This is the weekend before International Women's Day, and Winnipeg has a pretty impressive lineup of celebrations, starting with a Ladies of the 80s show at Times Changed and Synonym Art Consultation's First Friday Afterparty at the Tallest Poppy.
Meanwhile, The Good Will is hosting a graduation party for female DJs and they're hosting Amelia Curran Sunday night, and The Park Theatre is screening Thelma and Louise!
There's also some fun family stuff at CCFM and Cinematheque this weekend, where the Freeze Frame Festival kicks off with a kids' movie in Arabic and Kurdish.
WHAT: ART – First Friday Afterparty with MAWA
When: Friday, March 4, at 10 p.m.
Where: The Tallest Poppy at 103 Sherbrook St.
Synonym Art Consultation has a great First Friday Afterparty this weekend with MAWA and DJs from Mama Cutsworth's DJ Academy.
MAWA has a big art auction and cupcake sale coming up on March 20, and Friday night's party will give people an early chance to check out some of the works and bid on items.
DJ Louie Lovebird, Lil' Win and DJ K Chedda will be spinning until 2 a.m., and as always, Tallest Poppy will be serving cocktails and late-night snacks.
This is a great way to celebrate women in art and in the city's DJ scene, just a few days before International Women's Day.
WHAT: MUSIC – Ladies of the 80s at Times Changed
When: Friday, March 4, at 7 p.m. and 10 p.m.
Where: Times Changed at 234 Main St.
Times Changed is celebrating '80s music stars with a whole bunch of very talented locals Friday night.
Locals will appear as Cyndi Lauper, Joan Jett, Pat Benatar, Stevie Nicks, Blondie and The Pretenders.
Jess Rae Ayre, Romi Mayes and Sol James are among the women performing Friday.
There are two shows planned — at 7 p.m. and 10 p.m. — but from what I hear, tickets are scarce, so get moving if you want to go.
WHAT: FILM – Thelma and Louise at The Park Theatre
When: Sunday, March 6, at 8 p.m.
Where: The Park Theatre at 698 Osborne St.
Pure Cheese, those cool events where they screen old movies and sell grilled cheese at The Park Theatre, is celebrating International Women's Day on Sunday.
That means a screening of Thelma and Louise at 8 p.m., with games and grilled cheese before the show.
These are always a lot of fun, and I love the movie choice this time around.
Plus who isn't a fan of vintage Geena Davis and Susan Sarandon — who both remain amazing advocates for women!
WHAT: KIDS – Freeze Frame Festival
When: Sunday, March 6, from 10:30 a.m. to 9 p.m.
Where: Cinematheque and CCFM
Cost: $6 per screening or $45 for a festival family pass
Assemble your kids and stuff them into their snowsuits – Freeze Frame Festival starts this weekend.
The film fest specifically for children's movies starts 10:30 a.m. Sunday with two screenings at Cinematheque.
Kalle and the Angles, a Norwegian film with English subtitles, is up first, and The Sword of D'Artagnan, a Dutch film with English subtitles, is on at 1 p.m.
Meanwhile, there are three French films on at CCFM, including Laban, le petit fantôme (tiny ghost!), Courts métrages and Aurélie Laflamme – Les pieds sur terre.
To cap things off on Sunday, there's an opening ceremony at 7 p.m. and a screening of Bekas, a movie in Kurdish and Arabic with English subtitles.
WHAT: MUSIC – Amelia Curran at The Good Will
When: Sunday, March 6, at 8 p.m.
Where: The Good Will at 625 Portage Ave.
The Winnipeg Folk Festival has booked an incredible show Sunday night with William Prince and Amelia Curran.
Curran is a singer-songwriter who won the Juno last year in the roots/traditional category for her album They Promised You Mercy.
And Prince was an absolutely perfect choice to open for Curran. I could listen to Earthly Days on repeat all day long.
This will definitely be a sit-down show, but one worth seeing.