Arts briefs

Irish songs for ukulele

In honour of St. Patrick’s Day, the Manitoba Conservatory of Music and Arts will host an online workshop for beginner or intermediate ukulele players. Instructed by Kate Ferris, the 90-minute workshop will cover a brief history of Celtic music, traditional songs, accompaniment styles, strum options and more. The workshop starts at 2 p.m. on Sunday, March 14. Register at for $25.

Digital Dramaturgy Initiative

In partnership with Video Pool, the Manitoba Association of Playwrights (MAP) is calling for applications to a week-long residency workshop from June 21 to 26, exploring the integration of digital technology in the early stage creation of plays and theatre projects. MAP is looking for theatre projects that synthesize digital platforms and digital performance. The residency will include a practical workshop with technology, equipment and expertise to support each project. Auxiliary programming will also be available to support the projects selected. Four to six projects will be chosen, for a total of 12 participants. The deadline is March 12 at 5 p.m. For more information or to apply, go to

Into the Nexus at Cr8ery

This exhibit is Dan Hawksworth’s follow-up to his 2019 show, Nexus of Realities. Shaped by the changes in the world, Hawksworth uses “dark and surreal artworks” to find the interplay of beauty and darkness. He explores the pull between beauty and ugliness and the interactions between technology and organic life. The dark fantasy and science fiction-inspired exhibition runs until March 16 at cre8ery.

Visions of Swan Lake

The Royal Winnipeg Ballet presents the most iconic scenes from Tchaikovsky’s classic. Intricate costumes are designed to include masks for the show. The Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra will perform the score. The show runs until March 13 on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, with both evening and matinée performances. Purchase tickets at

Music ‘N’ Mavens

The Rady Jewish Community Centre hosts the 2021 Music ‘N’ Mavens series. Every Tuesday and Thursday from Jan. 21 to March 23, the centre will present either a concert or a speaker. On March 16, the Elizabeth Sadler Trio, featuring Elizabeth Sadler, Conner Derraugh and Ilya Osachuk, will play covers of popular oldies from 2 to 3 p.m. On March 18, the Lavallée-Buzash Duo will perform Jewish music for violin and viola. On March 23, the Lisa Bell Band will play motown hits from Marvin Gaye, The Supremes, Stevie Wonder and Gladys Knight and the Pips. To register for this free event, go to

St. Patrick’s Day with the Dust Rhinos

Not about to let COVID-19 ruin St. Patrick’s Day, the West End Cultural Centre (WECC) hosts Celtic rock band The Dust Rhinos. The band leans heavily on the Celtic influences of airs, reels and jigs, while also being influenced by The Pogues, Oysterband, The Clash and Peter Gabriel. WECC has also teamed up with Torque Brewing to offer beer delivery prior to the show, which is available for purchase with concert tickets. The show is on March 17 at 8 p.m. Tickets are available at

Published in Volume 75, Number 21 of The Uniter (March 11, 2021)

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