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What's happening this weekend in New West? Our top picks for August 12 to 14

Besides the big New West Pride Street Festival on August 13, the weekend in New West brings along a smorgasbord of events ranging from a calming art show to a rib-tickling comedy.
Intuitive Art exhibition is on at the Anvil Centre till August 29.

Whether you are into art, music, comedy, or embroidery, there is something for everyone to partake in this weekend. Here’s a list of the not-to-miss events:

Friday, August 12

How to live fabulously? — while it may seem like you need a self-help book to answer this question, the play Dandy Man of The Year promises to show you how. The one-hour play is about a man named Dandy’s simple wish to win the title of 'Man of the Year' in a secret society of homosexuals that he is a part of. However, the mission is froth with a big challenge in the form of a cop who wants to stop all LGBTQ+ activities. Watch how Dandy deals with it ‘fabulously’ through comedy, dance and Broadway. The tickets are priced at $10 plus service charges.

When: 8 p.m.

Where: Anvil Centre Theatre, 777 Columbia St.

Buy tickets on the Anvil Centre website

Take a picnic mat and head to Queensborough Community Centre for a concert under the open sky. Quayside Voices, a New Westminster-based vocal/choral group, will be performing at the bandshell. The seven-member group, which was formed in 2014, has been performing at various venues since, and even has had the opportunity to share a stage with the popular Swedish a cappella group called The Real Group. 

When: 7 p.m.

Where: Queensborough Community Centre, 920 Ewen Avenue

More details: Summer Sounds Music Concert

Saturday, August 13

What’s better than binge watching the newest season of RuPaul’s Secret Celebrity Drag Race (a spinoff of the popular American show RuPaul’s Drag Race where drag queens compete for the title of ‘America’s next drag superstar’) is watching the drag queens live on stage. Participants and winners from the previous seasons of the reality show, including Yvie Oddly, Aquaria,  Brook Lynn Hytes (first Canadian contestant on the show), Naomi Smalls, Jaylene Tyme, Alma Be, The Brat Pack, Kendall Gender, Gia Metric, Synthia Kiss, King Fisher and Dj Lejos will be part of the show Untoxicated. The tickets are priced between $64 and $160.

When: 4 to 8 p.m.

Where: Anvil Centre Theatre, 777 Columbia St.

More details:

Head to Rick Bronson’s House of Comedy for some late-night laughs. Tony Wood, the seasoned comedian who has appeared in Comedy Central, HBO’s Def Comedy Jam, P. Diddy’s Bad Boys of Comedy, among other shows, will be bringing his witty humour and mischievous routine to Columbia Street to leave the audience in stitches. Tickets are priced at $24 per person; you have to be 19 years and above to attend.

When: 7 p.m. and 9.30 p.m.

Where: Rick Bronson’s House of Comedy, 530 Columbia St.

More details: BC House of Comedy

Sunday, August 14

If you like embroidery and have a passion for history, the embroidery-themed tour of the over 150-year-old Irving House might seem like a tailor-made event for you. Here’s a chance for you to discover all the age-old artefacts that the renowned river captain Captain Irving and his family owned back in the day. After taking the tour, you can sit down with an instructor and learn four different embroidery techniques — basic stitches, chicken scratch, cross scratch, and silk ribbon — while at the heritage building. Registration fee is $50, and is inclusive of all supplies.

When: 3 to 5 p.m.

Where: Irving House, 302 Royal Ave.

More details: City of New Westminster website

A group of artists created art as a form of meditation — fearlessly giving shape and form to their deepest imaginations and dreams. The result is the Intuitive Art exhibition at the Anvil Centre Theatre’s Community Art Gallery. The show features works of seven artists including Selena Drake, Katrina Ewanchuk, Jacky Hosford, Robert Jost, Janet Kvammen, Robbin Sheriland and Valeriya Zhmak — all members of the 10-year-old non-profit society New West Artists. Entry is free.

When: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., till September 29

Where: Community Art Gallery, 3rd Floor, Anvil Centre, 777 Columbia St.

More details: Anvil Centre website