A quick run through some of the events happening this week in the world of art, music and film.
Monday Night Film Series presents If Beale Street Could Talk. Director Barry Jenkins’ ambitious follow-up to his Oscar-winning Film Circuit favourite Moonlight adapts James Baldwin’s poignant novel about a woman fighting to free her falsely accused husband from prison before the birth of their child. 7:30pm at Tilley Hall, UNB Campus. $8. $5 for members.
MusicUNB presents Love’s Sorrow: Music of Heartbreak and Longing in Memorial Hall. In this performance, Heather Fyffe will perform romantic and melancholy piano works by famous composers including Liszt, Brahms, and Rachmaninov. This is a free concert; no tickets required. 12 p.m.
Open Mic Night at The Capital. Rich Gloade hosts this weekly event at The Capital. If you are a duo, or a band, stop by and try out a new tune in front of a very encouraging crowd. 9 p.m. No cover.
Nasty Shadows Theatre Company’s Invitation to Read with the Shadows at Marshall D’Avary Hall. To celebrate 20 years of Nasty theatre in the Shadows, Nasty Shadows Theatre Company are inviting the public to join them and take part in reading a play. It’s a great opportunity to get involved in theatre in the most accepting and stress free of ways. 7 p.m.
Bart Budwig (Oregon) + Mike Humble at Grimross Brewing. With over 150 national/international shows per year and seven full-length records Bart Budwig has become a mainstay of the Pacific NW music scene and a beloved songwriter/performer in many countries throughout the world. Mike Humble, a percussionist who has traveled the country and the inner universe with Earthbound, Owen Steel, and Gordon Gets Lost; is a redneck/hippie hybrid, a popular loner, a back to the lander with a laptop, someone who can talk hockey stats as comfortably as soil biology and who definitely does not write love songs. 7:30 p.m. $5-$10
Feels Good Orchestra Kitchen Party at The Capital. There will be many special guests featuring members of The Hypochondriacs, Feels Good Orchestra, Sugar Bomb – Motown & Soul Tribute, The Mothership, Joyful Noise, David in the Dark, Marian, The Tortoise The Hare & The Millionaire, the Floogs, SexGhost, and many more. The band & their guests will be playing some of their favourite cover tunes as well as some unique versions of original songs by the band members and their guests! 10 p.m.
MusicUNB Concert: Evolution in Memorial Hall. Can you hear a composer’s writing develop? What if a contemporary composer took excerpts from Mozart and wrote an entirely new piece? Musician in Residence Nadia Francavilla, cellist Marc Labranche, and pianist Carl Gionet attempt to answer these questions as they perform a classical program of Mozart and Beethoven trios. 7:30 p.m.
The BackYard Devils at Dolan’s Pub. Moncton’s hard-hitting, foot stompin’, bluegrass party band hit the Dolan’s stage this week as part of Music Runs Through It’s Up Close & Personal series. 7:30 p.m. $20
Theatre St. Thomas presents Readings from Abramson & Lynch’s The Montreal Shtetl in the Black Box Theatre. STU students and friends read from Zelda Abramson and John Lynch’s new book, The Montreal Shtetl, about Jewish resettlement in Montreal after the Holocaust. Copies of the book will be available for purchase through the UNB bookstore. This event is a partnership between Theatre St. Thomas, the Department of English’s Drama Concentration, and the Canada Research Chair in Global and International Studies. 7:30 p.m.
Duo Jang – Kutnowski at STU Music Recital Room, McCain Hall. STU Musician in Residence, Mina Jang (South Korea – France), and Professor Martin Kutnowski will offer a recital of flute and piano comprising works inspired by the music of Latin America. Additional selections will feature the STU Chamber Ensemble. Admission is free. 7 p.m.
