Seven Things, April 28 to May 4: Kehlani, International Dance Day, Drunk Magic and more,

Singer Kehlani is coming to Vancouver


(with Ella Mai, Jahkoy and noodles)

May 1, 8 p.m. | The Vogue Theatre, 918 Granville 

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The buzz is justified for Oakland singer Kehlani Ashley Parrish’s latest Atlantic Records release. Titled SweetSexySavage, the full length debut from this one time America’s Got Talent finalist is filled with the same slinky R&B that made earlier mix tapes such as You Should Be Here score major Metacritic averages. A No. 3 U.S. Billboard 200 entry, the album has spawned the singles CRZY and Distraction so far. Neither made it into the Top 10 on the charts, but the real draw of Kehlani — and the same can be said of her tour support — is the bigger picture vibe of her material. Last year’s set at Pemberton was a complete 360 from the pounding EDM dominating the daytime stages. Here was funk, soul and dance, but the sort you could slide into rather than leap. She’s sporting a new look, too.

 Acts of Complicity by Karen Moe and Michael Maclean. Photo transfer on wood.

Palimptexts: Invisibilization and Acts of Surfacing

To April 30 | The ARC Gallery, 1701 Powell



This group exhibition put on by the No Matter What Collective features photo-based works which try to expose aspects of our culture which are being denied, ignored — and therefore “invisibilized.” Including are pieces by Rena Del Pieve Gobbi, Karen Moe, Michael Maclean, Janet Sadel and Bobbi Sue Smith. This is a fundraising effort for the Mexican NGO Nacidos Para Trunfar (Born to Triumph), founded by an ex-gang member to help keep kids from the gang life in Monterrey area of Mexico.

 Project Soul will perform at International Dance Day.

International Dance Day

April 29, noon — 7 p.m. | Various venues


UNESCO initiated this global event in 1982 on April 29 to commemorate the birthday of Jean-Georges Noverre (1727- 810), who is considered to be the founder of modern ballet. The Dance Centre presents everything from the hip-hop street moves of groups such as Project Soul to bhangra, contemporary dance and more at various venues around town. One of the most popular has been the Robson Square Salsa (1:30 to 4:30 p.m.), which includes a demo, lesson and chance to shake your own groove thing.

 Composer George Lewis, with trombone, rehearses with Vancouver’s NOW Ensemble. Photo: Chris Randal.

George Lewis’ Shadowgraph 5 Marathon

April 29, 7 p.m. | The Western Front, 303 E. 8th Ave.

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The 40th anniversary season for Vancouver’s long-running, free improvising ensemble New Orchestra Workshop Society begins with a performance of Dr. George E. Lewis’ composition Shadowgraph 5. This challenging and ambitious work from the trombonist will take four hours to perform, and is presented in marathon form with 11 different ensembles connected to NOW, past an present. Included are such noted groups as Talking Pictures, The Bruce Freedman Quartet, Merge Ensemble, and dozens more.

 Stunt magician and comedian Wes Barker. Photo credit: Neil Gilchrist.

Wes Barker: Drunk Magic

April 30, 6:30 p.m. | The Biltmore


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It takes a lot to fool Penn & Teller and this Canadian comedy/stunt magician did. Of course, his YouTube channel had tens of millions of followers before he ever appeared on Penn & Teller’s Fool Us because, well, he’s seriously good. Add in local comedians Simon King and Ivan Decker to the performance’s “live podcast” format, and Drunk Magic is truly unique. Watch laugh-oriented sleight-of-hand as the pints disappear as fast as your common sense vanishes.

 Scanned Salmon, screen print on paper by Susan Point.

Susan Point: Spindle Whorl

Until May 28 |Vancouver Art Gallery

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Musqueam artist Susan Point is one of the most accomplished and important contemporary Coast Salish artists. Over her career, she has worked in screen and wood block printing, carving, paper casting, industrial metal cutting, jewelry and public sculptures. Throughout all of these periods and explorations, the motif of the spindle whorl — the wooden disk with a pole through the centre used to prepare wool for weaving into garments and ceremonial blankets — has been present. This overview of her work explores its significance.

 One of the many ridiculous get-ups comedic punk band Me First and the Gimme Gimmes has donned during its lengthy career. This is the band’s 2005 Fez period.

Me First and the Gimme Gimmes

May 3, 7 p.m. | The Commodore Ballroom


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Is it really 22 years since this all-star comedy punk covers crew came together? Named after a 1991 book of the same name by Gerald G. Jampolsky and Diane V. Cirinclone, the quintet featuring such luminaries as Chris Shiflett (Foo Fighters), Fat Mike (NOFX), Spike Slawson (Swingin’ Utters), Joey Cape (Lagwagon), Dave Raun (Lagwagon) playing ridiculously simple and fast versions of everything from Bob Dylan (The Times They Are a-Changing) to Billy Joel (Uptown Girl), and more. They also have a knack for matching clothing, as evidenced from this photo from the band’s “Fez” era in the mid 2000s.

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