30 things to do in Metro Vancouver on Thursday, September 1

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      Looking for something to do on Thursday? The Straight’s got you covered. Here are 30 events happening in or around Vancouver on Thursday, September 1.

       

      CONCERTS

      Fingerstyle guitarists Thomas Leeb and Adrian Bellue perform a coheadlining gig at North Van's Bluedog Guitars.

      American hip-hop/soul band Dru Hill plays the PNE Amphitheatre as part of the PNE Summer Night Concerts Series.

      Toronto folk-rock quartet Birds of Bellwoods plays the Cobalt, with guests the Statistics and Stetson Road.

      The Holy Roller Revue at the Fox Cabaret features performances by the Wayward Hearts, Big John Bates: Noirchestra, Colleen Rennison (above), and T. Nile.

       

      ETCETERA

      Join indigenous Metis herbalist, mother, and storyteller Lori Snyder for an urban foraging plant walk in Strathcona to discover new perspectives on how people see and interact with plants in the city. Walk begins at Homestead Junction.

       

      FORUMS

      Learn how to grow an ecologically friendly school food garden by fostering relationships between soil, plants, and animals. Workshop takes place at VanDusen Botanical Garden.

      Learn all about content marketing with Quietly, a Vancouver startup that's about helping publishers generate online traffic and visitor engagement. Workshop takes place at Brainstation Vancouver.

       

      KIDS' STUFF

      The annual Fair at the PNE (above) features an Angry Birds exhibit, magic shows, the Alien Worlds and Androids exhibit, the SuperDogs, a family-friendly play area, a dinosaur show, nightly concerts, and a multitude of carnival rides.

       

      SPORTS

      The inaugural Americas Masters Games feature nine days of sports competition, running to September 4 at various Vancouver venues.

      The Vancouver Canadians take on the Salem-Keizer Volcanoes in Minor League Baseball action at Nat Bailey Stadium.

       

      COMEDY

      Standup comedy at Seven Dining Lounge featuring headliner Katie-Ellen Humphries.

      Dylan Rhymer hosts comedy by Ian Boothby, Eric Fell, Andy Cañete, Sean Yap Sei-Been Devlin, and Erich Dachwitz at Black Dog Video.

      Vancouver standup comedian Erica Sigurdson (above) plays the first of three nights at the Comedy Mix.

       

      DANCE

      The 17th annual Vancouver International Tap Dance Festival kicks off with the opening reception at Scotiabank Dance Centre.

       

      ARTS ETCETERA

      The Shanghai Acrobats (above) present a Cirque du Soleil-style performance at the Orpheum Theatre, presented by the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra.

       

      LITERARY EVENTS

      The Writer's Studio Reading Series features Vancouver poet Shazia Hafiz Ramji reading from her works at Cottage Bistro.

       

      GALLERIES

      The Vancouver Art Gallery hosts an exhibition that examines the significance of the six women who were inspirational to the artistic development of Picasso.

      At the Bill Reid Gallery of Northwest Coast Art, Meghann O'Brien takes materials from the natural world and transforms them into human expression.

      Marianne Nicolson's installation Oh, How I Long For Home is at SFU's Teck Gallery.

      Landscapes and scenic paintings by Bob Araki (above) are on display in Beautiful Canada, at the Silk Purse Arts Centre.

       

      MUSEUMS

      The Museum of Anthropology at UBC hosts an exhibition that features the carvings of Papua New Guinea's Iatmul people.

      At the Museum of Vancouver, you can explore the cultural power and significance of collecting through wall-to-wall displays of unconventional objects.

       

      THEATRE

      The musical comedy The Book of Mormon, which follows the misadventures of a mismatched pair of missionaries, plays at the Queen Elizabeth Theatre.

      Bard on the Beach presents The Merry Wives of Windsor (above) and Othello at Vanier Park.

       

      ATTRACTIONS

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

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

      The Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Garden is an authentic representation of an age-old garden tradition that reached its peak in the Ming Dynasty.

      The VanDusen Botanical Garden (above) features over 255,000 plants from around the world and almost two dozen sculptures.

       

      MOVIES

      Free screening of the kids' movie Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs at the Vancouver Public Library.

      The Vancouver Latin American Film Festival (above) celebrates the art of contemporary Latin American and Latin-Canadian filmmaking, running to September 4 at various Vancouver venues.

       

      For all the latest Metro Vancouver event announcements and updates follow @VanHappenings.

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