Newt’s top 10 things to do in Vancouver this week, Sept. 18-22

Cousin Harley plays the Rickshaw

By Steve Newton

MONDAY: screening at the Rio Theatre of director Alan Parker’s 1982 film Pink Floyd the Wall, starring Bob Geldof as a rock star who descends into madness in the midst of isolation.

MONDAY & WEDNESDAY TO FRIDAY: 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!

Oldboy screens at the Rio

TUESDAY AND WEDNESDAY: 20th-anniversary screenings at the Rio Theatre of a 4K restoration of Oldboy, writer-director Park Chan-wook’s ultra-violent revenge thriller about a man who is mysteriously kidnapped and imprisoned with no human contact for fifteen years.

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.

TUESDAY TO 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. “Feed me, Seymour!”

Scott Smith plays the Painted Ship.

WEDNESDAY: pedal-steel guitarist Scott Smith is accompanied by guitarist Paul Pigat, bassist Jeremy Holmes, and drummer Liam MacDonald in Adventures in Pedal Steel at The Painted Ship in Kits. Here’s my interview with Scott Smith from 2020.

WEDNESDAY: Chicago blues-folk singer-songwriter and guitarist Shawn James plays the Rickshaw Theatre, with guests the Silent Comedy.

FRIDAY: East Vancouver garage-soul band the Vanrays plays the Fox Cabaret, with guests the Asian Persuasion All Stars.

FRIDAY: Vancouver rockabilly trio Cousin Harley, featuring guitar wizard Paul Pigat, plays the Rickshaw Theatre, with guests Ruzz Guitar’s Blues Revue. Here’s my interview with Paul Pigat from 2021.

Shayne Steele performs with the VSO at the Orpheum

FRIDAY: American vocalist Shayna Steele is featured in the first night of Queens of Soul, in which the Vancouver Symphony celebrates the music of Aretha Franklin, Tina Turner, Patti LaBelle, Gladys Knight, Nina Simone, Whitney Houston, Jennifer Hudson, Amy Winehouse, Alicia Keys, and Adele at the Orpheum Theatre.

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