Newt’s top 20 things to do in Metro Vancouver this weekend, Dec. 9-11

Jim Campilongo plays the BlueShore at CapU

By Steve Newton

FRIDAY: Nancy Ho and Arash Narchi host Laughter on the Drive, a fundraiser for the BC Crisis Centre featuring comedians Jacob Samuel, Kwasi Thomas, Tanya Sabrina, Danielle Florence, Aidan DeSousa, Martin Navarro, and Toben Spencer-Iang at Havana.

FRIDAY: American comedian and actor Kevin Hart performs standup comedy show as part of his Reality Check Tour at Rogers Arena.

FRIDAY: Timbre Concerts presents Americana singer-songwriter Courtney Marie Andrews at the WISE Hall, with guest Marin Patenaude.

FRIDAY: MRG Concerts presents eclectic American alt-rock band Fishbone at the Rickshaw Theatre, with guests Jer. Who doesn’t love Angelo Moore!

Blues Hoodoo plays Bez Arts Hub

FRIDAY: Blues Hoodoo, an instrumental jazz-funk fusion band composed of guitarist Konrad Breuers, keyboardist Stuart “Stubop” Young, saxophonist Ian Putz, bassist Shawn Stewart, and drummer Ron Wells–plays the Bez Arts Hub in Langley.

FRIDAY AND SATURDAY: first violin and assistant conductor David Lakirovich leads the Vancouver Symphony in a program featuring Vivaldi’s Four Seasons at the Chan Centre.

FRIDAY AND SATURDAY: Jake & Elwood’s Blues Brothers Revue performs at White Rock’s Blue Frog Studios. SOLD OUT.

Nutcracker is at the Queen E

FRIDAY TO SUNDAY: Ballet BC presents the Royal Winnipeg Ballet performing its distinctly Canadian retelling of Nutcracker at the Queen Elizabeth Theatre.

FRIDAY TO SUNDAY: the City of Vancouver’s annual Festival of Lights is a winter wonderland featuring more than one million lights decorating 15 acres of VanDusen Botanical Garden. Goes good with hot chocolate.

FRIDAY TO SUNDAY: the Vancouver Men’s Chorus presents its festive celebration of holiday songs, Making Spirits Bright, at the Vancouver Playhouse.

Neil Young: Harvest Time screens at two venues

SATURDAY: screenings at the Rio Theatre and VIFF Centre of Neil Young: Harvest Time, Bernard Shakey’s docu-film that takes an intimate journey inside the Harvest album, with never-before-seen performance and rehearsal footage. Neil is Shakey, by the way.

SATURDAY: Motown Tribute at Frankie’s Jazz features vocalists Mike Henry and Krystle Dos Santos accompanied by guitarist Cliff Dunn, keyboardist Tilden Webb, drummer Nino Dipasqaule, and saxophonist Dave Say.

SATURDAY: the Vancouver Canucks take on the Minnesota Wild in National Hockey League action at Rogers Arena.

Dear Rouge plays the Vogue

SATURDAY: MRG Live presents Vancouver alt-rock duo Dear Rouge at the Vogue Theatre, with guests Mauvey and Hotel Mira.

SATURDAY: Ripsesh Records presents its first annual Christmas Bash at the Red Gate Arts Society, featuring performances by Mother Sun, Nigel Young, Never Plenty, and Car Thief.

SATURDAY: local trio Cannery Row–composed of Gary Comeau, Tim Hearsey, and Chris Nordquist–performs a blend of blues, Latin, zydeco, jazz, Cajun, country, and rock ‘n’ roll at Guilt and Co.

Wonderheads perform at Massey Theatre

SATURDAY: the Wonderheads physical-theatre company presents its reimagining of Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol, featuring 10-foot tall puppets and giant masks, at New Westminster’s Massey Theatre.

SATURDAY: the Vancouver Bach Choir is joined by members of the Vancouver Opera Orchestra in a performance of Handel’s Messiah at the Orpheum Theatre.

SUNDAY: New York City guitarist Jim Campilongo brings his 4 Tet–including guitarist Luca Benedetti, bassist Andy Hess, and drummer Dan Rieser–to the BlueShore Financial Centre for the Arts. That dude can play geetar!

The Room screens at the Rio

SUNDAY: screening at the Rio Theatre of director and star Tommy Wiseau‘s famously terrible 2003 romantic drama The Room, hosted by co-star, author, and filmmaker Greg Sestero. “Oh, Hi Mark!”

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