What to Do in Vancouver This Week (May 15 to 21)

Science slams, moving musicals and Twin Peaks dance parties for your calendar this week.

May 15, 2017

By Jessica Wallin

Go See a Powerful New Musical

Wednesday, May 17

Children of God combines what at first seem like two very different genres: it is both a play about residential schools in Canada and also a musical that draws from First Nations music and Broadway. If anyone is going to pull it off, however, it’s talented playwright and composer Corey Payette, the Artist Director of Urban Ink Productions. Presented by The Cultch, this story of redemption and resilience depicts the experiences of an Oji-Cree family sent to a residential school in Northern Ontario.

When: May 17 to June 3
Where: York Theatre, 639 Commercial Dr.
Cost: $10 to $46
Tickets: The Cultch


Cheer on your Favourite Scientist

Thursday, May 18

Super Science Slam is like a set up like a poetry slam, but instead of performing poetry performers must explain a complex scientific topic in the most interesting, accurate and engaging way possible. This time around, past winners come together to crown the ultimate champion in science communication. Arrive at 6 p.m. in order to enjoy the bar and the Museum of Vancouver’s current exhibits.

When: 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Where: Museum of Vancouver, 1100 Chestnut St.
Cost: $13 to $15
Tickets: MOV

Serve Yourself a Slice of Twin Peaks

Friday, May 19

If you want a (boozey) coffee as dark as midnight on a moonless night, the Fox Cabaret has just the event for you. Held in time for the launch of a new season, Twin Peaks Cabaret is an evening for the David Lynch enthusiast. Expect pie, coffee cocktails, live performances and a costume contest. Just don’t forget your massive sweater and prophesying log. (And the Black Lodge is just down the street if you want to keep the theme going with a nightcap.)

When: 7 p.m. to 10:30 p.m.
Where: Fox Cabaret, 2321 Main St.
Cost: $10 advanced, $15 at door, $50 VIP for two
Tickets: Eventbrite

Put the Great in the Great Outdoors

Friday, May 19 to Monday, May 22

GO Fest, Whistler’s Great Outdoors Festival, is celebration of the transition from Winter to Summer and all the fun that comes with it. This four-day festival is packed full of a wide range of activities including clinics, sports tournaments and concerts. Learn everything from axe throwing to fly-fishing, join a volleyball tournament or take a paddle tour of the River of Golden Dreams. In the evening, enjoy outdoor concerts by the likes of The Zolas, all set in the stunning surroundings of Whistler.

When: May 19 to 22
Where: Whistler Blackcomb, 4545 Blackcomb Way
Cost: Up to $70
More info: GO Fest

Meditate in an Art Gallery

Saturday, May 20

Have you ever been in an art gallery and felt the urge to sit on the ground and breathe it out? Vancouver Meditation Mob gives you a chance to do just that in the next installation of Mindful Mass Meditation, held at the Vancouver Art Gallery. Beginning before the gallery opens, join yoga teacher Carolyn Anne Budgell in the rotunda for a half hour of stillness.

When: 8:45 a.m. to 9:45 a.m.
Where: The Vancouver Art Gallery, 750 Hornby St.
Cost: Free, but early registration recommended
Tickets: Eventbrite

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