50 things to do in Vancouver this weekend, May 6 to 8
FRIDAY: Blackout Art Society presents its final performance of Echoes From Far Away Cities, a play about domestic violence, at the Annex.
FRIDAY: Celtic folk-rock band Early Spirit celebrates the release of its new album The Hollow Tree at Mel Lehan Hall at St. James.
FRIDAY: Vancouver indie singer-songwriter Jillian Lake plays an album-release show at the WISE Hall.
FRIDAY: a fictitious male stripper troupe performs an improv-comedy show in the Comic Strippers at Surrey's Bell Performing Arts Centre.
FRIDAY: First Nations hip-hop duo Snotty Nose Rez Kids play the Commodore Ballroom, with guests Prado and DJ Kookum.
FRIDAY: L.A.-based dance troupe BODYTRAFFIC performs a program of four works at the Dance Centre.
FRIDAY: Chicago indie-rock trio DEHD plays the Imperial Vancouver.
FRIDAY: Chicago psych-pop group Mild High Club plays the Hollywood Theatre.
FRIDAY: screening at the Rio Theatre of director Sam Raimi's 1992 horror-comedy Army of Darkness, starring Bruce Campbell.
FRIDAY: the City Soul Choir performs under music director Karla Mundy in Let Love Rule at Canadian Memorial United Church.
FRIDAY: Early Music Vancouver presents Les Plaisirs Du Louvre, a performance by Ensemble Correspondances, at the Chan Centre for the Performing Arts.
FRIDAY: Music of the Night is a musical celebration of Andrew Lloyd Webber's 75th birthday at New Westminster's Massey Theatre.
FRIDAY: Down To Earth: An Evening of Poetry at Massy Art Gallery features readings by Louise Bernice Halfe (Sky Dancer), Amber Dawn, Billeh Nickerson, and Sheri-D Wilson.
FRIDAY: six wineries pour some of their most celebrated vintages at a spring tasting event at Mercedez-Benz Vancouver.
FRIDAY: American comedian and writer Clint Coley performs standup at the Biltmore Cabaret on his My Edible Kicked In Tour.
FRIDAY: Th1rt3en, a trio featuring hip-hop luminary Pharoahe Monch, drummer Daru Jones, and guitarist Marcus Machado, plays Fortune Sound Club. CANCELLED.
FRIDAY AND SATURDAY: associate conductor Andrew Crust and associate concertmaster Timothy Steeves join the Vancouver Symphony in the first of two nights of music by Bernstein, Shostakovich, Florence Price, and John Adams at the Orpheum Theatre.
FRIDAY AND SATURDAY: 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 AND SATURDAY: performances at Deep Cove Shaw Theatre of Shirley Valentine, a play about a Liverpudlian housewife who takes a trip to Greece and starts to see the world and herself very differently.
FRIDAY AND SATURDAY: Too Hoth to Handle is a new Star Wars burlesque revue from the Geekenders at the Rio Theatre.
FRIDAY TO SUNDAY: The 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 SUNDAY: Rennie 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 SUNDAY: the Art Vancouver International Art Fair at the Vancouver Convention Centre West features an art runway show, artist talks, a live painting competition, and speaker panels.
FRIDAY TO SUNDAY: Pi Theatre presents playwright Anders Lustgarten's Lampedusa, a play about two strangers finding hope and connection where they least expect it, at the Cultch's Vancity Culture Lab until May 21.
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: Himmat, a depiction of a working-class family’s struggle with addiction and labour, told through flashbacks and set in Surrey Memorial Hospital, opens at the Cultch Historic Theatre.
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: the 21st annual DOXA Documentary Film Festival features a plethora of films screened both in Vancouver theatres and online.
FRIDAY TO SUNDAY: Everything Under the Sun: In Memory of Andrew Gruft, one 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 Hair, a musical celebration of women of colour, at the Stanley Industrial Alliance Stage. Running Tues.-Sun. until May 19.
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.
FRIDAY TO SUNDAY: Sho 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: Alegria, a Cirque du Soleil classic reimagined for a new generation, runs until June 5 under the Big Top at Concord Pacific Place.
SATURDAY: at Hug Burnaby Mountain, assemble in a human chain and circle Burnaby Mountain to show love and concern for this unceded Coast Salish land, endangered by the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion.
SATURDAY: the Phoenix Chamber Choir's final concert of the season features three world premieres at Pacific Spirit United Church.
SATURDAY: American comedian, actress, and podcaster Whitney Cummings performs a standup show at the Vogue Theatre.
SATURDAY: Opeth and Mastadon, prog-metal and heavy-metal bands from Sweden and Atlanta, play a double bill at the Doug Mitchell Thunderbird Sports Centre.
SATURDAY: post-punk music duo from Nottingham, England, Sleaford Mods, plays the Rickshaw Theatre.
SATURDAY: blues-rock trio featuring Kofi Baker (son of Ginger) on drums and Will Johns (Eric Clapton’s nephew) on guitar and vocals performs the Music of Cream at the Biltmore Cabaret.
SATURDAY: Jeremy Gordon leads a class for aspiring and beginner birdwatchers, followed by a walk to look for some of the 103 species of birds at VanDusen Botanical Garden.
SATURDAY: the Sponges and Smalltown DJs perform at the SkiiTour Apraves Tour at the Harbour Event Centre.
SATURDAY: the Crazy8s Gala Screening and Afterparty takes place at the Centre in Vancouver and Science World.
SATURDAY AND SUNDAY: Art in the City 2022 at the West End Community Centre showcases local artwork at the largest fine art market in the West End.
SATURDAY AND SUNDAY: Vancouver Opera presents Gilbert and Sullivan’s comedic tale of forbidden love across class divides, HMS Pinafore, at the Queen Elizabeth Theatre.
SATURDAY AND SUNDAY: Got Craft Spring Market at the Croatian Cultural Centre features 80 vendors, a kids' mini-makers area, and food trucks.
SUNDAY: Genesis tribute band The Musical Box performs The Lamb Lies Down on Broadway in its entirety at the Vogue Theatre.
SUNDAY: California post-hardcore band Dayseeker plays the Biltmore Cabaret, with guests Holding Absence, Thornhill, and Caskets.
SUNDAY: Chicago psych-rock band Post Animal plays the WISE Hall.
SUNDAY: Vancouver jazz vocalist Laura Crema leads her quartet--featuring guitarist Bill Coon, bassist Conrad Good, and saxophonist Jon Bentley--at Havana Theatre.
SUNDAY: saxophonist Seamus Blake leads his quartet--pianist Phil Dwyer, bassist Andre LeChance, and drummer Jesse Cahill--at the BlueShore Financial Centre for the Performing Arts.
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