Newt’s top 10 (or 13) things to do in Metro Vancouver this weekend, September 22 to 24

Ringu screens at the Rio

By Steve Newton

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.

FRIDAY AND SATURDAY: 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!

Shayna Steele performs at the Orpheum

FRIDAY AND SATURDAY: American vocalist Shayna Steele is featured in 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.

FRIDAY AND SATURDAY: British rock band Coldplay, featuring frontman Chris Martin, plays BC Place as part of its Music of the Spheres World Tour, with guests H.E.R. and 070 Shake.

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 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!”

Brandon Isaak plays Mel Lehan Hall

SATURDAY: the Rogue Folk Club presents an album-release show by local blues-roots band Brandon Isaak & the Saints of Swing at Mel Lehan Hall at St. James.

SATURDAY: the Steveston Beer Fest at the Gulf of Georgia Cannery features samples of more than 100 craft beers, with partial proceeds to the Richmond Christmas Fund.

SATURDAY: Australian hard-rock trio Wolfmother, led by singer-guitarist Andrew Stockdale, plays the Commodore Ballroom, with guests Fever Dog.

SUNDAY: 25th-anniversary screening at the Rio Theatre of director Hideo Nakata’s J-horror classic Ringu, about a mysterious video linked to a number of deaths. In Japanese with English subtitles.

SUNDAY: jazz-rock musician and composer Donny McCaslin, best known as the saxophonist and band director for David Bowie’s final album, Blackstar, performs at the BlueShore at CapU.

Dazed and Confused screens at the Twilight Drive-in

SUNDAY: Retronight at the Drive-in features outdoor screenings of the high-school comedies Dazed and Confused and Fast Times at Ridgemont High at Langley’s Twilight Drive-in.

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