A quick run through some of the events happening this week in the world of art, music and film.
Monday Night Film Series presents The Favoutite. In the early 18th century, England is at war with the French. Nevertheless, duck racing and pineapple eating are thriving. A frail Queen Anne occupies the throne, and her close friend Lady Sarah governs the country in her stead while tending to Anne’s ill health and mercurial temper. When a new servant, Abigail, arrives, her charm endears her to Sarah. Sarah takes Abigail under her wing, and Abigail sees a chance to return to her aristocratic roots. 7:30pm at Tilley Hall, UNB Campus. $8. $5 for members.
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.
The Snowed In Comedy Tour at The Fredericton Playhouse. Just for Laughs winner Dan Quinn returns as well as the Great Canadian Laugh Off winner Paul Myrehaug. Five-time Canadian Comedian of the Year nominee, Pete Zedlacher is back and we are proud to announce the addition of Debra DiGiovanni, three-time Female Comedian of the Year, of Much’s Video on Trial. 7:30 p.m. $39.13
Celebrating the Music of the Beatles at Dolan’s Pub. Dolan’s Pub’s next musical fundraisers will be held with the theme of “Celebrating the Music of the Beatles” with the band’s greatest hits played by members of the Fredericton Community. 7 p.m. $20.
Theatre UNB Presents William Wycherly’s The Country Wife at Memorial Hall. Theatre UNB’s final production of the season will be William Wycherley’s Restoration comedy; a comic romp that satirized the hypocritical sexual mores of the upper class, the play delighted audiences on its premiere in 1675 with its cutting wit and farcical bawdy humour, but was denounced by more puritanical critics for its indecency. April 3-6 at 7:30 p.m. nightly. $8-$10-$14.
Feels Good Battle of the Bands 2019. Come to support these awesome musicians & vote for your favourite act of the night to help bring them to the FINAL SHOWDOWN on April 24th! Each night, we’ll give away one WEEKEND PASS for FOLLY FEST… so you don’t want to miss this! 8 p.m. $6.
Classic Albums Live performs Queen’s A Night at the Opera at the Fredericton Playhouse. A perennial Playhouse favourite, Classic Albums Live presents skilled musicians who recreate the greatest albums of the ’60s and ’70s live on stage – note for note, cut for cut. Released in 1975, A Night at the Opera is Queen’s fourth studio album. This record features a variety of styles, including ballads, music hall-style songs, hard rock tracks and progressive rock influences. A Night at the Opera includes hit singles like “Bohemian Rhapsody” and “You’re My Best Friend.” It sold more than six million copies worldwide, and is widely considered by music critics to be one of the greatest albums of all time. 7:30 p.m. $21-$42.
Branch Out Productions presents Alice in Wonderland Jr at the Fredericton Art Building. Our BOP Jr. Company invites you travel down the rabbit hole and into Wonderland! Join Alice, The Queen of Hearts, The Tweedles, White Rabbit and more as they bring the classic Disney movie to life. April 4-5 at 7 p.m. April 6 at 2 p.m. $15.
Open Mic Comedy Night at The Capital. The longest running comedy open mic in New Brunswick returns again for our first spring instalment. No cover (though a $5 donation would be appreciated). A great way to cap off your day or start off your night! 7:30 p.m.
Connor Fox at The Tipsy Muse Café. Connor Fox is wildly talented Fredericton guitarist who developed his interest and passion for the guitar at a very early age. At the age of 9, he got his entry into live performance when the Bravener family invited him to sit in with them, alongside Elvis Presley’s drummer DJ Fontana, at the Fredericton Playhouse, and he hasn’t looked back since. Connor is heavily influenced by a wide ranging list of guitar players including Stevie Ray Vaughan and The Grateful Dead’s Jerry Garcia, to R&B legends like D’Angelo. 7 p.m. $8.
the coop present The Despot at The Black Box Theatre. the coop, in collaboration with St. Thomas University’s Advanced Drama Production students have been in the studio creating a new work of physical theatre that peeks into the sordid, lonely and occasionally hilarious minds of some of the world’s most nefarious characters. Directed by Lisa Anne Ross with choreography by Lesandra Dodson, and featuring a cast of students, the work is a non-linear physical romp that unpacks the evils, illness and myopia of characters such as Margaret Thatcher, Napoleon, Marilyn Monroe, Mark Zuckerburg, and Kris Jenner. From YouTube stars gone awry to Sarah Palin’s softer side, the production pokes apart the underbelly of those that often remain one dimensional in the minds of the public. Given the current state of the world, this production provides a much needed antidote to combat the growing proliferation of despots. And even better, the production is Trump free. April 5-6. 7:30 p.m. Tickets are pay-whatyou-can at the door.
Body Paint + 86 & 8 + Mitch Rayner at The Capital. Moncton funk act Body Paint make their Fredericton debut alongside locals 86 & * and Mitch Rayner. 10 p.m. $6.
Kathy Hutch at The Tipsy Muse Café. Cathy is a singer/songwriter from New Brunswick, who 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 and celebrates the joy and the resilience of the human spirit. 7 p.m. $8.
Joyful Noise + Les MoonTunes at The Capital Complex. Dance away a night of sound exploration and angular grooves from two of Atlantic Canada’s fastest rising bands. Les MoonTunes are 7-piece psychedelic soul band and Joyful Noise are coming in fresh from their ECMA nomination for Best Instrumental Recording 2019. 10:30 p.m. $8.
An Evening of Art and Cheer in the Student Union Ballroom. For the third year in a row, the MBA Professional Development class at the University of New Brunswick Fredericton campus will be hosting An Evening of Art and Cheer, a live paint off and craft-tasting in support of UNB’s MBA Community Leadership Scholarship Fund. The evening will feature four live rounds of painting by local artists, free craft tastings by local brewers and live music. Paintings will be available for purchase through a silent auction. 7 p.m. $50.
Open Mic at Grimross Brewing. All welcome; music, poetry, storytelling and more. 2-5 p.m.
The FHS Music Department presents their Pops Concert in the Park in the FHS Cafeteria. Inspired by the tradition of summertime band concerts in Central Park and other public green spaces in the late 1800’s and early 1900’s, we create a lively atmosphere of music and family fun, bringing the spirit of spring inside (even if the weather outside disagrees). The String Ensemble, Glee Choir, Concert Band, and Jazz Ensemble will perform, as well as a clarinet quartet and guests from George Street Middle School.
This year the theme is Motown—each group has selected music from the record label’s heyday of the 60’s and 70’s. There will be a concession stand, a games area, an old-fashioned cakewalk, and a silent auction featuring donations from many local businesses. This event is a fundraiser for our Parent Support Group, which helps organize our concert series and ensemble member activities like our Fun Night and our year-end banquet. Admission is by donation; come kick off spring with some great music and family entertainment! 2:30 p.m.
Odd Sundays at The Tipsy Muse Café. Join new author Amy Spurway at the Tipsy Muse Cafe on Sunday April 7 to celebrate the launch of her new book Crow. This event begins at 2 P.M. with Odd Sundays (featuring 2 readers including Amy Spurway and an open mic) and ends with a music-filled book launch party. Books will be available for sale from Westminster Books. 2 p.m. Free.
Fredericton Concert & Marching Band Spring Concert at Kinsella Auditorium. The Fredericton Concert and Marching Band presents its spring concert, featuring a bouquet of refreshing musical selections for concert band. Admission is by donation, proceeds go towards the John Patton Memorial Scholarship Fund. 7:30 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.