Newt’s top 10 things to do in Vancouver this weekend, Feb. 17-19

Michael Rooker appears at Fan Expo

By Steve Newton

FRIDAY: guitar-heavy rock quintet from White Rock, the Colony Farm Band, plays the Roxy Cabaret, with guests Cache Creek.

FRIDAY: F7 Entertainment Group presents California ska-punk band Mad Caddies at the Rickshaw Theatre, with guests the CorpsYou Big Idiot, and the Highsides.

There’s Something About Mary screens at the Rio

FRIDAY: late-night screening at the Rio Theatre of the Farrelly Brothers’ uproarious 1998 comedy There’s Something About Mary, starring Ben Stiller and Cameron Diaz. Just try not to laugh.

FRIDAY AND SATURDAY: Canadian soprano Measha Brueggergosman-Lee joins conductor Otto Tausk and the Vancouver Symphony in a program of works by Beethoven, Berlioz, and Bartók at the Orpheum Theatre.

SATURDAY: beloved Vancouver comedy venue Little Mountain Gallery opens its new Gastown location with Little Mountain Improv and Weird Owl Karaoke. Long live Little Mountain!

The Flyers battle the Canucks

SATURDAY: the hapless Vancouver Canucks take on the almost-as-hapless Philadelphia Flyers in National Hockey League action at Rogers Arena. A scrap or two might remind you of Dave “The Hammer” Schultz and the good ol’ Broad Street Bullies days.

SATURDAY: Vancouver Civic Theatres presents a free Family Day Open House in the Queen Elizabeth Theatre lobbies featuring the Aural Bodies art exhibition by Sylvan Hamburger, a craft station, and a performance by the VSO School of Music Astral Quartet.

SATURDAY: American comedian, actor, and LGBT activist Margaret Cho performs standup at the Vogue Theatre as part of Just For Laughs Vancouver.

SATURDAY AND SUNDAY: the Vancouver Fan Expo at the Vancouver Convention Centre features such celebrity guests as actors Michael Rooker (Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer), Peter Weller (Robocop), Sean Astin (The Lord of the Rings), and Carl Weathers (Predator).

Vertigo screens at the Cinematheque and VIFF Centre

SATURDAY AND SUNDAY: screenings of Alfred Hitchcock‘s 1958 masterpiece Vertigo, starring James Stewart and Kim Novak, at the Cinematheque and VIFF Centre. Kim Novak just turned 90!

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