This week: listen to slam poetry, learn to survive a zombie apocalypse, make vegan cheese + more

1. Bobby Mathieson: Natural Plot Line — Until Saturday, October 20

1. Bobby Mathieson: Natural Plot Line — Now until Saturday, October 20BETAMAXHead to BETAMAX Art Studios in East Vancouver if you’re looking for a new and exciting gallery. The current Natural Plot Line exhibit features Bobby Mathieson’s visceral and complex paintings, created in one sitting with an alla prima method, which is Italian for “at first attempt”.
BETAMAX Art Studios, 2244 East Hastings Street, Vancouver; Open from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., Sundays from 12 p.m. to 6 p.m.; Free

2. Simon King, Levi McCachen and Ryan Gunther — Saturday, September 29

2. Levi McCachen and Ryan Gunther with Headliner Simon King — Saturday, September 29Facebook/Simon KingThis show at Tyrant Studios above the historic Penthouse nightclub is packed with three exceptionally talented local comedians. Simon King, a self-described “maniac with a microphone” is sure to deliver a high-energy performance during this showcase of some of the city's best stand-up.
Tyrant Studios, 1019 Seymour Street, Vancouver; Doors at 9 p.m. with show at 9:30 p.m.; Tickets $18

3. Ride for Refuge — Saturday, September 29

3. Ride for Refuge — Saturday, September 29Facebook/Ride for RefugeThis family-friendly cycling fundraiser helps support refugees in your neighbourhood. Participate in either a 5 km walk or jump on your bike for the 10 km, 25 km or 50 km rides. Funds raised will support local charities that provide refuge and hope to new arrivals in need.
Richmond Christian School, 5240 Woodwards Road, Richmond; Registration opens at 7 a.m.; Details online

4. A Survivalist's Guide to a Zombie Apocalypse — Saturday, September 29

4. A Survivalist's Guide to a Zombie Apocalypse — Saturday, September 29Tourism VancouverAre you ready for the zombie apocalypse? Visit the historic fort at Fort Langley for this special after-hours event where you’ll learn essential survival skills, like wilderness first aid, fire-starting, musket-firing and blacksmithing. This is a fun event for history buffs... and anyone who can’t wait for Halloween!
Fort Langley National Historic Site, 23433 Mavis Avenue, Fort Langley; Event starts at 6 p.m.; Tickets $43.94

5. All Thriller, No Filler: A Tribute to Michael Jackson — Saturday, September 29

5. All Thriller, No Filler: A Tribute to Michael Jackson — Saturday, September 29Youtube/Michael JacksonCalling all Michael Jackson fans! Guilt & Co. is bringing together some of Vancouver’s top session players and soul singers to play selections from the King of Pop’s most epic album, Thriller. This live musical tribute to MJ is an absolute can’t miss.
Guilt & Co., 1 Alexander Street (Downstairs), Vancouver; Pay-what-you-can admission; Doors at 7 p.m. with show at 10 p.m.

6. Master the Art of Vegan Cheese Making — Saturday, September 29

9. Master the Art of Vegan Cheese Making — Saturday, September 29Instagram/Indigo Age CafeCruelty-free cheese? Yes, please! Join in this workshop where you’ll learn how to make cheese and yogurt using mindfully chosen plant-based ingredients. You’ll sample artisan cheeses, yogurt, kefir and kombucha and learn how to make your own. This healthy cooking workshop is available on multiple dates throughout the year, so there’s always an opportunity to play around with vegan food!
Indigo Age Cafe, 436 Richards Street, Vancouver; 9 a.m. to 11 a.m.; Tickets $95

7. I’m With Her — Sunday, September 30

6. I’m With Her — Sunday, September 30Facebook/I'm With HerFolk trio I’m With Her take the stage at the Chan Centre this Sunday. Their sweet gospel-inspired harmonies will give you serious flashbacks to Lilith Fair. Dixie Chicks fans will definitely want to check out this show.
Chan Centre for the Performing Arts; 6265 Crescent Road, Vancouver; Show at 7:00 p.m.; Tickets from $38

8. Beyond Words: Kealoha — Wednesday, October 3

7. Beyond Words: Kealoha — Wednesday, October 3The Chan CentreKealoha is an Indigenous Hawaiian and Hawaii’s first official poet laureate. He will bring his evocative slam poetry to Vancouver in a performance that will surely captivate. Five local slam poets will open the evening.
Chan Centre for the Performing Arts; 6265 Crescent Road, Vancouver; Opening act at 7:30 p.m.; Tickets $32

9. Medina After Dark — Thursday, October 4

8. Medina After Dark — Thursday, October 4MedinaCafé Medina is hosting an after-hours fundraiser benefitting The Crisis Intervention and Suicide Prevention Centre of B.C. You’ll be treated to a special six-course menu inspired by elements of nature. Don’t miss your chance to catch this popular "brunch after dark" at this edition of the special Medina After Dark dining series.
Café Medina, 780 Richards Street, Vancouver; Dinner at 7 p.m.; Tickets $92.93 per person

10. Krapp’s Last Tape — Friday, October 5 to Friday, October 26

10. Krapp’s Last Tape by Samuel Beckett — Friday, October 5 to Friday, October 26Seven TyrantsThis is a rare performance of Irish playwright Samuel Beckett’s one-man show Krapp’s Last Tape. The play tells the tale of an aging man who listens to his own voice and reflects on his past while alone in a shabby room.
Tyrant Studios, 1019 Seymour Street, Vancouver; Various times; Tickets $26