56 things to do in Metro Vancouver on Thursday, September 14

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      Looking for something to do on Thursday? The Straight’s got you covered. Here are 56 events happening in or around Vancouver on Thursday, September 14.



      The Westward Music Festival presents British-born indie-pop vocalist Bishop Briggs at the Vogue, with guests Youngblood and Liinks.

      Chicago melodic-hardcore band Rise Against plays Abbotsford Centre, with guests Pierce the Veil and White Lung.

      The Westward Music Festival presents San Francisco alternative hip-hop artist Watsky at the Imperial, with guest Clairmont the Second.

      The Westward Music Festival presents Vancouver chill-electronica band Gang Signs at the Fox Cabaret, with guests Spruce Trap and Peregrin Falls.

      The Westward Music Festival presents American-Canadian rock band Grandson at the Biltmore, with guests Art D'Ecco, Goodwood Atoms, and Pretty Filthy Hearts.

      American R&B singer-songwriter SZA plays the Commodore, with guests Smino and Ravyn Lenae.

      The Roedde House Jazz series presents local jazz trio composed of Jesse Cahill (drums), Dave Sikula (guitar), and Paul Rushka (bass) at Roedde House Museum.



      Green Thumbs, Green Futures at John Norquay Elementary features food by Tayybeh Syrian Catering, a silent auction, a cash bar, and a talk by Brian Minter. with proceeds to SPEC's School Gardens Program.

      Vancouver women can take part in a day of "non-golfing" activities at Musqueam Golf & Learning Academy and help raise money for the Pacific Autism Family Network.



      Take part in a Goth-themed teddy-bear picnic and socialize with members of the local Goth community at New Westminster's Queen's Park.

      Get a free verbal appraisal of a piece of undiscovered art and see if you are in possession of a hidden gem at Delta Hotel Vancouver.



      Arianna Johnny-Wadsworth guides you through the medicinal qualities and traditional uses of native plants at Stanley Park Pavilion.

      Margaret Gallagher moderates an evening of discussion at West Vancouver's Kay Meek Centre featuring keynote speakers Sunera Thobani and Handel Kashope Wright, who will discuss how we can avoid being victims or bystanders of racism.

      Discussion at SFU Goldcorp Centre for the Arts looks at the heritage of marginal subcultures, the identities they have formed, and how we can protect and recognize these places and values.



      Canadian comedian Paul Myrehaug performs the first of three nights of standup at the Comedy Mix.

      American comedian, actor, writer, producer, and director Chris Rock performs at Thunderbird Arena on his Total Blackout Tour.

      Comedian Garrett Clark performs the first of three nights of standup at Yuk Yuk's Comedy Club.

      Comedy Basement at Goldies Pizza features standup by Steve McGovern and William Hannigan.



      Leanne Hildebrand discusses chigiri-e, the Japanese art form that uses pieces of hand-dyed washi paper to create detailed images, at VanDusen Botanical Garden.

      Zoetic Transition at Fortune Sound Club features interactive art installations, DJs spinning vinyl records, custom cocktails, and tattoo, sketch, origami, and graffiti artists.

      Bombay Artisan Series presents a showcase of Vancouver's emerging artists at Winsor Gallery.



      Linnea Gwiazda's MFA graduating project in several times explores notions of space, memory, and the body at Studio T.



      Audience members compete in a smutty storytelling competition at Guilt & Co.'s Smut Slam, hosted by Jeff Leard.

      Vancouver writers Jennifer Zilm, Chelene Knight, Taryn Hubbard, and Andrea Nicki discuss the influence digital media has had on their work and process at the Post at 750.

      Meet The Daisy Project author Daisy Anderson, get a book signed, ask questions, and enjoy refreshments at the Unitarian Church of Vancouver.

      Author Susan Aihoshi discusses her book When Crime Stikes, about the 1942 murder of Yoshi Uno, at Historic Joy Kogawa House.



      The Vancouver Fringe Festival runs until September 17, featuring over 700 performances at various Vancouver venues. Multiple Organisms (above) is at the Firehall Arts Centre.

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

      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.

      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.

      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.

      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.

      Bard on the Beach Shakespeare Festival presents William Shakespeare's drama The Merchant of Venicewhich 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.

      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.



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

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

      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.

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

      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.

      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.



      Dan Savage's HUMP! Film Festival--a curated program of short dirty movies that feature all body types, shapes, ages, colours, sexualities, genders, kinks, and fetishes--kicks off its three-day run at the Rio.

      Screening at the Cinematheque of Malaria and I'm Not Angry! as part of the monthly Contemporary Iranian Cinema showcase.

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

      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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