RANDALL KING Ñ MOVIES
Beach Blanket Movie Bingo
The Gimli Film Festival kicks off Wednesday, July 23, with the fest's celebrated nightly beach screenings. It doesn't exactly start with a bang: Wednesday night is Ron Howard's mawkish sci-fi senior-citizen fantasy Cocoon, followed Thursday by the pretty-to-look-at fly-fishing homage A River Runs Through It. More inspired is the Friday night double bill: The Life Aquatic at 10 p.m. and the ocean-set suspense film Dead Calm at midnight. Dirty Dancing is the designated Saturday night crowd-pleaser, but best of all is Sunday night's closer: Dark Side of the Rainbow: The Wizard of Oz screens to a soundtrack consisting of Pink Floyd's Dark Side of the Moon, to allegedly startling effect. All screenings begin at 10 p.m. and they're free at the RBC Beach Screen.
KEVIN PROKOSH / THEATRE
One of the toughest tickets at the fringe festival this year is God Is a Scottish Drag Queen II: The Second Coming. Not only is it one of the funniest standup routines on the circuit, but Victoria's Mike Delamont has been called away to perform at a Just for Laughs Festival gala in Montreal next week. That means the Lord giveth -- and the Lord will taketh away all but three performances, July 17-19 at the Tom Hendry Warehouse.
BEN MACPHEE-SIGURDSON / WINE
California's Gallo family worth nearly $10 billion
The late Ernest and Julio Gallo must have been doing something right. Best-known as purveyors of cheap American wine, the brothers established their wine company in 1933, the same year Prohibition ended in the U.S. Now, according to Forbes' list of America's richest families, the Gallos are worth a whopping $9.7 billion -- good for the No. 25 spot on the list. In addition to wines under the Gallo label, the family also owns brands such as Barefoot Cellars, Sonoma's MacMurray Ranch, New Zealand's Whitehaven, Argentina's Alamos, McWilliams in Australia and Brancaia in Tuscany. The Brown family, which owns Jack Daniel's, Woodford Reserve and Fetzer, came in at No. 20, with a worth of $11.6 billion.
ANTHONY AUGUSTINE / MUSIC
Planned party for Surprise Party
Fresh off a tour, trippy Winnipeg rockers Surprise Party are having the official vinyl release party for their debut album, Heart of Love, on July 18 at the Windsor Hotel. Tickets are $10 at the door or $20 with a vinyl copy of the album. The dreamy sound of the Hours and the weird, Internet-fuelled hip hop of SMRT will open the evening, making it one of those triple bills for which you won't want to show up late. You can preview Heart of Love at surpriseparty420.bandcamp.com.