40 things to do in Vancouver this weekend, August 19 to 21

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      FRIDAY: Australian indie-rock band Rolling Blackouts Coastal Fever plays the Hollywood Theatre.

      FRIDAY: Las Vegas rock band the Killers plays Rogers Arena, with guest Johnny Marr.

      FRIDAY: Vancouver-based indie-rock quartet Bealby Point plays the Fortune Sound Club.

      FRIDAY: New York City jazz pianist Ray Gallon performs at Frankie's Jazz.

      Texas Chain Saw Massacre screens at the Rio.

      FRIDAY: screening at the Rio Theatre of director Tobe Hooper's 1974 horror classic, Texas Chain Saw Massacre.

      FRIDAY: Juno-winning Vancouver singer-songwriter Dan Mangan kicks off Coquitlam’s Kaleidoscope Arts Festival with an outdoor concert at the TD Community Plaza in Towne Centre Park.

      FRIDAY: screening at the VIFF Centre of George Romero's 1978 zombie epic Dawn of the Dead as part of the Summer in the 70s film series.

      FRIDAY TO SUNDAYThe Imitation Game: Visual Culture in the Age of Artificial Intelligence, a new exhibition running at the Vancouver Art Gallery until October 23, surveys the extraordinary uses (and abuses) of AI in the production of modern and contemporary visual culture around the world.

      FRIDAY TO SUNDAY: in collaboration with the Winnipeg Art Gallery, the Museum of Vancouver is presenting the travelling exhibition Boarder X until October.

      Theatre Under the Stars runs at Malkin Bowl.
      Emily Cooper

      FRIDAY TO SUNDAYTheatre Under the Stars presents performances of the musicals Something Rotten! and We Will Rock You, running alternate evenings to August 27 at Malkin Bowl.

      FRIDAY TO SUNDAY: the 34th annual Vancouver Queer Film Festival runs until August 21 online and at various Vancouver venues.

      FRIDAY TO SUNDAY: the South Asian Arts Society presents the seventh annual Monsoon Festival of the Performing Arts at Langley's Campbell Valley Red Barn until Aug. 31.

      FRIDAY TO SUNDAY: new exhibition T. rex: the Ultimate Predator reveals the story of the most iconic dinosaur in the world through life-sized models, fossil casts, and engaging interactives. The exhibition runs until January 22, 2023 at Science World.

      FRIDAY TO SUNDAYUninvited: Canadian Women Artists in the Modern Moment gathers more than 200 works of art by a generation of painters, photographers, weavers, bead workers, and sculptors. Running until January 8, 2023, at the Vancouver Art Gallery.

      FRIDAY TO SUNDAYEverything Under the Sun: In Memory of Andrew Gruftone of the Capture Photography Festival’s featured exhibitions, runs until September 11 at the Vancouver Art Gallery.

      Come From Away runs at the Queen E. Theatre.
      Matthew Murphy

      FRIDAY TO SUNDAY: performances at the Queen Elizabeth Theatre of Come From Away, the hit musical based on the true story of 7,000 stranded passengers and the small town in Newfoundland that welcomed them.

      FRIDAY TO SUNDAY: showing at the Museum of Anthropology of UBC until January 1 is Xicanx: Dreamers + Changemakers / Soñadores + creadores del cambio, which showcases the rich traditions of 33 Xicanx artists.

      FRIDAY TO SUNDAYWe Were So Far Away is a travelling exhibition, showing at the Vancouver Maritime Museum until November 27, that uses first-person narratives and archival images to tell stories of the Inuit residential school experience.

      FRIDAY TO SUNDAY: the Arts Club Theatre Company presents performances at the Granville Island Stage to August 21 of Made In Italy, about a second-generation Italian teen struggling to find his place in Jasper, Alberta.

      FRIDAY TO SUNDAY: the Bill Reid Gallery presents the exhibition True to Place: stímetstexw tel xéltel, which examines the work of 10 Northwest Coast Indigenous artists, until March 19, 2023.

      The B-52s play the PNE Amphitheatre.

      SATURDAY: the B-52s perform at the PNE Amphitheatre on their Farewell Tour as part of the PNE's Summer Night Concerts series. 

      SATURDAY: the Monstercat Compound is free block party in Railtown produced by the Vancouver-based independent record label that features live electronic music on two stages.

      SATURDAY: the Healthy Climate Solutions Fair at the Milton Wong Plaza in Olympic Village is a public exhibition that explores the health impacts of climate change, and celebrates energy solutions in Canada.

      SATURDAY: Jamaican roots, rock, and reggae artist Anthony B performs at the Rio Theatre.

      The Zolas perform at Summerlight.

      SATURDAY: the inaugural instalment of Vancouver's newest city festival, Summerlight, features Indie music, alt fashion, progressive art, and food trucks at the 876 Cordova diversion. Performers include the Zolas, Fake Shark, Desirée Dawson, Sleepy Gonzales, and the Jins.

      SATURDAY: screening at the VIFF Centre of director John Badham's 1977 box office smash Saturday Night Fever as part of the Summer in the 70s series.

      SATURDAY: screening at the Cinematheque of director Edmund Goulding's 1947 noir shocker Nightmare Alley.

      SATURDAY: Meowfest 2022 at the Rocky Moutanineer Train Station is a full-day festival for cat lovers, dedicated to the celebration of all things feline, with all proceeds going to local cat shelters.

      The PNE opens Saturday.

      SATURDAY & SUNDAY: the Pacific National Exhibition (PNE) runs until September 5, featuring the Stars of the Peking Acrobats, SuperDogs, Flying Fools High Dive Show, Dueling Pianos, Electric Fire, and the return of Summer Night Concerts.

      SATURDAY & SUNDAY: the Summer Pop-Up Market at the Pipe Shop in North Van connects buyers with local small businesses, entrepreneurs, makers, and creators.

      SATURDAY & SUNDAY: the Beanstock Coffee Festival at the Roundhouse Community Centre features samples by local specialty-coffee roasters.

      Phoebe Bridgers plays the Orpheum.

      SATURDAY & SUNDAY: California indie-rock singer-songwriter Phoebe Bridgers plays the Orpheum Theatre.

      SUNDAY: screening at the VIFF Centre of director Michael Cimino's 1978 Vietnam-vet drama The Deer Hunter as part of the Summer in the 70s film series.

      SUNDAY: Canadian pop-rockers from the '90s, Crash Test Dummies, play the Hollywood Theatre.

      SUNDAY: ethereal singer-songwriter from Florida, Ethel Cain, plays the WISE Hall.

      Paint Frida Kahlo at Parker Art Studios.
      Tana Lynn

      SUNDAY: paint renowned artist Frida Kahlo at an Afternoon Paint Along at Parker Art Studios.

      SUNDAYBlind Tiger hosts a free improv jam for women led by Kerri Donaldson at China Cloud.

      SUNDAY: The Operating Room features standup comedy hosted by Dusty Searcy at the Tightrope Impro Centre.

      SUNDAY: the Sunday Shorts Film Festival Showcase at the Park Theatre features films from the UK, Ukraine, Iran, Nederlands, Canada, and the U.S.

      Blue Rodeo plays the PNE Amphitheatre.

      SUNDAY: Canadian roots-rock greats Blue Rodeo perform at the PNE Amphitheatre as part of the PNE's Summer Night Concerts series.


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