So it looks like it’s going to be another rainy weekend, but that doesn’t mean it has to be a total bummer.
There are a ton of events Friday night competing for bodies – from Wu Tang Clan at the Burtie to a drunk comedy show in South Osborne to Keri Latimer's set at Times Change(d).
Saturday is a bit easier with an animal-themed parade taking over Broadway and an experimental film fest in the Exchange.
Whatever you do, try not to be too bummed Canada Day falls on a Tuesday this year because if you really commit yourself, you can probably cram three days of fun into Friday night anyway.
WHAT: MUSIC – Wu Tang Clan at the Burtie
When: Friday, June 27 at 8 p.m.
Where: Burton Cummings Theatre at 364 Smith St.
Cost: $85 to $145
So this is a thing that’s actually happening. Wu Tang Clan is coming to the Burton Cummings Theatre Friday night, which is outrageously exciting.
The last place these guys played was at a music fest in Houston at the beginning of the month, and after they visit us, they’ll be headed right to Vancouver – so it’s pretty rad they made time for a stop here.
The ticket price is a bit steep for a last-minute plans on a Friday night, but it’s the kind of rare show your friends will be all sorts of jealous you got to go to.
WHAT: COMEDY – The Drunk Show at the Park Theatre
When: Friday, June 27 at 8 p.m.
Where: The Park Theatre at 698 Osborne St.
Cost: $10 advance, $15 at the door
Few things pair better than comedy and booze, and you can get a good dose of both at The Park Theatre this weekend.
It's hosting a second instalment of The Drunk Show Friday night dubbed “Bigger, better, drunkier.”
For the uninitiated, it’s exactly what it sounds like: a show where a bunch of local comics do their sets while getting super drunk and sometimes make up words.
Host Chantel Marostica will basically be herding drunk kittens Dana Smith, Daniel Glasswick, Tim Gray, Ryan Ash, Andy Noble and Jordan Welwood on and off the stage for your amusement.
The people at The Park Theatre say it should be a good mix of “mind-numbingly hilarious and stupid loser tragic.”
In other words, it can’t miss. Don’t sit front row if you can’t handle a good dose of secondary-embarrassment, and keep an eye out for Welwood’s set. He’s pretty funny.
WHAT: MUSIC – Keri Latimer at Times Change(d)
When: Friday, June 27 at 10 p.m.
Where: Times Change(d) at 234 Main St.
Times Change(d) is hosting an impressive roster of local talent Friday night.
The Jess Reimer Variety Show is bringing together a whole whack of talented people for a night of sweet folk and indie music.
Reimer, T.E. Fodey, Hersh Gutwilik, Jaxon Haldane, Jer Hamm, Mike Hiebert, Keri Latimer, SC Mira, Doug Reimer and Chris Saywell will have sets.
I’m most looking forward to Latimer of Nathan Music Co.’s set.
Latimer is an incredibly talented singer, and her show with Nathan Music Co. and the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra earlier this year was one of the best I’ve seen in years.
And Latimer’s solo stuff is just as lovely. The cozy and dimly lit Times Change(d) is the perfect intimate venue to listen to it.
As usual, order yourself a whiskey and bring someone who is brave enough to dance with you.
WHAT: PARADE - Art City Animal Parade
When: Saturday, June 28 from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.
Where: Begins at Art City at 616 Broadway
This is a pretty sweet little party for a pretty sweet little inner-city art program.
Art City is hosting its annual street parade this Saturday, and this year’s theme is animals.
Yes, animals. Which means you have an entire kingdom of cool things to choose from for your costume.
The very hard-working and talented kids and volunteers at Art City have created some amazing floats, costumes and props for the parade, so it’s worth going out even if you can’t scrounge up a beastly costume.
The event usually draws hundreds of friendly, smiling faces, and the best part is it’s totally free. There’ll be food and entertainment and things for the little humans in your life to do.
If you’re really stuck for a costume, a frog or duck-patterned umbrella will probably do just fine.
WHAT: FILM – Winnipeg Underground Film Festival
When: Friday, Saturday and Sunday
Where: Frame Arts Warehouse at 318 Ross Ave.
Cost: $10 a day or $20 for three-day pass
The second annual Winnipeg Underground Film Festival starts Friday night at the Frame Arts Warehouse, which is a great venue in the Exchange District, if you haven’t had a chance to stop by yet.
There’ll be a 90-second ultra-short film showing with selections from around the world, then some slightly longer short films after that and finally a “live 16-mm performance” by a Texas-based filmmaker. I don’t really know what that last one is, but it sounds arty and cool?
There’ll also be a late hip-hop show with Rob Crooks.
And all of that is just Friday night.
The whole fest has a focus on local experimental film, so it’s not exactly first-date material or something to bring your grandparents to, but if you have an open mind and $10, you’ll probably have a good time keeping dry and expanding your horizons with a bunch of other rad people.