45 things to do in Metro Vancouver on Friday, September 16

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      Looking for something to do on Friday? The Straight’s got you covered. Here are 45 events happening in or around Vancouver on Friday, September 16.



      As part of the Straight Series, the Georgia Straight presents English indie-rock band Bloc Party at the Commodore.

      Canadian indie-soul singer-songwriter Daniel Caesar plays the Biltmore.

      Canadian pop singer-songwriter Royal Wood plays the Fox Cabaret, with guest Tami Neilson.

      DJs Nikki Nevver and Vanessa Turner spin cult-hit music from the 1980s at the Astoria Pub.

      American alt-rock singer-songwriter Joseph Arthur plays the Cobalt, touring in support of his new album The Family.

      English alt-rock group Band of Skulls plays the Vogue, with guests Mothers.

      Australian ukulele master Azo Bell plays Coquitlam's Evergreen Cultural Centre on his North of the Equator tour.

      Alt-country group TrailerHawk coheadlines the Rickshaw with Vancouver-based folk-rock ensemble West of Memphis, with guests Lawless.

      Vancouver blues-folk artist Leah Barley plays the WISE Hall, with guests Shiloh Lindsey and Chicken-Like Birds.

      Mississauga hip-hop musician Ramriddlz plays Alexander Gastown, with guest DJ Floetic.

      Local blues artists Jerry Doucette, Shaun Verrault, Al Wailin' Walker, and Rob Montgomery and His All-Star Band play Edgewater Casino's Blues Guitar Blast.



      The Mid-Autumn Moon Festival at Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Garden (above) features musicians, magicians, artists, tea masters, martial arts masters, and storytellers.


      FOOD & DRINK

      The Greek Food Festival at the Hellenic Community Centre celebrates Greek food and culture with performances by the Elkelam Dance Ensemble from Greece, a Hellenic heritage room, and tours of St. George's Orthodox Cathedral.

      The Brews n' Chews neighbourhood house party and pop-up pub night at Gordon Neighbourhood House raises money for the organization Young Ideas.



      At a free forum at SFU Harbour Centre, panelists Rita De Grandis, Samir Gandesha, Johannes Maerk, and Jerry Zaslove discuss the different reasons for the far right gaining ground in most Western countries.



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      Vancouver's Terminal City Rollergirls present International Roller Derby Playoffs at Richmond Olympic Oval.



      British-born academic, writer, journalist, and activist Raj Patel discusses the world economy and the future of food at SFU Harbour Centre.



      Comedian Graham Clark presents a night of comedy that takes inspiration from TV game shows at Hot Art Wet City Gallery.

      The Radical and Carmelahhh! perform improv comedy showcases at Heritage Grill.

      Toronto-born, L.A.-based standup and sketch comedian Steph Tolev performs the second of three nights at the Comedy Mix.

      Standup comedian Glenn Wool performs the first of two nights at Yuk Yuk's Comedy Club.

      Sam Tonning hosts a night of standup comedy at Seven Dining Lounge.



      As part of the Vancouver Fringe Festival, ecccentric guides walk audience members through a 40-minute encampment of several mini-exhibitions of select artists on Granville Island.



      The Vancouver International Flamenco Festival presents the local premiere of Mercedes Amaya Company ‘La Winy’ at the Vancouver Playhouse.

      Co.ERASGA Dance presents a new creation that traces the body's relation to indigenous traditional arts at Scotiabank Dance Centre.

      The Leading From Beside Symposium, a celebration of community-engaged dance practice at Roundhouse Community Centre, includes an exhibition, panel discussions, workshops, presentations, and dialogue circles.



      Get deals on thousands of books, DVDs, and CDs at the Vancouver Public Library's three-day Fall Used Book Sale, with proceeds to special library projects and programs.



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

      Landscapes and scenic paintings by Bob Araki are on display in Beautiful Canada, to Sept. 18 at the Silk Purse Arts Centre.

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



      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.



      Early Music Vancouver presents the Pacific Baroque Orchestra and soprano Amanda Forsythe in a program of operatic arias and instrumental works by Handel, Porpora, Hasse, and Veracini at Christ Church Cathedral.

      Pianist Jane Coop, violinist Joan Blackman, and cellist Ariel Barnes perform an all-Beethoven concert at West Point Grey United Church.



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

      The annual Vancouver Fringe Festival runs to September 18, featuring more than 800 performances by over 90 artists at various Vancouver venues.

      In A Taste of Empire at Gateway Theatre, Cantonese translator-performer Derek Chan takes the audience on a trip through history as he weaves stories of conquest, imperialistic desires, and colonialism.



      The Vancouver Aquarium features almost 800 animal species in galleries ranging from Canada's Arctic to the Amazon rainforest.

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

      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.



      Sceening at Vancity Theatre of writer-director Yang Zhang's Paths of the Soul, which follows the journey of a group of Tibetans on a pilgrimage to Lasa, the holy capital of Tibet.

      Free screening at the Vancouver Public Library's Renfrew Branch of the classic animated family film Toy Story

      Screening at Vancity Theatre of writer-director Gan Bi's drama Kaili Blues, about a country doctor's search for an abandoned child.


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