49 things to do in Metro Vancouver on Thursday, August 10

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      Looking for something to do on Thursday? The Straight’s got you covered. Here are 49 events happening in or around Vancouver on Thursday, August 10.



      The Rogue Folk Club presents Vancouver roots-music great Steve Dawson at the WISE Hall.

      Jazz on the Porch features jazz music by Conrad Good, Paris Favilla, and Mili Hong at Roedde House Museum.

      L.A.–based electronica collective Lucent Dossier Experience plays the Imperial, with guests Rob Garza and Goldcap.



      Sandra Nomoto of Conscious PR speaks on corporate social responsibility at the Arbutus Club.

      Dr. Joel Lexchin will discuss how Purdue Pharma promoted OxyContin, which helped trigger the opioid crisis and the current wave of drug overdoses.



      Highlights of Playland include midway games, fair food, an arcade, a shooting gallery, a climbing wall, a haunted mansion, family rides like Teacups and Merry-Go-Round, and extreme rides like Corkscrew, the Beast, Hell's Gate, Revelation, and Wooden Roller Coaster.



      The Vancouver Canadians take on the Tri-City Dust Devils in Minor League Baseball action at Nat Bailey Stadium.



      Comedian DJ Demers performs the first of three nights of standup at the Comedy Mix.

      The Fictionals present a live game show based on party-favourite game Quiplash at Seven Dining Lounge.



      The Harmony Arts Festival--an all-ages celebration of art that includes visual-art exhibits, an art market, outdoor concerts on two stages, food vendors, and drop-in activities for kids and adults--continues to August 13 on the West Vancouver waterfront.

      The Monsoon Festival of the Performing Arts, which features a spotlight on South Asian theatre, including presentations, workshops, and productions of Burq Off! and Malavika, continues to August 13 at venues in Vancouver and Surrey. 

      The Vancouver Mural Festival--an urban-art celebration featuring 60 new murals in Mount Pleasant and Strathcona--continues until August 12.



      Theatre Under the Stars presents Mary Poppins, director Shel Piercy's musical about a magical nanny who teaches lessons in love and imagination.

      Performance at Jericho Arts Centre of David Pownall's Master Class as part of the Ensemble Theatre Company Summer Festival.

      Bard on the Beach Shakespeare Festival presents a version of William Shakespeare's drama The Merchant of Venice set in modern-day Venice.

      Bard on the Beach Shakespeare Festival presents William Shakespeare's drama The Winter's Tale in which the love of two young people becomes the catalyst for a family's healing.

      Performance at Performance Works Outdoor Stage of Carousel Theatre for Young People’s version of Romeo and Juliet.

      SUP: A Series of Sassy Un-produced Projects features new scripts, casts, and stories at Havana Theatre.

      Peninsula Productions presents Sea of Stories, a musical about life in small-town Canada, at White Rock's Coast Capital Playhouse.

      Family-friendly 13 The Musical at Red Gate Revue Stage features an all-teenaged cast and band in a story about a boy who's desperate to fit in.

      Alchemy Theatre and Vagabond Players present a preview of William Shakespeare's comedy Love's Labour's Lost at New Westminster's Bernie Legge Theatre.



      Pictures From Here at the Vancouver Art Gallery features photographs and video works by Vancouver-based artists Roy Arden, Karin Bubaš, Christos Dikeakos, Stan Douglas, Greg Girard, Rodney Graham, Mike Grill, Arni Haraldsson, Fred Herzog, Barrie Jones, Evan Lee, N.E. Thing Co., Marian Penner Bancroft, Henri Robideau, Sandra Semchuk and James Nicholas, Althea Thauberger, Jeff Wall, Ian Wallace, Paul Wong, Cornelia Wyngaarden, and Andrea Fatona.

      Bill Reid Creative Journeys at Bill Reid Gallery of Northwest Coast Art celebrates the three phases of the artist's creative journey, Pre-Haida (1948-1951), Haida (1951-1968) and Beyond Haida (1968-1998).

      Claude Monet's Secret Garden at the Vancouver Art Gallery showcases 38 paintings that span the career of the French artist who is regarded as a master of the Impressionist movement.

      Xi xanya dzam at Bill Reid Gallery of Northwest Coast Art features traditional masks, carvings, baskets and moosehide, contemporary prints, sculptures and jewellery by Primrose Adams, Dempsey Bob, Rena Point Bolton, Mandy Brown, Joe David, Robert Davidson, Alvin Mack, Mary Michell, Earl Muldon, Susan Point, and Norman Tait.

      The first major Canadian exhibition of photographs, collages, drawings, sculptures, and films by Tel Aviv-born, Los Angeles-based artist Elad Lassry is at the Vancouver Art Gallery.

      Twenty-five works by contemporary American photographer Stephen Shore complement the exhibition Claude Monet’s Secret Garden at the Vancouver Art Gallery.

      Persistence at the Vancouver Art Gallery draws together three recent contemporary installations by Canadian artists Julia Feyrer, Tamara Henderson, Shelagh Keeley, and Germaine Koh.



      Traces of Words: Art and Calligraphy from Asia at the Museum of Anthropology at UBC examines the physical traces of words, both spoken and recorded, that are unique to humans. 

      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.

      In a Different Light: Reflecting on Northwest Coast Art at the Museum of Anthropology at UBC features more than 110 historical indigenous artworks and explores what we can learn from these works and how they relate to indigenous peoples’ relationships to their lands

      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.



      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.

      Big Splash Waterpark in Tsawwassen, formerly Splashdown, features newly renovated pools and hot tubs, new slides such as Kamikaze and Solar Splash, a sports bar and grill, and complimentary shuttle service to and from downtown Vancouver.

      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.

      Take a ride in an exterior glass elevator and get a 360° view of Metro Vancouver and the North Shore mountains at Vancouver Lookout.

      Kitsilano Pool, Vancouver's only saltwater swimming pool, is 137 metres long and features a heated outdoor pool, a saltwater pool, a water park, two slides, cafes, and lockers.

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

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

      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.

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

      Science World features hundreds of interactive exhibits in five permanent galleries, live science demonstrations and workshops, and giant movies in the Omnimax Theatre.



      Screening at Vancity Theatre of Moka, Frédéric Mermoud's film about a woman who insinuates herself into the lives of the bourgeois couple she suspects fled the scene of her son's death.

      Take in screenings of the Kurt Russell flicks Overboard (6:45 pm) and Big Trouble in Little China (9 pm) at the Rio Theatre.

      Opening night of the Vancouver Queer Film Festival, which celebrates the best in independent queer cinema and facilitates a unique community space through a variety of performances, panels, and workshops.

      Screenings at the Cinematheque of Douglas Sirk's Shockproof and Joseph H. Lewis's Gun Crazy as part of the annual Film Noir series.

      Screening at Vancity Theatre of Risk, Laura Poitras's intense character study of Wikileaks founder Julian Assange.

      Screening at Vancity Theatre of All Our Father's Relations, about a pair of siblings who journey from Vancouver to China in an attempt to rediscover their father’s roots.


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