50 things to in Metro Vancouver on Sunday, February 18

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      Looking for something to do on Sunday? The Straight’s got you covered. Here are 50 events happening in or around Vancouver on Sunday, February 18.

       

      CONCERTS

      American Gypsy-punk band Gogol Bordello plays the Commodore Ballroom, touring in support of latest album Seekers and Finders.

      The Canadian Pacific Blues Society presents Atlanta-based blues-rock guitar hero Tinsley Ellis at the Rio Theatre, with guests Rocky Milino Jr. and the 4CD Band.

      American hip-hop artist, beatboxer, and alt rocker Matisyahu plays the Rickshaw, with guests Eminence Ensemble.

      Canadian contemporary-roots band Wil plays the Railway Stage and Beer Café.

      Coastal Jazz presents the Dave King Trio at Frankie's Jazz.

      Legendary keyboardist Abdullah Ibrahim and New Orleans trumpeter Terence Blanchard offer a rare tribute performance to the Jazz Epistles at the Chan Centre for the Performing Arts.

       

      BENEFITS

      Seventeenth annual stairclimbing event at Sheraton Vancouver Wall Centre Hotel supports the British Columbia Lung Association.

       

      ETCETERA

      Celebrate the Year of the Dog at the Vancouver Art Gallery Plaza with Lunarfest activities and experiences for you and your dog.

      Year of the Dog Temple Fair at Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Garden features a lion dance, Chinese music, a calligraphy couplets giveaway, exhibitions, and storytelling.

      Chinese New Year Festival at Richmond's Dharma Drum Vancouver Center features drumming and traditional Chinese music, lantern and bracelet making, meditation demonstrations, a tea chan workshop, Chinese calligraphy, and Chinese painting.

       

      FOOD AND DRINK

      Peter Ciuffa teaches you how to make homemade gnocchi at an Italian Cooking Class at Kitsilano Community Centre.

       

      FORUMS

      Join Clara Roberts-Oss for a yoga class at Semperviva Yoga Kits Beach Studio that includes mantra, pranayama, and meditation, as well as a heating vinyasa practice.

       

      KIDS' STUFF

      Kids can explore their creativity with a variety of craft activities from around the world at Port Moody Arts Centre.

        

      ARTS ETCETERA

      Join Valentina Acevedo Montilla for a tour, in Spanish, of the current exhibitions at Contemporary Art Gallery.

      More than 35 Vancouver artists create original artwork using red envelopes as the canvas at Fortune Sound Club's Get Lucky Art Show.

      The 18th annual Chutzpah Festival features international, Canadian, and local artists performing dance, theatre, comedy, and music, with performances by Ezralow Dance, Roy Assaf Dance, MM Contemporary Dance, Idan Raichel, Troker, Perla Batalla, Mary Walsh, Jonathan Goldstein, Deb Filler, and Michael Rubenfeld.

      The 17th annual Talking Stick Festival runs until February 24 at various Vancouver venues and focuses on the diversity of visual arts, dance, theatre, music, powwow, and film in both traditional and contemporary formats.

       

      MUSIC

      The Vancouver Academy of Music Symphony Orchestra performs works by Brahms and Grieg at the Orpheum Theatre.

      Evening of music at St. James’ Anglican Church by Vancouver Viols, a consortium of local musicians who play the Renaissance instrument.

      The Szymanowski Quartet performs at the Vancouver Playhouse with guest artist Richard O'Neill.

      Calestra presents a concert at Ladner United Church featuring courtly Renaissance serenades, romantic ballads, and lively Irish folk songs.

       

      THEATRE

      In Broken Tailbone, writer-performer Carmen Aguirre leads a Latin-American dance lesson at the Cultch that flows into her stories of intimacy, politics, culture, and the forgotten origins of the salsa.

      Studio 58 presents its final performance of Thornton Wilder’s Pulitzer Prize-winning comedy The Skin of Our Teeth, directed by Sarah Rodgers.

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

      Zee Zee Theatre presents its final performance 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.

      Monster Theatre presents the final performance of Who Killed Gertrude Crump?, a whodunnit told with puppets, a Performance Works.

      Gateway Theatre presents a performance of Salt-Water Moon, director Ravi Jain's version of David French's story of love, loss, and reconciliation.

      Seven Tyrants Theatre presents the Vancouver premiere of A Steady Rain, Keith Huff's play about a lifelong bond tainted by domestic affairs, violence, and the rough streets of Chicago, at Penthouse Theatre Studio.

       

      GALLERIES

      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.

      空/Emptiness: Emily Carr and Lui Shou Kwan at the Vancouver Art Gallery uses works by Emily Carr and Lui Shou Kwan to explore how each artist experimented with modernist movements and mysticism through their respective depictions of nature.

       

      MUSEUMS

      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.

       

      ATTRACTIONS

      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.

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

      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.

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

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

      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.

      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.

       

      MOVIES

      Screening at the Cinematheque of Nicolas Roeg's 1973 horror classic Don't Look Now as part of the retrospective series Out There: The Visionary Cinema of Nicholas Roeg.

      The KDocs Documentary Film Festival at Vancity Theatre features screenings of Workers Voices and Dolores.

       

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