Newt’s top 10 things to do in Vancouver this weekend, August 25 to 27

Me n’ Billy Idol, who plays the PNE

By Steve Newton

FRIDAY: Comedy Here Often?‘s monthly showcase at 604 Studios features standup by Harris Anderson, Gina Harms, Kevin Saxby, and headliner Sharon Mahoney. Get yer yuk-yuk’s out.

FRIDAY TO SUNDAY: the Pacific National Exhibition (PNE) runs from August 19 to September 4, featuring carnival rides, games, the SuperDogs competition, jousting and high-dive shows, immersive Monet art exhibitagriculture displays, cooking demonstrations, a pyro musical, and Summer Night Concerts.

FRIDAY TO SUNDAY: the Vancouver Canadians take on the Spokane Indians in Minor League Baseball action at Nat Bailey Stadium.

Birth/Rebirth screens at VIFF Centre

FRIDAY TO SUNDAY: screenings at the VIFF Centre of director Laura Moss’s new psychological horror film Birth/Rebirth, which reworks pieces of Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein into a modern-day myth about motherhood and mortality. Prepare to be freaked out.

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: Vancouver-based comedian Dino Archie performs a night of standup at the Biltmore Cabaret, with guests Sunee Dhaliwal, Ivan Decker, and Hassan Phills.

Damsel plays the Fox Cabaret

SATURDAY: Vancouver hard-rock guitar band Damsel plays the Fox Cabaret, with guests Raw Nerve Endings and Dog Gone.

SATURDAY: the BC Lions take on the Hamilton Tiger-Cats in Canadian Football League action at BC Place.

SUNDAY: British rocker Billy Idol performs with longtime guitarist Steve Stevens at the PNE Amphitheatre as part of the Summer Night Concerts series. SOLD OUT. Snooze ya lose.

Taxi Driver screens at the Rio

SUNDAY: screening at the Rio Theatre of director Martin Scorsese‘s 1976 psychodrama Taxi Driver, starring Robert De Niro as a mentally disturbed Vietnam vet out to eradicate scumbags in New York City.

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