50 things to do in Metro Vancouver on Friday, January 12

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



      Montreal indie-rock band Wolf Parade plays the Commodore Ballroom, with guest Charly Bliss.

      Vancouver-based musician JP Maurice plays an album-release show at the Rickshaw, with guests Leisure Club, Small Town Artillery, and Year of the Wolf.

      American singer-songwriters Steve Gunn and Julie Byrne coheadline St. James Hall in support of their latest releases.

      Coastal Jazz presents pianist Monty Alexander perfoming the second of three nights at Frankie's Jazz.

      Steely Dan tribute band Steelin' in the Years plays the second of two nights at West Van's Kay Meek Centre. SOLD OUT.



      See thousands of lights adorning the Capilano Suspension Bridge, canyon, Treetops Adventure, and Cliffwalk at Canyon Lights.

      Lights at Lafarge features outdoor light displays, live entertainment, roving performers, hot chocolate and cookies, photos with Santa, family-friendly crafts, a holiday market, and choirs at Coquitlam's Town Centre Park.



      Emily Millen leads a yoga class to the live viola music of Thomas Beckman at Semperviva Yoga Kits Beach Studio.

      Christopher Ludwig moderates a discussion at Vancouver Public Library's Oakridge branch that explores the nature of musical and artistic masterpieces.

      Deyar Asmaro introduces biological and pharmacological concepts that are relevant to understanding addiction behaviour at Burnaby Public Library Metrotown.

      Mark Stewart moderates a discussion at Vancouver Public Library's Carnegie branch that asks if social media narcissistic or helpful in breaking down barriers to communication.



      Sara Bynoe's Teen Angst Night at the Fox Cabaret sees people share their awful adolescent poetry, songs, journals, diaries, essays, stories, plays, and lists.

      American comedian Big Jay Oakerson performs the second of three nights of standup at the Comedy Mix.

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

      Evening of improv comedy at New Westminster's Heritage Grill by the Radical and You, Me, and Him.



      Poets Not Pipelines at Café Deux Soleils is an evening of poetry and music featuring Elder Kat Norris (above), Tawahum Justin Bige, Joseph A. Dandurand, Amber Dawn, Mercedes Eng, DJ Slade and Jónína Kirton, with proceeds to RAVEN Trust.

      Drop-in story circle for adults with developmental disabilities and their families, friends, and caregivers at Vancouver Public Library's Oakridge branch.



      The China Broadcasting Film Symphony Orchestra presents a performance of themes from Oscar-winning films, which play on a big screen at the Orpheum Theatre.

      The Vancouver Cello Club presents Rosanna Butterfield and pianist Jannie Burdeti in a recital of music by Bach, Barber, Boulanger, and Beethoven at St. Helen's Anglican Church.

      UBC Music students compete to be a soloist with the UBC Symphony Orchestra at Roy Barnett Recital Hall.



      The Arts Club Theatre Company presents a performance at Stanley Industrial Alliance Stage of Disney's Beauty and the Beast, a stage adaptation of the Academy Award-winning animated film.

      Six women turn tradition on its head in Hot Brown Honey, a production that's equal parts theatre and social activism, mixing dance, poetry, comedy, circus, striptease, and song, at the York Theatre.

      ITSAZOO Productions and Savage Society Theatre present The Pipeline Project, a provocative and personal account of the ongoing cultural battles over pipelines in B.C., at the Firehall Arts Centre.

      Midtwenties Theatre Society and Red Gate Arts Society present the opening night performance of Above the Hospital, writer-director Beau Han Bridge's play about two Vancouver millennials who live above a hospital, at the Red Gate Revue Stage. Viewer discretion advised.



      Two Scores is a solo exhibition of work by Canadian artist Brent Wadden at Contemporary Art Gallery.

      Portrait of the Artist: An Exhibition from the Royal Collection at the Vancouver Art Gallery features more than 90 paintings, drawings, prints, photographs, and sculpture highlighting both the richness of the Royal Collection and the complex relationship that the British monarchy has had with artists for the last three and half centuries.

      True Nordic: How Scandinavia Influenced Design in Canada at the Vancouver Art Gallery highlights the enduring legacy of Scandinavian design principles in Canada through works by Niels Bendtsen, Bocci, Karen Bulow, Kjeld and Erica Deichmann, Thor Hansen, Andrew Jones, Janis Kravis, molo, Carl Poul Petersen, Rudolph Renzius, and Marion Smith.

      Polygon Gallery's inaugural exhibition, N. Vancouver, explores how a specific locale can be reflected through existing and newly commissioned artworks by artists from Vancouver and beyond.

      Carol Sawyer: The Natalie Brettschneider Archive at the Vancouver Art Gallery presents the latest findings of Vancouver-based artist Sawyer's ongoing research project that deftly reconstructs the life and work of the genre-defying, fictional artist Brettschneider.



      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 Fabric of Our Land: Salish Weaving at the Museum of Anthropology at UBC takes visitors on a journey through the past 200 years of Salish wool weaving.

      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.

      City on Edge: A Century of Vancouver Activism at the Museum of Vancouver explores the history of Vancouver's street protests through over 650 images of street demonstrations, protests, and riots from the early 1900s to present day.

      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.



      Mount Seymour features skiing and snowboarding, lessons, chairlifts, terrain parks, tubing and tobogganing, and snowshoe trails.

      North Vancouver's Grouse Mountain features a Skyride to the peak with views of the city and the Pacific Ocean, as well as ziplines, a wildlife refuge, helicopter tours, paragliding, dining, and the Grouse Grind.

      West Vancouver's Cypress Mountain features skiing and snowboarding lessons, snowtubing park, cross-country ski trails, downhill skiing and snowboarding trails, and snowshoeing tours.

      Celebrate winter with free skating in the heart of downtown Vancouver at Robson Square Ice Rink.

      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 24-hour casino with 600 slot machines and 75 table games, eight restaurants and lounges, and the sixth-floor outdoor Parq.

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

      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.

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



      Screening at Vancity Theatre of Blue, Karina Holden’s documentary about the drastic decline in the health of our oceans.

      Free afternoon screening at Vancouver Public Library's Renfrew branch of the family film Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day.

      Screening at Vancity Theatre of Birdboy: The Forgotten Children, Alberto Vázquez and Pedro Rivero's animated film about teenagers who hatch a dangerous play to escape an island in a post-apocalyptic world.

      Free screening at Vancouver Public Library's Mount Pleasant branch of the 2017 heist comedy Logan Lucky, starring Channing Tatum.

      Screening at Vancity Theatre of Belle de Jour, Luis Buñuel's film about a frigid bourgeois housewife who explores her masochistic fantasies by working as a daytime prostitute. In French with English subtitles.

      Screening at the Cinematheque of Vancouver director Kathleen Hepburn's Never Steady, Never Still as part of Canada's Top 10 Film Festival.

      Screening at the Rio Theatre of Andy Muschietti's 2017 adaptation of Stephen King's bestselling horror novel, It.


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