35 things to do in Vancouver this week: January 8 to 12

Jan 7 2018, 12:56 am

January is rolling along and it’s packed with great events! Plan your schedule with our 35 things to do from Monday, January 8 to Friday, January 12. Concerts, theatre, talks and more.

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

Monday, January 8

Brackendale Eagle Festival

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Bald eagle (Ian Duffield/Shutterstock)

  • What: The 32nd annual Brackendale Eagle Festival is a month-long celebration of eagles, featuring a special line-up of concerts, lecture series, art shows, group tours.
  • When: Until January 29, 2018
  • Time: 6 to 9 pm
  • Where: Various venues
  • More Information: Online

Michael D Hawley Photography Open House Showing

  • What: Taste some fine local beer and see the works of award-winning photographer Michael Hawley. Michael’s pinhole photography has been displayed at the Soho Gallery in New York and has won both Silver and Bronze Medals at the PX3 awards in Paris, one of Europe’s most established photography awards.
  • When: Monday, January 8, 2018
  • Time: 5 pm
  • Where: Off The Rail Brewing Co. – 1351 Adanac Street, Vancouver, Vancouver
  • Admission: Free

UBC Free Week

  • What: Looking to get fit and save some money in 2018? Why not skip the gym and try a new activity like street kickboxing or spin class? UBC is offering a jam-packed schedule of workout classes to returning students, staff, faculty, and the general public for no cost. There is no registration needed to participate. All you have to do is show up at the location of your classes 10 minutes before the scheduled start time. Classes will be filled on a first-come, first-serve basis with priority given to those who have registered for the full program.
  • When: From Monday, January 8 to Sunday, January 14, 2018
  • Time: Find out class schedule and times online 
  • Where: Various locations at UBC (check website for details)
  • Admission: Free

Winter Hiking/Snowshoe Orientation

  • What: Gary Baker with the Chilliwack Outdoor Club will display a range of appropriate winter hiking and snowshoeing clothing, equipment, and safety gear (discussing the pros and cons of each). Trip planning and safety protocols will also be discussed.
  • When: Monday, January 8, 2018
  • Time: 6:30 t0 8:30 pm
  • Where: Fraser Valley Regional Library – Sardis Branch – 5819 Tyson Road, Chilliwack
  • Admission: Free

Free Intro to Belly Dance Class

  • What: Be introduced to the basic moves of bellydance from your head to your toes. Instructor Christina Bates, formerly from AIEWA School of Cultural Dance, has taught bellydance for more than 20 years and to more than 1,000 people.
  • When: Monday, January 8, 2018
  • Time: 6:30 to 7:30 pm
  • Where: West End Community Centre Association –870 Denman Street, Vancouver
  • Registration: Online, Free

Laugh Gallery at Havana

  • What: Join Graham Clark and guests Nicole Passmore, Morris Bartlett, and Shirley Whalen for the first Laugh Gallery of 2018.
  • When: Monday, January 8, 2018
  • Time: 9 pm
  • Where: Havana Theatre – 1212 Commercial Drive, Vancouver
  • Tickets: $5

2018 Canadian Tire National Skating Championships

  • What: High-level figure skating is coming to Vancouver next week, with lots on the line. One month before the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, the Canadian National Skating Championships lands on the West Coast for the first time in 10 years. The week-long event will feature a number of world class skaters, including nine athletes who won an Olympic medal in Sochi four years ago.
  • When: Monday, January 8 to Sunday, January 14, 2018
  • Time: Various times
  • Where: Doug Mitchell Thunderbird Sports Centre, 6066 Thunderbird Blvd, Vancouver
  • Tickets: Online

Tuesday, January 9

Big Boi

  • What: As one half of OutKast, Big Boi has won seven Grammy Awards, sold more than 25 million albums, and created an array of music’s most influential work. Big Boi’s 2010 solo debut, Sir Lucious Left Foot: The Son of Chico Dusty, peaked at #3 on the Billboard Top 200. His 2012 follow-up Vicious Lies and Dangerous Rumors enamoured tastemakers and fans alike and boasted collaborations with A$AP Rocky, Killer Mike, Kid Cudi, and more.
  • When: Tuesday, January 9, 2018
  • Time: 9 pm
  • Where: The Commodore Ballroom – 868 Granville St, Vancouver
  • Tickets: Online, $45 + fees

