80 things to do in Metro Vancouver on Saturday, December 14

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      Looking for something to do on Saturday? The Straight’s got you covered. Here are 80 events happening in or around Vancouver on Saturday, December 14.

       

      CONCERTS

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      London jazz quintet Ezra Collective plays the Fox Cabaret.

      Australian indie-pop singer-songwriter Alex Cameron plays Venue.

      Canadian country artist Johnny Reid performs at Abbotsford Centre on his My Kind of Christmas Tour.

      Keithmas X is a food bank fundraiser and tribute to Keith Richards at the Rickshaw Theatre featuring performances by Rich Hope, La Chinga, the Pack A.D., Bison, the Wild North, Jody Glenham, Dead Ghosts, Frankiie, the Keithberries, and the Rentalmen.

      The Marcus Mosely Chorale presents its Christmas concert, featuring original music and gospel faves, at North Van's Highlands United Church.

       

      BENEFITS

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      The 13th annual Victor Ghirra Toy Drive at Richmond's Riverside Banquet Halls supplies gifts for needy children, inspired by the generosity of the late Victor Ghirra.

      The second annual Charity Hotbox at Cannabis Culture Lounge features live local hip-hop, with new toys, donations, and non-perishable food items going to the Lower Mainland Christmas Bureau

       

      ETCETERA

      Running Tours Inc.

      The fifth annual Big Elf Run at Lumberman's Arch offers a 1km Wee Elf Run, a 5km Big Elf run/walk, and a 10km run/walk around scenic Stanley Park.

      The Aurora Winter Festival runs through January 5 on the PNE Grounds, featuring various rides and attractions, including a tube park.

      Christmas at Canada Place features the Woodward’s Windows, Canada’s North light display, the iconic Sails of Light, and the festive Avenue of Trees, until January 1.

      The Vancouver Christmas Market at Jack Poole Plaza is an authentic German market featuring more than 80 huts stuffed with sweets, treats, and treasures.

      The West End Pottery Club's three-day Holiday Pottery Sale at the West End Community Centre features works by more than 20 local artisans.

      Roundhouse Productions' video-laser show at the BCIT Planetarium features music by Pink Floyd, Gorillaz, and Radiohead.

      The Sunrise Festival Winter Sale at Sunrise Studios features ceramic arts, gifts, cards, vintage clothing, and handmade decorations.

       

      FOOD & DRINK

      The Riley Park Winter Farmers Market at Nat Bailey Stadium features produce from over 80 local farms, craft beverage producers, artisanal food makers, and food and coffee trucks.

        

      KIDS' STUFF

      Scuba Claus makes daily dives with the fishies as part of the holiday program at the Vancouver Aquarium until December 24.

      The Polar Express at Squamish's Railway Heritage Park is a 50-minute train ride with cookies and hot chocolate, a visit with Santa and Mrs. Claus, and gingerbread-cookie decorating.

      Performance at North Van's Presentation House of Where the Wild Things Are, an interactive, guided play experience for ages three to six.

      Once Upon a Fairytale at New Westminster's Bernie Legge Theatre is a family friendly musical-comedy about unlikely heroes who team up to save a kingdom from an evil plot.

      Christmas Carnival for ages two to seven at Coal Harbour Community Centre features games, face painting, balloon twisting, crafts, cookie decorating, bouncy castle, and a visit from Santa.

        

      SPORTS

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      The Vancouver Warriors take on the New York Riptide in National Lacrosse League action at Rogers Arena.

                      

      COMEDY

      Local comic Simon King tapes his new standup-comedy special with two shows at the Biltmore Cabaret.

      Vancouver TheatreSports presents seasonal mirth and merriment with Merry Kissmas: A Royal Romance at the Improv Centre.

      Comedian John Hastings performs the second of two nights of standup at Yuk Yuk's Vancouver.

      Help Wanted is an improv comedy show inspired by real job ads at North Van's Presentation House Theatre.

      Big Laughs Comedy at Cravings Restaurant and Bar features headliner Dylan Rhymer.

       

      ARTS ETCETERA

      Shiny Fuzzy Muddy, the annual artist-curated collection of fine art, craft, and design, hosts its final two-day farewell show at the Heritage Hall.

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

      The Taboo Revue Burlesque Variety Show at the WISE Hall features burlesque performances by the Screaming Chicken Theatrical Society.

       

      DANCE

      Karen Flamenco Dance Company presents a one-hour performance of Tchaikovsky's classical Nutcracker Suite at Granville Island's Improv Centre.

      Small Stage Urban Ballet at the Shipyards in North Van features dance inspired by Tchaikovsky’s iconic ballets.

      Winter’s Dance #onRobson features mixed-reality dance performances and interactive light installations inspired by Tchaikovsky classics.

      Mixed Nuts at the Vancouver Playhouse updates the beloved holiday favourite The Nutcracker with local stories. 

      Out Innerspace Dance Theatre explores themes of transition, conflict and hope in Bygones at Scotiabank Dance Centre.

