76 things to do in Metro Vancouver on Saturday, November 30 | Georgia Straight Vancouver’s News & Entertainment Weekly

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Looking for something to do on Saturday? The Straight’s got you covered. Here are 76 events happening in or around Vancouver on Saturday, November 30.

CONCERTS

The Mint Records Ridiculously Early Xmas Party features indie rock and punk rock by Necking (above), Tough Age, Dumb, Supermoon, Kellarissa, and Jay Arner at the Red Gate Arts Society.

New York hardcore band Show Me the Body plays the WISE Hall, with guests Urochromes.

Postpunk/darkwave group She Past Away plays the Rickshaw Theatre.

Eight-piece Vancouver band Zappostrophe celebrates the music of Frank Zappa at the Fox Cabaret.

Oklahoma pop-rock band Hanson plays the Vogue Theatre, with guests Joshua & the Holy Rollers and Paul McDonald.

Vancouver beach-rocker Daniel Wesley performs with his band at White Rock’s Blue Frog Studios.

Park Sound Presents features performances by Here North There, Abraham, and G. Deep at North Van’s Park Sound Studio.

The North Shore Celtic Ensemble performs fiddle music from Canada and Europe at Centennial Theatre.

Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers tribute band Perfectly Petty plays Langley’s Chief Sepass Theatre.

An artificial intelligence (MASOM) revives the music of electroacoustic composers at Performance Works.

The Universal Gospel Choir performs traditional carols, gospel favourites, and pop songs at Canadian Memorial United Church.

Live electronic music series, Sequential Circus, returns for its 25th iteration at Beaumont Studios.

BENEFITS

The 4th Annual Port Moody Christmas Craft Fair at Galleria City Hall features crafts, entertainment, and food trucks, with all proceeds to the Downtown Eastside Women’s Centre.

The Aurora Winter Festival runs through January 5 on the PNE Grounds, featuring various rides and attractions, including a tube park.

The Semiahmoo Potters Christmas Show & Sale at the South Surrey Rec Centre is a family-friendly Christmas pottery show featuring everything from inexpensive items to elaborate pieces.

The Very Nerdy Christmas Swap Meet at the Scottish Cultural Centre features rare toys, memorabilia, current and vintage comics, coins, LEGO, action figures, crafts, and Star Wars collectibles.

A flotilla of brightly lit and decorated boats from the Burrard Yacht Club will sail past the Shipyards at the Lonsdale Quay between 6 and 10 p.m. to celebrate the start of the holiday season on the North Shore.

The Kitsilano Winter Market at Kits Neighbourhood House focuses on curating local, sustainable and eco-friendly craft and food vendors.

The Vancouver Christmas Market at Jack Poole Plaza is an authentic German market featuring more than 80 huts stuffed with sweets, treats, and treasures.

Festival of Lights is a winter wonderland with over one-million lights decorating 15 acres of VanDusen Botanical Garden, where visitors can stroll through themed areas, watch the dancing lights show, and sing along to holiday classics.

The two-day Vancouver Stamp Fair at the Atrium Inn features dealers selling stamps, covers, postcards, and postal memorabilia.

FOOD & DRINK

The Riley Park Winter Farmers Market at Nat Bailey Stadium features produce from over 80 local farms, craft beverage producers, artisanal food makers, and food and coffee trucks.

KIDS’ STUFF

The Yaletown Business Improvement Association presents its eighth annual CandyTown winter festival. a free outdoor winter market featuring roaming Christmas characters, live music, carolling, food trucks, and visits with Santa.

The Polar Express at Squamish’s Railway Heritage Park is a 50-minute train ride with cookies and hot chocolate, a visit with Santa and Mrs. Claus, and gingerbread-cookie decorating.

Performance at North Van’s Presentation House of Where the Wild Things Are, an interactive, guided play experience for ages three to six.

