56 things to do in Metro Vancouver on Friday, September 23

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      Looking for something to do on Friday? The Straight’s got you covered. Here are 56 events happening in or around Vancouver on Friday, September 23.



      Caravan World Rhythms presents the Tuvan throat-singing ensemble Huun-Huur-Tu at the Vancouver Playhouse, with guest the Ryuzen Trio.

      American electro-house duo Tritonal plays the second of two nights at the Commodore.

      New York-based rock ensemble Steve Gunn and the Outliners plays Fortune Sound Club, with guests Nap Eyes.

      English folk-rock singer-songwriter Laura Marling plays the Imperial, touring in support of her latest album Short Movie.

      Canadian jazz-blues vocalist Angel Forrest plays White Rock's Blue Frog Studios.

      Creedence Clearwater Revival tribute band Bad Moon Risin' plays the Backstage Lounge, with guests Steel Wheels (Rolling Stones tribute).

      Manhattan rapper WIKI plays Alexander Gastown, with guest DJ Lucas.

      Vancouver eight-piece experimental-Latin band MNGWA plays the WISE Hall, with guests Compassion Gorilla and DJ Su Comandante.

      Vancouver blues icon Jim Byrnes performs with the Sojourners at the Rickshaw Theatre for his birthday bash.



      Vancouver's first annual pinball expo at the Holiday Inn Downtown features industry speakers, vendors, and tournaments for all ages and skills.

      Interior Design Show Vancouver runs until Sunday at the Vancouver Convention Centre, featuring products by the next generation of designers, keynote lectures by industry professionals, and a pop-up shop featuring products by Tom Dixon.

      The Hapa-palooza Festival features a gala and awards night, a family-friendly afternoon of entertainment, an art station, two writing workshops, and a panel discussion of mixed heritage and hybrid identity.

      The Eastside Flea Fall Market at the Ellis Building features over 50 vendors, food trucks, DJs, live music, pinball, pool, and artist showrooms.

      Walk through the forest of Stanley Park with a person of First Nations descent and learn about the traditional and present-day Coast Salish relationships with local flora and fauna.

      The B.C. Philatelic Society hosts a two-day regional stamp show at West Burnaby United Church.

      The Vancouver International Travel Expo at the Vancouver Convention Centre features travel seminars, travel-photography tips, and over 120 exhibitors specializing in cruising, safari, adventure, beach, honeymoons, and culture.



      Travelling exhibition brings Hermès' craftspeople from the intimacy of their ateliers in France to Vancouver's Jack Poole Plaza to interact with the public and demonstrate their craft.



      Oktoberfest at the Vancouver Alpen Club features authentic German atmosphere, beer, German food, and Oktoberfest traditions.



      Vancouver women share stories on leadership and motherhood using the theme of childhood at Vancity Theatre.

      Provincial conference for music educators, performers, and music appreciators at the Empire Landmark Hotel features an opening-night address and performance, masterclasses, and networking.

      Workshop on the importance of focusing on resiliency in working with Indigenous peoples takes place at the Musqueam Cultural Education Centre and Gallery.

      Learn about alternatives to smoking and how you can support yourself or someone you know to quit smoking at Richmond Public Library.

      Lecture at SFU Harbour Centre explores how cities and public policy are reshaped by a world of transnational investment.

      Author and New Yorker staff writer Jane Mayer discusses how super PACs and big donor money have shaped the 2016 U.S. election. The lecture takes place at the Robert H. Lee Alumni Centre.



      Kids aged 13 to 18 can learn how to redesign a book cover using Adobe Photoshop at the Vancouver Public Library.



      Canadian improv comedian, Vancouver TheatreSports League alumnus, and Whose Line Is It Anyway? star Colin Mochrie performs at the Improv Centre.

      Canadian comedian and radio-show host Kevin Foxx performs the second of three nights at the Comedy Mix.

      Standup comedian Joe Machi performs the first of two nights at Yuk Yuk's Comedy Club.



      The plastic orchid factory presents an interdisciplinary collaboration between dance artist James Gnam, visual artist Natalie Purschwitz, lighting designer James Proudfoot, and 11 dance artists that explores a generation’s approach to identity, physicality, social dance, and performance. Runs at the SFU Goldcorp Centre for the Arts until Sunday.

      Picasso-themed evening at the Vancouver Art Gallery features access and tours of the exhibition Picasso: the Artist and His Muses, art activities, cocktails, appetizers, and music.



      Exhibition of mixed-media works by Mila Karavai at West Vancouver's Silk Purse Art Gallery.

      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.



      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.



      Word Vancouver, the annual celebration of the written word, runs until Sunday at various Vancouver venues. Participating authors include Bif Naked, Joy Kogawa, Ujjal Dosanjh, Paul Yee, Jen Sookfong Lee, Carmen Aguirre, bill bisset, Daphne Marlatt, Wayde Compton, and Caroline Adderson.

      The LiterASIAN2016 Festival at Vancouver Public Library and the Chinese Cultural Centre explores different ways we choose to gather and record the past and illuminate the deeds of earlier generations.



      Donald Trump-themed musical Trump the Musical is performed at Studio 16.

      The Vancouver Fringe Festival presents hold-over performances of popular shows Charlatan!And Bella Sang With UsThe After After PartyCurious ContagiousSink or Swim, and Carry On: A Musical.

      The Arts Club Theatre Company presents director John Murphy's version of Ken Ludwig's zany whodunit Baskerville: A Sherlock Holmes Mystery, at the Stanley Industrial Alliance Stage.

      Bard on the Beach presents a performance of Romeo and Juliet at Vanier Park.

      Island Productions presents Tennessee Williams' classic The Glass Menagerie at PAL Theatre.

      The pop-culture parody Hunger Games—Catching Fire: The Musical opens at Studio 1398.

      Performance of TJ Dawe and Kerry Ipema's play One Woman Sex and the City: A Parody of Love, Friendships and Shoes at Performance Works.




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

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

      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.



      Premiere at Centennial Theatre of of Matchstick Productions' 2016 ski film Ruin and Rose.

      Screening of David Lynch's Twin Peaks: Fire Walk With Me at the Cinematheque.

      Screening at the Vancity Theatre of the Czech village dramedy Home Care

      Screening of the animated Disney film Sleeping Beauty at the Vancouver Public Library's Renfrew Branch.

      Screening at the Cinematheque of Catherine Breillat’s no-holds-barred look at sibling rivalry and sexual awakening, Fat Girl.

      Dan Savage's HUMP! Film Festival--a carefully curated program of short dirty movies that showcase a wide variety of body types, shapes, ages, colors, sexualities, genders, kinks, and fetishes--runs at the Rio Theatre.

      Screening at Vancity Theatre of the Slovenian drama Class Enemy.


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