High tension dramas, down to earth “mom”-ologues and operatic laughfests fill out the week and once again prove that when it comes to arts and culture, November is king. Don’t forget to pick up your Culture Pass so that you can enjoy even more arts events. Here’s what’s hot…
Indulge in a high tension drama
November 17 to December 3
Tom Hendry Warehouse
23.5 Hours tells the story of Tom, a happily married drama teacher who has everything going for him until an accusation threatens his job, his family life and his friends. This drama explores the grey areas between law and our conscience, the the limits that our own loyalties to each other can be pushed to.
Learn the story behind one of the world’s most famous bears
Assiniboine Park, Winnipeg
Now open at the Assiniboine Park Pavilion Gallery, Remembering the Real Winnie: The World’s Most Famous Bear Turns 100 honours the legend of Winnie the Pooh. The exhibition presents the story of WWI’s Lieutenant Harry Colebourn and the adoption and donation of a black bear that would later inspire literary icon A.A. Milne. See photographs, diaries, documents and objects that highlight the story that belongs to Canadian culture and global literature as a whole.
Run for your life in Churchill
It’s time to brrrr-ave the coolest marathon in the world. The Polar Bear Marathon is a unique adventure run, where you can enjoy the Hudson Bay scenery (with all its “Charlie Brown” pine trees) and the camaraderie of others while you run in the Polar Bear Capital of the world. No need to be afraid of the cold — or polar bears — because race volunteers have you covered with vehicles driving alongside. You can warm up in a vehicle, get your energy food, change into dry clothing, shoot a photo, or seek safety should a bear show up.
Bring letters for Santa in Brandon
Catch Santa as he makes his way down Rosser and Princess Avenues for the Brandon Santa Claus Parade. Hop aboard free transportation from Brandon Transit to the parade route and bring a non-perishable item for to help spread the joy of the season. Plus Canada Post will also be on site collecting letters for Santa, so start working on your list!
Experience theatre in Winnipeg’s French Quarter
November 17 to December 3
Théâtre Cercle Molière, Winnipeg
In the music-filled tale of Le long voyage de Pierre-Guy B, Pierre-Guy, a passionate percussionist who finally returns home after touring the world. Upon arriving, he is forced to reflect on his hectic life and the events that led him to run away to a nomadic life of solitude. Not a french speaker? Tablets with subtitles are available so that all can enjoy the show.
See oddities in the Sam Waller Museum
Pas Community Courthouse, The Pas
Housed in the oldest brick building in northern Manitoba (built in 1916), the must-see Sam Waller Museum houses exhibits related to natural history and northern culture, along with oddities such as costumed fleas collected by late naturalist, teacher and taxidermist, Waller. And if you need more convincing to stop by this fantastic music, Sierra Noble will be performing on November 19 as part of the Home Routes Concert Series.
Set out for spectacular stargazing
Oak Hammock Marsh
Oak Hammock Marsh has the best skies. When it isn’t full of migrating birds, it’s littered with the brightest stars. Attend Astronomy Night and get to know some of the brightest constellations in the dark autumn sky. Enthusiastic astrophotographer Sheila Wiwchar will be on hand to offer tips and tricks on capturing the beauty of the night sky. An outdoor observation session from the rooftop will let you explore the stars.
Discover the Victorian Secrets of the Dalnavert Museum
Dalnavert Museum, Winnipeg
The Dalnavert Museum is a dramatic and striking restoration of the former home of a prominent Winnipeg family built in 1895. Saved from a sure demise by the Manitoba Historical Society in 1969, the house and its contents are a clue into what life was like in the late Victorian era. In this special Explorative Lecture Series Inés Bonacossa will take you through the Macdonald Medicine Cabinet for a peek at the Victorian cure-alls and wonder oils.
Join into an operatic laughfest
November 17 to 25
Centennial Concert Hall, Winnipeg
“All the world’s a jest…he who laughs last, laughs best!” Falstaff tells the story of Sir John Falstaff, an aged knight who boasts of his own charm and sends identical love letters to two married women, in hopes of tapping into their husbands’ fortunes. Cross dressing, pranks, disguises, plots and counterplots are the recipe for a laugh fest of operatic proportions in this performance by the Manitoba Opera.
Journey to the heart of motherhood
November 10 to 27
Prairie Theatre Exchange, Winnipeg
This wildly funny exploration of motherhood will touch the hearts of moms, those who want to be a mom, or those who have a mom. Told through stories, “mom”-ologues and anecdotes, the cast of performer-parents illustrate what it really means to be a mother.
Go to the Macbeth After Party
November 18 to 19
Brandon University – Lorne Watson Recital Hall
In a new comedy by Deanna Smid, Macbeth The After Party takes audiences back to 1611, when the opening night of Macbeth had just concluded and the cast gathered for celebrations at their local establishment, where shenanigans ensue and our play takes off.
Come closer to the cosmos
Open Tuesday to Sunday
Did you know that the Planetarium at the Manitoba Museum is one of the most advanced in the world? It was the first planetarium to use Digistar® 5, an all-dome digital projection technology that will transport you to places you’ve never been before – in 3D! Leave Earth and fly to the edge of the unknown universe in one seamless motion and take in the true perspective of our skies. Yeah, science! Current shows are Astronaut, narrated by Ewan McGregor, Search for Life: Are We Alone? narrated by Harrison Ford, Live with the Stars and the zany Zula Patrol: Down to Earth.