Once Upon a Fairytale at New Westminster’s Bernie Legge Theatre is a family friendly musical-comedy about unlikely heroes who team up to save a kingdom from an evil plot.

Deepen Your Practice is a free sampler class at Semperviva Yoga Kits Beach Studio open to everyone with a desire to deepen their understanding of the power of yoga.

The Comic Strip is a standup comedy show at Tyrant Studios featuring headliner Aaron Charles Read.

Finito is a new sketch comedy show written by Carmelahhh that pays homage to Italian culture at Little Mountain Gallery.

Vancouver TheatreSports presents seasonal mirth and merriment with Merry Kissmas: A Royal Romance at the Improv Centre.

ARTS ETCETERA

Cirque du Soleil presents a performance of Luzia under the Grand Chapiteau (Big Top) at Concord Pacific Place.

Bechdel Test Burlesque at the Rio Theatre is a star-studded evening of pop culture critique powered by thrilljoy feminism.

The three-day Toque Craft Fair at the Western Front features a curated selection of designers, artists, and makers showcasing textiles, ceramics, jewelry, books, bags, and home and body products.

Karen Flamenco presents a one-hour production with live traditional flamenco music and dance at Granville Island’s Improv Centre.

The Surrey City Orchestra presents Tchaikovsky’s masterpiece The Nutcracker, featuring dancers from the Central Dance Academy, Hanyang Arts Society, the Kvitka School of Dance, the Ammara Dance Company, and the Surrey Children’s Chorus, at Chandos Pattison Auditorium.

Longtime publisher and editor-in-chief Michael Mirolla gives practical tips on how to pitch your work at Historic Joy Kogawa House.

MUSIC

Guest conductor Ivars Taurins leads at performance of the seasonal favourite, Handel’s Messiah, at the Chan Centre for the Performing Arts.

In Sounds and Science at the UBC Old Auditorium, members of the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra are paired with scientific insights from researchers at UBC’s Faculty of Medicine. SOLD OUT.

The Capilano University Festival Chorus, Capilano University Singers, soloists, and professional orchestra perform Handel’s Messiah under conductor Lars Kaario at the BlueShore Financial Centre for the Performing Arts.

Vetta Chamber Music presents works by Bach and Piazzolla in Art of the Tango Fugue at West Point Grey United Church.

The Vancouver Philharmonic Orchestra performs works by Copland, Abe, and Shostakovich at Shaughnessy Heights United Church.

The United Voices Concert at Pacific Spirit United Church features works by Vivaldi, Poulenc, and Haydn.

THEATRE

Theatre Replacement presents a performance at the York Theatre of the East Vancouver-set family show East Van Panto: Pinocchio.

Performance at the Stanley Industrial Alliance Stage of the romantic musical The Sound of Music.

Final performance at the Nest of Seminar, a comedy about four young novelists who sign up for private writing classes with an international literary figure.

Performance at North Van’s Deep Cove Shaw Theatre of the off-Broadway musical Forever Plaid.

Performance at the Firehall Arts Centre of FADO: The Saddest Music in the World, the story of a young woman confronting her country’s fascist past and her own identity.

It’s a Wonderful Life meets Modern Family in the Canadian comedy It’s a Wonderful Christmas-ish Holiday Miracle at the Goldcorp Stage at the BMO Theatre Centre.

Performance at the Waterfront Theatre of Bad Hats Theatre’s adaptation of J.M. Barrie’s classic tale, Peter Pan.

The Search Party presents its final performance at the Historic Theatre of French playwight Florian Zeller’s The Father, translated by Christopher Hampton.

Final performance at Langley’s Trinity Western University of an adaptation of the famous fairytale by Hans Christian Andersen, The Snow Queen.

Ron Reed embodies Scrooge and 43 other characters in the classic holiday story A Christmas Carol at Pacific Theatre.

Cindy Sherman at the Vancouver Art Gallery explores the development of Sherman’s work from the beginning of her career in the mid-1970s to the present day, with selections from each of her major series, including new and rarely seen works.

