5 Things To Do: April 15 to 19

From ancient history to contemporary theatre and stand up, this week you’ll learn and laugh (and rock out).

See and hear the sonic master of progressive rock 

Allan Parsons, the 11-time Grammy winner and music icon, takes the Winspear stage April 16.

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

A timely play by one of Edmonton’s best

In The Empress and the Prime Minister, Darrin Hagen tells the story of drag queen Ted Northe, the Canadian activist known as the Empress of Canada, who formed a remarkable connection with a young Pierre Trudeau. April 18 to May 5 at the Roxy Theatre.

The Roxy Theatre, 8529 Gateway Boulevard, 780-453-2440, theatrenetwork.ca

Morrissey’s return

The former Smiths frontman returns to Canada, and Edmonton, on April 18, as part of his spring tour. A portion of ticket sales will go towards 15 animal save organizations.

Northern Alberta Jubilee Auditorium, 11455 – 87 Avenue, 780-427-2760, jubileeauditorium.com

Immerse in Viking history

See 650 artifacts, including the longest Viking warship ever found, along with multimedia shows and interactive stations at Vikings: Beyond the Legend, April 18 to October 20 at the Royal Alberta Museum.

Royal Alberta Museum, 9810 103a Ave NW, 825-468-6000, royalalbertamuseum.ca

Adventures in stand-up comedy

Kathleen McGee — one of Western Canada’s funniest comedians, and the babysitter “who always snuck into your mom’s scotch and gave you a nip” — headlines The Stand Up Show at the Grindstone Theatre on April 19.

The Grindstone Theatre & Bistro, 10019 – 81 Ave, 780-244-9076, grindstonetheatre.ca

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