Going up or down? Want to know where your love life is heading this Valentine's season? At the Saints and Sinners psychic social Saturday night, two downstairs banquet rooms at the Marion Hotel will be a Gypsy-style encampment for dancing, wild entertainment, tarot readings and a Winnipeg-style social.
Gloria Stokes, manager of the Soul Medicine Psychic Shoppe, which created the event in aid of the Winnipeg Humane Society, laughs: "It's the last weekend before Valentine's Day, so you can come and find out who your new honey's going to be for 2014!" Shop owner and radio-show host Bernice Bisson says they're offering $10 tarot readings with a dozen of their top readers, including Armando Lopez Silva, Chyanne Webb, Bonnie Chilton, George Remillard, Beatriz Girardin, Edith Sawatsky and Wendy Janssen. Entertainment includes burlesque star Miss La Muse, the Fabuki Daiko drummers and salsa dancers. DJ Jeff Bloodworth spins dance tunes until 1 a.m. Doors open 8 p.m. Tickets for $20, at 204-995-8077 are going fast.
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Double Feature: As a Valentine's gift to their crowd of 100-plus faithfuls at the popular Grant & Wilton Coffee house Feb. 15, organizer Phil Spevack says, "We're having TWO feature acts, no warm-up. At bang on 7:30 p.m. we bring on a cappella octet Those Guys for their great show, and then they have to run." (Psst! Hot guys with Valentine's dates!) "So who's strong enough to follow them? Next, we bring on Flo!"
Flo Oramasionwu has become internationally famous for her anti-bullying song Hateless (see website www.flosoul.com.) "And she's also a winner of a Western Canadian Music Award," adds Spevack. After the formal entertainment, Spevack and musical friends take the stage to play "pop, rock, folk and blues" until the wee hours. "We're here as long as the audience wants to go." The big coffee house is downstairs at Temple Shalom, 1077 Grant Ave. Call 204-488-0207 to reserve $10 tickets ($12 at the door).
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Comedy Cabaret: The Toastmasters comedy winners show at the St. Ignatius hall attracted a full house at -30 C last Saturday night. The irreverent Jason Athayde MCed and speaker Ben Shedden warmed up the audience with an interactive speech on clapping styles like the "sarcastic clap."
Polish-Canadian immigrant Zofia Dove stole the hearts of the audience with her accent, babushka and bottle sticking out of her pants pocket. She talked about her first placement with a Canadian lady she suspected was getting sick of her. Then she whipped out the evidence she'd found in that ladies' bathroom -- the giant bottle of Polish remover! Also making the comic scene -- Justin Clement, Scott Winning, John Hindle, Michael Janciw and Sheryl Berglund. Spotted in the front rows: Allyson Linklater, owner of Redeemed upscale consignment stores; freelance writer Lesley Hughes, junior high teacher Kamey Naidoo, fringe comedian Heather Witherden of Tazzy's Angels and two-time Funniest Person With a Day Job competitor Renee Billauer. And then we witnessed former Toastmaster comedy winner Claudine Davidson, getting squeezed to make a comeback. Nobody stepped in to help her.
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