Newt’s top 10 (or 14) things to do in Metro Vancouver this weekend, May 5 to 7

The Modelos play the Admiral Pub

By Steve Newton

FRIDAY: the Rogue Folk Club presents the six-piece Get Back band performing unplugged interpretations of Beatles songs at Mel Lehan Hall at St. James, with guest Jenny Allen from Calgary.

FRIDAY: Vancouver blues artist and actor Jim Byrnes performs as part of the Listening Lounge Series at the ACT Arts Centre in Maple Ridge. SOLD OUT.

FRIDAY AND SATURDAY: Geri Hall and Gary Pearson star in Middle Raged, a sketch-comedy show exploring the madness of childrearing, empty nests, and aging parents, at North Van’s Centennial Theatre and Maple Ridge’s ACT Arts Centre.

FRIDAY AND SATURDAY: The Authentics–a group composed of Vancouver rock veterans Al Harlow, Ab Bryant, John Hall, Rocket Norton, and Ray Ayotte–plays White Rock’s Blue Frog Studios, with guests Tom Lavin and Denise McCann.

DOXA runs at VIFF Centre and Cinematheque

FRIDAY TO SUNDAY: the DOXA Documentary Film Festival will showcase 39 features and mid-lengths and 25 short films, plus Q&As and panel discussions, at the VIFF Centre and Cinematheque until May 14.

SATURDAY: the Luckies–a new folk-roots trio composed of  Shari Ulrich, Jeanne Tolmie, and Hilary Grist–plays the Bez Arts Hub in Langley.

SATURDAY: Vancouver cowboy-surf instro quartet the Modelos–guitarists Joe Rotundo and Mike Kenney, bassist Brad Ferguson, and drummer Geoff Hicks–play the Admiral Pub in Burnaby.

SATURDAY: the Vancouver Whitecaps take on Minnesota United in Major League Soccer action at BC Place.

Sierra Ferrell plays the Vogue

SATURDAY: Nashville-based singer-songwriter Sierra Ferrell, whose music incorporates elements of country, gypsy jazz, folk, and Latin styles such as tango and calypso music, plays the Vogue Theatre.

SATURDAY AND SUNDAY: British conductor and pianist Wayne Marshall joins the Vancouver Symphony in a performance of Gershwin’s seminal Rhapsody in Blue and Bach’s Toccata and Fugue at the Orpheum Theatre.

SUNDAY: Philadelphia punk/indie-rock band Mannequin Pussy plays the Cobalt, with guests Margaritas Podridas. SOLD OUT.

SUNDAY: the East Van Gogos and the Rogue Folk Club present Small Change For Big Change, a benefit concert featuring Karla Mundy & Michael Creber and the Tanglewood Trio, with all proceeds going to the Grandmothers to Grandmothers Campaign of the Stephen Lewis Foundation.

SUNDAY: Margaret Atwood joins fellow author Ian Williams to discuss Old Babes in the Wood, her new collection of short fiction, at the Chan Centre. SOLD OUT.

Jocelyn Gould plays Shadbolt Centre

SUNDAY: Canadian jazz guitarist Jocelyn Gould performs at the Shadbolt Centre with Hammond organ player Chris Gestrin, tenor saxophonist Cory Weeds, and drummer Nick Bracewell.

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