18 things to do in Metro Vancouver on Thursday, October 17

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      American indie rock multi-instrumentalist and singer Andrew Bird plays songs from the span of his 15 studio albums including his latest, My Finest Work Yet. With guest Meshell Ndegeocello.

      Vogue Theatre, 918 Granville, 7pm, $45–55


      South London indie-folk singer Jade Bird plays material from her self-titled debut album. With guests Flyte.

      Imperial Vancouver, 319 Main, 9pm, $20


      Perennial favourite La Traviata, not seen in Vancouver for eight years, returns with an unprecedented collaboration between five Canadian opera companies complete with lavish sets and costumes.

      Queen Elizabeth Theatre, 630 Hamilton, 7:30pm, $42-180


      Canadian folk musician Jimmy Rankin comes from the East Coast to the West on his Songs From Route 19 Tour.

      Chief Sepass Theatre, Fort Langley, 7:30pm, $45


      Minneapolis guitarist and frequent Vulfpeck collaborator Cory Wong tours with tunes from his lighthearted jazz-funk album, The Optimist. With guest Phoebe Katis.

      Fox Cabaret, 2321 Main, 8pm, $29.50


      Grammy Award-winning jazz artist Cécile McLorin Salvant tour with her latest album, The Window.

      BlueShore Financial Centre for the Performing Arts, 2055 Purcell Way, North Vancouver 8pm, $48/$45


      North Vancouver indie alt-rock space musician young friend plays tracks from his debut EP, yours kindly. With Michaela Slinger, Scribbly Doodle, and Tessa.

      Railway Stage & Beer Café, 579 Dunsmuir, 8pm, $10


      Canadian blues veterans The Legendary Downchild Blues Band play songs from their storied 50 year career. With guest Jim Byrnes.

      River Rock Show Theatre, 8811 River Rd., Richmond, 8pm, $59.50/49.50


      The NBA comes north of the border when the L.A. Clippers go up against the Dallas Mavericks. The match-up features fan events and appearances by NBA  legends.

      Rogers Arena, 800 Griffiths Way, 7:30pm, PRICE


      The International TheatreSports Festival presents The Bechdel Test, a production based on cartoonist and author Allison Bechdel's feminist criteria: does a work of fiction have at least one scene in it where two named female characters talk about something other than a man? The remarkably low percentage of films and stories pass this test.

      Waterfront Theatre, 1412 Cartwright, 7:30pm, From $17



      The coming-of-age story China Doll follows a young girl’s path to freedom through books and reading. Set in the early 1900s this historical drama is brought to life through period costumes and beautiful projection design.

      Gateway Theatre, 6500 Gilbert Rd., Richmond, 8pm, From $29


      The 18th annual Whistler Writers Festival brings together the very best Canadian and international authors for a weekend packed with readings, workshops, speaker panels, spoken word events, and music.

      Fairmont Chateau Whistler, 4599 Chateau Boulevard, To October 20


      Concerned about disinformation, media, and Canada's democracy? At Facts or Fiction? Misinformation, Media and the Canadian Election journalists and scholars of media and democracy will discuss what has happened this election cycle in mainstream media coverage and on social media. Free breakfast provided.

      Vancouver Public Library Central Branch, 350 West Georgia, 7:30am, Free (breakfast included)


      Catch a screening of the new ski and snowboard film Winterland at the Rio. Come to either screening for a chance to win prizes from Atomic, Volkl, The North Face and more. 

      Rio Theatre, 1660 East Broadway, 6:30 and  9pm, $20


      Yagger's Downtown Pub Trivia pits teams against each other to see who's got the biggest brain. Prizes include gift certificates and rounds of drinks.

      Yagger's Downtown, 433 West Pender, 8:15pm, Free


      Bring the family to explore the Monster Maze at Tsawwassen Mills, visit the pumpkin patch, and come dressed up for trick or treating.

      Tsawwassen Mills, 5000 Canoe Pass Way, To October 31, Free


      Musical Jokes at Yuk Yuk’s has Harris Anderson headlining in support of his recently released album Above and Beyond.

      Yuk Yuk's Vancouver, 2837 Cambie, 8pm, $10


      October Improv Spooktactular is Nasty Women Comedy's inspiration for the Halloween season. 

      Biltmore Cabaret, 2755 Prince Edward, 7pm, $10/15


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