Weekend Guide: June 16-19

To the lucky folks who scored tickets, enjoy Pecha Kucha X on Friday night. For the rest of us, it's still going to be a stellar weekend. Make sure to celebrate your dad on Father's Day (gifts he'll love and things to do together).

Eat: Brunch at Bistro La Persaud
Shop: Oak+Fort (10416 82 Avenue)
Make: Rhubarb Cake
Don't miss:
Opera al Fresco (buy tickets now)

Sit Down for Stand Up
Improvaganza 2011
What: Rapid Fire Theatre hosts over 30 sketch comedians, improvisers, stand-ups and musicians. Sign yourself-up for a workshop and attend a social event.

Why:
Guaranteed to be the best off-the-cuff.
Where: Varscona Theatre and Transalta Arts Barns
When: June 15-25 - check schedule for show listings. 

The Art of Drinking
Latitude 53 Rooftop Patio
What: Great hosts, delicious food, cocktails and a sun-kissed patio.
Why: In celebration of Pride Week, your hosts this week: Womonspace (a social club for lesbians) and Team Edmonton (organizes sporting events and recreationl.
Where:
Latitude 53 Contemporary Visual Culture  (10248-106 Street)
When: Thursday, June 16 from 5pm-9pm (and every Thursday night all summer long!)

Opera for the Soul
East Meets East Meets West: Pryogy Dinner & Fundraiser
What: Feed your body with a pyrogy dinner. Feed your soul with a teaser performance by Madame’s Butterfly cast.
Why: Opera like you’ve never experienced before – you’ll be back for more when the curtain rises for Puccini’s Madame Butterfly inside a tent in Giovanni Caboto Park in August.
Where:
Freemason’s Hall (10318-100 Avenue). Tickets $20 for adults, $15 for children.
When: Friday, June 17. Doors at 5pm. Dinner 6pm-8pm. Performance at 8pm.  

Bridging the Gap
Hope Street Festival
What: Celebrate Edmonton’s vibrant inner city! This festival is about reconnecting our city to the inner city community.
Why: Live music and art while eating shish kabobs, corn dogs, cotton candy, popcorn, watermelon and Tim Bits!
Where: 105A Avenue between 101 Street and 100 Street. (Half a block north of the new Epcor tower).
When: Saturday, June 18 from noon to 5pm.

For the Love of Rock
Rock the Square
What: A music festival to promote local rock bands.
Why: A line-up of talent that makes us giddy!
Where: Churchill Square (10247 100 Street)
When: Saturday, June 18 from 12pm-10pm

Stall Tactics
St. Albert Farmers’ Market
What: The season opener of a beloved St. Albert farmers’ market.
Why:
Load your shopping bag with wares from our favorite local artisans; this is Western Canada's largest outdoor farmers' market.
Where: St. Anne Street & St. Thomas Street.
When: Saturday, June 18 from 9am to 3pm

Go for a Stroll
Park(ed) - Car-free Day

What: Active Edmonton is putting us to the test by daring us all to go a day without our cars. To make Edmonton the most active city in Canada, we all need to bike and walk a little more.

Why:
Participate in a downtown walking tour or an outdoor zumba or yoga class by the YMCA. You can see a segway demo and win great prizes from Mountain Equipment Co-op.
Where
: 102 Avenue between 104 St and 100 St (smack in the middle of the Farmer's Market)
When: Saturday, June 18 from noon to 4pm

Fashion & Bikes
Love Those Clothes
What: A SNAP fundraising event celebrating stylish cycling.
Why: Fashion show, DJ, hors d’oeuvres and drinks. Bid on wearable art including clothing and accessories silkscreened by local artists and designers. Oh - and did we mention how insanely talented the SNAP artists are?
Where: FABgallery, 1–1 Fine Arts Building, University of Alberta (112 Street & 89 Avenue). Tickets $25 (members $20).
When: Saturday, June 18 at 7pm

Let’s Chat
DIYalogue
What: Ever dream about starting something on your own? This is your chance to ‘speed date’ cultural entrepreneurs behind magazines, art galleries, websites, festivals and fashion designs.
Why: Let’s talk, inspire, collaborate and get more dreams started.
Little note: CityandDale.com will be there to chat about publishing in the online space.
Where: The ARTery (9535 Jasper Avenue). Space is limited – sign-up now!
When: Sunday, June 19 from 2pm-4pm

* Top Photo: Vintage street photography by Mark Arneson
* Bottom Photo: The Society of Northern Alberta Print-artists (SNAP)