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Urban Indigenous youth are saying it and spraying it in Language Matters, a graffiti and collage art exhibition that brings awareness to the importance of Indigenous language revitalization. The works were created in workshops led by Tsleil-Waututh artist and language activist Ocean Hyland and Heiltsuk artist KC Hall. The exhibition spotlights language as a key way for Indigenous youth to reconnect with their culture – these pictures are worth more than a thousand words.
When: Now through Monday, September 16Where: Bill Reid Gallery of Northwest Coast ArtCost: $0 – $12More Info: billreidgallery.ca
Caskapalooza just might be the perfect craft beer festival to wrap up the summer – or the perfect place to sip samples until you forget about the inevitable passage of time. This foam-topped fest features over 30 unique casks from local craft breweries, including Parallel 49 Brewing, Postmark Innovation, and Fuggles & Warlock. Entry gets you 12 sample beer tokens, which sounds like the perfect warm-up. When: Tuesday, August 27 5:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.Where: Craft Beer Market VancouverCost: $25More Info: craftbeermarket.ca
Fairy-tale fantasy meets ghosts and gang violence in Tigers are Not Afraid, a Mexican indie film that makes the Brothers Grimm stories look like Sesame Street. The movie, directed by Issa López, begins with 10-year-old Estrella wishing for her missing mother’s return. Mom comes back, all right – as a ghostly being who follows Estrella around until she joins a gang in order to escape the undead matriarch. This film has been called “the best Guillermo del Toro movie he never made” – don’t miss it.
When: Friday, August 30 9:45 p.m.Where: Vancity TheatreCost: $0 – $13More Info: viff.org
If you’ve tried nothing new this summer, you’ve got one more chance: the Vancouver International Tap Dance Festival is hosting a free class on Saturday catered to “Absolute Beginners.” Check out a show or three in the festival’s premiere lineup to inspire your dancing debut, then storm the class with confidence – no matter how many left feet you have.
When: Saturday, August 31 4:00 p.m. – 5:15 p.m.Where: Scotiabank Dance CentreCost: FreeMore Info: vantapdance.com
Get good vibrations at the PNE Saturday night, where the Beach Boys will be hitting the stage with their sweet summery tunes. Sing along and imagine the year-round white sand beaches, blue skies, and fruity cocktails… wouldn’t it be nice.
When: Sunday, September 1; 8:30 p.m.Where: PNE AmphitheatreCost: From $25More Info: pne.ca