Newt’s top 10 (or 13) things to do in Metro Vancouver this weekend, July 21 to 23

Devin Townsend plays Thunderbird Arena

By Steve Newton

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

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

FRIDAY: the Vancouver Whitecaps take on Mexico’s Club León in a Leagues Cup soccer game at BC Place.

David Gogo plays Fort Langley Park

FRIDAY AND SATURDAY: the Cool Blues Show at the Fort Langley Park features performances by the Ruthie Foster Band, the Harpoonist and the Axe Murderer, the David Gogo Band, Cousin Harley, Five Alarm Funk, and Crystal Shawanda. Event includes beer garden, food trucks, art installation, and games area.

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

FRIDAY TO SUNDAY: the 36th annual Mission Folk Music Festival at Fraser River Heritage Park feature more than 25 bands and artists performing folk, Celtic, Cajun, blues, bluegrass, and soul music.

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.

Fashion Fictions runs at the VAG

FRIDAY TO SUNDAY: the Fashion Fictions exhibition, running until October 9 at the Vancouver Art Gallery, explores the increasing influence of research-based, materially driven practices on the global fashion scene.

SATURDAY: 50th anniversary screening at the Rio Theatre of director D.A. Pennebaker’s Ziggy Stardust & the Spiders From Mars: The Motion Picture, the concert film documenting David Bowie’s final performance as his musical alter-ego Ziggy Stardust, digitally restored with never-before-seen footage.

SATURDAY: Howard & Sons Pyrotechnics from Australia are featured at the Celebration of Light fireworks display at English Bay.

SATURDAY: the BC Lions take on the Saskatchewan Roughriders in Canadian Football League action at BC Place.

Blood Simple screens at the VIFF Centre

SATURDAY AND SUNDAY: screenings at the VIFF Centre of the Coen Brothers’ 1984 suspense-thriller Blood Simple.

SUNDAY: screening at the Rio Theatre of a 4K restoration of director Tobe Hooper’s 1974 horror classic The Texas Chain Saw Massacre.

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