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Social Intercourse: May 8

Fight the rainy weather blues with these exciting local events!

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: From Cradle to Stage
When: May 14 – 19
Where: Walterdale Theatre
Admission: $10 for individual tickets, $21 for a festival pass

The Walterdale Theatre’s annual festival of new plays by local playwrights is returning! The plays cover a wide variety of topics and genres. In order to give more playwrights the chance to present their work, the Walterdale has decided to present the scripts as readings. This festival offers the opportunity to support Edmonton playwrights at various stages of their careers.

What: Luca Fogale with Wyatt C. Louis
When: May 15 at 7:30 p.m.
Where: The Aviary
Admission: $20 in advance, $26 at the door

See the Juno-nominated Luca Fogale and Calgary-based Wyatt C. Louis perform at The Aviary. Fogale is known for his album Nothing is Lost, which was nominated for Best Adult Contemporary Album at the 2022 Juno Awards. Louis performed at the 2022 Edmonton Folk Music Festival, and is putting out a debut album on May 24. Lovers of indie-folk will surely enjoy this show.

What: NorthwestFest International Documentary Festival
When: May 9 – 15
Where: Metro Cinema
Admission: $10-$15 per film

Canada’s longest running non-fiction film festival is returning to Edmonton! The festival features new and exciting documentaries spanning many different topics and continents. Films include but are not limited to Sorry/Not Sorry, which had its world premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival, Eat/Sleep/Cheer/Repeat, a coming-of-age film about Ireland’s National Cheerleading team, and Singing Back the Buffalo, which centres around the reintroduction of buffalo herds to the Great Plains. With several documentaries showing each night, there’s surely a film for everyone.

What: OddBird Art & Craft Fair
When: May 10 – 12
Where: Old Strathcona Performing Arts Centre
Admission: $5 entry fee

After the The Royal Bison Art and Craft Fair ended in 2023, several past vendors and organizers got together to start the OddBird Art & Craft Fair. With vendors selling clothes, illustrations, fragrances, ceramics, jewelry, and toys, the fair has a wide variety of locally-designed and made products. Forget about any progress you’ve made with spring cleaning — you’ll want to fill your home with these unique items.

What: Poetry Night at The Carrot
When: May 8, 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
Where: The Carrot Community Arts Coffeehouse
Admission: Free

On the second Wednesday of every month, The Carrot Community Arts Coffeehouse, a volunteer-powered coffeehouse, hosts an open mic poetry night. Take the chance to listen to people’s work or even read some of your own!

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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