10 TO DO
Plants, pianos and a pancake breakfast
EXIT THE KING
The University of Alberta Department of Drama’s Studio Theatre season closes out this week with a production of Eugene Ionesco’s absurdist drama Exit the King. The deluded King Berenger, who believes himself to be immortal, rules over a crumbling empire. When he finds out that he’s heading towards his demise, he stubbornly holds on to the delusion as his wife and court attempt to prepare him for the inevitable. Directed by Kevin Sutley; starring Ian Leung, Beth Graham, and Sparky Johnson.
When: Thursday, May 17 to Saturday, May 26. Performances are at 7:30 p.m., matinee at 12:30 p.m. on Thursday, May 24. No performance on Sunday.
Where: Timms Centre for the Arts, 87th Avenue and 112th Street
Admission: $25, adults; $22, seniors; $12, students. Available at the door or in advance from the U of A website
Twelve ceramic artists who have worked and lived at the world renowned Medalta studios are the focus of Home, a new exhibition at the Alberta Craft Feature Gallery. Jenna Stanton curates this collection of pieces from the Medicine Hat-based studio, which now boasts a museum, contemporary gallery, education centre, and artist-inresidence program. Participating artists for Home include Les Manning, Koi Neng Liew, Noriko Maduda, and Jenn Demke Lange.
When: Until Aug. 18. Gallery hours are Monday to Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Thursday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Closed Sunday and statutory holidays
Where: Alberta Craft Feature Gallery, 10186 106 St.
The final six contestants will be furiously showing off their keyboard skills as the Shean piano competition draws to a close this weekend at Muttart Hall. Kerry Waller is the lone Alberta entry in a field that also includes Vancouver’s Nicole Linaksita, Toronto’s David Potvin, and Chiang Rai, Thailand’s Karnsiri Laothamatas, all musically jousting for the $8,000 top prize. Adjudications and awards follow the Saturday evening concertos, with reception after the awards.
When: Friday, May 18, 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.; Saturday, May 19, 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.
Where: Muttart Hall, Alberta College, 10050 MacDonald Drive
Admission: $10 at the door
Gardening season is upon us, and the fine folks at the Muttart Conservatory are eager to help. They’ll be holding their annual bedding plant sale, offering up a variety of choices for your backyard plot. All bedding plants are available for purchase at the greenhouse.
When: Thursday, May 17, 4 p.m. to 8 p.m.; Friday, May 18, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.; Saturday, May 19, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m..
Where: Muttart Conservatory, 9626 96A St.
Director Nick Park returns with his latest stop-motion animated venture, Early Man. The critically acclaimed comedy follows the endeavours of a group of cavemen, as they invent the game of football after retrieving a spherical chunk of rock from an asteroid. Eddie Redmayne, Timothy Spall, Tom Hiddleston, and Johnny Vegas are among the voice talent, with Game of Thrones’ Maisie Williams a standout as coach Goona.
When: Saturday, May 19 at 2 p.m.
Where: Metro Cinema,
8712 109 St.
Admission: $13, adults; $8, students and seniors. Free admission for children 12 years of age and under
Vancouver’s Yung Heazy has been picking up plenty of critical acclaim over the last year with the release of singles Cuz You’re My Girl and Girl, I’ll Take U Anywhere. The singersongwriter has been compared to The Beatles, Mac DeMarco, and Gus Dapperton; he’ll be releasing his debut album, Whenever You’re Around I Hate Everything Less on June 1 of this year. With Marlaena Moore, Shukov, and The Slight Brains.
When: Saturday, May 19 at 8 p.m.
Where: Sewing Machine Factory, 9562 Whyte Ave.
Admission: $10 at the door or in advance from Showpass
Saskatoon is where the psychhard rock action in Canada is happening these days, with Shooting Guns leading the pack. The all-instrumental six-piece have been hard at work finishing up the recording of their original score to the 1922 silent film Nosferatu, but they’ll be leaving the studio behind to treat E-Towners to a very highly recommended live set. With Pine Barrens, The Switching Yards, and Rhythm of Cruelty.
When: Sunday, May 20 at 8 p.m.
Where: Starlite Room, 10030 102 St.
Admission: $15, available at the door or in advance from the Starlite website
CELEBRATION OF SPRING
Oh, look, it’s spring, the season you never thought would arrive. The folks at Ukrainian Village were always confident that it would come, however, planning their Celebration of Spring season opener this Monday. Activities and events for the day include face painting, arts and crafts, pancake breakfast, school lessons, field work and seeding, musical performers and much, much more. Check the website for the full schedule.
When: Monday, May 21, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Where: Ukrainian Village, 50 kilometres east of Edmonton on Highway 16, 3 kilometres east of Elk Island National Park
Admission: $15, adults; $13, seniors; $10, youth. Children 6 years of age and under are admitted for free
He’s known as Russell Vitale to his mother, but all the rest of us know him as Russ. The New Jersey-born rapper and producer made his reputation through a long series of free albums on Soundcloud before Columbia Records picked him up in 2016. His debut album, There’s Really a Wolf, made it all the way to No. 7 on the Billboard Charts, scattering radio singles like Losin’ Control and What They Want along the way.
When: Tuesday, May 22 at
Where: Shaw Conference Centre, 9797 Jasper Ave.
Admission: $59.95, available at the door or in advance from Ticketmaster
YOUR FAVOURITE GAME SHOW
He’s sassy, that Jon Mick. Sassy and funny, which makes him the perfect host for Your Favourite Game Show, over at the Rec Room South on Wednesday night. You’re invited to play along with the local comedian and bon vivant as the audience makes their way through multiple rounds, diverse categories, and “the questions you’ve been waiting to answer.”
When: Wednesday, May 23 at 8 p.m.
Where: The Rec Room,
1725 99 St.
The University of Alberta’s Studio Theatre closes its season with Exit the King, at the Timms Centre for the Arts, May 17 to 26.
Shooting Guns will perform at the Starlite Room on Sunday.
On Monday, the folks at Ukrainian Village are celebrating the spring we thought would never come.
Early Man is screening at Metro Cinema on Saturday at 2 p.m.