5 Things To Do in Edmonton This Week: February 1 to 5

Indulge your artistic side, see a classic opera and learn more about Aboriginal culture.

photograph courtesy of REDx Talks

See a classic opera brought to life on stage

Georges Bizet’s Carmen has become a beloved work in the opera community, and with the help of director Maria Lamont, scenery designer Camellia Koo, and costume designer Deanna Finnman, the Edmonton Opera brings it to the stage once more. Enjoy some of opera’s most well known classics, including the “Habanera” and “Toreador Song,” as you’re entertained by the sultry gypsy, conflicted soldier, and handsome matador who populate Bizet’s love story. Audiences can enjoy the production on February 2 and 4.

Northern Alberta Jubilee Auditorium, 11455 87 Ave., 780-429-1000, edmontonopera.com

Listen to a variety of presentations celebrating winter in YEG

At the year’s first Green Drinks, join a selection of guest speakers who truly embrace and celebrate Edmonton as a winter city. The evening’s speakers include Laura Maguire, Christy Morin, Karen McGale, Bob Rasko, Allyse Butler, Ken Saunders, Jason Norman, Councillor Ben Henderson, Isla Tanaka and Susan Holdsworth. The topics will include fat biking, outdoor winter festivals, skating, skiing, the Winter City initiative and reading at 39 below.

Yellowhead Brewery, 10229 105 St., thelocalgood.ca

Create your own fused glass masterpiece

The Alberta Council for the Ukrainian Arts’ workshop series allows you to indulge your artistic side in a variety of mediums, from traditional folk art styles to contemporary techniques. In this workshop, choose from a variety of fusing glass shapes, sizes, and colours and create a unique fused glass plate of your own design. If you’ve always wanted to work artistically with glass but feared venturing forth without glass experience, this workshop is the perfect opportunity to do so.   

Bissett Glass, 3104 Parsons Rd., 780-488-8588, acuarts.ca

Marvel at acrobatic maneuvers

The Peking Acrobats have performed across the world, from Australia to Africa, and are known for their exciting and awe-inspiring performances filled with precision tumbling, displays of contortion, balancing, somersaults and more. They’re stopping by Festival Place for one night only, and will be accompanied onstage by live musicians playing traditional Chinese instruments.

Festival Place, 100 Festival Way, Sherwood Park, 780-449-3378, festivalplace.ab.ca

Forget TEDx — learn more about Aboriginal culture at REDx

REDx Talks, Canada’s first international Indigenous speaker series, makes its Edmonton premiere within the Rubaboo Arts Festival on February 3. Enjoy a cultural tour tcourtesy of the wide variety of speakers including award-winning chef Shane Chartrand, Cree and Métis artist Dawn Marie Marchand, Grand Chief Tony Alexis, leader of Alexis Nakota Sioux Nation and Grand Chief of Treaty 6, award-winning actor Cody Lightning, and Christine Sokaymoh Frederick, artistic director and co-founder of Alberta Aboriginal Performing Arts, CEO of the Dreamspeakers Film Festival Society, and producer of the Rubaboo Arts Festival. There will also be music by Moe Clark and Stephanie Harpe.

La Cité Francophone, 8627 91 St., iiniistsi.org


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