Sexy science, the high priest of hosers and beer, beer and more beer.
By Jesse Cole | February 23, 2023
Gershwin, By George!
March 1 and 2
Celebrate the centennial of George Gerswhin’s timeless masterpiece, Rhapsody in Blue, performed by the Edmonton Symphony Orchestra. Join conductor William Eddins as he guides you through a thrilling musical journey and showcases Gerswhin’s legacy in the halls of popular culture.
The End is Nye
I imagine Bill Nye, professor emeritus of educational TV and esteemed “Science Guy,” walking into the Northern Alberta Jubilee Auditorium much in the way a professional wrestler might: to the familiar rumble of “Bill, Bill, Bill!” as he walks triumphantly to the stage to do battle against misinformation.
Fanboy fever-dream or not, Nye will drop science on audiences at the Jub’, where he’ll discusses climate change, natural disasters and how we can all make the world a better place through science.
Much To-Do About Rubaboo
Until March 3
Rubaboo means “leftovers stew” or “big pot” in Michif, the traditional Métis language. And this intimate yet exuberant performance by Métis performer Andrea Menard will immerse audiences into the intricacies and beauty of the culture.
Witness the story behind the music (and movement) of infamous Russian feminist dissidents and punk rockers Pussy Riot. Part concert, part theatre, part memoir and part act of resistance, Pussy Riot: Riot Days, is based on the memoir of Pussy Riot’s Maria Alyokhina, who spent years in the Russian criminal justice system for speaking out against Vladimir Putin, the Russian Orthodox Church and corruption. This award-winning performance art piece, coming to The Starlite Room, has toured the world and features performances from current and ex-Pussy Riot members.
The Art of Storytelling
March 2, 9, 16 and 23
When was the last time you just sat down and listened to a story? If you’re like most of us, it’s probably been a long time. But now you can immerse yourself in the Indigenous Storytelling Series at Fort Edmonton Park. Part cultural exchange, part entertainment and definitely not just for the kids, this is one story circle you’ll want to be a part of.
Science and sexy aren’t typically two words you’d pair together, but the Telus World of Science Edmonton’s Dark Matters shows that nerds can be sexy, too. Exploring the science of all things naughty, this adults-only event features sexy seminars on the science behind all of our carnal desires.
Girls Gotta Ball
March 7 to 10
The 2024 U SPORTS Women’s Basketball Championships are in town this month, proving that the Raptors aren’t the only ball players worth watching in the north. Eight teams will compete across 12 games in a single-elimination showdown. Catch these gifted ballers before they ship off to the WNBA.
Finance & Femininity
The Women & Wealth Gala returns to Edmonton to celebrate International Women’s Day 2024 and empower and inspire women in business, government and community. Come for the captivating guest speakers, engaging networking and stay for the delicious three-course meal.
Golden Age Cinema
Aging can be tough, but just because you’re in your golden years doesn’t mean you can’t get out, enjoy some lively discussion and appreciate the arts. That’s the idea behind the Art Gallery of Alberta’s Cinema for Seniors program, which screens At Eternity’s Gate (staring the riveting Willem Defoe) this month as part of the ongoing series.
March 8 and 9
Experience the warmth and beauty of Brahms’ iconic Symphony No. 3 at the acoustically divine Winspear Centre, conducted by Ruth Reinhardt and performed by the Edmonton Symphony Orchestra.
The Art of the Craft
March 8 and 9
There’s nothing like a cheeky pint on a Friday, eh? How about 500 cheeky pints? Well that’s what’s on tap at the bountifully boozy Edmonton Craft Beer Festival, which returns to the Edmonton Expo Centre this year. With no fewer than 500 offerings from more than 100 breweries, the Edmonton Craft Beer Festival is quickly becoming one of the fastest growing beer festivals anywhere in the world.
An Evening with Tank Girl
Cult cinema icon Rachel Talalay — known better among her fans as the director of Tank Girl — will be in town this month for a Q&A alongside a screening at the Metro Cinema of a few of her most recognizable films, including, of course, Tank Girl and Freddy’s Dead: The Final Nightmare.
