Edmonton Weekend Guide: April 26-29

Above: Doctors and Derrieres Exhibit

Feed your need for loud beats, humanitarianism, beer drinking and poetic verse. It's a happening weekend in Edmonton.

Drink: Literary Cocktails
Listen:
Tommy Banks & Friends
Theatre: Teatro La Quindicina: The Adultress
Eat: Three Boars Eatery

Sing Your Praises
Edmonton Opera Fidelio
What:
Beethoven’s only opera set in a country ravaged by war.
Why: This timeless 1805 ode to peace, joy and triumph in the face of brutal adversity, receives its very first Alberta production.
Where: Northern Alberta Jubilee Auditorium. Buy your tickets.
When: Thursday, April 26 at 7:30pm

Ah, Snap!
Water in Focus Exhibition
What: Explore the banks of the North Saskatchewan River through the lenses of talented amateur photographers.
Why: This fundraiser is for The North Saskatchewan Riverkeeper whose vision of our river valley is a watershed where we can all safely and enjoyably swim, drink and fish.
Where: Yellowhead Brewery (10229 105 Street). Buy your tickets ($40).
When: Thursday, April 26 from 7-10pm.

Poetry Party
Edmonton Poetry Festival

What:
The festival features the brief but deadly art known as “blink poetry”; some super cool workshops; poetry slams; poetry sweatshops; and more!
Why: Get fired up about verse.
Where:
All over the city. View complete schedule here.
When:
Sunday, April 22 to Sunday, April 29

In the Nude
Doctors and Derrieres

What:
U of A Medical students pose nude for 30 local artists who paint, sculpt and draw. These art pieces are available for purchase by way of silent auction.
Why:
This is an annual fundraising event for health projects in El Salvador.
Where: Entreprise Square (10230 Jasper Avenue). Get your invite here. Entrance by donation, cash bar on-site.
When: Friday, April 27 from 7-11pm

Fun on Tap
Edmonton International Beer Festival

What:
Pouring over 200 beers for sampling.
Why:
It’s a party with 10 bands performing, too much beer and a rowdy crowd.
Where:
Shaw Conference Centre. Buy tickets online $19-$29.
When:
Friday, April 27 from 4pm-10:30pm, Saturday, April 28 from 3pm-10:30pm

Play it by Ear
Elements Music Festival

What: Edmonton’s electronic music scenesters are putting on Western Canada’s largest electronic music festival.
Why: Four music rooms named after the four elements (earth, fire, water and wind) will each deliver a different musical and sensory experience. Get ready to dance.
Where:
Edmonton Expo Centre (7515 - 118 Avenue). Buy your tickets.
When: Friday, April 27 & Saturday, April 28 from 3pm to 2:30am

The von Trapp's & You
Sound of Music
What:
Since 1959, this musical about the von Trapp family has been stealing hearts onstage and big screens.
Why: Do…re…me…fa… so… la… ti… do… do not miss this production.
Where: The Citadel Theatre (9828 101A Avenue). Buy your tickets.
When: April 21 to May 27 (5th week just added due to popularity!)

Lend an ear to Shakespeare
A Midsummer Night’s Dream
What:
The adventures of four young Athenian lovers and six amateur actors, who are manipulated by the fairies who inhabit the forest. It’s magical and funny.
Why: One of the bard’s most beloved comedies.
Where: The Citadel Theatre (9828 101A Avenue ). Buy your tickets.
When: Nightly shows until April 29 at 7:30pm. Some matinees at 1:30pm.