57 things to do in Metro Vancouver on Friday, November 8

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      Looking for something to do on Friday? The Straight’s got you covered. Here are 57 events happening in or around Vancouver on Friday, November 8.



      Australian rockers Dune Rats play the Rickshaw Theatre.

      American soul-pop singer-songwriter Jason Mraz plays the Queen Elizabeth Theatre.

      Local alt-folk band Shred Kelly plays the Fox Cabaret.

      Ohio singer-songwriter the Building plays the Biltmore Cabaret, with guest Heather Woods Broderick.

      Newfoundland folk duo Fortunate Ones play St. James Hall, with guest Sherman Downey.

      Victoria indie-rock band Current Swell plays the Commodore Ballroom.



      The Island Magic Show at Moberly Arts and Cultural Centre features magicians from Vancouver Island and headliner/host Bizarro from Las Vegas.

      An Old Time Square Dance Party at the WISE Hall features live music by the Estro-Jennies and special guest fiddler Kori Miyanishi.

      The BC Seed Gathering at KPU Richmond engages new and established growers, organizers, community leaders, and advocates working with seed from across B.C.


      FOOD & DRINK

      Soil to Sky: Harvest Feast at Eternal Abundance is a harvest-inspired dinner experience with four interactive courses, each plate inspired by seasonal produce taken from the land, sea and sky.




      The Thrilla at the Villa 2 is a professional boxing showcase featuring local and international talent at Burnaby's Grand Villa Casino.



      Canadian comedian Bruce McCulloch performs his one-man show Tales of Bravery and Stupidity at Burnaby's Shadbolt Centre for the Arts.

      American actor and comedian Ben Gleib performs the first of two nights of standup at Yuk Yuk's Comedy Club.

      Soda Fountain features comedy sketches, character bits, improv, and standup hosted by Graeme Achurch and Nathan Hare at Little Mountain Gallery.

      American comic, TV host, and author Chelsea Handler performs the second of two nights of standup at the Chan Centre for the Performing Arts.



      Cirque du Soleil presents a performance of Luzia under the Grand Chapiteau (Big Top) at Concord Pacific Place.

      The 16th annual Downtown Heart of the City Festival features over 100 events at over 40 locations throughout the Downtown Eastside.

      The Chutzpah Festival features performances of comedy, theatre, dance, and music at multiple venues across Vancouver until November 24. Performances tonight include Diary of Anne FrankX, directed by Stan Zimmermanat Norman Rothstein Theatre.

      Invasive Systems is a three-day exhibition at VIVO Media Arts showcasing independent works and collaborative works by artist/scientist pairs.

      The five-day Circle Craft Christmas Market at the Vancouver Convention Centre features works by more than 300 artisans.



      Informal performance at the West Point Grey Community Centre features Mexican-Canadian dance artist Ana Sosa, choreographer-dancer Desirée Dunbar, and the West Point Grey Collaborative Creative Dance Team.

      Dancer-choreographer Alvin Erasga Tolentino of CO.ERASGA presents Passages of Rhythms, an evening of three dynamic duets with three diverse artists, at the Nest.




      A conversation with Japanese-American author Karen Tei Yamashita, facilitated by writer/community organizer Erica Hiroko Isomura, at the InterUrban Gallery.




      Montreal Symphony Orchestra organist-in-residence Jean-Willy Kunz performs St-Saens' Carnival of the Animals at Holy Rosary Cathedral.

      Lost Voices at UBC's Roy Barnett Recital Hall features composers and works forever linked to the loss of war.




      Performance at the Historic Theatre of Kuroko, about an extreme recluse who has spent the last six years in her bedroom exploring virtual reality.

      Performance at North Van's Centennial Theatre of Green Day's American Idiot, the story of three boyhood friends searching for meaning in a post-9/11, Trumpian suburbia, discovering love, loss, sex, drugs, and rock and roll along the way.

      Performance at West Van's Kay Meek Studio Theatre of Patrick Hamilton's Gaslight, a thriller set in Victorian England in about 1880.

      Western Gold Theatre presents a performance of Escaped Alone, Caryl Churchill’s new play which unleashes an acutely female view of the apocalypse.

      Aenigma Theatre presents an adaptation of Henry James's ghost story The Turn of the Screw at Studio 16.

      Performance at the Stanley Industrial Alliance Stage of the romantic musical The Sound of Music.

      Performance at Metro Theatre of A Bunch of Amateurs, a comedy about an aging Hollywood action hero playing King Lear in an amateur dramatic society.

      The Array at the Greenhouse Studio features new short performances by Elysse Cleadle, Erika Mitsuhashi and Francesca Frewer, Theatre Conspiracy, and Upintheair Theatre.

      UBC Theatre and Film presents Timothy Findlay's World War I drama The Wars, adapted by Dennis Garnhum, at Frederic Wood Theatre.



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

      Cindy Sherman at the Vancouver Art Gallery explores the development of Sherman’s work from the beginning of her career in the mid-1970s to the present day, with selections from each of her major series, including new and rarely seen works.

      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.

      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.



      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.

      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).

      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.

      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.

      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 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.



      Screening at the Rio Theatre of director Stuart Gordon's gory 1985 horror-comedy Re-Animator.

      Screening at the Cinematheque of Certified Copy, Abbas Kiarostami's Rubik’s Cube romance starring Juliette Binoche as a French antique dealer living in Tuscany with her young son. 

      Screening at Vancity Theatre of Klaus, the animated Santa Claus origin story about a young postman who forms an unlikely friendship with a reclusive toymaker. 


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