64 things to do in Metro Vancouver on Friday, October 13

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      Looking for something to do on Friday? The Straight’s got you covered. Here are 64 events happening in or around Vancouver on Friday, October 13.



      First night of a Tom Waits tribute at West Van's Kay Meek Centre features performances by John Hammond (above), Jim Byrnes, Jill Barber, Steve Dawson, David Hidalgo, Chris Gestrin, Jeremy Holmes, and Geoff Hicks. SOLD OUT.

      English indie-rock band alt-j plays UBC's Thunderbird Arena, touring in support of its latest album Relaxer.

      American folk-pop artist Jimmy Buffett ("Margaritaville") plays Rogers Arena.

      Jacknife Sound presents a night of dark synth-pop and post-punk at the Rickshaw by Art d'Ecco, ACTORS, Puritans, and Croatia.

      Vancouver indie-prog band Bend Sinister plays the Cobalt, with guests Crystal Eyes.

      Swedish pop singer-songwriter Leon plays the Imperial, with guest Wrabel.

      Two Apple Tobacco performs rock favourites and original tunes at Hycroft Manor.

      Kate Wahamaa and Tony Rees perform a dinner concert at Gallery Bistro.

      Vancouver female country trio the Heels plays Railway Stage and Beer Café, with guest Ajaye Jardine.



      The JDRF Revolution Ride to Defeat Diabetes at the Vancouver Art Gallery raises money to help Canadians living with type-one diabetes.

      Take in a Walking Dead-themed Halloween attraction at Mission Raceway Park and help raise money for kids' programs put on by the Mission Arts Council.



      Hypnotist Tyrone Reveen performs at Richmond's River Rock Casino.

      Relive the dark history of Vancouver's earliest years at The Lost Souls of Gastown walking tour.

      Solve the murder of Jimmy Capello on the streets of Vancouver during Halloween Mystery Nights downtown.

      Fright Nights at Playland, a Halloween-themed event featuring murderous ghouls, creepy clowns, and chainsaw-wielding freaks roaming the site, in addition to eight haunted houses, runs until October 31.


      FOOD & DRINK

      Celebrate Oktoberfest at the Vancouver Alpen Club with German food and beer, live music by the Continentals, and dancing with the Alpen Plattlers.

      Enjoy European beers, communal long tables, and traditional German cuisine at Harvest Haus at Sole Food Street Farms.



      Naava Smolash explores Nurturance Culture’s relevance to academic knowledge production at SFU Harbour Centre.

      African initiated elder Malidoma Somé shares wisdom and insight from his tribe the Dagara People of Burkina Faso at Unitarian Church of Vancouver.



      Opening night of the annual Stanley Park Ghost Train, which this year features an alien-themed train ride that investigates a spaceship crash-landing in Stanley Park. Event includes live music, food vendors, and arts and crafts.



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

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

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

      Comedians Brett Martin and Sam Tonning host a night of comedy at Yuk Yuk's Comedy Club.

      Night of improv comedy at Goldie's by small-town B.C. performers Peter Hudson, Myles Anderson, Chelsea Lou, Mike Dubb, Shane Priestley, David Kopp, Kyle Patan, Andrew Crone, Caleb Campbell, and Jordan Jameson G. Strauss.



      Friday the 13th Part II at the Ellis Building features live DJs, flash tattoos, drink specials, a food truck, and art by Mitchell Villa (above), Christian Whiticar, and Alysha Farling.

      Bangalore-based conceptual and performance artist Umesh M.S. will engage with the Canada 150+ theme in a short performance at SFU Goldcorp Centre for the Arts followed by a conversation with the performer, artist Jason Baerg, and exhibition curator Raghavendra Rao K.V.

      Home Cabaret at New Westminster's Anvil Centre features multidisciplinary art by Mz Adrien, Drag Show Divas, CircusWest, Alan Hill, Sarah Gallos and Julianne Chapple, V'ni Dansi, Dorothea Hayley and Alejandro Ochoa, and Murfitt and Main.



      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.



      The three-day Vancouver Art Book Fair at the Vancouver Art Gallery Annex features nearly 100 local, national, and international publishers, as well as a lineup of programs, performances, and installations.



      Maestro Jonathan Girard leads the UBC Symphony Orchestra in a performance of work by Brahms, Estacio, and Respighi at Chan Shun Concert Hall.

      Jon Washburn and Kathleen Allan conduct the Vancouver Chamber Choir and the FOCUS! Choir of College/University Singers in a performance of works by Palestrina, Gabrieli, Bach, Brahms, Britten, and Poulenc.

      Vancouver Opera presents Turandot, Giacomo Puccini's opera about an icy princess who is emotionally imprisoned by her own vengeful cruelty, at the Queen Elizabeth Theatre.



      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.

      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.

      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 opening night 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 opening night of A Little Night Music, Stephen Sondheim's Broadway-style musical about mismatched couples.

      RAGMOP Theatre presents opening night of Falling Awake, a surrealist physical comedy that explores love and the nature of reality, at Studio 1398.



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

      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.

      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).



      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.

      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.



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

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

      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.



      Final day of the 36th annual Vancouver International Film Festival features a screening of the Hong Kong action flick Paradox at the Rio Theatre.


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