7 things to do in Vancouver today: Tuesday, May 21

May 17 2019, 6:14 pm

Start your shortened work week with one of these seven fun things to do on Tuesday, May 21. Elle King, Matilda the Musical, and more.

For more things happening around town be sure to check out our events section.

Elle King

What: Los Angeles singer-songwriter Elle King bring her Shake The Spirit Tour to Vancouver with special guest Barns Courtney.

When: Tuesday, May 21, 2019
Time: Doors 8 pm, show 9 pm
Where: Commodore Ballroom – 868 Granville Street, Vancouver
Tickets: Online

The Mechanics of Motion

What: David Dumbrell’s work, directly inspired by the great 18th-century Swiss automaton artists, combines the skills of wood sculpting, metalworking and creativity of design and concept with the complexity of engineering and electronics.

In his second show with Crafted Vancouver and third solo show, he invites visitors “behind the curtain” to view his crafting process and the inner workings of his complex and captivating automata. Selected artist notebooks, sketches, tools, working videos and partially complete automaton pieces will be on display, along with David’s newest kinetic sculpture creations.

When: Now to Tuesday, May 21, 2019
Time: 12 to 5 pm daily
Where: Visualspace Gallery – 3352 Dunbar Street, Vancouver
Tickets: Online, Free

Matilda the Musical

Photo by Thailey Roberge and Georgia Acken / Arts Club Theatre

What: The Arts Club Theatre Company presents Matilda the Musical. Armed with an outsize wit and a vivid imagination, precocious Matilda takes a stand to change her destiny. Even cruel parents and a hardened headmistress can’t get in her way. From the wonderfully subversive imagination of Roald Dahl, this fun family musical will bring out the child in everyone. In partnership with Citadel Theatre and Royal Manitoba Theatre Centre

When: Now to July 14, 2019
Time: Various times
Where: Stanley Industrial Alliance Stage – Arts Club 2750 Granville Street, Vancouver
Tickets: Online

Pop-Up Comedy Jam: Asian Heritage Month Edition

What: The Fictionals are celebrating Asian Heritage Month with Improv & Stand-Up at Cafe Deux Soleils. Hot Improv Tuesdays welcomes special guest Soo Jeong on May 21, with classic improv games, long-form laughs, and more.

When: May 21, 2019
Time: Doors 7:30 pm, show 8 pm
Where: Cafe Deux Soleils – 2096 Commercial Drive, Vancouver
Tickets: $7 or $5 for students and seniors

Samuel Stein: Gentrification and the Real Estate State

What: Join author and urbanist Samuel Stein on May 21 for a discussion on the politics of urban planning and real estate. Based in New York City, Stein is the author of “Capital City: Gentrification and the Real Estate State” (Verso 2019), in which he explains the role of planners in the real estate state, as well as the remarkable power of planning to reclaim urban life.

When: Tuesday, May 21, 2019
Time: 7 pm
Where: Djavad Mowafaghian Cinema (GCA 3200) – SFU Goldcorp Centre for the Arts, 149 W. Hastings St.
Tickets: Online, Free

Tides Art Gallery at Science World: Opening Night

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What: The opening reception of Jan de Beer’s new show of works, Tides, a body of work created entirely from paint sourced through Product Care Recycling’s PaintShare program. These abstract, large-scale paintings have a tactile element as the different types of recycled paint and other mediums react with each other. Light refreshments will be served, and Jan de Beer himself will be present.

When: Tuesday, May 21, 2019
Time: 6 to 8 pm
Where: Science World – 1455 Quebec St, Vancouver
Tickets: Online, Free

Keiji Haino & SUMAC

What: Established in January 2010, Quiet City is a series of concerts in Vancouver focused on live performances of experimental, electronic and improvised music in a comfortable and intimate setting. This edition of this series will be featuring performances by Botfly & Holzkopf, Keiji Haino & SUMAC, and The Nausea & JS Aurelius Presented by Soundscape, Panospria, CiTR FM & Discorder Magazine.

When: Tuesday, May 21, 2019
Time: 7 to 11 pm
Where: Red Gate Revue Stage – 1601 Johnston St., Vancouver
Tickets: Online

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