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Top 5 things to do in Winnipeg this weekend (Dec. 19-21)

Cult movie classics at The Park Theatre, pyjama parties hosted by the Prairie Theatre Exchange and a diva dance party hosted by House of Gold Diamonds are all on the menu this weekend for Winnipeggers.

Die Hard at the Park Theatre, pyjama parties at PTE and House of Gold Diamonds downtown

Marti Sarbit and Rusty Matyas make up Imaginary Cities, playing at The Pyramid Friday and Saturday night. (Trevor Marczylo)

Here’s a list of things you’re going to need to make the most of this weekend in Winnipeg:

1. Pyjamas suitable for public display, preferably with a duck motif or flannel at the very least.

2. Your dancing shoes.

3. Knowledge of the facts surrounding John McClane’s best one-liners from Die Hard.

OK, have fun.

WHAT: MUSIC – Imaginary Cities, Federal Lights and Mise en Scene

When: Friday, Dec. 19 at 9 p.m.

Where: The Pyramid at 176 Fort St.

Cost: $25

Yay! A whole bunch of good music in one place Friday night!

Imaginary Cities, Federal Lights and Mise en Scene are all getting together to play a show at the Pyramid and it'll probably be a lot of fun.
Mise en Scene is headlining a show at the Park Theatre on Saturday! (Joey Senft/Facebook)

They did a similar show last year but without Mise en Scene, and anyone who reads this column regularly knows I’m a huge fan of them.

For the uninitiated, Imaginary Cities has a kind of hot, soulful sound and Federal Lights is a bit more airy indie-pop. Mise en Scene has an amazing sound that’s sort of like Haim meets Karen O meets Tegan and Sara.

That’s a lot of good stuff for one night. The ticket is expensive, but aren’t these things always worth it in the end?

Plus, we’ve needed an excuse to go to the Pyramid for a while.

WHAT: THEATRE – PTE does Robert Munsch

When: Friday, Saturday and Sunday

Where: Prairie Theatre Exchange on the third floor of Portage Place

Cost: $10.25 to $12.75

If you have kids, Friday night will be a good time to bust out your giant flannel onesie and take them out in public.

The Prairie Theatre Exchange is putting on its annual Robert Munsch plays over the next few weekends, and you can wear pyjamas to some of the shows!

This year, a bunch of the Robert Munsch books have been re-written into a time-travelling adventure type thing. There’s parts of The Paper Bag Princess, The Fire Station and one of my favourites, David’s Father in the mix.

The shows run for 50 minutes, which is short enough for tiny attention spans, I think, and then there’s cookies and milk afterward! How awesome does this sound?!

WHAT: DANCE – House of Gold Diamonds dance party

When: Saturday, Dec. 20 at 10 p.m.

Where: Club 200 at 190 Garry St.

Cost: $8

Finally! The beloved Mama Cutsworth DJ J. Jackson duo are back and playing a show this weekend!

House of Gold Diamonds is hosting All I Want For Christmas Is You Saturday night at Club 200.

These parties are the best in the city to dance at – and anyone familiar with our DJ scene knows it’s tough to get that distinction.

You’re almost always going to hear Mariah Carey and Whitney Houston at these things, and probably also Madonna, but they play everything from soul to disco to indie pop.

But if you don’t want to dance, I might skip this one. It’s not for the stand-arounders.

WHAT: BALLET – RWB does The Nutcracker

When: Saturday and Sunday

Where: Centennial Concert Hall at 555 Main St.

Cost: $29 to $107 per ticket

'Tis the season for some ballet, you guys.

The Royal Winnipeg Ballet is doing its annual production of The Nutcracker starting this weekend, and you really should go this year.
In The Nutcracker a bunch of mice (shown here) go to war with the gingerbread men and then start eating them alive. In case you were thinking the ballet was boring. (Courtesy Canadian Royal Winnipeg Ballet)

If you think the ballet is boring, or going to see a Christmas-y ballet would be boring, you could not be more wrong.

Do you know the story of The Nutcracker? It is completely crazy. It starts off really normal about this family opening presents on Christmas Eve and then takes a full on turn for the insane after the main character’s brother breaks one of the toys they get as a gift.

There’s an actual war that develops between gingerbread soldiers and mice. And the mice start eating the gingerbread guys.

And I am telling you, that is the most chill part of it.

It also doesn’t have to be expensive. If you’re 29 or under, you can get $29 tickets.

WHAT: FILM – Die Hard at the Park Theatre

When: Sunday, Dec. 21 at 8 p.m.

Where: The Park Theatre at 698 Osborne St.

Cost: $5

Oh my gosh, let’s all just go do this together, OK?

The Park Theatre hosts these amazing monthly cult film nights, and they’ve picked Die Hard for this month – which could not be a better choice.

Basically they go like this: for about an hour before the show, The Park Theatre lobby turns into a games lounge where you can buy beer and other drinks and eat snacks.

There’s usually trivia and games related to the movies and then you go watch an amazing movie on a giant screen with a bunch of people who are geeking out to the same level you are.

Die Hard, you guys! Christmas always needs more John McClane crawling through air ducts!

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