This week our hot list stretches across a broad spectrum of fun, including a hilarious musical misadventure, wildly important hockey games, spirited robot competitions and two ferocious mosasaurs. Here are the biggest and best things happening around the province…
The Book of Mormon
March 17 to 22
Centennial Concert Hall
Laugh, laugh and laugh some more at the smash Broadway hit and nine-time Tony Award® winning The Book of Mormon! This outrageous musical comedy from the creators of South Park follows the misadventures of a mismatched pair of missionaries, sent halfway across the world to spread the Good Word. The New York Times called it “the best musical of this century” and The Washington Post said, “It is the kind of evening that restores your faith in musicals.”
Mar 17, 19, 21
MTS Centre, Winnipeg
The Winnipeg Jets are home this week and looking to maintain their hold on a wild-card spot (Tuesday: San Jose Sharks; Thursday: St. Louis Blues; Saturday: Washington Capitals). As always, tickets are limited, so grab what you can before they’re all gobbled up. And there’s plenty of pre- and post-game action at surrounding pubs, clubs and eateries like The Pint, Shark Club, Rudy’s, The Met, and Tavern United.
March 20 to 29
Various venues, Churchill
Watch the skies dance and experience the culture, history and heritage of northern Manitoba at Aurora Winterfest. This annual event showcases traditional winter activities like igloo building, dog mushing, snow carving, and also features local artists showcasing their skills in performances such as Aboriginal drumming, fiddling, square-dancing and jigging. Other events include a potluck feast, fireworks, North of 58″ Film Fest, Northern Lights Talent Show and Parks Canada Trek to Prince of Wales Fort “Spirit of the Northwinds” celebration.
Canadian Fossil Discovery Centre
Trek out to Morden to see the largest collection of marine reptile fossils in Canada. If you like dinosaurs or sea monsters you will love “Bruce” and “Suzy” two gigantic mosasaurs, the fiercest of all the marine reptiles. Bruce is bigger than a T-Rex and just as scary. It’s because of these two that the Cretaceous seas were considered the most dangerous of all time.
The Woman in Black at MTC
Mar 19 to Apr 11
John Hirsch Mainstage, Winnipeg
Your spine will tingle and your heart will race when you watch The Woman in Black – one of the scariest stories to ever hit the stage. A tragedy has shattered the lives of two families. A young lawyer in Edwardian England is hired to oversee the sale of a remote country estate, and finds himself embroiled in a tragic mystery that has been haunting the property for years. Decades later, he engages an actor to recount the tale in an effort to exorcise the demons of his past.
Brandon Jazz Festival
March 19 to 21
Various venues, Brandon
Enjoy some toe-tapping, smile-inducing music this week at the Brandon Jazz Festival! Originating in 1983, the festival is an educational forum where young musicians perform and receive feedback on their playing and singing from top professional musicians as well as educators from across Canada and the United States. The festival has clinics, workshops, discussion sessions with featured guest speakers, and special evening concerts with Grammy award winning jazz vocalist, Diane Schuur.
Falcon Lake Winter Fish-off
Mar 21 | 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
West side of Falcon Lake
Cast your line through the ice to try your hand at winning big at the at the 12th annual Falcon Lake Winter Fish-off. There’s $40,000 in prizes to be won! Hot food and drinks will be served all day on the ice by Danny’s Whole Hog.
Velibor Božović and Greg Staats at AGSM
Mar 12 to May 9
Art Gallery of Southwestern Manitoba, Brandon
The AGSM’s latest exhibit features the work of two artists, Velibor Božović’s Deep in the Woods (Some Kind of Nature) and Greg Staats’ It dropped down their minds.
Agriculture in the City
March 20 to 22
The Forks Market, Winnipeg
Touch and taste what’s new in agriculture at Agriculture in the City. It’s a FREE, three-day event that offers the public a chance to explore the vibrant and innovative world of agriculture and its impact on our lives and well-being. There are interactive displays and live demonstrations taking place daily.
World of Wheels
Mar 20 to 22
RBC Convention Centre, Winnipeg
Rev up your engines, ’cause the 41st annual Piston Ring World of Wheels returns this weekend! Enjoy three days filled with the finest Hot Rods, trucks and motorcycles. The cars of Fast & Furious Five will also be there.
Storytellers Film Fest
Lido Theatre, The Pas
Catch a community celebration of Indigenous filmmaking and Northern Peoples at Storytellers Film Fest! The festival features a program of short- and feature-length films of interest to northern and First Nations people.
Canadian Museum For Human Rights
Open Tuesday to Sunday
Contemplate inspring stories of struggle and triumph at the Canadian Museum for Human Rights. This new national museum strives to create inspiring encounters with human rights, by engaging you in an immersive, interactive experience that offers both the inspiration and tools to make a difference in the lives of others.
Dinosaurs in 3D
Feb 18 to Mar 28
Portage and District Arts Centre and Gallery, Portage la Prairie
Check out some cool 3D photography and phantograms by Dennis Wiens! From a very early age Dennis became fascinated with 3D starting with his Viewmaster. While searching through photography sites he learned that he could make his own 3D prints and began experimenting. He started by using two disposable cameras mounted on a piece of wood then upgraded to two Ricoh 35mm cameras mounted on a metal plate with a wire to synchronize them.
Late Company at MTC
Mar 5 to 21
Tom Hendry Warehouse, Winnipeg
Don’t miss your chance to see Late Company, a riveting and powerful play Jordan Tannahill. A tragedy has shattered the lives of two families. In a gesture of reconciliation, they sit down to dinner. Before they can even get to dessert, the angry shards of guilt and grief tear away at their best intentions. As both couples navigate a minefield of political, sexual and parental hypocrisy, the road to closure seems miles away. Can they pick up the pieces and find their way to forgiveness?
World Storytelling Day
Mar 20 | 7:00 to 9:00 p.m.
New Iceland Heritage Museum, Gimli
Celebrate World Storytelling Day at the New Iceland Heritage Museum this Friday. Storytellers Betty Skonnord, Raye Anderson and Kristine Brandt will share stories from around the world. Each year, many of the individual storytelling events taking place around the globe are linked by a common theme. The 2015 theme is WISHES! All ages are welcome. Popcorn and lemonade will be available.
Oct 17 to Apr 17
The Manitoba Museum, Winnipeg
Argh, matey, it’s all about that booty (pirate’s booty, that is) at the interactive exhibit Real Pirates: The Untold Story of the Whydah from Slave Ship to Pirate Ship at The Manitoba Museum. The exhibit tells the true story of the Whydah — a real pirate ship that sank off the coast of Cape Cod nearly 300 years ago — and showcases treasure chests of coins and gold, jewelry, weaponry such as cannons, pistols, and knives, and a replica of the actual ship that visitors can board.
Manitoba Robot Games
Tec Voc High School, Winnipeg
Watch Manitoba’s youngest mechanics, engineers, software designers, makers, and technicians put their robotic creations to the ultimate test at the Manitoba Robot Games. This friendly robotic competition pits students not only against each other, but against themselves. For months, teams of students have worked to design and build robots for their competition of choice. Admission is FREE.
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