62 things to do in Metro Vancouver on Friday, October 11

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      Looking for something to do on Friday? The Straight’s got you covered. Here are 62 events happening in or around Vancouver on Friday, October 11.



      Local guitar-rock veterans 54-40 play the first of two nights at the Commodore Ballroom.

      American pop band the Jonas Brothers plays Rogers Arena, with guests Bebe Rexha and Jordan McGraw.

      Former Genesis guitarist Steve Hackett performs the album Selling England by the Pound in its entirety at the Vogue Theatre.

      Petronia is a concert celebrating Latin American Heritage Month at the Orpheum Theatre.

      Eight-piece band performs a tribute to rock legend David Bowie at the H.R. MacMillan Space Centre.

      Singer-songwriter Leela Gilday performs a soulful evening of acoustic song and storytelling at the Historic Theatre.

      Louisville, Kentucky garage-punk band White Reaper plays the Biltmore Cabaret, with guests the Dirty Nil and Criminal Hygiene.

      Former Soul Coughing member Mike Doughty performs the band's debut album, Ruby Vroom, in its entirety, with guests the Ghost of Mr. Oberon.

      Oakland punk-rock band the Atom Age plays Pat's Pub and Brewhouse.

      Halifax alt-rock band Thrust Hermit plays the Imperial Vancouver.

      Folk duo the Small Glories, composed of Cara Luft and JD Edwards, plays St. James Hall.

      Kenyan singer-songwriter J.S. Ondara plays the WISE Hall, with guest Elise Davis.

      Drummer Nick Bracewell leads his power-jazz trio at Tyrant Studios.



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      The three-day Vancouver Halloween Parade and Expo is a festival inspired by comics, anime, video games, and mythologies from various cultures.

      The Pumpkin Patch at Richmond Country Farms features pumpkins, a live band, a wagon ride, and an animal farm.



      Opening night of the Stanley Park Ghost Train, which takes kids into the mystical and magical world of Alice in Nightmareland, with tombs, tombstones, crypts, and catacombs.



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      Local members of Extinction Rebellion share the latest climate science on where our planet and our society is heading in a public talk at Christ Church Cathedral.



      Laughter Zone 101 presents The Fictionals' improv show Improv Against Humanity at New Westminster's Anvil Centre.

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

      Reality TV meets improv in Big Survivor, a brand new comedy show at GO Studios.



      Vancouver’s all-Indigenous burlesque troupe Virago Nation performs at the Historic Theatre as part of TRANSFORM: A Cabaret Festival.

      Hidden Wonders Speakeasy Magic Experience is Shawn Farquhar's 75-minute magic show in a speakeasy-style performance venue hidden behind a fake business facade in Chinatown. 

      Cirque Transforming at the York Theatre is a contemporary circus crossed with traditional hoop dancing, as part of TRANSFORM: A Cabaret Festival.



      Suraj Yengde talks about his latest book Caste Matters at SFU Burnaby's Bennett Library.



      The UBC Symphony Orchestra under conductor Jonathan Girard performs works by Debussy and Rachmaninoff and UBC School of Music director T. Patrick Carrabré's "Symphony No. 1: War of Angels".



      Performance at the Goldcorp Stage at the BMO Theatre Centre of Cost of Living, a Pulitzer Prize–winning play about relationships and living with physical disabilities.

      Performance at North Van's Presentation House Theatre of SpeakEasy Theatre’s production of Young Jean Lee’s biting satire The Shipment.

      Performance at Havana Theatre of What We're Up Against, a dark comedy about a woman who tries to break the glass ceiling.

      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.

      The Arts Club Theatre Company presents a performance at the Granville Island Stage of The Birds & the Bees, a Canadian comedy about love, lust, beekeeping, and the artificial insemination of turkeys.

      Vagabond Players present a performance at New Westminster's Bernie Legge Theatre of Terror By Gaslight.

      Naked Goddess Productions presents a performance at Jericho Arts Centre of Dancing Lessons, about a professor with autism who approaches his neighbour for a dancing lesson.

      Performance at the Metro Theatre of Ken Ludwig's A Comedy of Tenors, about the last frantic hours before a Three Tenors-style concert in Paris.

      Performance at West Van's Kay Meek Arts Centre of Bed & Breakfast, a comedy about being out and finding home.

      Performance at Moberly Arts and Cultural Centre of Norwegian realist Henrik Ibsen’s psychological drama Hedda Gabler.

      Performance at Burnaby's Shadbolt Centre for the Arts of No Foreigners, which meditates on North American Chinese shopping malls as spaces of cultural creation and clash. 

      Mitch & Murray Productions presents a performance of Annie Baker's comedy Body Awareness, directed by Aaron Craven.

      Performance at Bobby's Apartment of Company, an immersive production about Bobby’s life as a bachelor, told in the context of his 35th birthday.




      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.

      Without a Word at the Polygon presents a selection of portrait photographs from the private collection of Bill Wu, including works by Berenice Abbott, Robert Doisneau, Walker Evans, Graciela Iturbide, and Mary Ellen Mark.

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

      Transits and Returns at the Vancouver Art Gallery explores the dynamic between place and movement in the work of twenty-one Indigenous artists from around the Pacific.

      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.

      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.



      Potter’s House of Horrors, one of the Lower Mainland’s largest Halloween attractions, features two ultra-scary haunted houses and one geared for kids 12 and under.

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

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

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

      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.

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

      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 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.



      Late-night screening at the Rio Theatre of horror legend George Romero's pioneering 1968 zombie flick, Night of the Living Dead.

      The Vancouver International Film Festival features screenings of over 320 films at the Vancity Theatre, Cinematheque, Rio Theatre, and other venues. Screenings today include Russian director Kantemir Balagov's take on war's human costs, Beanpole, at Vancity Theatre.


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