Newt’s top 10 (or 15) things to do in Vancouver this week, September 4 to 8

One Million Years B.C. screens at the Rio

By Steve Newton

MONDAY: final day of the Pacific National Exhibition (PNE), 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.

MONDAY: Canadian roots-rock greats Blue Rodeo, featuring singer-guitarists Greg Keelor and Jim Cuddy, play the PNE Amphitheatre as part of the Summer Night Concerts series. Here’s my interview with Jim Cuddy from back in 1991.

TUESDAY: tribute screening on the late Raquel Welch‘s birthday of director Don Chaffey’s kitschy 1967 camp classic One Million Years B.C., featuring the stop-motion animation of Ray Harryhausen and Welch in a fur bikini. Hubba hubba.

The Chicks play Rogers Arena

TUESDAY: Texas country music trio The Chicks, formerly known as the Dixie Chicks, play Rogers Arena, with guest Marin Morris.

TUESDAY 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.

WEDNESDAY: Philadelphia indie-rock quartet Mo Lowda and the Humble plays the Biltmore Cabaret.

WEDNESDAY: 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!”

WEDNESDAY: American rockers from the ’70s, Kansas, featuring original guitarist Rich Williams and drummer Phil Ehart, play the Queen Elizabeth Theatre. Maybe they’ll do “Dust in the Wind”.

Sue Foley plays the Rio

THURSDAY: Canadian blues-rock singer-songwriter and guitarist Sue Foley performs tunes from latest album, Pinky’s Blues, at the Rio Theatre, with guests Tim Hearsey and the Grand Koolios.. Here’s my interview with Sue from back in 1992.

THURSDAY AND FRIDAY: the Vancouver Fringe Festival features emerging local artists and talent from around the globe performing theatre, comedy, dance, drag, spoken word, and music from September 7 to 17 at various Granville Island venues.

THURSDAY AND FRIDAY: the Arts Club Theatre Company and Edmonton’s Citadel Theatre present performances of the musical comedy Little Shop of Horrors, based on the film by Roger Corman, at the Stanley Industrial Alliance Stage until October 8.

Yo-Yo Ma performs at the Orpheum

FRIDAY: virtuoso cellist Yo-Yo Ma performs with the Vancouver Symphony under music director Otto Tausk at the Orpheum Theatre. SOLD OUT. Snooze ya lose.

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

FRIDAY: Saskatchewan guitar virtuoso and singer-songwriter Jack Semple leads his current band at Blue Fr0g Studios. Here’s my interview with Jack from back in 1993.

The Faculty screens at the Rio

FRIDAY: late-night screening at the Rio Theatre of Planet Terror director Robert Rodriguez’s underrated 1998 sci-fi/horror flick The Faculty. Here’s my original review from ’98.

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