60 things to do in Metro Vancouver on Friday, February 7

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      Looking for something to do on Friday? The Straight’s got you covered. Here are 60 events happening in or around Vancouver on Friday, February 7.



      Toronto alt-rock quartet The Beaches plays the Commodore Ballroom, with guests Hunny.

      Hawaiian singer-songwriter-guitarist Henry Kapono performs original songs with a rock vibe at Kay Meek Arts Centre.

      Guitarist Paul Pigat's rock 'n' roll trio Cousin Harley plays White Rock's Blue Frog Studios.

      Canadian singer-songwriter and pianist Laila Biali plays the Bez Arts Hub.

      Experimental indie-folk singer-songwriter Ilya Krivo plays Our Town Café.

      Vancouver rockers the Black Halos play the first of two nights at the Rickshaw Theatre, with guests the Spitfires and Sore Points.

      Monthly square-dance at the WISE Hall features live music by the Estro-Jennies.



      The 16th annual Magee Market Fair at Magee Secondary School features a marketplace, entertainment, food and drinks, games and prizes, and a silent auction, with proceeds to the Magee Music Society.



      Neil Pearson discusses the intersection of yoga and western science within effective pain care at Banyen Books and Sound.

      Talk at the Fort Gallery by former BC Almanac host Mark Forsythe, inspired by connections between his book The Trail of 1858 and the gallery's current exhibition Gol Nu Get Mote.



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      The Vancouver Warriors take on the Buffalo Bandits in National Lacrosse League action at Rogers Arena.



      Laugh Wild Comedy and Laughter Zone 101 present a standup-comedy smackdown, Comedy Feud, hosted by Katrina Bennett (above) at the Fox Cabaret.

      Vancouver TheatreSports features two teams of players pitted against each other in competitive improv matches at Granville Island's Improv Centre.

      Improvisers explore the funny side of naughty at Frisky Friday at the Improv Centre on Granville Island.

      The Comic Strippers is a male-stripper parody and improv-comedy show at the York Theatre.



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      The PuSh International Performing Arts Festival features 27 works from 24 companies--including six world premieres by local artists--at various Vancouver venues until February 9. Performances today include Footnote Number 12 (above) at Performance Works.

      Boobies & Wieners 7 is an explicit nude-art show at the Arts Factory featuring drawings and paintings by local artists. Viewer discretion advised.

      Left of Push #3 at Left of Main offers three mixed bills by local and visiting artists working across disciplines.

      Forget Me Not is a new Ronnie Burkett production at a secret location that lets each audience member hold a one-of-a-kind Burkett hand puppet and become part of a puppet chorus that propels the story as it unfolds.



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      The Dance Centre and PuSh International Performing Arts Festival present Montreal-based dance artist Dana Michel in Cutlass Spring at the Scotiabank Dance Centre.



      Performance at the Granville Island Stage of Cipher, a play about a forensic toxicologist trying to solve a Vancouver Island cold-case murder.

      Backbone Theatre Collective presents a performance of Spine, Clara Brennan's fierce and timely one-woman play, featuring Kate Besworth.

      Electric Company Theatre presents a performance at the Vancouver Playhouse of Anywhere But Here, Carmen Aguirre’s blend of dark comedy and magical realism, with music and raps by Shad.

      Performance at the Stanley Industrial Alliance Stage of Noises Off, a farce about the egos and insecurities of a second-tier acting troupe putting on a show.

      Performance at the Theatre at Hendry Hall of Becky's New Car, a comedy by Stephen Dietz, directed by Peter Zednik.

      Performance at BlueShore Financial Centre for the Performing Arts of 7 Stories, playwright Morris Panych's set on the ledge of a seven-story building where a man is contemplating suicide. 

      Performance at Burnaby's Michael J. Fox Theatre of Shrek the Musical, about a hulking green ogre who, mocked and feared his entire life, retreats to an ugly swamp.

      Performance at the Shadbolt Centre for the Arts of God's Lake, documentary theatre about the strength of the people in the remote fly-in reserve of God’s Lake Narrows, Manitoba.

      Performance at the Historic Theatre's Vancity Culture Lab of Gruesome Playground Injuries, a quirky story about the psychological and physical tolls of family and love.

      Performance at Richmond's Gateway Theatre of Straight White Men, Young Jean Lee's satirical comedy about three brothers who return home for the holidays.

      The Sisters of Perpetual Sewing return in Tom Smith's Drinking Habits 2: Caught in the Act at Queen's Park's Bernie Legge Theatre.

      Performance by TES Youth Theatre of the sci-fi pulp musical Little Shop of Horrors at the Red Gate Revue Stage.




      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.

      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.

      The Sodomite, Invasion Experimentation, Politics and Sexuality in the work of Jimmy DeSana and Marlon T. Riggs runs until April 25 at North Van's Griffin Art Projects.



      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.

      Acts of Resistance at the Museum of Vancouver showcases the artwork of seven indigenous artist activists from the Pacific Northwest, whose designs flew from the Iron Workers Memorial bridge on July 3, 2018.

      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.

      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.



      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.

      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.

      Granville Island in False Creek features a public market, artisan gift shops, studios, galleries, microbrewery tours, and is home to the Arts Club Theatre and Vancouver TheatreSports.

      Hastings Racecourse features indoor and outdoor viewing of live thoroughbreed racing, simulcast betting, restaurants and lounges, and a gaming floor with over 600 slot machines. 

      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.

      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.

      West Vancouver's Lighthouse Park features 10 kilometres of hiking trails, picnic areas, guided walks, and the historical 1912 Point Atkinson Lighthouse with viewpoint.

      Richmond's Steveston Village is an historic fishing village that's home to the Gulf of Georgia Cannery National Historic Site, the Britannia Shipyards National Historic Site, Fisherman’s Wharf, the Steveston Museum, the Steveston Tram, and London Heritage Farm.



      Afternoon screening at the Rio Theatre of director Ant Timpson's B.C.-shot horror-thriller Come to Daddy, starring Elijah Wood.

      Screening at the Cinematheque of The Tree of Life, Terence Malick's 2011 examination of family, faith, and loss.

      Screenings at Vancity Theatre of five 2020 Oscar-nominated documentary shorts, including films from the South Korea, the U.K., and the U.S.


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