5 Things to Do in Vancouver This Week (October 13-18)

1. Crossing the Outback

October 14 to 21

Tomorrow marks the online North American premiere of Australian filmmaker Justin Jones’ documentary. The doc (part of the Vancouver International Mountain Film Festival) follows Jones on an 1800km journey through the Australian outback, unaccompanied—oh, except for his wife and his one-year-old baby.  And you thought quarantining with your family was hard.
When: Wednesday October 14 to Wednesday October 21
Where: Online
Cost: $13
More Info: vimff.org

2. I Walked the Line

October 15 to October 25

As actor Alan Morgan moved from years working in theatre to a 9 to 5 in health administration, he thought he was getting a job that was a little more stable. But the union went on strike just six days after he started (and, like a true thespian, he wrote a play about it). This is the Firehall’s first foray into distanced, in-person live performance in the COVID era—check it out if you’re comfy, and if not they’re streaming, too.
When: Thursday October 15 to Sunday October 25
Where: Online and in-person at the Firehall
Cost: $33 for adults
More Info: firehallartscentre.ca

3. The Whistler Writers Fest

October 15 to 18

No need to travel the Sea to Sky to take your scribbles to the next level. The workshops at this year’s virtual Whister Writers Fest include “Trade Publishing in Canada Today,” “Insight Through Mindfulness,” and “Laughing in the Dark” (the latter is about using humour to write about difficult times…sounds topical). 
When: Thursday October 15 to Sunday October 18
Where: Online
Cost: Varies
More Info: festival.whistlerwritersfest.com


Online, Q&A October 17

Some Assembly Theatre’s new digital play, UPROOTED, is now streaming on their website. The production was written and directed by Valerie Methot in collaboration with young Vancouver artists, and was inspired by conversations with over one hundred youth who are anxious about climate change (local Gretas FTW). You can watch the show anytime, but there’s a live Q&A this Saturday.
When: Streaming now, live Q&A October 17 at 3:30 p.m.
Where: Online
Cost: By donation
More Info: someassembly.ca

5. Chris Clute and Precipice

October 17

Local musician Chris Clute takes the Railway Club Stage with Precipice this Saturday, and it’s the perfect opportunity to practise your casual seated headbobbing for all the upcoming events you won’t be allowed to dance at. (What is this, Bomont in 1984?) It’s still a great opportunity to grab a table with your bubble buddies and enjoy some homegrown tunes.
When: Saturday October 17 7:30 p.m.
Where: The Railway Stage
Cost: $48 for table of four
More Info: facebook.com