52 things to do in Metro Vancouver on Thursday, August 24

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      Looking for something to do on Thursday? The Straight’s got you covered. Here are 52 events happening in or around Vancouver on Thursday, August 24.



      Texas blues-rockers ZZ Top perform at the PNE Amphitheatre as part of the PNE Summer Night Concerts series.

      California punk-rock legends the Descendents play the first of two nights at the Commodore as part of the Straight Series. SOLD OUT.

      American alt-rock singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Beck plays the Orpheum Theatre. SOLD OUT.

      New York City indie-rock band Frankie Cosmos plays the Cobalt, touring in support of latest album Next Thing.

      American country-blues singer-songwriter Pokey LaFarge plays the Imperial, touring in support of latest album Manic Revelations.

      Canadian jazz musician Jane Bunnett performs at White Rock's Blue Frog Studios with her recording and touring group Maqueque.

      Australian groove band This Way North coheadlines the WISE Hall with Australian dance duo the Imprints, with guests Old.Soul.Rebel.

      Canadian folk vocalist-guitarist Roy Forbes, aka Bim, performs a free noon-hour show at CBC Vancouver's Outdoor Stage as part of the Musical Nooners Series.



      Nip/Tuck Canadiana Classic Lawn Bowling Tournament at North Vancouver Lawn Bowling Club includes food trucks and complimentary drinks, with proceeds to the new medical and surgical centre at Lions Gate Hospital.

      Charity golf tournament at Pitt Meadows Golf Club raises funds for the Kwikwetlem First Nation Comprehensive Wellness Initiative



      Neighbourhood Nights community-building event at Coquitlam's Cottonwood Park features kids' games, family activities, and light refreshments.



      Participants in Ce Soir Noir wear all-black clothing and bring their own food and drink to a free public picnic at Crab Park, where food and cash donations are accepted on behalf of Backpack Buddies, which distributes food to children in need in the DTES.

      At the annual Dîner en Blanc, hundreds of people dressed in white descend upon a just-announced public space to enjoy a gourmet meal, bringing their own folding table and chairs, picnic food, fine china, silverware, and tablecloth.



      Learn all about kinks and how to turn your fantasies into reality with a workshop at The Art of Loving that includes a live BDSM demonstration.



      The Fair at the PNE features the Summer Night Concerts series, the Hockey Hall of Fame exhibit, the Toytopia exhibit, a craft-beer festival, magic shows, rides, the SuperDogs, agricultural displays, games, and food.



      Live recording at the Rickshaw Theatre of the comedy podcast Last Podcast on the Left, in which three comedians investigate spooky and violent events in history using gallows humour and detailed research.

      Vancouver comedian Toby Hargrave performs the first of three nights of standup at the Comedy Mix.



      Caravan Stage Company presents Nomadic Tempest, a show that celebrates the mythical saga of monarch migrants searching for a refuge on a drowned planet, at South East False Creek.

      Local artist Fiona Tang discusses her large-scale drawings of animals at Richmond's Lipont Place.

      Evening of standup, dance, short films, and spoken word at LanaLou's Cabaret Hot Town: Summer in the City.



      Join author and teacher Mark Matousek at Banyen Books and Sound for a free presentation of his new book Writing to Awaken.



      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.

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

      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.

      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.



      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.

      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.

      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.



      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

      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. 

      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.



      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.

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

      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.

      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.

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

      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.



      Opening night of the 15th Vancouver Latin American Film Festival, which features a spotlight on Cuban cinema and screenings of 69 films from 17 countries in 11 languages (with subtitles).

      Screening at the Rio Theatre of Tenacious D in The Pick of Destiny, about two slackers who set out on a quest to steal a legendary guitar pick that gives its holders incredible guitar skills.

      Screening at the Cinematheque of Robert Aldrich's Kiss Me Deadly and Gordon Douglas's Them! as part of the Noir Sidebar: Hard-Boiled 1950s Science Fiction series.

      Sceening at the Rio Theatre of Brigsby Bear, about a man who sets out to finish the storyline of a favourite children's TV show.


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