70 things to do in Metro Vancouver on Saturday, September 21

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      Looking for something to do on Saturday? The Straight’s got you covered. Here are 70 events happening in or around Vancouver on Saturday, September 21.



      Local indie-rock band Mother Mother plays Malkin Bowl, with guests Tokyo Police Club, the Zolas, and Sam Lynch.

      Swedish punk-rock quartet Millencolin plays the Imperial Vancouver.

      British pop-rock legend Elton John performs the first of three nights at Rogers Arena.

      All-star jazz project Broken Shadows honours the legacy of Ornette Coleman at the Western Front.

      Local rockabilly band Cousin Harley plays guitarist Paul Pigat's 50th birthday bash at the Rickshaw Theatre, with guests Peter and the Wolves and the Wheelgrinders.

      Canadian folk-roots band Leahy plays Maple Ridge's ACT Arts Centre.

      Los Angeles–based soul singer-songwriter Lucky Daye plays Venue.

      Taiko M.A.D. at the Cultch features new work for taiko drums with Max Murphy on wind instruments and electronic music.

      Local rock quartet STRIP plays the Railway Stage and Beer Café, with guests Last of the 80's, tokyo bleu, and J.A.C.K.



      Adam Schell

      Bring your own mat and breathe, stretch, and strengthen your way through poses in a free community yoga session led by instructor Kristy Wright Schell at River District Town Centre.

      Latin Cruises Vancouver presents a three-hour cruise on board the Queen of Diamonds, with three DJs and light buffet included.

      The Pop Culture Collectibles Swap Meet at the Scottish Cultural Centre features rare toys, memorabilia, comics, coins, action figures, crafts, LEGO, Transformers, Star Wars collectibles, die-cast models, jewelry, video games, records, CDs, and tapes. 

      Jay Onrait and Dan O'Toole present their TSN podcast Jay & Dan at the Vogue Theatre.



      Kaishin Chu

      The Trout Lake Farmers Market at John Hendry Park features seasonal produce, local meat, seafood, eggs & dairy, craft beer, wine & spirits, artisanal prepared food, and handmade craft.

      Parallel 49 Brewing Company hosts an Oktoberfest party featuring seven types of beers on tap, German-inspired snacks, Porky's Food Truck, and a live polka band. 

      Sample five teas from around the world and enjoy specialty crafted canapes onboard the MV Carousel at Yoho Cruises' High Tea on the Sea.



      The End of Life Matters and Marketplace is a free public event at SFU Vancouver designed to open conversations about death and dying. 

      Learn about recent advances in sleep medicine, including up-to-date clinical and basic research, at the two-day Patient Sleep Expo at Vancouver Convention Centre.



      The DTES Culture Saves Lives Pow Wow at Crab Park is a community cultural pow wow to honor all children.

      Woofstock at New Westminster's Port Royal Park is a family-friendly event where local pets and pet owners connect with other dog-friendly neighbours through fun activities, contests, live entertainment, and food trucks.

      Come Try Ringette is a free event at New Westminster's Moody Park Arena for boys and girls between the ages of four and 14. Free skate and helmet rentals available.



      The Vancouver Whitecaps take on the Columbus Crew SC in Major League Soccer action at BC Place Stadium.



      The Comic Strip at Tyrant Studios features standup comedy by Steev Letts, Amber Harper-Young, and headliner Aaron Charles Read (above).

      Bloodfeud: School's in Sesh at Little Mountain Gallery features standup vs. improv comedy, with guest cohost Racquel Belmonte.

      Stereotypical students join forces to avoid detention in Back to School TheatreSports at the Improv Centre on Granville Island.

      Dragging Out the Summer: An Autumn Delusion at Coquitlam's Evergreen Cultural Centre features drag artists Jakyllyn Hyde and Flannery Pajamas and headlining comedian Yumi Nagashima.



      Vancouver burlesque artist Sparkle Plenty (above) hosts the Blue Boa Burlesque Cabaret, featuring Ava Lure, Ginger Avenue, Ariel Helvetica, Melody Mangler, Cherry Ontop, and Ruthe Ordare, at the Fox Cabaret.

      Indonesia Fest 2019 at Burnaby's Nikkei National Museum & Cultural Centre features Indonesian traditional games, traditional dance and music performances, crafts, and travel info booths.

      Photographer Greg Girard talks about his work documenting his home town of Vancouver in the 1970s and beyond at Mobil Art School.

      The Grand Prix of Art is an outdoor painting competition at Richmond's Britannia Heritage Shipyards National Historic Site with over 100 artists racing against the clock to complete a work of art.



      In Reading the Bones at the Roundhouse Community Centre, Kokoro Dance conveys the trials and vulnerability of different stages of life and being.

      Karen Flamenco presents a one-hour show featuring traditional flamenco music, dance, puppetry, and magic at the Improv Centre on Granville Island.




      Peruse zines, chapbooks, and underground printed artifacts from around the world at Canzine Vancouver 2019 at the Vancouver Public Library.

      Mystery author Iona Whishaw signs copies of her book at Indigo Langley.



      Fourteen-year-old pianist and composer Matthieu Foresi performs music of Scarlatti, Beethoven, and Rachmaninoff at the Vancouver Academy of Music.



      Black Mirror meets The Handmaid's Tale in Hysteria, a production from Direct Theatre at Havana Theatre.

      Final performance at Bard on the Beach of Coriolanus, Shakespeare's examination of what it means to be loyal to a parent, to a leader, and to a country.

      North Vancouver Community Players present its final performance in the Theatre at Hendry Hall of Hot Property, in which a greedy developer, seasoned actors, and a sensational book collide.

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

      United Players present a performance of Ben Power's A Tender Thing, which posits: What if Romeo and Juliet didn't die in the Capulet family vault?

      FIrst Impressions Theatre presents a performance at Deep Cove Shaw Theatre of the adult romantic-comedy Frankie and Johnny in the Clair de Lune.

      The Arts Club Theatre Company presents a performance at Stanley Industrial Alliance Stage of A Thousand Splendid Sons, a sweeping tale set in which two women’s lives intersect through fate in war-torn Afghanistan.



      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.

      Gilded Age II at the Polygon presents both early and new works by Sara Cwynar, in which found photographs, everyday objects, illustrations, notes, and posed models form disparate associations.

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

      Vikky 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.

      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.



      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.

      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.

      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.

      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.



      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.

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

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

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

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

      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.

      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.

      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 director Stanley Nelson's 2019 documentary Miles Davis: Birth of the Cool, a portrait of the legendary trumpet player.

      Screening at the Rio Theatre of director E.J. Eaton's 2019 rock documentary David Crosby: Remember My Name.

      Screening at the Cinematheque of British filmmaker Jack Hazan’s radical 1974 docufiction hybrid A Bigger Splash, about the production of David Hockney’s iconic 1972 painting Portrait of an Artist (Pool with Two Figures)  and the personal crisis that surrounded it. 


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