65 things to do in Metro Vancouver on Thursday, October 19

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      Looking for something to do on Thursday? The Straight’s got you covered. Here are 65 events happening in or around Vancouver on Thursday, October 19.



      Canadian folk-rock band Whitehorse plays the Vogue Theatre, with guests Terra Lightfoot.

      Vancouver singer-songwriter Louise Burns performs songs from her latest album Young Mopes at the Fox Cabaret.

      Canadian progressive fiddle group the Fretless plays the Cultch.

      Coastal Jazz presents Canadian jazz pianist John Stetch performing at Frankie's Jazz with his New York band Vulneraville.

      U.K.-based alt-rock band Nothing But Thieves plays the Imperial, touring in support of latest album Broken Machine.

      Canadian punk band Single Mothers plays the Biltmore, touring in support of latest album Our Pleasure.

      The Rogue Folk Club presents roots, rhythm, and groove music by Nico Rhodes, Rick Scott, and guest Steph Cameron at St. James Hall.

      Experimental, electronic, and improvised music by Elliott Sharp, Joe Lasqo, and Lief Hall at the Toast Collective's Quiet City #37.

      Canadian rockers One Bad Son play the Roxy Cabaret, with guests Whale and the Wolf.

      Vancouver dance band the Reluctants mixes R&B, rockabilly, and country music at the WISE Hall.

      Local band the Big Easy Funk Ensemble performs at the The Railway Stage and Beer Café.



      Strike a Chord Gala at the Commodore features entertainment, food, drinks, and dancing, with proceeds to the Music Heals Charitable Foundation, which raises funds for and awareness surrounding music therapy.



      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.



      Zeinab Abul-Magd, associate professor of Middle Eastern history at Oberlin College, discusses the popular uprisings that broke out across Egypt in January 2011 at SFU Harbour Cenre.

      Sḵwx̱wú7mesh matriarchs Salia Joseph and Chief Janice George discuss weaving knowledge into the future at SFU Goldcorp Centre for the Arts.

      Learn why we jump to conclusions and the dangers of doing so at a workshop at People's Law School with mediator and restorative justice facilitator C.D. Saint.

      Industry professionals discuss their careers, what inspires them, and how to break into their field at Vancouver Public Library's Alice MacKay Room.

      A series of panel presentations at UBC Robson Square illustrate the various important contributions that government-assisted refugees, refugee claimants, immigrants, and other newcomers make to our communities.

      Learn the basic concepts of capturing digital stories through the tools and resources of the VPL's Inspiration Lab at the Vancouver Public Library's Champlain Heights branch.

      Learn about the stressors that are driving damages and increased costs for communities and increasing the risk of mass migration at Fletcher Challenge Canada Theatre.

      Get an introduction to the world of rope bondage through a workshop and live demonstration at the Art of Loving.



      The annual Stanley Park Ghost Train 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.



      Comedian Lachlan Patterson performs the first of three nights of standup at the Comedy Mix.

      Comedian Erik Griffin performs the first of three nights of standup at Yuk Yuk's Comedy Club.

      Improv comedy by the Radical and Inside Shoes at Seven Dining Lounge.



      Fight for Beauty at Fairmont Pacific Rim features public art projects undertaken with world-class creatives, architecture from architects who are artists in their own right, and fashion by some of the greatest designers in recent history.

      Cirque du Soleil presents Kurios: Cabinet of Curiosities, a new production that takes you into the curio cabinet of an ambitious inventor who defies the laws of time, space, and dimension, at Concord Pacific Place.

      Sealed-bid art auction at Yaletown Roundhouse Exhibition Hall features works by such artists as Allyson Clay, Andrea Taylor, Heather Passmore, Jack Shadbolt, Richard Tetrault, Scott Kemp, and Torrie Groening.



      Vancouver dance ensemble plastic orchid factory and Montreal's MAYDAY/Mélanie Demers present dance at Scotiabank Dance Centre that comments on the nature and posture of man.

      In association with SINDHOOR/NATYAVEDA–Navarasa Dance Theater, the Cultch presents Encounter, a production that delves into the struggles and challenges of the Indigenous communities of India.



      Artist, musician, and writer Leanne Dunic reads from her debut book To Love The Coming End at Performane Works.

      Join author Eve Lazarus for a night of true crime at Vancouver Lookout as she draws on stories from her latest book Blood, Sweat, and Fear: The Story of Inspector Vance, Vancouver’s First Forensic Investigator.

      Live spoken word and poetry with Dean Atta and Deanna Rodger at Calabash Bistro.



      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.



      Aenigma and Bright Young Theatre present a performance of Viva, Scott Button's play about one night that changes the lives of two people forever, at Havana Theatre.

      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 performance 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.

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

      Théâtre la Seizième presents Guillaume Corbeil's play Unite Modele, which takes an objective and unsettling look at gentrification and our relationship with image, at Studio 16.

      Tomo Suru Players present Cabaret, a musical production that explores the dark, heady, and tumultuous life of Berlin’s natives and expatriates as Germany slowly yields to the emerging Third Reich, at XY.

      The Arts Club Theatre Company presents a performance at the Stanley Industrial Alliance Stage of King Charles III, Mike Bartlett's political satire about what happens when Queen Elizabeth II dies and her son Charles ascends the throne.



      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.



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

      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.

      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.

      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.

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

      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.



      VIFF Repeats features screenings of Reel Youth Film FestivalBombshell: The Hedy Lamarr StoryMeditation Park, and Sour Apples (above) at Vancity Theatre.

      Chan Centre Connects presens a screening at the Cinematheque of the Indian musical-drama Katyar Kaljat Ghusali.

      Royal City Musical Theatre and the Arts Council of New Westminster present a sing-along version of Grease, starring Olivia Newton-John and John Travolta, at Massey Theatre.


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