20 things to do in Vancouver this week: September 6 to 9

Sep 2 2016, 9:46 pm

It’s only the first real week of September, but fall already seems to be here in force. At least there was the long weekend… but now what?

As usual, we’ve got your back. We’re going to keep you entertained this week even if it means venturing outside in this weird, weird weather.

So here are 20 things to do in Vancouver this week, from Truth and Dare to Mix and Mingle.

Tuesday, September 6

Madonna: Truth or Dare 25th Anniversary

  • What: Don’t just stand there, let’s get to it. Strike a pose, there’s nothing to it… This daring chronicle of Madonna and her backstage antics on 1990’s Blond Ambition tour was as groundbreaking and controversial as the superstar herself.
  • Where: The Rio Theatre – 1660 East Broadway, Vancouver
  • When: Tuesday, September 6, doors 8:15 pm, movie 8:45 pm
  • Tickets: From the Rio, $12 on the door, $10 in advance

Vancouver Fringe Festival

  • What: This year’s Fringe begins with a performance of Butt Kapinski: Dick On The Fringe, the story of a private eye who sets out to solve the great Fringe murder mystery. Help, Butt get to the bottom of this seedy world of sin and shadows!
  • Where: Performance Works – 1218 Cartwright Street, Vancouver
  • When: Tuesday, September 6, at 7 pm; festival continues through September 18
  • Tickets: From Vancouver Fringe Festival, $50

The Magic Negro & Other Blackness

  • What: Using comedic sketches, improv, and character pieces, this one-man show from the mind of Mark Kendall from Atlanta examines the representation of black males in the media and how these images influence our views on race in everyday life.
  • Where: Fortune Sound Club – 147 East Pender Street, Vancouver
  • When: Tuesday, September 6, from 8:30 to 11:30 pm
  • Tickets: From Eventbrite, $10

Top Drop Dinner

  • What: Enjoy a six-course tasting menu by Andrea Carlson, paired with wines from La Stoppa (Italy) and Bella (BC) at Burdock & Co. $10 of every ticket sold is donated to the BC Hospitallity Foundation.
  • Where: Burdock & Co – 2702 Main Street, Vancouver
  • When: Tuesday, September 6, from 7 to 10 pm
  • Tickets: From Eventbrite, $109, includes all food, drinks, taxes and tip

Tell the City what you really think

  • What: There are three different open houses happening on Tuesday, about developments near Cambie and 31st, Pender and Jervis, and Drake and Seymour. It sounds boring, but go along and make your voice heard!
  • Where: Various locations across Vancouver
  • When: Tuesday, September 6, all open houses start at 5 pm
  • Schedule: Check vancouver.ca for the schedule

Quini Wine Tasting

Red wine being poured (Minerva Studio/Shutterstock)

(Minerva Studio/Shutterstock)

  • What: Taste six exceptional Italian wines, learning the nuances of the grapes and regions of Italy. The tasting will be led by a Quini Certified Educator and participants use the Quini app to record their impressions of the wine.
  • Where: Everything Wine – 998 Marine Dr, North Vancouver
  • When: Tuesday, September 6, from 6:30 to 8:30 pm
  • Tickets: From Eventbrite, $15, which is given back to you in store credit – yes this wine tasting is kind of free!

Wednesday, September 7

Far Out

  • What: Check out this monthly psych and garage night, featuring Tanglers, Jock Tears, RE/GEN, and Cheap High plus DJ Joshy. Free Jim Beam for the first 50 people through the door!
  • Where: Biltmore Cabaret – 2755 Prince Edward St, Vancouver
  • When: Wednesday, September 7, from 8 to 11 pm
  • Tickets: $10 on the door

Meet The Artists

  • What: Meet the artists that created the work for Science World’s art exhibition ‘Science Collides’. The event is free to attend but only the main atrium at Science World will be open.
  • Where: Science World at TELUS World of Science – 1455 Quebec Street, Vancouver
  • When: Wednesday, September 7, from 5:30 to 7:30 pm
  • Register: On Eventbrite, totally free

Gettin’ Goofy

  • What: This comedy character workshop with improv veteran Sara Gaare will focus on creating a wide variety of characters for solo performance, sketch comedy, and improv, and teach you how to get out of your head and get goofy and spontaneous!
  • Where: Instant Studios – 529 East Broadway, Vancouver
  • When: Wednesday, September 7, from 7 to 10 pm
  • Tickets: On Eventbrite, $59-$79

BBQ & Bourbon

  • What: Dixie’s BBQ and Beam Suntory are hosting this five-course, paired, whiskey-drenched dinner with host, Bourbon Ambassador and lover of all things whiskey, Matt Jones.
  • Where: Dixie’s BBQ – 337 East Hastings Street, Vancouver
  • When: Wednesday, September 7, from 6 to 9 pm
  • Tickets: On Eventbrite, $75 in advance, $85 on the door, includes dinner, drinks, tax and tip

Thursday, September 8

Cosmic Sea

A work featured in Cosmic Sea (Hot Art Wet City)

A work featured in Cosmic Sea (Hot Art Wet City)

  • What: When your mind has gone deep space fishing, what creatures will it encounter? Cosmic Sea showcases new works from Jenn Brisson, Kristian Adam and Phresha, featuring invisible sea creatures, jellypurrrs and octophants, to name a few.
  • Where: Hot Art Wet City – 2206 Main Street, Vancouver
  • When: From September 8 to September 30, open Wednesday to Saturday, from noon to 5 pm; opening reception on Friday, September 9, from 7 to 11 pm
  • Register: No need to register, just turn up.

