This Week in Fredericton (Oct.28-Nov. 3)

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A quick run through some of the events happening this week in the world of art, music and film.

Dylan Ryan plays the CHSR lobby as this week’s Live in the Lobby guest. Tuesday ay 7 p.m. No charge. Photo: Wynn Curtis


Monday Night Film Series: Vita and Virginia

The affair and the friendship of authors Virginia Woolf and Vita Sackville-West – both uncompromising in their insistence to live, love, and create to the fullest – constitutes one of the most fascinating relationships in literary history. Director Chanya Button’s sumptuous double portrait traces their fiery connection from the moment their paths cross to the publication of the work that would be their shared legacy. The year is 1922. Though happily married, Vita (Gemma Arterton) is as notorious for her dalliances with women and iconoclastic attitudes toward gender as she is famous for her aristocratic ancestry and writerly success. Virginia (Elizabeth Debicki), meanwhile, is a celebrated writer, publisher, and member of the Bloomsbury Group, those innovative moderns already revolutionizing literature. When Vita receives an invitation to Bloomsbury, she is elated at the thought of meeting the enigmatic Woolf and, not surprisingly perhaps, becomes obsessed with the notion of seducing her.

Vita and Virginia | Monday Night Film Series | Tilley Hall, Room 102, UNB Campus | October 14, 2019 – 7:30 p.m.

Celebrating 20 Years of Nasty Shadows at Memorial Hall.  Join Nasty Shadows Theatre Company for an evening of two plays. This is a Play written by Daniel MacIvor: When you watch a play, a world is created for you full of stories and characters. However, to find yourself listening in on the thoughts of the actors as they move about on stage can be mildly unsettling, startlingly revealing, and uproariously hilarious! Exposed to the turmoil of each actor’s inner thoughts, the evening’s true story will rise to the surface and you will discover why THIS IS A PLAY. Action written by Sam Shepard: A friendly dinner during a seemingly apocalyptic winter finds Jeep, Shooter, Liza and Lupe searching for community, looking for something to eat, trying to find where they left off reading in the book — some sort of ACTION to keep their stories moving forward! Oh, the surprises the dinner offers … join them around the table. 

There will also be a staged reading of scenes from a work-in-progress, Standing at Opposite Ends are Ducky & Murdock, written by Scott Shannon. This is a seemingly simple story about a young woman and young man in love during wartime, but with a Nasty touch from the Shadows. We will be sharing a couple of scenes from this ongoing work-in-progress. 7:30 p.m.

Red Green at the Fredericton Playhouse.  This latest one man show features some brand new handyman projects, advice to married guys and teenage boys, tips on getting old, an apology to the world on behalf of all baby boomers, special contributions from Harold and a couple of other cast members, talking animals, and a final wish from Red to all of his loyal fans. 7 p.m.

Paper Bag Singer at Christ Church Cathedral.  “Rockin Robin,” “Take Me Home, Country Roads,” “Could I Have This Dance,” “We’ll Meet Again” – just some of the old favourites we’ll be singing. Think you can’t carry a tune in a paper bag? No matter! Join us! Together we all sound great. This is a group for people of all ages and singing abilities. There is no commitment; join us when you can. The cost is only $5 for an evening of music and fun. 7:30 p.m.


Open Mic Night at The Capital. Dylan Ward 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.

CHSR Presents: Dylan Ryan. Dylan Ryan performs as part of the third season of live performances in the lobby at CHSR (SUB Building, UNB). 7 p.m. Free.

Cinema Politica presents I Am Not Your Negro at Gallery at Queen. This is a radical examination of race in America, using James Baldwin’s original words, and a journey into black history that connects the Civil Rights movement to Black Lives Matter. 7 p.m.

UNBF Reading Series at Carleton Hall. The UNBF Reading Series presents Richard Kelly Kemick. Presented by Canada Council, UNB, and GLE. Books will be for sale courtesy of the UNB Bookstore. 7:30 p.m. Room 139. 


Jazz Danceworks’ Juliet & Romeo at the Fredericton Playhouse. In this original dance piece, inspired by the classic tale of the star-crossed lovers, Kimberley Cooper has created a new world for these themes of love and violence to wrestle and play. Adapted by Cory Bowles, with original live music by Nick Fraser, this work gives new breath to one of Shakespeare’s best known and loved works. Decidedly Jazz Danceworks is one of the only companies worldwide with jazz dance and music as its raison d’etre. The company’s high energy and unique style have caused people to describe their work as “music for the eyes.” 7:30 p.m.

