Written by Reid Carolin
Directed by Steven Soderbergh
Starring Channing Tatum, Alex Pettyfer and Olivia Munn
Opens Friday, June 29
Apparently we haven’t seen quite enough of Channing Tatum yet — literally. Although he’s become one of this year’s most sought-after movie stars, the trailers for Magic Mike reassure us that Tatum hasn’t forgotten his more, ahem, modest roots as a male stripper. In the film, he stars as a seasoned exotic dancer who decides to teach a new performer the ways of the buisness. Things are going great until he meets his protégé’s hot sister, compelling him to follow his true dream of becoming a furniture designer. It sounds weird, but I’m more than willing to sacrifice my artistic snobbery any day in exchange for 110 minutes of Tatum in assless chaps.
Freewill Shakespeare Festival
Tuesday, June 26 to Sunday, July 22
Heritage Amphitheatre at Hawrelak Park (9930 Groat Road)
Starting at $17 at tixonthesquare.ca
For many of us, the mere mention of the heralded playwright sends us running to Sparknotes as repressed memories from past English classes bubble up in a fit of shame and fear. Luckily, the Freewill Shakespeare Players are renowned for bringing Shakespeare’s work to life in a way that is accessible and enjoyable for people of all ages — no Sparknotes necessary. This year, the company’s annual festival features classics like The Tempest and Julius Caesar on alternating days for nearly a month, and as always, takes place outdoors in the beautiful Heritage Amphitheatre.
Edmonton International Jazz Festival
Runs until Sunday, July 1
Weekend passes $49, 10 Day Pass $99, Individual shows starting at $15 at tixonthesquare.com
In a time where Carly Rae Jepsen and Justin Bieber loudly assert their presence in the music scene, it’s easy for genres like jazz to slip through the cracks of mainstream popularity. But if you dig a deeper into today’s most popular songs, you might see that jazz has a notable influence on current pop music. By presenting some of the genre’s biggest stars along with fun theme shows such as Shine On: The Universe of John Lennon, the Edmonton International Jazz Festival reminds us that jazz is still a relevant force in the music world.
I Love you Because
Tuesday, June 26 - Thursday June 28 at 7 p.m.
Catalyst Theatre (8529 Gateway Boulevard)
Starting at $15 at tixonthesquare.com
Sometimes we don’t cherish the weird quirks of our loved ones from the start. But eventually, those flaws melt into the greater picture of who the person is, and we find that we love them because of — not in spite of — things we used to see as imperfections. The Three Form Theatre Company, formed by recent Grant MacEwan Theatre Arts graduates, explores this theme in their debut performance, I Love You Because. The modern musical follows four young New Yorkers as they become tangled in the complexities of losing and finding love in spite of imperfections.
The remnants of chivalry still linger today, especially in the dating world.
Talk on “commitment,” “excellence” and “unity” dominated Friday’s Board of Governors meeting, as members continue to address financial pressures and determine their next steps in the wake of the budget cut.