It's a brand new week. Soon the month of November will come to a close and the festivities of December will take hold. Until then, we've got a few activities that will keep you busy. Here’s what’s hot in Manitoba.

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Head to the Outlet Collection for Black Friday

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November 23
Outlet Collection, Winnipeg

Visit Winnipegs only fashion Outlet Collection on Friday from 7 a.m. for amazing door crashers. Make your way to Entry #3 where the action begins. Other specials include a $20 bonus card with the purchase of a $200 gift card. And don't forget to check out the new Kate Spade Outlet.

Have a feel-good moment at a play

Royal MTC, It's A Wonderful Life

previews November 20
John Hirsch Mainstage, Winnipeg

Royal MTC brings the feel-good story of It’s a Wonderful Life to the John Hirsch Mainstage this week. This latest production is set in a live recording studio during the golden age of radio, where George Bailey, who has consistently put others ahead of himself, helping them to achieve their dreams, now contemplates his own life and its impact. On the brink of ruin and at his wit’s end, he ponders throwing in the towel on life, until the good-natured angel, Clarence, shows up just in time to show George just how much of an impact his life has made. It’s a Wonderful Life will preview for two nights and officially opens on November 22.

Celebrate human rights and Mandela

Exploring the Nelson Mandela: Struggle for Freedom exhibit at the Canadian Museum for Human Rights

on now
Canadian Museum for Human Rights, Winnipeg

The Canadian Museum for Human Rights is honouring the memory of Nelson Mandela with a riveting exhibit. Mandela: Struggle for Freedom looks at Mandela’s life and his efforts to end apartheid.

Revisit fairy tale favourites

Eaton’s Fairytale Vignettes

continues this week
Children’s Museum, Winnipeg

It’s back! For those with vivid imaginations who prefer to conjure up their own stories, Eaton’s Fairytale Vignettes present visuals for retelling old favourites like Sleeping Beauty and Old Mother Hubbard.

Plan your next staycation

Aaron's on the Lake

all month long
Aaron’s on the Lake, Matlock

Aaron’s on the Lake only recently opened, but it’s proving to be the perfect spot for a weekend getaway. This bed and breakfast also hosts weekend soirées with a fondue weekend coming up soon. For more information, or to book your next staycation, visit the website.

Get close to the edge at an exhibit

Kathy Levandoski's new exhibit, Riding the Edge: the next generation

November 20 to 24
Portage and District Arts Centre, Portage la Prairie

Mixed media artist Kathy Levandoski brings her exciting new exhibit, Riding the Edge: the next generation, to the Portage and District Arts Centre. Levandoski’s latest work is inspired by her very own Manitoba backyard, Riding Mountain.

Find your Happy Place

Prairie Theatre Exchange's A Happy Place

continues this week
Prairie Theatre Exchange, Winnipeg

Winnipeg-born playwright, Pamela Mala Sinha, brings a brave and touching play that explores the courage and compassion of a group of women living in an in-patient care facility. Each woman has her own story and trauma, but the solidarity they build as a community becomes the best therapy they could ever need, not to mention the humour. A Happy Place previews continues this week at Prairie Theatre Exchange.

Feast your eyes on a new exhibit

Manitoba artist Kathleen Black

November 19 to 23
Pulse Gallery, Winnipeg

Pulse Gallery is exhibiting the works of Manitoba artist Kathleen Black in her presentation Discovering Stillness in the Johnston Terminal at The Forks. This exhibit focuses on the artist’s new works in kiln-formed glass and acrylic paint.

Take a page out of the great American songbook

WSO Swing is the Thing

November 20
Centennial Concert Hall, Winnipeg

The Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra is taking a page out of the great American songbook with its Swing is the Thing concert. If you can’t recall the last time you listened to the music of greats like Duke Ellington’s orchestra, Cab Calloway, Ella Fitzgerald and Ethel Waters, then make your way to Centennial Concert Hall this weekend for a refresher.

Listen to two chamber trio performances

Horszowski Trio

November 20 and 24
Eckhardt Gramatté Hall, University of Winnipeg

The Horszowski Trio has received rave reviews among peers and audiences alike, as well as from media outlets. Now you can have the chance to discover what all the rave reviews are about as the trio will perform at the University of Winnipeg’s Eckhardt Gramatté Hall on Tuesday evening. There will also be a performance on Saturday evening by another trio, the Gryphon Trio. This group has toured extensively across North America and Europe and has also received stellar reviews.

Feel the energy at a live event

West End Deep Dark Woods and Dobet

November 21 and 22
West End Cultural Centre, Winnipeg

Two back-to-back performances will be happening at the West End Cultural Centre this week. The Deep Dark Woods will be playing songs from its new album, Yarrow, on Wednesday evening, while Côte d’Ivoire singer and Grammy Award-winning artist Dobet Gnahoré, who has performed worldwide, with 800 concerts already under her belt since 2004, will bring her show-stopping energy to the stage on Thursday.

