Slash headlines weekly events

By Chris Campbell, 24 hours

Slash in concert. (REUTERS)

Slash in concert. (REUTERS)



Aug. 15

Hard Rock Casino


OK, Slash just isn’t the same without the paint-peeling voice of Axel Rose accompanying his guitar licks, but he is hoping his current band Myles Kennedy and the conspirators will be able to fill the void. The group will release their new album World on Fire next month. The disc marks SLASH’s third solo album and second one with his current band members after his time with Slash’s Snakepit and Velvet Revolver.


Aug. 18

Rio Theatre

1660 E. Broadway


Appearing with guest T. Mills, Rixton is a British boy band that is fresh off an appearance on the Teen Choice Awards show. The band features cute boys dressed in snappy outfits and they were recently signed by Justin Bieber’s puppetmast—er, manager so expect to hear more from them in the future. This might be a chance for your teen daughters or nieces to see them before they become huge — and expensive to see in concert.


Aug. 19

Deer Lake Park

6450 Deer Lake Ave.


This is part of the Concerts in the Park series and provides an incredible natural setting for one of music’s most eclectic performers. Beck mixes so many different musical styles that it’s impossible to pin him down to any particular genre as he continues to re-invent himself.


Vancouver Queer Film Festival

Aug. 15-24

Various locations


The festival kicks off its 26th season with more than 80 films showcasing stories from 11 countries, including offerings from Russia, Brazil, and the Philippines, presenting themes of gender identity, forbidden love, and culture. The festival opens with The Way He Looks, a coming-of-age drama in which blind teenager Leonardo deals with overprotective parents, bullying classmates, and excitements of first love in his small town. Children 404 is this year’s Centrepiece Gala, following the stories of youth struggling with Russia’s anti-homosexuality laws (director in attendance). The festival closes with Girltrash: All Night Long, a comedy about five girls’ night of partying. This year’s festival also includes the first ever family-friendly Sunday Funday on Aug. 17 at Granville Island. Activities include age-appropriate film screenings, a picnic, a teen slam poetry workshop, and performances by workshop participants. Family theme extends to several film selections, including I Feel Like Disco, a dramatic comedy about a family learning to accept each other, followed by Proud Families, a post-film panel about families and acceptance. Visit queerfilmfestival.ca for the full schedule.


Dudes of My Life

Aug. 19-23

The Shop Theatre

125 E. 2nd Ave.


Shift Theatre Society launches its new season with The Dudes of My Life, a one-woman comedy about family, dating, and growing up. Parents wish their children the best in life - at school, at work, and in love. In The Dudes of My Life, Christina Andreola confronts the list of qualities her Italian mother has provided for the man she will marry. The successful candidate will be tall, gainfully employed, a good Catholic, and have good head of hair ... and a mother who lives out of town. Using both personal and borrowed experiences, The Dudes of My Life is a tongue-in-cheek examination of dating in the modern world. Sources include the ubiquitous ‘90s rom-com, racy text messages, and the “swipe right” culture of Tinder.


The Fair at the PNE

Aug. 16 through Sept. 1


The PNE kicks off for another season this Saturday, with nightly concerts, tiny donuts, the prize home, animal barns and more of the favourites. New this year is a Game of Thrones exhibition (don’t worry, no live beheadings!), a Bollywood dance spectacular, a Chinese drum show and an international cat video festival.

World’s Largest Sandbox

Aug. 16 (10 a.m.-6 p.m.)

Ceperley Field at Second Beach

Stanley Park


It will be a day of fun in the sun while learning about children’s mental health.

There will be sand castle competitions, mini-golf, kids yoga, and a bouncy castle. Live music will be playing and food will be available on site. Hear from some of the world’s leading experts on children, including Dr. Shimi Kang, who will teach us how we can foster a community of strong, resilient and happy children. Organized by the group Passage Give.


Aug. 16 (9:30 a.m.-1 p.m.)

Jack Poole Plaza

1055 Canada Pl.


Yes, a yoga event in Vancouver — what are the odds? Yoga enthusiasts are being asked to “rise for a cause” by doing 108 “sun salutations” to raise money for the Care for Children charity. The event features nine local yoga teachers. Cost is $25 to enter. Call 778.840.8364 for more details.

Latin Summer Fest

Aug. 17

Trout Lake Park

Victoria and 15th Avenue


This day-long, free event kicks off around noon and runs into the evening, with wall-to-wall live music and dancing, along with a food fair representing a wide assortment of culinary delights, plus plenty of items for sale in the outdoor market.

Steveston Walking Tours

Fridays and Saturdays until Sept. 27

Steveston Museum and Visitor Centre

3811 Moncton St.


Choose from two different one-hour walking tours that enlighten visitors on the light and dark sides to Steveston. At 11 a.m. and 2 p.m., Murder, Mayhem and Morality in Old Steveston will delve into the seedy underbelly of Steveston’s dark past. During the tour, visitors will learn of grisly unsolved murders, hear about ladies of dubious virtue, and uncover the vices of drinking and gambling that once gave Steveston a rough-and-tumble reputation. At 12:30 p.m., visitors can take in the Boardwalks, Bar Rooms and Boats tour, which gives glimpses of Steveston’s history from its glory days to its darkest hours. Tours cost $5 per person. Book your tour by calling the Tourism Richmond Visitor Centre at 604-271-8280.


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