Newt’s top 10 things to do in Metro Vancouver this weekend, August 4 to 6

Near Dark screens at the VIFF Centre

By Steve Newton

FRIDAY: Ghost Files Live! at the Vogue Theatre features a screening of a never-before-seen episode of Ghost Files, followed by a Q&A session with hosts Ryan Bergara and Shane Madej.

FRIDAY: the Vancouver Whitecaps take on Tigres de Mexico in a Leagues Cup soccer game at BC Place.

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.

True West runs at the Cultch

FRIDAY TO SUNDAY: the Cultch presents performances at the Vancity Culture Lab of playwright Sam Shepard’s True West, a wry exploration of duality, masculinity, and the mythos of the American West.

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.

Million Dollar Quartet runs at the Granville Island Stage

FRIDAY TO SUNDAY: 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–running to August 20 at the Granville Island Stage. Wear your blue suede shoes.

FRIDAY TO SUNDAY: the Vancouver Pride Festival features 10 days of events curated by local 2SLGBTQAI+ groups, culminating in the Pride Parade on August 6. Get your pride on!

Barbie screens at the Twilight Drive-in

FRIDAY TO SUNDAY: Drive-in Double Bill at the Twilight Drive-in, Metro Vancouver’s only drive-in movie theatre, features screenings of the subversive fantasy comedy Barbie and the monster-shark thriller Meg 2: The Trench.

SATURDAY AND SUNDAY: the 47th annual Powell Street Festival is a free celebration of Japanese Canadian art and culture, featuring live music, food, and martial arts demonstrations in Oppenheimer Park and the surrounding area.

SUNDAY: screening at the VIFF Centre of director Kathryn Bigelow’s hugely entertaining 1987 vampire flick Near Dark. “Shitkicker heaven!”

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