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Day of the Dead marks dawn of The Mariachi Ghost’s debut album

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Don’t miss The Mariachi Ghost’s album release bash at the West End Cultural Centre on Nov. 2, aka the Day of the Dead.

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Don’t miss The Mariachi Ghost’s album release bash at the West End Cultural Centre on Nov. 2, aka the Day of the Dead. Photo Store

There’s no simpler way to say this...

You have to see The Mariachi Ghost.

And there’s no better time to do so than on the Day of the Dead (aka All Souls Day) — Sat., Nov. 2 — as the Winnipeg-based seven-piece group releases its self-titled debut album at the West End Cultural Centre.

Formed in 2009 by frontman Jorge Requena — and named for a novel he was writing at the time — The Mariachi Ghost is a music-based, multimedia celebration of traditional Mexican Day of the Dead folklore and popular culture.

Over the past four years, the band’s infrequent local performances have become increasingly elaborate. They are often accompanied by as many as 12 dancers, and dancer/choreographer Alexandra Garrido is a full-time member who helps create the group’s spellbinding aura.

The band’s members have all decided to devote much more time to the project, hence the full-length recording (which, naturally, tells the story of a Mariachi Ghost) and plans to tour.

Tickets for Saturday’s show cost $15 in advance or $20 at the door. For more info and show details, visit wecc.ca or themariachighost.com

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The Royal Manitoba Theatre Centre’s Tom Hendry Warehouse stage has been home to some of the company’s edgier presentations over the years. And this season’s Warehouse season opener seems to be cut from that mould.

Venus in Fur is an adaptation of Leopold von Sacher-Masoch’s 1870 novella Venus in Furs (the story that gave us the term "masochism").

A hit on Broadway in 2012 (it was nominated for best play), Venus in Fur is set in the present, as writer-director  Thomas Novachek (played by Matthew Edison) expresses his frustration over the difficulty of casting the lead in his adaptation of Sacher-Masoch’s novella.

In walks Vanda Jordan (played here by Allison Brennan), an actress whose audition literally takes over the rest of the play and Novachek.

Venus in Fur opened Oct. 24 at the Tom Hendry Warehouse and continues through Nov. 9.
For ticket information and showtimes, visit mtc.mb.ca or call the MTC box office at 204-942-6537.

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