60 things to do in Metro Vancouver on Friday, April 12

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      Looking for something to do on Friday? The Straight’s got you covered. Here are 60 events happening in or around Vancouver on Friday, April 12.



      Local pop superstar Michael Bublé showcases tunes from his new album love at Rogers Arena.

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

      Local modern-rock band Strathcona plays the Bourbon, with guests Bong Chow, Tokyo Bleu, and the Stephen Ford Group.

      Indie-folk singer-songwriters Adyn Townes & Poor Nameless Boy play a double bill at Café Deux Soleils.

      Local bluegrass quartet Viper Central plays Langley's Bez Arts Hub.



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

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

      The Addictive Comedy Showcase at Surrey's Elgin Hall features comedy by the latest graduates from the Addictive Comedy Therapeutic Course.

      Grad School Improv presents its take on made-for-TV classics at Little Mountain Gallery.



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      L.A.-based burlesque group the LaLas Burlesque performs at Coquitlam's Hard Rock Casino Vancouver.

      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.




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



      Launch at READ Books of Janice Guy, the first monograph on the British-born photographer, gathering her radical experiments in photography from the late 1970s.

      Up-and-coming poets Sabrina Benaim and Clementine von Radics read from their work at the Rickshaw Theatre.



      The Vancouver Inter-Cultural Orchestra presents an evening of new music at St. Andrew's United Church.

      Musica intima performs works by Arvo Pärt and Knut Nystedt at St. James Hall.

      The United States' Cantus Male Vocal Ensemble shares the Chan Centre stage with Canada’s Chor Leoni as part of the VanMan Male Choral Summit.



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

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

      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.

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

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

      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.

      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).

      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.

      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.

      Never the Last at the Orpheum Annex follows the relationship between composer Sophie Carmen Eckhardt-Gramatté and painter Walter Gramatté.



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

      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.

      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.

      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.



      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.

      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.

      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.



      The 22-hectare VanDusen Botanical Garden features over 255,000 plants from around the world and almost two dozen sculptures.

      At the Bloedel Conservatory you can take in more than 200 free-flying exotic birds and 500 exotic plants and flowers.

      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 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.

      The Capilano Suspension Bridge features seven cable-bridges suspended in trees, the Living Forest exhibit, a totem pole collection, CLIFFWALK, and Treetop Adventure. 

      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.



      Late-night screening at the Rio Theatre of Todd Phillips's 2009 comedy The Hangover, starring Bradley Cooper, Zach Galifianakis, and Ed Helms.

      Screening at Vancity Theatre of Russell Mulcahy's action-adventure In Like Flynn, about the life of young Errol Flynn in Australia before he became a famous Hollywood actor.

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


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