Teghan's top 5 things to do in Winnipeg this weekend (March 18-20)
Comedy at Wee Johnny’s, Smithfits at The Goodwill and French films at Cinematheque
The weather won't be as nice this weekend as last, but there is a ton of inside fun to be had.
Friday night, there's a killer comedy lineup (and musical chairs!) at Wee Johnny's and French films at Cinematheque.
On Saturday, Smithfits takes over The Good Will, and on Sunday MAWA and Clusterfest have afternoon shows.
Honourable mention this week goes to Handsome Daughter's '80s dance party Friday night at 10. You can go dance to Madonna, Prince, David Bowie and even Wham.
WHAT: COMEDY — Standup at Wee Johnny's
When: Friday, March 18, at 8 p.m.
Where: Wee Johnny's at 177 McDermot Ave.
This is one of the better kept secrets of Winnipeg's comedy scene right now.
The lineup was killer last time for a Winnipeg-themed show, and this time around they're doing an office theme.
Flo Spence, Dan Verville, Johnny Dee Wizlon, Jordan Welwood, Michael Blomquist, Ben Walker, Tyler Penner and Jessica Seburn are all on the bill.
Keep your eyes out for newcomer Seburn and my old favourites Welwood and Penner.
It's a ton of comedy for $5, and in what is probably the best ever after-party for a comedy show, they organize a giant game of musical chairs at the end.
Basically a bunch of adults play musical chairs while Tim Gray offers poignant commentary like, "Aw your butt was too slow." It's great.
WHAT: DANCE — Smithfits at The Goodwill
When: Saturday, March 19, at 10 p.m.
Where: The Good Will at 625 Portage Ave.
They'll be spinning punk, new wave and Brit pop all night.
This one is actually an after-party for the Ripperz album release show, so you can get in for cheaper if you go to that one as well.
It feels like it's been too long since the last one, right? Let's all go.
WHAT: ART – MAWA art auction and cupcake party
When: Sunday, March 19, from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m.
Where: Mentoring Artists for Women's Art at 611 Main St.
Cost: $10 advance, $12 at the door
A few of the artists who have work in the auction this year include Eleanor Bond, Diana Thorneycroft, Aganetha Dyck and Steve Gouthro.
Basically artists set minimum bids of $50, $100, $250 or $500, and after the bidding, it's kind of an all-you-can eat cupcake situation.
This one is packed every year, so it probably won't matter if you go early or not.
WHAT: MUSIC – Clusterfest's Seule Amour
When: Sunday, March 20, at 2:30 p.m.
Where: Albert Street Cocktail at 91 Albert St.
Jen Thiessen has been doing work with a viola d'amore, which is a very old instrument that sort of looks like a violin.
It's a solo show with work by composers Marielle Groven, Cassandra Miller, Steven Gellman, Mike Essoudry, Pierre-Yves Martel and Jen McLachlan.
If you're missing the New Music Festival, this will be a good one to go check out.
WHAT: FILM — French Cinema Festival
When: Friday, Saturday and Sunday
Where: Cinematheque at 100 Arthur St.
Cost: $6 to $9 per screening
Cinematheque is airing French films (with English subtitles!) all weekend long for this year's French Cinema Festival.
Friday night, they're screening Oscar nominee Mustang, which is about five young women growing up in Turkey in a conservative town, and Brooklyn, a film about a young female rapper in Paris.
Saturday it's La grande illusion and Les Demoiselles de Rochefort.
The festival closes with Zazie dans le métro Sunday afternoon.
The more contemporary films are on Friday, but you shouldn't have any trouble getting into Saturday's lineup — Les Demoiselles de Rochefort is a musical starring Gene Kelly.