A quick run through some of the events happening this week in the world of art, music and film.
Monday Night Film Series presents Can You Ever Forgive Me?Lee Israel (Melissa McCarthy) made her living in the 1970’s and 80’s profiling the likes of Katharine Hepburn, Tallulah Bankhead, Estee Lauder and journalist Dorothy Kilgallen. When Lee is no longer able to get published because she has fallen out of step with current tastes, she turns her art form to deception, abetted by her loyal friend Jack (Richard E. Grant). An adaptation of the memoir, Can You Ever Forgive Me? relays the true story of the best-selling celebrity biographer (and friend to cats). 7:30pm at Tilley Hall, UNB Campus. $8. $5 for members.
Paper Bag Singers at Christ Church Cathedral.Think you can’t sing? Been told you can’t sing? But you love to sing – when no one is listening? Well, you may think you can’t carry a tune in a paper bag, but come join us and discover how singing together in a group can be a lot of fun and can make us all sound wonderful! No commitment, join us when you can. $5 per evening at the door (cash only please). The director is the well-known David Drinkell. Come and bring your sense of humour! 7:30 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.
Yesterday Once More at The Playhouse. From the creators of “Oh What A Night!”, and “Four By Four”, direct from Las Vegas comes an electrifying new show – a unique musical revue celebrating the music of ABBA, The Carpenters, The 5th Dimension and The Mamas & Papas. The dynamic stars of “Yesterday Once More” expertly sing and dance their way through the hit songs of these pop icons in fully choreographed musical production numbers. For anyone who simply loves great music and amazing vocal blends this is a show not to be missed. 7 p.m. $52.50
Magician Justin Flom at The Playhouse. Minnesota-born, Las Vegas-based magician Justin Flom captivates audiences everywhere he goes. Born into a family of magicians, Justin has toured throughout North America, and has created magic for stars like Lady Antebellum, John Legend, Nick Jonas and more. He performs fascinating magic using simple items like cards, Coke cans, Life Savers and dollar bills, and videos of his tricks have led to a huge online following. Justin truly has the ability to entertain anyone, anywhere! 7:30 p.m. SOLD OUT.
Documentary Screening: Slut or Nut: The Diary of a Rape Trial. The documentary follows one woman’s search for justice after being sexually assaulted. Mandi Gray turns to activism and provokes a national debate surrounding the treatment of victims by the Canadian legal system. The event is being hosted by: Margaret Campbell, GEND 1026 Introduction to Women’s Studies and Gender Studies, and Josephine Savarese, CRIM 2123 Criminal Law. Ted Daigle Auditorium, 9-10:20 a.m.
MusicUNB presents Folk Songs at Memorial Hall. Singer Monette Gould and Musician-in-Residence Nadia Francavilla join pianist Stephen Runge for their first musical collaboration. Composers like Vaughn-Williams, Britten, Ives, and Bartok inlay folk songs from home and travel into dynamic compositions. No one understands folk music better than New Brunswickers, so we hope you can make it for this concert! 7:30 p.m. $10-$30.
Bluegrass and Beyond at Wilser’s Room. An evening of folk and bluegrass music at Wilser’s Room with performances by The Montgomery St Band and The Falling Leaves. 9 p.m. $6.
Indigenous Film Series: Dancing Around the Table (Part 1). A film about the three Conferences on the Constitutional Rights of the Aboriginal Peoples of Canada (1983-84-85), focusing on the concept of self-government. 1987, 57 min 10 s. Graydon Nicholas will introduce the film and lead a discussion afterward. This event is part of a series of events to address how St. Thomas University can participate in meeting the demands articulated by the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada. It is organized by the Senate Committee on the Reconciliation. 4 p.m. Kinsella Auditorium, McCain Hall.
Curator Crunch at the Beaverbrook Art Gallery. Jennifer Pazienza joins John Leroux this month for a look at their co-curated exhibition, Gordon Dunphy: Vessels. This Curator Crunch will take you through the very physical, powerful, and loving relationship between esteemed wood turner, Gordon Dunphy, and the local wood that he transformed into incredible finished vessels. The works presented in this exhibition form a unique legacy collection that Dunphy personally selected to be left to the Beaverbrook Art Gallery. 12:15 – 12:50 p.m.
pARTage: Anne-Marie Sirois – Humour in Creativity at the Beaverbrook Art Gallery. This free program brings artists and guests together in French-language conversations about art and creativity. Presentations may include everything from lectures and readings to musical and dance performances, and more! 3 p.m.
