Seven Things to Do This Week, May 5 to May 11: VanAfrica, Grandaddy, the Mama Project, and more

Adanu Habobo Drum Dance Ensemble will be at VanAfrica.

VanAfrica: A Journey of Music and Dance Through Africa

May 11, 12, 8 p.m.


Roundhouse Community Centre

Tickets and info

: from $10, at

A musical and dance celebration taking you through four nations of the continent of Africa, VanAfrica showcases some of this region’s finest performers as well as special guest Ghanaian Awal Alhassan from Seattle. Led by percussionist Curtis Andrews, N’nato Camara (Guinea), Kocasalle Dioubate (Guinea), Kesseke Yeo (Cote d’Ivoire), Kofi and Esinu Gbolonyo (Ghana), and other guests will present the music, rhythms and dances of their ancestral homelands in a combined ensemble. Ghana/Vancouver drum/dance group Adanu Habobo opens.

 Shamsia Hassani’s What About Dead Fish (2011, paint on the ruins of Russian Cultural Centre in Kabul).

Traces of Words: Art and Calligraphy From Asia

To Oct. 9


Museum of Anthropology at UBC

Tickets and info

: From $10, at

A new exhibition that looks at the importance of written forms throughout myriad cultures in Asia. Aside from delving into contemporary uses of words as visual expressions of powerful concepts, the exhibit will also examine everything from Sumerian cuneiform to Qu’ranic manuscripts, modern graffiti and digital works.

 Jason Lytle, a.k.a. the artist behind the group Grandaddy.


May 7, 8 p.m.


The Imperial

Tickets and info

: $32,

In 1992, Grandaddy came together in Modesto, California. The group members were early progenitors of “slacker-tronica” that united various glitchy electronic sounds alongside pretty sundazed folk and country vibes. The band’s 2000 album Sophtware Slump put it on the hype wagon and it was a regular at festivals and toured here often. By 2006, it called it quits and leader Jason Lytle did his own thing. They had a brief reunion in 2012, and now the project is back in full, and new album Last Place dropped last month.

 Emily van Lidth de Jeude Roemer.

The Mama Project Installation 

From May 11


Deer Lake Art Gallery, 6584 Deer Lake Ave., Burnaby

Tickets and info

: By donation,

Artist Emily van Lidth de Jeude interviewed mothers from many different backgrounds, ages and experiences and then painted unique portraits of them onto large, used bed linens. These paintings are part of an immersive installation where viewers enter the space and see the life-size representations as well as hearing or reading the words spoken by the artist’s subjects.

 Alt-rock legend Thurston Moore.

Thurston Moore Group

May 8, 8 p.m.


The Imperial

Tickets and info

: $25,

It’s fitting that former Sonic Youth guitarist Thurston Moore titled his latest album Rock N Roll Consciousness, because this icon of 1990s DIY noise rock most certainly seems to possess that very thing. He is a tireless creator, and just doesn’t seem to run out of new sounds to wring out of his guitar while reciting his N.Y. hipster poetry. It works.

 Aaron Chapman in front of the Commodore Ballroom.

Aaron Chapman reading

May 6, 2 — 4 p.m.

The Beatmerchant Record Store, Steveston



Vancouver Aaron Chapman digs into the fascinating subject matter of his 2015 Bill Duthie 

Booksellers Choice Award-winning book Live at the Commodore, as well as his study of the Penthouse Nightclub titled Liquor, Lust and the Law, and The Last Gang in Town, which was featured on the B.C. Bestseller’s List. Among the stories you can expect to hear are ones about the infamous Rolling Stones riot in the early 1970s, and the role that the Clark Park Gang played in it.

 Ben Cottrill.

Ben Cottrill

May 5, 8 p.m.


Trading Post Brewery, 20120 64 Ave. #107, Langley



This 19-year-old singer/songwriter from Abbotsford has released an EP titled Red Lines which featured the track After All This Time. That tune earned him a top spot finalist billing in the Canada’s Walk of Fame Contest. He’s on a roll with a following for his easygoing, mellow pop sound.

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