48 things to do in Metro Vancouver on Sunday, May 20

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      Looking for something to do on Sunday? The Straight’s got you covered. Here are 48 events happening in or around Vancouver on Sunday, May 20.



      American rock band Poptone--featuring Daniel Ash (vocals, guitar), Kevin Haskins (drums) and Diva (bass, backing vocals)--performs classic songs from Tones on Tail, Love and Rockets, and Bauhaus at the Rickshaw Theatre.

      Folk-blues singer-songwriter and slide-guitar ace Martin Harley plays St. James Hall.

      American pop bands Smallpools and Great Good Fine OK coheadline the Imperial, with guests Half the Animal.

      Irish singer, songwriter, and actor Damian McGinty performs at the WISE Hall on his The Slow Dance Tour.

      American rapper Russ plays the Pacific Coliseum, performing on his I See You Tour Part 1.

      American-Canadian pop singer, songwriter, and composer Rufus Wainwright plays the Chan Centre for the Performing Arts.

      The Mud Bay Blues Band celebrates 40 years at the Railway Stage and Beer Café, with guests Buck Cherry (Modernettes), Scott McLeod (Big Top) and Tony Walker (The Rubes).

      Chicago tribute band West Coast Chicago plays North Van's Two Lions Public House.

      The Goblin Cabaret, a weekly showcase of local musicians and entertainers at Tyrant Studios, features intimate and unplugged performances by Jess Me, Celine Chandro, and Brian Africa.



      The Richmond Night Market features dozens of food stalls, a dinosaur park, paddle boats, a baby playground, music, martial arts, and dancing.

      The 72nd annual Cloverdale Rodeo and Country Fair features saddle-bronc riding, bareback riding, and bull riding, at Cloverdale Fairgrounds.



      Playland at the PNE features over 30 rides, including the Revelation, the Hellevator, the Beast, Hells Gate, the Flume, and the 60-year-old wooden rollercoaster.



      English standup comedian Jimmy Carr performs at the Vogue Theatre on his the Best Of, Ultimate, Gold, Greatest Hits World Tour.



      Douglas Coupland’s new radical art installation at the Vancouver Aquarium, Vortex, takes an imaginative journey to the Great Pacific Garbage Patch, immersing viewers in the ocean-plastic pollution crisis.

      Curator Laura Osorio Sunnucks leads a tour of the MOA exhibit Arts of Resistance: Politics and the Past in Latin America, detailing how the new acquisitions were sourced from politically tense areas in Latin America and how they express outrage and engage with injustice.

      Join exhibiting artist Margot Beauchamp for a hands-on creative experience at West Van's Ferry Building Gallery.



      An evening of dance and music at Granville Island Stage with tap group Razzmatap, MC Bernard Cuffling, Ballet Bloch, Eire Born Irish Dancers, violinist Kurt Chen, and the Lorita Leung Chinese Dance Group.



      The Creative Ink Festival at Delta Burnaby Hotel features panels, presentations and workshops, with guests of honour Kevin Hearne and C.C. Humphreys.



      The Fraser Valley Gilbert & Sullivan Society present a performance of the comedic operetta Iolanthe at New Westminster's Anvil Centre.

      The B.C. Chinese Orchestra joins with the Vancouver Folk Sing and Dance Troupe Choir to perform the classical piece Dream of the Red Chamber at Surrey's Bell Performing Arts Centre.



      ITSAZOO presents the Western Canadian premiere of David James Brock’s drama WET, set during the height of Canada’s involvement in the Afghanistan War, at the Russian Hall.

      Urban Ink presents the world premiere of Les Filles du Roi, a new Canadian musical by Corey Payette and Julie McIsaac, at the York Theatre.

      The Arts Club Theatre Company presents Mamma Mia!, a feel-good musical featuring the music of ABBA, at the Stanley Industrial Alliance Stage.

      Performance at the Orpheum Annex of Soldierland, a new play about the psychological effects of war on individuals and communities and the crippling changes it brings to society.



      Emily Carr in Dialogue with Mattie Gunterman is a new exhibition at the Vancouver Art Gallery featuring the paintings of Carr with 48 photographs by U.S.-born photographer Gunterman.

      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.

      The Blue Hour at the Contemporary Art Gallery features photographs by Joi T. Arcand (above), Kapwani Kiwanga, Colin Miner, Grace Ndiritu, and Kara Uzelman.

      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.

      Shigeru Ban, a new exhibition at Vancouver Art Gallery’s Offsite location, features the full-scale version of Japanese architect Shigeru Ban’s Kobe Paper Log House.



      Arts of Resistance: Politics and The Past In Latin America at the Museum of Anthropology at UBC exhibition illustrates how Latin American communities use traditional or historic art forms to express contemporary political realities.

      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.

      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 22-hectare VanDusen Botanical Garden features over 255,000 plants from around the world, a restaurant, a garden shop, and a horticulture library.

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

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

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

      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.



      Screening at the Cinematheque of The Stormy Man, director Umetsugu Inoue’s musical about a rowdy young hoodlum out to make it as a drummer in the Ginza jazz world.

      Screening at Vancity Theatre of writer-director Eisha Marjara's humanist movie Venus, which explores questions of identity and 21st-century relationships.

      Screening at the Cinematheque of Babe, the family classic about a resourceful piglet that becomes the world’s only sheep-herding swine.

      Late-night screening at the Rio Theatre of the cult 1975 horror-musical The Rocky Horror Picture Show, with Geekenders Shadowcast.

      Screening at Vancity Theatre of Lu Over the Wall, cult anime director Masaaki Yuasa's all-ages fairy tale about three teens whose attempts to form a pop band attract an unexpected guest vocalist: a mermaid named Lu. 

      Screening at the Cinematheque of Umetsugu Inoue’s first film, The Winner, about a punk kid who gets serious about boxing after getting beat up.

      Screening at Vancity Theatre of Five Seasons - The Gardens of Piet Oudolf, a meditative doc that elucidates revolutionary landscape designer Piet Oudolf's ideas about the beauty of plants.

      Screening at the Cinematheque of Wander About Me, Vancouver Film School alumnus Ghazaleh Soltani’s timely new film about an independent, unmarried woman on the cusp of turning 30, living and working in Iran's bustling capital city of Tehran.


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