It’s a cloudy day in Vancouver, but that shouldn’t stop you from having some fun. Here are our picks of the weekend for Friday, June 7 to Sunday, June 9, 2013.

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We’ll say it like it is: this is an artsy event. “Playing with Fire” is the creative culmination of a six poet and 12 composer collaboration featuring acclaimed artists from the Vancouver International Song Institute. While there will be several performances, we’re anticipating two by poet and writer, Renée Sarojini Saklikar, that explore the Air India bombing in 1985. Lookout for Exhibit (1985): twelve, with music by Alyssa Aska and text by Renee Sarojini Saklikar, and From the Archive, Children of Air India III. From the archive, the weight, with music by Kaley Lane Eaton and text by Renee Sarojini Saklikar.

Friday, June 7, 8:00 p.m. at Orpheum Annex, 823 Seymour Street, Vancouver | Tickets are available at the door for $20 or $5 for students.

 

DJ Anjali and The Incredible Kid Do Non-Stop Bhangra

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It’s the end of the week and time to unwind with some friends and great music. International DJs, including DJ Harpz from the U.K. and DJ Anjali and The Incredible Kid from Portland, Oregon will spin non-stop bhangra at this event, which is part of the HSBC City of Bhangra Festival.

Friday, June 7 from 10:00 p.m. to early morning at Ginger 62, 1219 Granville Street | Tickets are $20 through TicketsTonight.ca

 

Embrace Your Inner Italian

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It’s Italian Day on The Drive this Sunday, and what better excuse to sip on cappuccinos, red wine and nibble on antipasto? Expect cooking demonstrations, live music, fashion shows, food trucks and a great time with your family or friends at this annual street festival.

Sunday, June 9 from 12:00 – 8:00 p.m. on Commercial Drive between 4th Avenue and Parker Street | FREE