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January 31, 2012

Philip Hayes: Every Picture Tells a Story

Every Picture Tells a Story 
February 6, 7:30 pm in Prairie Ink Restaurant 
Small Works Gallery Opening

Philip Hayes is a representational artist with a passion for Manitoba and Canadian history. His art is a visual expression of the places and people that inspire him. This latest show, Every Picture Tells a Story, is a series of watercolour paintings and drawings of many well known locations. Each has its own interesting and unique story to tell.

January 29, 2012

The Scarlet Union: Smokebox & The Electrics

The Park Theatre, 698 Osborne Street 
February 4 
Tickets are $10 in advance at: Into the Music, Music Trader, and The Park Theatre 
or $15 at the door 
Doors: 7:00 pm / Show: 8:00 pm  

The best Buddy Holly tibute show north of Clear Lake, Iowa, with your perennial hosts
The Scarlet Union.  This year's guests include the fabulous Smokebox (who will be playing Buddy Holly's second album front to back!) and The Electrics.   

This is a grand tribute to Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens, The Big Bopper, and Dion as it was back in the winter of 1959.

January 28, 2012

Meeka Walsh: Start a Magazine

MAWA, 611 Main Street
STARTING YOUR OWN MAGAZINE
February 3, 12:00 pm to 1:00 pm

Why would anyone want to start a magazine?
Meeka Walsh will begin with an examination of the soundness of the desire to undertake such a project. She will then move on to the passion necessary to start and sustain such an endeavour. Practical instruction will follow.

Meeka Walsh is the editor of Border Crossings magazine. She has contributed essays to a number of catalogues and most recently to the My Winnipeg exhibition catalogue for La maison rouge in Paris. She has served on the Board of the National Gallery of Canada and is on the Board of Plug In ICA . In 2007 she received an award from the RCA for her contribution to the visual arts in Canada.

January 27, 2012

AVENUE Q

District Theatre Collective presents the Winnipeg premiere of

Gas Station Arts Centre, 445 River Avenue (204) 330-9877
February 2 - 8:00 PM
February 3 - 8:00 PM
February 4 - 2:00 PM & 8:00 PM
February 5 - 2:00 PM & 8:00 PM

Winner of the TONY® “TRIPLE CROWN” for BEST MUSICAL, BEST SCORE and BEST BOOK, AVENUE Q is part flesh, part felt and packed with heart. A hilarious, witty and raunchy musical about friendship, love and finding your purpose in life.

AVENUE Q features explicit language, mature themes and full puppet nudity. 

Music and Lyrics by ROBERT LOPEZ and JEFF MARX
Book by JEFF WHITTY
Based on an Original Concept by ROBERT LOPEZ and JEFF MARX

CAST
Joshua Balzer - Nicky
Nyk Bielak - Rod
Scott Forbes - Brian
Jackie Kurceba - Lucy/Bad Idea Bear/Mrs. Thistletwat
Connie Manfredi - Gary Coleman
Colin Peterson - Trekkie Monster/Bad Idea Bear
Paige Pooley - Kate Monster
Aaron Pridham - Princeton
Stephanie Sy - Christmas Eve

January 26, 2012

PIP SKID / Greg Macpherson Band & DJ Co-op

February 2 
Lo Pub, 330 Kennedy at Ellice 
Tickets $10 available at Music Trader and The Urban Bakery 
18+ w Photo I.D.  

Marathon of Dope and Disintegration Records with UMFM and CKUW proudly present: 
Pip Skid - People are the Worst EP Release Show  

To celebrate this latest release, Pip and long-time collaborator DJ Co-op have enlisted the Greg Macpherson Band (Greg, Cole Woods and Rob Gardiner) to play live versions of tracks from the EP, as well as favourites from Pip's deep catalog of favourites.  

Opening the night are young lions The Happy Unfortunate and veteran Winnipeg MC/Singer/Storyteller Nestor Wynrush.

January 25, 2012

Richard Harrison: Start a Writing Group

January 31, 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm 
Rose & Crown Pub, 1502 4th Street - private room upstairs. 
Exchanging ideas & edits - What it takes to start & sustain a successful writing group  
with Richard Harrison 
WGA members Free. 
Non-members $10 at the door (students $5).  Please RSVP to Writers' Guild Alberta    
Members are welcome to arrive as early as 6 pm 
WGA social will follow the presentation.  

Are you looking for feedback on your writing? A regular opportunity to discuss the craft and market place? Join Calgary author, Richard Harrison, for a discussion about what makes a writing group work; how to go about starting one; how to keep a group thriving; how to give and receive feedback; how a writer benefits from sharing their work with other writers; the creative process and the writing life.  

