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Teghan's top 5 things to do this weekend in Winnipeg (May 5-7)

​Clear your schedules, 'cause there’s way too much can’t-miss stuff going on this weekend and a truly odd number of annual events planned over a three-day span.

Annual events take over the weekend with an Art City party, a film festival and an ideas festival

Ghost Twin debuts Plastic Heart Friday night at The Good Will. (Karen Asher courtesy The Good Will)

Clear your schedules, 'cause there's way too much can't-miss stuff going on this weekend and a truly odd number of annual events planned in a three-day span.

If you don't find anything you like in this list, there's also Tea and Biscuits (the rap and grime party at Handsome Daughter) Friday night at 10 p.m. as well as a women's open mic at Wee Johnny's in the Exchange District Friday at 8 p.m.

There's also a Close Talker and European Vacation show to check out, if you're looking for more live music.

WHAT: MUSIC — Ghost Twin LP release

When: Friday, May 5 at 9 p.m.

Where: The Good Will at 625 Portage Ave.

Cost: $15

Ghost Twin is releasing their first full-length album, Plastic Heart, this month, and they're having a big party at The Good Will Friday night to celebrate.

It'll be your last chance to see the dark synth-pop duo before they head on tour for a few weeks, so go check out their new stuff!

Poemss (made up of Venetian Snares and Joanne Pollock) and InnocentGun are opening, so it'll be a night of synth-heavy electronic-pop stuff.

The new Ghost Twin album doesn't venture far from the sound from their first EP, but it's definitely a bit more polished. This should be a good party.

WHAT: COMEDY — Queer and Present Danger

When: Friday, May 5 at 9 p.m.

Where: Club 200 at 190 Garry St.

Cost: $15
Chantel Marostica is in Winnipeg this weekend for her show Queer and Present Danger.

Chantel Marostica is back in Winnipeg this weekend for her LGBT comedy showcase, Queer and Present Danger.

This time, you can catch Marostica, Marci Janss, Angie St. Mars, Veronica Gingles and Lara Rae.

After the comedy, they're going to play a bunch of Whitney Houston and have a little dance party.

Tickets are $15 at the door, and Club 200 is wheelchair accessible! 

WHAT: PARTY — Art City's Future Shock

When: Saturday, May 6 at 8 p.m.

Where: The Marlborough Hotel at 331 Smith St.

Cost: $30

Art City's gigantic dance party is back this weekend with a futuristic theme.

There's going to be a runway, a future-accessory-making station, art to buy, two bands and two DJs (DJ Co-Op and DJ J. Jackson).

All the money you spend on this one will help Art City provide art programming for kids in West Broadway, and partying for a good cause is the best kind of partying, right?

Full disclosure: I've got some friends at Art City but would still urge you all to go to this even if I didn't!

WHAT: FILM — Architecture + Design Film Festival

When: Friday, Saturday and Sunday

Where: Cinematheque at 100 Arthur St.

Cost: $10 per screening

The Architecture + Design Film Festival is going to be competing with the Spur festival for your thoughtful attention this weekend.

They've got screenings all weekend at Cinematheque.

Architecture and design nerds will want to check out Roger D'Astous Friday night at 8:30 p.m. or the documentary Frei Otto: Spanning the Future on Saturday at 7 p.m.

If you're a little less involved in the scene, there's some more accessible stuff Saturday with The Architect (a comedy starring Parker Posey and Eric McCormack) and Sunday with the documentary Citizen Jane: Battle for the City.

WHAT: SHOP — Third + Bird

When: Saturday, May 6 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Where: The Bay downtown basement at 450 Portage Ave.

Cost: $5

Third + Bird has a new, very central venue. They're taking over the basement of the Bay building with more than 100 local vendors.

There'll be a little food and drink area where you can get Little Sister coffee, locally-made Popsicles and other treats, as well as a ton of art from Kal Barteski, Cathleen Hues, Taq Yoneda, Elaine Dilay and Rhonda Wiebe.

The vendors are super diverse this time. You can get everything from craft cocktail supplies to onesies for your cute little nugget.

They also have bath and body stuff, clothing, kitchen stuff, home decor, boxes of rocks (the fancy kind) and a whole bunch of other things you probably didn't know you would enjoy/want.

Plus this is a good excuse to go wander around the basement of the Bay, right? It's been closed forever!

And one more…
Check out Spur Winnipeg this weekend for panels, lectures and chats on ideas, politics and art. (Beibei Lu/Spur Winnipeg)

WHAT: LEARN — Spur Winnipeg

When: Friday, Saturday and Sunday

Where: Multiple locations

Cost: FREE to $50 for a festival pass

Spur is back this weekend with several days of thought-provoking panels and chats.

This year, the theme is risk, and there are panels on everything from journalism to refugees to yoga.

There's a bike jam as well as performance art on a rooftop Friday night, while Saturday and Sunday are full of panels.

If you don't mind staying inside during the nice weather this weekend, this will be a nice break from the usual groceries/brunch/errands/night out/repeat.

Clear your schedules, 'cause there's way too much can't-miss stuff going on this weekend and a truly odd number of annual events planned in a three-day span. 2:02