5 Things To Do This Week: February 22 to 26

Songs from the stage and screen, a trip to Oz, and a creative collaboration.


February 19, 2016


courtesy of Niobe Thompson

Listen to a skilled musician sing the blues

Musician Jenie Thai grew up in the Edmonton area, honing her musical skills by studying classical piano at Augustana University and jazz and contemporary music at Grant MacEwan University. She has performed at the Edmonton Folk Music Festival and been nominated for several Edmonton Music Awards. She takes the Blues on Whyte stage for two nights — back by popular demand — on February 22 and 23.

Blues On Whyte, 10329 82 Ave., 780-439-3981, bluesonwhyte.com

Take a trip to meet the Wizard (the wonderful Wizard of Oz)

L. Frank Baum’s The Wonderful Wizard of Oz has been a beloved book since its publication, and was first brought to the big screen in 1939, with The Wizard of Oz starring Judy Garland. Now, the story takes the stage in a new adaptation by Andrew Lloyd Webber. Join Dorothy, the Scarecrow, Tin Man, Lion and Toto as they embark on their legendary journey to the land of Oz.

Northern Alberta Jubilee Auditorium, 11455 87 Ave., 866-532-7469, jubileeauditorium.com

Enjoy the work of two creative minds combined

In Broken Sound², Brian Webb combines his expertise in choreography and movement with local intermedia artist Gary James Joynes’ artistic vision for a piece inspired by Joynes’ installation Broken Sound. This innovative meeting of two creative minds is one that can’t be missed.

Timms Centre for the Arts, 87 Ave. and 112 St., 780-452-3282, bwdc.ca

Learn about the origins of humanity in a fascinating award-winning documentary

Anthropologist and filmmaker, Dr. Niobe Thompson (top 40 profile link), explores the origins of humanity in The Great Human Odyssey, a documentary series which recently won the Edmonton Film Prize. In this unique screening, Thompson provides a live narration of the beautifully shot film, with musical accompaniment from the Edmonton Symphony Orchestra conducted by composer Darren Fung.

Winspear Centre, 4 Sir Winston Churchill Square, 780-428-1414, winspearcentre.com

Indulge your inner movie buff with an evening of songs from the stage and screen

The New Edmonton Wind Sinfonia (NEWS), under the direction of resident conductor and Artistic Director Raymond Baril, presents their newest show, There’s No Business… The evening’s repertoire will feature various selections from the stage and screen including John Williams’ “Harry’s Wondrous World,” Paul Hart’s “Circus Ring,” a variety of songs from the Star Wars Trilogy and more.

John L. Haar Theatre, 10045 156 St., 780-982-9916, newedmontonwindsinfonia.com


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