Richard is the author of six collections of poetry and has had much experience as an editor. He has facilitated a weekly poetry critiquing group in the city for many years. 

On the Same Page / Translation: The Setting Lake Sun

January 31, 7:00 pm, McNally Robinson, in the Atrium 

This panel discussion features author & poet J.R. Léveillé, whose book 
The Setting Lake Sun/Le soleil du lac qui se couche is the 2011/12 selection 
of the On the Same Page province-wide book club.  

This evening, Léveillé is joined in conversation by local literary translator Mark Stout and S.E. Stewart to discuss the art of translation. 

J.R. Léveilléis a retired Radio-Canada journalist and the author of many books, essays and collections of poetry, quite a few of which have been recognized with awards. 
He oversees the Collection Rouge, Éditions du Blé's new literature series. 

S.E. Stewart is an author, publisher and translator who worked for many years with the francophones of Western Canada.
Mark Stout works as a freelance translator and translation instructor for the translation certificate program at Collège universitaire de Saint-Boniface. 

January 23, 2012

Winnipeg Humane Society's Puppy Sale

Whisker Wednesday on January 25 at The Winnipeg Humane Society is all about puppies!

Our shelter has a surplus of puppies that need forever homes. 
Come down to 45 Hurst Way between 10 am and 8 pm and 
adopt a puppy for $100 in our first ever Puppypalooza. 

This amazing one-day offer is limited to medium-size and large breed pups, 
6 months and under.

Thinking of getting a puppy for your family? 
Don’t miss out on the perfect one-day opportunity to adopt the furr-ever friend 
of a lifetime.  (Offer available while puppies last)

January 22, 2012

Oak Hammock: Kids' Clubs

The Oak Hammock Marsh Interpretive Centre is located 30 minutes North of Winnipeg on highway 67 between highways #7 and #8. For more information call 467-3300.

January 28 - 1 pm 

Kids' Nature Craft Club 

Join us on the fourth Saturday of every month to explore a different topic and make a special craft. The Club is most appropriate for children ages 5 to 10. 

Pre-registration is recommended. You can sign up for one or more workshops. 
Each workshop fee is $5 plus admission. 
You can also purchase a Club Card to be used for six different workshops!

Themes include:
Stars
Wetland animals
Birds
Recycling
Animal calls
Microscopic world
Plants
Getting ready for winter
Migration
Bird feeding
Snow

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Starting January 30 

Enter our First Goose of the Year contest, which for us marks the official arrival of spring.
To enter the contest, fill out a ballot at the Oak Hammock Marsh Interpretive Centre.  

Guess the date and time of the arrival of first Canada Goose at Oak Hammock Marsh and you could win a great prize! 

Traditionally, the first goose arrives between the end of February and the end of March. 
Last year, the first goose was seen on March 15. 

The contest will close on March 1, or when the first goose is seen.

MAWA: AUTHENTIC TRANSFORMATION

MAWA, 611 Main Street 
January 28, 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm  

This exhibition ends the Eastern Rural Mentorhsip Program, a collaboration between Manitoba Arts Network and MAWA, led by mentors Jazz DeMontigny and Cam Forbes.  
Come toast to the successes of the mentees Patricia Penner, Sol Desharnais, Lori Zébière and Margaret Korlak. 
If you miss the opening, pop by MAWA during regular hours until Feb. 24.  

Canadian expressionist painter Lori Zébière combines a passion for animals, nature and landscape with a love of vibrant bold colour to produce eye-popping contemporary works. Growing up in Northwestern Ontario provided her a deep respect for Canada’s First Nations people and she is often inspired by their use of colour, storytelling and symbolism.

January 21, 2012

Irene Bindi & Doreen Girard: Winter Night

Winter Night: Night-based projections from Winnipeg Manitoba
Friday, January 27, 7:30 pm to 10:30 pm
The Black Lodge, 3rd floor Artspace, 100 Arthur St.

$8 regular admission
$6 for MAWA, Winnipeg Film Group and Cinematheque members (with your card)

Join four Winnipeg artists for a program of live music and moving images inspired by Manitoba’s cold winters, grim histories and supernatural stories.

Slide projection performances by Doreen Girard, accompanied by Slattern (Julia Ryckman), and 16mm films and projection performance by Irene Bindi accompanied by Aston Coles.

At the geographic centre of the continent, Winnipeg is a point of convergence of many kinds: railway paths, bird migratory routes, and the supernatural centre of the land for many aboriginal peoples and spiritualists. 