My First Fondo

  • What: Your last chance to join this free Thursday night group ride for beginner and intermediate cyclists, part of the My-First-Fondo Clinics to learn basic road riding skills ahead of the 122km of the RBC GranFondo Whistler on September 10.
  • Where: Vanier Bike Park Parking Lot – Whyte Avenue 1695, Vancouver
  • When: Thursday, September 8, from 6:30 to 8:30 pm
  • Register: On Eventbrite, completely free

Destroy Vancouver

  • What: Destroy Vancouver is an experimental music and sound art series, combining a wide range of music genres and sound art aesthetics. This instalment features one of techno’s most prominent female artists, Adriana Lopez, and more.
  • Where: VIVO Media Arts Centre – 2625 Kaslo Street, Vancouver
  • When: Thursday, September 8, from 8:30 pm to 2:30 am
  • Tickets: On Eventbrite, $15

Love at Second Sight

  • What: Watch the world premiere of the short film Love at Second Sight, a film that transforms attitudes about appearance and encourages self-acceptance, by sharing the story of facially different David Roche and his lovely wife Marlena Blavin.
  • Where: Djavad Mowafaghian Cinema, Goldcorp Centre for the Arts (SFU Woodwards) – 149 West Hastings Street, Vancouver
  • When: Thursday, September 8, from 7 to 10 pm
  • Register: On Eventbrite, totally free

’72 Summit Series Tour

  • What: Hear the real stories behind the legendary Canada-Russia Summit Series, as eight key members of Team Canada 1972 take to the stage to share their memories, commentate on video highlights and take questions from the audience.
  • Where: Queen Elizabeth Theatre, 630 Hamilton Street, Vancouver
  • When: Thursday, September 8, at 8 pm
  • Tickets: From Ticketmaster, $77.85-$2,208.64

Star Trek 50th Anniversary

  • What: This Thursday, Geeks versus Nerds ask, “Who is the Greatest Starship Captain – James T. Kirk or Jean-Luc Picard?” Come support your favourite Captain as two teams of comedians debate the big question. There’ll also be a screening of the 1999 film Trekkies, which delves into the hilarious and devoted Star Trek fan culture.
  • Where: H. R. MacMillan Space Centre – 1100 Chestnut Street, Vancouver
  • When: Thursday, September 8, from 7 to 10:30 pm
  • Tickets: On Eventbrite, $13

Friday, September 9

Greek Food Festival

Greek spanakopita (Shutterstock)

Greek spanakopita (Shutterstock)

  • What: One of the city’s longest running cultural events, the Greek Food Festival kicks off on Friday. Try delicious lamb, souvlaki, gyro and calamari – all dishes are homemade, and include only the freshest and finest ingredients available.
  • When: Starts on Friday, September 9 and runs over two weekends. Festival runs on Fridays from 5 pm to 10 pm
  • Where: Hellenic Community Centre – 4500 Arbutus Street, Vancouver
  • Admission: Totally free

Oasis Beach Club 2016

  • What: A poolside party, comparable to the legendary fiestas found in Miami and St. Tropez, will hit Vancouver this summer. The inaugural Oasis Beach Club will take over the Second Beach Pool on September 9 for a music-fuelled cabana fiesta.
  • Where: Second Beach Pool – Stanley Park Drive, Vancouver
  • When: Friday, September 9, from 7 to 11 pm
  • Tickets: Start at $75. Click here to purchase.

Garden of Paradise

  • What: The exhibition of a body of work by Joseph Staples, featuring six video loops, each consisting of two GIFs juxtaposed onto each other, drawn from the Japanese anime, “Kotonoha no Niwa” and the singer, Lana Del Ray.
  • Where: Unit/Pitt Projects – 236 East Pender Street, Vancouver
  • When: From September 9, 7:30 pm opening reception to October 22

KINK Singles Mix and Mingle

  • What: If you are LGBTQS and you are wanting to get yourself out there and meet new people you can go to events with, hang out with or date, come on out. The venue is located in downtown Vancouver and will be posted closer to the date. Dress code is dress to impress, but not fetish as this will be a public venue and event. Keep an eye open and make conversation with everyone.
  • Where: Downtown Vancouver – exact location TBD
  • When: Friday, September 9; 7 to 10 pm