10 things to do in Vancouver this weekend, October 15-17

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      Please note: due to COVID-19, B.C. Vaccine Cards and/or masks may be required for entry to certain in-person events.

      FRIDAY AND SATURDAYDan Savage's Hump! Film Festival, featuring short amateur porn films curated by sex columnist Dan Savage, runs until Saturday at the Rio Theatre.

      Cris Derksen

      FRIDAY AND SATURDAY: Maestro Otto Tausk leads the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra in A New World, with works by Mussorgsky and Dvořák and indigenous cellist/composer Cris Derksen’s powerful braiding of the traditional and contemporary, at the Orpheum Theatre.

      Imagine Van Gogh
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      FRIDAY TO SUNDAYImagine Van Gogh, an immersive exhibition featuring massive projections of the Dutch master's work, runs until October 31 at the Vancouver Convention Centre.

      FRIDAY TO SUNDAY: The Vancouver Outsider Arts Festival takes place at the Roundhouse Community Arts & Recreation Centre. The fifth annual event features visual and performing artists facing social exclusion and other barriers to opportunities for art exhibition, performance, and sales.

      FRIDAY TO SUNDAY: GROWING FREEDOM: The instructions of Yoko Ono/The art of John and Yoko runs at the Vancouver Art Gallery until May 1, 2022. The exhibition is divided into two parts, the first of which delves into Ono’s artistic process, reflecting her radical and unconventional approach, and the second highlighting Ono and her deceased husband John Lennon’s collaborative art projects aimed at promoting peace.

      Big Apartment, comprised of Vivian Tang and Maddy Rafter, performs as part of the Vancouver Improv Festival.

      FRIDAY TO SUNDAY: The Vancouver Improv Festival features improv-comedy shows and workshops at the Cultch. The festival has showcased more than 1,300 local and international performers since it was created in 1999.

      FRIDAY TO SUNDAY: The hybrid Whistler Writers Festival will be held in person at the Fairmont Chateau Whistler and Whistler Public Library, and online via Zoom. Linwood Barclay, Amanda Betts, George Elliott Clarke, Ivan Coyote, Omar El Akkad, Camilla Gibb, Tomson Highway, Linden McIntyre, Eden Robinson, Bill Deverell, M. G. Vassanji, and Howard White are just some of participants this year. The headliner for the Saturday Night Gala is Thomas King (The Inconvenient Indian) in conversation with Anishinaabe journalist Tanya Talaga.

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      SATURDAY: The B.C. Lions take on the Calgary Stampeders in Canadian Football League action at BC Place Stadium. The Family Night game kicks off at 4 pm with special ticket-pricing and a halftime performance from Dueling Pianos Vancouver.

      SUNDAY: The Angela Wrigley Trio--composed of vocalist-keyboardist Angela Wrigley, bassist-keyboardist Derek Stoll, and drummer Dave Lake--performs a CD-release party at the Shadbolt Centre for the Arts. The concert drawing from jazz standards, rock hits, and pop classics, and features guest saxophonist Cory Weeds.

      The Danish String Quartet.

      SUNDAY: The Vancouver Recital Society presents the Danish String Quartet at the Orpheum Theatre. The concert pairs world premieres from four renowned composers—Bent Sørensen, Lotta Wennäkoski, Anna Thorvaldsdottir, and Thomas Adès—with four major works from the chamber music repertoire of Franz Schubert.