57 things to do in Metro Vancouver on Friday, February 17

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      Looking for something to do on Friday? The Straight’s got you covered. Here are 57 events happening in or around Vancouver on Friday, February 17.



      Vancouver funk-groove band Camaro 67 plays Performance Works as part of Winterruption, with guests Bigfate.

      Local alt-rock singer-songwriter and guitarist Matthew Good plays the second of three nights at the Commodore, with guest Craig Strickland.

      American jazz pianist and composer Emmet Cohen performs the second of two nights with his trio at Frankie's Jazz.

      American hip-hop artist Ugly God plays Fortune Sound Club, with guests Wintertime and resident DJs Rico Uno and LeChance.

      The Rogue Folk Club presents Canadian alt-country vocalist-banjoist Old Man Luedecke at St. James Hall.

      Acoustic-blues singer-songwriter Eric Bibb plays the ACT Arts Centre in Maple Ridge.

      Alice Cooper tribute band See Alice plays the Fairview Pub, with Bonnie Scott, Alive N Kissin', and Life of Reilly.

      Vancouver blues-rock band the Mojo Stars plays the Fox Cabaret, with guests the Heels.

      English acoustic folk-rock trio the Staves plays Fortune Sound Club, touring in support of latest release Sleeping in a Car.

      Los Angeles jazz-fusion bassist and vocalist Thundercat plays the Rickshaw. SOLD OUT.



      The Canadian Club of Vancouver hosts a breakfast featuring guest speaker Brian Burke, president of hockey operations for the Calgary Flames, who will share his top 10 leadership lessons.

      Andrew McDonnell discusses non-aversive strategies to assist individuals with autism and challenging behaviours at Richmond's Marriott Vancouver Airport Hotel.

      Weekend yoga workshops at Semperviva Yoga with master yogi Janet Stone.



      The Vancouver Giants take on the Kamloops Blazers in Western Hockey League action at Langley Events Centre.



      Protest at the U.S. Consulate to put pressure on the U.S. government to end its blockade on Cuba.



      American comedian, author, and TV host Iliza performs at the Vogue Theatre as part of JFL NorthWest.

      American actor, voice actor, musician, writer, and comedian Brian Posehn performs the second of three nights at the Comedy Mix as part of JFL NorthWest.

      Canadian comedian and actor K. Trevor Wilson from TV's Letterkenny performs the second of three nights at Yuk Yuk's Comedy Club as part of JFL Northwest.

      The JFL Northwest comedy festival continues until February 25, featuring performances at various Vancouver venues by such comedy stars as Sarah Silverman, Trevor Noah, Chris D'Elia, Iliza, Tom Segura, Brian Posehn, Jon Dore, Nate Bargatze, Jim Gaffigan, and Colin Quinn.

      American writer, comedian, and actor Fortune Feimster performs at the Biltmore Cabaret as part of JFL NorthWest.

      Vancouver comics perform a comedic list on any topic they desire at Little Mountain Gallery as part JFL Northwest.



      The Chutzpah Festival, a celebration of Jewish performing arts featuring dance, theatre, comedy, and music by local, Canadian, and international artists, continues at various Vancouver venues.

      The Talking Stick Festival, an indigenous performing-arts festival featuring film, theatre, dance, celebration of powwow culture, an aboriginal artisan fair, a talking circles, and workshops, continues at various Vancouver venues.

      Cavalia presents Odysseo, a multimedia performance that uses equestrian arts, stage arts, and high-tech theatrical effects to examine the centuries-old relationship between human and horse, under the white big top at Olympic Village.

      Showing at the Fairmont Pacific Rim of Japan Unlayered, an exhibition curated by master Japanese architect Kengo Kuma that presents Japanese traditions alongside contemporary design.

      The three-day Winterruption celebration on Granville Island features live music, theatre, dance, street performance, art, film, crafts, family activities, and food.



      Evening of spoken-word at Banyen Books and Sound features contributions from Julie Peters, Kelsey Savage, Timothy Shay, Emilee Nimetz, & Emily Carr.



      The Koerner Piano Trio performs works by Dvorák, Piazzolla, and Hatzis at the West Vancouver Memorial Library.

      Klezmer musician David Krakauer and pianist Kathleen Tagg reimagine the traditional clarinet and piano recital in Breath & Hammer at the Vancouver Academy of Music.

