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Make a stop at Kim’s Convenience; celebrate spring with some Brazilian samba

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Brazilian musician Marco Castillo has been making sweet sounds since he moved to Winnipeg.

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One of the season’s most-anticipated productions at the Royal Manitoba Theatre Centre’s John Hirsch Mainstage is Kim’s Convenience, which was nominated for the Dora Mavor Moore award in 2011.

The Soulpepper Theatre production has been touring Canada this winter and it’s been a hit wherever it’s gone. Written by company member Ins Choi (who also stars as Jung Kim, son of the convenience store owner), the play tells the story of a Korean family facing a familiar circumstance — when the first-generation owner of a convenience store gets an offer for his property, he looks to his children to take over the business. But they see themselves as fully assimilated North Americans who want to move beyond their roots.

The play opens its Winnipeg run March 13 and stays through April 5. See www.mtc.ca for show-times and details.

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Since he moved to Winnipeg, Brazilian guitarist Marco Castillo has been an effervescent presence on the local scene, bringing the sounds of samba, in all its forms, to clubs, restaurants and stages all over the city. In 2012, he won the Western Canadian Music Award for best world music recording for his album Trip to Brazil.

This Saturday, March 15, at the wonderfully remodelled Park Theatre, Castillo and his four-piece band are set to launch his third, brand-new album, Zabelê.
Tickets are just $10 in advance at the Park, or $15 at the door. Showtime is 8:30 p.m.

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The West End Cultural Centre ain’t just a folkie concert hall. There’s a whole generation of Winnipeg music fans in their 30s and early 40s who fondly recall the West End’s all-ages punk shows. Grizzled vets of the WECC’s earliest days will remember a D.O.A./NoMeansNo double bill that introduced the venue to a whole new audience.

Such musical heritage is the inspiration for the West End’s new WECC LOUD Music Series, which kicks off this weekend with a Saturday night stomper featuring melodic punchers Socially Inept, alt-rock band Lonewolfe and rockers Bleed American.

Tickets for the gig are just $10 in advance at the WECC, Ticketmaster, Winnipeg Folk Festival Music Store and Music Trader. They’ll cost $15 at the door. Showtime is 8 p.m., doors open at 7:15.

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