Like the weather forecast, this weekend offers a mixture of ice and warmth in the form of hockey demonstrations, sculptures, city-loving art exhibits, theatre and one very special night at the museum.
Skills on ice
What: The Edmonton Oilers will take a break from the competition and instead take on each other in a competition of skill at Rexall Place on Saturday. Players will go head to head to see who has the hardest shot, the fastest skates and the best accuracy. Tickets cost $10.
When? Jan, 25 at noon
Ice on the streets … in a good way
What: Balmy weather allowing, End of Steel Park, Gateway Boulevard and Tommy Banks Way will be bedecked with fanciful ice sculptures as part of the Ice on Whyte Festival. Ten teams of artists from across the planet will compete for the top prize while festival workers dole out snacks, hot drinks, crafts and more. Ice carving lessons will also be available for the l’il chippers out there. Admission to the festival is $6. A full schedule of events is available here.
When? Jan. 24 to Feb. 2, open until 10 p.m. daily
A Night at the museum
What: It’s the Royal Alberta Museum like you’ve never seen it before. The Friends of the Royal Alberta Museum invite you to #MuseumAfterDark – a licenced, after-hours event that will offer a sneak preview of the new RAM currently under construction in downtown Edmonton. There will also be a DJ, food provided by the Mercer Tavern and a special game of museum bingo – with the winners taking home an iPad Mini tablet, Olympic swag and a surprise mystery prize. Tickets cost $15.
When? Jan. 24 from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m.
Documenting a city
What: Head over to The Art Habitat (10217 – 106 St) Friday night to check out a new collection of Edmonton-centric art and writing. The exhibit, “Painting a Book of Edmonton”, aims to capture the spirit of the city, its seasonality and diversity -- with all the works going towards creating a book of the city. The exhibit will run through to Feb. 21.
When? Jan. 24 from 6 to 8 p.m.
Two weeks of drama
What: The 2014 Canoe Theatre Festival kicked off Wednesday night, promising to deliver two weeks of exciting, unique and challenging contemporary theatre. Highlights this year include the throat-singing stylings of Nunavut’s Tanya Tagaq, improvising a score to Robert Flaherty’s controversial 1922 documentary “Nanook of the North” and a review of Theatre Yes’s National Elevator Project. Festival passes range in price from $56 to $92, although individual tickets are also available.
When? Shows running nightly through to Feb. 2