45 things to do in Vancouver this weekend, April 29 to May 1

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      FRIDAYCurious Creations Collective presents its final performance of Waiting for Garbo, a new musical with a social conscience about plastic in the oceans and consumerism, at Presentation House Theatre.

      FRIDAY: Emo-pop quintet from England, Boston Manor, plays the Hollywood Theatre, with guests Trash Boat and Higher Power.

      FRIDAY: the Rogue Folk Club presents singer-songwriter Martyn Joseph performing tunes from latest album, 1960, at Mel Lehan Hall at St. James.

      FRIDAY: the Studio Salon Series features dance works in progress by four local artists at What Lab.

      FRIDAY: local blues singer-guitarist Steve Kozak leads his band at Frankie's Jazz.

      FRIDAY: the Semiahmoo Potters Society presents its annual Spring Sale, featuring a wide variety of decorative, functional, and garden pieces, at the South Surrey Recreation Centre.

      Sarah U performs as part of International Dance Day on Friday.

      FRIDAYthe Dance Centre presents a day of free events, both live and online, celebrating the art of dance for International Dance Day.

      FRIDAY: Norwegian indie-pop singer-songwriter Sondre Lerche plays the Fox Cabaret.

      FRIDAY: the Turnstile Love Connection Tour at the Rickshaw Theatre features Turnstile, Citizen, Ceremony, Ekulu, and Truth Cult. SOLD OUT.

      FRIDAY: the Turning Point Ensemble is conducted by leading Croatian composer and conductor Berislav Šipuš at the SFU Goldcorp Centre for the Arts.

      FRIDAYMusic of the Night is a concert celebration of Andrew Lloyd Webber's 75th birthday, featuring music from Phantom of the OperaEvitaCats, and Jesus Christ Superstar at the Michael J. Fox Theatre.

      FRIDAYBlack Feather is a full-length dance show, created and choreographed by Lamondance artistic director Davi Rodrigues, at BlueShore Financial Centre for the Performing Arts.

      Otto Tausk leads the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra.

      FRIDAY AND SATURDAY: music director Otto Tausk leads the Vancouver Symphony in VSO/An Ode to Joy: Beethoven's 9th at the Orpheum Theatre.

      FRIDAY TO SUNDAYGROWING FREEDOM: The instructions of Yoko Ono/The art of John and Yoko runs at the Vancouver Art Gallery until May 1. 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.

      FRIDAY TO SUNDAYThe Imitation Game: Visual Culture in the Age of Artificial Intelligence, a new exhibition running at the Vancouver Art Gallery until October 23, surveys the extraordinary uses (and abuses) of AI in the production of modern and contemporary visual culture around the world.

      FRIDAY TO SUNDAYRennie Museum presents Spring 2022: Collected Works, a group exhibition on the potency of photography featuring the work of Larry Clark, Katy Grannan and Andres Serrano, running until May 28. Warning: this exhibition includes images and content that some may find offensive.

      FRIDAY TO SUNDAYEverything Under the Sun: In Memory of Andrew Gruftone of the Capture Photography Festival’s featured exhibitions, runs until September 11 at the Vancouver Art Gallery.

      FRIDAY TO SUNDAY: the Arts Club Theatre Company presents da Kink in my Haira musical celebration of women of colour, at the Stanley Industrial Alliance Stage. Running Tues.-Sun. until May 19.

      Catalyst Theatre's The Invisible: Agents of Ungentlemanly Warfare is at the York Theatre.

      FRIDAY TO SUNDAY: performances at the York Theatre of The Invisible: Agents of Ungentlemanly Warfare, a play set in 1940s France about seven female spies who risk everything to fight a dangerous war of sabotage, propaganda, and espionage.

      FRIDAY TO SUNDAYKostuik Gallery presents The Subconscious Voice, a duo exhibition of new artworks by Canadian artists Stu Oxley and Curtis Cutshaw, running until May 1.

