What: Eloquence is a retrospective exhibition that will include over 30 works of art from esteemed artist Toni Onley. Taken from the private collections of four local collectors, it is a rare chance to view and purchase many previously unseen works from one of BC’s most prominent artists.
When: August 17 to September 9. Opening Reception on August 19 from 1 to 5 pm
Time: 12 to 5 pm. (Closed Sundays, public holiday and August 26)
Where: Visual Space Gallery – 3352 Dunbar Street, Vancouver
What: As pioneers of heartland rock in the late-70s, Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers treating fans to their classic songs about working class issues and everyday American life with a passion and flair that belie their years.
When: August 17
Time: Doors at 6:30 pm / Show at 7:30 pm
Where: Rogers Arena – 800 Griffiths Way, Vancouver
What: Set a few days before the solar eclipse, Total Alignment blends arts and science in a cosmic celebration of our relationship with the sky above. For one night only, the production will take place in the Planetarium before and after the Centre’s evening shows (included in ticket purchase). Various multimedia performances will be a “sensory exploration” of the momentary darkness created by the perfect alignment of sun, earth, and moon.
When: August 17
Time: 6:30 to 10 pm
Where: H.R. MacMillan Space Centre – 1100 Chestnut Street, Vancouver
What: A large inflatable screen will pop up at Canada Place, creating the perfect environment to take in Miss Congeniality under the stars with the North Shore mountains in the background. To give your night two thumbs up, do yourself a favour and bring a lawn chair (or you’ll be sitting on the hard ground) and blankets (it gets cold). And keep in mind that this is a family-friend event – smoking or alcohol is not permitted.
What: Filmed in three different countries and featuring a cast of mostly non-actors, Taxi Stories is one of the most ambitious projects playing at the VQFF. Taxi Stories follows the fictional lives of a closeted cabbie in Beijing, a pregnant trophy wife in Hong Kong, and a poor pedi-cab driver in Jakarta. What happens when their lives intersect? Writer-director Doris Yeung will be on hand to say.