72 things to do in Metro Vancouver on Friday, October 27

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      Looking for something to do on Friday? The Straight’s got you covered. Here are 72 events happening in or around Vancouver on Friday, October 27.



      Desert punk-blues group from Mali, Songhoy Blues, plays the Biltmore Cabaret.

      American rapper Action Bronson performs at the Commodore on his Blue Chips 7,000 Tour.

      Grammy-winning composer and big-band conductor Maria Schneider performs with local jazz ensembles "A" Band and NiteCap at BlueShore Financial Centre for the Performing Arts.

      Canadian rock band the Glorious Sons plays the Vogue Theatre.

      American industrial-metal group Genitorturers plays the Rickshaw, with guests BB Allin and the Stabbers, DJ Vanessa Turner, and DJ Unicode.

      The Rogue Folk Club presents Vancouver roots ensemble Twin Bandit at St. James Hall, with guest Oliver Swain.

      Coastal Jazz presents New York saxophonist Eric Alexander performing the first of two nights at Frankie's Jazz.



      Fright Nights at Playland, a Halloween-themed event featuring murderous ghouls, creepy clowns, and chainsaw-wielding freaks roaming the site, in addition to eight haunted houses.

      The Haunted Vancouver Trolley Tour explores Vancouver's dark and spooky history through stops at locales like Mountain View Cemetery and the Vancouver Police Museum.

      Potter's House of Horrors in Surrey features two haunted houses and a kids' attraction geared towards children 12 and under.

      Tour the many halls and rooms of Anmore Manor Haunted House and try not to get eaten by cannibals.

      The four-day Vancouver Fall Home Show at the Vancouver Convention Centre features home ideas, advice, and inspiration from more than 325 brands and local companies, with appearances by Sarah Richardson, Kortney and Dave Wilson, and Tiffany Pratt.



      The Semiahmoo Volunteer Community Police Society presents a fundraising evening at Surrey's Hazelmere Golf and Country Club featuring dinner, dancing to live music, and silent and live auctions. SOLD OUT.



      Magician Murray SawChuck performs a one-night-only show at Richmond's River Rock Show Theatre.



      Learn to empower yourself through strong flow, challenging posture, and focused mantras at a weekend yoga workshop with Kathryn Budig at Semperviva Yoga Kits Beach Studio.

      Vancouver women share stories of leadership and motherhood that focus on change at Leading Moms 2017 at the Goldcorp Stage at the BMO Theatre Centre.

      Forum at SFU Harbour Centre explores how affective political spatializations demarcate territories and boundaries.

      Liangliang Wang discusses the relationship between statistics and data science by introducing some basic statistical methods used by data science at New Westminster's Boston Pizza.



      Haunted Village at the Burnaby Village Museum is a Halloween attraction that puts a ghoulish spin on the museum's exhibits.

      The annual Stanley Park Ghost Train features an alien-themed train ride that investigates a spaceship crash-landing in Stanley Park. Event includes live music, food vendors, and arts and crafts.



      Take in two days of speakers, workshops, film, art displays, discussion, and revolutionary politics at the Russian Hall during the seventh International Che Guevara Conference Canada.



      Comedian Phil Hanley performs the second of three nights of standup at the Comedy Mix.

      Comedian Damonde Tschritter performs the second of three nights of standup at Yuk Yuk's Comedy Club.

      Charles Ross and TJ Dawe present the world premiere of a one-man parody of the popular Netflix program Stranger Things at New Westminster's Anvil Centre.



      Fight for Beauty at Fairmont Pacific Rim features public art projects undertaken with world-class creatives, architecture from architects who are artists in their own right, and fashion by some of the greatest designers in recent history.

      The 14th annual Downtown Eastside Heart of the City Festival features 12 days of music, stories, songs, poetry, films, theatre, dance, spoken word, workshops, discussions, gallery exhibitions, mixed media, art talks, and history walks at various DTES locations.

      Cirque du Soleil presents Kurios: Cabinet of Curiosities, a new production that takes you into the curio cabinet of an ambitious inventor who defies the laws of time, space, and dimension, at Concord Pacific Place.

      The three-day Burnaby Artists Guild Art Show and Sale at the Shadbolt Centre for the Arts showcases original artwork in a variety of style and media.



      Deanna Peters/MutableSubject presents Meta, a new work that explores the idea that our bodies are fluid, messy, and protean, at Scotiabank Dance Centre.

      Amber Funk Barton and her contemporary dance company the response showcase works-in-progress at Burnaby's Shadbolt Centre for the Arts.

      DanceHouse presents Finnish dance ensemble Tero Saarinen Company in Morphed, an exploration of masculinity undaunted by the extremes of sensitivity and heroism, at the Vancouver Playhouse.



      Explore the world of Taiwanese comics and cartoons at SFU Harbour Centre.

      Thousands of books on sale >at the Vancouver Public Library, with prices starting at less than $1.



      Music in the Morning presents a concert by the Rolston String Quartet at West Vancouver United Church.

      TomoeArts presents the world premiere at the Cultch of a noh chamber opera that reimagines Kayoi Komachi, a classic tale of unrequited love.

      Collaboration at SFU Goldcorp Centre for the Arts between the all-women Japanese drum group Sawagi Taiko and the First Nations performance group Tzo'kam.



      In association with Dipti Mehta, the Cultch presents Honour: Confessions of a Mumbai Courtesan, a testament to the humanity and lives of sex workers, at Vancity Culture Lab.

