Events in Metro Vancouver: Live and virtual things to do Sept. 23-29 – Vancouver Sun

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Shawn Conner

Dancer Starr Muranko performs Chapter 21 at Firehall Arts Centre Sept. 29-Oct. 3.
Dancer Starr Muranko performs Chapter 21 at Firehall Arts Centre Sept. 29-Oct. 3. Photo by Melanie Orr Photography /Melanie Orr Photography

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Whether you’re looking for date-night ideas, free things to do, or just something fun with the kids, you can’t go wrong with our list of events happening around Metro Vancouver between Sept. 23-29. Headlining this week’s picks is Chapter 21, a dance/theatre show from local dancer Starr Muranko.

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

Here are 5 things to do in Metro Vancouver this week:

Chapter 21

When: Sept. 29-Oct. 3

Where: Firehall Arts Centre, 280 E. Cordova

Tickets: from $15 at firehallartscentre.ca and 604-689-0926

Dancer Starr Muranko turns a tumultuous period of her life into art with Chapter 21. A reflection on being diagnosed with cancer and giving birth to a child with Down syndrome, this Raven Spirit dance/theatre piece, directed by Yvette Nolan, opens the Firehall Arts Centre’s 2021/22 season. In addition to the in-person performances, the Firehall will make Chapter 21 available for online viewing.

Duckie, a retelling of The Ugly Duckling, is one of the shows at Transform Cabaret Festival Sept. 23-Oct. 2.
Duckie, a retelling of The Ugly Duckling, is one of the shows at Transform Cabaret Festival Sept. 23-Oct. 2. jpg

Transform Cabaret Festival

When: Sept. 23-Oct. 2

Where: Online and the Cultch, 1895 Venables St.

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Tickets: from $15 at transformcabaret.com and 604-251-1363

The Cultch and Urban Ink present the third annual Transform Cabaret Festival in a digital and in-person hybrid format. Co-curated by Corey Payette and Heather Redfern, with the support of Quelemia Sparrow, the festival focuses on empowering Indigenous artists and encouraging collaboration with non-Indigenous artists. Performances include Connective T/issue—Classical Cirque, which pairs composers and circus performers; Duckie, Le Gateau Chocolat’s retelling of The Ugly Duckling; and The Candy Show, with guests Buffy Sainte-Marie, Colin Mochrie, and Tom Wilson. Queer Based Media presents the opening and closing shows.

Conspiracy Now: Is Democracy Dead? lets audiences explore the issues in the safety of a theatrical presentation at Surrey Arts Centre Sept. 23-25.
Conspiracy Now: Is Democracy Dead? lets audiences explore the issues in the safety of a theatrical presentation at Surrey Arts Centre Sept. 23-25. jpg

Conspiracy Now: Is Democracy Dead?

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When: Sept. 23-25

Where: Studio Theatre, Surrey Arts Centre, 13750 88 Ave., Surrey

Tickets: $5-25 (choose your price) at tickets.surrey.ca

Described as “part interactive game, part social discussion, part theatrical performance,” Conspiracy Now: Is Democracy Dead? examines global movements like the Farmer Protests in India to see how and why social media manipulates and separates us. Audience members can play games centred around the freedom to assemble and freedom of speech. “What Theatre Conspiracy is trying to chip away at is that if we are all together in a room, and even if we have different views, we can talk to each other, empathize with each other, and have a dialogue that is actually face-to-face,” says co-facilitator Gavan Cheema.

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Langley is the only Canadian stop in the North American circuit of the 2019 FEI Longines Jumping World Cup, a series of qualifying events at Thunderbird Show Park Sept. 26. Pictured is Ireland’s Daniel Coyle, winner of the 2019 event in the same venue.
Langley is the only Canadian stop in the North American circuit of the 2019 FEI Longines Jumping World Cup, a series of qualifying events at Thunderbird Show Park Sept. 26. Pictured is Ireland’s Daniel Coyle, winner of the 2019 event in the same venue. Photo by Cara Grimshaw /Cara Grimshaw

Longines FEI Jumping World Cup Vancouver

When: Sept. 26 at 2 p.m.

Where: Thunderbird Showpark, 6975 248 St. Langley

Tickets: $10 at showpass.com

A tour of qualifying events for the world’s best show-jumping horses and riders returns to Langley. The Thunderbird Show Park (tbird), which hosted the tour from 2016–19, is assuming the reigns for the equestrian spectacle, which was originally scheduled for Toronto in November. It features a series of qualifying events for the Longines FEI Jumping World Cup™ Final, set for Leipzig, Germany in April 2022. Competitors qualify by earning points between September 2021 and March 2022.

Vancouver filmmaker Barry Doupé’s animated epic relaunches in-person screenings in the Cinematheque’s ongoing experimental film series DIM Sept. 29.
Vancouver filmmaker Barry Doupé’s animated epic relaunches in-person screenings in the Cinematheque’s ongoing experimental film series DIM Sept. 29. jpg

Distracted Blueberry

When: Sept. 29 at 6:15 p.m.

Where: The Cinematheque, 1131 Howe St.

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Tickets: $14/12/10 at the cinematheque.ca

Advisory: This film contains animated scenes of a graphic sexual and violent nature. Now that we have your attention, saddle up and break out the popcorn for Distracted Blueberry, a four-and-a-half-hour mindbender that follows a performance art band in a world where cheap small talk is supplanted by casually gratuitous sexual exchanges. The film is the product of the mind and hands of Vancouver filmmaker Barry Doupé, who delves into his subconscious to create his work. Doupé will be in attendance at the screening. Distracted Blueberry is part of Cinematheque’s DIM Cinema experimental film series, and is co-presented with ReIssue, an interdisciplinary art-writing platform, and STILLS: moving image tract.

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