Although there will be plenty of Olympic viewing to keep you glued to the set, Edmonton’s theatre scene seems to be doubling its efforts to get you out of the house and in front of a live show this weekend.

Canada’s Top Ten

What: The Metro Cinema is screening some excellence in local film making as part of the Top Ten Film Festival this weekend, showcasing some of the best of both short and feature-length films. A full listing of show times and dates is available online.

When? Feb. 21 through to Mar. 4

When you’re a Jet...

What: Sharks versus Jets! A musical Romeo and Juliet! The origin and inspiration behind one of the best scenes in Anchorman! That’s right. West Side Story is coming to Edmonton. The Grammy-winning Broadway story of Tony and Maria’s forbidden love will be taking over the Northern Jubilee Theatre all weekend. You can get tickets online here.

When? Feb. 18 through to Feb. 23

Evolution in ballet

What: For the budding archeo-ballerinas out there, Citie Ballet is putting on what promises to be a one-of-a-kind show this weekend. Mosaic III: Cave Beat is an original ballet inspired by the ancient cave paintings of southern France. Choreographed by Francois Chevennement to Peteris Vask’s music, and accompanied by live, on-stage painting by Levi Etherinton, this will likely be one of most original ballets you’ll ever have the chance to see. Tickets are available here.

When? 7:30 p.m. on Feb. 22 and 2:30 p.m. on Feb. 23

An evening of musical storytelling

Mary Gauthier

Singer-songwriter Mary Gauthier performs at the Arden Theatre on Saturday. ( Rodney Bursell)

What: Singer-songwriters Mary Gauthier, Lori McKenna, Rose Cousins and Chloe Albert are coming together this weekend at St. Albert’s Arden Theatre for one very special evening of song. Tickets are available online.

When? Feb. 22 at 7 p.m.

And now for something completely different...

What: One week after zombies attacked a Fort Saskatchewan mall, they’re hitting the trails in Rundle Park as part of the DeadCold Run. The five-kilometre run and obstacle course will pit “warmbloods” against “chasers” inspired by zombies and George R.R. Martin’s White Walkers in a race for survival. Full details are available here. Although online registration closed on Feb. 20, you can still sign up in person on Saturday at Rundle Park on 109th Street. 

When? Feb. 22 at 2 p.m.