20 things to do in Vancouver this week: June 13 to 17

Jun 13 2016, 9:22 pm

The sun has finally come out after a gloomy Monday morning, so the week can only get better! And as we head into summer, there’s plenty to do in the city, come rain or shine.

Without further ado, here are 20 things to do in Vancouver this week, from bathing in the blues of the Louisiana Bayou to finding improv humour from your old teenage diaries.

Monday, June 13

I Am the Blues

  • What: A musical journey through the swamps of the Louisiana Bayou, the juke joints of the Mississippi Delta and Moonshine soaked BBQs in the North Mississippi Hill Country, visiting the last original blues devils still living in the deep south.
  • Where: VIFF Vancity Theatre – 1181 Seymour Street, Vancouver
  • When: Monday, June 13, at 6:30 pm, also screening on June 15 and 22
  • Tickets: At VIFF, priced $12

Shostakovich Symphony No. 5

  • What: The Vancouver Symphony Orchestra’s Season Finale concert features Shostakovich’s heroic Symphony No. 5, while brilliant young violinist Chad Hoopes performs Barber’s lyrical and emotional Violin Concerto.
  • Where: Orpheum – 601 Smithe Street, Vancouver
  • When: Monday, June 13, from 8 to 10:15 pm
  • Tickets: At VSO, priced $18.75 to $95

Summer Thunder: Some Jokes Are Meant for the Net

  • What: Blind Tiger Comedy instructor Caitlin Howden serves as your head writer and producer. You bring the idea, she helps you write it, you shoot it and they release it.
  • Where: China Cloud – 524 Main Street, Vancouver
  • When: Monday, June 13, from 7 pm
  • Tickets: On Eventbrite, priced $70

Conservatory LIVE!

  • What: More comedy, this time from the Instant Theatre Company, with student improv show Scriptless and Exposed! Featuring Howard Dai, Allyson McGrane, Shane Birley, Patricia Morrison, Jo Dworschak, David Bakker, Robert Walker and Gabrielle Oneil.
  • Where: Havana Theatre – 1212 Commercial Drive, Vancouver
  • When: Monday, June 13, at 7:30 pm
  • Tickets: On Eventbrite, priced $5

Tuesday, June 14

Cambie Corridor coffee chat

  • What: A chance to have your say on housing and transit along the Cambie Corridor, from the Fraser River to 16th Avenue in the north. You’ll be able to meet a City planner and hear some early ideas for unique sites.
  • Where: Marpole-Oakridge Community Centre – 990 W 59th Avenue, Vancouver
  • When: Tuesday, June 14, from 4 to 7 pm
  • More information: vancouver.ca

Aprons for Glutes

  • What: Loosen up your lower limbs with a super-fun hour of dancing led by Jess Dexter of Jess Dance. Open to everyone and all abilities. Wear comfortable clothes, bring your own water bottle. All proceeds go to Costa’s Aprons for Gloves Fundraiser.
  • Where: Imperial Vancouver – 319 Main Street, Vancouver
  • When: Tuesday, June 14, from 7 to 10 pm
  • Tickets: On Eventbrite, priced $25, 19+ only

The Modern Angel

  • What: The first ever screening of Boyuan Han Bridge’s debut feature film, a triptych of alienation in the contemporary world telling three tales of the millennial angel, portrayed through the pursuance of love, compassion, and artistry.
  • Where: The Cinematheque Theatre – 1131 Howe Street, Vancouver
  • When: Tuesday, June 14, doors at 7 pm, show starts at 7:30 pm
  • Tickets: On Eventbrite, priced $10

Ghostly Granville and Downtown Tour

  • What: A 90-minute walking tour through Vancouver’s Entertainment District. Hear the sordid history of Vancouver’s nightlife and as well as the many ghost stories along the way.
  • Where: Meet outside Christ Church Cathedral – 690 Burrard Street, Vancouver
  • When: Tuesday, June 14, from 7:30 to 9 pm
  • Tickets: On Eventbrite, priced $20

Wednesday, June 15

I Heart Yaletown BBQ

  • What: Connect with neighbours at this free community BBQ, where you’ll also be able to get a quick bike check by Reckless and register your ride with the VPD.
  • Where: Roundhouse Community Arts & Recreation Centre – 181 Roundhouse Mews, Vancouver
  • When: Wednesday, June 15,  noon to 3 pm

