64 things to do in Metro Vancouver on Saturday, April 14

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      Looking for something to do on Saturday? The Straight’s got you covered. Here are 64 events happening in or around Vancouver on Saturday, April 14.



      The Rogue Folk Club presents Canadian country-folk group Madison Violet at St. James Hall.

      Local indie-music artist Kele Fleming is joined by collaborator Ron Yamauchi and friends Sarah Wheeler and Silent Martin at the Cultch.

      Second night of the Hyperspace Metal Festival at the Rickshaw Theatre features power- and melodic-metal music by Helion Prime, Scythia, Ravenous: Eternal Hunger, Tanagra, Valyria, and Elysium Echoes.

      The City of Surrey hosts Party for the Planet at Surrey Civic Plaza, featuring performances by Canadian rock singer-songwriter Sam Roberts, children’s musical duo Bobs & Lolo, pop/R&B group Star Captains, DJ and production group the Freshest, children’s entertainers Rockin’ Robin, the Colin Bullock Duo, and the Smile Band.

      English punk poet and artist Dr. John Cooper Clarke plays the Biltmore Cabaret.

      Vancouver world-fusion group Delhi 2 Dublin plays the Commodore Ballroom. 



      DJ K-Tel spins funk, pop, soul, R&B, and rock hits to rollerskate to at Robson Square Ice Rink's Pop-Up Roller Disco. Skate rentals $10 a pair.



      Forty distilleries from across B.C. showcase more than 150 products at the fifth annual BC Distilled Festival at the Croatian Cultural Centre. 



      Lecture by UBC astrophysicist, rocket scientist, and science fiction consultant Jaymie Matthews at Ladner's Cedar Park Church.

      Local graduate students present three-minute theses on a variety of topics at Hycroft Manor's The Power of Future Minds.

      A day of speakers and informative workshops with artists and body image activists at SFU Harbour Centre's A Body of Art.



      Scientists and the public come together to raise awareness of and speak up for science at Science World's Vancouver March for Science.



      Canadian comedian Tom Green performs the third of three nights of standup at Yuk Yuk's Comedy Club.

      Local Asian-Canadian improvisers create a show inspired by East Asian legends and culture and the kung fu movies of yesteryear at Havana Theatre's Fistful of Kicks.

      Canadian comedian Jon Dore performs the second of two nights of standup at the Comedy Mix.

      Comedy by Allie Entwistle + Kerri Donaldson, Alain Williams, Nathan Hare, and birthday boy Maarten Bayliss at Little Mountain Gallery.



      The Riverdance 20th Anniversary World Tour at the Queen Elizabeth Theatre blends Irish dance, music and song and features new costumes, lighting, and projections.



      Local crime writers Carys Cragg, A.J. Devlin and Robert W. Mackay read from their works at Vancouver Public Library's Firehall branch.



      The Vancouver Philharmonic Orchestra performs works by some of the top Russian composers of the last century at Shaughnessy Heights United Church.

      Men's a capella quartet Quartom--composed of a tenor, two baritones, and a bass-baritone--performs at Kits Neighbourhood House.

      Pandora’s Vox and Espiritu Vocal Ensembles present a tribute to music in the movies at West Vancouver United Church, with host Vicki Gabereau.

      Capilano University music students Annie Jung (flute) and Charmaine Iormetti (mezzo-soprano) are featured in a program of works by Mozart and Poulenc at the Silk Purse Arts Centre.

      Integral Steps cofounder Emma Shubin will be joined by author Roderick Seed and Alexander Technique expert Gabriella Minnes Brandes for a day of flute performances, master classes, and musical exploration at Showcase Pianos.



      The Arts Club Theatre Company presents William Goldman's thriller Misery, based on the novel by Stephen King, at Granville Island Stage.

      The Arts Club Theatre Company presents The Humans--Stephen Karam's portrait of an ordinary family at odds with itself and the uncertainties of life amidst a changing America--at Stanley Industrial Alliance Stage.

