ALISON MAYES / ARTS
Baby got Bach
Eight elite Winnipeg singers will interweave their voices on J.S. Bach's Motets this Sunday at 7 p.m. at First Presbyterian Church (61 Picardy Pl.). The octet, known as B'achtet and presented by Canzona, has invited Montreal-based John Wiens to guest-conduct. It's a rare chance to hear these beautiful and challenging works performed with one voice per part. Tickets are $20 at the door or at McNally Robinson Booksellers.
RANDALL KING / MOVIES
An abundance of 'Hunger'
The DVD release of The Hunger Games disproves the notion that the DVD market is dead or dying, with North American sales coming in close to four million since the home video release Friday. Presumably, the popularity has more to do with the book's loyal fan base than it has to do with the actual movie, but in any case, it proves not all the kids are illegally downloading their movie fare.
MORLEY WALKER / BOOKS
Don't try this at home yourself
It's no 50 Shades of Grey, but Canadian journalist Jan Wong says she has done well by self-publishing her memoir about workplace depression, Out of the Blue. She released the book last May and is working her way through her second printing of 5,000 copies while racking up lots of speaking engagements. Self-publishing success, she says, requires luck, timing, hard work and visibility. "I don't know if anyone else could replicate it," she says, "or if I could replicate it."
JILL WILSON / DVD
The third season of NBC's brilliant, underwatched sitcom Community has a few weak spots, but makes up for it with guest stars including John Goodman, The Wire's Michael K. Williams and Breaking Bad's Giancarlo Esposito, and excellent episodes spoofing Law & Order and Ken Burns' The Civil War. And any show that devotes almost an entire animated episode to emulating an 8-bit video game has our undying love. It's available on DVD now.
MELISSA MARTIN / MUSIC
Blame it on Rio
Sound and colour will take over the east side of the Exchange this weekend, as a trio of businesses team up to throw what they're calling Winnipeg's first Carnaval Street Party. Saucy live dance music will form a soundtrack for the grand opening of Corrientes Pizzeria and Boon Burger's Bannatyne location. Afterwards, revellers can file into Alive in the District to keep the party pumping. The fun starts at 7 p.m. on Friday and Saturday.