Things To Do: 6 can't-miss Vancouver arts events this week, September 6 to 12

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      Editor’s choice

      Swarm City

      Vancouver’s annual celebration of artist-run culture and indie galleries, SWARM, gets buzzing this year with 14 openings and events ranging from visual-art displays, 16mm films, and artist talks to a DJed after-party. Among the highlights, Thursday will see the grunt gallery open Technical Problem, an exhibit by Aileen Bahmanipour, who employs Persian miniature painting techniques. The next night, the Gam Gallery will feature Rest in Power by local artist Sandeep Johal (recently seen at the Vancouver Mural Festival), featuring drawings (shown here) of 12 women whose murders have impacted the artist. The Or Gallery presents Flowers for Africa by Kapwani Kiwanga, an exhibit of symbolic blooms that represent key moments of independence for African nations. There’s more, much more, all wrapping at 21 East Pender Street, with a party hosted by LIVE Biennale.

      The 18th annual SWARM Festival takes place Thursday and Friday (September 7 and 8) at artist-run galleries around Mount Pleasant, Chinatown, and beyond.


      High five

      Five events you just can’t miss this week


      Jakarta art collective Tromarama builds a virtual world that questions our digital existence.
      September 8 to October 14 at Centre A


      Bard on the Beach stages a perfect complement to its Merchant of Venice.
      September 6 to 15 at the Douglas Campbell Theatre


      Migrating salmon splash across the concrete jungle in this spectacular cinematic artwork.
      To September 24 under the Cambie Bridge

      Georgia Straight Fringe-for-All

      One-stop short previews of dozens of Fringe fest shows.
      September 6 at Performance Works

      The Pancakes & Booze Art Show

      Two of life’s most delicious offerings meet underground art.
      September 7 at Fortune Sound Club