What: The Legend of Barney Thomson Where: Cineplex Odeon When: Check ads for showtimes Rating: Four stars Even if it weren’t co-written and produced by Victoria-raised Richard Cowan, Scottish actor Robert Carlyle’s wickedly funny directing debut inspired by Douglas Lindsay’s edgy novels — think Sweeney Todd, with Glaswegian grit and brogues — merits attention. This briskly paced, cheerfully macabre and richly evocative farce is endowed with humour as dark as blood pudding and terrific performances from its stellar cast headlined by Carlyle as a socially inept Glasgow barber suspected of being an elusive serial killer. A hilarious Emma Thompson plays his vulgar, amusingly devious mother and Ray Winstone is a tough but exasperated London homicide detective trying to negotiate the mean streets of working-class Glasgow. — Michael D. Reid
What: The Nick La Riviere Band When: Saturday, 8 p.m. Where: Hermann’s Jazz Club Tickets: $20 at the door ($15 for students)
Why: Local dynamo Nick La Riviere is always busy, with untold projects on his plate. Of the six bands with which he currently performs (including Michael Kaeshammer, The HiFi, Pretzel Logic, The Paperboys and Locarno) the popular singer-trombonist is most at home with his eponymous outfit. The Nick La Riviere Band (which features Pedro Mota on guitar, Aidan Miller on keyboards, Damian Graham on drums and Sean Drabitt on bass) is booked to deliver a night of fun Saturday, but be warned: Reservations (hermannsjazz.com) are highly recommended. La Riviere’s previous show at the View Street venue sold out. Don’t lose out this time around. — Mike Devlin
What: Vinyl Supernova When: Saturday, 8 p.m. Where: Fernwood Community Centre, 1240 Gladstone Ave.
Admission: $2 Why: The first Vinyl Supernova of 2016 is on tap Saturday at the Fernwood Community Centre, which means record-hounds, crate-diggers and music enthusiasts of all kinds will be out in force for Victoria’s only annual record fair. Record sellers from Vancouver Island and the Lower Mainland will be stocking 50 tables of LPs, CDs and other music memorabilia, resulting in plenty of deals and steals for those who have the patience to dig. For the first time in the event’s threeyear history, a Vintage Makers Market will be held upstairs, adding to the offerings at this exceptional event. — Mike Devlin