By Brittany Rudyck
EDMONTON – As we get a murky glimpse of spring via puddles of melted snow and gravel this month, jump into your rubber boots and get thine butt out to one of these upcoming events.
Kick off your month will a little Ukrainian Theatre from the fine folks at Pyretic Productions. Blood of Our Soil by Lianna Makuch runs at the Westbury Theatre from March 1 to March 9. The play depicts the struggles of the Ukrainian people against Stalin and Hitler by using live Ukrainian folk music and dramatic storytelling. Tickets available on the Fringe Theatre website.
If running social media accounts as an artist isn’t your thing, join Night Vision Academy for an afternoon workshop on March 4 exploring the fundamentals. Keith Armstrong will guide the discussion, providing tools and techniques to build your fanbase. $40 will claim your spot.
The Sewing Machine Factory is home to some out there jazz on March 6 with Heavy Beak’s tape release show. In fact, the entire show is essentially a wall of noise with artists like Bitter Fictions (Calgary), Soft Ions and Blipvert. Get your avant-garde freak on for $10 at the door.
For aspiring poets and those curious about writing from a place of honesty, the Nook Cafe is hosting a workshop series on March 7, March 14, March 21 and March 28 with local poet Nisha Patel. Writing prompts, simple poetry techniques and more will be explored. There is no age restriction for this creative event.
Continuous momentum and support for the #metoo movement takes the form of a rally at the Alberta Legislature on March 10. This event seeks to provide solidarity and support for survivors and work to move beyond the hashtag, but also to address the current need for support for overwhelmed sexual assault centres. The rally runs from 1 p.m. until 3 p.m. and all are welcome to participate.
If you haven’t heard the news the Mercury Room is closing… sorry to break it to you. Do your best to make it out to one of the last shows until the end of March. The St. Patrick’s Day party put on by Clean Up Your Act Productions is a great opportunity to do just that. Chips Ov Oi, Citizen Rage (Calgary), Suicide Helpline and Ripperhead AB and Riefer Madness are on the bill March 17. A raucous punk show for the ages!
The Rec Room is doing a Wes Anderson film series every second Wednesday at the South Edmonton Common location. March 21 will feature The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou (2004). At intermission, dream pop angels Prince Bunny will perform. This is a free screening.
Metro Cinema’s All-You-Can-Eat Cereal Cartoon Party is back on March 31. This all-ages sugary cereal buffet features a variety of vintage cartoons spanning the ‘40s to the ‘80s including old school commercials and PSAs. The event usually sells out in advance and is well worth getting up a little early on a Saturday to check out. Unless you don’t think 10 a.m. on a Saturday is early… whatever.#metoo, Alberta Legislature, All-You-Can-Eat Cereal Cartoon Party, Bitter Fictions, Blood of Our Soil, Chips Ov Oi, Citizen Rage, Edmonton, Heavy Beak, Keith Armstrong, Mercury Room, Night Vision Academy, Nisha Patel, Nook Cafe, Prince Bunny, Pyretic Productions, Riefer Madness, Soft Ions and Blipvert, South Edmonton Common, St. Patrick's Day, Suicide Helpline and Ripperhead AB, The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou, The Rec Room, The Sewing Machine Factory