76 things to do in Metro Vancouver on Saturday, December 7

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      Looking for something to do on Saturday? The Straight’s got you covered. Here are 76 events happening in or around Vancouver on Saturday, December 7.

       

      CONCERTS

      Local indie/electropop trio Hello Victim plays the Fox Cabaret, with guests Una Mey and honeyvelvet.

      The Canadian Superstars Christmas at New Westminster's Massey Theatre features tributes to Celine Dion and Michael Bublé.

      Guided by Robots presents its tribute to Guided by Voices at the ANZA Club.

      Seattle indie-pop artist SYML plays Venue.

      Food Bank Fundraiser at the Railway Stage and Beer Café features performances by the Modelos, Slip-Ons, the Judy's, Lesismore, and the Alimony Brothers.

      Underground house-music artist Harrison BDP performs at Open Studios.

      New Zealand singer-songwriter Don McGlashan performs the third of three nights at Kay Meek Arts Centre.

       

      BENEFITS

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      Holiday Jam at the Basement features performances by Teon Gibbs, Fara, Makadi, Amber Bayani, and Rebecca Sichon (above), with all proceeds to Covenant House Vancouver.

      Dance Your Heart Out! at the Ukrainian Cultural Centre is a festive evening of dance, food, drinks, and entertainment, all in support of a queer Russian refugee family.

       

      ETCETERA

      The Aurora Winter Festival runs through January 5 on the PNE Grounds, featuring various rides and attractions, including a tube park.

      The Vancouver Christmas Market at Jack Poole Plaza is an authentic German market featuring more than 80 huts stuffed with sweets, treats, and treasures.

      The two-day Deck the Hall Fair at Heritage Hall features handcrafted works by over 50 local artisans.

       

      FOOD & DRINK

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      Wine Tasting Seminar at Fine Art Bartending School will take six very different wines and discuss each aspect of the grape variety.

      The Riley Park Winter Farmers Market at Nat Bailey Stadium features produce from over 80 local farms, craft beverage producers, artisanal food makers, and food and coffee trucks.

      Learn how to make Triple Sec balls, tipsy truffles, and cranberry & pistachio bark at a Christmas Chocolate-making Workshop at Coquitlam's Mackin House Museum.

        

      KIDS' STUFF

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      Performance at North Van's Presentation House of Where the Wild Things Are, an interactive, guided play experience for ages three to six.

      The Polar Express at Squamish's Railway Heritage Park is a 50-minute train ride with cookies and hot chocolate, a visit with Santa and Mrs. Claus, and gingerbread-cookie decorating.

      Once Upon a Fairytale at New Westminster's Bernie Legge Theatre is a family friendly musical-comedy about unlikely heroes who team up to save a kingdom from an evil plot.

      Brunch with Santa at Richmond's Hamilton Community Centre features crafts, games, a surprise gift, and a visit from Santa.

      ArtStarts Explores is a family art workshop at Artstarts using salt as an art-making tool and medium.

       

      FORUMS

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      Vancouver artist Inés Beatriz leads a Festive Botanical Watercolours Workshop at the Juice Truck.

       

      SPORTS

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      The Vancouver Canucks take on the Buffalo Sabres in National Hockey League action at Rogers Arena.

                      

      COMEDY

      The Comic Strip is a standup comedy show at Tyrant Studios featuring headliner Amber Harper-Young.

      Vancouver TheatreSports presents seasonal mirth and merriment with Merry Kissmas: A Royal Romance at the Improv Centre.

      Vancouver comics perform at Comedypants, a standup-comedy showcase at the Avant Garden.

      Standup comedians perform comedic lists before improvisors create scenes from them in The List at Little Mountain Gallery.

       

      ARTS ETCETERA

      Join artist Sierra Tasi Baker to see the work she has made while in residence at Griffin Art Projects, based on her master’s thesis Decolonizing Design.

      Cirque du Soleil presents a performance of Luzia under the Grand Chapiteau (Big Top) at Concord Pacific Place.

       

      DANCE

      Karen Flamenco presents a one-hour production with live traditional flamenco music and dance at Granville Island's Improv Centre.

       

      LITERARY

      Host Andrew French is joined by Kevin Spenst and featured readers Hannah MacReady, A.H. Reaume, and Isabella Wang in Page Fright: A Literary Podcast at Massy Books.

         

      MUSIC

      Les Échos du Pacifique perform Christmas carols in English, French, and Latin at Coquitlam's St. Laurence Anglican Church.

      The Vancouver Men’s Chorus presents its annual holiday show, Making Spirits Bright, at St. Paul's Anglican Church.

      The Vivaldi Chamber Choir presents The Christmas Story, with narration from the Gospels of Luke and Matthew, at St. Helen's Anglican Church.

      Pandora’s Vox and Espiritu Vocal Ensembles perform the second of two nights of seasonal songs at Kay Meek Arts Centre.

      Karla Mundy and the City Soul Choir perform the second of two nights at Canadian Memorial United Church.

      The Elixir of Love is an abridged opera with narration, featuring Tamar Simon, Thomas Lamont, Geoff Schellenberg, and Perri Lo, at Aberthau Mansion.

        

      THEATRE

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      Performance at the Firehall Arts Centre of FADO: The Saddest Music in the World, the story of a young woman confronting her country’s fascist past and her own identity.

      Theatre Replacement presents a performance at the York Theatre of the East Vancouver-set family show East Van Panto: Pinocchio.

      Performance at the Stanley Industrial Alliance Stage of the romantic musical The Sound of Music.

      Final performance at North Van's Deep Cove Shaw Theatre of the off-Broadway musical Forever Plaid.

      It’s a Wonderful Life meets Modern Family in the Canadian comedy It's a Wonderful Christmas-ish Holiday Miracle at the Goldcorp Stage at the BMO Theatre Centre.

