Newt’s top 10 things to do in Vancouver this week, July 17 to 21

Devin Townsend plays Thunderbird Arena

By Steve Newton

MONDAY: screening at the VIFF Centre of director George Miller’s post-apocalyptic 1981 action movie The Road Warrior, starring Mel Gibson as “Mad” Max Rockatansky.

WEDNESDAY: Cineworks Independent Filmmakers Society presents a 20th anniversary screening at the Cinematheque of  Vancouver directors Mark Achbar and Jennifer Abbot’s rabble-rousing social documentary The Corporation, based on local law professor Joel Balkan’s book The Corporation: The Pathological Pursuit of Profit and Power. Some might call it a horror movie.

Colin Linden plays Blue Frog Studios

WEDNESDAY: Canadian roots-music great Colin Linden, member of Blackie & the Rodeo Kings, plays White Rock’s Blue Frog Studios. One of the nicest people in the music biz.

WEDNESDAY: the Seattle Black Panthers and BIPOC Creative Association present The Revolution Will Not Be Televised, an evening at the Annex with Seattle Black Panthers cofounder and Die Standing author Elmer Dixon and documentary filmmaker Rick DuPree.

The Blues Brothers screens at VIFF Centre

WEDNESDAY: screening at the VIFF Centre of director John Landis’s 1980 musical comedy The Blues Brothers, starring John Belushi and Dan Aykroyd, with musical performances by Aretha Franklin, James Brown, Ray Charles, and Cab Calloway.

THURSDAY: 50th anniversary screening at the Rio Theatre of a 4K restoration of martial arts legend Bruce Lee‘s final movie Enter the Dragon. I miss Bruce Lee.

Christone “Kingfish” Ingram plays the Commodore

THURSDAY: 24-year-old blues-rock guitarist and vocalist from Clarksdale, Mississippi, Christone “Kingfish” Ingram, plays the Commodore Ballroom. That dude can play!

FRIDAY: screening at the VIFF Centre of Sid and Nancy director Alex Cox’s 1984 black comedy Repo Man, starring Harry Dean Stanton and Emilio Estevez.

FRIDAYDreamsonic 2023, a prog-metal extravaganza featuring Dream TheaterDevin Townsend, and Animals as Leaders., takes place at Thunderbird Arena. Caution: it might be loud.

Brad Williams performs at the Rio

FRIDAY: American comedian and actor Brad Williams performs two shows of standup at the Rio Theatre. Early show SOLD OUT.

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