LiGHTS! Improvised Sketch Comedy Show 

  • What: 12 of Vancouver’s hottest improv comedians present back-to-back short sketch ideas that have never been rehearsed or performed for an audience before.
  • When: Tuesday, January 9, 2018
  • Time: 8 pm
  • Where: Seven Dining Lounge – 53 West Broadway, Vancouver
  • Tickets: Online, $6

Movies in the Morgue: A Simple Plan

  • What: Head to Vancouver Police Museum for a screening of A Simple Plan, the story of three blue collar acquaintances who come across millions of dollars in lost cash and make a plan to keep their find from the authorities.
  • When: Tuesday, January 9, 2018
  • Time: 7 pm
  • Where: Vancouver Police Museum – 240 East Cordova Street, Vancouver
  • Tickets: Online, $10

Drag Club Lip Sync Competition

  • What: Fourteen drag artists will lip sync their way to the top. Who wins in the end will be up to you. Hosted by Dust and Karmella Barr.
  • When: Tuesday, January 9, 2018
  • Time: 10:30 pm
  • Where: Railway Stage & Beer Cafe – 579 Dunsmuir Street, Vancouver
  • Tickets: $5

Hot Brown Honey – Briefs Factory

  • What: “Taking down the master’s house with the master’s tools.” Hot Brown Honey features a cast of talented women from diverse backgrounds. Calling out the patriarchy never gets old in this theatrical spectacular, featuring dance and poetry alongside striptease and Hip Hop politics. This bold and sassy posse out of Australia will defy stereotypes, push boundaries, and—most importantly—make for one entertaining night out.
  • When: January 9 to 27, 2018
  • Time: Various times
  • Where: York Theatre – 639 Commercial Drive, Vancouver
  • Tickets: At The Cultch; $22-$49

Turn Tuesdays

  • What: Every week, Bryan Sea and Adam Fink hosts a weekly Bring Your Own Vinyl night in the Projection Room at the Fox Cabaret. Bring your finest vinyl down and play a set for everyone, plus enjoy free Ignite Pizzeria pizza.
  • When: Every Tuesday
  • Time: 9 pm
  • Where: Fox Cabaret – 2321 Main Street
  • Admission: Free

Launch! An Accessible Open Mic for Everyone

  • What: Launch! Open Mic offers a supportive space for new and experienced performers. Though its focus is on showcasing the voices of queer youth, elders, and allies, anyone is welcome to come read, sing, dance, drag, lip synch, or otherwise entertain!
  • When: Tuesday, January 9, 2018
  • Time: 7:30 pm
  • Where: Roundhouse Community Centre – 181 Roundhouse Mews, Vancouver
  • Admission: Free

Wednesday, January 10

Misery: An Arts Club on Tour Presentation

  • What: Successful romance novelist Paul Sheldon is rescued from a car crash by his “Number One Fan,” Annie Wilkes, and wakes up in her secluded home in the mountains of Colorado. While Annie nurses him back to health, Paul soon realizes that he is not her guest, but her captive. Angered that he has killed off her favourite character, Annie forces Paul to resurrect her in a new book—and Paul soon finds himself writing for his freedom…and his life. Based on the novel by Stephen King.
  • When: Wednesday, January 10 to Saturday, January 20, 2018
  • Time: Various times
  • Where: Main Stage at Surrey Arts Centre – 13750 88 Avenue, Surrey
  • Tickets: Online, $29-$49

Hack Night: Raspberry Pi Photo Booth and More

  • What: Are you interested in building something with the Raspberry Pi? Want to collaborate with other technologists to create a Raspberry Pi project? Then head to Richmond Public Library for Hack Night: Raspberry Pi Photo Booth and More meetup.
  • When: Wednesday, January 10, 2018
  • Time: 7 to 9 pm
  • Where: Richmond Public Library – Brighouse Branch – 7700 Minoru Gate #100, Richmond
  • Registration: Online

The Pipeline Project – ITSAZOO + Savage Society Theatre

  • What: On any given day at the beach, you can’t but help notice all of the tankers off the coast of English Bay. Here’s a play near and dear to Vancouver’s heart, written by locals, about our province’s uncomfortable relationship to Canada’s oil industry. The Pipeline Project is half an investigation of the political and cultural battles over the current state of pipelines, and half an interactive Talk Back, featuring a different speaker every night.
  • When: Wednesday, January 10 to Saturday, January 20, 2018
  • Time: Various Times
  • Where: The Cultch – 1985 Venables Street, Vancouver
  • Tickets: At Firehall; $30-$33

