49 things to do in Metro Vancouver on Friday, November 15

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      Looking for something to do on Friday? The Straight’s got you covered. Here are 49 events happening in or around Vancouver on Friday, November 15.



      Lovisa Drever

      Mint Records presents an album-release party by local rock band Woolworm, with guests Juice, Outpatient, and Kamikaze Nurse, at Red Gate Arts Society.

      Iranian-born, Vancouver-based punk-rock musician King Raam plays the Biltmore Cabaret.

      Seattle indie-folk singer-songwriter Noah Gundersen plays Venue.

      The three-day WestCoast Big Band Festival at the Croatian Cultural Centre showcases big bands from the Lower Mainland.

      Montreal ska-rock quintet K-Man & The 45s plays LanaLou's Restaurant.




      L.A.-based comedian Sean Tweedley performs the first of two nights of standup at Yuk Yuk's Comedy Club.



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

      The Eastside Culture Crawl is four-day celebration of visual arts, design, and crafts, featuring works by 500 artists in studios throughout Vancouver’s Eastside.

      The Chutzpah Festival features performances of comedy, theatre, dance, and music at multiple venues across Vancouver until November 24.



      Made in BC—Dance on Tour features performances by emerging dance artists Eric Cheung, Kristy Janvier, and Zahra Shahab at KW Studios.

      American dance troupe UNA Projects performs its show Coloring at the Norman Rothstein Theatre, with opening guests Vanessa Goodman and Belinda McGuire, as part of the Chutzpah Festival.




      Opera Mariposa presents Puccini's one-act opera Gianni Schicchi presented alongside fully staged excerpts from other Italian operas at St. Faith Anglican Church.

      The Vancouver Chamber Choir performs a program that includes a commission from American Paul John Rudoi at the Vancouver Academy of Music.




      T.J. Dawe performs Roller Coaster--his four-part monologue exploring why we go to war, the bigger significance of Star Wars, Marvel Comics, Harry Potter, Donald Trump's presidency, and the imminent collapse of civilization--at Performance Works.

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

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

      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.

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

      Performance at Presentation House Theatre of Jake's Gift, a drama about a Canadian WWII veteran’s reluctant return to Normandy, France.

      The 2019-2020 CapU Theatre Series opens with Macbeth, one of Shakespeare’s most popular tragedies, at the BlueShore Financial Centre for the Performing Arts.

      Performance at Richmond's Gateway Theatre of The Double Axe Murders, a psychological thriller steeped in Newfoundland folklore.



      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.



      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.



      Science World features hundreds of interactive exhibits in five permanent galleries, live science demonstrations and workshops, and giant movies in the Omnimax Theatre.

      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.

      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.



      The sixth annual Turkish Film Festival provides a window into contemporary Turkish cinema and culture at the SFU Goldcorp Centre for the Arts.

      Sex expert Dan Savage hosts the third day of the four-day HUMP! Film Festival at the Rio Theatre.

      Screenings at the Cinematheque of the documentaries Prey, Symphony of the Ursus Factory, and When Women Sing as part of the Crave Hot Docs Showcase.

      Screening of Heart of the Fraser at Capilano University, followed by Q&A with Dr. Ken Ashley from the BCIT Rivers Institute.

      Screening at Vancity Theatre of Martin Scorsese's new gangster flick The Irishman, starring Robert De Niro, Joe Pesci, and Al Pacino as Jimmy Hoffa.

      Screening at the Rickshaw Theatre of the Lil Peep documentary Everybody’s Everything, a humanistic portrait that seeks to understand an artist who attempted to be all things to all people.

      Screening at RYU of the documentary All 4 One: The Tandem Tour Story, about four best friends who challenge a team of British endurance athletes to a four person, quad-tandem bike race to try and raise money for mental health.


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