5 things to do in Edmonton this weekend

Now that Halloween and harvest-time have come and gone, the activity is switching to indoors, with plenty of live music, good films and cowboy food.
River City Roundup gets underway on Friday. (CBC)

Now that Halloween and harvest-time have come and gone, the activity is switching to indoors, with plenty of live music, good films and cowboy food.

Musical Horror

What: The age-old story of a bullied, telepathic teen who exacts revenge on the popular kids who messed with her is now a musical, courtesy of the MacEwan Theatre Arts Program. Carrie, the Musical (based on the Stephen King novel) will have performances running nightly at the John L. Haar Theatre at the school. Tickets are available here.

When? Running from October 30 through November 9

Forget Argo

What: Our Man in Tehran, playing this weekend at the Metro Cinema, tells the true story of Ken Taylor, the Alberta-born Canadian ambassador to Iran, who served a key role in the 1979 hostage crisis. This documentary, which screened at TIFF earlier this year, promises to tell the whole story about Taylor's pivotal role in secretly sheltering six American diplomats.

When? November 1 at 7 p.m., November 2 at 12:30 p.m. and November 3 at 9:15 p.m.

Welcome to the River City Round Up

What: The 10-day celebration of Edmonton’s agriculture and western heritage promises city dwellers a chance to “get your cowboy on” with a mixture of live music, good food, "edutainment" and good ol’ fashioned country fun. The festivities kick off Friday with the 23rd Annual Chili Cook Off in Churchill Square. A full list of events is available here.

When? Events are running daily from November 1 to 10

Live Music for every appetite

What: There seems to be something musical happening for almost every taste this weekend. First, the Dixie Chicks take to the stage at Rexall Place Friday night but if you’re in the mood for something a little more laid-back, you can head out to see the Deep Dark Woods play the Avenue Theatre.

On Saturday, Delhi 2 Dublin will play at the Starlite Room while Terry McDade treats crowds to some harpe jazz at Festival Place. And if none of that appeals – ABBA impersonators ABBAsolutelyFABBAulous are playing the Jubilee Sunday night at 7 p.m.

All that jazz

What:  The Yardbird Festival of Canadian Jazz kicks off Friday in Old Strathcona. This year, the festival will include a tribute to jazz-great Oscar Peterson along with some of the best and brightest in the Canadian jazz scene. A full list of performers is available here. Tickets are being sold at the door.

When: Running from November 1 to 9


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