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Explore the universe of pop culture

Cosmo, a collection of pop-culture-centered short fiction written by Spencer Gordon, will be celebrating its Winnipeg launch at McNally Robinson Booksellers today. The short stories vary greatly in tone and subject, and include a 3,000-word sentence in defence of Miley Cyrus. If you follow pop culture even a little bit, take some time out of your afternoon to attend the reading at 2 p.m.

Pop your ears

Enjoy a brisk walk through Assiniboine Park and finish it off with a performance by the Winnipeg Pops Orchestra Ensemble in the Conservatory. The Pops Orchestra is a non-profit organization of volunteer musicians. Admission is free for the concert, today at 2:30 p.m.

Travel to space

Looking for an escape? If you haven't yet checked out the revamped planetarium, you should start with the Wonders of the Universe show, today at 3 p.m. Even though you'll be sitting in your seat, the Digistar 5 All-Dome digital projection technology, which was launched on Oct.5, makes you feel like you're blasting off into space. At the Manitoba Museum Planetarium, and shows also run on Mondays and Saturdays at 3 p.m.

Find some crafty gems

It's that time of year -- the time to start stressing about what to buy your friends and family for the holidays. If you're looking for the place to find the perfect present for that special someone who has everything, the Signatures Craft Show & Sale is at the Winnipeg Convention Centre today from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Even if you've done your shopping, you should still go look around at the amazing crafts, because admission is free for everyone.

Here's a good IKEA

You probably already know that IKEA is opening on Wednesday. But the fact is, even though it's going to be busy, if you're willing to brave the crowds, it's worth checking out. Premier Greg Selinger and Mayor Sam Katz will be in attendance as special guests. If you can make it there for the 9 a.m. opening, not only will there be a choir and flag raising ceremony, but the first 1,000 customers in line will get a prize pack that includes a $75 IKEA gift card.

Meet a creative bunch

Do you consider yourself to be a creative person? If you do, and you want to meet other creative people in Winnipeg, consider attending the monthly Secret Handshake meeting. This month's meeting is on Tuesday at Arkadash Bistro and Lounge at 5:30 p.m. The monthly meetings allow people from a variety of fields to network and get to know new people with similar interests. Free to attend, simply RSVP at www.secrethandshake.ca

Get an assignment

See what the film students at the University of Manitoba have been up to. On Dec. 1 at 2 p.m., there will be a free screening at Cinemateque of the feature length student film, The Assignment. The film is the result of a production course offered by the university, where students work together to make a feature film. There will be a Q&A with actors and crew after the show. More free showings over the weekend are listed at www.theassignment.ca

Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition November 25, 2012 ??65534

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