Pop Culture

  • Turning 24

    January 2023 hit like a ton of bricks, and something else is on the way: my 24th birthday.

  • Arts briefs

    A gothic gathering// A very West Broadway winter// Manitoba artists receive JUNO nominations// Through Idan Cohen’s Looking Glass// The Rockies get their picture show// Urban Shaman presents Brennan McKay

  • No Bears

    Plays at Cinematheque from Feb. 4 to 12

  • Sunday, Blue Sunday

    Big Dave McLean, easily Western Canada’s foremost all-purpose bluesman, has made Sunday evenings at the Times Change(d) High and Lonesome an indispensable way for Winnipeggers to wind down the week. 

  • Old McDonald has a film series

    If laughter is the best medicine, visiting the Dave Barber Cinematheque for a healthy dose of comedy from Kevin McDonald is the prescription.

  • Comedic relief

    The basement of the Fort Garry Hotel will soon transform into a haven for comedians from the central Prairies and beyond.

  • You gotta see it to believe it

    In the 1960s and ’70s, country and blues music dominated the Main Street strip in Winnipeg.

  • The cost of commodifying pleasure

    It was blue, sparkly, worn like a Finger Monster and possibly bought at a gas station.

  • Saint Omer

    Plays at Cinematheque until  Feb. 2

  • When fairytales collide

    Cinderella meets Little Red Riding Hood meets a baker’s wife meets Jack and his beanstalk. 

  • Live band karaoke returns

    Karaoke, derived from the Japanese words for “empty orchestra,” is a staple of bars in East Asia.

  • Out of the closet and into the streets

    The term “safe space” can be traced back to lesbian and gay bars in the 1960s.

  • Worth the wait

    Local singer-songwriter Jacob Brodovsky has spent the past 18 years writing, performing and honing his craft. Fittingly, his forthcoming album, I Love You and I’m Sorry, is a distillation of a music career that began when he was 12.

  • Arts briefs

    A collector’s paradise// No blues at this blues fest// Craft in Colour @ MCC// NO DICTIONARY FOR DANCERS// A warm Winterruption// Decolonizing Lens celebrates Janine Windolph

  • It’s not too lonely at the top

    Every Monday night, Jeff Sinclair descends from atop his Mountain of Trivia to test the knowledge of patrons of the Good Will Social Club.

  • Winnipeg lesbians and their ‘ring of keys’

    Alison Bechdel, a lesbian graphic novelist, published her memoir Fun Home in 2006, where she both processes her grief over her dad’s death and notes moments where she comes face-to-face with her dad’s queerness and her own budding sexuality.

  • Pleasure is power

    I first wrote about pleasure activism in September of 2020 for my first Mother of Goo column.

  • Arts briefs

    Jaimie Isaac artist talk// Afternoon screenings at Plug-In// Exploring grief through art// Ringing in the Lunar New Year// Unearthing @ aceartinc.// Tickets on sale for Canadian Jazz Summit

  • ‘A little bit of this and a little bit of that’

    On Jan. 14, cre8ery opens its newest exhibit, Odds N’ Ends: The Everything Show!, a showcase described as “a little bit of this and a little bit of that.”

  • Pardon the winterruption

    When the new year becomes old news, it can be daunting to look ahead.

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