60 things to do in Metro Vancouver on Saturday, April 13

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      Looking for something to do on Saturday? The Straight’s got you covered. Here are 60 events happening in or around Vancouver on Saturday, April 13.



      American '80s-style hair-metal band Steel Panther plays the third of three nights at the Commodore Ballroom.

      L.A. indie-rock band Girlpool plays the Biltmore Cabaret, with guests Hatchie.

      San Diego alt-rock band Switchfoot plays the Queen Elizabeth Theatre, with guests Colony House and Tyson Motsenbocker.

      Australian rock band Murlocs plays the Fox Cabaret, with guests Ohtis.

      Swedish acoustic trio Väsen plays St. James Hall.

      L.A.-based singer-songwriter Sasami plays the WISE Hall.



      Party for the Planet at Surrey's Civic Centre is a free event featuring the new Live Green World, offering environmental workshops, a sustainable marketplace, acoustic concert series, and local vendors. Performers include children's entertainers Bobs & Lolo (above).



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



      Stalking the Chernobyl Zone: Atmospheres, Temporalities and Vital Remainders is a symposium on the Chernobyl Exclusion Zone at SFU Harbour Centre.

      Cannabis for Beginners is a two-hour workshop where people can learn the difference between THC and CBD, how to identify an Indica and a Sativa by sight or smell, what terpenes are, and dispensary etiquette.



      Kids can carry a bucket of salmon fry to Hyde Creek and release them for their journey to the ocean at Hyde Creek Education Centre & Hatchery's annual fish release and open house.



      The Comic Strip features standup comedy by Harris Anderson, Gavin Clarkson, and headliner Yumi Nagashima at Tyrant Studios.

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

      Standup comedians Chris James and Graham Clark perform the third of a three-night coheadlining bill at the Comedy Mix.



      The Sakura Days Japan Fair at VanDusen Botanical Gardens features Japanese festival foods, kids' crafts and activities, performances, exhibitors and vendors, and hands-on cultural experiences. 

      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.



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

      DanceHouse presents the American dancer-illusionist company MOMIX in the Canadian premiere of Viva MOMIX, helmed by artistic director Moses Pendleton.



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      The Capilano University Choirs and the Vancouver Philharmonic Orchestra perform works by Brahms, Mozart, Vaughan Williams, and Glinka at North Van's BlueShore Financial Centre for the Performing Arts.

      The VanMan Summit Concert at UBC's Chan Centre for the Performing Arts features performances by Cantus, Chor Leoni, Chor Leoni's MYVoice and PROMYS Honour Choirs, and VanMan Festival Singers.



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      Final performance at Richmond's Gateway Theatre of Glory, about four friends in 1933 who set out to prove to Canada that hockey isn’t just a sport for men.

      A Jewish lawyer is assigned to defend a skinhead in Cherry Docs at Pacific Theatre.

      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.

      Final performance at North Van's Deep Cove Stage of the lighthearted comedy Senior Follies.

      Final performance at GO Studio of This Is Our Youth, a dark comedy about adolescence and maturity.

      Final performance at Burnaby's Shadbolt Centre of the Arts of The Good Bride, a one-woman comedy about a 15-year-old Quiverfull Christian girl awaiting her wedding to her 29-year old fiancé.

      Performance at Metro Theatre of an adaptation of Jane Austen's Persuasion.

      Final performance at the Firehall Arts Centre of The Tashme Project: The Living Archives, which traces the history and common experience of the Nisei (second-generation Japanese Canadians).

      Final performance at Graham House of Machinations, a theatrical production by the Green College Players, written by Kavelina Torres.

      Present Laughter at White Rock's Coast Capital Playhouse is a Noel Coward comedy about a self-obsessed actor in the midst of a midlife crisis.

      Royal City Musical Theatre presents the classic musical comedy Singin' in the Rain at New Westminster's Massey Theatre.

      The Arts Club Theatre Company presents Bed & Breakfast, Mark Crawford's comedy about being out and finding home, at the Granville Island Stage.

      Almost, Maine at the Theatre at Hendry Hall is a midwinter night's dream by John Cariani.

      Raven Spirit Dance Production follows the journey of a young girl into a magical adventure in Salmon Girl at the Waterfront Theatre.

      Performance at Jericho Arts Centre of chimerica, a thriller about an American photojournalist seeking the lone protester at Tiananmen Square, and a Chinese dissident who pays a heavy price for inciting unrest.

      Seven Tyrants Theatre presents King Richard and His Women, a new adaptation of Shakespeare’s Richard III, at Tyrant Studios.

      Performance at the Cultch Historic Theatre of Act of Faith, a new play that explores the mystery of faith-based healing and the consequences of life-changing transformation.

      Performance at Burnaby's Shadbolt Centre for the Arts of Titanic the Musical, a Tony-winning musical with music and lyrics by Maury Yeston and book by Peter Stone.

      Opening night at Granville Island's Performance Works of Slingby Theatre's The Young King, a classic Oscar Wilde coming-of-age story.




      A Harlem Nocturne at the Contemporary Art Gallery presents still and moving images extrapolated and translated from archival sources, featuring a newly commissioned video project drawn from Deanna Bowen’s research into histories of Black community within Vancouver.

      Opening at the Polygon of Sḵwx̱wú7mesh Nation Basketball: Photographs by Alana Paterson, as part of the Capture Photography Festival.

      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.

      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.

      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.



      There is Truth Here at the Museum of Vancouver focuses on rare surviving artworks created by children who attended the Inkameep Day School (Okanagan), St Michael’s Indian Residential School (Alert Bay); the Alberni Indian Residential School (Vancouver Island) and Mackay Indian Residential School (Manitoba).

      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.

      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.

      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.



      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.

      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.

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



      Screenings at the Cinematheque of indie filmmaker Andrew Bujalski’s mumblecore films Mutual Appreciation (above) and Funny Ha Ha.

      Twentieth anniversary screening at the Rio Theatre of the Wachowskis' martial-arts fueled, cyberpunk sci-fi fantasy The Matrix.


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