47 things to do in Metro Vancouver on Friday, July 12

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      Looking for something to do on Saturday? The Straight’s got you covered. Here are 47 events happening in or around Vancouver on Friday, July 12.




      Local band Necking performs a record-release show at Red Gate, with guests Emma Lee Toyoda (Seattle), Security Guard, and Bedwetters Anonymous.

      American pop singer-songwriter Greyson Chance plays the Fox Cabaret.

      Singer, pianist, and trumpet player Bonnie Northgraves performs with her jazz quartet at Tyrant Studios.



      Ocean Wise

      The Toast to the Coast fundraiser at the Vancouver Aquarium support Ocean Wise’s research, education, and direct action programs that improve the health of our oceans. 



      The fourth annual Belcarra Seasonglass Green Tea Festival at Camp Howdy features a diverse line of organic green teas, green tea-based foods and products, and interactive workshops.



      Canadian singer-songwriter and actress Jann Arden is keynote speaker at Conversations for a Healthy Midlife at the Vancouver Playhouse.



      Comedian Jane Stanton performs the first of two nights of standup emceed by Richard Lett at Yuk Yuk's Comedy Club.

      Lil Comedy Show at Instant Studios is a weekly event hosted by Andrea Jin and Alistair Ogden.

      The Fictionals present Knockout Punchlines, a new comedy competition featuring improv and standup, at Yuk Yuk's Comedy Club.



      Master carver from Zimbabwe, Rufaro Ngoma, gives live sculpting demos at Ukama Gallery on Granville Island.



      David Cooper

      The Dancing on the Edge Festival features contemporary dance productions from Canada, Brazil, and Korea at various Vancouver venues. Performances today include choreographer-dancer Ziyian Kwan's The Odd Volume (above) at the Firehall Arts Centre.



      The Arts Club Theatre Company presents a performance at the Granville Island Stage of Mom's the Word: Nest 1/2 Empty, by the Mom's the Word Collective.

      SHIFT Festival 12 at the Orpheum Annex features three short works created and performed by Tai Amy Grauman, Kelsey Kanatan Wavey (above), and Claire Love Wilson with Sara Rickrack.

      Theatre Under the Stars presents a performance of Disney's Newsies at Malkin Bowl in Stanley Park.

      Performance at Bard on the Beach of All's Well that Ends Well, a new staging of Shakespeare's work set in India during the waning days of British occupation.

      The Arts Club Theatre Company presents Matilda the Musical, an adaptation of Roald Dahl's children's novel Matilda, at the Stanley Industrial Alliance Stage.

      Performance at Bard on the Beach of The Taming of the Shrew, inspired by the 2007 spaghetti-western version of Shakespeare's work.

      Go Alumni Theatre Society presents Laundry and Bourbon & Lone Star, two comedies in two acts by James McLure, at GO Studios.

      A man contemplates his life from the seventh-story ledge of a building in Morris Panch's 7 Stories at Havana Theatre.




      Vicky Alexander: Extreme Beauty at the Vancouver Art Gallery features photography, sculpture, collage and installation, including new massive murals created in 2019.

      Robert Rauschenberg 1965-1980 at the Vancouver Art Gallery features rarely-seen prints, drawings, collages, sculptural works and large-scale works from one of the most experimental periods in the artist's career.

      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.

      Alberto Giacometti: A Line Through Time at the Vancouver Art Gallery features more than 130 paintings, sculptures, drawings, and lithographs from the artist’s pre- and post-war career. 

      Views of the Collection: The Street at the Vancouver Art Gallery focuses on the street as source of inspiration and site for the production and enactment of culture, with works by Roy Arden, Kati Campbell, Robert Capa, Robert Frank, Fred Herzog, Hong Chan Park, Judy Radul, Jack Shadbolt, Danny Singer, and Ian Wallace.



      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).

      Shadows, Strings and Other Things: The Enchanting Theatre of Puppets at the MOA illustrates the role puppets have played in the transmission of cultural knowledge, stories, and values.

      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.

      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.



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

      The B.C. Sports Hall of Fame and Museum features permanent galleries devoted to Terry Fox and Rick Hansen, a rock climbing wall, a virtual sports simulator, and history galleries.

      Kits Pool, Vancouver's only saltwater swimming pool, is 137 metres long and features a water park, two slides, cafes, and lockers. 

      North Vancouver's Grouse Mountain features a Skyride to the peak with views of the city and the Pacific Ocean.

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

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

      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.

      Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Garden is an authentic representation of an age-old garden tradition that reached its peak in the Ming Dynasty.

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

      Science World features hundreds of interactive exhibits in five permanent galleries, live science demonstrations and workshops, and giant movies in the Omnimax Theatre.

      The Deeley Motorcycle Exhibition features more than 250 privately-owned bikes from around the world.

      Stanley Park features 400 hectares of trails, with scenic walking and biking along the 8.8 kilometre seawall and totem park featuring eight poles by First Nations artists.

      Nitobe Memorial Garden is a traditional Japanese garden located at the University of British Columbia with waterfalls, stone lanterns, audio guides and tours, and a ceremonial teahouse.

      Vancouver Lookout features a ride in an exterior glass elevator and a 360° view of Metro Vancouver and the North Shore mountains.



      Screening at Vancity Theatre of The Serengeti Rules, Nicolas Brown’s adaptation of Sean B. Carroll’s influential book about man’s impact on the land.

      Screening at the Cinematheque of Hyenas, Djibril Diop Mambéty's 1992 film about a now-affluent elderly woman who returns to her impoverished desert village.

      Screenings at the Rio Theatre of Steven Spielberg's Indiana Jones movies Raiders of the Lost Ark, Temple of Doom, and The Last Crusade.


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