Top 5 things to do in Winnipeg this weekend

This week’s edition is a little shorter than usual, but the number of awesome things to do in Winnipeg is the same.

Pizza art in the Exchange, diva dance parties down the road and kid stuff at The Forks!

Check out Mama Cutsworth and DJ J. Jackson's Diva Dance Party at Union Sound Hall on Saturday. (Duncan McNairnay)

This week’s edition is a little shorter than usual, but the number of awesome things to do in Winnipeg is the same.

From a pizza art exhibit in the Exchange District to a diva dance party at Union Sound Hall, there are a few must-sees this weekend.

Read to the end if you have kids and feel like you should be entertaining them this weekend!

WHAT: ART – Art Pieces of Pizza exhibit

When: Friday, April 4 from 7 p.m. to 11 p.m.

Where: Natural Cycleworks Gallery at 91 Albert St.

That thing you’ve been waiting for your whole life is happening this weekend – an art exhibit devoted completely to pizza is opening in The Exchange District on Friday night.

The event is part of First Fridays in The Exchange, which sees dozens of galleries open their doors for free to visitors on the first Friday of every month.

The exhibit features a bunch of local artists who have done some type of work (photography, sculpture, painting, etc.) that has something to do with pizza. I’m told there will also be pizza available to eat at the event.

Suggested listening before you go: Macaulay Culkin’s Pizza Underground tracks.

WHAT: FILM – Brother Number One at Cinematheque

When: Saturday, April 5 at 7 p.m. and Sunday, April 6 at 2 p.m.

Where: Cinematheque at 100 Arthur St.

Cost: $9

It’s the time of year  to see a few great documentaries. It’s slushy and chilly out, so there’s nothing wrong with spending your afternoon in a cozy movie theatre in The Exchange District.

This weekend Cinematheque is screening Brother Number One, a documentary about the Khmer Rouge regime in Cambodia.

The doc follows New Zealand’s Rob Hamill, whose brother, Kerry, was tortured and killed by the regime in 1978.

Hamill goes to Cambodia to retrace his brothers steps and speak to witnesses and survivors.

The documentary also touches on why nearly 2 million Cambodians were killed under the regime.

It’s really heavy, so it’s definitely good to know what you’re getting into, but if you watch the trailer, you’ll see why I’m recommending you go check it out this weekend.

WHAT: MUSIC – Mama Cutsworth’s Diva Dance Party

When: Saturday, April 5 at 10 p.m.

Where: Union Sound Hall at 110 Market Ave.

Cost: $10 (Tickets at the door)

The dance party I wait all year for is back this weekend at a new venue.

Mama Cutsworth and DJ J. Jackson will be leading an all-diva dance party at Union Sound Hall on Saturday night.

Everything from Mariah Carey to Madonna to Chaka Khan and Janelle Monae is on the list. The dance party is now in its third year, and it’s being held in a pretty big venue this year, so I anticipate great things.

Before you go, I would suggest copious amounts of Sex and The City watching and maybe a few cosmos. It’s going to be fabulous.

WHAT: FUN – McNally Robinson board game night

When: Saturday, April 5 from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.

Where: McNally Robinson at 1120 Grant Ave.

Cost: FREE

Whoa! Nerdy fun at McNally Robinson this weekend.
McNally Robinson is holding a board game day and night on Saturday. Bring your own game or play one of theirs! (Trish Palud)

Everyone’s favourite bookstore is holding a board game day and night, and they are supplying the games!

You can bring your own games, and there will be a few to try there, as well as a bunch to buy.

The whole thing is totally free and you can stop by whenever you want for as long as you want.

It’s basically just a really nice atmosphere to hang out with some fellow nerds. And you can have lunch or breakfast at Prairie Ink beforehand, which is always amazing.

They are also so rad that they will let you bring your own snacks, if for some reason the amazing food at Prairie Ink isn’t your jam.

Go get your nerd on, you guys!

WHAT: FAMILY – Festival of Fools

When: Friday, Saturday and Sunday

Where: The Forks at 123 Main St.

Cost: FREE

The International Children’s Festival is holding that cool event where there are clowns and people doing tricks and colourful things everywhere.

The Festival of Fools is on all weekend at The Forks and the whole thing is totally free!

Go get your offspring’s face painted, a balloon animal made for them and then treat them to some of those awesome sugary doughnut things – then you can bask in the whole parent-of-the-year feeling.