Newt’s top 10 things to do in Vancouver this weekend, September 1 to 3

Bonnie Raitt plays the Queen E.

By Steve Newton

FRIDAY AND SATURDAY: TheatreSports features two teams of improvisers creating comedy sketches inspired by audience suggestions at the Improv Centre on Granville Island.

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. Don’t forget those little donuts.

FRIDAY TO SUNDAY: the Vancouver Canadians take on the Hillsboro Hops in Minor League Baseball action at Nat Bailey Stadium. Hot dogs go well with beer. Bladder up!

Midnight Cowboy screens at VIFF Centre

FRIDAY TO SUNDAY: screenings 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!”

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

The Dead Daisies play the Hollywood

SATURDAY: hard-rock band The Dead Daisies, featuring former members of Whitesnake, Mötley Crüe, and Dio, plays the Hollywood Theatre, with guests the Wild! and La Chinga.

SATURDAY: Burlesque and Variety Show curated by April O’Peel at the Rio Theatre features performances by Dae LeeGrind, Genesis, Honey Bee, Honey Lustre, Little Miss Risk, Lola Loops, Madame Merlot, Miss Frisky Whiskey, Scarlet Delirium, Sparkle Plenty, and Violet Fiori.

SUNDAY: American blues-roots singer-songwriter and slide-guitar ace Bonnie Raitt plays the Queen Elizabeth Theatre, with guest Roy Rodgers.

Rocky Horror Picture Show screens at the Rio

SUNDAY: screening at the Rio Theatre of director Jim Sharman’s 1975 musical comedy The Rocky Horror Picture Show, starring Tim Curry as Dr. Frank N. Furter.

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