60 things to do in Metro Vancouver on Friday, November 9

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      Looking for something to do on Friday? The Straight’s got you covered. Here are 60 events happening in or around Vancouver on Friday, November 9.



      Vancouver-based electronic-rock band Dear Rouge plays the Commodore Ballroom, with guests Modern Space and Blonde Diamond.

      Electronic avant-pop artist Matthew Dear plays the Rickshaw Theatre, with local guests Iain Howie, tokiomi, and Nathan Hall.

      Australian electronic-music trio Crooked Colours performs tunes from debut album Vera at the Fortune Sound Club.

      Fundraiser for the PIVOT Legal Society at the WISE Hall features Queer as Funk with Dawn Pemberton. SOLD OUT.

      Italian house-music DJ Angelo Ferreri performs a three-hour set at Magnetiq Club Lounge, with guest Jesse Hills.

      Vancouver Latin American Cultural Centre presents a celebration of Brazilian music and dance with Aquarela do Brasil at the Vancouver Playhouse.

      Local blues veterans  Incognito play the Railway Stage & Beer Café, with guest Dameian Walsh.

      Blue Light Sessions presents an EP-release concert by Leisure Club at Blue Light Studio.

      The Rogue Folk Club presents an evening of  folk, rock, Celtic, Cajun, and jazz music by Early Spirit at St. James Hall.

      Violent Party from PDX plays with Subverter and Starvation at the Astoria Pub.

      Singer-songwriter Vincent Randazzo plays Park Sound Studios, with guests Sam Balson and Matt Harvey.

      Cabaret jazz-funk by Top Hat Goblins at Tyrant Studios' Friday Jazz.



      To Gordon With Love is an event honouring the contributions of Gordon A. Smith to the visual arts community, with proceeds to the Gordon and Marion Smith Foundation for Young Artists Endowment Fund.



      The Cosmos in a Heartbeat is a free lecture and visual presentation at the H.R. MacMillan Space Centre by Shane Larson, associate professor of physics at Northwestern University.



      Kids aged 13 to 18 can rediscover their favourite old-school video games and explore how technological innovations have transformed the world of video games at Science World's Mind Craft.



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      Teen Angst Night is a comedic reading series hosted by Sarah Bynoe at the Fox Cabaret.

      American comedian Godfrey performs the first of two nights of standup at Yuk Yuk's Comedy Club.

      Vancouver comedian Graham Clark performs the second of three nights of standup at the Comedy Mix.

      Barely Legal is an underground comedy show hosted by Sophie Buddle and Gavin Matts at Slice of Life Gallery.

      Notice Me! is an evening of standup comedy featuring Alex Biron at Kings Cafe.



      Curious Imaginings--an immersive sculpture exhibition featuring the hyper-realist, fantastical creatures of Australian artist Patricia Piccinini--continues at Strathcona’s historic Patricia Hotel.

      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.

      Diwali in B.C. is a multicultural, multi-disciplinary, inclusive festival with performances taking place at various Vancouver venues.

      The Vancouver Podcast Festival at the Vancouver Public Library features live shows by podcasters, panels, and a podfair.

      The Circle Craft Christmas Market at the Vancouver Convention Centre features works by over 300 artisans, including clothing designers, potters, wood and metal workers, glass blowers, jewellers, and toy makers.

      The Delightly is an all-genre cabaret of new works by local artists at Havana Theatre.



      Launch at Massey Books of Almost Islands: Phyllis Webb and the Pursuit of the Unwritten by local author Stephen Collis



      Mitch and Murray Productions proudly presents a performance at Studio 16 of Sex With Strangers, a drama about love, lust, and the nature of identity in our digital-dominated era.

      Vancouver Asian Canadian Theatre presents Tetsuro Shigematsu's autobiographical one-man show, Empire of the Son, at Richmond's Gateway Theatre.

