63 things to do in Metro Vancouver on Friday, February 9

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      Looking for something to do on Friday? The Straight’s got you covered. Here are 63 events happening in or around Vancouver on Friday, February 9.



      Canadian blues-rock singer-songwriter Ndidi Onukwulu plays Burnaby's Shadbolt Centre for the Arts.

      Canadian rock band Destroyer plays the Commodore Ballroom, with guests Mega Bog.

      Vancouver guitar-rock band Aviator Shades plays the Railway Stage and Beer Café, with guests Tokyo Bleu and Nine O'Clock Gun.

      New Zealand pop singer-songwriter Kimbra plays the Imperial, with guests Arc Iris.

      Coastal Jazz presents New York organist Pat Bianchi and his trio in the second of two nights at Frankie's Jazz.

      The Invisible Orange presents Mexican surf-punk act Elis Paprika & The Black Pilgrims at the Astoria Pub.



      The Magee Market Fair at Magee Secondary School features food and drink, a silent auction, books and CDs, games and prizes, and an entertainment marketplace.

      Annual independent music awards ceremony at the Rickshaw Theatre pays homage to Vancouver's music underground.

      Dance to the live music of the James Danderfer Trio and enjoy a Chinese buffet dinner at Hycroft Manor's Chinese New Year/Valentine Dinner Dance.



      Buy knit fashion, silk scarves, jewellery, and fine art at the two-day Vancouver Pop-Up Shop at Designers Collective.


      FOOD & DRINK

      Local plant-based chef Karen McAthy presents vegan tapas at The Main Affair, an event at Heritage Hall that showcases Vancouver's vegan food and beverage entrepreneurs.



      Professor Edward Kruk of UBC presents his recent research on parental alienation from the perspective of alienated parents at SFU Harbour Centre.



      Comedian Mike Wilmot performs the second of three nights of standup at the Comedy Mix.

      Vancouver comedian John Perrotta performs the second of three nights of standup at Yuk Yuk's Comedy Club.

      Simon King and local comedians present a night of entertainment parodying TED Talks at the Fox Cabaret.

      Canadian improv comedians The Comic Strippers portray a fictional male stripper troupe at Surrey's Bell Performing Arts Centre.

      Molly's Comedy Cabaret at XY features singer-comedian Molly Wilson, with local guest stars Michael Barry Anderson and Amy Dauer.



      Canada’s Ballet Jörgen presents Anastasia, the story of a Russian grand duchess who was born to privilege but cast out into a post-revolutionary world at Kay Meek Centre.



      William Rowson conducts soprano Robyn Driedger-Klassen, pianist Jon Nakamatsu, tenor Frédérik Robert, and the Vancouver Symphony in romantic works by Gershwin, Bizet, Strauss, Puccini, and Mascagni at the Orpheum Theatre.

      UBC Bands and UBC Symphony Orchestra present music by David Maslanka and Richard Wagner, featuring clarinetist Jose Franch-Ballester, vocalist John Hines, and UBC alumni and faculty performers, at Chan Shun Concert Hall.



      Studio 58 continues its 52nd season with Thornton Wilder’s Pulitzer Prize-winning comedy The Skin of Our Teeth, directed by Sarah Rodgers.

      Performance at Goldcorp Stage at the BMO Theatre Centre of Topdog/Underdog, a modern fable of African-American brothers sharing a seedy, one-room apartment and looking for easy money in cards.

      Canadian premiere at the Firehall Arts Centre of Shit, Australian playwright Patricia Cornelius's play about the lives of three incarcerated underclass women.

      United Players presents Merrily We Roll Along, Stephen Sondheim's musical about friendship, compromise, and the high price of success, at Jericho Arts Centre.

      Dark Glass Theatre presents a performance at Pacific Theatre of Ruined, the story of a bar that strives to remain neutral ground during the Congolese civil war.

