Spinal Tap, Goblin, Chuck D. and more at Vancouver International Film Festival Live

A group of local musicians will perform live along to the classic mockumentary This is Spinal Tap Sunday night at the Rio.

The 38th Vancouver International Film Festival kicks off tonight. Besides hundreds of movies, the annual festival (Sept. 26-Oct. 11)  is presenting a number of live events. These include live band accompaniments to the greatest of all mockumentaries, This is Spinal Tap, and a Dario Argento horror film, a live podcast with Public Enemy’s Chuck D, and more.

Find out more below about these events below.

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Spinal Tap, Goblin, Chuck D. and more at Vancouver International Film Festival Live

Sword-fighting, burlesque and local celebs in Game of Thrones Live

The cast of Game of Thrones Live.

Going through Games of Thrones withdrawal? Disappointed over the last season, but still hankering for some dragon-y Westeros action?

On June 14 and 15, the Rio Theatre (1660 E. Broadway) brings back Oakland, California’s variety vaudeville troupe Tourettes Without Regrets with a revamped version of its notorious and popular Game of Thrones burlesque. Game of Thrones Live: Fire & Ice, Ice Baby! features dozens of characters played by underground vaudeville and burlesque performers from the award-winning Tourettes Without Regrets as well as local Vancouver stars. According to Rio Theatre owner Corinne Lea, “This year is going to be off the hook!” A huge Night King battle, choreographed by a pro film fight choreographer, is planned, she says. “Plus Burns the Dragon has gone all out and created an incredible costume! This show is really a labour of love for the entire cast so they are going all out for the grand finale!”

Find out more below.

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Sword-fighting, burlesque and local celebs in Game of Thrones Live

Celebrate Women’s Day tomorrow at Vancouver’s premiere talent show!

Nasty Women Comedy. Nolan Sage photo

Celebrated on March 8 every year, International Women’s Day (IWD) is a focal point in the movement for women’s rights.

Celebrated monthly, Paul Anthony’s Talent Time presents a variety show consisting of musical, comedic, and other kinds of talent, mostly from the Lower Mainland.

On March 7, these two forces come together in a nonstop rollercoaster of empowered entertainment: Paul Anthony’s Talent Time: Celebrate Women’s Day! Let’s see what Mr. Anthonly has in store at the Rio Theatre (1660 E. Broadway) event.

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Celebrate Women’s Day tomorrow at Vancouver’s premiere talent show!

Mind-blowing Japanese zombie movie and other highlights at this weekend’s Rio Grind Film Festival

A scene from Piercing.

Locally-lensed productions, the latest from one of filmdom’s most controversial directors, and a Japanese zombie movie that will blow your mind are some of the highlights of this year’s Rio Grind Film Festival.

An annual celebration of genre, exploitation, and indie films, the festival is presented by local moviehouse the Rio Theatre (1660 E. Broadway, at Broadway & Commercial). The four-day event kicks off this evening (Nov. 22) and runs until this Sunday, Nov. 25. Check out some of the highlights.

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Mind-blowing Japanese zombie movie and other highlights at this weekend’s Rio Grind Film Festival

True crime and not-so-true crime among the highlights of inaugural Vancouver Podcast Festival

Comedian Alicia Tobin and musician Jessica Delisle host the Vancouver podcast Retail Nightmares.

Are you a podcast listener? If so, you probably know that one of the most popular podcast genres is true crime.

With that in mind, organizers behind the inaugural Vancouver Podcast Festival have chosen “True Crime and Justice” for the festival’s theme. Festival guests include award-winning investigative journalists who have worked on podcasts such as the Peabody-winning In The Dark, Someone Knows Something, Kelly&Kelly, and You Must Remember This.

The festival will be held at various venues across Vancouver from Nov. 8-10. See below for highlights.

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True crime and not-so-true crime among the highlights of inaugural Vancouver Podcast Festival

Where to see scary movies in Vancouver, 2018 Halloween edition

A family snapshot from the New Zealand hit What We Do in the Shadows.

Once your costume is chosen and pumpkins carved, it’s time to watch some horror. This year, local theatres have many of the usual suspects—Dario Argento’s Suspiria seems to get more popular with each passing Halloween—and a few surprises. Find out more below as we see what’s coming up at Vancity Theatre, the Cinematheque, and the Rio.

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Where to see scary movies in Vancouver, 2018 Halloween edition

Wu-Tang Clan’s RZA to live-score kung-fu classic as part of this year’s Vancouver International Film Festival

Kid Koala.

The 2018 Vancouver International Film Festival has announced the appearance of RZA of iconic hip-hop group Wu-Tang Clan at this year’s event.

On Oct. 9, RZA will perform a live-score to Lau Kar-leung’s The 36th Chamber of Shaolin. Other live-music events include the Oct. 5 and 6 performances of Kid Koala’s Satellite Turntable Orchestra.

See more below.

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Wu-Tang Clan’s RZA to live-score kung-fu classic as part of this year’s Vancouver International Film Festival