20 things to do in Vancouver this week: November 21 to 25

Nov 19 2016, 11:50 pm

A brand new week is here! And we’re almost one month from Christmas too. Soon it’ll be time to get shopping and partying.

In the meantime, there’s plenty going on in Vancouver this week, whether you feel like hunkering down indoors or heading on out.

So here are 20 things to do in Vancouver this week, from Pussy Riot protest to Uncaped Crusader cabaret.

Monday, November 21

Pussy Riot

  • What: Join Maria Alyokhina (Masha) and Alexandra Bogino (Sasha) of infamous Russian feminist punk rock protest group Pussy Riot, in a conversation covering politics, art, feminism, LGBTQ issues, and prisoners’ rights.
  • Where: Rickshaw Theatre – 254 E. Hastings, Vancouver
  • When: Monday, November 21, from 7:30 to 10:30 pm
  • Tickets: On Ticketfly, $19.50-$25

FAM Episode 6

  • What: In the sixth instalment of its ‘Family Matters’ series, bringing together food, art, music in a communal meal, FAM is holding a six-course dinner with beer pairings from Steel & Oak. In the kitchen will be a two-city collaboration, featuring Chef Mark Singson of Vancouver, and Chef Sean MacDonald of Calgary.
  • Where: Cacao – 1898 West 1st Avenue, Vancouver
  • When: Monday, November 21 at 7 pm
  • Tickets: On Eventbrite, $130

Mohamed Fahmy

  • What: Join award-winning, Canadian-Egyptian journalist Mohamed Fahmy for a gripping evening of stories from his hotly anticipated book, The Marriott Cell, in which he documents his wrongful incarceration in Cairo’s maximum-security Scorpion Prison, and his subsequent battle for justice.
  • Where: Frederic Wood Theatre, UBC – 6354 Crescent Rd, Vancouver
  • When: Monday, November 21 at 7:30 pm
  • Tickets: On Theatrewire, $26 for adults, $24 for students

Landfill Harmonic

  • What: Paraguay, is not only home to Latin America’s largest landfill, but also Cola, a garbage picker and unlikely visionary who becomes a viral sensation after he begins turning stray detritus into musical instruments and begins his own orchestra. This award winning documentary is is an inspiring tale of resilience and transcendence.
  • Where: VIFF Vancity Theatre – 1181 Seymour St, Vancouver
  • When: Monday, November 21 at 8:30 pm; more screenings on Tuesday, Wednesday and next week
  • Tickets: On VIFF, $12 for adults, $10 for students

Tuesday, November 22

Gilmore Girls Trivia

Gilmore Girls cast (Warner Bros. Television)

Gilmore Girls cast (Warner Bros. Television)

  • What: How better to celebrate the new Gilmore Girls season and mark this monumental event in history than by enjoying a Gilmore Girls trivia night? Teams of up to six are allowed and there’ll be prizes for best costume too.
  • Where: The Pint Public House – 455 Abbott St, Vancouver
  • When: Tuesday, November 22, from 8 to 11 pm
  • Tickets: On Eventbrite, $6

Nerd Nite

  • What: The last Nerd Nite of the year is all about Asteroids, Volcanoes, and the Future of Money. Speakers are volcanologist Lucy Poritt, planetary geophysics professor Catherine Johnson, and marketing and behavioural science expert Meena Sandhu.
  • Where: Fox Cabaret – 2321 Main Street, Vancouver
  • When: Tuesday, November 22, from 7 to 10 pm
  • Tickets: On Eventbrite, $7-$15

10th Avenue Redesign

  • What: The City has developed a design for the 10th Avenue Corridor from Oak Street to Cambie Street, Quebec Street to Guelph Street, and Commercial Drive to Victoria Drive. See the design and tell the City what you think about it at this open house.
  • Where: Blusson Spinal Care Centre – 818 West 10th Avenue, Vancouver
  • When: Tuesday, November 22, from 4 to 7 pm; drop in anytime
  • Info: vancouver.ca

Ryan and Amy Show

  • What: Sketch comedy princesses Ryan Steele and Amy Goodmurphy are back! They cordially invite you to come check out their hilarious live show with brand new sketches and digital shorts.
  • Where: XY – 1216 Bute Street, Vancouver
  • When: Tuesday, November 22, from 8 to 9:30 pm; plus another show on Thursday
  • Tickets: On Eventbrite, $10

Wednesday, November 23

Christmas Queen 3 – The Bachelorette Edition

  • What: The Christmas Queen returns this holiday season with the latest instalment in the series, Christmas Queen 3 – The Bachelorette Edition. This episode sees HRM (Her Royal Meanness) as the star of her own reality show, with a ‘Who’s Who’ of the holiday season – Elf on a Shelf, Jack Frost, Scrooge, The Grinch and even Santa himself.
  • Where: The Improv Centre – 1502 Duranleau Street, Vancouver
  • When: November 23 to December 23 at various showtimes
  • Tickets: $10-$29.50, online

