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Chutzpah! Festival Celebrates Diversity With Multifaceted International Programming

Chutzpah! Festival Celebrates Diversity With Multifaceted International Programming

by Yasmine Shemesh In Hebrew, chutzpah means “brazen audacity.” As such, it’s fitting that the term would be the namesake…

Eye on Edmonton: The finger on the pulse of Dirt City 

Tuesday 01st, May 2018 / 07:00
By Brittany Rudyck 


EDMONTON – Prance victoriously into spring with craft fairs, drag shows, live music and a fundraising gala for the Sexual Assault Centre of Edmonton.  

Even though Earth Day was technically last month, we can all do our part daily to work toward restoration of the planet. Case in point: the annual Mill Creek Clean Up on May 6. Meet at the stairs on 77 Ave rain or shine to tidy up our beloved river valley. Bags and gloves are provided so you can get down to business. Plus there’s a BBQ at noon to reward your hard work. Score. 

Evolution Wonderlounge is hosting the continuously fab Sunday Revue May 6. This installment celebrates drag kings like AJ McCleantime, Harvey Steele, Greg from Accounting and more. $5 at the door.  

The spring edition of the Royal Bison craft fair kicks off May 11 at 8426 Gateway Blvd. Pick up a Mother’s Day gift, shop for local art or simply wander around with a coffee. It’s three dollars to pop in and take a peek. 

If you miss out on the drag king show, check out HOMO-CIDAL’s takeover of the Buckingham May 13. Some of Edmonton’s favourite drag queens like Chelsea Horrendous, Lourdes the Merry Virgin, Science Fair and so many more!  

Cantoo is releasing a five song cassette on May 18 at the Aviary. This release party is more of a variety show, with friends like Jom Comyn and Baby Jey acting as support and playing songs with Aaron Parker of Cantoo. We’re also promised a secret guest, so this is one night of indie pop you won’t want to miss! 

Throw some damn toast at Metro Cinema’s bi-annual presentation of Rocky Horror Picture Show on May 19. This almost always sells out, so grab a ticket on Metro’s website, plan your costume and pick up props like noisemakers, toilet paper, rubber gloves and party hats. You’ll be amongst friends and sane persons at this wacky and super fun screening.  

Friends to all, the Wet Secrets are releasing their new album The Tyranny of Objects with Physical Copies at 9910 on May 20. Put your dancin’ pants on for this one.  

The fifth annual fundraiser gala for SACE (Sexual Assault Centre of Edmonton) is May 23 at Shaw Conference Centre featuring guest speaker Tarana Burke, the founder of the #metoo movement. Attend for inspiration, community and support. Tickets available on Eventbrite. 

If you didn’t get enough crafts & local art at the Royal Bison, check out the Zine Fair at the Old Strathcona Library May 26. It’s free and it’s for all ages. Go buy things and support local artists, of course! 

Start June on the right foot with a vinyl swap at Daravara on the third. They have a bangin’ brunch, so eat something and be the first to sift through bins at 3pm. Three hours of buying, swapping and chatting about records. Always a fun time.

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