MusicUNB presents Shake, Rattle, Bow at Memorial Hall. Beverley Johnston and Marc Djokic create an energetic experience you’ll never forget. Combining violin with FX pedals, marimba, vibraphone, hand drums and sometimes a musical saw, the duo display their virtuosity with a down-to-earth approach. This performance will embrace tonal and melodic contemporary compositions, creating a riveting visual and aural presence. 7:30 p.m.

Theatre St. Thomas presents: Concord Floral at the Black Box Theatre. Arriving on stage at Theatre St. Thomas just in time for Halloween, Concord Floral is a thoroughly contemporary ghost story. When two friends stumble upon a terrible secret buried there, they go looking for answers and set off a chain of events that can’t be stopped. 7:30 p.m.


Young Satan in Love’s Bump & Grindhouse Release ft. 8 Bands! Celebrate the next chapter in the Young Satan in Love story with two floors of music featuring BBQT, LAPS, Botfly, Motherhood, Snorklers, Construction & Deconstruction, Guiding Light Ministries and your hosts and masters, Young Satan in Love. 9 p.m.

The Rocky Horror Picture Show at The Tipsy Muse Café. It’s only right, on Hallowe’en night, to apply eyeliner and fishnets and watch The Rocky Horror Picture Show with fellow Transylvanians.
We’re keeping the cult-following tradition, with all the appropriate props (supplied) — including the water-pistols and hot dogs. Prizes will be awarded for the best costumes! $5 draft beer! Let’s get caught in a celluloid jam, and do the Time Warp again. 7 p.m.

Theatre St. Thomas presents: Concord Floral at the Black Box Theatre. Arriving on stage at Theatre St. Thomas just in time for Halloween, Concord Floral is a thoroughly contemporary ghost story. When two friends stumble upon a terrible secret buried there, they go looking for answers and set off a chain of events that can’t be stopped. 7:30 p.m.


An Amethyst Affair: Art, Auction & Awareness at Gallery on Queen.  An Amethyst Affair will be held to support the Muriel McQueen Fergusson Foundation’s mission to prevent and eliminate family violence. An amazing array of art pieces from over 50 leading and emerging local artists will be exhibited and auctioned. All proceeds raised will support action research and the many public education initiatives of the Muriel McQueen Fergusson Foundation.

Dragpocalypse: Land of the Living at The Phoenix.  It’s been one hell of a Halloween season and these New Brunswick drag performers are ready to turn an Apocalocalyptic party to blow off some steam! 10:30 p.m.

Kylie Fox at the Tipsy Muse Café. Kylie Fox is one of the most anticipated upcoming songwriters in the East Coast. Hailing from Saint John, New Brunswick, Kylie’s folk music is deeply rooted in Canadiana. She is a storyteller and musical powerhouse in her own right, using wit, sarcasm and sincerity in her writing that has been charming audiences across the country. 7 p.m.

Theatre St. Thomas presents: Concord Floral at the Black Box Theatre. Arriving on stage at Theatre St. Thomas just in time for Halloween, Concord Floral is a thoroughly contemporary ghost story. When two friends stumble upon a terrible secret buried there, they go looking for answers and set off a chain of events that can’t be stopped. 7:30 p.m.

The Rocking Argentos Halloween Show. Fredericton horror rocker The Rocking Argentos keep the creepy season alive for another day with a Friday night lineup that includes performances by Which Witch is Which and Johnny Deathwish. 10 p.m.

Jitensha (Mtl) + Jessii the artist at Grimross Brewing Co. Jitensha is an indie music duo based in Montréal. These two charismatic musicians create upbeat, insightful songs with a highly emotional concept, combing catchy melodies and indie aesthetics with understated song writing skills. 8 p.m.

Ceremonial Cloth: Images of Women & Textiles in Etruscan Art at the Provincial Archives Building. The Archaeological Institute of America New Brunswick Society invites the Fredericton community to a fascinating illustrated lecture by Dr. Gretchen Meyers, from Franklin & Marshall College in Lancaster, PA, entitled Ceremonial Cloth: Images of Women and Textiles in Etruscan Art. Who were the Etruscans? Come and join us as Dr. Meyers probes into the various social rituals of this culture by examining the coloured and elaborately composed textiles featured in Etruscan art. This is a free public event and all are welcome! Refreshments will be served. 7:30 p.m.

