90 things to in Metro Vancouver on Saturday, October 28

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      Looking for something to do on Saturday? The Straight’s got you covered. Here are 90 events happening in or around Vancouver on Saturday, October 28.

       

      CONCERTS

      Canadian indie-pop duo Tegan and Sara--composed of identical-twin sisters Tegan Rain Quin and Sara Keirsten Quin--plays the Queen Elizabeth Theatre.

      Prog-rock legend and former Pink Floyd member Roger Waters performs the first of two nights at Rogers Arena.

      Australian rock band Hockey Dad plays the Cobalt, touring in support of debut album Boronia.

      DJ Flipout performs at the Commodore Ballroom for the Bacardi BooHaHa.

      H.P. Lovecraft-inspired rock band The Darkest of the Hillside Thickets plays Pub 340, with guests Mystery Machine, Loachy, and Monkeys in Drag.

      The Bling Out the Dead Tour features music by ILL Phil, Average Gypsy, and hosts Little T, BOTE, and Lupo the Wolf at the Rickshaw.

      Indian tabla master Zakir Hussain coheadlines the Chan Centre with English jazz bassist and bandleader Dave Holland.

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

      Benefit healing piano concert featuring improvisational pianists Serge Mazerand and Craig Addy at St. Andrew's-Wesley United Church.

      Art installations and eerie visuals will be showcased alongside sets by local DJs Kit Kat and Vinyl Ritchie at Beaumont Studio's Party Like a Rock Star.

       

      BENEFITS

      A Night of Miracles Gala at the Marriott Pinnacle Hotel features a gourmet meal created by chefs Vikram Vij (above) and Frank Gort, wines from Desert Hills Estate Winery, tropical entertainment, and live and silent auctions, with proceeds to the B.C. Children's Hospital.

      Women's clothing sale at the Welsh Society Hall helps raise funds for families who have a child with cancer and who are struggling financially while taking care of their child.

       

      ETCETERA

      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.

      Get to know your neighbours at a community block party at Westminster Quay that features free caricatures and crafts, music, games, and treats.

      Dress in over-the-top gowns and tuxedos at a vampire-themed Halloween party at Rosewood Hotel Georgia.

      The two-day Vancouver Baby and Family Fair at the Vancouver Convention Centre features exhibitors, seminars, hands-on demonstrations, and the latest products and services for the whole family.

      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.

      Two-day science-fiction, fantasy, and games convention VCON at Surrey's Sheraton Guildford Hotel features an art show, vendors, and guests such as author-scientist Kristie Charish, artist Nancie Green, and fan R. Graeme Cameron.

       

      FOOD & DRINK

      Dress up as your favourite Bob's Burgers character, watch episodes on a TV, and eat burger creations inspired by the popular cartoon show at the Bob's Burgers Takeover at What's Up? Hot Dog!

      Enjoy beer from local craft breweries while you watch glassblowing demonstrations by local artists at Terminal City Glass Co-op's Hot Glass Cold Beer.

       

      FORUMS

      Tenor saxophonist, jazz composer, and clinician Eric Alexander leads a saxophone bootcamp at Frankie's Jazz as part of Coastal Jazz's Cool School series.

      Margot Young and Joel Bakan moderate a discussion on "Reimagining the Constitution", featuring David Suzuki, DJ Larkin, Grand Chief Ed John, Jocelyn Stacey, and John Borrows, at Djavad Mowafaghian Cinema.

      Hands-on workshop at Lighthouse Labs teaches you how to use HTML and CSS to build a multipage website.

      Yoga instructor Julia Doty leads a workshop on demystifying the chakra system at Semperviva Yoga Sea Studio.

      Shakespearean acting teacher Christopher Weddell leads an acting workshop at Green Thumb Theatre that tackles the Bard's work with a comprehensive approach.

       

      KIDS' STUFF

      Spoo-ook-tacular at the Britannia Mine Museum features a spooky train ride, science shows, creepy critters, and a dress-up photo booth.

      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.

      Halloween Hunt at City Square Shopping Centre features trick-or-treating, cookie decorating, face painting, and a magic show.

      Halloween Spooktacular at Langley's Laughing Stock Ranch features pony rides, bouncy castles, a petting zoo, a craft table, a photo booth, a silent auction, and a concession.

      Heritage Halloween at Mackin Heritage Home and Toy Museum features homemade baking, cider, traditional crafts, and a spooky surprise.

       

      TAKE ACTION

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

      Protest the start of construction of the Kinder Morgan pipeline by congregating at Cates Park and in Burrard Inlet at an event organized by 350.org, Coast Protectors, Greenpeace Canada, Sea Wolves, and Stand.

       

      COMEDY

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

      Halloween Monster Match at the Improv Centre features costumed improv competitions, palm readings, spooky improvised poems, scary roving performers, a costume parade, and drink specials.

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

      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.

      Performances at Little Mountain Gallery by Vancouver standup comedians Abdul Aziz, Aaron Charles Read, Alain Williams, Jenny Toews, Randee Neumeyer, Mark Nesbitt, Ryan Williams, Marlene Swidzinski, Matty Vu, and Ryan Gunther.

       

      ARTS ETCETERA

      Kitty Nights West presents a burlesque tribute to Alice Cooper at the Rio Theatre, featuring Burgundy Brixx, April O'Peel, Calamity Kate, Lolita DeVille, Bitch Sassidy, Bacon N' Leggs, CC Jamz, Lithium Little, Kitty Glitter, Sheamus Fititin, and Boutique Cabaret.

      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.

      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.

      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.

      The Elemental Trends Fall Harvest Market at the Croatian Cultural Centre features works by more than 30 local independent artisans.

       

      DANCE

      Annual dance event at Creekside Community Rec Centre in which participants simultaneously emulate the zombie dance seen in the music video of Michael Jackson's "Thriller".

      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.

       

      LITERARY

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

       

      MUSIC

      Conductor Bramwell Tovey leads percussionist Dame Evelyn Glennie and the VSO in a program of Jennifer Higdon's Percussion Concerto and Shostakovich's Symphony No. 10 in E Minor at the Orpheum Theatre.

      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.

      Organists Michael Dirk and John Mitchell, joined by choir, brass, and percussion ensembles, perform music by Bach, Widor, Howells, Vierne, and Lang at St. John's Shaughnessy Church.

       

      THEATRE

      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 the final 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 the final 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 the final performance of Guillaume Corbeil's Unite Modele--which that takes an objective and unsettling look at gentrification and our relationship with image--at Studio 16.

      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.

      Metro Theatre presents opening night of Calendar Girls, Tim Firth's story about a group of women from Yorkshire who rally around their grieving friend by baring their torsos to raise money for a cancer ward.

       

      GALLERIES

      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.

      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).

      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.

       

      MUSEUMS

      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.

       

      ATTRACTIONS

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

      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.

      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.

       

      MOVIES

      Celebrate Halloween at the Cinematheque with Damn Scary! screenings of Hour of the Wolf, Lost Highway, and Carnival of Souls (above).

      The Spark Animation Festival presents a screening of Mune: Guardian of the Moon at Vancity Theatre.

      Late-night screening at the Rio Theatre of Rocky Horror Picture Show, the cult classic about a couple who get stranded in a storm and must take refuge in the castle of a bizarre doctor.

      The Spark Animation Festival presents a program of 16 short films from France at Vancity Theatre.

      The Spark Animation Festival presents a screening of Big Bad Fox & Other Tales at Vancity Theatre.

      The Spark Animation Festival presents a screening of Shoujirou Nishimi and Guillaume Renard's animated film Mutafukaz at Vancity Theatre.

       

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