Newt’s top 10 things to do in Metro Vancouver this week, August 7 to 11

Chilliwack performs at Rock Maple Ridge on Friday

By Steve Newton

MONDAY: California hard-rock/metal band Avenged Sevenfold plays Rogers Arena, with guests Alexisonfire and Kim Dracula.

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

MONDAY & WEDNESDAY TO FRIDAY: 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.

Barbie screens at the Twilight Drive-in

TUESDAY & THURSDAYDrive-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.

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

TUESDAY TO FRIDAY: the Vancouver Canadians take on the Tri-City Dust Devils in Minor League Baseball action at Nat Bailey Stadium. Hot dogs go well with beer.

The Killing screens at the Cinematheque

WEDNESDAY: screening at the Cinematheque of director Stanley Kubrick’s hard-boiled 1956 noir thriller The Killing, starring Sterling Hayden.

WEDNESDAY: British rock legend Rod Stewart, formerly of the Faces, plays Rogers Arena, with guests Cheap Trick. Hope he does “Twistin’ the Night Away”.

THURSDAY AND FRIDAY: the Vancouver Mural Festival’s Mount Pleasant Street Party at 2111 Main Street and surrounding areas features a mainstage with live music, DJs, drag, beer garden, games, food trucks, vendor village, and interactive activities for all ages.

FRIDAY: B.C. rockers Chilliwack perform with Trooper and Harlequin at day one of the Rock Maple Ridge classic-rock festival at Albion Fairgrounds. “Fly at Night” baby!

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