Arts Club presents Robert Askins's comedy Hand to God, about three troubled Texas teenagers who meet weekly to express themselves through puppetry, at Goldcorp Stage at the BMO Theatre Centre.

      Bard on the Beach Shakespeare Festival presents opening night of Shakespeare's comedy Much Ado About Nothing, set in 1959 Italy, that sees a group of actors and filmmakers celebrate the wrap of their latest movie. SOLD OUT.

      Sandbox Theatre presents its version of Shakespeare's Hamlet, in which a father's death and mother's hasty marriage provoke thoughts of murder and vengeance.

      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.

      The Sidekick Players present Jenny's House of Joy, Norm Foster's play about four women who run a brothel in Kansas in the late 1800s, at Tsawwassen Arts Centre.

      Vagabond Players presents Charley's Aunt, a classic comedy about two young Oxford students in need of a chaperone so they can invite their young ladies to tea, at New Westminster's Bernie Legge Theatre.

      The Touchstone Theatre-presented In Tune 2017 features 11 days of masterclasses, showcases of new musicals in development, professional development, and panel discussions until June 18 at various Vancouver venues.

      Performance at Deep Cove Shaw Theatre of The World Goes 'Round, in which five women and one man portray multiple characters in a revue that features 30 musical numbers from stage and film.

      Fight With a Stick presents Cinerama, a live cinema with no story, plot, or actors, on the shifting sands of the low-tide flats of Spanish Banks.

      Multimedia theatrical performance Surviving Samsara at Interurban Gallery features actor and spoken-word artist Kagan Goh, dancer and choreographer Salomé Nieto, director and musician Angelo Moroni, rapper Jujube Jacinto, and filmmaker Rena Del Pieve Gobbi.

       

      GALLERIES

      Bill Reid Creative Journeys at Bill Reid Gallery of Northwest Coast Art celebrates the three phases of the artist's creative journey, Pre-Haida (1948-1951), Haida (1951-1968) and Beyond Haida (1968-1998).

      Pictures From Here at the Vancouver Art Gallery features photographs and video works by Vancouver-based artists Roy Arden, Karin Bubaš, Christos Dikeakos, Stan Douglas, Greg Girard, Rodney Graham, Mike Grill, Arni Haraldsson, Fred Herzog, Barrie Jones, Evan Lee, N.E. Thing Co., Marian Penner Bancroft, Henri Robideau, Sandra Semchuk and James Nicholas, Althea Thauberger, Jeff Wall, Ian Wallace, Paul Wong, Cornelia Wyngaarden, and Andrea Fatona.

      Xi xanya dzam at Bill Reid Gallery of Northwest Coast Art features traditional masks, carvings, baskets and moosehide, contemporary prints, sculptures and jewellery by Primrose Adams, Dempsey Bob, Rena Point Bolton, Mandy Brown, Joe David, Robert Davidson, Alvin Mack, Mary Michell, Earl Muldon, Susan Point, and Norman Tait.

       

      MUSEUMS

      Traces of Words: Art and Calligraphy from Asia at the Museum of Anthropology at UBC examines the physical traces of words, both spoken and recorded, that are unique to humans.

      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.

       

      ATTRACTIONS

      Big Splash Waterpark in Tsawwassen, formerly Splashdown, features newly renovated pools and hot tubs, new slides such as Kamikaze and Solar Splash, a sports bar and grill, and complimentary shuttle service to and from downtown Vancouver.

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

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

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

      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.

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

      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.

      Grouse Mountain resort features a Skyride to the peak with views of Vancouver and the Pacific Ocean.

      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 Rio Theatre of Alejandro Jodorowsky‘s 1989 horror film Santa Sangreabout a young man who is traumatised by a horrendous crime in his past.

      Create Hong Kong and the Cinematheque present Creative Visions: Hong Kong Cinema 1997-2017, a specially curated program highlighting six Hong Kong filmmakers' work from the last 20 years. Screening tonight are director Ann Hui's The Way We Are and A Simple Life.

      Screening at Vancity Theatre of Glory, Kristina Grozeva and Petar Valchanov’s film about an honest railroad worker who is rewarded and accidentally railroaded by a transport ministry PR operation.

       

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