Jens Jeppesen + Josh Bravener + Graeme Kennedy at The Capital. A triple bill of great songwriters. Doors at 8 p.m. Show at 9. $10
High Valley at The Playhouse. Canadian country duo High Valley is returning to the Maritimes and will perform in support of their latest releases, Dear Life and Farmhouse Sessions. While their upbringing – completely cut off from pop culture in their early lives and 2,500 miles from where they now live in Music City – didn’t exactly acquaint them with the Billboard 100, it’s that insulation that helped cement their musical ideals and love of simple, classic country. High Valley’s music feels simultaneously fresh and timeless. Dear Life, their major label debut on Warner Music, is an album that fuses tradition with wide-eyed musical exploration, stays true to their family-first value system and celebrates resilient positivity. 8 p.m. $46.11-$59.15
Motherhood Album Release Show at The Charlotte Street Arts Centre. We’re honoured to debut our hard-earned new album in our hometown, with close friends all around. We’ve invited three of our favourite bands to join us for a special night, and now we’re inviting you! Bring the whole family; this is an all-ages show! 7 p.m. $10-$15
Motherhood Afterparty with Shrimp Ring + Young Satan in Love and Kral Majales at The Capital. Keep the celebration going after Motherhood’s show at the CSAC. Doors at 10 p.m. Show at 11. $6 or free with your Motherhood ticket.
Cathy Hutch Band at Grimross Brewing. Cathy Hutch is a singer/songwriter from New Brunswick, Canada. She has previously recorded in Nashville and her co-written song about her daughter, called “I’m In Here,’ has become known around the world as the Anthem for Autism. Cathy writes, sings and performs from the heart. Her music beautifully expresses her love of classic rock and blues, along with soul-stirring ballads, and her lyrics are at once poignant yet uplifting. Cathy’s newest album, called Free Wheelin’, (produced by legendary Paul Milner), is a testament both to joy and the resilience of the human spirit. 8 p.m. $5-$10
Evan LeBlanc at The Muse. The front man for local heroes David In The Dark, gives The Muse an intimate sample of his new solo material. From rock and roll…to folk…songs about heartache and songs about those warm summer days, Evan’s music will take you on a trip through his life and experiences. 7 p.m. $10
Thank You For Being a Friend: Ultimate Golden Girls Experience at The Playhouse. Delivering all the classic dialogue, razor sharp gags and taboo-breaking stories of the classic television show – Thank You for Being a Friend is the Golden Girls performed with puppets. Prepare for an evening of laughter, spectacular put-downs and familiar friends as Dorothy, Sophia, Rose, and Blanche reunite for this lovingly hilarious live tribute show. This performance will have diehard fans, as well as newbies rolling in the aisles with laughter, thanks to the timeless brilliance of The Golden Girls. 7:30 p.m. $19-$36
Benny Von at the Muse. Get in on the ground floor of this performer; A PEI native poised to be a huge Maritime breakout artist.
Citing influences and comparisons made to the likes of Keaton Henson, Passenger and Mumford and Sons, this ‘Islander’ has put himself firmly in the sights of many who believe in his blossoming talents. Though he is new on the scene, he has been using performance and songwriting as a tool to process his life and experiences since his early teens. 7 p.m. $8
She Said Feck Records First Birthday Party at The Capital. Fredericton based record label and management company, She Said Feck Records, celebrates its first year. With 3 bands officially signed to the label: Tortoise the Hare & the Millionaire, CHIPS, and Melonvine, owner Kate Butler also supports several other NB-based artists, venues, and festivals in different endeavours including booking, album releases, social media management, and more. Butler is in talks to add more artists to the She Said Feck roster and continues to support local musicians when the opportunity arises.
She Said Feck will celebrate with a show at The Capital, featuring a mix of artists on the label and some of She Said Feck’s favourite local musicians: CHIPS, Jerry Faye & Band, and Some Dads. 10 p.m. $10-$12
Jason Haywood + Jenny LeBlanc at Grimross Brewing. Two New Brunswick songwriters take the stage on Saturday night at Grimross. 8 p.m. $5-$10
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.