Mid-way through September and there are so many rad things to do this weekend in Winnipeg you'll have trouble fitting them all in. And for once, they're all within city limits!
Between the design festival, writer's festival and Bistro 7 ¼'s offerings this weekend, there are plenty of opportunities to put on your fancy fall duds and enjoy a night of culture. On the other end of the spectrum, there's an amazing $5 garage rock show planned for an Osborne Village basement bar.
Whatever you do, it's a great weekend to remind yourself what you love about this city.
WHAT: CULTURE - Winnipeg Design Festival
When: Friday, Saturday and Sunday
Where: Various locations in Winnipeg
Before you skip over this one, you should know it is not just for designers! It's for everyone!
Eames Demetrios talks about the Eames design philosophy at Winnipeg Design Festival. (courtesy EQ3)
Eames Demetrios talks about the Eames design philosophy at Winnipeg Design Festival.The festival has packed a ton of great stuff into one weekend, including a film series on architecture, public art installations, design and drawing workshops, collaborative sculpture making, ask-an-architect booths, architecture tours, a dance party and talks on Eames (a couple who designed furniture, most notably some rad chairs).
There's way too much to take in in one weekend, but
the don't-miss stuff will be the Saturday night dance party, the Eames design lecture and the 10x20x20 event at the Winnipeg Art Gallery, where smart people tell you things very quickly.
WHAT: FILM - Tiny Furniture
When: Friday and Saturday at 9 p.m. and Sunday at 7 p.m.
Where: Cinematheque at 100 Arthur St.
Tiny Furniture is a 2010 American independent comedy-drama written by, directed by, and starring Lena Dunham.
I've always been a fan of learning about something someone brilliant made before they hit it big. In Winnipeg this weekend, that means checking out Lena Dunham's Tiny Furniture
The incredibly successful and brilliant lady made the film Tiny Furniture before she started production on the HBO series Girls.
Virtually everything Dunham touches is amazing, and this is no exception. The movie is about a 22-year-old girl struggling to find herself while dealing with a range of first-world problems in New York. It sounds self-indulgent, but so is the process of making your way through your early 20s.
It's the kind of movie that's full of uncomfortable truths and best enjoyed with your friend or partner on a chilly night in a cozy theatre.
Post-date movie chats can be had across the street at Peasant Cookery over some I-can't-believe-how-good-these-are Whiskey Sours.
WHAT: MUSIC - The Bokononists
When: Saturday, Sept. 21
Where: The Cavern
If you need a break from civilized society, head down to a basement in the village to hear The Bokononists play this weekend.
The gritty garage-rock band is returning to the Cavern for another loud, fun set. If you haven't been before, it's basically four absurdly charming men playing the kind of music you hear a lot of in college -- a mix of rock, surf, punk and alt.
Remember the TV show Freaks and Geeks? If it was still around, The Bokononists would be on the soundtrack.
If you're not totally sold, check out the title track The Dangerously Empty Lives of Teenage Girls and then head down to the Cavern with $5 in hand.
WHAT: FESTIVAL - John K. Samson at Thin Air
When: Sunday, Sept. 22 at 7 p.m.
Where: Oodena Circle at The Forks (rain location is Centre Court at The Forks)
Winnipeg's International Writer's Festival is back for another year of readings, writing and other cerebral activities.
John K. Samson will read works about Winnipeg and Manitoba commissioned by the festival. (Trevor Marezylo Photography)
My top pick from the fest is happening Sunday night at Oodena Circle at The Forks. Several local writers, including John K. Samson (of Weakerthans fame), will be reading works about Winnipeg and Manitoba that were commissioned by the festival.
Readings, poetry and prose in both English and French are on the bill. It'll be a pretty cool meditation on what it's like to be a part of the River City and prairie province.
Plus, you can't beat a free show that features John K. Samson.
But don't forget your jacket! It's getting nippy out there and this one is outdoors at night.
WHAT: FOOD - Sunday Nights are School Nights
When: Sunday, Sept. 22 at 8 p.m.
Where: Bistro 7 ¼'s lounge at 725 Osborne St.
Cost: FREE (Sort of)
This is the kind of cool thing you hear about in other cities but never think Winnipeg has to offer until your friend drags you out one night and you wonder why you ever did anything else on a Sunday!
Bistro 7 ¼ hosts Sunday Nights are School Nights/ (Courtesy Bistro 7 ¼ )
Every weekend Bistro 7 ¼ hosts Sunday Nights are School Nights, where they put together food, music, drinks and sometimes movies to celebrate Winnipeg's creatives.
This weekend, the eatery is hosting perogie-making demonstrations lead by chef Talia Syrie of The Tallest Poppy. There will also be live music from local blues boy Curtis Newton. And, as if that's not enough, they have a new drink special each Sunday. This weekend, it's a beet Bloody Mary.
The demonstrations, tastings and music are all free if you order drinks or food.