Newt’s top 10 (or 20) things to do in Vancouver this weekend, September 15 to 17

Hermanos Gutiérrez plays the Commodore

By Steve Newton

FRIDAY: Charlie Demers hosts East Van Laugh Riot, a standup comedy show featuring Ryan Williams, with guests Cassidy Anhorn and Gavin Banning, at the Rio Theatre. Get your chuckle on.

FRIDAY: instrumental surf-rock bands Horsebreaker (from Calgary) and the Reviberators (from Vancouver) play the Painted Ship in Kitsilano. Anybody in the mood for “Pipeline”?

Fight Club screens at the Rio

FRIDAY: late-night screening at the Rio Theatre of director David Fincher’s 1999 adaptation of Chuck Pahlaniuk’s novel Fight Club, starring Ed Norton and Brad Pitt. Check out those abs!

FRIDAY: instrumental duo Hermanos Gutiérrez, composed of Ecuadorian-Swiss brothers Alejandro Gutiérrez (guitar/lap steel) and Estevan Gutiérrez (guitar/percussion), plays the Commodore Ballroom. SOLD OUT. Snooze ya lose.

FRIDAY AND SATURDAY: the Great Outdoors Comedy Festival features standup comedy by headliners Russell Peters (Fri.) and Kevin Hart (Sat.) at Stanley Park’s Brockton Point. Note: Hart’s performance will be a phone-free experience, and anyone seen using a device during the performance will be escorted out of the grounds by security. Nothing funny about that.

FRIDAY AND SATURDAY: music director Otto Tausk leads the Vancouver Symphony in a new work by Anna Thorvaldsdottir and Mahler’s monumental Symphony No. 6 at the Orpheum Theatre. Get your orchestra on.

Mutiny in Heaven screens at VIFF Centre

FRIDAY TO SUNDAY: screenings at the VIFF Centre of Australian director Ian White’s new documentary Nick Cave & The Birthday Party: Mutiny in Heaven. The Birthday Party was one wild and crazy bunch of dudes!

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.

FRIDAY TO SUNDAY: the Vancouver Canadians take on the Everett AquaSox in Minor League Baseball playoff action at Nat Bailey Stadium. Hot dogs ‘n’ beer time. Bladder up!

FRIDAY TO SUNDAY: 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. “Feed me, Seymour!”

Ain’t Too Proud runs at the Queen E

FRIDAY TO SUNDAY: Broadway Across Canada presents performances at the Queen Elizabeth Theatre of the musical Ain’t Too Proud–The Life and Times of The Temptations, which follows the career of the legendary Motown vocal group. “Ain’t too proud to beg, sweet darlin’, please don’t leave me, don’t you go.”

FRIDAY TO SUNDAY: the Vancouver Fringe Festival features emerging local artists and talent from around the globe performing theatre, comedy, dance, drag, spoken word, and music runs until September 17 at various Granville Island venues. Get your Fringe on.

SATURDAY: Art Battle Vancouver features 12 visual artists competing in three rounds of a live painting competition at the Red Room.

SATURDAY: Jamaican-American singer-songwriter Stephen Marley, eldest son of Bob Marley, plays the Vogue Theatre.

Nosferatu screens at the Rio

SATURDAY: screenings at the Rio Theatre of the classic silent horror films Nosferatu and The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari, with live score performed by the Invisible Czars from Austin, Texas. That’s scary stuff, kids!

SATURDAY: Car Free Day on Main Street, between 10th Ave. and 25th Ave., is a free event featuring music, artisans, family activities, workshops, vendors, and food trucks.

SATURDAY: the BC Lions take on the Ottawa Redblacks in Canadian Football League action at BC Place. Go Leos!

SATURDAY:North Vancouver roots-rock/jam band She Stole My Beer performs originals and covers at the Rickshaw Theatre. Here’s my story on the band from 1992.

Pink Mountaintops play The Pearl

SATURDAY: Vancouver rock and roll band Pink Mountaintops performs at The Pearl on its Bang Box Boogie Tour, with guests the Moonlight Years and Stephen Hamm: Theremin Man. Stephen McBean rocks!

SUNDAY: Vancouver singer-songwriter and guitarist Graham Brown performs an acoustic show at the Heatley, featuring tunes from new album Solo, with guest Doug Andrew. Here’s my interview with Brown from last year.

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