Gurevich Fine Art: SENSIBUS

SENSIBUS at Gurevich Fine Art, 200-62 Albert Street
Awakening the Senses
A sensual evening of Art | Fashion | Burlesque | Chocolate
Friday, January 27, 7:00 pm

Sensual artwork adorns the walls
Callisto Couture walks the catwalk
Regalia Jewelry accessorizes
DJ Rob Vilar spins
Miss La Muse dances
Incense, beverages, and chocolate to enliven the senses

Each guest will walk away with a goodie bag filled with treats, vouchers and indulgences for the senses.

TIckets for SENSIBUS are $15, available at Gurevich Fine Art, Chocolatier Constance Popp, Callisto Couture and Cakeology. 

Call 1-204-488-0662 or email Gurevich Fine Art to reserve your tickets, which can be purchased at the door or picked up in advance.

Doors open at 7 pm. 
Mingle amongst our featured sensual art works from gallery artists, while sipping complimentary beverages, sampling tasty treats by Constance Popp and Cake-ology, 
and listening to the ambient musical sounds. 

The fashion show begins at 8:00 pm. 
It features the gorgeous corsets and fashion design of Elizabeth Joyce creator of Callisto Couture. The show is choreographed to incite the senses with a visual display of textures, colours, sounds, with male and female models. 
The fashion show will be accessorized by local designer Alexandra Tumanov of Regalia Jewelry, and capped off with a Burlesque performance by Miss La Muse.

There will be a silent auction with items from Callisto Couture, Regalia Jewelry, original artwork and other surprises. 

January 20, 2012

How He Lied to Her Husband

January 26 to February 4 
Rudolf Rocker Studio, 91 Albert Street, 3rd floor  

Starring: Adrianne Winfield, Daniel Pop, & Dennis Sinclair 
Directed by Rob Brown  

Tickets $10 at the door | cash/shaw pass only 
To reserve tickets in advance call 219.8616  

Resonator Theatrical warms up winter with our presentation of George Bernard Shaw's hilarious ménage à trois How He Lied to Her Husband.  
A classic one-act that, as Shaw himself notes, comes without the trappings of doctrinaire romanticism.  
Meet Henry Apjohn, a writer whose work has been stolen. 
Meet Aurora Bompas, Henry's muse. 
The only fly in otherwise slick ointment? Aurora's marriage. Meet Aurora's husband.   

Jealousy. Fidelity. Trust. Deception.  
Funny!  

Aboriginal Writers Collective: Reading & Youth Workshops

St. James-Assiniboia Library, 1910 Portage Avenue 
January 26, 11:00 am to 1:00 pm  

It’s been said that Aboriginal peoples juggle two worlds: their cultural world, where sharing and a sense of community are major virtues, and the mainstream world, 
which can value materialism and getting ahead.   

It’s not easy.   

Add the opposites of tradition versus modernity, urban life versus the reserve, stewardship versus development and you have a recipe for challenging and interesting lives.   

Join us as members of the Aboriginal Writers’ Collective of Manitoba and friends share original work about their own balancing acts.   

Free.  
All are welcome.   

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Writing Along the Track   

St. John’s Library, 500 Salter Street 
For youth ages 15 and up. 
Free. 
Registration is required, please call 986-4689.  

Saturdays from 1 – 4 pm  
February 4, 11, 18 & 25, March 3 & 10  
Showcase Night: Thursday, March 15 at 7 pm 
Attendance at all dates is expected.   

Join us at St. John’s Library as Rosanna Deerchild, author, journalist and member of the Aboriginal Writers’ Collective of Manitoba, leads this free, youth-focused workshop series for new and emerging writers.   

Learn about different kinds of writing with amazing, local Aboriginal talent:  
storytelling with Duncan Mercredi 
poetry with Katherena Vermette 
novel writing with Jennifer Storm 
fiction with Trevor Greyeyes  
performance with Niigaanwewidam James Sinclair

Rachel Schappert: Mixed Media Workshop

ArtsJunktion mb, 312B William Avenue
Thursday, January 26, 10:30 am to 1:30 pm
REGISTRATION: $15 

This workshop will guide participants through finding re-usable materials to make sculptures. Various techniques will be explored concerning colour, texture, shape, and other means of creative investigation. The workshop is sure to open up channels of imagination while turning "junk" into works of Art.

Rachel Schappert recently finished her Fine Arts Honours Thesis at the U of M, School of Art and received a 2010/2011 Sculpture Award. Schappert is well versed in a wide range of Art based media and technique. She has shown at the National Art Centre in Ottawa, at AXENEO7 in gatineau Quebec, at the Artisan in Regina Saskatchewan and at the Julie Saul Gallery in Chelsea, New York.

