54 things to do in Metro Vancouver on Sunday, April 14

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      Looking for something to do on Sunday? The Straight’s got you covered. Here are 54 events happening in or around Vancouver on Sunday, April 14.

       

      CONCERTS

      East African retro-pop band Alsarah & the Nubatones performs at St. James Hall.

      Guitarist Miles Okazaki leads his jazz band Trickster at Frankie's Jazz.

      London-based duo Ben Moorhouse and Leo Duncan, aka Ten Fé, plays the Biltmore Cabaret.

      Seattle jazz vocalist Greta Matassa performs with pianist Nick Peck, bassist Jodi Proznick, and drummer Julian MacDonough at Surrey's Northwood United Church.

      Vancouver blues legend Jim Byrnes performs a free show at Fire Hall #18, with donations to the BC Professional Fire Fighters’ Burn Fund welcome.

       

      EVENTS

      Over 30 local designers offer deep discounts at the 12th annual Nifty for Fifty sale at Heritage Hall.

       

      FASHION

      Vintage fashion show and talk on the history of floral print in women's 20th Century fashion by fashion historian and collector Ivan Sayers.

       

      FOOD AND DRINK

      Hands-on workshop at Kasama Chocolate on making chocolate from scratch, directly from the cacao bean. 

      Hastings Park Winter Farmers Market on the PNE Grounds features local produce, craft alcohol, artisanal foods, and food trucks.

       

      FORUMS

      Elisa Lee explores the importance of youth rites of passage and introduces her local program empowering girls at Banyen Books and Sound.

      Explore therapeutic yoga practices for a restful sleep at Semperviva Lifestyle Store.

            

      KIDS' STUFF

      Children's entertainer Will Stroet performs at Vancouver Fire Hall #1 as part of the Kevin Mooney Fire Hall Concert Series.

       

      TAKE ACTION

      Hanna Kawas

      Vancouver activists protest the fundraising gala of the Jewish National Fund and its charitable status outside Congregation Schara Tzedeck.

          

      ARTS ETCETERA

      SUSAN SCHUPPLI, DISASTER FILM, 2019. MOCK-UP.

      Join Capture Photography Festival for a tour of the outdoor public art project Signals in the Sea, curated by Jayne Wilkinson, at 6th & Fir Park.

      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.

       

      COMEDY

      First Wives Fight Club at the Vogue Theatre sees two classic ‘90s films mashed up into one wildly over-the-top drag narrative featuring Raja (above) Brooke Lynn Hytes, Ginger Minj, and Peaches Christ. 

      The Sunday Service at the Fox Cabaret is a weekly improv-comedy show.

      Instant Theatre presents an improv-comedy battle at Havana Theatre.

       

      LITERARY

      Sonja Larsen reads from her book Red Star Tattoo: My Life As a Girl Revolutionary at the Learnary.

       

      MUSIC

      JAN GATES

      The Pacific Baroque Orchestra performs Handel’s "Coronation Anthems" and "Ode for the Birthday of Queen Anne" at the Chan Centre.

      The Richmond Delta Youth Orchestra is featured in an afternoon of orchestral favourites at Minoru Park.

       

      THEATRE

      Erik Zennstrom

      Final performance at the Waterfront Theatre of the Raven Spirit Dance production Salmon Girl, which follows the journey of a young girl into a magical adventure.

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

      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.

      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.

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

       

      GALLERIES

      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.

      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.

      Sḵwx̱wú7mesh Nation Basketball: Photographs by Alana Paterson is showing at the Polygon 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.

       

      MUSEUMS

      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.

      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.

       

      ATTRACTIONS

      Jeff Vinnick

      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.

      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.

      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.

       

      MOVIES

      Afternoon screening at the Rio Theatre of Carmine Street Guitars. a documentary about New York guitar maker Rick Kelly's Greenwich Village guitar shop.

      Screening at Vancity Theatre of Corey Stanton's crime drama Robbery, about a father trying to clear his gambling debts to a cut throat casino owner.

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

       

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