      Organist Denis Bedard performs music by J.S. Bach, François Couperin, Johannes Brahms, Josef Rheinberger, and Hans Uwe Hielscher at Holy Rosary Cathedral.



      Sonny Assu creates a new series of digital tags on a body of Emily Carr paintings at the Vancouver Art Gallery.

      Oh, How I Long For HomeMarianne Nicolson's installation at the Teck Gallery, addresses a persistent idea of the city as a conflicted promise for indigenous people.



      Layers of Influence: Unfolding Cloth Across Cultures at the Museum of Anthropology at UBC features more than 130 diverse cultural garments, from Japanese kimonos, to colourful Indian saris, to the elaborate feather cloaks of the Maori people of Aotearoa/New Zealand.

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



      Theatre Passe Muraille presents Elle, the story of a young French noblewoman who is abandoned on a deserted island off the coast of Newfoundland in 1542, at the Firehall Arts Centre.

      As part of Boca del Lupo's micro-performance series, creator-performer Karen Hines presents Crawlspace, a darkly comedic, cautionary tale about the brutal battleground of real estate.

      As part of the Talking Stick Festival, Urban Ink presents the opening of Margo Kane's indigenous Canadian play Moonlodge at the Goldcorp Stage at the BMO Theatre Centre.

      Classic Chic presents a performance at Pacific Theatre of Corleone: The Shakespearean Godfather, a tale of power, betrayal, and honour that combines Shakespearean drama and Coppola's movie masterpiece.

      Performance at Studio 58 of 42nd Street, the song-and-dance fable of Broadway featuring songs like “We’re in the Money”, “Lullaby of Broadway”, and, of course, “42nd Street”.

      The Arts Club Theatre Company presents a performance of The Audience, Peter Morgan's play that explores imaginary glimpses into the audiences between Great Britain's Queen Elizabeth II and her prime ministers, at the Stanley Industrial Alliance Stage.

      The Vagabond Players present a performance at Bernie Legge Theatre of Towards Zero, a murder mystery that probes the psychology of a jealous psychopathic killer.

      Align Entertainment presents a performance at the Michael J. Fox Theatre of The Little Mermaid, the large-scale musical about a mermaid who dreams of the world above the sea.

      The rock-tinged musical Spring Awakening--which tells the story of adolescent sexual awakening among a group of school children living in a socially repressive setting--is at PAL Theatre.

      The Arts Club on Tour presents Bittergirl: The Musical, which charts the romantic breakups of three women and the lively antics that ensue, at West Van's Kay Meek Centre.

      Improvised murder-mystery Clue-Less, based on the boardgame and movie Clue, is at Havana Theatre.

      Opening night at Jericho Theatre of Liz Lochhead's Mary Queen of Scots Got Her Head Chopped Off, a raw telling of the familiar tale of the enmity between Elizabeth I and Mary Queen of Scots.



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

      Grouse Mountain resort features a Skyride to the peak with views of Vancouver and the Pacific Ocean, as well as skiing and snowboarding, snowshoeing, ice skating, mountain ziplines, and the Peak of Christmas.

      Cypress Mountain features skiing and snowboarding lessons, snowtubing park, cross-country ski trails, downhill skiing and snowboarding trails, and snowshoeing tours.

      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.

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

      Mount Seymour features skiing and snowboarding lessons from the Mt. Seymour Ski and Snowboard School, tubing and tobogganing, and snowshoe trails.

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



      Screening at the Park Theatre of Brigitte Berman's documentary The River of My Dreams: A Portrait of Gordon Pinsent, which takes a deeply personal look at Gordon Pinsent as an artist, actor, poet, painter, husband, and father. Post-film Q&A with Pinsent's son Barry Kennedy.

      The 20th annual Vancouver International Mountain Film Festival presents screenings at the Rio Theatre, Cinematheque, and Centennial Theatre.

      The four-day Kwantlen Documentary Film Festival at Vancity Theatre features 12 documentaries, guest speakers, and panel discussions.

      Late-night screening at the Rio Theatre of Alex Cox's 1986 biopic Sid and Nancy, about the lives and deaths of punk-rocker Sid Vicious and girlfriend Nancy Spungen.


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