40 things to do in Metro Vancouver on Friday, January 18

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      Looking for something to do on Friday? The Straight’s got you covered. Here are 40 events happening in or around Vancouver on Friday, January 18.



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      Toronto singer-songwriter Claire Hunter plays Café Deux Soleils, with guest Zach Kleisinger.

      Death-metal bands Ensiferum and Septicflesh play the Rickshaw Theatre, with guests Arsis and Scimitar.

      The Winston Matsushita Trio performs piano-based jazz at Tyrant Studios.

      Tributes to the Doors and Bruce Springsteen are performed at Fairview Pub by the Unknown Soldiers and Springsteen On Broadway.

      Happy Hour Presents features performances at the WISE Hall by Bridal Party, Yung Heazy, Club Sofa, and Luv Supreme.



      Drag show at the Commodore Ballroom stars Vanessa "Vanjie" Mateo and Farrah Moan from Rupaul's Drag Race.



      Multi-course long table wine dinner at 7e7 focuses on the wines and cuisine of Latin America.




      The Vancouver Canucks take on the Buffalo Sabres in National Hockey League action at Rogers Arena.




      Comedian Brittany Lyseng performs the second of three nights of standup at Yuk Yuk's Comedy Club.

      American comedian Sarah Tiana performs the second of three nights of standup at the Comedy Mix.



      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.



      Ballroom dancers from Canada and the United States compete in the Vancouver Challenge Cup at the Hellenic Community of Vancouver.

      ACCELERATE 2.0 at the Cultch Historic Theatre features dancers Modus Operandi, Antonio Somera Jr., Joanna Anderson, Hilary Maxwell, and Kevin Locsin.



      The London Haydn Quartet performs Haydn's String Quartet Op. 76 with early clarinet specialist Eric Hoeprich at Christ Church Cathedral.



      Performance at the York Theatre of Dakh Daughters, which fuses music, theatre, and activism into a "freak cabaret".

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

      Performance 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 its final performance of The Odd Couple (Female Version) at Coquitlam's Evergreen Cultural Centre.

      Performance at the Historic Cultch of Mrs. Krishnan's Party, in which a boarder invites a few friends into the back room of a corner shop to celebrate Onam.

      Performance at the Metro Theatre of the mystery-comedy Murder On Reserve.



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

      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.

      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.

      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.



      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.

      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.

      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.

      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.

      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.



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

      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.

      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 documentary Science Fair, which portrays nine science-obsessed teenagers in the lead-up to the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair.

      Screenings at the Cinematheque of Russian director Andrey Zvyagintsev's Elena and The Return.

      Late-night screening at the Rio Theatre of Roger Vadim’s 1968 sci-fi sex romp Barbarella, starring Jane Fonda.


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