      Performance at the Firehall Arts Centre of Chelsea Hotel: The Songs of Leonard Cohen, which pays homage to the late Canadian poet and singer-songwriter.

      Final performance at Pacific Theatre of Bar Mitzvah Boy, a comedy by playwright Mark Leiren-Young about friendship, ritual, and growing up (at any age).

      Performance at Jericho Arts Centre of Enron, Lucy Prebble's play about the Texas-based energy company that ascended to great heights before declaring bankruptcy amid one of the largest financial scandals in history.

      Renegade Arts Co presents its final performance of Rent, Jonathan Larson's play about a group of impoverished young artists and musicians struggling to survive in New York's Lower East Side, at the Shop Theatre.

      Mr. Burns, A Post-Electric Play--in which a small group of survivors gather in the woods after a nuclear meltdown and attempt to remember an episode of The Simpsons--is at Studio 1398.

      The North Vancouver Community Players present Crimes of the Heart, director Tracy Labrosse's version of Beth Henley's play about a trio of sisters who are reunited after a family emergency, at the Theatre at Hendry Hall.

      Final performance of Once On This Island, a one-act musical based on the 1985 novel My Love, My Love; or, The Peasant Girl by Rosa Guy, at the Red Gate Revue Stage.

      Performance at Deep Cove Shaw Theatre of Noel Coward's Blithe Spiritabout a dinner party that turns into mayhem when a seance provokes the ghost of the host's dead first wife.

      Speedbump Theatre presents its final performance of Communion, Daniel MacIvor's one-act play about three women--a shrink, an alcoholic and an evangelical--and three lives in flux, at Presentation House Theatre.

      Theatre in the Raw presents Incident at Vichy, Arthur Miller's drama about persecution and racism in France during the early days of WWII, at Studio 16.

      Performance at Coast Capital Playhouse of August: Osage County, Tracy Letts' black comedy about a cancer-patient matriarch whose three daughters rush home when they hear their father has disappeared.

      Performance a PAL Theatre of You've Got Male!, a multimedia comedy by Clive Scarff, featuring Joshua Murdoch, Jillian Zavazal, and Tanya Macpherson. 

      Royal City Musical Theatre presents a performance at Massey Theatre of Cabaret, the classic musical set in 1930s Berlin.

      The Arts Club Theatre Company presents the world premiere of Me and You, Melody Anderson's comedy about sibling rivalry, at Goldcorp Stage at the BMO Theatre Centre.

      Gateway Theatre presents the world premiere of Nine Dragons, artistic director Jovanni Sy's crime drama set in 1924 Kowloon.

      North Vancouver Community Players present a performance at Kay Meek Centre of Agatha Christie's drama Go Back For Murder, about a woman who attempts to prove her mother innocent of murder.

      Singer-actor Beverley Elliott presents Sink or Swim, a show that's inspired by her early childhood, at Coquitlam's Evergreen Cultural Centre.



      Bombhead at the Vancouver Art Gallery is a thematic exhibition exploring the emergence and impact of the nuclear age as represented by artists and their art.

      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.

      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.

      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.

      Living, Building, Thinking: art & expression at the Vancouver Art Gallery uses the German Expressionist collection from the McMaster Museum of Art to explore the development of Expressionism in art from the early 19th century to the present day.



      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.

      Haida Now: A Visual Feast of Innovation and Tradition at the Museum of Vancouver is guest-curated by Kwiaahwah Jones and features more than 450 works by carvers, weavers, photographers and print makers, collected as early as the 1890s.

      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.

      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.



      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.

      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.

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

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

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

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

      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.



      Screenings at the Cinematheque of Speak Up, Kiss Me!, and Heaven Will Wait (above) as part of the Young French Cinema 2018 series.

      Final day at the Vancity Theatre of the Reel to Real International Film Festival for Youth.

      Screening at the Rio Theatre of Japanese director Hiromasa Yonebayashi's animated feature Mary and the Witch's Flower, based on the classic 1971 children’s book The Little Broomstick.

      Two-day Elements Film Festival at Science World includes feature-length and short environmental films, discussion panels, and a student film competition.


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