Newt’s top 10 (or 12) things to do in Vancouver this week, July 3 to 7

By Steve Newton

TUESDAY: the Rickshaw presents Montreal-based Celtic-punk band the Peelers at LanaLou’s Restaurant, with guest Johnny Trash.

TUESDAY TO FRIDAY: the Arts Club Theatre Company presents the musical Million Dollar Quartet— which depicts the famed 1956 jam session between Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis, and Carl Perkins–at the Granville Island Stage. Wear your blue suede shoes.

Beautiful runs at the Stanley

TUESDAY 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.

WEDNESDAY: screening at the VIFF Centre of director John Carpenter’s 1981 action flick Escape From New York as part of the Back to the 80s film series. Snake Plissken is one badass mofo.

WEDNESDAY AND THURSDAY: California punk-rock band Social Distortion, featuring guitarist-vocalist Mike Ness, plays two nights at the Commodore Ballroom. Both shows CANCELLED.

THURSDAY: Vancouver guitarist Scott Smith traces the history of the steel guitar and plays examples of the steel repertoire at a music clinic at Long & McQuade. Play it pretty for Vancouver Scotty!

THURSDAY AND FRIDAY: the 35th annual Dancing on the Edge Festival, running from July 6 to 15 at various Vancouver venues, features over 30 performances by top Canadian dance artists. Get yer dance on!

An American Werewolf in London screens at VIFF Centre

FRIDAY: screening at the VIFF Centre of director John Landis’s 1981 horror-comedy An American Werewolf in London as part of the Back to the 80s film series. That transformation scene is wild!

FRIDAY: American comedian and actress Ali Wong, co-star of the Netflix series Beef, performs the first of three nights of standup at the Queen Elizabeth Theatre. You should binge on Beef.

FRIDAY: Vancouver blues legend Jim Byrnes leads his band in the first of two nights at White Rock’s Blue Frog Studios. That dude’s gotta lotta soul.

FRIDAY: gangsta-rap pioneer Snoop Dogg plays Rogers Arena with a lineup that includes Wiz Khalifa, Too $hort, Warren G, Berner, and DJ Drama. There will be weed.

No Country for Old Men screens at the Rio

FRIDAY: screening at the Rio Theatre of directors Joel and Ethan Coen’s Oscar-winning adaptation of the late Cormac McCarthy’s 2005 novel. No Country For Old Men, starring Josh Brolin and Javier Bardem. There will be blood.

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