25 things to do in Vancouver this weekend, December 31 – January 2

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Note: Due to COVID-19, BC vaccination cards and / or masks may be required for entry to some in-person events.

FRIDAY: New Year’s Eve Variety Show at Queen Elizabeth Theater features acrobats, acrobats, comedic jugglers and live music by the Tim Sars Group.

FRIDAY: projection at the Rio Theater from Jonathan Demme’s concert documentary in 1984 Stop making sense, with Talking Heads.

FRIDAY: projection at Vanity Theater from the 2019 animated film by Japanese director Makoto Shinkai Alter with you, in Japanese with English subtitles.

FRIDAY AND SATURDAY: the Vancouver Welsh Men’s Choir presents performances from their Sing We Now of Christmas program online through January 1.

Heather Graham plays “Rollergirl” in Paul Thomas Anderson’s Boogie Nights.

FRIDAY AND SATURDAY: projections at Vanity Theater from Paul Thomas Anderson’s 1997 drama Boogie evenings, starring Mark Wahlberg as’ 70s pornstar DIrk Diggler.

FRIDAY TO SUNDAY: free online screenings of The Reality of a Dream: A Nutcracker Documentary, presented by Goh Ballet, until January 10.

FRIDAY TO SUNDAY: a large solo exhibition of the works of Steven Shearer is presented at North Vancouver Polygon gallery until February 13, 2022.

FRIDAY TO SUNDAY: in Canyon Lights, the famous Capilano Suspension Bridge Park is illuminated from end to end by a bright multicolored display.

Imagine Picasso shows the work of the Spanish artist in an unprecedented way.
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FRIDAY TO SUNDAY: Imagine Picasso, an immersive exhibition featuring massive projections of the work of the pioneering Spanish artist, takes place at Vancouver Convention Center until January 8.

FRIDAY TO SUNDAY: in collaboration with the Winnipeg Art Gallery, the Vancouver Museum presents the traveling exhibition Resident X until October 2022.

FRIDAY TO SUNDAYThe Robson Square Ice Rink offers free skating in the heart of downtown Vancouver, with skate rentals and sharpening available.

FRIDAY TO SUNDAY: Canoe Cultures :: Ho’-ku-melh to Vancouver Maritime Museum features the work of 20 Indigenous artists and sculptors along with historical images and information that tell the story of Indigenous peoples’ resilience and strength through the canoe of war and all that it stands for. Organized by Indigenous artist and cultural historian Roxanne Charles, the exhibition runs until July 3, 2022.

FRIDAY TO SUNDAY: take a trip through the looking glass with Theater replacementis the ninth annual edition of East Van Panto. Please note: online performances only, due to COVID-19.

The Light Walk is part of the Grouse Mountain Peak of Christmas event.

FRIDAY TO SUNDAY: Grouse MountainThe annual Christmas Summit features family-friendly activities like Santa’s Workshop, Light Walk, and the Skating Pond until January 3.

FRIDAY TO SUNDAY: Sistine Chapel by Michelangelo: the exhibition–which offers a close-up of Michelangelo’s Renaissance masterpiece – shows at Vancouver Convention Center East Building.

FRIDAY TO SUNDAY: Sho Sho Esquiro: Doctrine of Discovery is a personal exhibition of the designer, artist and activist Sho Sho Esquiro which features meticulously crafted couture dresses, textiles, paintings and photographs to celebrate the beauty and resilience of First Nations communities. The exhibition takes place at Bill Reid Gallery of Northwest Coast Art until June 5, 2022.

FRIDAY TO SUNDAY: GROWING IN FREEDOM: Yoko Ono’s Instructions / The Art of John and Yoko runs to the Vancouver Art Gallery until May 1, 2022. The exhibition is divided into two parts, the first of which examines Ono’s artistic process, reflecting his radical and unconventional approach, and the second highlighting Ono’s collaborative artistic projects. and her late husband John Lennon aimed at promoting peace.

The VanDusen Garden Festival of Lights features over a million lights.

FRIDAY TO SUNDAY: the VanDusen Botanical Garden Beloved holiday event, the Festival of Lights, runs through Jan. 3, with over a million multi-colored lights decorating 15 acres of backyard.

FRIDAY TO SUNDAY: Sankofa: African roads, Canadian roots, an exhibition that explores the relationship between traditional and contemporary African art and contemporary black Canadian art, runs until March 27, 2022 at MOA.

FRIDAY TO SUNDAY: OG Punk, running in North Vancouver Polygon gallery through Jan. 2, 2022, captures ethics of punk subculture by Vancouver photographer Dina goldstein.

SATURDAY: projection at Rio Theater from the directors of Joel and Ethan Coen’s 1998 comedy The great Lebowski, starring Jeff Bridges as “The Dude”.

Michael Palin leads the Knights who say “Ni!” in Monty Python and the Holy Grail.

SATURDAY: afternoon screening at Rio Theater from directors Terry Gilliam and the 1975 Terry Jones Comedy Monty Python and the Holy Grail.

SATURDAY: the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra present A tribute to Vienna, Who brings the music of Johann Strauss to life, to Orphée Theater.

SATURDAY AND SUNDAY: Classic Alice in Wonderland Story Comes to Life in Crystal Weltzin’s Alice in Wonderland: a panto at New Westminster Massey Theater.

SUNDAY: one-day film marathon at Rio Theater stars Peter Jackson the Lord of the Rings Trilogy (extended editions).

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