      Performance at the York Theatre of SmallWaR, a companion piece to the 2016 smash-hit BigMoutH that looks at the man-on-the-ground and the consequences of what our leaders tell us.

      Performance at Havana Theatre of Best of Men, a decidedly unromantic one-act written and directed by Christiaan Westerveld.

      The Arts Club Theatre Company presents Sweat, Lynn Nottage's examination of a community that is formed and dissolved amidst the changing landscape of America, at Stanley Industrial Alliance Stage.

      With A Spoon and Rumble Theatre present a performance at Pacific Theatre of The Wolves, a play about a teenage girls' soccer team whose members grapple with discovering their identities as individuals and a team.

      Performance at the Waterfront Theatre of The Rocky Horror Show, Richard O'Brien's kitschy musical-theatre rock 'n' roll gothic thriller.

      Performance at Metro Theatre of Busybody, a crime comedy in which a cleaning lady finds the dead body of her employer. 

      Performance at Vancity Culture Lab of The Believers Are But Brothers, a one-man show that explores the smoke-and-mirrors world of online extremism, anonymity, and hate speech.

      Performance at the Cultch of Three Winters, in which a troupe of seven millennial actresses play WWII soldiers captured in the Stalag Luft III POW camp.

      Performance at Presentation House Theatre of writer-performer Julia Mackey's Jake's Gift, which explores the legacy of remembrance and personalizes the story behind one soldier’s grave.

      Fresh take on Shakespeare’s comedy Much Ado About Nothing, directed by BFA acting and MFA directing alumna Lois Anderson, at UBC's Frederic Wood Theatre.

      Performance at Jericho Arts Centre of Aeschylus’ tragedy from 463 BC, The Suppliant Women, which looks to find meaning in forced migration.



      Body Language: Reawakening Cultural Tattooing of the Northwest at the Bill Reid Gallery sees guest curator Dion Kaszas of the Nlaka’pamux First Nation trace the deep-rooted traditions of Indigenous tattooing, piercing and personal adornment.

      The Vancouver Art Gallery presents the Canadian premiere of Guo Pei: Couture Beyond, the first-ever fashion exhibition in the Gallery’s history, which traces the evolution of China’s foremost couturière over 10 years.

      Hunkpapa Lakota (Sioux) artist Dana Claxton addresses the oppressive legacies of colonialism through photography, film, video and performance in Dana Claxton: Fringing the Cube at the Vancouver Art Gallery.

      Discover the Vancouver Art Gallery’s permanent collection through an exhibition of nearly 90 paintings, drawings, photographs, and sculptures in A Curator’s View: Ian Thom Selects.

      Interface: The Woven Artwork of Jaad Kuujus at Bill Reid Gallery explores the intricate textile works and cedar weavings of the Kakwaka’wakw and Haida artist.



      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.

      Richmond's Lipont Place hosts Titanic: The Artifact Exhibition, which focuses on the legendary RMS Titanic's compelling human stories through more than 120 authentic artifacts and extensive room re-creations.

      Wild Things: The Power of Nature in Our Lives at the Museum of Vancouver delves into the life stories of local animals and plants—how they relate to each other and how they connect people to nature in the city.

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

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

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

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

      The Capilano Suspension Bridge features seven cable bridges suspended in trees, the Living Forest exhibit, totem pole collection, CLIFFWALK, and Treetop Adventure.

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

      The Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Garden is an authentic representation of an age-old garden tradition that reached its peak in the Ming Dynasty.



      Screening at Vancity Theatre of Josephine Decker’s "ecstatically disorienting" drama Madeline's Madeline.

      Screening at the Rio Theatre of Robert Zemeckis's 1985 sci-fi comedy Back to the Future, starring Burnaby's Michael J. Fox.

      Screenings at the Pacific Cinematheque of director Harmony Korine's Gummo and julien donkey-boy.

      Screening at Vancity Theatre of South Korean director Lee Changdong’s thriller Burningbased on the short story by Murakami Haruki.


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