Top 5 things to do in Winnipeg this weekend

After a lovely long weekend, this one is going to feel a little short, especially because there’s a ton to do in the city.

Ballet, Smithfits and cheap wine samples on the menu for Winnipeggers this weekend

Tim Hoover/DJ Co-Op will be playing a set at Union Sound Hall this weekend for the Smithfits show. (Tim Hoover)

After a lovely long weekend, this one is going to feel a little short, especially because there’s a ton to do in the city.

Cheap wine samples for a good cause are are being served up at The Forks, a sophisticated Margaret Atwood adaptation is taking over the Centennial and a grunge-punk dance party complete with a costume contest is on in the Exchange. 

For those who need to spend Saturday night recovering from Friday night, Reel Pride is offering some gems in a quiet theatre in the Village and the U of W is offering a boy-focused art exhibit.

WHAT: MUSIC – Smithfits at Union Sound Hall

When: Saturday, Oct. 19 at 10 p.m.

Where: Union Sound Hall at 110 Market Ave.

Cost: $10 for advance tickets

If you’re wondering if it’s too early to dress up and go dancing, it’s not.
Recognize this? Smithfits 4th annual party comes to Union Sound Hall on Saturday. (Tim Hoover)

Saturday night Union Sound Hall is pumping out the punk, new wave and britpop for their fourth annual Smithfits dance party.  

The show came to Winnipeg from out east, when Toronto DJ Scott Wade introduced it to the local scene. Wade is flying in to do a set at Union and, if you go, you can expect plenty of misanthropic jams from The Smiths, the Misfits and the Ramones.

Everyone's favourite DJ, Tim Hoover, will be also be doing a set, and organizers have set up a costume contest and a photo booth.

Bonus points go to anyone who can come up with a convincing Ian Curtis costume.

WHAT: DRINKS - International Wine Festival of Manitoba

When: Friday, Saturday and Sunday

Where: The Forks Market

Cost: FREE admission and 50 cents per sample (really)

If you haven’t done your good deed for the year, you’ll be glad you waited.

This weekend the International Wine Festival is inviting do-gooders and wine connaiseurs alike to try wine for 50 cents a sample, with all the proceeds going to Winnipeg Harvest.

It’s free admission, and there are hundreds of different types of wine from all over the world to try. Events like these are awesome for people who are not into wine because you can learn the basics about what types of reds and whites you don’t like and what types you do.

Basically, if you drop about $5 at the event, you’ll be all set to breeze through the wine aisle, pick out a $10 bottle you can actually stand and discover the greatness of being wine-drunk.

Also, and I cannot stress this enough, it’s for a good cause.

WHAT: FILM – Reel Pride Film Fest

When: Friday, Saturday and Sunday

Where: Gas Station Arts Centre at 445 River Ave.

Cost: $10 per show or $55 for the full fest

It’s going to be a very chilly weekend — perfect for sitting in a warm theatre and enjoying a bunch of movies someone with discerning taste has picked out for you.

This year, Reel Pride Film Fest is offering fest-goers beer gardens, short film competitions, galas and a bunch of feature-length gems all in the heart of Osborne Village.

My top pick from the fest is Saturday’s screening of Any Day Now, a 2012 film with Alan Cumming and Garret Dillahunt.

You’ll know Cumming from his role as the delightful Eli Gold on The Good Wife and Dillahunt from playing the extraordinarily stupid dad on Raising Hope and that super creepy human-eating guy in the film adaptation of The Road.

Basically, the movie is about a couple (played by Cumming and Dillahunt) who try to adopt a teenage boy with down syndrome during the 1970s in the United States. They are met with the type of prejudice and bigotry you would expect in that time period in the U.S. It's a bummer. But a great, emotional, important bummer worth watching.

Cumming and Dillahunt are hugely underrated actors and the flick has won a ton of viewers’ choice awards. Definitely worth checking out before you head out to Union Sound Hall for fun dance-times.

Any Day Now screens Saturday night at 7 p.m.

WHAT: ART – Boys Club exhibit

When:  Saturday, Oct. 19 from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.

Where: Gallery 1C03 in Centennial Hall at the University of Winnipeg

Cost: FREE

If you didn’t had a time to check out this exhibit during Artsfest, this would be a great weekend to swing by. The exhibit will only be open this weekend and next before it’s gone forever.

The Boys Club exhibit has a ton of work from a range of Canadian artists ranging from the 1930s to present day and is basically all about men.

The exhibit looks at the construction of male identity throughout history, which is a pretty interesting subject, if you ask me. It also looks at some of the impacts male-centered groups had on Winnipeg’s art scene in the 1960s and 70s.

The show has wide appeal and you can’t beat a free art show on a compelling topic in the city.

WHAT: BALLET – The Handmaid’s Tale

When: Friday, Saturday and Sunday

Where: Centennial Concert Hall at 555 Main St.

Cost: $27 to $103 per ticket depending on seat location

Anyone reading this column for the past few months knows I am obsessed with convincing people to go to the ballet, so this weekend’s RWB performance will be no different.
Amanda Green and Alexander Gamayunov in RWB's The Handmaid's Tale. (RWB/Réjean Brandt Photography)

They’re doing an adaptation of Margaret Atwood’s novel The Handmaid’s Tale, which looks nothing short of epic.

It’ll be soloist Alexander Gamayunov’s last show after 12 years with RWB. Gamayunov is playing the bad guy in Atwood’s dystopian look at women and human rights.

Ballet is already an amazing time for a moderate price, but this show might be the most exciting of the season.

It can be a hard sell, especially because the cheapest tickets are still about $30, but the RWB has a good sense of the fact that people are paying a lot to be there, and they tend to put on amazing shows.

Be brave! Do something different! Get tickets to the ballet this weekend!


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