Newt’s top 10 things to do in Metro Vancouver this weekend, March 3-5

Jason Isbell plays the Queen E

By Steve Newton

FRIDAY: the West African Music Celebration at North Vancouver’s BlueShore Financial Centre for the Performing Arts features Kofi Gbolonyo and CapU Jazz Ensembles.

FRIDAY: Pi Theatre presents Black Space Jam, an evening of multidisciplinary art at the Biltmore Cabaret, featuring poetry and spoken word by Shayna Jones, dance by Brotha Jason, standup comedy by Mufaro Mbudzi, and music by ebonEmpress, KOR, and DJ Bazenga.

Scream screens at the Rio

FRIDAY: late-night screening at the Rio Theatre of director Wes Craven‘s game-changing 1996 slasher flick Scream. Drew Barrymore should have unplugged the phone.

FRIDAY AND SATURDAY: Kokoro Dance contemplates transience and imperfection in Wabi-Sabi, a duet choreographed and performed by Barbara Bourget and Jay Hirabayashi at the Vancouver Playhouse as part of the Vancouver International Dance Festival.

FRIDAY AND SATURDAY: the 60-plus singers of Chor Leoni perform PopCappella III at St. Andrew’s-Wesley United Church, backed by bassist Jodi Proznick, percussionist Liam MacDonald, pianist Ken Cormier, and guitarist Keith Sinclair.

David Cross plays the Vogue

SATURDAY: MRG Live presents American comedian David Cross performing standup at the Vogue Theatre as part of his Worst Daddy in the World Tour, with guest Sean Patton.

SATURDAY: Austin, Texas indie-rockers White Denim play the Rickshaw Theatre, with guests Cascading Moms.

SATURDAY: Canadian guitar-rock quartet Sloan performs tunes from latest album Steady at the Commodore Ballroom. SOLD OUT.

SATURDAY: legendary children’s performer Raffi performs two shows at the Queen Elizabeth Theatre, with proceeds to the Raffi Foundation for Child Honouring.

Kathleen Edwards plays the Queen E

SUNDAY: former Drive-By Truckers member Jason Isbell leads his band the 400 Unit at the Queen Elizabeth Theatre, with guest Kathleen Edwards.

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