48 things to do in Metro Vancouver on Sunday, September 22

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      Looking for something to do on Sunday? The Straight’s got you covered. Here are 48 events happening in or around Vancouver on Sunday, September 22.



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

      Canadian Pink Floyd tribute band PIGS plays the Rio Theatre.

      Pianist Doc Fingers leads his band in a Jazz Vespers show at Surrey's Northwood United Church.

      Local Chicago tribute band West Coast Chicago plays the Fairview Pub.



      The Hearts for Mozambique fundraiser at the Vancouver Club features live performances, a silent auction, and canapes conceived by chef Ned Bell, with proceeds to help children struggling to continue their education after Cyclone Idai.




      Opening day of the new large-scale exhibition Cats & Dogs, running until January 2020 at Science World.

      Learn about the Fraser River’s history, culture, and the issues threatening its health, as well as solutions for change, at the Musqueam Community Dinner on the Musqueam Reserve.



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      The third annual Barbarian's Feast at the Cascade Room features guided whiskey tasting with Jameson Irish whiskey, cocktails, beers from Main Street Brewing and Driftwood Brewing, and all-you-can-eat roast pig.

      Learn the ins and outs of how chocolate is made and how to temper chocolate at a class at Coho Commissary.



      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.

      Developing a Creative Ritual That Promotes Healing is a workshop at Joy Kogawa House for writers who don't want to fall prey to the push for productivity.

      Join wellness advocate Tara Wild for an informal introduction to essential oils at Yinstill Reproductive Wellness.



      Comedian and social media star Claudia Oshry performs at the Vogue Theatre on her Dirty Jeans Tour.

      10 Things I Blank About You at Havana Theatre is completely improvised romantic-comedy presented by Instant Theatre.



      The Clock Collage Party is an art-making workshop on the final day of the Polygon's summer exhibitions.

      Create your own nature-inspired mixed-media piece in a creativity workshop at the Museum of Vancouver.



      Writers Jen Currin, Betsy Warland, Jonina Kirton, and Meharoona Ghani discuss the ways in which their spiritual practices and beliefs influence their writing at Banyen Books & Sound.



      Pandit Jasraj School of Music presents Indian classical vocalist Indrani Mukherjee, accompanied by Gurdain Rayatt on tabla and Pathan Ilyas Gulabkhan on sarangi, at Burnaby's James Cowan Theatre.



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      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.

      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?




      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.

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

      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.

      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.



      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.

      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.



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

      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. 

      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 Luce, director Julius Onah's drama about a liberal-minded couple forced to reconsider their image of their adopted son after he writes an extremely disturbing essay for school.

      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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