Walking in Tears: Christian Wonders in the Late-Medieval World

  • What: This talk will examine the spiritual geographies of late medieval England, and read through the fantastical travel narratives of Sir John Mandeville and other writers.
  • When: Wednesday, January 10, 2018
  • Time: 5 to 6:30 pm
  • Where: Coach House, Green College, UBC – 6201 Cecil Green Park Road, Vancouver
  • Admission: Free

Afro-Futurism Trading Card Workshop Series for Black Youth

  • What: Join multi-disciplinary artist Ruby Smith Díaz in advance of Black Futures month for the creation of Afro-Futurism Trading Cards. Inspired by the work of Octavia Butler, this workshop will have black-identified youth ages 13 to 18 design and create trading cards around the question, “What would it mean for you to be free?”
  • When: Every Wednesday from January 10 to 31, 2018
  • Time: 4:30 to 7:30 pm
  • Where: Vancouver Public Library – Kensington Branch – 1428 Cedar Cottage Mews, Vancouver
  • Registration: Online, Free

AMA With Ash Maurya

  • What: Launch Academy and Victory Square present an AMA with Ash Maurya, the bestselling author of Running Lean and the founder of Lean Stack. In this session, he’ll provide insights on how to apply these Lean methods in practice, because “Life’s Too Short to Build Something Nobody Wants”.
  • When: Wednesday, January 10, 2018
  • Time: 6:30 to 8 pm
  • Where: Launch Academy – 300-128 West Hastings, Vancouver
  • Tickets: Online, $50

Deep Listening – A Tribute to Pauline Oliveros – Open House

  • What:  Media Arts Committee – MAC, the Soundscape Show, and Vancouver Co-op Radio CFRO present the final showing of pieces produced by their Artists in Residence for their latest Artist Call Theme: DEEP LISTENING – A Tribute to Pauline Oliveros.
  • When: Wednesday, January 10, 2018
  • Time: 6:30 to 10:30 pm
  • Where: Co-op Radio and MAC Space – 370 Columbia Street, Vancouver
  • Admission: $10-$20

Thursday, January 11

Taste BC 2018

  • What: Taste BC is an experience of BC’s finest wine, beer and spirits accompanied by tasty fare from local restaurants. Expect food and drinks, music, door prizes, and a silent auction. Silent auction items include luxury items, local experience packages, destination packages and delicious products made by BC locals.
  • When: Thursday, January 11, 2018
  • Time: 4:30 to 7:30 pm
  • Where: Pan Pacific Vancouver – 300 – 999 Canada Place, Vancouver
  • Tickets: $50; buy online

Lighthouse Labs YVR Demo Day

  • What: Lighthouse Labs new grads are about to start their careers as professional web developers, but first they want to show you what they’ve learned to build in just eight weeks. Expect pizza, beer, networking with developers and entrepreneurs, and an inside look at the skill set of the new graduates.
  • When: Thursday, January 11, 2018
  • Time: 6 to 8 pm
  • Where:Lighthouse Labs – #350 128 West Hastings, Vancouver
  • Register: Online, Free

The Fantasticks

  • What: A funny, romantic musical about a boy, a girl and their parents who try to keep them apart. Presented by Stage43.
  • When: Thursday, January 11 to Sunday, January 14, then Wednesday, January 17 to Saturday, January 20, 2018
  • Time: 8 pm every day, except Sunday, January 14 when the show will be at 2 pm
  • Where: Evergreen Cultural Centre – 1205 Pinetree Way, Coquitlam
  • Tickets: Online, $15-$22

Taco Party at Lucky Taco

  • What: In collaboration with U-Feast Vancouver, you’re invited to come and dine around communal tables with friends old and new, with a lineup of special off-menu tacos and Mexican treats, alongside delicious margaritas.
  • When: Thursday, January 11, 2018
  • Time: 7 to 10 pm
  • Where: Lucky Taco – 1685 Yew Street, Kitsilano, Vancouver
  • Tickets: $55; buy online

Steelin’ In The Years

  • What: Steelin’ In The Years gathers together some of the most accomplished West Coast musicians, all of whom possess a common affection for the music of Steely Dan. Their revue features top-notch interpretations of favourite Steely Dan compositions, drawing material from virtually all their albums.
  • When: Thursday, January 11 and Friday, January 12, 2018
  • Time: 7:30 pm
  • Where: Kay Meek – 1700 Mathers Avenue, West Vancouver
  • Tickets: Online, $29-$38

