42 things to do in Metro Vancouver on Sunday, April 21

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      Looking for something to do on Sunday? The Straight’s got you covered. Here are 42 events happening in or around Vancouver on Sunday, April 21.



      Natalie Escobedo

      Long Island, New York alt-rock band Taking Back Sunday plays the first of two nights at the Commodore Ballroom.



      Cinematography: Way of Seeing is a two-day workshop at Vivo Media Arts on how to make better use of camera and lighting to enrich storytelling and develop a deeper understanding of the theory and practice of cinematography.



      Easter in Queen's Park features entertainment by Ginger and Snap and Karima Es, face painting, and crafts for the whole family. 

      Easter at the Market features an Easter egg hunt and a visit with the Easter Bunny at Lonsdale Quay.

      The Easter Dino Egg Hunt at Britannia Mine Museum features egg hunts for children four-and-under and five-and-over.

      Easter Activities at Fort Langley National Historic Site include an egg scramble and a scavenger hunt.

      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. 



      Shakespeare After Dark at Havana Theatre features improvisors performing Shakespearean tragedy based on audience suggestions.

      Comedian Andrew Packer hosts weed-oriented show Jokes N Tokes at the Cannabis Culture Lounge.



      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.



      Andy Rasheed

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

      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.

      The Arts Club Theatre Company presents its final performance of The Orchard (After Chekhov), Sarena Parmar's timeless family drama set in the Okanagan Valley, at the Stanley Industrial Alliance Stage.

      Final 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.

      Final 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.




      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.

      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.

      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.



      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.

      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).

      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.



      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.

      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.

      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 An Audience of Chairs, director Deanne Foley's drama about a talented concert pianist and devoted mother whose grip on her mental health grows tenuous.

      Screening at Vancity Theatre of Angelique's Isle, about an Anishinaabe woman who is plunged into peril when she and her new French-Canadian husband are charged with safeguarding a copper claim on a remote island in 1845. 

      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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