This weekend’s roundup includes improv comedy, poetry, a one-man circus and of course, lots of music.
The Jim Axelrod Big LIttle Band plays Misu Chinese Restaurant. You’ll hear songs made famous by Billie Holiday, Ray Charles, Dutch Mason, the Downchild Blues Band, and more. 6 p.m. $10
5 à 7 with Les grandes retrouvailles at Tribute Bar & Lounge. Local band, Les grandes retrouvailles, with musicians Sophie Lacroix, Benoit Locas, Éric Boucher, Mike Fleming and Charles Cyr, will perform classic French pop-songs. Admission is free. This is presented by the Centre communautaire Sainte-Anne. 5 p.m.
Cinema Politica screens Concerning Violence at Conserver House. This archive-driven documentary covers the most daring moments in the struggle for liberation across the world and is an exploration into the mechanisms of decolonization through text from Frantz Fanon’s The Wretched of the Earth. Fanon’s landmark book, written over 50 years ago, is still a major tool for understanding and illuminating today’s neo-colonialism and the violence and reactions against it. 180 St. John Street. 7:30 p.m. Free.
Keith Hallett and the Hookers at The Capital. Home-grown blues wonder Keith Hallett‘s howlin’, growlin’ vocals and soulful, impressive guitar licks and slides have made him a staple of the East Coast blues community. Doors at 9 p.m. Show at 10. $12.
A Benefit in Support of People Impacted by Suicide at Grimross Brewing. An evening of music and comedy in support of community mental health. All proceeds go to Family Enrichment and Counselling Service Inc., to help provide subsidized counselling services for people impacted by suicide. Music from – The Stratified and Tom and Tayce McAvity. Comedy set featuring Cory Hartlen. 8 p.m. $10
Fractal Code EP release dance party at The Capital. Fractal Code‘s first EP Psychotrophic will be hitting sound waves everywhere on Feb 23rd and why not celebrate by having a space themed dance party at The Capital Complex! With support from New Brunswick’s wonkiest Dj’s, Lewcid, Moon Druid and Neil Armstrange! The spaceship’s atmosphere will be set up by the wonderful group of aliens called Full Moon Collective. This night will be full of huge cosmic bass and mind melting art so get your spacesuit shined up and get ready to blast off! Doors at 9 p.m. Show at 10.
Hot Garbage Players present Questalot (an improv show) at Wilser’s Room. QUESTALOT is an epic legend filled with knights, dragons, and people pulling things out of other things to determine royalty, regardless of experience in politics. Join HGP as they adventure across a land plagued with evil, find true love, and recover the holy relic that will restore our realm to power… But also lots of people playing horses. That’s always funny. Doors at 7 p.m. Show at 7:30. $7
Circus Incognitus at Fredericton Playhouse. Jamie Adkins is an eclectic clown, juggler, balancing artist, and poet who dazzles audiences with his unique range of talents. In Circus Incognitus, Adkins negotiates a precarious slack wire and juggles almost everything imaginable, taking the audience along his poetic journey with side-splitting wit. 2 p.m.
Meet and Greet with Poet Laureate Jenna Lyn Albert at The Muse. In one of her first public engagements, Albert will be hosting a meet and greet on February 24 where she and former Cultural Laureate Ian Letourneau will share some of their work inspired by the city and invite others to do the same. 2 p.m.
Open Mic at Grimross Brewing. All welcome; music, poetry, storytelling and more. 2-5 p.m.
This Week in Fredericton was created with notes from the Fredericton Arts Alliance‘s weekly newsletter as well as Music Runs Through It‘s weekly Fredericton music update. We encourage you to visit both these valuable community resources for more detailed information on these and other events happening This Week in Fredericton.