Posted by Anna Lazowski, SCENE Producer | Friday February 1, 2013
Look...plants! At the Viewing Deck of the Palm House (Assiniboine Park Conservatory)
Not even going to talk about this ridiculous weather...let's press on shall we?
There are lots of things happening this weekend, but we've distilled our favourites into this mobile-friendly Top 5 list just for you.
Musician Beck Hansen (AP)
Number 5 - Royal Canoe brings Beck's sheet music to life at Pop Nuit Unless you're frozen in place somewhere - which is entirely possible - you know that the New Music Festival is in full swing. Also happening as part of the festival is Pop Nuit, which is presenting a couple of experimental pop shows in concert.
So check out a premiere of the latest work by composer Vincent Ho at the Centennial Concert Hall on Saturday night then head across the street to the lobby of the Pantages.
At midnight, Royal Canoe will join forces with two strings, a French horn and baritone sax to perform music they've never actually heard. It's their interpretation of Song Reader, a sheet music only release from noted quirky musician, Beck.
Number 4 - Sondheim...karaoke? Okay this may seem slightly
terrifying. Or maybe more than slightly terrifying. But it could also be
great. You just can't know for sure, which adds a nice element of
danger, don't you think?
SondheimFest wraps up this weekend, but
there are still plenty of shows to see, and on Saturday night only,
there's also Sondheim inspired karaoke. If you love musical theatre and
aren't shy about belting a number out, this is definitely for you.
Things kick off at 10:30 p.m. on Saturday night at the Irish Association of Manitoba.
In case you were wondering what a Grug looks like (MTYP)
Number 3 - Take the kids to MTYP And if you happen to have really little kids, you're in luck. Grug is the first MTYP show aimed at kids aged one and up.
Windmill Theatre has come in from Australia (where it's summer) to perform for our snowsuited masses. Our theatre reviewer Joff Schmidt took in the show and says the 30 minute runtime is just right for kidlets. And there's lots of high-energy action, lively use of sound and a dance break that the audience is encouraged to participate in.
What kid (and accompanying adult) won't appreciate that?
Number 2 - 40 Part Motet at the Winnipeg Art Gallery
Did you know there's moisture in the air at the art gallery? Apparently it's to keep all the art happy but get in there and soak some of it up for yourself!
And while you're there, check out an amazing new sound installation that's just arrived courtesy of the National Gallery of Canada. It's 40 Part Motet by noted Canadian artist Janet Cardiff is up and running. Watch the video above to get a sense of what it's like to find yourself inside a choir that you can move around in.
Plants growing...in Winnipeg...in February (Assiniboine Park Conservatory)
Number 1 - Assiniboine Park If you have enough layers, you can go tobogganing, see where there would be ducks on the duck pond, visit the new restaurant and Polar Playground at the zoo.
But why you should really go to the park is to head inside the Assiniboine Park Conservatory. Where you can inhale moist, warm air, look at plants and pretend you're on a tropical vacation.