5 Things To Do in Edmonton This Week: January 25 to 29

Two plays, a screening of a critically acclaimed film, and a local literary saloon.

photography by Mat Busby 

Celebrate the Citadel’s 50th Anniversary

Edward Albee’s iconic play, Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?, was the first production that the Citadel Theatre put on when it opened its doors back in 1965. In honour of their momentous 50th Anniversary, the Citadel is bringing Albee’s iconic work back from their archives and doing a new run. If you didn’t manage to catch the Citadel’s first run in 1965, now is your chance. This production, directed by James MacDonald and starring Brenda Robins and Tom Rooney, will be on the Citadel stage from January 23 to February 13.

Citadel Theatre, 9828 101A Ave., 888-425-1820, citadeltheatre.com


… and stick around for Krystle Dos Santos’ cabaret

From January 28 to 30, talented musician Krystle Dos Santos brings her intimate cabaret style show to The Club at the Citadel Theatre. In the show, entitled ‘Blak, Edmonton-born Dos Santos embarks on an artistic exploration of black culture in western Canada and explores struggles and stories from the perspective of six distinct characters.

Citadel Theatre — The Club, 9828 101A Ave., 888-425-1820, citadeltheatre.com


Listen to local writers read from their favourite local works

Bookworms and bibliophiles can gather on January 26 at 7.00 pm for the much anticipated return of The Literary Saloon. The evening will include readings by Angie Abdou, Kimmy Beach, Thea Bowering and Caterina Edwards — however, rather than reading from their own works, the writers will select and read a piece from one of their favourite Edmonton authors. The Edmonton Public Library’s new Writer in Residence, Wayne Arthurson, will host the night of local literary treasures.

Bohemia, 10217 97 St.


Check out Blaine Newton’s Bravo  

Bravo, the second work in Shadow Theatre’s 2015-16 season, is a piece that centers on a group of people grappling with similar issues from wildly diverse perspectives. Playwright Blaine Newton gives voice to a cast of characters which includes a Japanese fisherman in the fall out of an American nuclear detonation and an anthropologist lecturing on the effects of radiation on human populations. Newton's work, which receives its world premiere at the Varscona Backstage Theatre, stars Mark Ikeda, Glenn Nelson, Liana Shannon and Aaron Talbot .

Varscona Backstage Theatre, 10330 84 Ave., 780-434-5564, shadowtheatre.org


See a magnificent life brought to the big screen

On January 27, the Art Gallery of Alberta is screening critically acclaimed film The Diving Bell and the Butterfly. The film, directed by Julian Schnabel, tells the story of French Elle editor Jean-Dominique Bauby, who suffered a stroke that left him with a condition known as locked-in syndrome. The Golden Globe and Academy Award nominated film is based on Bauby’s acclaimed memoir of the same title.

Art Gallery of Alberta, 2 Sir Winston Churchill Square, 780-422-6223, youraga.ca 


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