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The Guns ‘n Roses reunion worked out well for fans of Age of Electric.
Todd Kerns, guitarist for the Saskatoon rock group, plays bass for Slash’s band the Conspirators, so when Slash and Axl Rose did the impossible and reunited GnR, Kerns had the summer off, making it possible for Age of Electric to hit the road.
Last year, the band took the stage together for the first time in 17 years — the success of that show resulted in their current western Canadian tour, which makes a stop in Winnipeg Thursday, May 26, at the Burton Cummings Theatre.
Age of Electric was a radio staple in the 1990s. After the success of their 1993 EP, Ugly, the band was signed to Mercury for 1997’s Make a Pest a Pet. The album spawned their biggest hit, Remote Control, which peaked at No. 9 on Canada’s Singles Chart and was featured on the popular compilation Big Shiny Tunes 2.
The band split quietly in 1998 and worked on other projects separately in the years to come, but reunited in 2015 in Calgary.
Tickets for Age of Electric are $22.50-$29.50 at Ticketmaster.
For the Park Theatre’s comedy schedule, it’s one step Forward, and no steps back.
It’s a match made in a special kind of laughter-lined heaven: Mark Forward loves the Park Theatre, the Park Theatre loves Mark Forward, and local comedy fans reap the rewards of an unusual but very productive relationship.
Forward, one of Canada’s most unique and gifted standup comedians, returns to the Park on Saturday, May 28, for a live podcast taping followed by a full comedy performance. Taping of this special edition of The Mark Forward Comedy Podcast begins at 5 p.m. (doors open at 4:30 p.m.), and the standup show takes place at 8 p.m. (doors open at 7:15 p.m.). Tickets to both the podcast taping and comedy performance are $25; admission to the standup show alone is $20. Tickets are available at the Park Theatre and ticketfly.com.
Since winning the title of Yuk Yuk’s Funniest New Comic in 2000, the Oakville, Ont., native has worked hard at developing a style that places him distinctly outside the mainstream. Favouring offbeat concepts and long-form storytelling rather than traditional setups and punchlines, Forward’s shows take audiences on a series of very strange and unfailingly hilarious journeys. As adept with a sneaky-funny aside as he is with a bellowing, in-your-face comedic confrontation, Forward offers a brand of comedy whose only predictable element is that it will be completely unpredictable.
Ain’t love grand?
— Brad Oswald
Author Alissa York’s career started strong and has yet to falter. Back in 1999, local imprint Arbeiter Ring Publishing released Any Given Power, York’s debut collection of short stories. The story The Back of the Bear’s Mouth, included in the collection, won the then-Winnipeg-based York that year’s $10,000 Journey Prize; the book also nabbed the Mary Scorer Award for best book released by a Manitoba publisher, and earned York the RBC Bronwen Wallace Award for Emerging Writers.
Since then, York moved east and released a trio of critically acclaimed novels — 2003’s Mercy, 2007’s Effigy (which was shortlisted for the Scotiabank Giller Prize) and 2010’s Fauna — before this year’s The Naturalist.
York’s latest is set in the 19th century and opens in Philadelphia, where amateur naturalist Walter Ash has been killed in a freak accident on the eve of a journey up the Amazon River to collect specimens. Left to take up the journey are Walter’s son Paul, his grieving stepmother Iris and a Quaker teen named Rachel Weaver, all of whom make the journey with their own emotional baggage in tow.
On the journey Paul struggles to learn about his family — he was born in the area to an indigenous woman and brought to North America as a child — as Rachel becomes the heir apparent to Walter’s naturalist tendencies. The jungle proves a lush and metaphoric setting, replete with its own dangers and questions. York, a naturalist herself, depicts the world with depth and beauty.
York reads from and talks about The Naturalist at 7 p.m. Thursday, May 26, at McNally Robinson.
— Ben MacPhee-Sigurdson
Now in its third year, the Ukrainian-language KinoFilm Fest at the Manitoba Theatre for Young People, May 26-29, presents a blend of films that strives to connect with Winnipeg’s vast Ukrainian population on two fronts. The fest has films that describe the country’s tumultuous past, going back to the 17th century, but also acknowledges a tumultuous present with a documentary on the revolt that gripped the country in 2013-14. All films have English subtitles.
On the program:
Music of Survival (Thursday, May 26, at 7 p.m.) tells the story of the Ukrainian Bandurist Chorus and its members’ extraordinary efforts to preserve and play the music of the bandura, the national instrument of Ukraine.
A Peasant’s Angel/My Baba’s Kitchen (Friday, May 27, at 10 a.m.) This kid-friendly program offers up two animated shorts. The first, A Peasant’s Angel, tells the story of six-year-old Ivanko, who lives with his mother in an impoverished village in post-Second World War Ukraine and wishes for nothing more for Christmas than honey in his kutia (a traditional Christmas Eve porridge). My Baba’s Kitchen is brisk six-minute saga of filmmaker Stephanie Turenko’s grandparents’ experiences in a displaced persons camp after the Second World War, and their subsequent arrival and marriage in Canada.
Hetman (Friday, May 27, at 6 p.m.) is the story of Ukrainian Cossack leader Bohdan Khmelnitsky, who led a violent insurgency against the Polish land-owning gentry in the 17th century.
The Flight of the Golden Fly (Saturday, May 28, at 6:30 p.m.) offers a trilogy of tales told by a young girl named Mykola about her village, all prismed through the wisdom of her grandfather.
The Living Fire (Saturday, May 28, at 8:30 p.m.) is a documentary set in the Carpathian mountains examining the lives of three generations of shepherds as they prepare for the difficult springtime journey of taking their sheep into the mountains. This film was the winner of the Hot Docs International Feature Documentary Special Jury Award in 2014.
Winter on Fire: Ukraine’s Fight for Freedom (Sunday, May 29, at 2 p.m.) is the Oscar-nominated doc chronicling the 932 days of revolt that unfolded in Kyiv in 2013, when a peaceful student demonstration supporting Ukraine’s integration with Europe began transmogrifying into a bloody national revolution. Director Evgeny Afineevsky will participate in a Skype Q & A following the screening.
— Randall King
A critical mass of downtown conventions in Winnipeg over the next week has given birth to a one-day event that celebrates the core’s party atmosphere.
The Best of Fest Downtown event, which takes place Friday, May 27, from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m., will transform Carlton Street (between Broadway and York Avenue) and the surface parking lot at 333 Broadway into party central. On hand will be food trucks, 15 farmers’-market vendors, giant screens displaying visual art and music from the likes of DJ A.O.K.S. and Vikings.
Three large conventions take over downtown Winnipeg this week — Centrallia 2016’s business symposium runs from May 25-27, the biennial Liberal Party of Canada convention is May 26-29 and the Federation of Canadian Municipalities annual conference and trade show runs from June 2-5 — and Downtown Winnipeg BIZ hopes the Best of Fest will roll out the red carpet for convention delegates, says executive director Stefano Grande in a release.
The BIZ also wants the event to provide a sneak preview for Winnipeggers looking forward to a summer of downtown fun, including events such as the Winnipeg International Jazz Festival (June 16-26), the Winnipeg Fringe Theatre Festival (July 13-24) and Manyfest (Sept. 9-11).
— Alan Small