Teghan's top 5 things to do this weekend in Winnipeg (Nov. 25-27)
Suzie Smith has new exhibit, local musicians perform love songs and Tim Gray records album
While our American neighbours fight over turkey and politicians this weekend, you can enjoy a lovely art show at Lisa Kehler's gallery or check out a comedy album recording in South Osborne.
There's also a really unusual show at the WECC this weekend, where three pairs of musicians who are also romantic partners sing original songs about love and fighting with each other and heartbreak.
Rounding out the list is the Winnipeg Aboriginal Film Festival, which has packed a ton into just a few days, and the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra's Peter & the Wolf matinee.
Also, I had to tell you PUP is playing this weekend.
WHAT: ART — Suzie Smith's one thing then another
When: Friday, Nov. 25, from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Where: Lisa Kehler Art + Projects in Forth at 171 McDermot Ave.
Lisa Kehler's gallery has another fantastic opening Friday night with Suzie Smith's solo show one thing, then another.
Smith is a local artist who does primarily print media, but this show is going to be print, sculpture and animation.
Kehler has been curating a lot of very playful exhibitions lately, and this one is very much in line with that.
The opening runs until 9 p.m., but you can grab a fancy cocktail in a dark room at Forth until midnight.
If you can't catch the opening, the exhibit runs until Dec. 23.
WHAT: MUSIC — Last Ditch on the Left and Jess Reimer
When: Saturday, Nov. 26, at 8 p.m.
Where: West End Cultural Centre at 586 Ellice Ave.
Cost: $12 in advance
They are doing a full night of original songs about love, heartbreak and dysfunction (the best one!) with a bunch of very talented couples.
Stephens and Warren are the duo Last Ditch on the Left and are partners in real life. Jess Reimer and Jeremy Hamm will be performing (also musicians and partners) as well as Nation of Two with Jessee Havey and Nathanial Good.
They're basing the show on the 1940s radio comedy show The Bickersons, so it'll be a mix of music and stories.
This is one of the best ideas for a show I've heard in a while, especially for the holiday season.
I also really can't think of a better local band to lead this than Last Ditch on the Left.
Go! Avoid white wine and try not to cry!
WHAT: COMEDY — Tim Gray at the Park Theatre
When: Saturday, Nov. 26, at 9 p.m.
Where: The Park Theatre at 698 Osborne St.
Tim Gray has had a big year with a ton of HUNKS shows, performing with Sean Cullen and Andy Kindler at the Winnipeg Comedy Festival and doing the gala at Oddblock with Kate Berlant and Matt Braunger, so this should be a good show.
Dana Smith is hosting (you will cry-laugh at this woman's jokes, I promise you), and Matt Nightingale, Melanie Dahling, Jordan Welwood and Ben Walker are all doing sets in the first half.
Go get some tall cans and enjoy a night in South Osborne!
WHAT: FILM — Winnipeg Aboriginal Film Festival
When: Friday, Saturday and Sunday
Where: Towne 8 Cinema at 301 Notre Dame Ave.
Cost: $5 to $10 per screening or a fest pass for $50
The Winnipeg Aboriginal Film Festival is on this weekend at Towne 8.
Friday night, they're screening The Head Hunter, The Northlander and My Bicycle.
Saturday has a discussion panel on food security, webisode screenings and showings of Elder in the Making, Land of Rock & Gold and a full short-film program at 9:30 p.m.
Sunday afternoon has an MMIW panel, a series of short films on the issue and a screening of Colonization Road. Sunday evening is devoted to Manitoba filmmakers and ends with a big party.
Colonization Road is near the top of my list for films to check out. It's a pretty high-level look at the reminders of colonization in Indigenous territories through a pointed lens: the history of the roads in Fort Frances. The film has some incredibly thoughtful questions and answers about what decolonizing and reconciliation means.
Another one to check out, Elder in the Making, has compelling characters and takes a bit of a different approach from other stories about investigating a shared history.
There's a lot to check out at the fest, and screenings are super affordable, so it's worth popping in at some point this weekend!
WHAT: KIDS — The WSO does Peter & the Wolf
When: Sunday, Nov. 27, at 2 p.m.
Where: The Centennial Concert Hall at 555 Main St.
Cost: Tickets start at $25
If you have kids or are an adult that likes adorable things, check out the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra this weekend.
They're playing the 2006 stop-frame animation version of Peter & the Wolf, and the orchestra is doing the musical parts.
This version of the classic story won an Oscar in 2008 for best animated short film.
It looks very cute, and any excuse to see the symphony is a good one, especially when you can bring kids who will totally lose their minds over the whole thing.
And one more…
WHAT: MUSIC — PUP at the Good Will
When: Sunday, Nov. 27, at 7 p.m.
Where: The Good Will at 625 Portage Ave.
Cost: $15 (limited tickets at the door)
Hey did you know PUP is going to be in town this weekend, and they're playing at the Good Will?
- PUP blazes on after doctor says 'the dream is over'
- CBC Music | Polaris 2016 session: Pup, The Dream is Over
Advance tickets are sold out (obviously), but there will be some tickets available at the door, so you should go.
Here's my favourite PUP video (Thanks AV Club!):