THINGS TO DO
1 WONDERFUL WEDDING SHOW
If nuptials are in your near future (or you just want to be prepared when a special someone pops the question), learn from the professionals at RBC Convention Centre’s Wonderful Wedding Show. The show runs next Saturday and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.; tickets are $18 and weekend passes are $23.
2 Matilda sings
Catch the precocious and creative Matilda live at the Royal Manitoba Theatre Centre. Matilda The Musical — based on the 1988 Roald Dahl book about a telekinetic English girl — runs until Feb. 2. In honour of Matilda’s love of reading, MTC is holding a book drive in support of the West Broadway Youth Outreach Library. Theatregoers can drop off a book at the box office.
3 Live band karaoke
Feel like a rock star even if the only place you sing is in the shower. Singers in the
Good Will Social Club’s (625 Portage Ave.) spotlight Thursday night will be backed up by real musicians rather than pre-recorded music. Sign-up begins at 8 p.m. and the first set starts at 9 p.m.
4 Fiery Friday
Friday night at Roblin Park Community Centre (640 Pepperloaf Cres.) promises to be toasty. At 6 p.m., sip some hot chocolate and roast marshmallows as a bonfire kicks off the weeklong Roblin Park Winter Carnival. And be sure to stick around until 9 p.m. for a pyrotechnics display by Archangel Fireworks.
5 Potter paradise
It doesn’t matter if you’re part of the house of Gryffindor or Hufflepuff: one Harry Potter-themed event promises to spellbind all. Beyond Platform 9¾, on Friday and Saturday at the Canadian Mennonite University’s Laudamus Auditorium, features dramatic readings, a-capella singing and Potter-centric vendors. The event runs from 7 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. both nights; tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for kids.
6 Malanka festivities
Ring in Malanka — the Ukrainian New Year — in style at the Fort Garry Hotel Saturday evening. Held in the grand ballroom, the night begins with cocktails at 5:30 p.m., followed by dinner at 6:30 p.m. and dancing at 9:30 p.m. Tickets are $125 for the night, or $40 just for the dance, available through Eventbrite.
7 Big music
Tired of watching YouTube music videos on your phone? Head down to Forth (171 McDermot Ave.) Saturday night for a showing of the best local music videos on a big screen. The inaugural screening of the Music Video Club starts at 7 p.m.