Newt’s top 10 (or 11) things to do in Metro Vancouver this weekend, April 14 to 16

Big Sugar plays the Commodore

By Steve Newton

FRIDAY: American comedian, YouTuber, and podcaster Shane Gillis performs an evening of standup at the Vogue Theatre. Prepare to bust a gut.

FRIDAY: late-night screening at the Rio Theatre of director Stanley Tong’s stunt-packed, Vancouver-shot 1995 action flick, Rumble in the Bronx, starring Jackie Chan. The mountains of New York City have never looked so majestic.

FRIDAY: African singer, songwriter, and actor Fatoumata Diawara performs a wide range of musical styles, including blues, funk, rock, and syncopated Afropop, at the Chan Centre.

Steve Hill plays Mel Lehan Hall

FRIDAY: Vancouver Blues Around Town presents Canadian blues-rock one-man-band Steve Hill at the Mel Lehan Hall at St. James. That dude can play geetar!

FRIDAY AND SATURDAY: Arnie Roth leads the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra and chorus in the first of two nights of Distant Worlds, a performance of music from the video game series Final Fantasy and composer Nobuo Uematsu.

FRIDAY AND SATURDAY: Music on Main and SFU Woodward’s Cultural Programs present Graveyards and Gardens, a sound-and-dance installation created and performed by composer Caroline Shaw and choreographer Vanessa Goodman that is a meditation on the cyclical nature of embodied memory, at the SFU Goldcorp Centre for the Arts.

Raincity plays WISE Hall

SATURDAY: the Spring Shaker at the WISE Hall features performances by Raincity, Colour Tongues, and Luvinya.

SATURDAY: It’s Got Legs, a sketch comedy night at Little Mountain Gallery, features performances by Soda Fountain, Christine Bortolin, the Jamie and Sarah Experience Project, Jordy Matheson, Marta Wesselhoff, and Gary Lim and the Gary Lim dancers.

SATURDAY: Toronto blues-rock band Big Sugar, featuring singer-guitarist Gordie Johnson, plays the Commodore Ballroom on the Heated 25th Anniversary Tour.

SATURDAY: the Delta Literary Arts Society and the City of Delta present the day-long Unbound Poetry Festival, featuring free adult and kids’ workshops, readings, panels, author meet-and-greets, and a poetry slam at the North Delta Centre for the Arts.

Evil Dead screens at the Rio

SATURDAY: the Evil Dead Trilogy Marathon at the Rio Theatre features screenings of Sam Raimi’s Evil Dead, Evil Dead 2: Dead By Dawn, and Army of Darkness.

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