Arts & CultureCampus & City

Social Intercourse: March 11, 2017

Daylight saving time begins on Sunday, March 12 @ 2 a.m.

SkirtsAfire HerArts Festival
March 9th – 12th, 2017
Various venues along 118th avenue
Tickets by donation (pay-what-you-can) unless otherwise stated

If this week’s weather has completely frozen you up, SkirtsAfire has a festival lineup hot enough to thaw even the coldest of hearts. In their mission to support the development and feature the work of women, the 5th annual HerArts festival is taking 118th avenue by storm. With events varying from theatre that breaks down traditional stereotypes about motherhood (The Mommy Monologues) and a cabaret to interactive literary and slam poetry readings, it features nearly every discipline of performance art. The company is even hosting multiple concerts and visual art installations around the venues. All donations go towards celebrating women in the arts in Edmonton, as SkirtsAfire is a charitable organization.

Stupid F#@king Bird
March 2nd – 12th, 2017 (Evening shows at 7:30 pm, Sunday matinee at 2:00 pm)
The Backstage Theatre (ATB Financial Arts Barns, 10330 84 Ave)
Tickets: $25 for adults, $18 for students/seniors (Sunday matinee is 2-for-1 admission)
Tickets available here

In the Western Canadian premiere of Aaron Posner’s Stupid Fucking Bird, a spinoff of Chekhov’s The Seagull, souls are barren in the desperate search for truth in love and art. Exploring the differences in art created between generations, as well as intergenerational love, the show is bound to be a hit for you and your parents alike. But don’t bring your kids/silbings/random children with you – if the title didn’t tip you off, it is not suitable content for those 13 and under. Directed by and featuring performances from multiple UAlberta grads, the show will likely be a testament to the widespread success of the drama department – support the tribe.  

Downtown Dining Week
March 10th – 19th, 2017 (lunches and dinners)
Various restaurants in downtown Edmonton (list of locations available here)
Prices: Range from two-course lunches for $15 to three-course dinners for $28 (or executive dinner for $45)

Opa, stale ramen, and multiple daily Tim Hortons trips are just not enough to survive on sometimes. We know that, and so does Edmonton’s Downtown Business Association. That’s why the Downtown Dining Week exists (and probably for other reasons as well). Featuring deals at more than 30 restaurants in the city, this is the perfect opportunity to take that special someone in your life (ahem, yourself) out for some well-deserved and well-priced food. Self-described as “foodie heaven,” the event features food from a huge variety of ethnicities, along with the best of new Canadian cuisine. There are even contests that you can win, just by dining at one of the involved locations. The hosts recommend that you make reservations ahead of time if you’re planning to attend, and each menu is available online for your knowledgeable foodie experience.

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