Rumours: The Ultimate Fleetwood Mac Tribute Show at the Fredericton Playhouse. VaughnCo Entertainment is proud to present Rumours: The Ultimate Fleetwood Mac tribute show based in Los Angeles, California. The group recreates the legendary band in its youthful heyday from 1975-1979. After finding huge success in Los Angeles, selling out their regular Roxy Theater performances month after month, the band moved from the world famous Sunset Strip to casinos, theaters, and clubs all over America. Rumours have meticulously put together a show that spares no detail. 7:30 p.m.


Adult Literacy Fredericton Happy Booker Charity Book Sale at Fredericton High School. Adult Literacy Fredericton is a non-profit group whose trained volunteers help adults improve their literacy through a free one to one tutoring program. Admission is free and there will be hundreds of gently used and nearly new soft and hardcover books from all genres in French and English. Most titles will be between $1 to $3 dollars and all funds raised will go to help support our literacy program. 9-4 p.m.

Stand Up for 554 at Wilser’s Room. Closing Clinic 554 is a step backward. It is closing a door on abortion access and care for LGBTQ2S+ community. It is a human right that has been taken away from our community. Rebel Femme Productions, Wilser’s Room and The Capital Complex proudly present a night of a comedy in support of Clinic 554! We invite you to join our not so silent protest and stand up alongside a fantastic lineup of comedians. This is about raising awareness. This is about safe abortion access. This is about LGBTQ2S+ rights. This is about protecting a foundation and cornerstone of our community. 8 p.m.

Theatre St. Thomas presents: Concord Floral at the Black Box Theatre. Arriving on stage at Theatre St. Thomas just in time for Halloween, Concord Floral is a thoroughly contemporary ghost story. When two friends stumble upon a terrible secret buried there, they go looking for answers and set off a chain of events that can’t be stopped. 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.

The Tipsy Muse Café presents Don Bosse Jazz Night. Equally at home providing the elegant ambiance for your reception or wailing in front of an audience at a jazz festival, Don Bossé and his combo revisit classic jazz standards with its own delicious blend of smooth latin rhythms, funky grooves, cool jazz, and luscious ballads. 7 p.m.

Wicked Vices + Kendra Gale Band + Richie and the Showrunners at The Capital. Classic rock meets classic blues for a explosive night of music at Fredericton’s #1 live music haunt. 10:30 p.m.

The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari at the Fredericton Playhouse. Symphony New Brunswick joins forces with New Brunswick-based experimental and new classical music company Resonance for this innovative performance. A nine-piece live orchestra performs an original score by New Brunswick composer Andrew Miller alongside the screening of the 1920 silent horror film, The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari. This German Expressionist film shares the story of a murderous hypnotist and is considered one of the most influential films of all time. 7:30 p.m.


Derek Edwards’ So Here’s The Thing at the Fredericton Playhouse. Take a break from the world and settle in for a seamless glide over life’s troubled waters. Derek Edwards has left little to chance in this polished comedic adventure. From Vegas to St. John’s, this Just For Laughs veteran is universally considered to be among the comic elite. Certainly his peers think so, as evidenced by the fact that he’s a four-time nominee, and winner of Best Stand-up Comic – Canadian Comedy Awards. 7:30 p.m.

The Dead South + Devarrow at the Boyce Farmer’s Market. The Dead South is a four-piece acoustic ensemble based in Regina, Saskatchewan. With Nate Hilts’ gritty vocals and aggressive guitar strumming, Scott Pringle’s soaring harmonies and mandolin chops, Colton Crawford’s blazing banjo licks and steady kick drum, and Danny Kenyon’s prominent cello melodies, The Dead South blends elements of folk, bluegrass, classical, and rock which results in a unique, modern, and authentic blend of boot-stompin’ acoustic music.

Since the inception of the band, The Dead South has continually pushed the energy of their live shows, as well as pushed what is possible between four ordinary acoustic instruments. The unique abilities and viewpoints of each band member make The Dead South an impossible band to duplicate, and a fixture of the Regina music scene that will not soon be leaving. 8 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. 

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