Get wide-eyed at the Russian ballet

Russian ballet Nutcracker

November 22 and 23
Western Manitoba Centennial Auditorium, Brandon

Burton Cummings Theatre, Winnipeg

The Moscow Ballet’s Great Russian Nutcracker is coming to Brandon and Winnipeg this week. This tour will feature world class Russian artists, hand-painted sets, Russian snow maidens, and a two-dancer Dove of Peace.

Take a journey with a master illusionist

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premieres November 22
Théâtre Cercle Molière, St. Boniface

Master illusionist Olivier Ducas takes his one-man show, Villes, to Cercle Molière this week, where he will take his audience on a 90-minute journey to a stunning array of world cities, using only a camera, a screen and an assortment of ordinary objects.

Stop, Drop and Write at Station 8

Stop, Drop and Write at Station 8

November 23
Station 8 Café, Winnipeg

If you’re a budding writer looking for a space to hone your skills, Station 8 Café offers a safe and welcoming environment to do just that. Stop, Drop and Write takes place every Friday and lets you set your own pace among like-minded individuals.

Relive rock ‘n’ roll history

Million Dollar Quartet at the Royal Winnipeg Theatre Centre

November 24
Western Manitoba Centennial Auditorium, Brandon

December 1956 may be long gone, but now you get the chance to relive history and catch a glimpse into the excitement that was rock ‘n’ roll, when, for one night, four music legends – Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis and Carl Perkins – made recording history as the Million Dollar Quartet.

Create Victorian-style décor at the Rectory

St Andrews Rectory Christmas

November 24
St. Andrew’s Rectory National Historic Site, Saint Andrews

St. Andrew’s Rectory is gearing up for the holidays and invites you along to help brighten up the Rectory for the season and to create your very own Victorian holiday decorations.

Sing along to an After Hours tune

Winnipeg Singers

November 24
St. George’s Anglican Church Hall, Winnipeg

The Winnipeg Singers will be performing its After Hours concert on Saturday evening. This event will take on a more casual format with light refreshments being served.

Put a swing in your step

Swing dance at Ted Motyka Dance Studio

Photo: Maien H.
November 24
Ted Motyka Dance Studio, Exchange District

The era of swing is back at the Ted Motyka Dance Studio. If you love dancing – swing dancing in particular – then head to the Exchange District for the Saturday Swing Out, where you can dance the night away to some of the music that shaped history. This Saturday’s event will feature live music by Murray Riddell.

Watch a master pianist take on Chopin

Li Yundi

November 25
Centennial Concert Hall, Winnipeg

Internationally acclaimed pianist, Li Yundi, is known for his presentation of masterpieces like Chopin. Now, Yundi brings his talents to Centennial Concert Hall for a spectacular evening.

Shop a market or craft sale

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Now is as good a time as any to visit the markets and craft sales to find unique, local items made by talented artisans. Here are a few that are happening this week:

November 19 to 24

331 St. Charles Street, Winnipeg, Fall into Christmas Craft Fair

November 22 to 25

RBC Convention Centre, Winnipeg, Signatures Craft Show & Sale

November 23 and 24

New Iceland Heritage Museum, Gimli, Christmas Market

November 24

Musée de Saint-Boniface, St. Boniface, Noël au Musée Craft Sale

Dawson Trail Museum, Richer, Annual Christmas Artisan Sale

Great Falls Community Hall, Great Falls Annual Christmas Craft Market

MMF Hall, The Pas, Arts, Crafts & More Sale

Community Hall, Rossburn, Candy Cane Lane Market

Oakville Community Hall, Oakville Annual Christmas Market

Winkler Arts & Culture Centre, WA+C Christmas Handmade Market

Community Hall, Birtle, Annual Christmas Market

Yellowhead Centre, Neepawa, Glorious Christmas Wish Sale

King's Head Pub, Winnipeg, Half Moon Market

St. Peter's Anglican Church Hall, Winnipeg, Heritage Needle Arts Sale

First Unitarian Universalist Church of Winnipeg, Holiday Market

Roblin Blvd, Winnipeg, Once Upon a Christmas Craft Show

November 24 and 25

Hudson’s Bay Downtown, Winnipeg, Annual Third + Bird Christmas

Say ‘cheese’ with Santa

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For all the parents of eager kids waiting for the chance to get on Santa’s lap, here are some of the places where Santa will be making an appearance this week:

November 24

St. Mary’s Nursery and Garden Centre, Winnipeg, Photos with Santa and Mrs. Claus

November 24 and 25

FortWhyte Alive, Winnipeg Santa in the Forest

November 25

Fairmont Winnipeg, Santa Suite at Fairmont Winnipeg