Arts briefs

An evening with Ian Williams

The Pandemic Response Reading Series will host a virtual talk with award-winning poet and novelist Ian Williams. Williams’ many celebrated works include the poetry collection Personals and the Giller Prize-winning novel Reproduction. This free event will celebrate the release of Williams’ newest poetry collection, Word Problems. The talk will take place on Jan. 14 at 7 p.m. To register, visit

Grant-writing workshop

For many creatives seeking funding for projects, writing grant applications can be a confusing, headache-inducing ordeal. Fortunately, the Winnipeg Film Group is here to help! WFG will host a grant-writing workshop with filmmaker Kevin Tabachnick, who will walk participants through the ins and outs of writing a successful application. The workshop will take place over Zoom on Jan. 21 from 7 to 10 p.m. Registration is $10 for WFG members and $20 for non-members. For more info, visit

Cross-cultural beading

MAWA (Mentoring Artists for Women’s Art) will host a virtual cross-cultural beading group on Jan. 18 from 6 to 8 p.m. This free online event will be facilitated by Genevieve Benoit and will teach how to make earrings with a “heart design inside a diamond shape using delica beads and brickstitch.” Kits with necessary materials are available for participants, who must register by Jan. 16. Kits will be delivered on Jan. 17. To register, email

Theory at Home: The Ugly Truth

MAWA continues its free online Theory at Home series with a presentation from Susan Aydan Abbott. The Ugly Truth, which starts at 6:30 p.m. on Jan. 14, will examine difficult questions such as, “Is there pressure for women artists to censor their work, soften their rage? Is it a given that women’s art should be toned down to make it more palatable, poetic, prettier?” For information and registration, visit

Psycho Goreman at Cinematheque at Home

Winnipeg-born filmmaker Steven Kostanski cut his teeth as part of the local horror-comedy film collective Astron-6 (Father’s Day, The Editor) before branching out into solo efforts like The Void and Leprechaun Returns. Kostanski’s newest feature, Psycho Goreman, is available to rent via Cinematheque at Home from Jan. 22 to Feb. 25. The film makes ample use of Kostanski’s signature creature effects and follows two children who “unwittingly resurrect an ancient alien overlord.” For more information, visit

Published in Volume 75, Number 14 of The Uniter (January 14, 2021)

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