RANDALL KING / MOVIES
From art house to your house
In past years, when Winnipeg films played at the Toronto International Film Festival, the movies were art-house efforts from the likes of Guy Maddin and Deco Dawson. This is the year that locally lensed genre movies finally broke through, with Astron-6's giallo homage The Editor and Farpoint Films' horror-comedy Teen Lust. Some may see the inclusion of these films as retrogressive, but it may also be a sign that Winnipeg has what it takes to be a centre of horror film excellence.
BRAD OSWALD / TV
Conjunction Junction still has pop-culture function
For a generation of cartoon-obsessed kids, they were an unavoidable -- and surprisingly addictive -- injection of educational content into the Saturday-morning schedule. And now, 40 years later, ABC celebrates such catchy math- and grammar-inclined ditties as My Hero, Zero, Unpack Your Adjectives and Conjunction Junction with an hour-long special, The ABC's of Schoolhouse Rock, which airs Sunday, Sept. 7, at 6 p.m. It promises to be tuneful, good-natured fun, as Rock's five all-time favourite songs are counted down, but things could take a darker turn if Naughty Number Nine insinuates itself into the equation.
ANTHONY AUGUSTINE / MUSIC
Punk at the Park
The second edition of Punkrockradio.net's Summer Slammer takes place Friday, Sept. 5, at the Park Theatre. Featuring punk versus hardcore, Summer Slam 2 features a showdown between local acts such as Triggers, Mobina Galore, Bearfight and Union Stockyards (right). Tickets are $10 at the door. You can watch Union Stockyards' new video at bit.ly/garbagehill_video.
BEN MACPHEE-SIGURDSON / BOOKS
Mierau launches adoption memoir at McNally
Winnipeg poet/editor Maurice Mierau has taken his first steps into the world of non-fiction. Detachment: An Adoption Memoir tells the story of Mierau and wife Betsy in their attempt to adopt two young boys from Ukraine. Mierau details the challenges involved with such an undertaking and explores his family's Mennonite roots in Ukraine, all the while coming to terms with his own transition to fatherhood. Mierau launches Detachment on Friday, Sept. 5, at 7 p.m. at McNally Robinson Booksellers.
JEN ZORATTI / MUSIC
Mozart's Sister is one to watch
If you're planning catching cover boys PS I Love You at the Windsor Hotel on Friday night, you'll want to go early. Also on the bill is Montreal's Mozart's Sister, the synth-pop project of Caila Thompson-Hannant, whose bona fides include stints in Think About Life, Miracle Fortress and Shapes & Sizes. After generating big buzz with her Hello EP in 2013, she made good on the promise of that amuse-bouche with this year's full-length, Being, which was inspired by "Discovery-era Daft Punk, Post-era Bjrk and Betty Davis." See her before she supernovas. Friday, Sept. 5, Windsor Hotel, $10.