Transits and Returns at the Vancouver Art Gallery explores the dynamic between place and movement in the work of twenty-one Indigenous artists from around the Pacific.

Vikky Alexander: Extreme Beauty at the Vancouver Art Gallery features photography, sculpture, collage, and installation, including new massive murals created in 2019.

Robert Rauschenberg 1965-1980 at the Vancouver Art Gallery features rarely seen prints, drawings, collages, sculptural works, and large-scale works from one of the most experimental periods in the artist’s career.

MUSEUMS

Playing with Fire: Ceramics of the Extraordinary at the Museum of Anthropology at UBC showcases ceramic works by 11 B.C.-based artists expressing strong opinions on urgent social issues.

There is Truth Here at the Museum of Vancouver focuses on rare surviving artworks created by children who attended the Inkameep Day School (Okanagan), St. Michael’s Indian Residential School (Alert Bay); the Alberni Indian Residential School (Vancouver Island); and Mackay Indian Residential School (Manitoba).

Ship’s Company: The Royal Canadian Navy at Work & Play at the Vancouver Maritime Museum features photography by Kathryn Mussallem celebrating the diverse humanity of Canadian naval forces. 

In a Different Light: Reflecting on Northwest Coast Art at the Museum of Anthropology at UBC features more than 110 historical Indigenous artworks and explores what we can learn from these works and how they relate to Indigenous peoples’ relationships to their lands.

Haida Now: A Visual Feast of Innovation and Tradition at the Museum of Vancouver is guest-curated by Kwiaahwah Jones and features more than 450 works by carvers, weavers, photographers, and printmakers, collected as early as the 1890s.

North Vancouver’s Grouse Mountain features a Skyride to the peak with views of the city and the Pacific Ocean.

The 22-hectare VanDusen Botanical Garden features over 255,000 plants from around the world and almost two dozen sculptures.

Parq Vancouver is a 24-hour casino with 600 slot machines and 75 table games, eight restaurants and lounges, and the sixth-floor outdoor Parq.

Science World features hundreds of interactive exhibits in five permanent galleries, live science demonstrations and workshops, and giant movies in the Omnimax Theatre.

At the Bloedel Conservatory you can take in more than 200 free-flying exotic birds and 500 exotic plants and flowers.

Capilano Suspension Bridge features seven cable bridges suspended in trees, the Living Forest exhibit, totem-pole collection, Cliffwalk, and Treetop Adventure. 

The B.C. Sports Hall of Fame and Museum features permanent galleries devoted to Terry Fox and Rick Hansen, a rock-climbing wall, a virtual sports simulator, and history galleries.

Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Garden is an authentic representation of an age-old garden tradition that reached its peak in the Ming Dynasty.

The Vancouver Aquarium features almost 800 animal species in galleries ranging from Canada’s Arctic to the Amazon rainforest.

The Deeley Motorcycle Exhibition features more than 250 privately-owned bikes from around the world.

Stanley Park features 400 hectares of trails, with scenic walking and biking along the 8.8-kilometre seawall and totem park featuring eight poles by First Nations artists.

Nitobe Memorial Garden is a traditional Japanese garden located at the University of British Columbia with waterfalls, stone lanterns, audio guides and tours, and a ceremonial teahouse.

Screenings at Vancity Theatre of Into the West, The Camino Voyage (above), Rosie, and the shorts program Ireland at the Oscars, as part of the Vancouver Irish Film Festival.

Screenings at the Cinematheque of France’s Something Is Happening, Italy’s Welcome Back Mr. President, and Poland’s Kurier as part of the 22nd annual European Union Film Festival.

Afternoon screening at the Rio Theatre of of Martin Scorsese’s new gangster flick The Irishman, starring Robert De Niro, Joe Pesci, and Al Pacino as Jimmy Hoffa.

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