I'm continuously inspired by the grass-roots creative community in Winnipeg. I wish to connect with others through the act of making...this is going to be fun! ~ Rachel

January 19, 2012

CRUMBS: The National Theatre of the World

The Berney Theatre, 123 Doncaster Street 
January 25 to January 29  

Each night, the comic geniuses that are The National Theatre of the World will take 
your suggestions, add one Master Jewish Playwright (either Allen, Mamet, Miller, or Pinter) to the mix and create a play BEFORE YOUR VERY EYES.  

Tickets are only $12 including GST.  
Get a "Member of the Tribe" Fest Pass for $25 and see them as often as you want.  
Miss it ONLY if you don't like laughing!  

Visit CRUMBS Freestyle Comedy Improv for more details.

Demetra's Lone Migration

Artspace Building, 100 Arthur Street
Multimedia CD Release Party w/Keri Latimer
 January 25, 7:00 pm to 10:00 pm
Tickets are $15 dollars in advance, $18 at the door
Available at Music Trader and Into the Music, or contact Demetra.

Join Demetra for an evening of 16mm, Super 8, stop motion films, video art, and photos documenting the migration of the heart, mind, and spirit in Canada's wild, that led to the creation of Lone Migration. 

The evening will begin with an opening Artshow/Wine and cheese featuring works of art and photographs from the CD booklet in the Foyer and will then move into the theatre for live music played simultaneously with her films. 

Keri Latimer will be opening the night with a solo set of her haunting harmonious tunes!

David Alexander Robertson & Scott B. Henderson: Sugar Falls

January 26, 7:30 pm in Prairie Ink Restaurant
Launch of Sugar Falls: A Residential School Story
Co-presented by The Helen Betty Osborne Memorial Foundation

Based on a true story, SugarFalls is an intimate and powerful graphic novel. The tragic and stirring story of one residential school survivor is told by Daniel, a young boy. 

David Robertson received his BA in English from the University of Winnipeg. 
His realization that education could combat racism and sexism inspired him to write the graphic novel The Life of Helen Betty Osborne, and the 7 Generations series. David lives in Winnipeg with his wife and children, and works in the field of Aboriginal employment. 

Scott Henderson is a graduate of the University of Manitoba’s School of Fine Arts. 
His many projects include work as a colourist and illustrator for comics, portraiture, advertising art, and two WWII web comics for the Canadian Air Force’s For Valour series. Scott is also the author & illustrator of the sci-fi/fantasy comic, The Books of Era.

January 18, 2012

My Affair With George Bernard

January 24 to January 28
Aqua Books, 274 Garry Street
Admission is by donation. Shaw Fest passes accepted. 
To reserve tickets or for more info - 942-8941 or  email MAP
Reservations are recommended.

The Manitoba Association of Playwrights presents a staged reading of 
My Affair with George Bernard by Daniel Thau-Eleff. 
Dramaturgy by Chris Gerrard-Pinker. 
Featuring Doreen Brownstone and Ross McMillan.

She acted in three of his plays. They went for bicycle rides together. 
He told her she was his “best and dearest love.” 
And then it was over. 

What happened between Florence Farr and George Bernard Shaw?
In a collage of historical fiction, Florence is finally going to tell it all.

PeerProject ForYouth: Hollaback! Part II

Rainbow Resource Centre, 170 Scott Street 
January 25, 11:00 am to 2:00 pm  

Have you ever been yelled at, whistled at, or groped in the the street, 
at the mall, in the hallways at school? 
How do you respond? Do you respond at all?  
Do you wish you knew what to do?  
This workshop's for you!!  

This is PART TWO of this workshop series on street harassment. 
It will be led by Jodie, who started up the Winnipeg chapter of Hollaback!   

FEEL FREE TO COME TO PART TWO even if you didn't attend part one. 
Come participate in this discussion! The more voices, the better!!!  

"...Hollaback! is a movement dedicated to ending street harassment. Comments to groping, flashing and assault are a daily, global reality for women and LGBTTQ individuals.  But it is rarely reported and culturally accepted as ‘the price you pay’ for being a woman 
or for being gay.   
We believe that everyone has a right to feel safe and confident without being objectified. Sexual harassment is a gateway crime that creates a cultural environment that makes gender-based violence OK.   
Hollaback! breaks the silence that has perpetuated sexual violence internationally..."
Jodie, founder and director of Winnipeg Hollaback!  

For more INFO and HISTORY   

January 17, 2012

Cathy Ostlere: Lost: A Memoir

January 23, 7:30 pm in the Travel Alcove
Reading & Signing Lost: A Memoir 

Cathy Ostlere was born in Portage La Prairie, Manitoba. She and her three siblings grew up as air force brats moving between Manitoba and Ontario. Her family eventually settled in Winnipeg where Cathy completed a degree in English at the University of Manitoba. 

