Newt’s top 10 things to do in Metro Vancouver this week, June 19 to 23

Planet Terror screens at the Rio

By Steve Newton

MONDAY: screening 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.

MONDAY: 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.

MONDAY TO FRIDAY: 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.

Bill Nye is at the Queen E

TUESDAY: American mechanical engineer and science communicator Bill Nye the Science Guy presents a multi-media performance based on his current TV show The End is Nye at the Queen Elizabeth Theatre. Suitable for ages 10 and up.

WEDNESDAY: Vancouver’s Luchagore Productions presents a Mexican movie night at the Rio Theatre, featuring a screening of director Robert Rodriguez‘s 2007 grindhouse classic Planet Terror, tequila tastings, and special guests DJ Hubzz and Latina drag queen Kiki LaLoka.

Osees play the Commodore

THURSDAY: San Francisco garage-rock band Osees plays the Commodore Ballroom, with guests Dead GhostsSOLD OUT. Snooze ya lose.

THURSDAY TO FRIDAYPlayland 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: Vancouver country-rock band Pistol Whip the Devil plays the Roxy Cabaret, with guests the Railtown Prophets.

FRIDAY: early Van Halen (David Lee Roth-era) tribute band Fair Warning, featuring former Soulbender guitarist Dave Groves as Eddie Van Halen, plays White Rock’s Blue Frog Studios. Pray they do “D.O.A.”.

THICK plays Fortune Sound Club

FRIDAY: Timbre Concerts presents Brooklyn-based indie-punk rock band THICK at Fortune Sound Club, with guests Grumpster and Bratboy.

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