50 things to do in Metro Vancouver on Sunday, February 23

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      Looking for something to do on Sunday? The Straight’s got you covered. Here are 50 events happening in or around Vancouver on Sunday, February 23.



      Final day of the three-day Winter Jazz at Performance Works features free performances by the Bonnie Northgraves Quartet (above) and the Itamar Erez Quartet.

      Minneapolis hip-hop duo Atmosphere plays the Commodore Ballroom, with guests the Lioness, Nikki Jean, and DJ Keezy.

      Boston electro-folk duo Tall Heights plays the Biltmore Cabaret.

      American flugelhornist Dmitri Matheny leads his quintet at Surrey's Northwood United Church.



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      At Climb the Wall people of all fitness levels and all ages can climb the 48 storeys (739 steps) of Sheraton Wall Centre in support of British Columbians struggling with lung conditions.

      The RunGo Dash for Dogs at Brockton Pavilion is a 2km walk and 5 or 10km run in Stanley Park, with all proceeds going directly to BC Guide Dogs.



      Final day of the B.C. Home + Garden Show, which features appearances by renovation and garden experts and TV personalities at BC Place Stadium.


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      The Hastings Park Winter Farmers Market on the PNE Fairgrounds features a host of new vendors and free parking at Gate 2 off Renfrew.



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      Final 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. Performing tonight at Rick Bronson's House of Comedy in New Westminster is comedian, actor, and writer Tim Dillon.



      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 Talking Stick Festival is a celebration of Indigenous artistry from around the world, featuring theatrical performances, music, dance, visual art, film, and spoken word at various Vancouver venues through February 29.

      Join curator Kimberly Phillips for a walk-through and discussion of the current exhibitions at the Contemporary Art Gallery.



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

      Using Our Voices with Choir!Choir!Choir! is an interactive experience at Temple Sholom that is equal parts singing, comedy, and community-building with globally-renowned song leaders.



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

      Final performance at Presentation House of God's Lake, about people in remote Manitoba dealing with unresolved justice and a complex past.

      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 Queen's Park's Bernie Legge Theatre of Tom Smith's Drinking Habits 2: Caught in the Act.

      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.



      Final day to see Transits and Returns at the Vancouver Art Gallery, an exhibition that explores the dynamic between place and movement in the work of 21 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.

      Shuvinai Ashoona: Mapping Worlds at the Vancouver Art Gallery brings together a selection of drawings created by the acclaimed Inuk artist over the past two decades.

      The Vancouver Art Gallery's lineages and land bases features more than 80 artworks from the gallery’s permanent collection that challenge the modern Western assumption that nature and culture exist as two distinct realms.



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

      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.

      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.

      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.



      The Sunday Night Movie Series at Bells and Whistles Restaurant features Rowdy Herrington's 1989 action flick Road House, starring Patrick Swayze.

      Screenings at Vancity Theatre of the documentaries Bellingcat: Truth in a Post-Truth World and The Corporate Coup d'état as part of the KDocs Film Festival.

      Screening at the Rio Theatre of of writer-director Jason Lei Howden's kinetic 2019 action flick Guns Akimbo, starring Daniel Radcliffe and Samara Weaving.


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