Newt’s top 10 things to do in Metro Vancouver this week, January 2 to 6

Team America: World Police screens at the Rio

By Steve Newton

MONDAY: final day of the City of Vancouver’s annual Festival of Lights, a winter wonderland featuring more than one million lights decorating 15 acres of VanDusen Botanical Garden. Goes good with hot chocolate.

MONDAY TO FRIDAY: Canyon Lights at North Vancouver’s Capilano Suspension Bridge features dazzling coloured lights strung throughout the grounds of the world-famous attraction, with partial proceeds to the BC Professional Fire Fighters’ Burn Fund.

TUESDAY: Underneath the Harlem Moon is a soul-era Harlem cabaret at Guilt and Co. curated by local soul singer Krystle Dos Santos.

Revival 69 screens at VIFF Centre

WEDNESDAY: screening at the VIFF Centre of director Ron Chapman’s music documentary Revival69: The Concert That Rocked the World, featuring John Lennon, Yoko Ono, Chuck Berry, Alice Cooper, Jerry Lee Lewis, Little Richard, Bo Diddley, and the Doors.

WEDNESDAY: Chapman Stick player Jim Meyer performs instrumental originals and covers, joined by Vancouver singer-songwriter Luna Wild, at 2nd Floor Gastown (Water Street Cafe). First seating 6 to 8 pm, second seating 8 to 10 pm.

WEDNESDAY AND FRIDAY: two teams of improv comedians vie for the laughs and support of audience judges in TheatreSports at the Improv Centre.

The Avalanche visit Rogers Arena

THURSDAY: the defending Stanley Cup champion Colorado Avalanche take on the Vancouver Canucks in National Hockey League action at Rogers Arena.

THURSDAY AND FRIDAY: Regina folk-bluegrass quartet the Dead South plays the Commodore Ballroom, with guest Indigo Joseph.

FRIDAY: Norwegian violinist Henning Kraggerud joins the Vancouver Symphony in a program of works by Grieg & Mozart at North Vancouver’s Centennial Theatre.

FRIDAY: late-night screening at the Rio Theatre of Team America: World Police, director Trey Parker’s 2004 puppet comedy about heavily-armed marionettes out to stop North Korean leader Kim Jong-il’s dastardly scheme. “America, fv@k yeah!”

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