50 things to do in Metro Vancouver on Saturday, January 12

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      Looking for something to do on Saturday? The Straight’s got you covered. Here are 50 events happening in or around Vancouver on Saturday, January 12.



      British fingerstyle jazz-guitar virtuoso Martin Taylor performs at BlueShore Financial Centre for the Performing Arts.

      Eighteen local bands perform at a David Bowie-inspired cancer benefit at the Rickshaw Theatre.

      Live music by the Mike Cody Band is featured at the East Coast Kitchen launch party at the Portside Pub.

      New York City jazz pianist Ray Gallon performs at Pat's Pub & Brewhouse.

      Tributes to Rage Against the Machine, AC/DC, and Kiss are performed at Surrey's Blackbird Hall by Calm Like A Bomb, Bonnie Scott, and Alive n Kissin.

      Vancouver art-pop band Only a Visitor performs at the Cultch, with guest Wallgrin.



      Comedy for a Cure at the Rio Theatre features Charlie Demers, Jacob Samuel, and host Katie-Ellen Humphries (above), with proceeds to the Tumour Foundation of B.C.

      Perform for Pride is a benefit cabaret for QMUNITY, an LGBTQ+ community centre and resource centre, at Deep Cove Shaw Theatre.



      Sample hundreds of gluten-free products while learning from leading experts at the two-day Gluten Free Expo at Vancouver Convention Centre.




      Elite Canadian Championship Wrestlers battle in the second of two nights at the Commodore Ballroom.



      New York-based comedian and current Saturday Night Live cast member Alex Moffatt performs the third of three nights of standup at the Comedy Mix.

      Sketch- and improv-comedy show at Little Mountain Gallery features Kerri Donaldson and Allie Entwistle.

      American comedian Josh Wolf performs the second of two nights of standup at Yuk Yuk's Comedy Club.

      Local Asian-Canadian comedians perform anime improv in Fistful of Kicks at Havana Theatre.

      The Comic Strip features comedy by Gavin Clarkson, Oli Maughan, and headliner Steev Letts at Tyrant Studios.

      Comedian Mike Delamont skewers everything from Platypus to Pocahontas at Maple Ridge's ACT Arts Centre.

      Unscriptured is an improvised church service for a religion made up on the spot at Havana Theatre.



      Douglas Coupland’s 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.



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      Final performance at the Vancouver Playhouse of The Full Light of Day, a hybrid of theatre and film featuring Jim Mezon, Gabrielle Rose, and Jillian Fargey.

      Opening night at the Firehall Arts Centre of Circle Game, Re-imagining the Music of Joni Mitchell, by Andrew Cohen and Anna Kuman.

      Stage 43 Theatrical Society presents a performance of The Odd Couple (Female Version) at Coquitlam's Evergreen Cultural Centre.

      Performance at the Surrey Arts Centre of Blind Date, a fusion of clown, improv, theatre, and social experiment. 




      Looking at Persepolis: The Camera in Iran 1850-1930 at Polygon Gallery features contemporary video and photographic works by Hannah Rickards and Batia Suter.

      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.

      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.

      Batia Suter: Parallel Encyclopedia Extended at Polygon Gallery is an installation of photographic reproductions that highlight the proliferation of digital images.

      Polit-Sheer-Form Office at Vancouver Art Gallery's Offsite is the first Canadian exhibition by the Chinese contemporary art collective.

      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.

      The Vancouver Art Gallery presents The Metamorphosis, an exhibition drawn from its collection that examines transformation and change.



      Shakeup: Preserving What We Value at the Museum of Anthropology at UBC explores the convergence of earthquake science and technology with Indigenous knowledge and oral history.

      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.

      Marking the Infinite at the Museum of Anthropology at UBC features nine leading Aboriginal women who are revered matriarchs and celebrated artists from remote regions of Australia.

      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.

      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/Flux: Art of Korean Diaspora at the Museum of Vancouver features selected works of Jin-me Yoon, Junghong Kim, and Jin Hwa Kim, artists originally from the Republic of Korea now based in the Vancouver area.



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

      North Vancouver's Grouse Mountain features a Skyride to the peak with views of the city and the Pacific Ocean, plus ziplines, skiing and snowboarding, a sliding zone, snowshoeing, and a skating pond.

      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.

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



      Screening at Vancity Theatre of The Woman Who Loves Giraffesa documentary about Canadian biologist Anne Innis Dagg.

      Screening at Vancity Theatre of Is There a Picture, which tracks the origins and inspirations of Vancouver artists Marian Penner Bancroft, Rodney Graham, Christos Dikeakos, Ian Wallace, and Jeff Wall.

      Screening at the Cinematheque of writer-director Renée Beaulieu's fearless second feature, Les Salopes or the Naturally Wanton Pleasure of Skin.

      Screening at the Cinematheque of Roads in February, Katherine Jerkovic's Uruguay-shot debut in which a Montrealer decamps to her birthplace to reconnect with family.

      Fortieth anniversary screening at the Rio Theatre of Ralph Bakshi's animated film The Lord of the Rings.

      Screening at Vancity Theatre of Fulvio Risuleo's contemporary fairy tale Look Up as part of the 2019 Italian Film Festival.


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