          

      MUSIC

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      The Good Noise Vancouver Gospel Choir performs gospel, soul, and jazz arrangements of Christmas classics at Christ Church Cathedral.

      The Vancouver Men’s Chorus presents its annual holiday show, Making Spirits Bright, at St. Paul's Anglican Church.

      The Vancouver Youth Choir performs a holiday show, All is Bright, at Chan Centre for the Performing Arts.

      The Vancouver City Singers perform a selection of holiday songs, Amid the Snow, at Knox United Church.

       

      THEATRE

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      Theatre Replacement presents a performance at the York Theatre of the East Vancouver-set family show East Van Panto: Pinocchio.

      Zee Zee Theatre presents Holiday at the Elbow Room Cafe, a festive tribute to Vancouver's iconic eatery, at the Historic Theatre.

      Final performance at the Firehall Arts Centre of FADO: The Saddest Music in the World, the story of a young woman confronting her country’s fascist past and her own identity.

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

      It’s a Wonderful Life meets Modern Family in the Canadian comedy It's a Wonderful Christmas-ish Holiday Miracle at the Goldcorp Stage at the BMO Theatre Centre.

      Performance at the Waterfront Theatre of Bad Hats Theatre's adaptation of J.M. Barrie’s classic tale, Peter Pan.

      Ron Reed embodies Scrooge and 43 other characters in the classic holiday story A Christmas Carol at Pacific Theatre.

      Literary Larceny Collective presents a performance of The Tragic Comedy of Macbetha comedic take on Shakespeare's play, at Jericho Arts Centre.

      Untold Wants presents a performance of Cock, William Bartlett’s uproarious battle of wit and persuasion, at the Historic Theatre.

      The Arts Club Theatre Company presents a performance of Miss Bennett: Christmas at Pemberley at the Granville Island Stage.

      Fighting Chance Productions presents a performance of Girlfriend, a pop-rock musical inspired by the Matthew Sweet album, at the Nest.

      The Shoe Must Go On—A Cinderella Musical at Performance Works  is an irreverent take on the classic fairy tale.

      Performance at Richmond's Gateway Theatre of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat, a reimagining of the biblical story of Joseph, Jacob, and the coat of many colours.

      Performance at Metro Theatre of the holiday musical pantomime Alice In Wonderland: The Panto.

      Theatre In the Raw presents Wound Up in One-Acts, a set of original one-act plays, at Spartacus Books.

       

      GALLERIES

      EMILY CARR, DEEP FOREST, C. 1931 OIL ON CANVAS, COLLECTION OF THE VANCOUVER ART GALLERY, EMILY CARR TRUST, PHOTO: VANCOUVER ART GALLERY

      Rapture, Rhythm and the Tree of Life: Emily Carr and Her Female Contemporaries at the Vancouver Art Gallery is drawn primarily from the gallery’s permanent collection.

      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.

      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.

       

      MUSEUMS

      ANTECHAMBER, BY IAN JOHNSTON (2010-2012). COLLECTION OF THE ARTIST. PHOTO COURTESY OF THE ARTIST.

      Playing with Fire: Ceramics of the Extraordinary at the Museum of Anthropology at UBC showcases ceramic works by 11 B.C.-based artists expressing strong opinions on urgent social issues.

      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).

      Ship's Company: The Royal Canadian Navy at Work & Play at the Vancouver Maritime Museum features photography by Kathryn Mussallem celebrating the diverse humanity of Canadian naval forces. 

      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.

       

      ATTRACTIONS

      Festival of Lights is a winter wonderland with over one-million lights decorating 15 acres of VanDusen Botanical Garden, until January 5.

      Canyon Lights at the Capilano Suspension Bridge features festive light displays on the suspension bridge, Cliffwalk, and Treetops Adventure areas, until January 26.

      North Vancouver's Grouse Mountain features a Skyride to the peak with views of the city and the Pacific Ocean, plus ziplines, skiing and snowboarding, a sliding zone, snowshoeing, and a skating pond.

      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.

      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.

      West Vancouver's Cypress Mountain features skiing and snowboarding lessons, snowtubing park, cross-country ski trails, downhill skiing and snowboarding trails, and snowshoeing tours.

      North Vancouver's Mount Seymour features skiing and snowboarding, lessons, chairlifts, terrain parks, tubing and tobogganing, and snowshoe trails.

      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.

      Take a ride in an exterior glass elevator and get a 360° view of Metro Vancouver and the North Shore mountains at Vancouver Lookout.

      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.

       

      MOVIES

      Screening at the Cinematheque of Agnès Varda’s classic of French New Wave cinema, Cleo from 5 to 7.

      Screenings at Vancity Theatre of Noah Baumbach's divorce drama Marriage Story, starring Scarlett Johansson and Adam Driver.

      Afternoon screening at the Rio Theatre of the animated action-adventure Promare, in which elite firefighters pilot mechanical suits to save the world from flame-wielding mutants.

       

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