49 things to do in Metro Vancouver on Friday, August 18

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      Looking for something to do on Friday? The Straight’s got you covered. Here are 49 events happening in or around Vancouver on Friday, August 18.



      It's your first chance to catch Canadian classic rock acts like Harlequin, the Stampeders, and Platinum Blonde at Rock Ambleside Park. Held at Ambleside Park.

      American country-rock ensemble the Zac Brown Band tours in support of latest platinum-certified album Jekyll + Hyde. Held at Rogers Arena.

      Vancouver folk-rock band Echo Nebraska, with guests Andrew Phelan and Clay Ravens, takes the stage at the Biltmore Cabaret.

      Danish indie-art rockers Mew tour in support of latest release Visuals, with guests Monakr, at the Rickshaw Theatre.

      American hip-hop recording artist 2 Chainz performs on his Pretty Girls Like Trap Music Tour 2017. Held at the Commodore Ballroom.

      Canadian jazz vocalist Tia Brazda headlines at Frankie's Italian Kitchen and Bar.



      You can play golf at the Hecla Mining Flame of Hope Golf Tournament and help raise money for Diabetes Canada. Held at the University Golf Club.



      At Swangard Stadium, you can celebrate Canada's 150th birthday and Burnaby's 125th birthday with a performance by the Royal Canadian Mounted Police Musical Ride.



      At Playland, kids can enjoy 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 B.C. Lions take on the Calgary Stampeders in Canadian Football League action. Held at BC Place Stadium.



      Vancouver comedian Erica Sigurdson headlines at the Comedy MIX.

      Los Angeles-based comedian and writer Adam Christie performs a solo show at Yuk Yuk's Comedy Club.

      The Fox Cabaret hosts Bonus Stage 3, an evening of video-game comedy, burlesque, music, contests, and prizes featuring Geeks vs. Nerds Vancouver, missingNo, the Runaway Four, Rainbow Glitz, and Roe Butts.

      At the Improv Centre, the Vancouver TheatreSports League presents improv shows like Oh, Canada: The True North Strong and Funny, Ok Tinder, and TheatreSports.



      At the the Odyssey Bar and Nightclub, you can take in a diverse lineup of burlesque, boylesque, queerlesque, drag, cabaret, comedy, and go-go dancing.



      As part of the Blueridge Chamber Fest, violinists Jasper Wood and Ashley Plaut, violist Emilie Grimes, cellists Cristian Márko and Rebecca Wenham, and pianist Manuel Laufer perform works by Beethoven, Harman, and Shostakovich. Held at the ANNEX.



      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. Held at Bard on the Beach.

      Theatre Under the Stars presents director Shel Piercy's musical Mary Poppins, about a magical nanny who teaches the Banks family a lesson in love and imagination. Held at Malkin Bowl.

      Beach House Theatre presents The Commedia Tales of King Arthur, a kid-friendly play about the adventures of King Arthur and his knights, at Blackie Spit Park.

      Bard on the Beach Shakespeare Festival presents William Shakespeare's drama The Merchant of Venice, which exposes the consequences of how we treat outsiders in our midst. Held at Bard on the Beach.

      It's your last chance to catch A Prayer for Owen Meany as part of Ensemble Theatre Company's Summer Festival. Held at Jericho Arts Centre.

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

      Alchemy Theatre and Vagabond Players present William Shakespeare's Love's Labour's Lost at the Bernie Legge Theatre.



      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.

      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).

      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.



      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.

      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. 

      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.



      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.

      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.

      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.

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



      As part of its Film Noir series, the Cinematheque presents screenings of Phantom Lady and Dark Passage.

      The Vancity Theatre screens Dave Made a Maze, in which a man is trapped inside a maze he constructed out of cardboard in his living room.

      The 29th annual Vancouver Queer Film Festival celebrates the best in independent queer cinema. Held at various Vancouver venues.

      The Vancity Theatre screens Nocturama, in which a group of tense adolescents prowl the streets and subways of Paris.

      Grant Gee's documentary Radiohead: Meeting People Is Easy  follows rock band Radiohead on its OK Computer tour. Screened at the Vancity Theatre.

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