March 9 to 10
You know that feeling when you see a dog across the street and you have the impulse to just run up and pet it? Well, now you can experience that feeling for two whole days at the Edmonton Pet Expo. Coming to the Edmonton EXPO Centre, this celebration of mankind’s best friends features everything from working dogs to fancy felines and even the more exotic of companions.
Until March 10
Edmonton’s Skirtsafire returns with a plethora of poignant and powerful artistic performances honouring the contributions and impacts of women who create, perform and uplift in our community.
Play That (Country) Music
March 9 and 10
Could any Alberta-based events guide truly be complete without mentioning the Country Music Alberta Awards? Running from March 9 to 10 at the Edmonton Convention Centre, this annual celebration of all things twang and honky tonk features performances by the Prairie States, Tommy Charles and Ashley Ghostkeeper, to name just a few.
Domo Arigato, Ms. Roboto
March 13 to 31
Is there anything harder than navigating adolescence and the road to adulthood? Well, maybe doing that and building a robot. That’s the subject of a new play premiering at the Shadow Theatre.
Robot_Girls tells the story of four girls at Nellie McClung Charter School for Girls who navigate the complexities of relationships, robotics and what it means to be a teenage girl.
What’s the first thing that comes to mind when you hear the word composer? Probably dead guys with names like Bach, Beethoven or Brahms, right? Well now you can add a few contemporary names to your repertoire thanks to Castles & Warriors: Transcendent Sounds.
Curated by Véronique Lacroix, of the Ensemble contemporain de Montréal, this special performance at Edmonton’s Winspear Centre will celebrate some of Canada’s most spellbinding contemporary composers.
A Decade of Drag
Join the fashionistas over at Evolution Wonderlounge for the spectacular finale to the 2024 season of Alberta’s Next Drag Superstar and celebrate the 10th anniversary of Alberta’s premiere drag competition.
March 21 to 23
Okay, two beer festivals in one month? C’mon. You’re spoiling us, Edmonton.
The International Beerfest is on at the Edmonton Convention Centre where beer snobs, ale aficionados and Kolsch connoisseurs of all types will be cheers’ing to the golden elixir. With live music, in-person training from the Cicerone Certification Program and, of course, more beer than you can chug, we’ll gladly toast to this.
Guys & Dolls (And Everyone In Between)
Did you know the Art Gallery of Alberta turns 100 this year? To celebrate, it’s hosting a posh throwback to the roaring 1920s when the gallery first opened complete with swingin’ jazz, talkies on the silver screen and sultry performances in the AGA’s swankiest lounge.
Party like a Paleontologist
March 23 to September 9
Travel back — like millions of years — in time with the Telus World of Science Edmonton’s Dinosaurs exhibition. Showcasing the grandeur of Earth’s old inhabitants, the Dinosaurs exhibit will bring you face-to-face with some of the Mesozoic era’s most extraordinary creatures.
Big Hair, Bigger Laughs
March 26 to 31
Relive the magic, music and, yes, the hair, of the 1960s with the Broadway musical Hairspray. The Tony Award-winning performance is set to take the stage at the Northern Alberta Jubilee Auditorium this month.
March 29 and 30
We’re just a hop, skip and a jump away from sunnier days, warm weather and all the blessings of spring and that’s enough to warrant some celebration. You can join in on giving old man winter the boot with the Downtown Defrost at Churchill Square.
Go Tell It On the Mountain(top)
March 30 to April 21
Delve into a reimagining of the events leading up to the assassination of one of the world’s foremost civil rights leaders — Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
Debuting on the stage at the Citadel Theatre, The Mountaintop tells the story of Dr. King’s last night on earth and the important legacy he left behind.
Just Give’r, Bud
‘Berta legend and FUBAR alumnus Terry Cahill is hitting the road on a Western Canadian tour, and buds, he’s coming to give’r in Edmonton. The high priest of hosers will perform live at Union Hall alongside his on-screen love Trish and the evening will include a Q&A, photo ops with Terry and Trish and, we’re sure, a lot of Pilsner.