Arts & Life
Canstar Community News
The Night of Ideas — a free global event initiated by the Institut Français "in order to celebrate the flow of ideas between countries, cultures, topics and generation" — had its inaugural Winnipeg event last year, and is returning Friday, Jan. 31, at the Canadian Museum for Human Rights for the second edition. This year the event focuses on the theme of "being alive."
Two panel discussions on the topic will be held simultaneously; one on arts and culture (which will be in French) and the other on innovation and new technologies (which will be in English).
In addition to the discussions, there will also be art installations, dances, movie screenings, a book fair and live music provided by Jeremie & the Delicious Hounds and Kelly Bado.
The Night of Ideas begins at 5 p.m. and admission is free. For more information about the panelists involved in the discussion and a full program of events, visit afmanitoba.ca.
— Erin Lebar
A homegrown Nobel Prize winner will be fielding questions about the cosmos at the Manitoba Museum on Thursday, Jan. 30.
Dr. James Peebles, winner of the 2019 Nobel Prize in Physics, is the featured scientist at the museum’s Dark Matter lecture. His lecture will be delivered via live video and followed by a Q&A session.
Peebles was born in St. Boniface and studied at the University of Manitoba before pursuing a doctorate in cosmology at Princeton University, where he continued to teach as the Albert Einstein Professor of Science until 2000. His career has focused on research subjects considered "off the beaten path" and his work has helped establish the field of physical cosmology.
He was jointly awarded the Nobel, along with Michel Mayor and Didier Queloz "for contributions to our understanding of the evolution of the universe and Earth’s place in the cosmos."
Tickets to the Dark Matter lecture, an 18-plus event, are $15 for the general public and $12 for members at manitobamuseum.ca. Admission includes after-hours entrance to the science gallery and a planetarium show. There will be a cash bar on site.
— Eva Wasney
Dance sensation Diavolo is bringing its gravity-defying show across Canada for the first time, stopping in at the Burton Cummings Theatre in Winnipeg on Friday, Jan. 31.
Combining contemporary dance, martial arts, acrobatics and gymnastics with moving architectural sets — including a 14-by-17 foot rocking boat — the Los Angeles-based dance company reached new heights in 2017 when it performed for millions of television viewers as a finalist on NBC’s America’s Got Talent.
Founded in 1992 by Paris-born artistic director Jacques Heim — who, notably, was tapped by Cirque du Soleil to choreograph Kà, which the company premièred in 2005 at the MGM Grand Las Vegas — Diavolo has thrilled audiences all over the world.
Tickets to the show range in price from $79.50 to $109.50 plus fees at Ticketmaster. The show is at 8 p.m.
— Jen Zoratti
Swedish teen climate activist Greta Thunberg has shown that the energy and resilience of youth is a key component to tirelessly striving to make the world a better place to live.
It should be no surprise, then, that a group of young Winnipeggers are leading the charge to raise money and awareness for local climate initiatives.
The Mother Earth Rocks concert takes place Wednesday, Feb. 5 at the Park Theatre (698 Osborne St.) starting at 7:30 p.m. Organized by MB Youth for Climate Action, proceeds from the event, which includes live music, prizes and more, will go toward the Manitoba Eco Centre.
Located on the third floor of 303 Portage Ave. (upstairs from Mountain Equipment Co-op), the centre is home to five environmental non-profit organization ssuch as Trails Manitoba, the Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society, the Manitoba Eco-Network and the Green Action Centre — some of whom recently have had their funding cut and are at risk closing their doors.
The musical lineup is also peppered with young performers including alt-pop act Fowler (featuring singer Erika Fowler), electro artist French Class and indie outfit Jamboree as well as upcoming singer-songwriters Sam Ripat and Thomas Steur.
Tickets for the all-ages Mother Earth Rocks show are $20 plus fees and are available at myparktheatre.com.
Black Arts Fest Concert Series and the West End Cultural Centre are presenting an evening with Thomas Mapfumo, the "Lion of Zimbabwe," on Sunday, Feb. 2.
Joined by the Blacks Unlimited, Mapfumo’s celebrated baritone voice incorporates contemporary music, reggae and jazz to create a celebratory night of African pop music. With special guests Leonard Sumner, Ismaila Alfa and Guerrillas of Soul, Thomas Mapfumo & the Blacks Unlimited celebrates the music and artists of the African and Black diaspora.
The show, which was originally scheduled for November 2019 but was rescheduled to Feb. 2, starts at 8 p.m. with doors at 7:15 p.m. Tickets are $55 in advance, $60 at the door and available at eventbrite.ca.
— Frances Koncan
Your support has enabled us to provide free access to stories about COVID-19 because we believe everyone deserves trusted and critical information during the pandemic.
Our readership has contributed additional funding to give Free Press online subscriptions to those that can’t afford one in these extraordinary times — giving new readers the opportunity to see beyond the headlines and connect with other stories about their community.
To those who have made donations, thank you.
To those able to give and share our journalism with others, please Pay it Forward.
The Free Press has shared COVID-19 stories free of charge because we believe everyone deserves access to trusted and critical information during the pandemic.
While we stand by this decision, it has undoubtedly affected our bottom line.
After nearly 150 years of reporting on our city, we don’t want to stop any time soon. With your support, we’ll be able to forge ahead with our journalistic mission.
If you believe in an independent, transparent, and democratic press, please consider subscribing today.
We understand that some readers cannot afford a subscription during these difficult times and invite them to apply for a free digital subscription through our Pay it Forward program.