  • What: Danish producer/singer MØ has only released one studio album, in 2014, but she’s been collaborating and on tour for the past two years. Her electro-pop artist collaborations include Major Lazer for “Lean On,” Elliphant for “One More,” and “Beg for it” with Iggy Azalea.
  • Where: Vogue Theatre – 918 Granville Street, Vancouver
  • When: Wednesday, November 23 at 8 pm
  • Tickets: On Ticketfly, $25

Demystifying the Orgasm

  • What: Have you ever been curious about the orgasm? This speakers event might just answer all your questions, with three experts discussing the 11 types of female orgasm, male multiple orgasms and how to take your pleasure to the next level.
  • Where: The Beaumont Studios – 316 and 326 West 5th Ave., Vancouver
  • When: Wednesday, November 23, from 6:30 to 10 pm
  • Tickets: On Eventbrite, $25-$30

Disney on Ice in Vancouver

  • What: Disney on Ice is back with a new show, titled Worlds of Enchantment, featuring characters from Cars, Toy Story 3, The Little Mermaid and, of course, Frozen.
  • Where: Pacific Coliseum at the PNE – 2901 E Hastings St, Vancouver
  • When: From Wednesday, November 23 to Sunday, November 27, showtimes at 7 pm, plus extra showings 11:30 am and 3:30 pm at weekends
  • Tickets: On Ticketleader, $25- $95

Thursday, November 24


  • What: This exhibition by the Vancouver Metal Arts Association explores the strange and sometimes discordant elements that make the viewing, wearing, and making of Contemporary Jewellery an enjoyable endeavour.
  • Where: Craft Council of British Columbia – 1386 Cartwright Street, Vancouver
  • When: Opening night on Thursday, November 24 from 6 to 8 pm; exhibition runs through December 8
  • Register: On Facebook, totally free


  • What: Whether you know them as Rüfüs or Rüfüs du Sol, these Aussies are bound to make you dance your way through November. The trio are touring their number 1 album, and latest release, Bloom. 
  • Where: Imperial – 319 Main Street, Vancouver
  • When: Thursday, November 24 at 7 pm
  • Tickets: Sold out online, but tickets are also on sale at Red Cat, Zulu, and Neptune, limited tickets may be available for purchase at the door. Cash only.

Mixology and your Garden

  • What: This class will discuss botanicals you can grow in your garden for cocktails, and how to use and preserve them for optimal flavour. You’ll also sample cocktails made with winter-inspired botanicals and locally-distilled spirits.
  • Where: VanDusen Botanical Garden – 5251 Oak Street, Vancouver
  • When: Thursday, November 24 from 7 to 8:30 pm
  • Tickets: On VanDusen, $42 for non-members, $35 for members

Hansel and Gretel

  • What: In this well-known opera, Hansel and Gretel must use all their wits to avoid a terrible fate, as they wander lost in the woods and pursued by a witch. Astonishing puppets and playful surprises also abound in this family-friendly treat.
  • Where: Vancouver Playhouse – 600 Hamilton Street, Vancouver
  • When: Thursday, November 24 at 7:30 pm; more shows through December 10
  • Tickets: On Vancouver Opera, $25-$75

Friday, November 25


  • What: British folk rockers Daughter are heading to the Queen Elizabeth Theatre to promote Not To Disappear, their second studio album. Fans can expect loads of new material in addition to classic tracks from the band’s four EPs.
  • Where: Queen Elizabeth Theatre – 600 block Hamilton St, Vancouver
  • When: Friday, November 25 at 8 pm
  • Tickets: On Ticketmaster, $29.50-$36.50

WCSO Goes To The Movies

  • What: Lights, camera, action! The West Coast Symphony Orchestra welcomes back Hal Beckett to deliver film music from 2001: A Space Odyssey, Psycho and The Lord of the Rings, Harry Potter, Pirates of the Caribbean, Star Wars and Avatar.
  • Where: Orpheum – 601 Smithe St, Vancouver
  • When: Friday, November 25 at 8 pm and Sunday, November 27 at 2 pm
  • Tickets: By donation at the door

Paul Van Dyk

  • What: Legendary German trance producer Paul Van Dyk returns to make you dance on a cold winter night. The Grammy Award-winning DJ got his start back in the 90s and has survived the endless evolution of electronic music, through seven studio albums and many hit singles and remixes.
  • Where: Harbour Event Centre – 750 Pacific Boulevard, Vancouver
  • When: Friday, November 25 at 10 pm
  • Tickets: On Eventbrite from $25-$40

Uncaped Crusaders

  • What: Release your inner superhero nerd with a cabaret twist at Uncaped Crusaders: A ‘Batlesque’ Tribute to Batman. Uncaped Crusaders is a burlesque, dance, and comedy show celebrating the characters of Batman through a vaudeville lens.
  • Where: The Rio Theatre – 1660 East Broadway St., Vancouver
  • When: Friday, November 25, from 8 to 10 pm
  • Tickets: From the Rio, $15 in advance, $20 at the door
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