70 things to do in Metro Vancouver on Saturday, March 23

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      Looking for something to do on Saturday? The Straight’s got you covered. Here are 70 events happening in or around Vancouver on Saturday, March 23.



      Vancouver rock singer-songwriter Matthew Good plays the Vogue Theatre, with guest Poesy.

      Local instrumental band Buster Brown & the New Resolutions, featuring guitarist Andreas Schuld, plays Pat's Pub and Brewhouse, with guest Simon Jarrett.

      Festival du Bois celebrates its 30th anniversary with francophone music from across Canada at Coquitlam's Mackin Park.

      Local guitar-rock band Chase the Bear plays an EP-release show at the Bourbon, with guests Redwoods, Lucky Monkey, and Robots and Gods.

      Tributes to Celine Dion and Michael Bublé performed by Tiffany Desrosier and Adam Lucas at Richmond's River Rock Show Theatre.

      Park Sound Presents at North Van's Park Sound Studio features performances by Kuri, Wrecked Beach, and the Lunchtime Band.

      Dance-rock band Bombargo plays the Railway Stage and Beer Café, with guests Healing Days, Where We Wander, and Indigo Royals.

      New York jazz singer and bassist Katie Thiroux plays Frankie's Jazz.

      Edmonton blues singer-songwriter Kat Danser performs at a CD-release concert at St. James Hall.

      Canadian pop-rock band Lighthouse celebrates its 50th anniversary with the second of two nights at West Van's Kay Meek Centre.

      Manitoba indie-pop band Royal Canoe plays the Biltmore Cabaret.

      Instrumental eight-piece soul-funk band from Seattle, the Polyrhythmics, plays the Rickshaw Theatre.

      U.K. singer-songwriters Westerman and Puma Blue play a coheadlining show at the Fox Cabaret.

      Electronic-music producer and singer-songwriter from England, James Blake, plays the Harbour Event Centre.

      African and Latin dance party with DJ Marc Fournier and drummer Yoro Noukoussi at the Backstage Lounge.

      Tributes to Led Zeppelin and Kiss by Dazed 'N Amused and Alive N Kissin' at the Fairview Pub.



      Launchbox Style and Shop is a two-day pop-up curated by local fashion creatives, with all proceeds going to Vancouver’s Covenant House



      Julie Peters and Haley Plaa lead a relaxing yoga class at Semperviva Lifestyle Store that combines restful restorative yoga with gentle hands-on attention, healing touch, and massage. 



      The Riley Park Winter Farmers Market at Nat Bailey Stadium features produce from over 70 farms, plus coffee and food trucks.



      At Pacific Spirit Regional Park's Night Quest, kids can wander 2 km of lantern-lit trails, meet squirrels, skunks, and salamanders, and hear stories of nature at night.

      Carousel Theatre for Young People presents Elephant and Piggie’s “We Are in A Play!”, a new musical about two best friends, at Granville Island's Waterfront Theatre.

      Spring Break at the H.R. MacMillan Space Centre features special activities and programming focused on exploring the sun and moon. 

      Spring Break at the Vancouver Aquarium lets kids get up close with a penguin, catch a screening of Shark: A 4-D Experience, and be entertained by a puppet troupe.



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      The Vancouver Canucks take on the Calgary Flames in National Hockey League action at Rogers Arena.



      The Comic Strip at Tyrant Studios features standup by Sean McDonnell, Amber Harper-Young, and headliner Yumi Nagashima.

      Comedian Steve Hofstetter performs the second of two nights of standup at Yuk Yuk's Comedy Club.

      Comedian Erica Sigurdson performs the third of three nights of standup at the Comedy Mix.

      Alicia Tobin’s Come Draw With Me at Little Mountain Gallery features comedy inspired by audience drawings.



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      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.

      Arts Assembly's annual fundraiser, :Act 3, features performances at Red Gate by Katie Lowen, Kate Franklin with Modus Operandi, Lexi Vajda with Maxine Chadburn, Christoph Von Riedemann and Stéphanie Cyr, Maneater, and Sofia Catalina.

      Anthropologist Kate Hennessy leads a talk with artist Dina González Mascaró about her exhibition Vessels are Never Empty at franc gallery.



      The Karen Flamenco Dance Company presents traditional flamenco group dances, accompanied by live flamenco guitar and singer, at the Improv Centre on Granville Island.

      A fusion between dance theatre and burlesque, Heartsongs at the Dusty Flowershop features six dancers telling stories of love, heartbreak and sexual awakening.

      The Vancouver International Dance Festival features performances, workshops, and interactive dance activities at various Vancouver venues until March 30. Performances today include Vision Impure's Pathways, with choreography by Noam Gagnon, at the Roundhouse Performance Centre.



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      Poetry, hybrid prose, vignettes, and other liminal forms will be featured at the launch of Kristen E Nelson's The Length of This Gap at Massy Books.



      Soprano Magdelena How is joined by pianist Carter Johnson for a program of operetta favourites at Grand Luxe Hall.

      The West Coast Symphony Orchestra performs a concert of orchestral classics at New Westminster's Queens Avenue United Church.



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

      Multiple Organisms at the Vancity Culture Lab is a genre- and gender-bending surrealist comedy for adults about having a body and how our body is seen by others.

      The Arts Club Theatre Company presents The Orchard (After Chekhov), Sarena Parmar's timeless family drama set in the Okanagan Valley, at the Stanley Industrial Alliance Stage.

      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.

      Final 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.

      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.

      Final 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.

      Ruby Slippers Theatre presents its final performance of Marine Life, a romantic comedy by Rosa Labordé, at the Firehall Arts Centre.

      Performance at PAL Theatre of Mystery at Greenfingers, a comedic whodunnit set in a snowstorm.

      Performance at Surrey Arts Centre of Children of God, a musical about an Oji-Cree family whose children were taken away to a residential school in Northern Ontario.



      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.

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

      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.

      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.



      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.

      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.



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

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

      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 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.



      Screening at Maple Ridge's ACT Arts Centre of director Charles Wilkinson's Haida Gwaii: On the Edge of the World.

      Vancouver premiere at the Cinematheque of Marine Francen’s French historical drama The Sower.

      Screenings at Vancity Theatre of director Jia Zhangke's Unknown Pleasures, The World, and Ash is Purest White.

      Late-night screening at the Rio Theatre of Jim Sharman's comedic horror-musical The Rocky Horror Picture Show, starring Tim Curry as Dr. Frank N. Furter.


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