Newt’s top 10 (or 13) things to do in Vancouver this weekend, June 9-11

Bob Log III plays the Biltmore

By Steve Newton

FRIDAY: blues-punk slide guitar one-man band Bob Log III plays the Biltmore Cabaret, with guests Spank Williams. Mr. Log wears a full-body human cannonball suit and a helmet wired to a telephone receiver.

FRIDAY: mezzo-soprano Rihab Chaieb is featured in a program with the Vancouver Symphony that includes the final act of Mozart’s The Marriage of Figaro at the Orpheum Theatre.

FRIDAY: the Invisible Orange presents Vancouver heavy-metal band Iron Kingdom at the WISE Hall, with guests Medevil, Arkenfire, and Tuff Duzt.

FRIDAY: screening at the Rio Theatre of director Anton Corbijn‘s documentary Squaring the Circle (The Story of Hipnosis), which tells the story of Storm Thorgerson and Aubrey “Po” Powell, the creative forces behind the iconic album-art design studio, Hipgnosis.

Beautiful runs at the Stanley

FRIDAY TO SUNDAY: the Arts Club Theatre Company presents Beautiful: The Carole King Musical, about the pop phenomenon’s rise to stardom, running to August 6 at the Stanley Industrial Alliance Stage.

FRIDAY TO SUNDAY: Playland amusement park features more than 30 rides and attractions, including the Skybender and The Beast. Rides, mini golf, and climbing wall are included with admission; Haunted Mansion and games are not. Also: the wooden rollercoaster is currently not operating. Open Thurs.-Fri. from 10 am to 3 pm.

FRIDAY AND SATURDAY: Renegade Arts Co. presents Spring Awakening, the Tony-winning pop-rock musical about German teens discovering sexuality and navigating adolescence, at the Shop Theatre.

SATURDAY: the VSO Day of Music features more than 100 free concerts at venues across Vancouver, culminating with the full Vancouver Symphony Orchestra, under music director Otto Tausk, playing a free concert at the Orpheum Theatre.

Alien (The Director’s Cut) screens at the Rio

SATURDAY: screening at the Rio Theatre of Alien (The Director’s Cut), Ridley Scott’s modern horror classic set in deep space, starring Sigourney Weaver as the heroic Ellen Ripley.

SATURDAY: Australian tribute show Queen: It’s a Kinda Magic is a recreation of Queen’s 1986 World Tour show, featuring Dominic Warren as Freddie Mercury, at the Vogue Theatre.

SUNDAY: the East Van Variety Show at LanaLou’s Restaurant is a fundraiser for the WISH Drop-In Centre Society that features burlesque by the Geekenders, music by Autoheart, and improv by the Comedy Department.

SUNDAY: screening at the Rio Theatre of Sisu, Finnish director Jalmari Helander’s gory B-movie action flick about a solitary prospector who crosses paths with Nazis during the last days of WWII. In Finnish with English subtitles.

Carmelina Cupo performs at Italian Day

SUNDAY: Italian Day on the Drive is a free festival on Commercial Drive celebrating Italian culture with live music, all-ages activities, vendors, fashion, and food. Musical performers include Emma Busse, Luvinya, Federico Fuoco & Fire, and Carmelina Cupo accompanied by guitar wizard Dave Martone.

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