Cathy Ostlere’s first book, LOST, began as a series of poems but grew into creative 
non-fiction essays, eventually becoming a memoir.  
Essays excerpted from LOST have been short-listed for multiple awards. 

In 2009, LOST: A Memoir was shortlisted for the prestigious Edna Staebler Award for Creative Non-fiction. In 2010, she co-wrote with Dennis Garnhum, Artistic Director of Theatre Calgary, LOST: A Memoir, a 90 minute one-woman play. 

She will also be speaking on her first novel, Karma, a verse novel written for young adults.

LOST: A Memoir is playing at Prairie Theatre Exchange from January 19 – February 5.

January 16, 2012

Rights and Democracy Fundraiser

Sunday, January 22, 5:00 pm to 8:00 pm
Mona Lisa Restaurant, 1697 Corydon Avenue
Tickets: $20 (we keep $10) 
Donations are gladly accepted.

It's that time of year when Weyni and Mary are trying to save the world. 

Miss Weyni Abraha will be traveling to her birthplace in the mountains of Ethiopia to fulfill the practicum requirement of her International Development Degree. 

Weyni comes from an isolated community.  Although the Irob people have lived modestly on the land for hundreds of years, the recent conflict in the area has crippled their ability to feed their own.  The community is completely dependant of foreign food aid, which is keeping these people alive, but it is not sustainable. 

Our long term aim is to build self sufficiency through local knowledge and partnership.  
We believe that said should be done with the local people, not to them.

Although the climate is seasonally arid there is a well near the school where Weyni's mother teaches. We propose to start a community garden on the school grounds.  We are aware that a small garden in not going to eliminate their need for aid, but it is a start.  It gives the students something to be responsible for and something to be proud of.  And a small garden can be expanded in time! 

Also, this is sustainable. 

Great Catherine / AnnaJanska, the Bolshevik Empress

Colin Jackson Studio, Prairie Theatre Exchange, 3rd floor Portage Place
Sunday, January 22 to Sunday, January 29

Shoestring Players presents two plays, two powerful and outrageous women. 
Hilarity will ensue!

Great Catherine - Shaw shines the light on the "enlightened" 1776 Russian court with foolery and fun. He bases his lively farce on the notoriety of both Empress Catherine II and her advisor General Patiomkin. 
Director: Katherine McLennan 
Cast: Rhonda Kennedy-Rogers, Bernard Boland, Joe Stratton, Carol Stephens, Angela Rajfur, Mike Seccombe, David Pruden, Linda Meckling, Marilynn Slobogian, Karl Eckstrand, Paul Warkentin, Allyson Brown, Naomi Cronk, Lauren Sellen, Janet Taylor 

AnnaJanska, the Bolshevik Empress - The daughter of a deposed royal family is arrested by Bolshevik revolutionaries, but is only too happy to join the cause - much to the horror of one of her father’s former generals.
Director: Maureen Taggart
Cast: Jennifer Gottwald, Jean-Marc Blanc, Ian Scott, Paul Warkentin, Karl Eckstrand

George Bernard Shaw turns Eastern European history on its ear with this pair of madcap comedies.

Tickets: $15.00 | Students/Seniors $12.00
At the door: Cash/Cheque/ShawPass. Box office opens 45 minutes before showtime. 
For show info and to reserve tickets, call 475-6821
Wheelchair accessible | Capacity 110 | 105 mins

January 15, 2012

Winnipeg's Contemporary Dancers: Derring DO!

Winnipeg's Contemporary Dancers' fabulous fundraiser, the Derring DO! will occur 
on Saturday, January 21 at The West End Cultural Centre, 586 Ellice Ave at Sherbrook.

Our Master of Ceremonies will be Winnipeg's own Ace Burpee.  
On stage entertainment during the evening will come from musical guests 
Christine Fellows and Mrs. Hoo-Hoo. 

Our Derring DO! is an artistic feast of entertainment, chance & risk.  

We are going with an 80's THEME.  
You don't have to dress up, but it will be loads more fun if you do.
Doors open promptly at 7 pm for immediate and early bird bidding.  
It is cash only at the door and in the venue.
Tickets: $20 
CASH ONLY AT THE DOOR

Please visit our Derring DO! page for info on purchasing tickets in advance, the updated list of participating artists as they confirm, why it is spelled Derring DO!, our 80's flavored promo video for this event and a highlight reel from last year.

Sewing and Embroidery Warehouse Classes

Sewing and Embroidery Warehouse
15 Keith Rd.
632-7200 or 1-800-665-8958
Please call in to register for classes.

