The weather outside may be bringing the chills, but that’s why we’ve got theatre to make it all better! This week marks the opening of the Royal MTC’s new season. And Cercle Molière is also pulling out the stops with a compelling new production. The Winnipeg Art Gallery, centre culturel franco-manitobain and the Churchill Creative Collective also have exciting events happening this week. Take a moment to decide which activities best suit your schedule. Here’s what’s hot in Manitoba.
Watch a warm, witty play on matters of head and heart
opens October 17
John Hirsch Mainstage, Winnipeg
Local playwright Ellen Peterson brings the romantic classic of Jane Austen to life in this brand new production by the Royal Manitoba Theatre Centre. Sense and Sensibility is a witty tale of the Dashwood sisters whose family is on the brink of financial ruin. As one sister, Elinor, is guided by her head and a motivation to save her family, the other sister, Marianne, is ruled by matters of the heart. Both sisters must learn how to strike that fine balance between the two. Sense and Sensibility previews at John Hirsch Mainstage on Wednesday and opens on Thursday night.
Have a jazz-filled dining experience
Resto Gare and Train Bar, Winnipeg
Resto Gare is livening up Thursday dinners with Jazz at the Station. If you’re a jazz enthusiast, then you won’t want to miss the talents of Kelly Bado as she serenades the audience.
Take a walk down the 80s memory lane
The Winnipeg Art Gallery’s latest exhibit, The 80s Image, focuses on painting and still-photography during the decade and the rise of technology during that period. Fifty Canadian artists will display their works that helped define the era. And in celebration of the 80s, the WAG is also hosting a Classic 80s Film Nights. This Friday’s feature film will be Sixteen Candles.
Head to a French film fest
October 19 to 21
centre culturel franco-manitobain, St. Boniface
Cinémental is hosting its 27th film festival, Festival des films francophone au Manitoba. For three days, the centre culturel franco-manitobain will feature French films, including a short film competition.
Capture new moments at FLASH Fest
various venues, Winnipeg
The FLASH Photographic Festival continues this week at various venues throughout the city. During this month, Manitoban photographers of all skill levels and of all genres will have their works featured. For details of venues, click here.
Support a pop-up art gallery
October 15 to 19
The Churchill Creative Collective is hosting a Bear Season Pop-Up Art Gallery. The gallery will be set on a retired Tundra Buggy and will highlight a variety of art work created by local artists in Churchill. For more details, email Claudia Grill.
Wear your heart on your hockey sleeve
October 16 and 19
Westoba Place, Brandon
There’s going to be a lot of action on the ice this week, hockey action, that is. For the Brandon Wheat Kings fans, Westoba Place will be the hub on Tuesday and Friday nights. So, get your game face on, wear your heart on your hockey sleeve, and don’t miss your chance to cheer along your favourite hometown heroes.
Feast at a fall supper
October 16, 17, 19 to 21
What would fall be without the community suppers? Here’s a list of the ones to check out this week.
Bergthaler Mennonite Church, Winkler Fall Supper
McKenzie United Church, McKenzie United Fall Supper
United Church Hall, Minnedosa United Church Fall Supper
St. Anne Ukrainian Catholic Church, Perogy Supper
Community Centre, Piney Fall Supper
New Life’s Church Stonewall, Bethel Rays of Hope Fall Supper
Community Hall, Elm Creek Fall Supper
Community Hall, Plum Coulee Fall Supper
Community Hall, Roland Fall Supper
Community Hall, St. Joseph Fall Supper
Morden 55+ Friendship Centre, Thanksgiving Banquet Fall Supper
Westminster United Church Fall Supper
Roseau River Bible Camp Fall Supper
Community Hall, Zhoda Fall Supper
Camp Arnes Fall Supper
Meadow Lea Hall, Project New Hope Canada Fall Supper
Legion Hall, Bowsman Fall Supper
Knox United Church, Roblin Fall Supper
St. Dominics Church, Neepawa Fall Supper
Community Hall, Pipestone Fall Supper
St. George’s Anglican Church Fall Supper
Antoninus Catholic Church Deloraine Fall Supper
Mary, Mother of the Church Fall Supper
St Eugene Roman Catholic Church Fall Supper
St. Andrew’s River Heights United Church Fall Supper
Have family fun in Headingley
October 17 to 21
Shelmerdine Garden Centre, Headingley
Where can you shop for adorable Halloween goodies, seasonal décor, and plants while your kids play at a not-so-scary indoor playground? Head to Shelmerdine for a fun, kid-friendly play zone featuring a hay maze, tire swings, bouncy castle, face painting and much more. This year’s fun zone also includes a train ride, bumper cars, swings and a merry-go-round.
