Newt’s top 10 (or 20) things to do in Vancouver this week, November 20 to 24

Scott Smith plays the Painted Ship

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By Steve Newton

MONDAY: the red-hot Vancouver Canucks take on the San Jose Sharks in National Hockey League acti0n at Rogers Arena.

MONDAY TO WEDNESDAY: 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.

MONDAY & WEDNESDAY TO FRIDAY: 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.

WEDNESDAY: in Adventures in Pedal Steel, pedal-steel guitarist Scott Smith and friends perform songs from the sixties accompanied by special guests Rich Hope, Vanessa Dee, Ben La Borie, Tom Hammel, Pat Chessell, and Hunter Gogo at the Painted Ship.

Rush to Judgment screens at the Rio

TUESDAY: to mark the 60-year anniversary of the assassination of John F. Kennedy, screening at the Rio Theatre of a 4K restoration of director Emile de Antonio’s 1966 documentary Rush to Judgment.

TUESDAY TO FRIDAY: 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.

WEDNESDAY TO FRIDAY: Theatre Replacement presents playwrights Jivesh Parasram and Christine Quintana’s family show East Van Panto: Beauty and the Beast, with music by Veda Hille, at the York Theatre.

TUESDAY TO FRIDAY: 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.

THURSDAY: the Lights of Hope Christmas display opens with a free, family-friendly event featuring complimentary hot chocolate, a choir, a visit from Santa Claus, and fireworks at St. Paul’s Hospital.

THURSDAY: indie-pop musician from Buckinghamshire. England, The Japanese House, plays the Vogue Theatre, with guest Quinnie.

Blood Wedding runs at Studio 58

THURSDAY AND FRIDAY: Carmen Aguirre directs performances of Blood Wedding, Federico García Lorca’s tragedy of love, repression, and duty, at Langara College’s Studio 58.

THURSDAY AND FRIDAY: Vancouver electro-industrial band Skinny Puppy, featuring original members cEvin Key and Nivek Ogre, plays two nights at the Commodore Ballroom on its final tour.

FRIDAY: the two-day Hopscotch Festival features sample from over 250 different varieties of scotch and other whisky, tequila, rum, gin, vodka, cider, premium and craft beer, and wine at the PNE Forum.

FRIDAY: the Toddcast Podcast presents the Blue Light Sessions featuring local hard-rock power trios La Chinga and Worse at Blue Light Studio.

FRIDAY: Vancouver blues singer-guitarist Steve Kozak performs with keyboardist Peter Van Deursen, bassist Trevor Newman, and drummer Darrell Mayes at Frankie’s Jazz.

Kenny vs. Spenny at the Pearl

FRIDAY: the Canadian comedy duo of Kenny Hotz and Spencer Rice performs on the Kenny Vs Spenny 20-year Anniversary Comedy Tour at the Pearl.

FRIDAY: British synth-pop band from the ’80s, Depeche Mode, plays tunes from latest album Memento Mori at Rogers Arena.

FRIDAY: screening at the Vancouver Playhouse of the documentary 299 Queen Street West, which tells the story of television upstart MuchMusic from the perspective of the VJs.

FRIDAY: musical director Otto Tausk conducts the Vancouver Symphony and British cellist Steven Isserlis in a program that includes Elgar’s poignant Cello Concerto at the Orpheum Theatre.

Festival of Lights opens at VanDusen Garden

FRIDAY: the annual Festival of Lights features 15 acres of trees, plants, and pathways adorned with over one-million twinkling lights at VanDusen Botanical Garden.

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