Author Reading: Anthony J. Cumming – In Action with Destroyers

  • What: Anthony J. Cumming (In Action With Destroyers) and other authors present a series of readings at Vancouver Maritime Museum. Experience the latest in Maritime history and prose.
  • When: Thursday, January 11, 2018
  • Time: 7:30 pm
  • Where: Vancouver Maritime Museum – 1905 Ogden Avenue, Vancouver
  • Admission: Free with museum admission

Corb Lund and Ian Tyson

  • What: An evening of conversation, stories, and song with country music superstars Corb Lund and Ian Tyson.
  • When: Thursday, January 11, 2018
  • Time: 8 pm
  • Where: Vogue Theatre – 918 Granville Street, Vancouver
  • Tickets: Online, $42.50-$55

Friday, January 12

Cinema in Concert

  • What: Relive the magic of the movies with live orchestral accompaniment at Cinema in Concert, featuring Beijing’s 80-member China Broadcasting Film Symphony Orchestra. Led by acclaimed conductor Pang Ka Pang, the internationally-renowned CBFSO will bring new life to soundtracks from Braveheart, Casablanca, Jurassic World, Legends of the Fall, Pirates of the Caribbean, classics from The Chinese Movie Music Collection, and more.
  • When: Friday, January 12, 2018
  • Time: Doors at 7 pm, show at 8 pm
  • Where: Orpheum Theatre – 601 Smithe Street, Vancouver
  • Tickets: Online, $23-$158

Place des Arts: January Exhibitions Opening Reception

  • What: Drop by for fine art, inspiration and a glass of wine at the opening reception for ​three new shows: Colour: A Personal ResponseLyrical Expressions, and Balance.
  • When: Friday, January 12, 2018
  • Time: 7 to 9 pm
  • Where: Place des Arts – 1120 Brunette Avenue, Coquitlam
  • Admission: Free

Fused: The Epic Improv Team-up

  • What: The Radical and special guests, You, Me & Him, each perform their own solo improv showcases. Then at the end of the night, both groups will come together for a jam of epic proportions.
  • When: Friday, January 12, 2018
  • Where: The Heritage Grill – 447 Columbia Street, New Westminster
  • Tickets: Online, $8

The Tree of Wooden Clogs

  • What: Generally regarded as the masterpiece of Italian film director Ermanno Olmi, this rural epic depicts the lives of several families on a tenant farm in northern Italy in 1898, as they struggle to make ends meet. The painterly depiction of Lombardy peasant life, with its unfolding, interwoven stories is magnificent in its authenticity. Presented by Port Moody Film Society.
  • When: Friday, January 12, 2018
  • Time: 7:30 pm
  • Where: Inlet Theatre – 100 Newport Drive, Port Moody
  • Admission: At the door, Member Admission $5, Membership $5 a year.

Above the Hospital – Midtwenties Theatre Society

  • What: Two cash-strapped millennials feature in this locally-penned play about the unique struggles of this generation. Living together in a tiny, pricey apartment above a hospital, the twenty-somethings grapple with their futures—or what’s left of life choices after rent, student loans, and the occasional avocado toast.
  • When: Friday, January 12 to Sunday, January 21, 2018
  • Time: 7 pm
  • Where: Red Gate Revue Stage, Granville Island – 1601 Johnston Street, Vancouver
  • Tickets: At Brown Paper Tickets; $20

Wolf Parade

  • What: Wolf Parade returns to Vancouver at The Commodore Ballroom with Charly Bliss and Frog Eyes.
  • When: Friday, January 12, 2018
  • Time: Doors 8 pm
  • Where: The Commodore Ballroom – 868 Granville Street, Vancouver
  • Tickets: Online

Black Box with Sven Marquardt and Marcel Dettmann

  • What: The Polygon Gallery, the Goethe-Institut, and AFM INC present Black Box, an installation by German photographer and famed Berghain doorman Sven Marquardt, featuring an accompanying sound component by Marcel Dettmann.
  • When: Friday, January 12, 2018
  • Time: 8 to 11 pm
  • Where: The Polygon Gallery – 101 Carrie Cates Ct, North Vancouver
  • Admission: Free
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