Aug. 13 to Sept. 26
VanDusen Botanical Garden on Oak Street is the only North American stop on the world tour of Zimsculpt, an exhibit of stone sculptures from Zimbabwe. Curator Vivienne Croissette says due to the popularity of the exhibit at VanDusen, she chose this year’s sculptures specifically with Vancouverites in mind. Artists Passmore Mupindiko and Patrick Sephani will once again be at VanDusen sculpting with stone shipped from their native Zimbabwe. The VanDusen exhibit will include several pieces by Zimbabwe’s preeminent sculptor Dominic Benhura, considered one of Africa’s greatest contributions to the world of contemporary art. Each of the Zimsculpt pieces will be available for sale with partial proceeds going to VanDusen. Regular garden admission prices are in effect and there is no extra charge to see Zimsculpt.
Now through Sept. 30
The Museum of Vancouver is offering an opportunity to “marvel at the families we choose, rather than the families we’re born into.” I’m lucky enough to like my family, but I have many friends whose families are experts at putting the “fun” in dysfunctional. MOV celebrates the concept of family in this new community-based art project Chosen Family Portraits, commissioned and executed during the 2010 Vancouver Queer Film Festival. The exhibit features film festival audience members modeling their chosen family and sharing their unique stories. For more information go to museumofvancouver.ca/exhibitions.
Marpole Place, located in the Old Firehall on Hudson Street, is hosting a multi-family garage sale Aug. 6 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The organizers are still looking for families to take part so this is a great opportunity to clean out your closets and make money for your efforts. On the other hand, it’s a great opportunity to add to what’s already in your closets. Indoor and, weather permitting, outdoor tables are $10 to rent for the day. Call 604-266-5301 to reserve a table.
Now through Aug. 28
The Chinese Cultural Centre Museum is offering a rare opportunity to see exhibition items from the Memorial Museum of Generalissimo Sun Yat-sen’s Mansion located in Guangzhou, China. The Sun Yat-sen and the American and Canadian Chinese exhibit is in conjunction with the commemoration of the centenary of the XinHau Chinese Revolution and is supported by the Chinese Freemasons of Canada. The Chinese Cultural Centre Museum is located at 555 Columbia St. and is open from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesdays to Sundays.
Now this sounds like a fun event. The first ever Kidney Market Fair takes place Aug. 13 at Shannon Station, located at the corner of West 57th Avenue and West Boulevard. Initially the name had me concerned and I had visions of ice cube-filled bathtubs, but after reading more about the event came to realize it’s not really a kidney market, but instead is a fun fair for the whole family offering food, music, a silent auction—with autographed Canucks’ sticks—children’s entertainment, a bouncy castle and more, organized by the Kidney Foundation B.C. Branch. The event is also an opportunity for the foundation to raise awareness about organ donation, so in fact there is a chance it will one day get your kidney. The fair takes place from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.