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What if God was a Scottish Drag Queen? Stay out late with New Country Rehab

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Anthony da Costa, John Showman, Roman Tome and Ben Whiteley are New Country Rehab. They play at Times Change(d) High & Lonesome Club on Thurs., March 20.

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Anthony da Costa, John Showman, Roman Tome and Ben Whiteley are New Country Rehab. They play at Times Change(d) High & Lonesome Club on Thurs., March 20. Photo Store

Yes, we’re in the middle of a season that just won’t go away (I dare not speak its name any longer). But there is sunshine and light and warmth just ahead of us.
Honest.

To remind us of the sweet delights of a Prairie summer, the Winnipeg Fringe Theatre Festival will this week play host to God is a Scottish Drag Queen, one of the smash hits of last year’s fringe theatre circuit.

Created by and starring Mike Delamont, the show features Delamont as a fearsome, opinionated and uproariously "profane Scottish matron" (Winnipeg Free Press), clad in a floral power suit and declaiming on everything from Justin Bieber to monkeys.

Tickets for the weekend’s three performances, which are fundraisers for the Fringe Festival, are just $20 and showtime is 8 p.m. on March 20, 21 and 22.

See winnipegfringe.com for details and to buy tickets.

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After a certain age, people need a darned good reason to get themselves off their couches on a school night. Even diehard music fans.

So here’s one — New Country Rehab is playing Times Change(d) High & Lonesome Club on Thurs., March 20, and it’s a show not to be missed, even if it means skipping some precious shuteye. The Toronto quartet plays, as its name suggests, alt-country-flavoured folk pop which stands out from the pack due to John Showman’s descriptive, evocative lyrics, his distinctive voice and the group’s easy, virtuosic swing.

Tickets for Times’ shows are always available at the door, showtime is 10 p.m.

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Gimme Some Truth is the name of the annual documentary festival and conference that plays every spring at Cinematheque, the Winnipeg Film Group’s art-house theatre. This year’s edition, which runs March 20-23, is the sixth, and the four-day event features a tremendous lineup.

For local filmmakers and budding documentarians, the presence of director/cinematographer Peter Mettler — maker of Picture of Light and Gambling, Gods and LSD — is no doubt a huge draw.

Perhaps one of the biggest surprises for organizers, though, is that Kathryn Martin’s Piss on You: Winnipeg’s Early Punk Scene, sold out its 9 p.m. March 21 screening so far in advance that a second, 11 p.m. screening was added late last week.

For ticket info and full festival details, see gimmesometruth.ca

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