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Movie night at the Lyric Theatre
Friday, Aug. 5, 6:30 p.m. and 8:45 p.m.
Lyric Theatre, Assiniboine Park
Assiniboine Park’s weekly summer movie night returns to the Lyric Theatre this Friday with a lineup heavy on big-budget, mainly family-friendly flicks.
The free double bill kicks off at 6:30 p.m. with a screening of Sing 2, the 2021 animated musical comedy featuring the voices of Matthew McConaughey, Reese Witherspoon, Scarlett Johansson and many more. This time around, the gang must convince Clay Calloway, an aging rock star lion (voiced by Bono), to leave his reclusive life and come out of retirement. Clay and the gang must face their fears in a production that could make or break their careers.
At 8:45 p.m., moviegoers will be thrust into the Marvel Cinematic Universe with a screening of Eternals, the 2021 film starring Gemma Chan, Richard Madden, Angelina Jolie and more and directed by Chloé Zhao. The film features an ensemble cast of the titular Eternals, immortals who return after centuries in hiding, determined to protect Earth from the Deviants.
Other films being screened this month include Encanto and Jungle Cruise (Aug. 12), Moana and Spiderman: No Way Home (Aug. 19) and Raya and the Last Dragon with Cruella (Aug. 26). Admission is free.
— Ben Sigurdson
Arena spotlight shines on the Lumineers
Wednesday, Aug. 10, 7 p.m.
Canada Life Centre
Tickets: $60.50- $288.72 at ticketmaster.ca
After two years of pandemic-related concert cancellations, the Lumineers are looking on the Brightside.
The Denver-based indie-folk group, founded by vocalist Wesley Schultz and percussionist Jeremiah Fraites, play the Canada Life Place next Wednesday, a long-awaited makeup date for a concert originally scheduled for September 2020.
The concert is part of the Lumineers Brightside World Tour, which began in February and has toured eight European countries and the United States prior to arriving in Winnipeg.
Brightside is also the name of the Lumineers’ most recent album, which came out in January, and they say it’s inspired by David Bowie and Tom Petty, two of rock’s most beloved greats. The album’s title track adds fuzz-out electric guitars pairs well with Schultz’s keening vocals, and the song strays closer to the rock genre than the Lumineers’ heavily streamed earlier songs, Ho Hey and Ophelia.
Two more Colorado-based acts open the show: singer-songwriter Daniel Rodriguez and South African-born Gregory Alan Isakov, who’s album Evening Machine earned a Grammy nomination for best folk album in 2019.
— Alan Small
First Fridays in The Exchange
Fri., Aug. 5
Event lineup at firstfridayswinnipeg.org
Galleries and boutique businesses in the Exchange District will be buzzing tomorrow for the August installment of First Fridays. The monthly events highlight local artists, exhibits and artisans.
New exhibition openings include Floral Overload at Martha Street Studio, featuring prints, ceramics and botanically-scented wallpaper by artist Cynthia Dinan-Mitchell; Alakkaajut (Many Things Appear) at Urban Shaman Contemporary Aboriginal Art gallery, featuring work by circumpolar artists Sonya Kelliher-Combs, Sissel M. Bergh and Maureen Gruben; and All Crimers at Artbeat Studio, featuring work and music by program alums Sover and Kuya.
Get involved with interactive events at ArtsJunktion, Seduta and Plant Lab Botanical Design. Find live music at the Royal Albert Arms, Little Brown Jug Brewing and Yewtopia.
For those interested in taking part from the comfort of home, this week’s online art talk will feature a conversation between printmaker Kelly Campbell and ArtSpace executive director Eric Plamondon. Campbell’s upcoming installation focuses on the South Indian Lake fishery near Thompson and the impact of hydroelectric generation in the area.
— Eva Wasney
Alan Small has been a journalist at the Free Press for more than 22 years in a variety of roles, the latest being a reporter in the Arts and Life section.
Literary editor, drinks writer
Ben Sigurdson edits the Free Press books section, and also writes about wine, beer and spirits.
Eva Wasney is a reporter for the Winnipeg Free Press.
Jen Zoratti is a Winnipeg Free Press columnist and co-host of the paper's local culture podcast, Bury the Lede.
Senior copy editor
Jill Wilson writes about culture and the culinary arts for the Arts & Life section.