7 things to do in Vancouver today: Thursday, May 4

May 1 2017, 11:48 pm

Looking for a break from your daily routine? Check our rundown of seven fun things to do in Vancouver today, including Star Wars comedy and the DOXA Festival.

For more things happening around town, check out our events section.

DOXA Festival Opening Gala Screening + Party

  • What: Marie Clements’ musical documentary The Road Forward is simultaneously a piece of BC First Nations history, a call for revolution and resolve, and a portrait of a people who have retained their power and identity through community and activism. The screening kicks off the 2017 DOXA Festival.
  • Where: Vogue Theatre – 918 Granville Street, Vancouver
  • When: May 4 at 7 pm
  • Tickets: Online, $20-$22

Bryan Callen

Bryan Callen

Image: Bryan Callen / Facebook

  • What: Bryan Callen got his start as an original cast member of MAD TV. He then went on to play numerous roles on the small and big screen including Old School, Bad Santa, Sex and the City, CSI and The Hangover.
  • Where: the Comedy Mix – 1015 Burrard Street, Vancouver
  • When: May 4 at 8:30 pm, May 5 and 6 at 8 and 10:30 pm
  • Tickets: Online, $25-$30 plus GST

Mixed Voices Raised: An Evening of Storytelling & Identity

  • What: Hapa-palooza Festival kicks off its 2017 programming with Mixed Voices Raised: an evening of storytelling (true tales, no notes). Enjoy dynamic speakers sharing stories from the heart on how their heritage has informed the work they do and lives they lead.
  • Where: Alice MacKay Room, Vancouver Public Library Central Branch – 350 West Georgia Street, Vancouver
  • When: May 4 at 7 pm
  • Admission: Free

Talent Time: The Star Wars Show

  • What: Celebrate Star Wars Day with Paul Anthony’s Talent Time. It’s a variety show that takes place in Jabba the Hutt’s Palace with Darth Vader stand-up, Star Wars burlesque, comedian Harris Anderson and more.
  • Where: Rio Theatre – 1660 East Broadway, Vancouver
  • When: May 4 at 8 pm
  • Register: Online, Free

CJ Ramone

  • What: CJ Ramone is the artistic name of Christopher Joseph Ward, known as the famous and latest bass player of the most legendary American punk rock band The Ramones. CJ Ramone is an important part of punk rock history and the best part is he’s just getting started. Big Eyes and Childsplay also perform.
  • When: May 4 at 8 pm
  • Where: Rickshaw Theatre – 254 East Hastings Street, Vancouver
  • Tickets: Online, $17.50

Ute Lemper at Vancouver Opera Festival

Ute Lemper

Image: Ute Lemper / Facebook

  • What: Vancouver Opera presents a rare performance by the world’s foremost cabaret star. Join Ute Lemper as she takes you on a journey to Berlin with the cabaret ballads of Weill and Brecht, the poetic world of Paris with chansons by Brel, Piaf, and Ferre, then Buenos Aires for a romantic tango by Piazzolla.
  • When: May 5 at 7 pm
  • Where: Oprheum Theatre – 884 Granville Street, Vancouver
  • Tickets: Online, $50-$99

Mary Walsh in conversation with Lisa Christiansen

  • What: Best known for her work on This Hour Has 22 Minutes, comedian and actor Mary Walsh has brought timeless characters to Canadians for decades. In her anticipated debut novel Crying for the Moon, Walsh tells the story of a young woman growing up in St. John’s, NL, who visits Expo 67 in Montreal for an unexpected, life-changing adventure. Presented by Vancouver’s Writers Fest.
  • Where: Frederic Wood Theatre – 6534 Crescent Road, Vancouver
  • When: May 4 at 7:30 pm
  • Tickets: Online, $20-$26