Unfinished Projects Class

January 19, 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm                         
Come join us to complete a project of yours that you might need help with.
Refreshments provided as well as a Door prize.
No Fee will be charged.

The Kangaroo Tote

January 28, 10:00 am to 3:30 pm
Esther Vermeer has created this interesting shopping bag that fits into a 6” pouch. 
Fabric must be pre-cut before attending this class.
Call or email for a cutting list, or purchase a kit for $35.00
Kits are available in 3 colors.
Class Fee                  $75.00
(includes pattern value $12.00)
Bring a bag lunch

Ruffled Flower Toss Cushion

February 2, 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm
We will be making this oh so stylish ruffled cushion cover.  Ruffle can be done by hand or with a ruffler attachment.   Cover is envelope style.
Kits available for        $10.00 
Class Fee                  $35.00

Fun at the Beach Quilt

Feb. 8, Feb. 22
March 7, March 21

Wednesdays, 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Make a roll-up quilt with a carrying strap to take to the beach or pool.
The beach themed appliqués may be stitched manually or worked in the embroidery hoop.
Designs will be provided in any format.
Extra fabric will be needed if you want to make a matching tote.
Class Fee                    $95.00

Boston Terrier & Pug Adoption Meet & Greet

Boston Terrier & Pug Rescue of Southern Manitoba is hosting
An Adoption Meet & Greet at 
Pet Valu, Rivergrove, 2595 Main Street Unit 12

Saturday, January 21, 3:00 pm to 7:00 pm
Sunday, January 22, 4:00 pm to 8:00 pm

Come out and meet some of the adoptables available with the BTPRSM. 
We will have our display table with our crafted items. Information about the rescue including adoption applications and foster applications.

There will be raffle baskets available as well. 
Hope to see some of you there. 
Please share this event with family and friends.

Words Allowed: Daa, Mayor, Schnitzer, Slobogian & Worth

Mondragon Cafe, 1-91 Albert Street
Saturday, January 21, 12:00 pm to 3:00 pm

Words Allowed brings together a mix of emerging and established authors for an intimate night of literary readings and performance poetry.

Drek Daa is an award winning poet, songwriter, CBC columnist, arts organizer, academic, and psychotherapist. "Drek Daa's audio file is brilliant, funny and stunningly skillful.... He's really good." – Leonard Cohen 

Chandra Mayor is the award winning author of August Witch, Cherry, and All the Pretty Girls. Her work has appeared in numerous magazines and anthologies, and Chandra has appeared in writers' festivals and reading series. 

Deborah Schnitzer is the winner of the 2010 Margaret Laurence Award for Fiction for her book An Unexpected Break in the Weather. "Just as Mordecai Richler did with St. Urbain Street in Montreal, University of Winnipeg English professor Deborah Schnitzer brings life and story to our own Corydon Avenue." - Winnipeg Free Press

Courtney Slobogian is an emerging writer who was born in Winnipeg. She co-hosts a radio show on CKUW called Tiger Lilies are Poisonous

Liz Worth is a Toronto-based author. Her new book, Amphetamine Heart, is a surreal collection of poetry inspired by punk rock, strange dreams, heavy metal, and late, late nights. Her first book, Treat Me Like Dirt: An Oral History of Punk in Toronto was recently re-issued by ECW Press.  

Precarious Theorizing: Dr. Sharon Rosenberg

July 13-15, University of Alberta
Embracing Sharon’s life, work and relationships, we invite all who have found inspiration in her writing, teaching or living to a three-day conversation in her memory.

Please write and tell us briefly how you would situate your own writing, thinking, teaching or living in relation to the notion of precarious theorizing. 
How do her early provocations resonate with your own work? 
How might you work with her initial thinking further through your own writing, thinking, teaching or living?

Informal proposals or queries should be sent to Precarious Theorizing by February 15. 

Sharon’s call to develop a mode of precarious theorizing has implications well beyond the specific academic study of traumatic ignorance.

The relations between people, ideas, affects were what held her interest. It is this critical and passionate conversation which we invite you to attend to with careful, thoughtful, generous relationally.

Participate in three themed conversations:
Precarious theorizing in relation to 
1. writing and thinking
2. teaching and pedagogy
3. living (on)

January 14, 2012

Les Vulves radicales

 "The Radical Vulvas" originated in 2007 in Halifax, at the Dalhousie University Women's Centre. It is a community response to The Vagina Monologues by Eve Ensler.   

We are inviting everyone to express themselves, through any medium on the subject of women, or "femininity", or the very notion of women.  As a "write your own" production, the Radical Vulvas is whatever the community makes of it.  