      The North Vancouver Community Players present Sylvia, director Kathleen Denkewalter's version of A.R. Gurney's comedy about a man who brings a stray dog home, at the Theatre at Hendry Hall.

      Vagabond Players presents Drinking Habits, a play that sees two nuns secretly make wine to keep their convent open, at Bernie Legge Theatre.

      Align Entertainment presents Legally Blonde, the Broadway musical about a woman who thwarts stereotypes and sorority-sister scandals to become a Harvard law graduate, at Michael J. Fox Theatre.

      The Arts Club Theatre Company presents a performance at Stanley Industrial Alliance Stage of Jitters, a comedy about four actors, a director, and a playwright with one grand dream of Broadway-bound success for their new Canadian play.

      Exit 22 Company presents a performance at BlueShore Financial Centre for the Performing Arts of A Midsummer Night's Dream, William Shakespeare's comedy in which the entanglements of a quartet of sparring lovers and a motley crew of amateur actors unfold against the backdrop of an enchanted forest full of mischievous fairies.

      Performance at Studio 1398 of The House of Yes, a dark comedy that follows a damaged family whose secrets come crawling out into the light.

      Broadway Across Canada presents a performance at the Queen Elizabeth Theatre of Motown the Musical, the story of Motown founder Berry Gordy’s journey from featherweight boxer to the heavyweight music mogul who launched the careers of Diana Ross, Michael Jackson, and Smokey Robinson.

      Performance at the York Theatre of Jabberwocky, a new puppet extravanganza for adults about the journey of a young male hare.

      No Foreigners at the Vancity Culture Lab investigates malls as racialized spaces of cultural creation and clash where fashion, food, and commodity tether communities to a vital sense of home.

      Zee Zee Theatre presents the 10th anniversary remounting at Scotiabank Dance Centre of My Funny Valentine, the one-man show inspired by the 2008 murder of Lawrence King.

      The White Rock Players' Club presents a performance at Coast Capital Playhouse of Don't Dress for Dinner, director Julianne Christie's version of Marc Camoletti's sex-farce sequel to Boeing Boeing.

      The Arts Club Theatre Company presents a performance at Granville Island Stage of Fun Home, a musical about a woman who struggles to understand her father while also dealing with her own coming out.

      West Moon Theatre presents a performance of Next to Normal, the story of a mother and her worsening bipolar disorder and how it affects her family, at Studio 16.



      More than 55 paintings and sculptures are featured in Takashi Murakami: The Octopus Eats Its Own Leg, the first-ever retrospective of Murakami's work in Canada, at the Vancouver Art Gallery.

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

      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.



      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.

      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.

      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.



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

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

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

      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.

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

      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 the Cinematheque of Killer of Sheep, writer-director Charles Burnett's 1978 film about a slaughterhouse worker who must suspend his emotions to continue working at a job he finds repugnant.

      Screening at Vancity Theatre of In Between, Maysaloun Hamoud's film about the lives of three young Palestinian women who share an apartment in the heart of Tel Aviv. In Hebrew and Arabic with English subtitles.

      Screening at the Cinematheque of Bless Their Little Hearts and the Pocketbook, Billy Woodberry’s neorealist drama, a seminal work of the African-American New Wave now newly restored.

      Screening at the Rio Theatre of Rob Reiner's 1987 family-adventure The Princess Bride.

      Screening at Vancity Theatre of Felicite, Alain Gomis's film about a single mom struggling to make ends meet as a bar singer in Kinshasa, the Democratic Republic of Congo. In French and Lingala with English subtitles.

      The Rendez-Vous French Film Festival continues until Feb. 11, featuring screenings of French films at various Vancouver venues.

      Screening at Vancity Theatre of Happy End, Michael Haneke's film about a wealthy French family headed by a king-like paterfamilias who is losing his wits.

      Screening at the Rio Theatre of The Room, Tommy Wiseau's awful cult hit about a man who sees his life fall apart when his friends begin to betray him.


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