Teghan's top 5 things to do in Winnipeg this weekend (Oct. 21-23)
Wee Johnny’s hosts an improv hangover, while aceartinc. brings death and dying to the stage
For anyone who isn't hitting the Heritage Classic in Fort Garry this weekend (or who wants stuff to do in between games), there's a ton of indoor stuff happening in the Exchange District.
The Manitoba Theatre Centre is debuting The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Nighttime, while a few blocks away, Tim Gray is hosting a night of improv comedy at Wee Johnny's.
If you're looking for live music, Pipe & Hat has a two-day showcase at The Good Will.
The Forks, meanwhile, is bringing in a pop up shop for local food developers.
My top pick is the set of sister shows at aceartinc. on McDermot Avenue. You can read more about those, here.
WHAT: COMEDY — Improv comedy at Wee Johnny's
When: Friday, Oct. 21 at 8 p.m.
Where: Wee Johnny's at 177 McDermot Ave.
The Winnipeg Improv Festival was a full-on delight last weekend, from its showcases to its standup to its adorkable after party open mics — I'm really sad for you if you missed it.
The good news is, Tim Gray is hosting a full night of improv comedy on Friday at Wee Johnny's.
Stephen Sim and Caitlin Curtis will be directing, and there are prizes and free drinks to win.
Maybe the nicest thing is that the proceeds from this one are going to one of my favourite local organizations — Art City, which does free art programming for kids in the West Broadway area.
After you're done this one there'll be plenty of time to make the Pipe & Hat show at The Good Will!
WHAT: ART — Taking it to the Grave and Truthteller
When: Friday, Saturday and Sunday
Where: aceartinc. at 290 McDermot Ave.
Cost: $15 to $50 (must buy in advance)
Andrew Henderson's Taking it to the Grave and Eroca Nicols Truthteller are on all weekend long, with a matinee show of Taking it to the Grave capping things on Sunday.
Henderson's show is part death ritual and funeral (the 28-year-old is living with incurable cancer) as well as performance art. Members of the audience will be sharing secrets with Henderson privately, and then he will be tattooed live with a symbol of their confession.
Eroca Nicols also has a show to do with confession, death and dying with the added aspect of what we can and can't see in others.
There is a lot of audience participation as well, but Nicols does the performance with her eyes closed, so you have some leeway in terms of involvement if you're not totally comfortable.
There's also a live tattooing portion of Nicols' show as well.
This will be a very powerful show, but the artists are also hoping to make the space cozy, comfortable and fun. There will be a manicure bar, lots of cushions and pillows to hang out in, and Henderson will be inside a giant champagne bottle.
WHAT: MUSIC — Pipe & Hat showcase with Lanikai, SC Mira
When: Friday and Saturday at 10 p.m.
Where: The Good Will at 625 Portage Ave.
Cost: $15 for one show or $25 for both
Pipe & Hat is doing two days of music at The Good Will.
Lanikai has a super accessible indie-pop sound, and they killed at Real Love this summer.
On Saturday, Bright Righteous (formerly The Revival) are playing with SC Mira (so good!), The Noble Thiefs.
DJ Jazzy Jill will be up both nights as well.
If you're looking for a night of live music this weekend but aren't super familiar with anyone playing in the city — this'll be a good one to try. And if you know Lanikai or SC Mira, you're probably already going.
WHAT: SHOP — Love Local Pop Up
When: Saturday, Oct. 22 from 12 p.m. to 5 p.m.
Where: The Forks at 1 Forks Market Rd.
The Forks is doing a pop-up store with stuff from local food developers this weekend.
The store will have a bunch of made-in-Manitoba treats, and after it's done you can get a ticket to a cooking show if that's your thing.
The Forks also has that craft beer and wine market thing now, so you can try out a bunch of beers on tap that aren't normally available.
Plus, you can walk around with your beer because the whole area is licensed now, so that's a fun thing.
There may also be some ducks still kicking around so you can go watch them wiggle their cute butts and stuff afterward.
WHAT: THEATRE — The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Nighttime
When: Friday and Saturday
Where: Manitoba Theatre Centre's at 174 Market Ave.
Cost: $22 to $79.50
The Manitoba Theatre Centre is doing The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Nighttime this weekend, and you can get tickets for under $30.
The play is based on Mark Haddon's 2003 novel of the same title, which is told from the perspective of a 15-year-old boy named Christopher who is on the autism spectrum.
His neighbour's dog is killed, and he tries to solve the case. He also has a pet rat.
It's a great, emotional read, and it'll be interesting to see how they convey what's going on inside Christopher's head on the stage without it coming off hacky.
Go check it out!