Newt’s top 10 things to do in Vancouver this week, August 28 to September 1

Midnight Cowboy screens at VIFF Centre

By Steve Newton

MONDAY: Vancouver blues-rock band Terminal Station, composed of singer-guitarist Scott Smith, keyboardist Darryl Havers, bassist Jeremy Holmes, and drummer Liam MacDonald, plays  Guilt and Co. Check out their Allman Brothers vibe.

MONDAY TO THURSDAY: 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.

Collective Soul plays the Commodore

TUESDAY AND WEDNESDAY: multiplatinum Atlanta guitar-rockers Collective Soul, featuring singer-guitarist and main songwriter Ed Roland, play the Commodore Ballroom. Hope they do “Shine”.

TUESDAY TO FRIDAY: 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. Don’t forget those little donuts.

TUESDAY TO FRIDAY: the Vancouver Canadians take on the Spokane Indians in Minor League Baseball action at Nat Bailey Stadium. Hot dogs go well with beer.

TUESDAY 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.

Bat Sabbath plays the WISE Hall

WEDNESDAY: Canadian punk-metal band Cancer Bats performs its tribute to Black Sabbath, Bat Sabbath, at the WISE Hall, with guests Black Mastiff and Space Queen. SOLD OUT. Snooze ya lose.

THURSDAY: An Evening in Space with Plasteroid at the H.R. MacMillan Space Centre features live chilled-out ambient music set to a journey through our solar system.

THURSDAY: British psych-pop quartet Temples plays the Rickshaw Theatre, with guests the Moonlight Years.

FRIDAY: screening at the VIFF Centre of British director John Schlesinger’s Oscar-winning 1969 classic, Midnight Cowboy, starring Jon Voight and Dustin Hoffman. “I’m walkin’ here!”

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