48 things to do in Metro Vancouver on Friday, July 26

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      Looking for something to do on Friday? The Straight’s got you covered. Here are 48 events happening in or around Vancouver on Friday, July 26.



      Day One of the Constellation Festival in Squamish features mainstage performances by Serena Ryder (above), Dear Rogue, Fast Romantics, the Boom Booms, and Sarah MacDougall.

      Pop-punk band Ten Foot Pole plays Pat's Pub and Brewhouse, with guests Off By an Inch and Blacked Out.

      Four-Band Blast at Maple Ridge's Wolf Bar features performances by rock bands the Golers, Decadence, Roadrash, and Hexripper.

      Jazz guitarist David Sikula performs with bassist Jeff Gammon and drummer Joe Poole at Tyrant Studios.

      Alternative rock band Grizfolk plays the Biltmore Cabaret.



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      Off to the Races at Hastings Racecourse is a fundraiser for Project Limelight Society, a free performing arts program for kids living in the Downtown Eastside and Strathcona.



      The South Granville Seniors Centre hosts a summer block party featuring BBQ, live music, face painting, and arts and crafts. 




      Classic TheatreSports at the Improv Centre sees two teams of performers pitted against each other in competitive improv matches.

      San Francisco comic Ali Wong performs two standup-comedy shows at the Queen Elizabeth Theatre.

      Comedian Harris Anderson performs the first of two nights of standup at Yuk Yuk's Comedy Club, emceed by Larke Miller.



      The Clock is a 24-hour video screening at the Polygon that montages film and television footage from the last 70 years.

      A Nude Hope: A Sci-Fi Burlesque Adventure is a Star Wars burlesque parody at the Red Gate Revue Stage.


      Photographer Alec Soth gives a talk discussing his works and signs his book I Know How Furiously Your Heart Is Beating at the Polygon.


      Down Stage Right Productions presents Silence! The Musical, a satire on the horror film The Silence of the Lambs, at the Goldcorp Stage at the BMO Theatre Centre.

      Teatro Los Enamodaros presents The God of Carnage, a dark comedy in which two sets of parents meet to discuss a conflict between their children, at Havana Theatre.

      Performance at Bard on the Beach of Shakespeare in Love, in which young Will Shakespeare's love blossoms amid schemes and backstage theatrics.

      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.

      Carousel Theatre for Young People presents A Winter's Tale, a teen take on Shakespeare, at Ron Basford Park.

      Definitely a Musical is a musical comedy about free will and storytelling at the Surrey Arts Centre.



      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.

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

      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 postwar career. 

      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.

      Views of the Collection: The Street at the Vancouver Art Gallery focuses on the street as a 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 Museum of Anthropology at UBC 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 printmakers, collected as early as the 1890s.



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

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

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

      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.

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

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

      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.

      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 the Cinematheque of Suburban Birds, director Qiu Sheng's coming-of-age tale and temporal puzzle, structured around two parallel narratives. In Mandarin with English subtitles. 

      Screening at Vancity Theatre of Watergatedirector Charles Ferguson'definitive account of the ousting of American President Richard Nixon.

      Screening at the Rio Theatre of director Nicholas Winding Refn‘s neo-noir action thriller Drive, starring Ryan Gosling.


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