Sip on wine in Roblin
Roblin Life & Art Centre, Roblin
The Life & Art Centre is hosting a wine-tasting fundraising initiative featuring over 40 wines from around the globe. If you’re a wine lover, then this is the perfect event to rub shoulders with like-minded aficionados and connoisseurs.
Watch the night skies in Oak Hammock
Oak Hammock Marsh, Stonewall
As the birds migrate, learn how they use the stars to navigate north and south. Oak Hammock Marsh will host an outdoor observation session on its rooftop where you can watch the night skies.
Shake a leg at a musical
October 18 to 20
Western Manitoba Centennial Auditorium, Brandon
Disney’s story of a band of underdogs, Newsies, was a hit on Broadway and now the musical is making its way to Brandon. With incredible dance numbers, and foot-stomping entertainment, the Western Manitoba Centennial Auditorium will come alive with songs written by Academy Award-winning composer Alan Menken.
Discover the stories hidden in a diverse group’s closet
opens October 19
Théâtre Cercle Molière, Winnipeg
Cercle Molière is uniting an international cast of artists for the production of L’Armoire. The story focuses on a diverse group from different cultures and ethnic backgrounds, all facing various struggles. In spite of life’s challenges, this group seeks to experience life’s simplest pleasures of joy and hope. L’Armoire plays at Cercle Molière from October 18 to November 3.
Make your way to Forth Fridays
Forth, Exchange District
Forth is making Fridays all the rage with DJs, cocktails, and all the trappings that make it one of the Exchange District’s most happening spots. Make your way to Forth for DJs AOKS, Chairman Au, and Louie Lovebird from 10 p.m.
Sample an evening full of fine wines
Victoria Inn, Brandon
The Rotary Club invites you to an evening of fine wines with the Westman Wine Festival. Sample over 110 wines from around the world in support of the Elspeth Reid Family Resource Centre.
Let your eyes fall on a new exhibit
Pulse Gallery, Winnipeg
Pulse Gallery is exhibiting the works of Canadian-based British artist Ludolf Grollé in his presentation Lifted from my Eyes in the Johnston Terminal at The Forks. This exhibit focuses on the concepts of juxtaposition and paradox.
Get terrified on 12
October 19 to 21
Highway 12, Anola
Prepare yourself for an unforgettable, hair-raising Terror On 12 experience! It’s time to put your courage to the test with new and unexpected twists and freakishly frightening features as you attempt to make your way across the haunted estate for an interactive ghostly adventure.
Learn to make Iroquois dolls
St. Andrew’s Rectory, Saint Andrews
St. Andrew’s Rectory is introducing guests to the legends of the Iroquois. Learn about the traditional Iroquois corn husk doll and even make one of your own!
Fall into Christmas in Morris
Morris MultiPlex, Morris
The town of Morris is holding its annual Fall Into Christmas Expo on Saturday at the MultiPlex. With over 70 booths featuring a variety of homemade crafts, baked goods and home-based businesses, there will be a lot to take in. There will also be a silent auction with proceeds going to Morris Minor Hockey.
Bid the birds farewell at a concert
Oak Hammock Marsh, Stonewall
Bid adieu to the birds of the marsh with an evening of classical music. Oak Hammock Marsh will be holding a concert, which will commence at 7:30 p.m. with a wine and cheese event featuring 10 different wines during the intermission. There will also be a silent auction.