Events in Metro Vancouver: Live and virtual things to do Aug. 5-11

This week’s events around Metro Vancouver include the Arts Club’s production of Beneath Springhill and the Vines Arts Festival.

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Whether you’re looking for date-night ideas, free things to do or just something fun to experience with the kids, you can’t go wrong with our list of events happening around Metro Vancouver between Aug. 5 and 11. Headlining this week’s picks is the Arts Club’s Beneath Springhill.

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For more ideas, click HERE for our coverage of Vancouver’s arts scene.

Here are five things to do in Metro this week:

Beneath Springhill: The Maurice Ruddick Story

When: Aug. 5-29

Where: Granville Island Stage

Tickets: From $39 at artsclub.com

The Arts Club’s latest one-person production tells the story of the African-Canadian “singing miner” Maurice Ruddick. Ruddick served as a lifeline for his fellow miners over nine days during the 1958 Springhill, N.S., mining disaster. Jeremiah Sparks stars in the play, which won the 2015 Dora Mavor Moore Award for Best New Play.

The Return of the Thunder Beings — pictured are Dae Shields and Kor Kase — celebrates Black life at this year’s Vines Art Festival, Aug. 9-19.
The Return of the Thunder Beings — pictured are Dae Shields and Kor Kase — celebrates Black life at this year’s Vines Art Festival, Aug. 9-19. Photo by Luciana Freire D’Anunciação /PNG

Vines Art Festival

When: Aug. 9-19

Where: Various locations and online

Info:vinesartfestival.com

The annual arts and land-justice festival returns to Vancouver parks with over 100 performing and visual artists. Some highlights include Reopening Ceremonies (Aug. 9 at 6 p.m. at Second Beach); the Vancouver Prison Justice Day Memorial (Aug. 10 at 6 p.m. beside the Claire Culhane Memorial Bench, southeast corner, Trout Lake Park); and Our Stories Embodied (Aug. 11 at 6 p.m. at New Brighton Park), which features an array of storytellers and artists.

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The Rickshaw streams a performance by Vancouver new wave/post-punk band Actors on Aug 6-8.
The Rickshaw streams a performance by Vancouver new wave/post-punk band Actors on Aug 6-8. Photo by Kira Clavell /PNG

Actors

When: Aug. 6-8

Where: Online

Tickets: $13.50 at eventbrite.ca

Since the release of their 2018 sophomore album, It Will Come to You, Vancouver’s Actors have followed up with a number of singles. These and other tracks are showcased in a set recorded live at the Rickshaw by the post-punk/new wave quartet. The stream precedes a tour scheduled to begin in San Diego on Sept 9.

Paula Nishikawara’s If I Lived in the Ocean is on at the Vancouver Maritime Museum until Oct 24.
Paula Nishikawara’s If I Lived in the Ocean is on at the Vancouver Maritime Museum until Oct 24. Photo by Daniel Campbell /PNG

Paula Nishikawara: If I Lived in the Ocean

Where: Vancouver Maritime Museum

When: Until Oct. 24

Info:vanmaritime.com

Artist Paula Nishikawara calls her new exhibit “a museum intervention.” The intervention is an immersive environment made with bamboo poles, jute sacks, kelp, waste plastics and traditional Japanese gyotaku art. Initially the museum approached Nishikawara to show her gyotaku prints, which are made using fish; Nishikawara proposed this instead to challenge audiences to examine their relationship with the ocean.

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A detail from part of Persimmon Blackbridge’s installation Constructed Identities, at the Pendulum Gallery until Aug. 20.
A detail from part of Persimmon Blackbridge’s installation Constructed Identities, at the Pendulum Gallery until Aug. 20. Photo by Pendulum Gallery /PNG

Persimmon Blackbridge: Constructed Identities

When: Until Aug. 20

Where: Pendulum Gallery

Info:pendulumgallery.bc.ca

In Persimmon Blackbridge’s new installation, figures created from carved wood and found objects question how disability is framed. According to the news release, the B.C. artist’s “exploration of the figure begins in disability, but necessarily complicates itself as our embodied identities intersect and overlap.” Blackbridge has written a number of books, including the 1997 novel Prozac Highway. Kickstart Disability Arts and Culture, a professional disability arts non-profit group, is the presenter.

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