      Performance at the Waterfront Theatre of Bad Hats Theatre's adaptation of J.M. Barrie’s classic tale, Peter Pan.

      Ron Reed embodies Scrooge and 43 other characters in the classic holiday story A Christmas Carol at Pacific Theatre.

      Literary Larceny Collective presents a performance of The Tragic Comedy of Macbeth, a comedic take on Shakespeare's play, at Jericho Arts Centre.

      Untold Wants presents a performance of Cock, William Bartlett’s uproarious battle of wit and persuasion, at the Historic Theatre.

      The Arts Club Theatre Company presents a performance of Miss Bennett: Christmas at Pemberley at the Granville Island Stage.

      Petit Théâtre presents a classic French vaudeville play, Un Fil a la Patte, at Alliance Française.

      Off-Broadway comedians James & Jamesy present their Christmas comedy classic O Christmas Tea at the Vancouver Playhouse.

      Theatre In the Raw presents Wound Up in One-Acts, a set of original one-act plays, at Spartacus Books.

       

      GALLERIES

      Emily Carr, Deep Forest, c. 1931 oil on canvas, collection of the Vancouver Art Gallery, Emily Carr Trust, photo: Vancouver Art Gallery

      Opening day at the Vancouver Art Gallery of the exhibition Rapture, Rhythm and the Tree of Life: Emily Carr and Her Female Contemporaries, which is drawn primarily from the gallery’s permanent collection.

      Cindy Sherman at the Vancouver Art Gallery explores the development of Sherman’s work from the beginning of her career in the mid-1970s to the present day, with selections from each of her major series, including new and rarely seen works.

      Transits and Returns at the Vancouver Art Gallery explores the dynamic between place and movement in the work of twenty-one Indigenous artists from around the Pacific.

      Vikky Alexander: Extreme Beauty at the Vancouver Art Gallery features photography, sculpture, collage, and installation, including new massive murals created in 2019.

      Robert Rauschenberg 1965-1980 at the Vancouver Art Gallery features rarely seen prints, drawings, collages, sculptural works, and large-scale works from one of the most experimental periods in the artist's career.

       

      MUSEUMS

      ANTECHAMBER, BY IAN JOHNSTON (2010-2012). COLLECTION OF THE ARTIST. PHOTO COURTESY OF THE ARTIST.

      Playing with Fire: Ceramics of the Extraordinary at the Museum of Anthropology at UBC showcases ceramic works by 11 B.C.-based artists expressing strong opinions on urgent social issues.

      There is Truth Here at the Museum of Vancouver focuses on rare surviving artworks created by children who attended the Inkameep Day School (Okanagan), St. Michael’s Indian Residential School (Alert Bay); the Alberni Indian Residential School (Vancouver Island); and Mackay Indian Residential School (Manitoba).

      Ship's Company: The Royal Canadian Navy at Work & Play at the Vancouver Maritime Museum features photography by Kathryn Mussallem celebrating the diverse humanity of Canadian naval forces. 

      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.

      Haida Now: A Visual Feast of Innovation and Tradition at the Museum of Vancouver is guest-curated by Kwiaahwah Jones and features more than 450 works by carvers, weavers, photographers, and printmakers, collected as early as the 1890s.

       

      ATTRACTIONS

      Canyon Lights at the Capilano Suspension Bridge features festive light displays on the suspension bridge, Cliffwalk, and Treetops Adventure areas, until January 26.

      North Vancouver's Grouse Mountain features a Skyride to the peak with views of the city and the Pacific Ocean, plus ziplines, skiing and snowboarding, a sliding zone, snowshoeing, and a skating pond.

      Festival of Lights is a winter wonderland with over one-million lights decorating 15 acres of VanDusen Botanical Garden, until January 5.

      Parq Vancouver is a 24-hour casino with 600 slot machines and 75 table games, eight restaurants and lounges, and the sixth-floor outdoor Parq.

      Science World features hundreds of interactive exhibits in five permanent galleries, live science demonstrations and workshops, and giant movies in the Omnimax Theatre.

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

      The B.C. Sports Hall of Fame and Museum features permanent galleries devoted to Terry Fox and Rick Hansen, a rock-climbing wall, a virtual sports simulator, and history galleries.

      Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Garden is an authentic representation of an age-old garden tradition that reached its peak in the Ming Dynasty.

      West Vancouver's Cypress Mountain features skiing and snowboarding lessons, snowtubing park, cross-country ski trails, downhill skiing and snowboarding trails, and snowshoeing tours.

      North Vancouver's Mount Seymour features skiing and snowboarding, lessons, chairlifts, terrain parks, tubing and tobogganing, and snowshoe trails.

      The Vancouver Aquarium features almost 800 animal species in galleries ranging from Canada's Arctic to the Amazon rainforest.

      The Deeley Motorcycle Exhibition features more than 250 privately-owned bikes from around the world.

      Stanley Park features 400 hectares of trails, with scenic walking and biking along the 8.8-kilometre seawall and totem park featuring eight poles by First Nations artists.

      Nitobe Memorial Garden is a traditional Japanese garden located at the University of British Columbia with waterfalls, stone lanterns, audio guides and tours, and a ceremonial teahouse.

       

      MOVIES

      Screening at the Cinematheque of Sean Baker's 2017 drama The Florida Project, about a precocious six-year-old girl who courts mischief and adventure while living in the shadows of Walt Disney World.

      Screenings at Vancity Theatre of Noah Baumbach's divorce drama Marriage Story, starring Scarlett Johansson and Adam Driver.

      Screening at the Rio Theatre of The Witch director Robert Eggers' black-and-white horror show The Lighthouse, starring Willem Dafoe.

       

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