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PBS offers preview peek at Billy Elliot musical
If you've got tickets to the Royal Manitoba Theatre Centre's upcoming production of Billy Elliot: The Musical (which runs Jan. 12 to Feb. 6) but just can't wait for its midwinter arrival, PBS might have just the perfect sneak-peek relief. The U.S. public broadcaster's arts-oriented Great Performances series is airing a special-event version of Billy Elliot: The Musical Live (Friday, Oct. 23, at 8 p.m. on PBS), recorded at the play's West End London home, the Victoria Palace Theatre. It won't be the same as seeing it onstage at RMTC, of course, but then again, tapping your toes is a lot easier if you aren't wearing those Sorels you'll have to lace on to brave the January cold.
The flashlight and the mirror aren't talking
A kettle, a flashlight, a mirror and three teacups are the stars in an "object theatre" production of Sapientia, based on a 10th-century dramatic text by Roswitha of Gandersheim. In object theatre, performers animate inanimate found items to tell a story -- in this case, the tale of three girls who defy the Emperor Hadrian and maintain their faith despite terrible torture. If you're looking for some decidedly different theatre, it plays Oct. 28-31 at 8 p.m. and Nov. 1 at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. at 320-70 Albert Street (3rd floor). Tickets are $12 to $15 at the door (cash only).
Home brewers hope for hardware at beer competition
Which basement brew will reign supreme? That'll be determined Saturday, Oct. 24 at the Winnipeg Brew Bombers Pro/Am Brew Challenge. The third iteration of the competition is being held at Half Pints Brewing Co., and pits amateur brewers and professional breweries' beers against each other in several categories judged by certified tasters. Judging runs through Saturday afternoon, with the winner announced that evening at the King's Head Pub. The top amateur wins the chance to brew his or her beer at Half Pints for commercial release in Manitoba. For details on public evening events, visit www.winnipegbrewbombers.ca.
Drumming up interest
Local Japanese taiko drumming troupe Fubuki Daiko continues celebrating its 20th anniversary with two final shows at the Gas Station Theatre Oct. 22-23, 7:30 p.m. The group's core members trained with the founder of North American taiko, Seiichi Tanaka, and now reinvent this meditative, ancient art form with energetic live shows. Friday night's show includes an appearance by Ensemble-MA from Minneapolis.
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