64 things to do in Metro Vancouver on Friday, February 14

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      Looking for something to do on Friday? The Straight’s got you covered. Here are 64 events happening in or around Vancouver on Friday, February 14.



      54-40 frontman Neil Osborne performs a solo show at Langley's Bez Arts Hub.

      Local blues legend Jim Byrnes performs a fundraiser for the Rogue Folk Club at St. James Hall.

      Juno-winning jazz vocalist Emilie-Claire Barlow performs at Burnaby's Shadbolt Centre for the Arts.

      Classically trained pianist Erica Mac performs love songs in creepy minor keys at the Heatley.

      American rock duo Illiterate Light performs tunes from its self-titled debut album at the WISE Hall.

      The Boots and Babes Ball at the Commodore Ballroom features country artists JoJo Mason, Sons of Daughters, and Kristin Carter.

      American rock band the Frogs, featuring Evan Dando of the Lemonheads, plays the Rickshaw Theatre.

      Nineteen-piece big band the Impressions plays classics from Frank Sinatra to Louis Prima at the Vancouver Alpen Club.




      The Heart On Cabaret at Performance Works on Granville Island is a very adult fundraising benefit for the Vancouver International Puppet Festival and Axis Theatre.



      Valentine’s Day After Hours at the Vancouver Aquarium is an adults-only event where couples can learn all about the romantic side of the animal kingdom.

      Gravitational Attraction is a Valentine’s Day event at the H.R. MacMillan Space Centre featuring drinks, appetizers, activities, and live music by Blonde Diamond.


      FOOD & DRINK

      Valentine's Day Wine & Cheese at Beetbox features wine from Austria’s Domaine Wachau, Spain’s Les Hermanas, and France’s Chapoutier and Les Jamelles.



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      The Vancouver Giants take on the Victoria Royals in Western Hockey League action at the Langley Events Centre.

      Friday Night Smackdown at Rogers Arena has World Wresting Entertainment bouts featuring Roman Reigns, Braun Strowman, and Kofi Kingston.



      JFL NorthWest features standup comedy, podcasts, improv, film and sketch performances at various Vancouver venues until February 25. Performers tonight include Melissa Villaseñor at Yuk Yuk's Comedy Club, Todd Barry at the Biltmore Cabaret, and Maria Bamford (above) at the Vogue Theatre.

      Improv couples duke it out in an audience-inspired competition at Love Matches at the Improv Centre on Granville Island.

      A Night of Love and Laughter at Havana Theatre includes a Latin-infused dinner and improv-comedy show.

      Grad School Improv gives an improv-comedy performance of The Bachelor at the Red Gate Revue Stage.

      My Jokes Are Up Here! features adult standup by three female comedians at Maple Ridge's ACT Arts Centre.



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      The two-day Illuminate Yaletown at 1200-block Hamilton Street transforms Yaletown into an immersive light-show experience with never-before-seen activations and artists.

      Burlesque Duos at the Rio Theatre features performances from eight of Vancouver’s top teasers, including April O’Peel & Portia Favro, Vixen Von Flex & Maiden China, Melody Mangler & Gia Sangria, and Ava Lure & Chelsea Hart.

      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.

      The Blue Boa Burlesque Cabaret at the Fox Cabaret features Lola Frost, Ginger Avenue, Amethyst Howl, Cici citron aka Cass Podor, and Lilac Lust.




      Dance artist Anouk Froidevaux shares choreographic research developed in collaboration with Canadian filmmaker and cinematographer Daniel Froidevaux at Scotiabank Dance Centre.

      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.




      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.

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

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




      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.

      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.



      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.

      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.

      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.



      At the Bloedel Conservatory you can take in more than 200 free-flying exotic birds and 500 exotic plants and flowers.

      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.

      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.



      Valentine's Day screening at Vancity Theatre of Francis Coppola's 1982 musical-romance One From the Heart.

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

      Late-night screening at the Rio Theatre of Nick Cassavetes' 2004 adaptaton of Nicholas Sparks' romantic novel The Notebook, starring Ryan Gosling and Rachel McAdams.


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