Newt’s top 10 (or 15) things to do in Metro Vancouver this weekend, November 17 to 19

The Canucks play the Kraken

By Steve Newton

FRIDAY: Montreal electro-pop singer-songwriter Charlotte Cardin plays the Commodore Ballroom, with guests New West from Toronto. SOLD OUT.

FRIDAY: Steely Dan tribute band Steelin’ in the Years plays Port Moody’s Inlet Theatre, with guests Blues Hoodoo.

FRIDAY: eight-piece Vancouver band Zappostrophe’ performs the music of Frank Zappa at the Fox Cabaret.

FRIDAY: screening at the Rio Theatre of director Nobuhiko Obayashi’s bizarro 1977 Japanese cult-classic oddity House. In Japanese with English subtitles.

The Stones and Brian Jones screens at VIFF Centre

FRIDAY AND SATURDAY: screenings at the VIFF Centre of director Nick Broomfield’s new documentary The Stones and Brian Jones, which explores the musical genius and tragic end of the founder of the Rolling Stones.

FRIDAY AND SATURDAY: trumpeter-vocalist Byron Stripling and singer Carmen Bradford join conductor Sean O’Loughlin and the Vancouver Symphony for Louis Armstrong & Friends at the Orpheum Theatre.

FRIDAY TO SUNDAY: the four-day Eastside Culture Crawl will see which local artists–painters, jewellers, sculptors, furniture makers, weavers, potters, printmakers, photographers, and glassblowers–open their East Vancouver studios to the public.

FRIDAY TO SUNDAY: Emily Carr: A Room of Her Own at the Vancouver Art Gallery features approximately 25 works drawn from the gallery’s Emily Carr Collection and maps key biographical moments in Carr’s practice.

Elf: The Musical runs at the Stanley

FRIDAY TO SUNDAY: the Arts Club Theatre Company presents Elf: The Musical, based on the 2003 Christmas comedy film Elf and starring Andrew McNee as Buddy the Elf. Running until December 31 at the Stanley Industrial Alliance Stage.

FRIDAY TO SUNDAY: Cirque du Soleil presents its production of Kooza, a 125-minute acrobatics/circus show exploring themes of fear, identity, recognition, and power. Running until December 31 under the Big Top at Concord Pacific Place.

SATURDAY: teenage vocalists Elizabeth Graham, Kristie Lind, Mateo Mazari, Sophia McPherson, Maddi Mcorettin, Teaghan Papadopoulos, Zoe Rapos, and Eric Sun perform in the finals of the Delta Idol competition at the North Delta Centre for the Arts.

Art Bergmann plays Blue Frog

SATURDAY: legendary Canadian punk/alt-rock singer-songwriter Art Bergmann performs tunes from his new album ShadowWalk: Legacy of Love at White Rock’s Blue Frog Studios. Here’s my interview with Art Bergmann from 1990.

SATURDAY: the red-hot Vancouver Canucks take on their Pacific Northwest rivals the Seattle Kraken in National Hockey League action at Rogers Arena.

SUNDAY: the Dead Poets Reading Series at Massy Arts Society features Phinder Dulai reading T.S. Eliot, Meredith Quartermain reading Douglas Barbour, Peter Quartermain reading Maurice Scully, Christopher Levenson reading Gerda Mayer, and Fiona Lam reading Tin Lander.

Runner screens at the Cinematheque

SUNDAY: screening at the Cinematheque of Runner, Lithuanian director Andrius Blaževičius’s thriller about an extraordinary young woman paradoxically trapped at a psychological impasse when her bipolar boyfriend goes missing. In Lithuanian with English subtitles.

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