Arts briefs

Begonia's Fear

Winnipeg singer-songwriter Alexa Dirks has been releasing electronic music under the moniker Begonia since 2016. Though all previous releases have been singles or EPs, the Sept. 13 release of Fear will be Begonia’s first full-length 12” LP. The 12-song album includes the singles “The Light,” “Living at the Sky” and “Beats.” Fear is available for preorder through

SOS Fest at the Park Theatre

The Park Theatre (698 Osborne St.) is hosting SOS Fest, a two-night mini-festival of touring and local punk and hardcore acts. Happening Sept. 13 and 14, Friday’s show will be headlined by ’90s Fat Wreck Chords mainstay Good Riddance, while Saturday’s bill is topped by Cancer Bats. Local performers include The Ripperz and Dinner Club. Admission is $30 for Friday, $25 for Saturday or $50 for both nights.

Plug In Institute of Contemporary Art AGM

Located in the University of Winnipeg’s Buhler Centre (460 Portage Ave.), the Plug In Institute of Contemporary Art “is Canada’s oldest ICA with a holistic mandate to support all aspects of art-making by presenting, producing and circulating contemporary art through research, exhibitions, publications, education, outreach and advocacy.” Plug In will hold its Annual General Meeting on Sept. 16 at
5 p.m.  All are welcome, but only members may vote.

WPW Don’t Be a Menace

The newly-formed Winnipeg Pro Wrestling league is bringing their brand of mayhem back to the Sherbrook Inn (685 Westminster Ave.) Sept. 12 at 8 p.m. Following December’s successful “Sherb Your Enthusiasm” event, tonight’s “Don’t Be a Menace to West Broadway While Drinking Your Juice at the Sherb” will feature matches with wrestlers including "Cheetahbear" Jude Dawkins, Danny Duggan and King Kevy Chevy. Tickets for the 18+ event are $25 at the door.

Bar Mitzvah Boy at WJT

Playwright Mark Leiren-Young’s Bar Mitzvah Boy asks the question, “What happens when a man in his 60s asks a rabbi for bar mitzvah lessons?” Winnipeg Jewish Theatre’s production of Bar Mitzvah Boy will run at the Berney Theatre (123 Doncaster St.) from Sept. 14 to 22. This production stars Amy Lee and Nicholas Rice, with direction by Krista Jackson. Tickets start at $15.

Dual book launch at McNally Robinson

Poet and University of Winnipeg professor Jonathan Ball is releasing his fourth book of poetry, The National Gallery. Ball’s book will launch alongside the newest by Hamilton-based poet Gary Barwin, For It Is a Pleasure and a Surprise to Breathe, on Sept. 17 at the Grant Park McNally Robinson. The event will feature readings from both poets and a conversation moderated by Kristian Enright. It starts at 7 p.m., and admission is free.

Published in Volume 74, Number 2 of The Uniter (September 12, 2019)

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