Vue Point: Susan Point
Deer Lake Gallery scored a coup with this exhibition by one of the most prominent female Indigenous artists living today. Vancouver-based Musqueam artist Susan Point's contemporary takes on Coast Salish tradition grace the Vancouver Airport, Stanley Park, and last year in a major retrospective at the Vancouver Art Gallery. Point writes that “Vue Point is my opportunity to share works at Deer Lake Gallery in a relaxing setting similar to my home studio." The show includes a new spindle whorl and prints, as well as treasured works in several mediums, including painted rawhide, glass, aluminum and carved cedar.
(Burnaby: May 5-June 2)
2018 DOXA Documentary Film Festival
What are some of Vancouver's best documentary filmmakers screening at DOXA this year? Director Leon Lee’s Letter from Masanjia uncovers the reality of China’s police state and the true meaning of “re-education through labour;” director Brent Hodge dives into a television phenomenon in Freaks and Geeks: The Documentary, and Lonnie Nadler follows Kurtis Wiebe, writer of the bestselling comic book series Rat Queens ("Lord of the Rings meets Bridesmaids") in Co-Creators: The Rat Queens Story—just to mention a few. A total of 93 films can be seen at the fest, which this year features a spotlight on music docs.
(Vancouver: May 3-13)
Floating Among Phantoms
Vancouver artist Ben Reeves received a lot of attention for his mid-2000 paintings of scenes through a raindrop-splashed window, which at once amplified the flatness and the tridimensionality of his painting. Reeves, whose works are in the collection of the Vancouver Art Gallery and the National Gallery of Canada, is interested in painting's perceptual tricks as much as he loves painting beautiful pictures. New works of Vancouver city lights and landscapes at the Art Gallery at Evergreen continue his investigation of paint.
(Coquitlam: May 5-June 20)
The Lawyer Show 2018: The Drowsy Chaperone
Lawyers can get positively dramatic arguing their case, so it's no surprise they can make great actors. This fundraiser for Carousel Theatre for Young People and Touchstone Theatre attracts local legal talent to stage the madcap meta-musical The Drowsy Chaperone at Waterfront Theatre.
(Vancouver: May 3-5)
The Show at Emily Carr University
More than 300 works created by graduating students offer an opportunity for the discerning art collector to foresee the art stars of the future. Opening night is always a fashionable, jam-packed party, that draws scores of interesting alumni checking out the scene.
(Vancouver: May 6-20; opening night May 5, 5-9 p.m.)
The BC Alliance can relate to the promotional video for Crafted Vancouver's ambitious inaugural festival. A man bounds down the stairs of his house for a coffee and becomes fully aware of the craft and creativity involved in so many of the parts of this simple process. Creativity is part of everything we do, and Crafted Vancouver celebrates this with more than 40 events, from studio tours, to workshops, to tastings, showcasing craft from local and international makers at venues throughout Metro Vancouver.
(Various locations: May 4-28)
Takashi Murakami Extended Hours
If you haven't seen the jaw dropper of a show, this is your last chance. Vancouver Art Gallery makes it easier by remaining open until 9 p.m. every day until May 6, when the show closes. While it's not releasing stats yet, the VAG will say Murakami's show "has supassed record attendance for any VAG winter exhibition."
(Vancouver: until May 6)