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Idina Menzel as Elphaba, the wicked witch,

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Idina Menzel as Elphaba, the wicked witch, "flies" with her broom over pursuers at the Gershwin Theatre in New York, in this undated publicity photo from the musical Wicked

Something wicked

Wicked -- a musical about the witches of Oz, before Dorothy and Toto dropped in -- is at the Centennial Concert Hall until Saturday. Before Glinda became the Good Witch of the North and Elphaba became the Wicked Witch of the West, they were friends. There are shows every night this week, with matinées today, Thursday and Saturday. Tickets start at $60. Visit centennialconcerthall.com or call 204-956-1360 for tickets.

Mock therapy

Get over your stage fright tonight at Performance Anxiety, an open-mic comedy event at Finn's Pub. Head down and practise your knock-knock jokes on a very forgiving crowd. Jokes, jeers and beers go down from 8 p.m. to 10 p.m. at Finn's Pub in the Johnston Terminal at The Forks. Sign up is at 7 p.m. Call 204-944-8118 for info.

Parks and recreation

You know you can do more than just Tai Chi in the park. Right? Fitness in the Park is a donation-based, instructor-led fitness class held every weekday at noon. Catch one of the free Downtown Spirit shuttles (winnipegtransit.com) to one of two locations -- Millennium Library Park or Memorial Park -- for yoga and Zumba classes. This is the last week, so visit downtownwinnipeg.biz for more info.

Mid-week music

Celebrate Festival du Voyageur (sort of) in a tank top, shorts and flip-flops. Mercredis en musique is a free concert series put on by Festival du Voyageur and Provencher Boulevard BIZ. This Wednesday is the final concert at the Sculpture Garden at 291 Provencher Blvd. Les Surveillantes will play their mélange of folk, bluegrass and indie. Tastings from some of the area restaurants will be available at 11:30 a.m., and the music starts at noon. Bring a blanket... to sit on, not to wear.

Barge bash

Not a party for pushing and shoving -- no, we mind our manners. The Prairie Barge Festival is a three-day festival of music, art and fun at The Forks that starts Friday. What's the barge? It's a spectacular, floating stage hosting a huge lineup of musicians, including the WSO. It's family-friendly and free, and the Labour Day Classic will be screened for football fans. Visit theforks.com for the festival's full lineup.

It's magic, you know

Give your young muggle a chance to spend 24 hours at magic camp. From 5 p.m. Friday to 5 p.m. Saturday, your mini-magician can attend Warthog's Academy of Magical Learning. Spend a night in the world of wizardry, studying magic and completing special quests. There's even a broomstick tourney. Sounds familiar, no? The camp is for kids ages seven to 14, and the cost is $100. Visit mtyp.ca for info and poof -- you're alone for the night.

Downtown Drive-In

You won't need to sneak any snacks into the Downtown Drive-In this Saturday. The Matrix and Terminator 2 will be shown in the Cityplace parking lot (Hargrave Street and Graham Avenue). It's only $10 to reserve a spot for your car, or you can walk or cycle in and watch it for free. Bring lawn chairs, blankets, popcorn or whatever it is you pour into that Slurpee. The shows start at sundown.

Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition August 24, 2014 ??65534

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