Newt’s top 10 things to do in Metro Vancouver this week, March 27 to 31

The Red Hot Chili Peppers play BC Place

By Steve Newton

MONDAY: the Rocket Revellers–vocalist Dennis Brock, guitarist Stephen Nikleva, pianist Mike Van Eyes, bassist Joseph Lubinsky-Mast, and drummer Paul Townsend–perform a mix of western swing, jump blues, and rockabilly at Guilt and Co.

MONDAY: the 55-acre VanDusen Botanical Garden features over 7,500 plant species and varieties from around the world. Patrons can also spot local wildlife and find their way through an Elizabethan hedge maze. You can probly light up a spliff too.

Unicorn Wars screens at the Rio

MONDAY: screening at the Rio Theatre of writer-director Alberto Vázquez’s animated splatter feature Unicorn Wars, in which war-hungry teddy bears journey from bootcamp to the psychedelic terrors of the Magic Forest. Please note: do NOT bring the kids.

TUESDAY: Music on Main presents Vancouver-born, New York-based pianist Vicky Chow performing Philip Glass’s Piano Études, Book 1 at Christ Church Cathedral.

TUESDAY TO FRIDAYCapilano University Theatre presents performances of Carrie: The Musical, based on the horror novel by Stephen King, at the BlueShore at CapU. Warning: contains bullying, mention of sexual assault, simulated physical abuse and violence, religious themes/content, mental illness, and graphic depictions of death.

WEDNESDAY: L.A. rockers the Red Hot Chili Peppers play tunes from new albums Unlimited Love and Return of the Dream Canteen at BC Place Stadium, with guests City and Colour and King Princess. I interviewed Flea once.

WEDNESDAY AND THURSDAY: Toronto indie-rock band July Talk plays two nights at the Commodore Ballroom.

Zyra Lee Vanity performs as part of the VIBF

WEDNESDAY TO FRIDAY: the Vancouver International Burlesque Festival, Canada’s longest-running burlesque festival, features workshops, speaker presentations, and two live performance showcases at various Vancouver venues. There will be bums.

THURSDAY: the Rogue Folk Club and Music BC present the Canadian Folk Music Awards: BC Showcase, at Mel Lehan Hall at St. James, featuring performances by Jim Byrnes, Early Spirit, Stephen Fearing, and Valdy. Come and get folked!

David Spade plays the Vogue

THURSDAY AND FRIDAY: American comedian and actor David Spade performs two nights of standup at the Vogue Theatre as part of his Catch Me Inside Tour. Spade’s a funny dude. Maybe not Dana Carvey funny, but still.

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