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

      FRIDAY TO SUNDAY: new exhibition T. rex: the Ultimate Predator reveals the story of the most iconic dinosaur in the world through life-sized models, fossil casts, and engaging interactives. The exhibition runs until January 22, 2023 at Science World.

      FRIDAY TO SUNDAY Canoe 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.

      Cirque du Soleil's Alegria.

      FRIDAY TO SUNDAYAlegria, a  Cirque du Soleil classic reimagined for a new generation, runs until June 5 under the Big Top at Concord Pacific Place.

      FRIDAY TO SUNDAY: performances at the Firehall Arts Centre until May 1 of playwright Taran Kootenhayoo's play about internalized racism, White Noise, directed by Renae Morriseau.

      FRIDAY TO SUNDAYCloud Album, a new exhibition featuring more than 250 historically and culturally significant works drawn from the collection of the London-based Archive of Modern Conflict, runs until May 1 at the Polygon Gallery.

      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.

      FRIDAY TO SUNDAY: eight youth who are on wait lists to see therapists have been recommended for an experimental pandemic peer support program in Some Assembly Required Theatre's The Wait List Experiment at the Roundhouse Community Centre.

      Screenings at the Rio of the extreme zombie flick The Sadness.

      FRIDAY AND SUNDAY: screenings at the Rio Theatre of Canadian writer-director Rob Jabbaz‘s hyper-violent zombie horror-satire The Sadness.

      SATURDAY: the Vancouver Warriors take on the San Diego Seals in National Lacrosse League action at Rogers Arena.

      SATURDAY: in Music of the Night: The Concert Tour at the Shadbolt Centre, Andrew Lloyd Webber's 75th birthday is celebrated through selections from Phantom of the Opera, Evita, and Jesus Christ Superstar.

      SATURDAY: FEMME! variety show at the Red Gate Revue Stage features a wide range of local talent, including dancers, drag performers, and comedians. 

      SATURDAY: screening at the Rio Theatre of X, director Ti West's horror film about a group of young filmmakers who set out to make an adult film in rural Texas and find themselves fighting for their lives.

      Vancouver Opera presents HMS Pinafore.
      Ari Denison/courtesy Eugene Opera

      SATURDAYVancouver Opera presents Gilbert and Sullivan’s comedic tale of forbidden love across class divides, HMS Pinafore, at the Queen Elizabeth Theatre.

      SATURDAYFlamenco Rosario presents Regeneration at the Annex, featuring solos choreographed by Yurie Kaneko, Katia Flores, and Deborah Dawson.

      SATURDAYAeriosa Dance Society presents Dancing to Remember, a curated evening of performances and presentations to raise awareness of MMIWG2S, at the Vancouver Playhouse.

      SATURDAY: L.A. quartet Chicana Batman draws from psychedelic soul, funk, indie, prog, and rock at the Rickshaw Theatre.

      SATURDAY: American R&B/pop singer-songwriter Raveena plays the Imperial Vancouver, with guest Fana Hues.

      SATURDAY AND SUNDAY: California comedian Taylor Tomlinson performs three shows of standup at the Vogue Theatre.

      Action Bronson performs with Earl Sweatshirt.

      SUNDAY: American rappers Action Bronson and Earl Sweatshirt perform at the Harbour Event Centre on the NBA Leather Tour, with guests the Alchemist and Boldy James.

      SUNDAY: Halifax indie pop-rock musician Rich Aucion plays the Fortune Sound Club.

      SUNDAY: screening at the Rio Theatre of director Robin Hardy's 1973 folk-horror classic The Wicker Man, starring Edward Woodward.

      SUNDAY: the Strictly Beloved Podcast Live at the Rickshaw Theatre features Dino Archie, Marito Lopez, and friends.

      SUNDAY: cellist Gary Hoffman and pianist David Selig perform Beethoven's five sonatas for cello and piano at New Westminster's Anvil Centre.

      Cellist Nicolas Altstaedt plays the Vancouver Playhouse.

      SUNDAY: the Vancouver Recital Society presents German-French cellist Nicolas Altstaedt at the Vancouver Playhouse.


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