64 things to do in Metro Vancouver on Friday, March 15

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      Looking for something to do on Friday? The Straight’s got you covered. Here are 64 events happening in or around Vancouver on Friday, March 15.




      Southern-rock legends Lynyrd Skynyrd play Abbotsford Centre on their farewell tour, with guest Randy Bachman.

      Punk band the Dreadnoughts plays a St. Patrick's Day weekend show at the Rickshaw Theatre, with guests BRASS, ATD, the Gung Hos, Campfire Shitkickers, and North by North.

      Cheryl Bear presents stories of Indigenous life through story and song at the Bez Arts Hub.

      Local rockers Cocaine Moustache play an album-release party at the Astoria Pub, with guests Ham Wailin' (Van Halen tribute), the Gnar Gnars,  and Colossus (Clutch tribute).

      Local rock bands High Stakes & Eleanor Rising play a coheadlining bill at the Bourbon, with guests Vice Girl and HDaSS.

      Really Rod is a tribute to legendary British rocker Rod Stewart at Burnaby's Scandinavian Community Centre.

      The Michael Agranovich Quartet performs classic guitar jazz at Tyrant Studios.

      Gamelan Gita Asmara performs a night of Balinese gamelan at the WISE Hall, with guests Basilissa, YEP, and DJ How-To.



      Fundraiser for Boys and Girls Clubs of South Coast B.C at the Rocky Mountaineer Station features comedian Steve Patterson.



      Vancouver photographer and adventurer William Jans presents a new multimedia show about absurd travels at Langara College Theatre.



      SFU prof. Dr. Glen Tibbits (right) discusses specializing in making stem cells from the blood of children and adult patients who have inherited cardiac arrhythmias at an SFU Café Scientifique at New Westminster's Boston Pizza. 



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      The Vancouver Canucks take on the New Jersey Devils in National Hockey League action at Rogers Arena.



      Mobilization Against War and Occupation is organizing a rally in front of the Vancouver Art Gallery protesting against American intervention in Venezuela and in support of democratically elected president Nicolas Maduro.

      Metro Vancouver youth will gather in front of the Vancouver Art Gallery as part of a global movement of youth in over 90 countries demanding that governments take action on the climate crisis



      Canadian comedian Bryan Hatt performs the second of three nights of standup at Yuk Yuk's Comedy Club.

      Vancouver-raised, L.A.-based comedian Gavin Matts 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.



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      Chan Hon Goh, director of the Goh Ballet and former principal dancer of the National Ballet of Canada, leads a masterclass at Goh Ballet Oakridge.

      The Vancouver International Dance Festival features performances, workshops, and interactive dance activities at various Vancouver venues until March 30.

      Choreographer Marie Chouinard creates a living canvas embodying Bosch’s most infamous masterpiece, The Garden of Earthly Delights, at the Vancouver Playhouse.



      Room magazine’s annual literary festival Growing Room, a celebration of diverse Canadian writers and artists, takes place at various Vancouver venues. Participating authors today include novelist, poet, short-story writer, screenwriter, and journalist Heather O'Neill.



      Cellist Johannes Moser performs with pianist Chiharu Iinuma at a Music in the Morning event at Christ Church Cathedral.

      The UBC Symphony Orchestra performs works by Françaix, Debussy, and Adams at the Chan Centre for the Performing Arts.



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      Ruby Slippers Theatre presents the Western Canadian premiere of Marine Life, a romantic comedy by Rosa Labordé, at the Firehall Arts Centre.

      Performance at the York Theatre of the politically driven, stereotype-smashing hip-hop empowerment play Hot Brown Honey.

      Performance at Richmond's Gateway Theatre of Gross Misconduct, in which two inmates at Millhaven Prison debate the nature of their crimes.

      Performance at UBC's Frederic Wood Theatre of Goldrausch, a comedy about the man who started the Gold Rush Fever of 1848.

      Constance Markievicz fights for Ireland’s freedom in Changed Utterly, a theatre verbatim play with songs and poems, at Jericho Arts Centre.

