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WAG Honours Local Art Collectors in Exhibit

By David Klassen

Winnipeg Art GalleryA pair of art collectors are being honoured by the Winnipeg Art Gallery in an exhibit until December 7.

“Bringing Shadow to Light: Gifts from a Manitoban Collection” is a tribute to Robert and Margaret Hucal.

Since 1990, these Manitoba art collectors have quietly gifted almost 350 works of mostly Canadian historical painting, sculpture, photography, prints, and drawings to the WAG.

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Human Rights Museum Offering Free Guided Tours

Canadian Museum for Human Rights - Tower of Hope

The Tower of Hope atop the Canadian Museum for Human Rights (HANDOUT)

With less than a month to go before the Canadian Museum for Human Rights opens, the public will have the chance to take part in free preview tours.

Tickets will be available online beginning September 3 for the one-hour guided tours, providing up to 9,000 people with a glimpse inside the national museum in Winnipeg September 20 and 21. Regular paid admissions begin on September 27.

The tickets will allow access to four of the museum’s 11 galleries on a time-ticketed basis as part of opening celebrations.

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Labour Day Classic to Air on Giant Screen at The Forks

Winnipeg Blue Bombers LogoFootball fans can watch this weekend’s Labour Day Classic on a giant outdoor screen at The Forks.

As part of the Prairie Barge Festival, the game will be shown on Sunday at 3 p.m. when the Blue Bombers take on the Saskatchewan Roughriders in Regina.

“The Blue Bombers are thrilled to be included in such exciting and diverse programming, and look forward to being able to celebrate the Labour Day Classic and cheer on our Bombers in this unique atmosphere,” said Jason Smith, VP of events with the Blue Bombers. “We invite all our fans to come down and join the fun.”

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Baby, You’re a Firework!

Katy Perry

Katy Perry performs at Winnipeg’s MTS Centre on Tuesday, August 26, 2014. (SHAWN COATES / CHRISD.CA)

This is how we do and Katy Perry done did it Tuesday night at Winnipeg’s MTS Centre.

The singer roared through her catalog of smash hits to a crowd of about 14,000 screaming fans.

The pop star made reference to the city several times, even mentioning Winnipeg’s distinguished title of Slurpee Capital of the World. Perry also interacted with the fans, bringing one up on stage for a special performance of her hit, Birthday. At one point, she even gave one lucky fan an entire pepperoni pizza that was brought out.

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Behind the Folk Festival Scenes: Grace & Tony

Summer may be coming to a close, but the Winnipeg Folk Festival is keeping the tunes going with backstage exclusives.

Shot at this year’s festival back in July, musicians Grace and Tony recorded Adam of Labour with Chris Wilson (cello) and Kimmi Sampson (violin) as a four-piece.

Grace was raised on southern gospel and bluegrass and Tony grew up playing punk, honing his musical chops with his brother John Paul White of The Civil Wars. They started jamming, mixing folk, bluegrass, Texas swing and punk and the result is, what they call, “punkgrass.”

– Staff

Rogers, Shaw to Launch Netflix Competitor ‘shomi’

shomiRogers Communications and Shaw Communications have teamed up to launch a new video-streaming service, taking on rival Netflix for the on-demand video market.

Priced at $8.99 per month for a subscription, shomi will be available on tablet, mobile, online, Xbox 360 and set top boxes.

The first beta will be open to Rogers and Shaw Internet and TV customers, with service available the first week of November.

shomi will feature popular TV shows and cult-classics from the past, including such titles as Modern Family, Sons of Anarchy, Sleepy Hollow, Shameless, 2 Broke Girls, Vikings, New Girl, 24: Live Another Day, Chicago Fire, The Strain, and American Horror Story.

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Corus Winnipeg Cleans House as Ratings Near

Corus EntertainmentCorus Entertainment Winnipeg let several employees go Monday morning, just as the fall ratings measuring period is to begin next week.

Gone from 680 CJOB is Robert Holland, Jim Jones and Graham Mosimann (music director) from Power 97, and Adam Taylor and Kristin Bibik from 99.1 Fresh FM.

Corus also terminated an engineer and a receptionist.

Numeris will measure September 1 to October 26 for the fall period, with ratings to be released on November 27.

– Staff

Assiniboine Park Zoo to Release Monarch Butterflies

Butterfly Garden

A butterfly is released at the Assiniboine Park Zoo in June 2013. (CHRISD.CA FILE)

The Assiniboine Park Zoo will tag and release a collection of monarch butterflies on Monday afternoon.

It’s the fourth year the zoo has carried out the release with the monarchs at the Shirley Richardson Butterfly Garden.

“The timing of the release will allow our monarch butterflies the opportunity to undertake their natural migration,” said Janice Martin, curator of Assiniboine Park Zoo. “It’s also a wonderful opportunity for us to educate children and our visitors about monarch butterflies.”

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WAG Honouring MAWA Milestone with Exhibit

Winnipeg Art GalleryAn exhibition at the Winnipeg Art Gallery is honouring the 30th anniversary of MAWA (Mentoring Artists for Women’s Art).

MAWA has earned an international reputation for encouraging and supporting the intellectual and creative development of women artists, arts writers, and curators in Winnipeg.

“The selection of artwork exhibited, drawn from Winnipeg Art Gallery’s permanent collection, reflects various members, mentors, mentorees, and program participants over MAWA’s history,” said Dr. Stephen Borys, WAG Director and CEO.

MAWA was created in 1984 in response to women artists receiving fewer exhibition opportunities and academic positions than men, despite forming the majority of art school graduates.

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Wicked Good — Hit Broadway Musical Opens in Winnipeg

By Shelley Cook (@ShelleyACook)

Wicked the Musical

Actress Laurel Harris in ‘Wicked’ (JOAN MARCUS PHOTO)

Wicked the Musical

Wicked is running at the Centennial Concert Hall until August 30.

WINNIPEG — Wicked the musical opened at the Centennial Concert Hall this week for a 10-day run.

The Grammy Award-winning musical, based on the novel of the same name by Gregory Maguire, is a whole new look at what life over that rainbow was really like, even before Dorothy and Toto crashed into the Emerald City.

Filling in the gaps from the 1939 film, this story explains the oddities of the wonderful world of Oz; like why monkeys fly, or how the iconic Tin Man, Scare Crow and the Cowardly Lion came to be. More importantly though, the story gives personality to characters, Glinda (Kara Lindsay) and Elphaba (Alyssa Fox), AKA The Wicked Witch of the West, who I have now come to realize were just really, really misunderstood in 1939.

The play kicks off with Glinda the Good, descending over OZ in her magical bubble, while the munchkins are singing No One Mourns the Wicked in the wake of the news that Elphaba has been killed after being doused with a pail of water by the little girl from Kansas.

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