54 things to do in Metro Vancouver on Friday, September 8

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      Looking for something to do on Friday? The Straight’s got you covered. Here are 54 events happening in or around Vancouver on Friday, September 8.



      Canadian rock band Big Sugar, led by guitarist-vocalist Gordie Johnson, plays the Commodore.

      Quebec blues vocalist Angel Forrest performs the first of two nights at White Rock's Blue Frog Studios.

      Irish easy-listening vocalist Daniel O'Donnell plays the Orpheum Theatre, performing on his Back Home Again Tour.

      American folk-rock singer-songwriter Cobi ("Don't You Cry for Me") plays the Fox Cabaret.

      Americana singer-songwriter Dustin Bentall plays the Imperial, with guests Ben Rogers and the Bloodred Yonder and Dawn Pemberton.

      The Rogue Folk Club presents Canadian folk-traditional singer songwriter Matthew Byrne at St. James Hall.

      Local alt-rock band We Found a Lovebird plays the Railway Stage and Beer Café.



      View an art installation of 500 pairs of shoes representing the average number of British Columbians who die by suicide each year, pick up a suicide-prevention ribbon, and meet organizations who are working to prevent suicide in our communities at Vancouver Art Gallery Plaza.



      American authors, podcasters, filmmakers, and public speakers Joshua Fields Millburn and Ryan Nicodemus present an in-depth talk about minimalism and a live recording of "Ask the Minimalists" for their podcast at the Rio Theatre.

      Newton Duarte discusses belligerent obscurantism in Brazil and the political relevance of critical studies a SFU Harbour Centre.



      The B.C. Lions take on the Montreal Alouettes in Canadian Football League action at BC Place Stadium.



      David Barsamian discusses Trump, Modi, and the rise of right-wing populism at SFU Harbour Centre.



      American comedian Andy Haynes performs the second of three nights of standup at the Comedy Mix.

      Travis Bernhardt and Chris Ross, aka Chris and Travis, present improv comedy at Granville Island's Carousel Theatre as part of the Vancouver Fringe Festival.

      Vancouver comedians Tom Hill, Nima Gholamipour, Ese Atawo, Jenny Rubé. Denea Campbell, Ryan D. Anderson, and Stacey McLachlan make up presentations to go with PowerPoint slideshows they've never seen before at Little Mountain Gallery.

      Field zoologist Brad Gooseberry teaches you how to thrive and survive in the world of field zoology at False Creek Community Centre as part of the Vancouver Fringe Festival.

      Comedian Mayce Galoni performs the second of three nights of standup at Yuk Yuk's Comedy Club.

      Comedy troupes the Radical and Hocus Focus perform solo sets and comedy together at New Westminster's Heritage Grill.



      Two-day Interplay 2017 group show at Moberly Arts and Cultural Centre features multidisciplinary performances by Claire Love Wilson (above), Jessica Leung, Brian Postalian, Shelby Wright, and Nita Bowerman.



      Explore an awareness and information fair at Vancouver Public Library's International Literacy Day.



      Bard on the Beach Shakespeare Festival presents William Shakespeare's comedy Much Ado About Nothing, in which a group of actors and filmmakers celebrates the wrap of their latest movie.

      The Vancouver Fringe Festival runs until September 17, featuring over 700 performances at various Vancouver venues.

      Bard on the Beach Shakespeare Festival presents Shylock, Mark Leiren-Young's tale of a Jewish actor who is condemned by his community for his portrayal of the title character.

      Immersive Theatre presents the Canadian premiere of A Game of You, Belgian playwright Alexander Devriendt's immersive theatre concept, at Harbour Centre.

      United Players presents a performance at Jericho Arts Centre of Mr. Foote's Other Leg, Ian Kelly's play about a satirist in Georgian London who finds himself at the sharp end of attacks from the press.

      First Impressions Theatre presents a performance of Peter Quilter's End of the Rainbow, a theatrical account of entertainer Judy Garland's last comeback, at Deep Cove Shaw Theatre.

      Performance at North Van's Theatre at Hendry Hall of Steel Magnolias, Robert Harling's play about a group of Louisiana women who discuss life, love, and the true meaning of friendship.



      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).

      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.

      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.



      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.



      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.

      The 763-hectare Pacific Spirit Regional Park located on traditional Musqueam territory includes 73 km of walking trails and Acadia, Tower, and Wreck Beaches.

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

      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.

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

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

      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.

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



      Vancouver premiere at the Park Theatre of Blood Honey, Jeff Kopas's horror-thriller about a woman who returns to her family's hunting lodge and finds herself stuck in a life-threatening nightmare.

      Screening at Vancity Theatre of Swagger, Olivier Babinet's portrait of working-class kids in a suburb of Paris.

      Late-night screening at the Rio Theatre of Tom Tykwer's kinetic 1998 thriller Run Lola Run, in German with English subtitles.

      Screenings at the Cinematheque of Seven Beauties and The Seduction of Mimi as part of the retrospective Seven Beauties: The Films of Lina Wertmüller.

      Free afternoon screening at Vancouver Public Library's Renfrew branch of the family-friendly film Enchanted.

      Screening at Vancity Theatre of Pop AyeKirsten Tan's film about a disenchanted architect who bumps into his long-lost elephant on the streets of Bangkok.


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