Edmonton Weekend Guide: February 2-5

Watch: Sold-out Pecha Kucha night streamed live online at EdmontonJournal.com. Tune in at 7:30pm on Thursday, February 2.
Cheer: It’s Super Bowl Sunday {Make some tasty snacks}
Party: Throw a party for Wiarton Willie who predicts an early spring.
Eat: Montreal-Style Bagels

The Mikado
Edmonton Opera
What: A fusion of contemporary and traditional Mikado makes this opera performance spectacular.
Why: The costumes were created from scratch and are truly incredible. And, it’s not often you can attend an opera actually sung in English (ideal for first-time opera goers!).
Where: Northern Alberta Jubiless Auditorium. Tickets $34-$170.
When: Saturday, February 4 at 7:30pm, Tuesday, February 7 at 7:30pm and Thursday, February 9 at 7:30pm.

The Write Stuff
MediaCamp Edmonton
What: Journalists and storytellers (bloggers, writers) gather together to find ways to work together.
Why: Attend sessions on curating a story, developing an app or learning a bit of code.
Where: Edmonton Chamber of Commerce, World Trade Centre (9990 Jasper Avenue). Tickets $40.
When: Saturday, February 4 from 8:30am-4:30pm

Black History
United Colors of Soul (5 Artists, 1 Love)
What: Celebrate Black History Month with its 5th annual art show.
Why: Free admission and an opportunity to meet the artists showcasing work celebrating the legacy of Black Canadians. Want more? Stay for United Colors of Soul musical gala featuring spoken-word poets and great musicians.
Where: Art Gallery of Alberta (2 Sir Winston Churchill Square). Tickets for Gala event are $32.
When: Saturday, February 4 from 4pm-7pm. Gala event starts at 8pm.

Eastern Art Block
Rearview Mirror: New Art from Central & Eastern Europe
What: 22 artists represent 11 different countries show the convergence and differences twenty years after the fall of the Berlin Wall.
Why: Explore the notions of Eastern Europe as a social, political and art historical monolith.
Where: Art Gallery of Alberta (2 Sir Winston Churchill Square).
When: Exhibition runs January 28 to April 29, 2012.

Winter Festival
What: A winter festival featuring a village downtown Edmonton. Local architects designed temporary, heated structures to host a whirlwind of events each weekend.
Why: On the agenda this weekend: A Taste of Winter, Skylife by Firefly Theatre, Polar Brewhouse and northern lights crafts for kids.
Where: Sir Winston Churchill Square
When: Friday, February 3 to Sunday, February 5