Some of the latest happenings in and around Edmonton (Family Day, Silver Skate, Winefest...)


'Cinderella' runs at the Jubilee for only 2 days
(Feb. 17-18). 
FAMILY Day is just around the corner (Monday, in case you didn't know), and so the EPL (Edmonton Public Library) is hosting its "Free Family Day Fun" event at every location in Edmonton (excluding the U of A locale). From 1-5PM the EPL will offer puppet shows by Kaybridge Productions, storytelling by TALES, digital photo & video demonstrations (bring your USB stick to store images), Aboriginal dancing by Edmonton's own Adrian LaChance, and the "Shrek-cellent" Family Day Movie Event. All for free! The latter event will take place at the Stanley A. Milner Library Theatre (downtown) at 2PM.

Today (Feb. 17) is the kick-off of the 22nd annual Silver Skate Festival & Winter Celebration in Hawrelak Park, which'll run up until Monday the 20th. Edmonton's longest-running winter festival is "rooted in the Dutch tradition of a love of the outdoors and the pleasure of experiencing the cultural and aesthetic beauty of winter." Expanding to incorporate local culture, art, sports, and recreation, Silver Skate will include figure skating demos, family snow sculpting, horse drawn sleigh rides, roving performers, an "epic" ice slide, and much more.

Families are invited to take in the interactive "Method and Madness" exhibit at the BMO World of Creativity gallery space of the Art Gallery of Alberta in downtown Edmonton on Sunday, Feb. 19 (11AM-5PM). That's opening night for the showcase (runs until January 2013), which was created in collaboration with local illustrator/ designer Gabe Wong, allowing you to "create sounds," to "construct mythological creatures in paper," and "decode cryptographic messages." Admission into the AGA is $12.50, $8.50 for students/ seniors, $26.50 for families (2 adults & up to 4 minors), and free for kids 6 and under.

From Friday (Feb. 17) to Saturday (Feb. 18) the Jubilee Auditorium (11455-87 Ave./ 780-428-6839) will host Cinderella, choreographed by the Alberta Ballet's Jean Grand-Maitre, and based on the classic fairy tale, complete with a set designed by the award-winning Guillaume Lord. Tickets for the acclaimed production go for anywhere from $18 to $102.

The $500 million, 152,400 square-metre Edmonton Clinic Health Academy, across the street from the University of Alberta Hospital (87 Ave. & 114 St.), is set to open its doors as the newest education and training facility of the U of A. Dentists, pediatricians, dietitians, and occupational therapists will have the ability to practice team care in simulated doctors' offices, while nurses will have access to mannequin and camera-equipped laboratories. There's even a bariatric suite, where nurses, physicians, and physiotherapists will have the opportunity to wear a "fat suit," help obese patients use the facilities, and learn how to move up to an 800-pound patient. This is said to be a first in Canada. The official grand opening is next Wednesday (Feb. 22).

The Robert Glasper Experiment will play the
Yardbird Suite on Feb. 17 (Friday). 
For jazz fans the Yardbird Suite (102 St. & 86 Ave.) will host the Robert Glasper Experiment tonight (Feb. 17) at 9PM (doors @ 8). The New York trio, which highlighted last year's Edmonton International Jazz Festival, will take to the stage as part of the "International Jazz Series." Tix are $26 ($22 for members). Owen Howard's Nostalgia Quintet will play the Yardbird on Saturday (Feb. 18) at 9PM ($20/ $16 for members), as part of the "Canadian Jazz Series." Tuesdays at the Yardbird are just $5, btw!

Tickets are $70-75 each for the annual Winefest Edmonton, which will take over the Shaw Conference Centre tonight (Feb. 17/ 7-10PM) and Saturday (Feb. 18/ 2-5PM, 7-10PM). The all-inclusive event allows you to sample hundreds of wines (red, white, port, sparkling, dessert) from our own backyard and from around the world, as well as the opportunity to purchase anything you might fancy. The 2-day extravaganza will also provide hors d'oeuvres, including gourmet cheeses, chocolates, olives, hummus, and baked pita chips. Yum! Early bird prizes and group/ corporate tickets are also available, although Saturday's "Evening Session" is already sold out, so....

To be honest I didn't even know the University of Alberta had a museum! Apparently, they do. In fact, located in Enterprise Square (10230 Jasper Ave.), the U of A Museums presents "Cool Stuff," a brand new exhibit that features "diverse subjects from polar dinosaur hunting to artwork inspired by the cold to collecting meteorites in the snow." The winter-themed exhibit kicks off today at 11:30AM (until 6PM), and is also open on Family Day (11:30AM-6PM). Admission is free, though a donation is expected. For more information call 780-492-5834. It runs until the end of March.

Three new features will open in Edmonton theatres this weekend, in Nicolas Cage's Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance (also 3D), Reese Witherspoon's This Means War, and the animated The Secret World of Arrietty (see below). For all local showtimes click here.

Oh, and just a reminder...Coldplay will be here, at Rexall Place, on Tuesday, April 17th (7PM)!! Tickets are still available. See you there.

Happy Family Day Weekend, Edmonton!

Below is the official trailer for Hiromasa Yonebayashi's 'The Secret World of Arrietty.'


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