40 things to do in Vancouver this weekend, December 3 to 5

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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: final performance at Langara College's Studio 58 of playwright Branden Jacobs-Jenkins's fresh take on the 15th-century morality play, Everybody.

      FRIDAY: online screening of the documentary Who the Hell is Nigel?, about Nigel Howard, the ASL interpreter who has become a familiar face to British Columbians for his work during the province's televised COVID-19 briefings.

      FRIDAY: the Vancouver Independent Music Centre presents a double bill at the Fox Cabaret featuring Josh Zubot Strings and Scott Smith & Tony Wilson’s Tribute to Lenny Breau and Buddy Emmons. 

      Jodi Proznick and Dawn Pemberton get soulful at the Shadbolt.

      FRIDAY: vocalist Dawn Pemberton and bassist/bandleader Jodi Proznick are featured in O, Come All Ye Soulful at the Shadbolt Centre for the Arts.

      FRIDAY: Songwriters in the Round at the Cultch features performances by Sarah Jane Scouten, Samantha Parton, and Suzie Ungerleider.

      FRIDAY: the Richmond Academy of Dance presents its 22nd annual Dance into Christmas program at the Massey Theatre in New Westminster.

      FRIDAY AND SATURDAY: the Vancouver Symphony's Traditional Christmas program features performances Friday at West Van's Kay Meek Arts Centre and Saturday at New Westminster's Massey Theatre.

      FRIDAY TO SUNDAY: an expansive solo show of the works of Steven Shearer is on display at North Vancouver's Polygon Gallery until Feb. 13, 2022.

      FRIDAY TO SUNDAY: at Canyon Lights the world-famous Capilano Suspension Bridge Park is lit end-to-end with a multi-coloured light display.

      Susinn McFarlen and Adam Grant Warren star in Lights at the Firehall Arts Centre.

      FRIDAY TO SUNDAY: Touchstone Theatre presents Adam Grant Warren's Lights, a portrait of a tight-night family facing profound life changes, to December 13 at the Firehall Arts Centre.

      FRIDAY TO SUNDAYImagine Picasso, an immersive exhibition featuring massive projections of the pioneering Spanish artist's work, is now running at the Vancouver Convention Centre.

      FRIDAY TO SUNDAY: in collaboration with the Winnipeg Art Gallery, the Museum of Vancouver is presenting the traveling exhibition Boarder X until October 2022.

      FRIDAY TO SUNDAY: the Robson Square Ice Rink offers free skating in the heart of downtown Vancouver, with skate rentals and sharpening available.

      FRIDAY TO SUNDAYCanoe Cultures :: Ho’-ku-melh at the Vancouver Maritime Museum features the work of 20 Indigenous artists and carvers alongside historical images and information that tells the story of the resilience and strength of Indigenous peoples through the war canoe and all it represents. Curated by Indigenous artist and cultural historian Roxanne Charles, the exhibition runs until July 3, 2022.

      FRIDAY TO SUNDAY: take a trip through the looking glass with Theatre Replacement's ninth annual East Van Panto at the York Theatre.

      The Peak of Christmas's Light Walk lights up Grouse Mountain.
      Grouse Mountain

      FRIDAY TO SUNDAY: Grouse Mountain's annual Peak of Christmas features family activities like Santa's Workshop, the Light Walk, and the skating pond until January 3.

      FRIDAY TO SUNDAYMichelangelo's Sistine Chapel: The Exhibition--which offers a close-up look at Michelangelo's Renaissance masterpiece--shows at the Vancouver Convention Centre East Building.

      FRIDAY TO SUNDAYSho Sho Esquiro: Doctrine of Discovery is a solo exhibition by designer, artist, and activist Sho Sho Esquiro that showcases meticulously crafted couture gowns, textiles, paintings, and photographs to celebrate the beauty and resilience of First Nations communities. The exhibition runs at the Bill Reid Gallery of Northwest Coast Art until June 5, 2022.

