55 things to do in Metro Vancouver on Saturday, April 20

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      Looking for something to do on Saturday? The Straight’s got you covered. Here are 55 events happening in or around Vancouver on Saturday, April 20.



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      Local punk-rock band Russian Tim and the Pavel Bures plays an album release at the WISE Hall, with guests You Big Idiot, the Corps, the Greatest Sons, Aanthems, and Dead End Drive In.

      Local blues-rockers the Steve Kozak Band play the Eclipse Lounge at the Hastings Park Racecourse.

      Local country band Taylor-Rae & the Backseat Drivers plays the Railway Stage and Beer Café, with guests with Richard Tichelman, Nicole Aubrey, and Anika Mackay.




      Pop-Up Roller Rink at Robson Square Ice Rink includes an all-ages family skate, a roller derby bout, and a disco-themed adult skate.

      At 420 Vancouver participants can sample cannabis products, celebrate the cannabis culture, and protest against the stigma and harassment which cannabis users still face.

      The Vancouver Magic Circle presents a performance by American magician Kenrick "Ice" McDonald at Port Moody's Inlet Theatre.



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



      The Vancouver Aquarium's Easter at the Aquarium includes an Easter scavenger hunt, screening of the BBC movie Shark: A 4-D Experience, and story time.

      Kids can hop on the Stanley Park Train for an Easter ride through the forest, then take part in a scavenger hunt, crafts, games, and photos with the Easter Bunny. 



      The Vancouver Giants take on the Spokane Chiefs in Western Hockey League playoff action at the Langley Events Centre.



      The Comic Strip at Tyrant Studios features standup comedy by Ryan Williams, Gavin Banning, and headliner Ari Matti (above).

      Bloodfeud: Pots and Pans is a comedy show at Little Mountain Gallery where standup comedians and improvisers battle it out for comedy glory.

      Coheadliners Kevin Foxx and Levi McCachen perform the third of three nights of standup at the Comedy Mix.

      Comedian Todd Ness performs the third of three nights of standup at Yuk Yuk's Comedy Club.




      The Capture Photography Festival presents the Flats Gallery Hop, a guided gallery tour that includes Gallery Jones, Trapp Projects, Monte Clark Gallery, and Equinox Gallery.

      April O'Peel Productions presents a burlesque tribute to Fleetwood Mac at the Rio Theatre, hosted by Miss Kiss.

      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.



      Zee Zee Theatre presents Dead People's Things, a darkly comedic play about a millennial who inherits a house and all of its contents after her estranged hoarder aunt commits suicide.

      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.

      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.

      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.

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

      Performance at Tsawwassen Arts Centre of The Best Brothers, a comedy about two middle-aged sons bickering over their free-spirited mother's funeral arrangements.

      Performance at PAL Theatre of Mal and Cara, a comedy about a married Vancouver couple and a radical career change.




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

      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.

      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.

      Moving Still: Performative Photography in India at the Vancouver Art Gallery features more than 100 works that examine themes of gender, religion, and sexual identity.



      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.



      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.

      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.



      Screening at Vancity Theatre of Falls Around Her, first-time writer-director Darlene Naponse's character drama about a world-famous Anishinaabe musician who returns to the reserve to rest and recharge.

      The Persistence of Vision Film Festival at the Frederic Wood Theatre features short films by third- and fourth-year emerging artists in the UBC Film Production program at UBC Theatre and Film.

      Screenings at the Cinematheque of director/star/stuntman Jackie Chan's 1980s action epics Police Story and Police Story 2.


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