The event itself will take place on February 11, at Café Artère, 7000 Avenue du Parc, Metro Parc, Montreal, Quebec H3N 1X1.   

We are accepting submissions, questions or comments by email.   
Please send either a copy of your text or a sound recording.  
Performance submissions should be under ten minutes.    

If the bulk of the piece is made up of some other element, a description of your piece and what you are communicating would be ideal. You can perform original work or someone else's work, or they can perform yours.  
Submissions may be in English or in French; the production itself will be completely bilingual. We would also like to include the visual arts and are looking to display paintings, photography, etc. 

Hovercraft

Please join us for the opening reception of Hovercraft 
on January 19 at 7:30 pm 
at the Art Gallery of Southwestern Manitoba, 710 Rosser Avenue, Brandon. 
There will be snacks, a thematic cake, and a musical performance by Shotgun Jimmie. 

The exhibition will remain open to the public, with various workshops and events, until March 30.  Everybody is welcome to attend workshops, or come during regular gallery hours to work on their own projects. 

Hovercraft is an exhibition of work by Manitoba’s new wave of craft-utilizing artists, 
co-curated by Jenny Western and Kerri-Lynn Reeves.

The exhibition challenges traditional notions of craft and art by hovering just above 
their presumed boundaries. Hovercraft showcases some of the most exciting new work 
being made by emerging artists: Takashi Iwasaki, Jeanette Johns, Heather Komus, 
Chantel Mierau, Kristin Nelson, Jennie O’Keefe, and Suzie Smith.

Bringing together elements of embroidery, woodworking, paper-making, weaving, 
doll making, performance, video, and multi-media, these dynamic artists demonstrate 
fresh perspectives on the relationship of art and craft.

Canada Reads, Manitoba Style

January 25, 8:00 pm to 10:00 pm
Prairie Ink Restaurant, McNally Robinson, Grant Park Shopping Centre

CBC Manitoba SCENE & McNally Robinson present
Canada Reads, Manitoba Style

5 Writers, 5 Readers, 5 Minutes.

Canada Reads 2012 features five non-fiction titles this year, and in our regional warm-up to the national CBC Radio book brawl, five well-known Manitobans have been matched with the five titles. 
Each reader will share his insights with the audience, each with a unique presentation lasting only five minutes. Well, maybe ten. 
No debating, no brawling, but plenty of insight, humour and stories.

You’ll find that:
- Singer-songwriter Ridley Bent knows what Dave Bidini is talking about 
in On A Cold Road.
- Former rink rat and Forks Chief Operating Officer Paul Jordan digs in the corner 
with Ken Dryden’s The Game.
- Author and professor of Persian descent Jila Ghomeshi is passionate about 
The Prisoner of Tehran.
- Daughter of a Chilean revolutionary Claudia Garcia de la Huerta attests to the 
story told in Carmen Aguirre’s Something Fierce.
- Head Assiniboine Park Zoo vet Dr. Chris Enright tracks John Vaillant’s The Tiger.

Join us this special evening and enter to win our door prize of all five titles! 
Reservations are recommended. 
Please call 975-2659 to have a table put aside.

North End Votes: Pre-budget consultation

Provincial pre-budget consultation for the North End
January 18 at 7:00 pm at Win Gardner Place, 363 McGregor St. 

You're invited to help us plan the next Provincial Budget!

How should our Provincial government be spending our money? 
Come have your say! 
Everyone welcome and encouraged to come!

Can't attend?

You can send in your feedback to Kevin Chief by 
mail: 788 Selkirk Avenue, Wpg, MB R2W 2N6

or phone 421-9126  or  945-3710 (Legislative Building)
or email Kevin Chief 

Lyzie Burt with Mise en Scene & Claire Morrison

Im Trying Records and UMFM are proud to present:
LYZIE BURT: "Cigarettes and You" 
w/ Mise en Scene and Claire Morrison of Fire and Smoke

Friday, January 20
The show will be at the Lo Pub, 330 Kennedy Street. 
Tickets will be $7 at the door. 
The doors open at 9:00, music to begin at 10.

Lyzie Burt is a 19 year old singer/songwriter who grew up in Selkirk, MB. Her music and melodies have been described as, "melancholy, with a twist that glues you to your chair". Lyzie is very active in the local music scene, lending her voice to local bands The Blisters, Zoppa and Little House. 

Mise en Scene is a female duo indie pop rock band from Winnipeg, Manitoba. Jodi, the punk rock power drummer sits stage right to Stef, vocals/guitar whose voice has been compared to that of Neko Case and Zooey Deschanel. Their sound ranges from 60s girl group pop to hard rock’n’roll! 

