60 things to do in Metro Vancouver on Saturday, February 15

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      Looking for something to do on Saturday? The Straight’s got you covered. Here are 60 events happening in or around Vancouver on Saturday, February 15.




      Sixties-inspired garage-rockers the Eleven Twelves play LanaLou's Restaurant, with guests Massy Ferguson and Kele Fleming.

      Montreal-based electro-pop artist Geoffroy plays the Fox Cabaret.

      New York City brass-funk band Lucky Chops plays the Rickshaw Theatre.

      Electronic-music show Monster Uncaged: Origins at the PNE Forum features headliners Seven Lions and Joyryde.



      Guest curator Ivan Sayers presents a historic fashion show at Anvil Centre to illustrate how women over the last century have dressed to keep warm or stay cool, but still remain chic. 


      FOOD & DRINK

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



      JFL NorthWest hosts an In Conversation session with comedian, actor, and director Bobcat Goldthwait at Vancity Theatre.

      JFL NorthWest hosts an In Conversation session with comedian Margaret Cho at Vancity Theatre.



      Th’owxiya: The Hungry Feast Dish at Surrey Arts Centre is a family-friendly Kwantlen First Nations fable featuring an ensemble cast of Indigenous storytellers.

      Family Day Weekend at the Aquarium features free admission for children 12-and-under, special exhibits, and access to over 60,000 aquatic creatures. 

      The two-day Family Festival 2020 at Burnaby's Nikkei National Museum & Cultural Centre features traditional Japanese toys and games, a magician, virtual-reality games, and workshops.

      Performance at Waterfront Theatre of BEEP, a story about unexpected friendship, finding where you fit, and learning how to mix things up.



      JFL NorthWest features standup comedy, podcasts, improv, film and sketch performances at various Vancouver venues until February 25. Performers tonight include Bobcat Goldthwait at the Rio Theatre, Middleditch & Schwartz at the Orpheum Theare, Chris Redd at the Biltmore, and Margaret Cho (above) at the Vogue.

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

      Vancouver TheatreSports presents The Late Show, uncensored improv-comedy for adults, at the Improv Centre on Granville Island.



      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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      Tentacle Tribe combine elements of contemporary dance, hip hop, and martial arts in Ghost, a physical score that echoes the subtle pulse of respiration, at the Historic Theatre.

      The Karen Flamenco Dance Company presents a one-hour production at the Improv Centre featuring live traditional flamenco music, dance, storylines, puppetry, and magic.



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      Vancouver Opera presents Rossini's comic masterpiece The Barber of Seville at the Queen Elizabeth Theatre.

      Eight conductors lead the Vancouver Chamber Choir in a program of madrigals and motets, folksongs and spirituals, and prayers and partsongs at Vancouver Academy of Music.

      A live orchestra and chorus perform two of Handel’s masterworks at Hycroft Manor.

      Vancouver-based soprano Dorothea Hayley and Venezuelan pianist Manuel Laufer perform Night Sparks at Pyatt Hall.



      Electric Company Theatre presents the final 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.

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

      Final 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.

      Final 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.

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

      Performance at the Firehall Arts Centre of Talking Sex on Sunday, a new musical comedy by Sara-Jeanne Hosie & Nico Rhodes in which women share fears and find the power of friendship.

      Boone Dog Productions presents a performance of Steel Magnolias, a tale of camaraderie that follows six Southern belles and their steadfast friendships.



      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.

      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.

      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.




      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.

      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.

      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.



      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 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.

      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.

      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.

      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.



      Screening at the Cinematheque of The Young Girls of Rochefort, Agnès Varda's 1967 musical about music-minded twins in a sleepy seaside town in southwestern France. 

      Late-night screening at the Rio Theatre of Oliver Stone's offbeat 1994 serial-killer flick Natural Born Killers, starring Woody Harrelson and Juliette Lewis.


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