A Brief History of the Maritimes and Everywhere Else in the Open Space Theatre. TNB’s 50th anniversary season continues with the world premiere production of A Brief History of the Maritimes and Everywhere Else by New Brunswick playwright Ryan Griffith. On a winter’s night in a rural New Brunswick cabin, Terry tells a story to his child, a story of the family’s history with links to the distant past. This story confronts a truth in the present, a truth that is a mystery until the end of the play. From celebrated Fredericton playwright Ryan Griffith (Returning Fire, The Boat, Fortune of Wolves) comes a gripping and hugely moving new work that will haunt you long after you leave the theatre. March 13-17. 7:30 p.m. $31+HST
Danny Michel at Wilser’s Room. Three-time Juno nominee Danny Michel brings his amazing folk rock to Fredericton for what is sure to be a spectacular event. 7:30 p.m. $20.
Bleum + Levi Rowan + DenMother + Fractal Code at The Capital. After the epic light show at Shivering Songs 2019, we’re stoked to see what Bleum brings to the Capital Bar with their guests! 10 p.m. $8.
Lydia Mainville + Sarah Kierstead at The Muse. Lydia Mainville is a cellist, singer-songwriter and fiddler’s daughter from Darling’s Island, NB. At once an innovator and traditionalist, she creates experimental folk music steeped in classical and celtic roots. Sarah Kierstead is not only a treasured member of The Muse staff, but a talented artist in a number of disciplines. She has the voice of an angel, and we’re happy to provide the stage for her debut. 7 p.m. $8.
Danny Michel at Wilser’s Room. With nominations for three JUNOs, the Polaris Prize, The CBC “Heart Of Gold” and a pile of albums under his belt, Danny Michel is unquestionably one of Canada’s finest songwriters. His thoughtful lyrics & earnest performances have earned him a devoted fan base. He’s a musical chameleon, able to slip into many genres with ease and an adventurous and fearless artist. A master at striking the right balance between unpredictability and meeting expectations, leaving you wanting more as soon as it’s over. 7:30 p.m. $10.
Royal Wood with special guest Kerri Ough at The Playhouse. Singer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist and producer Royal Wood has established himself as a true musical talent. The two-time Juno Award nominated artist released his latest album, California Nights, in April of 2018. Inspired by both loss and love, the songs on this record are an ode to the classic styles of Tin Pan Alley and Laurel Canyon. 7:30 p.m. $15-$30.
Stephen B Lawrence at The Muse. With a voice as true as the rock he calls home, NFLD’s rising country star Stephen B Lawrence makes his Muse debut on March. 7 p.m. $10.
An evening with Slowcoaster. With infectious and captivating lyrics, reinforced by a commanding groove, Slowcoaster takes you on a ride to the heart of the party with no apologies. 8 p.m. $5-$10.
Symphony New Brunswick presents Carnival: The Family Show at The Playhouse. Guest Conductor Andrew Creeggan, the Interaction School of the Performing Arts and pianist Roger Lord have joined up for an exciting, creative Family Show centered around Saint Saëns famous and hilarious Carnival of the Animals. Surprises galore! 10:30 a.m. $23.48 – $26.09
The Midnight Ramblers at The Capital. Midnight Ramblerspay tribute to an iconic era between ‘68-‘72 of the Stones’ career that captures the spirit & rebellion that inspired the original music.Doors at 9 p.m. Show at 10. $12.
Comedy Night with Jimmy MacKinley and Ben Conoley at Wilser’s Room. Born on the banks of the Miramichi River, Jimmy quickly fell in love with Stand-up comedy after borrowing a copy of Eddie Murphy Delirious from a classmate in the 8th grade. He has been performing for over 5 years and his credits include Laugh Out Loud on CBC Radio One, Sirius XM Radio, Hubcap Comedy Festival, and 2 tours with TV’s Gerry Dee. Ben Conoley is a lawyer and teacher by trade. But there’s more money in jokes, so here we are. Ben has performed for dozens of people from one end of downtown to the other. Doors at 7 p.m. Show at 8. $20.
Overwound + The Unheard at Grimross Brewing. Head to Grimross for a double-header of local Blues/Rock. 8 p.m.
Seconde Nation at the Centre Communautaire Sainte-Anne. The Acadian band, Seconde Nation, will deliver a show out of the ordinary, during which everyone will be on their feet! Seconde Nation’s live performance is a blend of music, storytelling, humour, Acadian traditions, and comedy. 7:30 p.m. $15.50 – $28.
Open Mic at Grimross Brewing. All welcome; music, poetry, storytelling and more. 2-5 p.m.
Sham-Rock N Roll at Wilser’s Room. Spend your St. Paddy’s Day at Wilser’s with performances by Sugar Bomb, The Hypochondriacs, Mike Trask and Pete Hansen. 4-11 p.m. $10.
St. Patrick’s Day at Grimross Brewing. The Lamey Brotherswill play a couple sets and open the stage to whoever wants to play a song or two. 2-5 p.m. Pay what you wish.
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.