Claire is 1/2 of the Winnipeg Folk duo Fire and Smoke.  
Claire Morrison and Daniel Péloquin-Hopfner discovered in each other the potential for what is now Fire & Smoke. With her "decadently rich...voice" (Sandbox Magazine) and his feel-them-in-your-bones harmonies, the pair is garnering attention from CBC/Radio-Canada and has earned a spot at Granby's International Festival of Song in September 2012.  Fire & Smoke’s haunting style and boldly intimate storytelling will leave you with an ache in your soul, a song in your heart, and a knowing twinkle in your eye. 

January 13, 2012

bluelight / The Glenn Radley Trio & Jay Buchanan

Aqua Books, 274 Garry Street
Thursday, January 19, 12:00 pm to 2:00 pm
$5

Old dogs bluelight are joined by young cats The Glenn Radley Trio featuring Jay Buchanan.

bluelight is Barry Dunford (bass), Al Popowich (guitar), Randy Joyce (drums), Bob Parker (sax), and Dan Rosin on vocals. 
Drummer Glenn Radley's band for tonight includes Anatol Rennie on piano and Luc Guenette on bass. 
Jay Buchanan's voice will blow you away. 

Two male jazz singers on one stage, in Winnipeg? 
This is possible, you ask? 
Oh yeah.

Village Wooing

zone41 theatre, the company that brought you Bruce McManus' Three Sisters, presents
Village Wooing by GB Shaw
Thursday, January 19 to Sunday, January 29

Graham Ashmore (WJT's The Father, Talk, Way to Heaven)
Tracy Penner (TPM's Moonlight Sonata of Beethoven Blatz, RMTC's Top Girls)

Krista Jackson directs in both Winnipeg's and Ontario's ShawFests in 2012.

Reserve at 230.5018 or email zone41
Only 20 seats per show 

Opposites attract on the lounge-deck of the Empress of Patagonia. The courtship that ensues from pleasure ship to a village shop in England's Wiltshire Downs is uniquely Shavian; imbued with all manner of politics, wit and a healthy dose of the characterizations that keep his important work in such esteem.

Village Wooing runs in conjunction with 
Eric Lesage's Re: Definition 
at RAW: Gallery of Architecture & Design, 290 McDermot Avenue 
By weaving strips from the pages of a 1956 Webster’s Encyclopedic Dictionary, Lesage creates astonishing panels, each investigating a new potential in composition and material condition. 

January 12, 2012

Oak Hammock Marsh Events & Contest

The Oak Hammock Marsh Interpretive Centre is located 30 minutes North of Winnipeg on highway 67 between highways #7 and #8. 
For more information call 467-3300 or e mail Jacques Bourgeois

Saturday, January 14, 1:00 to 3:00 pm

It is believed that snowshoes were likely invented 6000 to 8000 years ago by mimicking some wildlife adaptations. Many animals, such as the snowshoe hare, jackrabbit and lynx have oversized feet enabling them to move quickly through deep snow. 

Snowshoes were essential for anyone whose life or living depended on the ability to get around in areas of deep and frequent snowfall. 

Join experienced snowshoeist, Dusty Molinski, and learn about the different styles of snowshoes and their history. A snowshoe walk in the marsh and hot chocolate will follow. 

Pre-registration is required. 
Workshop fee is $5 plus admission

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February 2 is World Wetlands Day. 
It marks the date of the adoption of the Convention on Wetlands on February 2, 1971. 

The theme for World Wetlands Day this year is Wetlands and Tourism. 
Each year since 1997 the Oak Hammock Marsh Interpretive Centre has been celebrating this event with many activities, including a colouring contest. 

To participate in the colouring contest, click on the link to print the colouring sheet. 
Colour the page and drop it off or mail it to Oak Hammock Marsh Interpretive Centre before February 2; judging will take place on that day.

****nomy Night - Exploring the 2012 Night Sk
Thursday, January 19, 7:00 pm 

Astronomy is one of the oldest sciences. Prehistoric cultures left behind astronomical artifacts such as the Egyptian monuments and Stonehenge. Early civilizations such as the Babylonians, Greeks, Chinese, Indians, and Maya performed methodical observations of the night sky. 

With the use of telescopes, the science of astronomy has leaped to an amazing level and is the leading science used in understanding the nature of the universe and its contents. 

Amateur astronomers have contributed to many important astronomical discoveries and can still play an active role. 

Join us and enjoy an evening of stories while exploring the night sky.  
Special theatre presentations and stargazing sessions from the rooftop observation deck will help you gain an appreciation for this heavenly hobby.