5 Things To Do This Week: February 8 to 12

Chocolate making, improvised hilarity and the art of storytelling.


February 5, 2016

courtesy of City of Edmonton


Get a lesson on storytelling from two successful authors

Author and founder of Story Engine Todd Babiak and author Shari Graydon take the stage for “Telling A Story,” a talk that is part of the Lougheed College Lecture Series. Babiak and Graydon explore how leaders can find the narrative that ensures the necessary stories are told while also ensuring their purposes are well served. Get some great insights that will allow you to flex your narrative muscles for years to come.

Edmonton Clinic Health Academy, 11405 87 Ave., uofa.ualberta.ca


Indulge your inner Willy Wonka by making some raw sweet treats

The store shelves are filling up with sweet treats in preparation for Valentine’s Day, but why buy them when you can make your own healthier treats? Master chocolatier Colleen Heidecker stops by Noorish, where she will lead a workshop demonstrating how to craft three raw chocolate-centric desserts — a chocolate-strawberry mousse lovers’ parfait, heavenly dark chocolate cherry squares, and love potion #9 chocolate creams.

Noorish Conscious Eatery, 8440 109 St., 780-756-6880, noorish.ca


Check out the next crop of improv masters

While every improv fan knows and loves the cast of Rapid Fire Theatre, the WildFire Festival allows the next crop of improv masters to show off their on-the-fly humour. The 16-day festival contains three improv tournaments: The Canadian Improv Games, the, the Nosebowl, and the WildFire Junior. Between February 9 and 14, stop by to see teens compete with their schools in the Canadian Improv Games – and see if you can pick out who might wind up being one of Rapid Fire Theatre’s MVPs in a few years!

The Citadel Theatre — Ziedler Hall, 9828 101A Ave., 780-443-6044, rapidfiretheatre.com


Experience the sound of a Stradivarius

 The Alberta Symphony Orchestra society presents a performance starring Maestro Matteo Fedeli, the only musician in the world who has performed on 25 of the 60 playable Antonio Stradivari violins. This master of the famed Stradivarius will be playing the Antonio Stradivari 1715 ‘ex-Bazzini – de Vito’ violin in this unique concert series. Does music truly sound sweeter on a Stradivarius? You’ll have to judge for yourself.

Winspear Centre, 4 Sir Winston Churchill Square, 800-563-5081, winspearcentre.com


Enjoy the beauty of the outdoors at the new Victoria Oval

What better way to make the most of the cooler months than by bundling up and going ice skating? While there are countless outdoor rinks around the city, check out the new Victoria Park Oval and Freezeway. Enjoy some ice skating with a view of the beautiful river valley, then warm up in the Victoria Park Pavilion Winter Warming Chalet as you plan where to go next.

Victoria Park, 12130 River Valley Rd., 311, edmonton.ca


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