From the theatre scene to the art scene, from the comedy selection to the music repertoires, there is so much happening in Manitoba, and there is simply such a rich culture and diversity to go around, and to choose from and enjoy. This week is no different. Here’s just a selection of what’s hot in Manitoba.
Get the chill of Christmas past
Opens November 23 & plays November 25
John Hirsch Mainstage, Winnipeg and MNP Building On The Island, Portage la Prairie
It’s a story we all know well, but this week, Royal MTC brings the chill of Christmas past to the John Hirsch Mainstage. A Christmas Carol tells the tale of mean, old Ebenezer Scrooge who is known for his dedication to the almighty dollar and equally well known for his catchphrase “bah humbug”. All that will change, however, when the ghost of his business partner Marley appears to save Scrooge from himself. Portage la Prairie will also be visited by the ghosts of Christmas as the the Royal MTC makes its way there.
Get enchanted by Moscow Ballet’s Nutcracker
November 20 & 22
Western Manitoba Centennial Auditorium, Brandon and Burton Cummings Theatre, Winnipeg
Moscow Ballet is marking its 25th anniversary of touring with productions in Brandon and Winnipeg. The Nutcracker, Russian style comes to the stage with an over-the-top, thrilling production featuring world class Russian artists.
Witness old pieces come to life again
1894 Art Centre, Boissevain
Join Morden artist Sharon Loeppky for her exhibit ReCreation at the 1894 Art Centre where her works in ceramic come to life taking something old and creating something brand new.
Celebrate Jewish Tarbut
November 20 to 26
Rady Jewish Community Centre, Winnipeg
Celebrate Jewish Tarbut this week at the Rady JCC. This annual event, Tarbut: Festival of Jewish Culture brings together local and non-local performers, including Ethiopian-Israeli soul performer AvevA. In addition to the musical buffet, prominent author presentations, compelling Jewish feature films and visual arts.
Revisit fairy tale favourites
November 20 to 26
Children’s Museum, Winnipeg
It’s back! For those with vivid imaginations who prefer to conjure up their own stories, Eaton’s Fairy Tale Vignettes present visuals for retelling old favourites like Snow White and Little Red Riding Hood.
Get ready for another jazz-filled Tuesday
centre culturel franco-manitobain, St. Boniface
Excited for another jazz-filled Tuesday? We don’t blame you. This week’s performance features the vocal talent David Grenon, known for his extensive performances. This Tuesday, Grenon will be taking his artistic prowess to the centre culturel.
Ride the emotions of an operatic tragedy
November 21, 24
Centennial Concert Hall, Winnipeg
Set in 20th century Japan, the tale of Madama Butterfly is a sad one, but albeit a powerful story of love, honour, trust, hope and ultimately, betrayal. The Manitoba Opera brings all the aspects of human interaction and emotion together in this operatic tragedy at Centennial Concert Hall.
Experience a convergence of cultures
November 21 to 26
Prairie Theatre Exchange, Winnipeg
PTE’s second production for the season, Ubuntu, tells the remarkable story of chance encounters, community, and a relentless search for truth through the experiences of a young Canadian woman and a young South African man. In the midst of the chaos that ensues, a spirited story unfolds to the rhythms of music and dance.
Have yourself a comedy-filled evening
November 21 to 25
Rumor’s Comedy Club, Winnipeg
There’s more to Lachlan Patterson than meets the eye. From The Tonight Show with Jay Leno to Comedy Central’s Live at Gotham, this is one comedian who knows how to get his audience going. Check out his act at Rumor’s Comedy Club this week.
Relive your glory days
Centennial Concert Hall, Winnipeg
Miss the good old days of Stayin’ Alive with the Bee Gees and Paul McCartney’s Band on the Run? Relive your glory days of The British Legends with an all-Canadian cast as they take on the music of the greats and bring them into one great night of performances at Centennial Concert Hall.
Get to the heart of the human condition
Park Theatre, Winnipeg
With an impressive track record already under its belt, the Canadian band, Current Swell, takes its show on the road with a stop in Winnipeg. Get to the heart of the human condition and front and centre as the band performs music from its latest album at the Park Theatre.
Head to an indoor farmers’ market
City Place, Winnipeg
The outdoor farmers’ markets may be closed, but the indoor markets are just getting started. Beginning on Thursday, City Place will be a hub of activity with produce, preserves, crafts and much more.
Listen to a humourist’s unforgettable stories
Mennonite Brethren Church, Steinbach
If you known anything about Phil Callaway or his books, you’ll appreciate that he’s one funny guy with some unique perspectives. Join the bestselling author and radio host as he tells some of his funniest stories for an evening in Steinbach.
Attend a French play
November 23 to 25
Théâtre Cercle Molière, St. Boniface
It has been 14 years since Arnaud left his family’s farm, but now the death of his father brings him back to face his demons. As he enters this world with no idea of what to expect, he must face his estranged brother to settle their father’s estate and face whatever other secrets await around the corner. The French production Dehors opens at Cercle Molière.
Take in a high-flying adventure
Bell MTS Centre, Winnipeg
The circus is coming to town with an amazing show of acrobatics and high-flying adventure. This Friday, at the Bell MTS Centre, Cirque Musica Holiday presents Believe. This adrenaline-packed show promises to be a thrill that everyone will enjoy.
Treat yourself to a fish fry
Pembina Threshermen’s Museum, Winkler
It’s Friday afternoon and you’ve made it through another work week. Whew! We think you should reward yourself with a visit to the Pembina Threshermen’s Museum and a tasty, homemade fish fry supper. The mouth-watering menu options will be more than enough to satisfy any weekend appetite, while the company of family and friends guarantees everyone will have a good ole time.
Get in the Christmas spirit at an Interlake market
November 24 to 26
New Iceland Heritage Museum, Gimli
Christmas is in the air! Head to the Interlake this weekend and fill up on your Christmas cheer at the Gimli Christmas market. Look out for the unique gift items, homemade jewelry and free hot chocolate and cookies.
Catch your first glimpse of Santa
Oak Hammock Marsh
Catch an early glimpse of Santa at Oak Hammock Marsh this weekend. Bring along your camera for some up-close shots with jolly old St. Nick, or take a wagon ride or enjoy some bannock over the open fire. There will also be face painting and other activities for the kids.
Sing along to a musical
Lord Selkirk Regional Comprehensive Secondary
The Interlake Players Travelling Musical Theatre Company presents Polyester The Musical, which tells the story of an ageing group called The Synchronistics who still fancy themselves ABBA wannabes. After 20 years of radio silence, the group reunites for one more charity performance in an effort to save a beloved television station from bankruptcy.
Check out a Christmas market
Community Hall, Great Falls
Great Falls will be holding its handmade, homemade Christmas market this weekend. If you love the extra special touch of locally made with love, then head to the Community Hall and a chance at winning a prize.