50 things to do in Metro Vancouver on Thursday, October 12

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      Looking for something to do on Thursday? The Straight’s got you covered. Here are 50 events happening in or around Vancouver on Thursday, October 12.



      Chicago power-pop band Sam Coffey and the Iron Lungs plays the Rickshaw, with guest Pat Blessings, Uptights, and the Ballantynes.

      A Night of Story and Song at the WISE Hall features music by alt-country singer-songwriter Oh Susanna, with guests Leah Abramson, Jenny Ritter, Grant Lawrence, Veda Hille, Jessie Nagel, Ford Pier, Elijah Abrams, and Cam Giroux.

      Jazz vocalist Natasha D'Agostino and guitarist David Blake perform at Roedde House Museum.

      Up Close Recital Society presents an evening of jazz by the James Danderfer Trio at New Westminster's Old Crow Coffee.



      Immerse Gala at Heritage Hall features entertainment, food by Nuba and Chickpea, silent auction, and raffle, with proceeds to VAST Non Profit, which supports refugee mental health through counselling, documentation, education, and referrals. 



      Local podcast hosts and software developers Drew Ogryzek and Samantha Ming speak about the process of recording, editing, and publishing podcasts using Vancouver Public Library's Inspiration Lab.

      Steven Spencer discusses social psychological phenomena at SFU Burnaby's President's Dream Colloquium.

      Panel discussion at the SFU Segal Graduate School of Business highlights the impact diaspora communities have had on Canada and the ways they can have a greater impact on Canadian politics, business, and society in the future.

      The Elevate Experience at Soundhouse Studios features info on cannabis skin care, CBD, micro dosing, cannabis and fitness, strain selection, vapourizing, and edibles.

      Colin MacLeod provides an overview of the limited integration of parasitology and marine biology at Unitarian Church of Vancouver.

      Melody Anne and Mr. Fnord present a workshop on the basics of kink, complete with a live demonstration, at the Art of Loving.



      The Vancouver Canucks take on the Winnipeg Jets in National Hockey League action at Rogers Arena.



      Canadian comedian DeAnne Smith performs the first of three nights of standup at the Comedy Mix.

      Canadian comedian Patrick Coppolino performs the first of three nights of standup at Yuk Yuk's Comedy Club.

      The 19th annual Vancouver International Improv Festival runs until Saturday at the Red Gate Revue Stage.



      Dancers from the Vancouver Tap Dance Society and guest artist Terry Brock showcase the rhythms, technical skill, and musicality of tap at Scotiabank Dance Centre.

      Israeli choreographer Sharon Fridman and her dance company present Hasta Dónde…?--which explores the relationship between two men as it evolves through dependency, struggle, and harmony--at Scotiabank Dance Centre.



      Book launch at the SFU Goldcorp Centre for the Arts of Geoff Mann's In the Long Run We Are All Dead: Keynesianism, Political Economy, and Revolution, a debunking of moderate attempts to resolve financial crises.



      Conductor Jonathan Girard leads 2017 UBC Concerto Competition winner Benjamin Hopkins and the UBC Symphony Orchestra in a noon hour performance of Brahms's Piano Concerto No. 1 at Chan Shun Concert Hall.



      Urban Ink presents a performance at Goldcorp Stage of Freedom Singer, a new documentary theatre piece inspired by the journey of singer-songwriter Khari Wendell McClelland in retracing his great-grandmother’s steps to escaping slavery.

      World premiere at the Cultch of 1 Hour Photo, Tetsuro Shigematsu’s story of a man whose life was swept up by the major currents of the 20th century.

      Elbow Theatre presents the world premiere at the Firehall Arts Centre of Hyperlink, a show that delves into life online and the limits of digital empathy.

      New Zealand circus troupe the Dust Palace presents The Goblin Market, a production inspired by Christina Rossetti’s poem of dangerous and delicious temptation, at the York Theatre.

      Studio 58 presents a preview of As You Like It, Michael Scholar Jr.'s version of William Shakespeare's comedy that flips the traditional rules of romance.

      Vagabond Players present the musical Little Shop of Horrors, about a flower-shop assistant whose life is changed when he stumbles across a peculiar new plant species, at Queen's Park's Bernie Legge Theatre.

      Western Gold Theatre presents Homeward Bound, director William B. Davis's version of Elliott Hayes's play about one family's Sunday dinner, at PAL Theatre.

      Performance at Deep Cove Shaw Theatre of Dracula, Liz Lochhead's stage adaptation of the classic horror novel, codirected by Amy Starkey and Clive Scarff.

      The White Rock Players Club presents a preview of The Woman in Black, director Stephen Mallatratt's version of the horror story about a lawyer who is certain that a curse has been placed upon him, at Coast Capital Playhouse.

      Performance at Metro Theatre of the original London West End play The Hound of the Baskervilles, in which three actors play all the roles of the Sherlock Holmes mystery.

      The Sidekick Players present a performance at Tsawwassen Arts Centre of Someone Who'll Watch Over Me, Frank McGuinness's play about three men who are held captive by terrorists in Beirut.

      Gateway Theatre presents a preview of A Little Night Music, Stephen Sondheim's Broadway-style musical about mismatched couples.



      Entangled: Two Views on Contemporary Canadian Painting at the Vancouver Art Gallery offers insight into two distinctly different modes of painting that have come to dominate contemporary painting in Canada.

      Emily Carr: Into the Forest at the Vancouver Art Gallery is a collection of Emily Carr's forest paintings that highlight her continued exploration of the natural environment.

      Intangible at Bill Reid Gallery of Northwest Coast Art exhibition spotlights six Coast Salish artists influenced by tradition as well as contemporary inspiration.

      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).



      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 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.

      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 new Parq Vancouver features two luxury hotels, a casino, eight restaurants and lounges, and a 30,000 square foot park.

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

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

      Stanley Park features 400 hectares of trails, gardens, beaches, and West Coast rain forest, with scenic walking and biking along the 8.8 kilometre seawall.

      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 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.

      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.



      The 36th annual Vancouver International Film Festival runs until October 13, showcasing over 450 screenings of 200 features and 100 shorts, plus talks, workshops, and performances that celebrate inspiring achievements and important innovations in film, TV, and digital media. Screenings and events take place at Vancity Theatre, the Cinematheque, Rio Theatre, and other Vancouver venues. Screenings today include Blue (above) at the Vancouver Playhouse.

      As part of Homelessness Action Week, screening at Vancouver Public Library's Joe Fortes branch of Lowdown Tracks, which explores the music and stories of those who live on the margins of society and bare their souls through their songs on the streets of Toronto.


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