58 things to do in Metro Vancouver on Friday, September 20

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      Looking for something to do on Friday? The Straight’s got you covered. Here are 58 events happening in or around Vancouver on Friday, September 20.



      Swedish rock band Ghost plays the Pacific Coliseum, with guests Nothing More.

      Canadian hardcore-metal punks Cancer Bats play the Rickshaw Theatre.

      Local blues band Incognito plays the Railway Stage & Beer Café, with guest Mike Machado.

      Oakland-based singer-songwriter and ukulele player mxmtoon plays the Rio Theatre, with guest Alexander 23.

      Dublin punk band Fontaines D.C. plays the Fox Cabaret, with guests Pottery.

      Alasdair Fraser and Natalie Haas, Scottish fiddle player and California cellist, play St. James Hall.

      The Longhand Trio--Skye Brooks, Russell Sholberg, and Tony Wilson--performs originals, covers of jazz classics, and tunes by the Beatles, CCR, and Frank Zappa.

      American country-blues singer-songwriter Pokey LaFarge performs a solo show at the WISE Hall.



      The Club House Gala at the Fairmont Hotel Vancouver will feature comedy performances and raise funds for the Boys and Girls Clubs of South Coast B.C.

      The three-day West Fine Art Show & Sale at Langley's Glass House Estate Winery will see partial proceeds of all art sales donated to the Langley Hospice Society.



      The Ultra Night Run in Stanley Park features neon-lit, five- and 10-km courses, a Michelob beer garden, and DJs.



      The Climate First Tour features a night of conversation with David Suzuki, Stephen Lewis, and other environmental advocates at UBC's Chan Centre for the Performing Arts.

      Female entrepreneurs share their startup stories, challenges, and advice at Brainstation Vancouver.

      Global Climate Strike at Granville Island's Karen Cooper Gallery features environmental discussion with members of Nature Trust BC, The Raincoast Conservation Foundation, and Sea Shepherd.



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

      The Garbage Sisters Improv Show at Little Mountain Gallery features improv comedy from two women in large coveralls.

      Comedian Greg Fitzsimmons performs the first of two nights of standup at Yuk Yuk's Comedy Club.



      The music of Pink Floyd is accompanied by performances of cabaret, variety, and burlesque at the Rock & Roll Carnival at New Westminster's Columbia Theatre. 



      Two performances at the Waterfront Theatre of Hip Hop Hoop Dance, created and performed by Terrance Littletent (Kawacatoose Cree Nation) and Chancz Perry.

      Kasandra Flamenco presents Ritmo y Soniquete, a flamenco show featuring Spain’s Ivan Vargas, at Burnaby's Shadbolt Centre for the Arts.

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



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      Talk at READ Books by writer-performer Simon(e) van Saarloos and the launch of her new book Playing Monogamy

      The Friends of the Vancouver Public Library’s three-day Fall Used Book Sale features paperbacks for just 50 cents and hardcovers for $2.



      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.

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

      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 a performance in the Theatre at Hendry Hall of Hot Property, in which a greedy developer, seasoned actors, and a sensational book collide.

      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.



      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.

      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.

      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.



      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).

      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.

      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.



      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.

      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.

      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 the Rio Theatre of Climax, writer-director Gaspar Noé's hallucinatory depiction of a party that descends into delirium when a troupe of young dancers gathers in a remote school building to rehearse.

      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 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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