VideoTop five ways to spend your weekend in Winnipeg
Posted by Anna Lazowski, SCENE producer | Friday January 18, 2013
Alex Fiddes aims to entertain in the darkly funny musical, "Assassins" (Bruce Monk)
Sure it's going to be cold, but we're Winnipeggers, we take it in stride and get out of the house anyway...right?
To help facilitate you not succumbing to cabin fever, here are SCENE's Top five picks for things to do this weekend.
Number 5 - The Brothers Landreth
Joey and David Landreth, along with their friend and drummer, Ryan Voth, are The Brothers Landreth.
They've just recorded a new album and while they're waiting for it to be pressed, they're hitting the stage at Times Change(d) High and Lonesome Club on Saturday, January 19. The band is one of SCENE On Air host Ismaila Alfa's favourite acts, check the video for "Firecracker."
Architect Joe Kalturnyk on what will become pop-up restaurant Raw: almond. (Andrea Ratuski/CBC)
Number 4 - Tour the River Trail construction But not before you put on lots and lots of layer. Nope, one more. And earmuffs. Warming huts and one pop-up restaurant are being constructed on the River Trail down at The Forks right now, strap on your skates and check out the icy constructions.
And maybe bring a big thermos of cocoa to share with people who've inadvertently frozen to their warming huts.
Number 3 - Nobuyuki Tsujii with the WSO
Blind pianist Nobuyuki Tsujii began playing when he was two. The first song he played was "Do Re Mi" on toy piano after hearing his mother hum it. By the age of four he had started formal training, and debuted with Osaka's Century Orchestra when he was 10. Now you feel kind of like you wasted your childhood playing outside and building Lego towns, right?
The Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra will be joined by Tsujii for Prokofiev's Piano Concerto No. 3. Shows are January 18-19 at 8:00 p.m. Tsujii will also be performing Sunday, January 20th at 3:00 p.m. at Eckhardt-Gramatté Hall at the University of Winnipeg.
Joe Matheson onstage in "Assassins" (Bruce Monk)
Number 2 - Assassins at MTC Warehouse If you like your musicals not too cheery, and with a little bit of violence, check out Assassins.
It's the Royal Manitoba Theatre Centre's SondheimFest entry and while the subject matter of the Stephen Sondheim musical - presidential assassins - may not immediately appeal to everyone, theatre reviewer Joff Schmidt calls is "funny, dark and moving".
There are also cheerier musicals on offer this weekend at the Master Playwright Festival kicks into high gear. Take your pick!
Jets goalie Ondrej Pavelec gets some tips from head coach Claude Noel. (CP)
Number 1 - Winnipeg Jets vs. Ottawa Senators We don't have tickets to actually get into the MTS Centre either. But the triumphant return of NHL hockey offers a great excuse to make some delicious snacks in your kitchen, gather family and friends around the TV to celebrate a national pastime - yelling at refs and being absolutely certain you could have made that shot better.
Game time (as if you didn't know) is Saturday at 2:00 p.m. And we have a brand spankin' new web site to celebrate all things Jets.