57 things to do in Metro Vancouver on Friday, April 19

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      Looking for something to do on Friday? The Straight’s got you covered. Here are 57 events happening in or around Vancouver on Friday, April 19.



      Austin, Texas rock band White Denim plays tunes from its latest album Performance at the Rickshaw Theatre.

      Washington, D.C. power trio Ex Hex plays the Biltmore Cabaret.

      Brooklyn rapper Leikeli47 plays Fortune Sound Club.

      L.A. indie-pop group lovelytheband plays the Commodore Ballroom, with guests Jagwar Twin and Flora Cash.

      Former Headpins vocalist Darby Mills plays two nights at the Fairview Pub with her current band.

      Local ska-punk band Big Madge plays the Bourbon, with guests Dante's Paradise, Fairly Feral, and Super Budget.

      Local rock 'n' roll band Servo plays the Roxy Cabaret, with guests the Seques.

      The David Sikula Trio performs progressive jazz at Tyrant Studios with guest Brad Turner.

      The Fort Langley Jazz & Arts Festival presents Vancouver jazz vocalist Dee Daniels at Langley's Bez Art Hub.



      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. 



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




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

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



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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.

      The Delightedly is an all-genre cabaret at Havana Theatre where Valerie Cotic, Jeff Leard, and TJ Dawe bring together artists from different disciplines and backgrounds for an evening of original work made from scratch.



      The Vancouver Chamber Choir performs works by Bach, O’Regan, and Vaughan Williams at the Orpheum Theatre.

      Pacific Spirit Choir and Orchestra perform Joseph Haydn's The Creation at West Vancouver United Church.

      The United Voices and Chamber Orchestra performs choral selections from Felix Mendelssohn and Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart at Pacific Spirit United Church.



      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.

      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.

      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.

      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 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.




      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.

      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.



      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.

      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.

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

      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.



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

      Screening at Vancity Theatre of Bella Ciao!, Carolyn Combs' ensemble drama about home, displacement, community, and solidarity.

      Late-night screening at the Rio Theatre of the 1992 bloodsucker comedy Buffy the Vampire Slayer


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