50 things to do in Metro Vancouver on Friday, April 21

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      Looking for something to do on Friday? The Straight’s got you covered. Here are 50 events happening in or around Vancouver on Friday, April 21.



      Coastal Jazz presents award-winning jazz musician P.J. Perry and his band performing at Frankie's Jazz Club.

      The Georgia Straight presents British rock band the Zombies performing on its 50th Anniversary Finale Tour at the Commodore Ballroom.

      The Vancouver Folk Music Festival Society presents folk-blues duo the Cactus Blossoms at the Fox Cabaret.

      Canadian rapper Jazz Cartier performs on his Secret Garden Tour, with guest Levi Carter, at the Imperial.

      Local country ensemble Joey Only takes the stage with guests Michigan Rattlers, Kym Gouchie, and Jack Garton and the Demon Squadron at the WISE Hall.

      Pat's Pub & Brewhouse hosts a fundraising concert featuring music by the Bad Beats, Wett Stilettos, Cawama, Wichita Trip, Steady Teddy and the K-Train Babies, Country Club Hustlers, and Crimson Clovers.



      Come tell nature-based stories and help raise money for GreenPAC, an organization that works to get environmental leaders elected into office. Held at the Lost + Found Cafe.



      Make It! The Handmade Revolution features over 200 exhibitors selling handmade goods at the PNE Forum.

      Eastside Flea celebrates its one-year anniversary at the Ellis Building with a party featuring vendors, a spinning prize wheel, and live music by Gang Signs.

      Semperviva Yoga Kits Beach Studio hosts a workshop that combines yoga by Emily Millen with live music by violist Thomas Beckman.



      Walk through the forest with an experienced guide of Coast Salish descent and learn about the traditional and present-day indigenous relationships with local flora and fauna. Held at the Lost Lagoon Nature House.

      At the Vancouver Public Library Central Branch, you can explore websites and browsers and become familiar with the VPL's online resources.

      The People's Law School hosts a presentation that will give a general overview of common investment frauds, including how they work, why they work, and what to look for.

      Christopher Ludwig moderates a discussion that examines if the canon of Western music contains the finest examples of composition from each time period. Held at Vancouver Public Library Oakridge Branch.



      Pacific Crossings at the Vancouver Art Gallery features works from well-known Hong Kong artists created after their relocation to Vancouver throughout the 1960-90s.

      Susan Point: Spindle Whorl at the Vancouver Art Gallery surveys Point’s entire career through more than a hundred artworks that take the spindle whorl as their starting point.

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

      Retainers of Anarchy at the Vancouver Art Gallery features new work from Howie Tsui that considers wuxia as a narrative tool for dissidence and resistance.



      The Lost Fleet at the Vancouver Maritime Museum investigates the unjust 1941 seizure of 1,200 Japanese-Canadian fishing vessels following the bombing of Pearl Harbour through a collection of historic photographs, models of Japanese-Canadian-built fishing boats, fishermen’s tools, and replica documents.

      Cindy Mochizuki's  multimedia installation Rock, Paper, Scissors at the Nikkei National Museum & Cultural Centre invites audiences to experience an immersive trilogy of short stories.

      Amazonia: The Rights of Nature at at the Museum of Anthropology at UBC features Amazonian basketry, textiles, carvings, feather works, and ceramics both of everyday and of ceremonial use, representing indigenous, Maroon, and white settler communities.



      Vancouver author and comedian Charlie Demers performs a solo standup show at the Comedy MIX.

      Instant Theatre presents Talk Felty to Me, a raunchy evening of comedy performed by puppets, at the Havana Theatre.

      Canadian standup comedian Damonde Tschritter performs a solo show at Yuk Yuk's Comedy Club.

      Grad School Improv presents an improv-comedy variety show hosted by Thomas Peters. Held at Little Mountain Studios.



      Burnaby Artists’ Guild presents an art exhibition and sale featuring work by guild artists. Held at the Shadbolt Centre for the Arts.

      Capture Photo Festival hosts a multimedia presentation by  Roberta Staley and Tallulah Photography at Stretch Yoga Studios.



      Dance, poetry, and music come together in a triple bill of varied dance works by Vancouver choreographer Lesley Telford. Held at the Scotiabank Dance Centre.



      Grammy-winning a capella ensemble Chanticleer headlines Chor Leoni's VanMan Male Choral Summit. Held at the Chan Centre for the Performing Arts.

      American violinist Susan Goldenberg performs music by Schubert, Bridge, Sibelius, Faure, and Debussy with pianist William Goldenberg at the Vancouver Art Gallery.

      Soprano Elspeth McVeigh and classical guitarist Mathew Silverman present an evening that combines music and the words of Byron, Shelley, and Yeats. Held at the Visualspace Gallery.

      Early Music Vancouver presents Canadian soprano Karina Gauvin and Canadian early music ensemble Les Boreades in a program of music by Henry Purcell. Held at Christ Church Cathedral.



      The Arts Club Theatre Company presents Tony Kushner's Angels in America, Part One: Millenium Approaches at the Stanley Industrial Alliance Stage.

      Vagabond Players presents the Western Canadian premiere of Vinci at the Bernie Legge Theatre.

      Fighting Chance Productions presents Parade, the story of a man who is put on trial for the murder of an employee. Held at the Norman Rothstein Theatre.

      Optimistic Music Company presents new musical Under the Same Sky at Studio 16.

      Stone's Throw Productions presents Sarah DeLappe's play The Wolves at the Pacific Theatre.

      It's your first chance to catch writer-performer Lucas Myers's show Deck at the Shadbolt Centre for the Arts.

      Catch the first night of Patrick Barlow's The 39 Steps, which is based on the book by John Buchan. Held at the Kay Meek Centre.



      Screened at the Cinematheque is writer-director Chloé Leriche’s debut feature Before the Streets.

      The Vancity Theatre presents a screening of writer-director Mike Mills's comedic drama 20th Century Women.

      The Rio Theatre screens Purple Rain, about a young musician who struggles to make it big.



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

      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, and mountain ziplines.

      Soar from coast-to-coast across the Canadian landscape with a 25-minute ride featuring effects such as wind and scents at FlyOver Canada.

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

      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 22-hectare VanDusen Botanical Garden features over 255,000 plants from around the world, a restaurant, a garden shop, and a horticulture library. 

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

      Lighthouse Park features 10 kilometres of hiking trails, picnic areas, guided walks provided by the Lighthouse Park Preservation Society, and the historical 1912 Point Atkinson Lighthouse.

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