      FRIDAY TO SUNDAY: the Vancouver Christmas Market features more than 80 artisan huts offering handcrafted gifts until December 24 at Jack Poole Plaza (downtown at the Olympic Cauldron).

      FRIDAY TO SUNDAY: the Arts Club Theatre Company presents Dolly Parton's Smoky Mountain Christmas Carol, a heartwarming musical based on Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol, at the Stanley Industrial Alliance Theatre until January 2.

      FRIDAY TO SUNDAYGROWING 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.

      Mother Mother plays the Commodore Ballroom.

      FRIDAY TO SUNDAY: B.C. indie-rock sensations Mother Mother play four shows at the Commodore Ballroom, showcasing tunes from latest album Inside.

      FRIDAY TO SUNDAYSankofa: African Routes, Canadian Roots, an exhibition that explores the relationships between traditional and contemporary African art and Black Canadian contemporary art, runs until March 27, 2022 at the MOA.

      FRIDAY TO SUNDAYOG Punk, running at North Vancouver's Polygon Gallery until January 2, 2022, captures the ethos of punk subculture by Vancouver photographer Dina Goldstein.

      FRIDAY TO SUNDAY: screening at Vancity Theatre of The Hand of God, director Paolo Sorrentino's story of his coming in age in Naples in the 1980s.

      FRIDAY TO SUNDAYPresentation House Theatre and the UK's Oily Cart Theatre present Baking Time, a baking show for kids aged 3 to 8 and their parents, directed by Kim Selody.

      The Canucks try to make it three in a row with a game against the Penguins at Rogers Arena.

      SATURDAY: the Vancouver Canucks take on the Pittsburgh Penguins in National Hockey League action at Rogers Arena.

      SATURDAY: the Seven O'Clock Cheer celebrates healthcare heroes with musical performances by Colour Tongues, Old Soul Rebel, and Victoria Groff at the Imperial Theatre.

      SATURDAY: Alistair Ogden and An-Te Chu host Comedy Pants, an evening of standup comedy, at China Cloud Studios.

      SATURDAY: North Shore Events presents the Diamonds in the Sky Glam Ball, a charity benefit for Big Sisters of BC, at the Vancouver Lookout.

      SATURDAY: screening at the RIo Theatre of director Tony Scott and screenwriter Quentin Tarantino's 1993 action flick True Romance.

      The Pack AD rocks the Rickshaw Theatre.

      SATURDAY: local garage-rock duo the Pack AD, composed of singer-guitarist Becky Black and drummer Maya Miller, plays the Rickshaw Theatre.

      SATURDAY: the Rogue Folk Club presents bluegrass quintet John Reischman and the Jaybirds at Mel Lehan Hall at St. James.

      SATURDAY: local garage-rock band Dried Out plays an album-release party at the WISE Hall, with guests Dead Soft, The This, and NAM.

      SATURDAYTsawayia Alice Guss of the Squamish Nation leads a ceremonial and educational drum-making workshop at the Museum of Vancouver.

      SATURDAY: Restless Productions presents a Dancelab showing of new interdisciplinary work at the Dance Centre.

      Vancouver Opera presents Orfeo ed Euridice at the Queen Elizabeth Theatre.
      Flick Harrison

      SATURDAY AND SUNDAY: Vancouver Opera, Ne. Sans Opera and Dance, and the Dance Centre presents performances of Christoph Willibald Gluck's Orfeo ed Euridice at the Queen Elizabeth Theatre.

      SATURDAY AND SUNDAYZee Zee Theatre presents the return of Virtual Humanity, in which participants can ‘check out’ a human online for a candid conversation about their life experiences, culture and beliefs.

      SUNDAY: the Vancouver Welsh Men's Choir and Winter Harp combine for their joint holiday concert Sing We Now of Christmas at New Westminster's Massey Theatre.

      SUNDAY: Seymour Dance presents the traditional holiday ballet, The Nutcracker, featuring the iconic music of Tchaikovsky, at North Vancouver's Centennial Theatre.