      Performance at Pacific Theatre of Jesus Freak, about a family whose tolerance is put to test when a member comes home from college and announces she’s become a Christian.

      Reverberations is a sound installation/memoir play at Presentation House Theatre based on the memories of writer and sound-designer Brian Linds.

      The Arts Club Theatre Company presents Redpatch, Raes Calvert and Sean Harris Oliver's story of an indigenous soldier from the Nuu-chah-nulth nation of Vancouver Island, at the Goldcorp Stage at the BMO Theatre Centre.

      The Brave New Play Rites Festival at Studio 1398 features new work by both undergraduate and graduate creative-writing students.

      Performance at the Evergreen Cultural Centre of The Good Bride, a one-woman comedy based on the true story of a Quiverfull Christian girl.

      Remount at Havana Theatre of Jesus Christ: The Lost Years, Monster Theatre’s play about a teenage Jesus.

      Performance at BlueShore Financial Centre for the Performing Arts of 9 to 5 the Musical. based on the 1980 comedy film, with music and lyrics by Dolly Parton.

      We Made This Up: Volume 1 at the Dusty FLowershop is an evening of original one-act plays from local writers and actors Laura Thiessen, Allyson Fournier, and Rob Jacobsen.

      Performance at Douglas College Studio Theatre of Morris Panych’s meta-theatrical black comedy, 7 Stories, directed by Thrasso Petras.

      Douglas College presents its final performance of Cinderella Waltz, a twisted retelling of the popular fairytale, at Laura C. Muir Performing Arts Theatre.



      A Handful of Dust at The Polygon features photographs from the last 100 years, focusing on the theme of dust.

      Affinities: Canadian Artists and France at the Vancouver Art Gallery features works from the Gallery’s collection focusing on influences of Impressionism, Post-Impressionism, and Surrealism on Canadian artists during the first half of the 20th century. Featured artists include J.W. Morrice, Emily Carr, Maurice Cullen, Paul-Émile Borduas, Rodney Graham, Mary Scott and Lucy Hogg.

      French Moderns: Monet to Matisse, 1850-1950 at the Vancouver Art Gallery features paintings, drawings and sculptures by artists such as Cézanne, Chagall, Degas, Manet, Matisse, Morisot, Renoir, and Rodin.

      Hexsa'am: To Be Here Always at UBC's Morris and Helen Belkin Art Gallery includes works Marianne Nicolson and Althea Thauberger with Siku Allooloo, Scott Benesiinaabandan, Darryl Dawson, Jaymyn La Vallee, Diane Roberts, Sara Siestreem, Juliana Speier, Nabidu Taylor, Kamala Todd, William Wasden Jr., Tania Willard and Lindsey Willie.

      Displacement at the Vancouver Art Gallery sees contemporary works from the gallery's collection that use “displacement” as a tool to elicit viewer reactions of all kinds. Featured artists include Sonny Assu, Aganetha Dyck, Teresa Marshall, Ken Lum, Robert Therrien, Luanne Martineau, Patrick Traer, Renee van Halm, Holly Ward, Tim Paul, and Myfanwy MacLeod.

      10,000 Ships at The Polygon showcases a photographic archive created by local photographer and "ship-spotter" Rod Logan.

      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.

      Krista Belle Stewart's site-specific installation Eye Eye is on display at SFU's Teck Gallery.

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

      Influenced by fields of perceptual psychology, science and architecture, Mowry Baden’s works at the Vancouver Art Gallery incorporate objects both found and constructed that incite curiosity, wonder, and laughs.

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

      The Contemporary Art Gallery presents the first solo exhibition in Canada by Brooklyn-based interdisciplinary artist, writer, and educator Kameelah Janan Rasheed.



      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.

      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.

      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.

      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.



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      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.

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

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

      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.

      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 the Rio Theatre of writer-director Jordan Peele's socially conscious 2017 shocker, Get Out.

      Screenings at the Cinematheque of François Truffaut’s The 400 Blows and Jules and Jim.

      Screening at Vancity Theatre of The Quietude, Pablo Trapero's melodrama about two exceptionally close sisters who discover secrets about each other after their father becomes ill.


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