1. It’s a road movie, it’s a love story, it’s Shia LeBeouf in a mangy rattail, it’s a special presentation at the Vancouver International Film Festival. American Honey, Andrea Arnold’s hypnotic, music-and-millennial-fuelled slice of Americana and Jury Prize winner at Cannes screens Oct. 6 and 12 as part of the jam-packed festivities. For reviews of other films, see page 21. VIFF runs until Oct. 14. Details at viff.org.
2. Adhering to the adage that sometimes you have to laugh to keep from crying, The Concierge of Vancouver is billed as a play satirizing the Vancouver housing crisis. Hilarity ensues Oct. 7 to 16 at Granville Island’s Studio 1398. Details and tickets at matchmakerproductions.com.
3. Fringe Fest favourites James & Jamesy return for their enlightening new show Jamesy & Jamesy in the Dark, performed, as the title suggests, entirely in the dark with the only light coming from the duo’s custom-built costumes. See for yourself until Oct. 16 at Granville Island’s Waterfront Theatre. Details and tickets at jamesandjamesy.com.
4. Punk icon Kathleen Hannah and her band the Julie Ruin perform Oct. 7 at the Rickshaw Theatre. Mecca Normal and Allison Crutchfield and the Fizz open. Tickets at Highlife, Red Cat, Zulu and ticketweb.ca.