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DOC’S THE RINGMASTER NOW: "I’m so excited," says musician and former carnie Doc Bailey, a.k.a. Earl Tustin, who just signed a lease and is opening his new version of Spirit Rock Inn & Café in Grand Marais. Doc is a bluegrass musician who’s played for years around the city at venues such as the Bella Vista restaurant.
Doc is opening the business with his daughters Kat Lethbridge and Karen St. Vincent.
"It’s going to be great," he said. "I have about 30 musicians I can call on." He’s aiming for live music onstage up to five nights a week in the summer.
Bobby Starr is hosting the jams on opening weekend, May 20-22. For the weekend, members of the Tuesday Night Bluegrass Jam Group are also coming to form a little tent city — with players such as Bradley Longbottom, Glen Layton and John Redekop.
People can expect coffees, desserts and sweet treats along with beach clothing, dresses, crafts, jewelry and art for sale. The inn has four guest rooms (that sleep four) for rent on the second floor. The rooms all have patios. "You can see the deer out here every day," Doc said.
Call Doc at 204-583-2400 or the inn at 204-754-2265 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
THEY GOT YOU, BABE: Drag queens love to impersonate Cher. On May 21, Fame nightclub presents Cher’s 70th birthday party: the Duke and Duchess Ball — with special drag performances by Cheron Sharelike.
You can bet many attendees will arrive in their own visions of Cher, inspired by different eras of the glamazon’s life. Profits go to SOMS — the Snowy Owl Monarchist Society — a group of drag queens who perform to raise money for GLBTTQ* (gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, two-spirited and queer) charities and scholarships.
PRIDE WEEK 2016: The 29th annual Pride Winnipeg celebration kicks off May 27, and people are already creating outfits for events, and working on floats for the big parade, which winds up the celebration June 5.
This year, the event is called BEauthentic, and 2016 Pride Winnipeg president Jonathan Niemczak says he’s noticed an exciting change in the last few years.
"It is a shift in societal values and beliefs... where those who embrace LGBTTQ* rights and equality are in the majority, and those who oppose them are now in the minority."
That’s a far cry from the inaugural event in 1987, when 250 brave souls gathered on the steps of the Manitoba legislature.
Many people marched in the first Pride parade with bags over their heads out of fear of being identified and possibly losing their jobs.
In 2016, people from banks, high schools, colleges and businesses will march along with thousands of LGBTTQ* folks and enter floats in support. This year’s 30-page BEauthentic Pride guidebook is available online at www.pridewinnipeg.com/pride/pride-guide.
BAREFOOT RUNNER: Winnipeg ultramarathoner Bobbi Nicol, who runs barefoot, was going for another 162-kilometre finish at the Spruce Woods Ultra near Glenboro May 6 when she slipped off the limestone trail and into the bush early in the run.
"I put a stick through my foot," Nicol said, adding she pulled it out — or so she thought — dusted herself off and ran another 51 km before stopping at an aid station, where she removed a little piece of the twig still embedded in her foot.
Ending the race at that point was more painful than the injury, she said.
The winner was Adam French of Camrose, Alta., who took 20 hours and 23 minutes to complete the route, followed by Sue Lucas of Dauphin at 21:26.
Nicol’s friend, Junel Malapad, finished his first ultra-marathon in 29:35.
He said his deceased father seemed to be with him when times got toughest. "Then it was sunset and the sun came out, and he was there with me."
ROCKIN FOR FORT MAC: Winnipeg’s top musicians are banding together May 19 at Nashville’s, in Canad Inns Transcona (826 Regent Ave. W.) to help the relief efforts in Fort McMurray, Alta. The proceeds will go to the Red Cross to help the families who were evacuated from the wildfire-besieged city. Those participating include George Belanger and Harlequin, Doc Walker, Paul McNair with the Journey tribute band Ultimate Escape, Shandra Levreault & Slow Motion Walter, Big City All Star Band and the Lisa Windsors Band. Doors open at 7 p.m., music goes from 8 p.m. to midnight. Minimum $10 donation.
Levreault sees it as a good way to make a substantial donation. "I put a box out at my last gigs... and managed to raise just over $300," she said. "I’ve got a lot of friends out in Fort Mac and it’s just devastating. Anything more I can do by donating my time means a lot to me, and getting the group together shows support as Winnipeggers coming together."
THE PHOENIX RISES: On May 4, a new Stella’s on Sherbrook Avenue rose from the ashes of the original restaurant that burned last year. It now has a large Y-shaped seating area, and it’s pulling in huge crowds. The new restaurant is next door to Stella’s Bakery, a separate building spared from the fire.
BEST CONCERT DEAL: Don’t miss out on the Manito Ahbee concert at Club Regent Event Centre on May 20, which is priced so that anyone who wants to attend can go. For only $20 you can see the likes of Susan Aglukark, William Prince, the Dee Erin Band, Rhonda Head, Rescued By Dragonflyz, Twin Flames, Fawn Wood and Stoney Park Drum Group. The Manito-Ahbee festival runs May 19-22.
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