West Coast Family Night

  • What: Join Pop-Up City Hall, with the City of Vancouver and the Urban Aboriginal People’s Advisory Committee, at West Coast Family Night ahead of National Aboriginal Day. Expect music, dancing and a bannock competition.
  • Where: Vancouver Aboriginal Friendship Centre Society – 1607 East Hastings Street, Vancouver
  • When: Wednesday, June 15,  6 to 9 pm

Something Sacred

  • What: A Stone’s Throw apprentice production described as two stories, true(ish) stories, questions about what is sacred, where it breaks, and what is worth holding on to. Written and performed by Stephanie Elgersma and Kim Larson.
  • Where: Pacific Theatre – 1440 W 12th Avenue, Vancouver
  • When: Wednesday, June 15,  at 8 pm. More shows through June 18.
  • Tickets: Pay what you think it’s worth at the theatre. Cash only.

Making Brioche

  • What: Learn how to make brioche and a few recipe to use it with, such as Brioche Cinnamon Rolls or Savoury BBQ Pork Buns. You’ll also get a glass of wine and a welcome snack, and taste everything that is made during the class.
  • Where: The Uncommon Cafe – 477 Powell Street, Vancouver
  • When: Wednesday, June 15,  from 6 to 9 pm
  • Tickets: On Eventbrite, priced $65

Thursday, June 16

Edgewater Casino Hiring Fair

  • What: Come along to Edgewater Casino to find out jobs available. Benefits include extended health coverage, a pension plan and guaranteed annual pay rises.
  • Where: Edgewater Casino – 760 Pacific Blvd. South, Vancouver
  • When: Thursday, June 16, at 1 to 4 pm
  • Register: On Eventbrite, totally free

The Amazing Nina Simone

  • What: The Canadian premiere of a new documentary aiming to reveal the real Nina Simone through over 50 intimate interviews with those who best knew the artistry and intentions of one America’s true musical geniuses.
  • Where: Vancouver Playhouse – 600 Hamilton Street, Vancouver
  • When: Thursday, June 16, at 7 pm
  • Tickets: From Vancouver Playhouse, priced $35-$50

c̓əsnaʔəm: The City Before The City

  • What: Musqueam community member Alec Dan will present and explore themes from the exhibition c̓əsnaʔəm: The City Before the City, drawing connections between past and present Musqueam culture and heritage.
  • Where: Museum of Vancouver – 1100 Chestnut Street, Vancouver
  • When: Thursday, June 16, from 7 to 8:30 pm
  • Tickets: From Museum of Vancouver, priced $15 for adults, $11 for students or free for MOV Members

Another Treasure Clothing Swap

  • What: Clean out your closet, ladies! This clothing swap is a sustainable movement to promote upcycled clothing. There will be drinks while you shop, and a music afterwards to celebrate and dance.
  • Where: The Playground – 434 Columbia Street, Vancouver
  • When: Thursday, June 16, from 4 to 10 pm
  • Register: On Eventbrite, totally free

Friday, June 17

Strumming for Stroke

  • What: An evening of live ukelele music, including performances by Vancouver’s First Lady and Duke of Uke, Ruby & Smith, along with Ruby’s Ukulele Orchestra, and international performer and founder of the Vancouver Ukulele Circle, Ralph Shaw.
  • Where: Rio Theatre – 1660 E Broadway, Vancouver
  • When: Friday, June 17, doors open at 6 pm, show starts at 7 pm
  • Tickets: From Rio Theatre, priced $30; this is a fundraising event for the Heart and Stroke Foundation.

Killarney Community Art Show

  • What: Bringing together all ages from the community, the show creates a vibrant atmosphere that examines the past and present art pieces, designed and created by visionary and influential community members – totally free.
  • Where: Killarney Community Centre – 6260 Killarney Street, Vancouver
  • When: Friday, June 17, from 6 to 8 pm

Science World After Dark: Top Secret

  • What: Adult night gets sleuthy! Catch an OMNIMAX film then explore Scien World’s galleries, including the feature exhibition, Top Secret: License to Spy, with no kids to bog down your mystery solving. Can you crack the case?
  • Where: Science World – 1455 Quebec Street, Vancouver
  • When: Friday, June 17, from 7 to 10 pm
  • Tickets: From Science World, priced $29, OMNIMAX film is extra $6

Teen Angst Night

  • What: Somewhere in the back of your closet gathering dust and turning yellow with age is comedic gold…Listen to some of the most memorable readers – and a handful of newbies – reap that gold from the old journals, poems, and essays they wrote as teens.
  • Where: Fox Cabaret – 2321 Main Street, Vancouver
  • When: Friday, June 17, from 8 to 10 pm
  • Tickets: From Eventbrite, priced $10
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