Newt’s top 10 (or 13) things to do in Metro Vancouver this weekend, June 16 to 18

The Allmost Brothers play the Anza Club

By Steve Newton

FRIDAY: Canadian rock legends April Wine play the Commodore Ballroom. Note: original singer-songwriter-guitarist and founder Myles Goodwyn will not appear; he retired from touring last year. Still, who else wants to hear “Sign of the Gypsy Queen”?

FRIDAYAllman Brothers tribute band the Allmost Brothers, featuring guitarists Todd Taylor and Johannes Grammes, plays two long sets at the Anza Club. Fans of Dickey and Duane should go.

Dazed and Confused screens at the Rio

FRIDAY: 30th-anniversary screening at the Rio Theatre of  Dazed and Confused, Richard Linklater’s coming-of-age comedy about a group of Texas teens on their last day of school in 1976. “Alright alright alright.”

FRIDAY AND SATURDAY: screenings at the VIFF Centre 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.

FRIDAY TO SUNDAY: the Vancouver Canadians take on the Hillsboro Hops in Minor League Baseball action at Nat Bailey Stadium. Batter up! Hotdogs in! Beer down!

FRIDAY TO SUNDAYPlayland 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 Fri. from 10 am to 3 pm.

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. You might feel the earth move under your feet.

SATURDAY: the BC Lions take on the Edmonton Elks in Canadian Football League action at BC Place Stadium. American rapper LL Cool J will perform a pre-game concert, if you’re into that sorta thing.

SATURDAY: the Truck Stop Concert Series presents performances by MAGIC!, the Boom Booms, Bridal Party, Blonde Diamond, and Cawama at Red Truck Brewery.

Androsia Wilde performs at the Rio

SATURDAY: April O’Peel Productions presents Animal Attraction, a wild night of burlesque at the Rio Theatre, featuring performances by Androsia Wilde, Charlotte Strudel, Clare Voyeur & April O’Peel, Gushy, Miss Kiss, Mz B Haven, Rainbow Glitz, Ruthe Ordare, Sailor Chubby Moon, and Sensi Kat.

SATURDAY: instrumental jazz-fusion quintet Blues Hoodoo–composed of guitarist Konrad Bruers, keyboardist Stuart “Stubop” Young, saxophonist Ian Putz, bassist Shawn Stewart, and drummer Ron Wells–plays Frankie’s Jazz. Stand on it Stubop!

SUNDAY: Canadian singer-songwriter Danny Michel performs at Langley’s Bez Arts Hub. He’s an underrated Canuck gem, if you ask me.

Eraserhead screens at the Rio

SUNDAY: screening at the Rio Theatre of David Lynch’s 1977 debut feature, Eraserhead, a surreal examination of male paranoia. That’s one freaky flick.

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