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Social Intercourse: May 22

While we wait for the spring sun to return, these local events and festivals aren't going anywhere!

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: Book Launch: coexistence by Billy-Ray Belcourt
When: May 24 at 7:00 p.m.
Where: Audrey’s Books
Admission: Free

Writer and assistant professor in the School of Creative Writing at the University of British Columbia, Billy-Ray Belcourt, is releasing his fifth book. Coexistence is a story collection about Indigenous love and loneliness, featuring stories about people of all ages with incredibly varying life experiences. Belcourt’s previous release, his 2022 debut novel A Minor Chorus was long-listed for the Scotiabank Giller Prize. Coexistence is highly anticipated.

What: Dead Letter
When: May 15 – June 2
Where: Gateway Theatre
Admission: $30 to $50

Closing off the Workshop West Playwrights’ Theatre (WWPT) 2023-24 season is the world premiere of Dead Letter. Dead Letter, by Edmonton-based playwright Conni Massing, is a soft-boiled mystery with copious twists and turns. In Dead Letter, Amy investigates the mundane disappearances of everyday items in her house. Despite disbelief from her friends and family, Amy finds these disappearances are not exactly random.

What: Rocky Horror Picture Show
When: May 31 at 10:00 p.m.
Where: Metro Cinema
Admission: $19

Rocky Horror Picture Show is coming to Metro Cinema. As with most showings of the cult classic, audience participation and singing along is encouraged, as are costumes and props. Audience members may and probably will throw confetti, rice, toilet paper, and more. Additionally, this showing will involve a full shadow cast performance by the Lowdown Cheap Little Punks, an Edmonton-based Rocky Horror Picture Show shadow cast. To avoid last minute disappointment, buy your tickets well in advance.

What: Tasty Truck Food Festival
When: May 25 – 26
Where: Fan Park, Ice District
Admission: Free

The first Tasty Truck Food Festival and largest food truck festival in Edmonton will feature 20 vendors and live music. For seating there will be a 30,000 square-foot heated event tent. Vendors include but are by no means limited to: Black Sheep Eatery, Likkle Lemon, Smokehouse Barbeque, and Takopo.

What: UFest: Edmonton Ukrainian Festival
When: May 24 – 25
Where: Borden Park
Admission: Free

The UFest Edmonton Ukrainian Festival is Western Canada’s largest multi-day Ukrainian festival. This festival features performances by dancers, choirs, and bands. Multiple different vendors will serve borscht, cabbage rolls, fermented sauerkraut, kovbasa, meatballs, perogies, and much more. The festival also features a Vendor Village, at which festival attendees can browse and buy genuine Ukrainian art, handmade crafts, traditional clothing, and more.

Dylana Twittey

Dylana Twittey is the 2024-25 Managing Editor at The Gateway. She previously served as the 2023-24 News Editor. She is a second-year student studying history. In her free time, she enjoys watching 90s Law and Order, cooking, and rereading her favourite books for the fifth time.

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