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Manitoba Museum opens its doors to giant new guests
Ever hear of an Eoraptor? How about a Giganotosaurus?
Discover these dinosaurs and more in Ultimate Dinosaurs, a family-friendly touring exhibition presented by the Science Museum of Minnesota and created by the Ryal Ontario Museum that will be on view at the Manitoba Museum all summer (May 21-Sept. 5)
This show features rare prehistoric reptiles — deep-cut dinos, if you will — discovered in South America, Africa and Madagascar. In addition to interactive stations, Ultimate Dinosaurs features AR technology that transforms the already jaw-dropping life-size casts to flesh-covered moving creatures.
“This isn’t your typical dinosaur exhibition,” said Graham Young, curator of geology and paleontology at the Manitoba Museum, in a media release. “Ultimate Dinosaurs features incredible, rarely seen specimens and colourful environments combined with new technology to create virtual experiences. It’s a powerful example of how augmented reality can bring the deep past to life.”
Over at the Planetarium, Dinosaurs: A Story of Survival — a new show about a little girl named Celeste who goes on a journey through time and space to learn more about these giant creatures and what happened to them — will première the same day Ultimate Dinosaurs opens and will be played Saturdays and Sundays at 11:15 a.m. and 3 p.m., and Thursdays and Fridays at 2:30 pm. Tickets for both are available at manitobamuseum.ca.
— Jen Zoratti
The Trews wanna play you some rock and roll
After postponing their tour due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Nova Scotia rock band the Trews are tired of waiting and are once again ready to go — on tour that, is.
The quintet, made up of singer/guitarist Colin MacDonald, guitarist John-Angus MacDonald, bassist Jack Syperek, drummer Chris Gormley and Jeff Heisholt, were initially slated to play Winnipeg in January as part of their I Wanna Play tour before being forced to postpone due to the COVID-19 pandemic. They’re now slated to roll into town to play the Burton Cummings Theatre on Tuesday along with special guest W3apons.
The Trews’ sixth album, Wanderer, was released in late November 2021 by the label Known Accomplice. The 13 songs that make up the followup to 2018’s Civilianaires were recorded in three sessions over two years by producers Derek Hoffman, Eric Ratz and Rich Robinson, the latter of whom plays guitar in the Black Crowes. (The Trews will open for the Black Crowes at a pair of Ontario shows in July.)
I Wanna Play, the debut single from Wanderers, was released just over a year ago, a song Colin MacDonald has said was shaped in large part by the pandemic. Their new single, Enemy, was released in late April 2022.
The Trews and W3apons will rock the Burt on Tuesday starting at 8 p.m. Tickets start at $29.50 plus fees and are available via Ticketmaster.
— Ben Sigurdson
Celebrating real live performance art
Performance art isn’t the same without an audience. This weekend, Art Holm returns to the stage for three days of music, drag and dance during its first major live event in two years.
Since 2017, the interdisciplinary performance series has been creating a platform for local artists of every stripe — from filmmakers to dancers and poets to puppeteers. The semi-annual events have continued amid the pandemic virtually or on a smaller scale.
The upcoming lineup includes Winnipeg musician JayWood, drag group Bahay Perlas and Vancouver dancer Jeanette Kotowich.
JayWood, a.k.a. Jeremy Haywood-Smith, is a genre-blending musician and producer known for putting out fun, feel-good music. His debut EP, Some Days, was released in 2021.
Bahay Perlas, which translates to House of Pearls, is made up of Filipinx drag queens Lady Fortuna (Christian Alcera) and Special K (Kiel Galera). The pair are graduates of Prairie Theatre Exchange’s drag performance program and have gained a following in the local drag scene for their storytelling skills, musicality and style.
Jeanette Kotowich is a contemporary dance artist and choreographer of Nêhiyaw, Métis and mixed settler ancestry. Her work is based on ancestral knowledge and rooted in protocol, ritual and relationship with the natural and spirit world.
Each artist will perform Friday through Sunday, 8:30 to 10 p.m, in the lobby at Théâtre Cercle Molière in St. Boniface with ASL interpreters Emma Drury and Jordan Wynychuk. Tickets for the in-person and livestreamed shows are available for a minimum $1 donation at eventbrite.ca.
— Eva Wasney
Provocative filmmaker pushes viewers’ buttons
Lux Aeterna comes with a warning for strobing lights, which are liable to trigger epileptic seizures. If you’re familiar with the cinema of Argentine director Gaspar Noé, you’ll doubtless know strobing is as much in his toolkit as lurid 360-degree pans may be expected in the films of Michael Bay. An experimentalist and serial provocateur (Irreversible, Enter the Void), Noé also deserves some credit for reintroducing psychedelia into modern cinema.
The title translates as “eternal light” and the film opens with black-and-white footage from very old films including Haxan: The History of Witchcraft (100 years old this year) and Carl Dreyer’s Day of Wrath, both dealing with the persecution of presumed witches.
But this film is very contemporary, shot in 2019 in time for the Cannes Film Festival by Noé, who takes us to a film set of a movie titled God’s Work, apparently being directed by actress Béatrice Dalle (something of a provocateur herself) and starring Charlotte Gainsbourg. Both play themselves.
But the film set is very disturbed, filled with ambitious interlopers who seem to be making a mission of ruining Dalle’s project.
It all runs 52 minutes long, which feels like a blessing, since it’s an inherently stressful film. (Imagine Day for Night directed by Alejandro Jodorowsky.) But it’s worth the opportunity, doubly so since Cinematheque is co-screening another Noé film, Vortex (2020), a 150-minute drama about an elderly couple mutually disintegrating, starring giallo maestro Dario Argento as the film scholar husband and Françoise Lebrun as his psychiatrist wife.
Lux Aeterna screens today at 7 p.m., Saturday at 5 p.m., Sunday at 3 p.m. and Wednesday at 9 p.m.
— Randall King
Manito Ahbee Festival welcomes new extreme sport
Music and dance performances, a craft competition and even a horse race will be among the events at the 17th annual Manito Ahbee Festival.
This year’s event takes place at Red River Exhibition Park and kicked off Wednesday with the lighting of a sacred fire, pipe ceremony and parade.
Manito Ahbee, which means “where the Creator sits” in Ojibwe, continues until March 23.
The new Manito Ahbee stage, which will be open Friday through Sunday at the Ex grounds, will include a tipi-raising contest, (Friday, 2:30 p.m.) the Getting Jiggy With it jig and square-dancing show (Saturday at 2:45 p.m.) and ball hockey and basketball tournaments.
Winners of the Spirit Visions film event, a 48-hour film challenge involving two-person teams that took place May 13-15, will be announced today.
New to the festival in 2022 is the inaugural Indian Horse Relay Race, which is described as “the original Indigenous extreme sport,” which takes place Monday at 1 p.m. at Assiniboia Downs.
It pits elite Indigenous bareback riders and their horses — the competitors switch horses after each lap — for cash and prizes.
Tickets for the races, which will kick off Assiniboia Downs’ horse-racing season, are $15 at manitoabhee.com.
Single-day passes to the fest are $15. Two-day passes are $22 and three-day passes are $35 at manitoabhee.com. Children five and under are admitted free
— Alan Small