Newt’s top 10 (or 15) things to do in Metro Vancouver this week, September 25 to 29

Andrew Dice Clay plays Rick Bronson’s House of Comedy

By Steve Newton

MONDAY: Finnish power-metal band Beast in Black plays the Rickshaw Theatre, with guests Dance With the Dead.

MONDAY & WEDNESDAY 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!”

WEDNESDAY: screening at the Rio Theatre 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!

WEDNESDAY: late-’70s punk bands the Avengers and the Pointed Sticks coheadline the Rickshaw Theatre, with guests Night Court. No spitting!

Vancouver International Film Fest opens

THURSDAY AND FRIDAY: the 42nd annual Vancouver International Film Festival features over 140 films, 100 shorts, live performances, talks, conferences, and other events celebrating film and film culture. Running until October 8 at various Vancouver venues.

THURSDAY: socially conscious singer-songwriter from Coquitlam, Matthew Good, plays the Commodore Ballroom. Here’s my interview with Matthew from back in 1996.

FRIDAY: Canadian folk and acoustic blues singer-songwriter Little Miss Higgins plays Burnaby’s Shadbolt Centre for the Arts.

FRIDAY: Vancouver blues trio the Grand Koolios–composed of guitarist-vocalist Tim Hearsey, bassist Rob Becker, and drummer Chris Nordquist–plays Guilt and Co. The Hearsey guy can play geetar!

Karen Gomyo performs at the Orpheum

FRIDAY: violinist Karen Gomyo joins conductor Gerard Schwarz and the Vancouver Symphony in a program that includes Samuel Barber’s Violin Concerto at the Orpheum Theatre. Get your orchestra on.

FRIDAY: the BC Lions take on the Saskatchewan Roughriders in Canadian Football League action at BC Place. Go Leos!

FRIDAY: the monthly Comedy Here Often? showcase features Manitoba comedian Andy Noble performing standup at 604 Studios. It’s chuckle time!

FRIDAY: controversial American comedian and actor Andrew Dice Clay performs the first of two nights at Rick Bronson’s House of Comedy in New Westminster. SOLD OUT. Snooze ya lose.

FRIDAY: British pop-rock singer-songwriter, bassist, and actor Sting, former frontman of the Police, plays Rogers Arena on his My Songs 2023 Tour. Bet he does “Roxanne”.

Art Bergmann plays the Rickshaw

FRIDAY: Canadian rock legend Art Bergmann performs at the Rickshaw Theatre in an event that includes the launch of his Jason Schneider-penned biography The Longest Suicide, with a Q&A session moderated by local musician, author, and historian Aaron Chapman. Here’s my interview with Art from back in 1990.

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