      Touchstone Theatre presents a performance at Firehall Arts Centre of Happy Place, playwright Pamela Mala Sinha's story about seven woman in an in-patient care facility.

      The Arts Club Theatre Company presents a performance at the Stanley Industrial Alliance Stage of King Charles III, Mike Bartlett's political satire about what happens when Queen Elizabeth II dies and her son Charles ascends the throne.

      Vagabond Players present the musical Little Shop of Horrors, about a flower-shop assistant whose life is changed when he stumbles across a peculiar new plant species, at Queen's Park's Bernie Legge Theatre.

      Western Gold Theatre presents Homeward Bound, director William B. Davis's version of Elliott Hayes's play about one family's Sunday dinner, at PAL Theatre.

      The White Rock Players Club presents a performance of The Woman in Black, director Stephen Mallatratt's version of the horror story about a lawyer who is certain that a curse has been placed upon him, at Coast Capital Playhouse.

      The Sidekick Players present a performance at Tsawwassen Arts Centre of Someone Who'll Watch Over Me, Frank McGuinness's play about three men who are held captive by terrorists in Beirut.

      Pacific Theatre presents a performance of The Lonesome West, the story of two Irish brothers who eke out a squalid existence in the house of their deceased father.

      Théâtre la Seizième presents Guillaume Corbeil's Unite Modele--which that takes an objective and unsettling look at gentrification and our relationship with image--at Studio 16.

      An all-Canadian cast takes on the challenges of menopause in Menopause the Musical at Surrey's Bell Performing Arts Centre.

      Massey Theatre presents Montreal artist Dulcinea Langfelder in Victoria, the story of a wheelchair-bound, 90-year-old woman suffering from the loss of memory, autonomy, and just about everything else.



      Carol Sawyer: The Natalie Brettschneider Archive at the Vancouver Art Gallery presents the latest findings of Vancouver-based artist Sawyer's ongoing research project that deftly reconstructs the life and work of the genre-defying, fictional artist Brettschneider.

      Bill Reid Creative Journeys at Bill Reid Gallery of Northwest Coast Art celebrates the three phases of the artist's creative journey, Pre-Haida (1948-1951), Haida (1951-1968) and Beyond Haida (1968-1998).

      Entangled: Two Views on Contemporary Canadian Painting at the Vancouver Art Gallery offers insight into two distinctly different modes of painting that have come to dominate contemporary painting in Canada.

      Intangible at Bill Reid Gallery of Northwest Coast Art exhibition spotlights six Coast Salish artists influenced by tradition as well as contemporary inspiration.

      Emily Carr: Into the Forest at the Vancouver Art Gallery is a collection of Emily Carr's forest paintings that highlight her continued exploration of the natural environment.



      Amazonia: The Rights of Nature at the Museum of Anthropology at UBC features Amazonian basketry, textiles, carvings, feather works, and ceramics both of everyday and of ceremonial use, representing indigenous, Maroon, and white settler communities.

      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.

      The Lost Fleet at the Vancouver Maritime Museum investigates the unjust 1941 seizure of 1,200 Japanese-Canadian fishing vessels following the bombing of Pearl Harbour through a collection of historic photographs, models of Japanese-Canadian-built fishing boats, fishermen’s tools, and replica documents.



      The 22-hectare VanDusen Botanical Garden features over 255,000 plants from around the world, a restaurant, a garden shop, and a horticulture library.

      Stanley Park features 400 hectares of trails, gardens, beaches, and West Coast rain forest, with scenic walking and biking along the 8.8 kilometre seawall.

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

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

      The Capilano Suspension Bridge features seven suspended footbridges offering views 110 feet above the forest floor.

      The new Parq Vancouver features two luxury hotels, a casino, eight restaurants and lounges, and a 30,000 square foot park.

      The Vancouver Aquarium features almost 800 animal species in galleries ranging from Canada's Arctic to the Amazon rainforest.

      Edgewater Casino offers 24-hour gaming, over 60 table games, a poker room, a high-limit section, 500 slot machines, restaurants and lounges, and live entertainment, including concerts and televised UFC events.

      Lighthouse Park features 10 kilometres of hiking trails, picnic areas, guided walks provided by the Lighthouse Park Preservation Society, and the historical 1912 Point Atkinson Lighthouse.

      Science World features hundreds of interactive exhibits in five permanent galleries, live science demonstrations and workshops, and giant movies in the Omnimax Theatre.



      Take in screenings of the Winona Ryder flicks Beetlejuice and Bram Stoker's Dracula (above) at the Rio Theatre's HalloWinona Double Bill.

      Celebrate Halloween at the Cinematheque with Damn Scary! screenings of Hour of the Wolf and Lost Highway.

      The Spark Animation Festival presents After Dark, a selection of 20 animated shorts from around the world, at Vancity Theatre.

      Free afternoon screening of the animated kids' movie Hotel Transylvania 2 at Vancouver Public Library's Renfrew Branch.

      The Spark Animation Festival presents the animated series Revolting Rhymes & Other Tales in its entirety at Vancity Theatre.

      See the 1910 silent-film version of Frankenstein, with live organ music, at St. Andrew's-Wesley United Church.

      The Spark Animation Festival presents Mothers of a Medium, 13 international shorts by female creators that capture the fun and foibles of human nature, at Vancity Theatre.


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