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Social Intercourse: April 24

Take a look at these fun and exciting events happening in Edmonton during the last few days of April!

In our biweekly column Social Intercourse, we share our picks for notable things happening on campus and in Edmonton. Check out all these amazing local events!

What: A YEG Youth Poetry Mixer
When: April 25, 7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
Where: Foundry Room
Admission: Free, tickets reserved in advance

As part of the 2024 Edmonton Poetry Festival, the youth poetry mixer will be a night of spoken word performances and poetry readings! The night will feature a performance from YouthWrite’s Spoken Word Youth Choir, and readings from poets presented by Soul Speak. Excitingly, the winner of the Centre for Literatures in Canada (CLC) Poetry Contest will be announced at the event as well. The annual contest awards the best poem written by a student attending an eligible university — including the University of Alberta — or a French-language high school.

What: Dreamspeakers International Indigenous Film Festival
When: April 26 to 28
Where: Metro Cinema
Admission: $14 general admission

The Dreamspeakers International Indigenous Festival, put on by the Dreamspeakers Festival Society, celebrates new work by Indigenous peoples in film, video, radio, and media. This year’s festival features over 40 films, which were selected from over 200 entries. From April 26 to 28, the screenings will be in-person at Metro Cinema. The virtual festival begins April 29 and ends May 6.

What: Ground Level: 2024 Bachelor of Fine Arts Graduate Exhibition
When: April 16 to 27
Where: FAB Gallery
Admission: Free

There are only a few days left to see the work of the 2024 University of Alberta Bachelor of Fine Arts program graduates. Ground Level features 17 student artists and celebrates their growth over the course of their degree. The exhibit speaks to the students’ roots at the U of A, and the new journeys that will come after university.

What: Leaf Rapids’ Album Release
When: April 25, doors open 7:30 p.m.
Where: The Aviary
Admission: $15 advance ticket, $20 at the door

Leaf Rapids, a roots americana band from Winnipeg, is on tour celebrating its new album release, Velvet Paintings. Their show at The Aviary is bound to be an unforgettable night of roots music. As well, the show’s special guest will be Mark Davis, a singer and songwriter from Edmonton. You don’t want to miss this exciting tour-stop!

What: Tiny Beautiful Things
When: April 24 to May 12
Where: Varscona Theatre
Admission: Student ticket $25

Tiny Beautiful Things, by Nia Vardalos, is a dramatic comedy based on Cheryl Strayed‘s best-selling book. The play follows Sugar, an anonymous, unpaid, online advice columnist. Sugar relies on her own experiences and empathy to provide advice to those who ask for it. The play explores themes of healing and finding the courage to answer questions with no answers.

Lily Polenchuk

Lily Polenchuk is the 2024-25 Editor-in-Chief of The Gateway. She previously served as the 2023-24 Managing Editor, 2023-24 and 2022-23 News Editor, and 2022-23 Staff Reporter. She is in her second year, studying English and political science.

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