Fascinators, frogs and fried chicken make up this week’s chill picks.
Do you think you’re the biggest hip-hop fan in the city? Or perhaps you’re just crazy about fried chicken and friendly competition? Either way, you’ll want to head down to Juke Fried Chicken for Hip Hop Trivia Night, where you’ll be able to show off your swagger while flying high on chicken wings. There’s sauce on your sweater already.
When: Tuesday, July 16 at 7 p.m.
Where: Juke Fried Chicken, 182 Keefer St.
Cost: Entry is free
More Info: jukefriedchicken.com
Fly as Folk
Celebrate the 42nd year of the Vancouver Folk Musical Festival with performances from some of the best traditional and contemporary folk music from around the world. Highlights this year include Alberta’s Corb Lund; the Quebecois Oktopus; and Niger’s most popular dance band, Tal National. All three groups are running workshops throughout the weekend, so you have extra opportunities to see what the folk is up. Plus, new this year is CircusWest, which will conduct workshops on juggling, tight-wire and hand stilts that are a lot more kid-friendly than our folking jokes.
When: Friday, July 19–Sunday, July 21
Where: Jericho Beach Park
Cost: Tickets start at $55
More Info: thefestival.bc.ca
Get your theatre fix this week at Superior Donuts, a sweet and poignant dramedy that is part of Ensemble Theatre Company’s Summer Repertory Festival. The show tells the story of a former '60s radical and a young black man with visionary zeal who work together to transform a run-down family-run doughnut shop. The show challenges assumptions about immigration and racism, so it’s bound to make you hungry for change—and doughnuts.
When: Select nights from Thursday, July 18 to Friday, August 16
Where: Jericho Arts Centre, 1675 Discovery St.
Cost: Tickets start at $25
More Info: ensembletheatrecompany.ca
Why the long face? The Deighton Cup is the perfect excuse to clip on your suspenders or fascinator and pretend you weren’t totally irresponsible on Friday night. You’ll look elegant as heck sipping champagne and shaking your tickets along with 7,000 other diehard derby fans. This year’s Deighton Cup features the classic cocktail mixology competition, a best-dressed contest (leave the athleisure at home) and star-studded musical entertainment that includes Canadian DJ and producer Frank Walker.
When: Saturday, July 20 at 12 p.m.
Where: Hastings Racecourse, 188 N Renfrew St.
Cost: Tickets start at $65
More Info: deightoncup.com
Go Bog or Go Home
Com-peat your week at Jog for the Bog, a five-kilometre and 10-kilometre race held on International Bog Day (that’s Sunday, for those of you who aren’t hip with the ombrotrophic happenings). In addition to getting your steps in, you’ll be supporting the Burns Bog Conservation Society, which aims to raise awareness for the bog and its importance. The bog is the largest undeveloped urban land mass on our West Coast, and 300 plant and animal species and 175 bird species call it home—sweat for the shrews!
When: Sunday, July 21, from 8 to 11 a.m.
Where: Burns Bog Delta Nature Reserve, Nordel Court, Delta
Cost: Entry fee starts at $45
More Info: burnsbog.org