Behind the Scenes of The Birds and the Bees

Get ready to laugh out loud at The Birds and the Bees, a hilarious new comedy at the Prairie Theatre Exchange! Playwright, Mark Crawford, tells a story we can all relate to, of love, chance encounters and fresh starts. The play which is closing the Prairie Theatre Exchange’s season is set on a bee farm owned by the character Gail.

Let’s set the scene: It’s nearly time for the last-ever annual Turkey Days Festival and the excitement in town is palpable. Sarah, a turkey farmer, has just left her husband and moved back home with her mother Gail who raises bees. Enter Ben, a 23-year-old virgin and an eager, athletic young grad student majoring in entomology, intent on studying the declines in the local bee population.

I recently got a behind the scenes look of the crew preparing to deliver this amazing show. When I first arrived I was introduced to the stage set up. The play is set on the top floor of Gail’s home where her daughter Sarah arrives after leaving her husband. Below is a miniature model of how the stage looks when you arrive.

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Birds and the Bees Stage Model

Set Designer Carole Klemm designed the set and gave the viewer the ability to really picture the events as if they were happening in real life. Below is the crew making a few final touches as they get ready for opening night.

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Crew making final touches to the stage design

The Birds and the Bees play wouldn’t be complete without an actual beekeeping suit! I got to take an up close look at the actual suit used in the play.

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Beekeeping Suit used in Birds and the Bees play

The all-local cast features some pretty remarkable actors including:

  • Mariam Bernstein as Gail
  • Tristan Carlucci as Ben
  • Robb Paterson as Earl and;
  • Paula Potosky as Sarah

The actors have rehearsed for countless hours, including some long twelve hour days, and are ready to give you a show that will definitely entertain you!

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Actors Tristan Carlucci and Mariam Bernstein – Photo Credit: Haanita Sevel
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Actors Robb Paterson & Paula Potosky, with stage management and director at tables – Photo Credit: Haanita Sevel

Robert Metcalfe, Artistic Director of Prairie Theatre Exchange says, While it’s obviously about “the birds and the bees and this thing called love”, I like the play because it’s set against the background of actual birds and bees (turkeys and bee colonies), and because it’s about several generations in the pursuit of love. People trying to negotiate their love life (and their sex life) are always hilarious because they’re always desperate to get it right – and there’s so much room for things to go oh-so-wrong!

The Birds and the Bees will be at the Prairie Theatre Exchange until April 16th and I want to send you and friend to check it out! Share this blog post on Facebook or Twitter and tag both @PrairieTheatre and @DowntownPeggy. You will be entered to win a pair of tickets to this hilarious show on Thursday, April 13th!

You can also visit their website at http://www.pte.mb.ca/ to learn more about their exciting new 2017-2018 season (their 45th!) and how to become a subscriber.

See you downtown,

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Verde Is My New Favourite Colour

You would have no idea that it was Winter outside after walking into Verde Plant Design. The bright, beautiful shop, located in the heart of downtown Winnipeg is green (verde) and full of life! Owner Dominika Drawta, is passionate about all things plants and is committed to sharing this passion with others through her workshops – floral arranging and plant design consultations.

Before becoming a permanent space on Graham Avenue, Verde was part of CentreVenture’s Pop-Up Shop Hop Program and was located on Main and Bannatyne. Its success in the program steered Dominika to start a shop of her very own and in June 2016, she did just that! Her designs can now be seen across the city in places such as Thom Bargen which is located just down the street, where she installed a gorgeous, Instagram-worthy living wall!

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Once inside the shop, you are surrounded by dazzling displays of succulents, tropicals, and air plants. It’s literally a breath of fresh air! Dominika and her staff are also very welcoming and ready to help with all of your plant needs.

Plants have an amazing ability to make any indoor environment, whether it be your home or office, feel fresh and can even help with your mood and concentration. I definitely felt that over the weekend when I visited the shop and joined in on a workshop!

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The Succulent Bubble Terrarium Workshop

The workshop started off at the back of the shop where everything was beautifully set up for participants to begin. Friends, family and strangers alike joined in on the fun and made THE best plant masterpieces.

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First, you pick a spot.

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Then, you grab soil with your bare hands and insert it in the bubble terrarium.

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Next, choose your succulents, stones and get ready decorate!

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Here’s what the Succulent Bubble Terrarium Workshop includes:

  • guided terrarium instruction
  • all supplies & materials (6″ hanging glass bubble, soil, tender succulents, decorative materials)
  • tea
  • care card
  • 15% off items in the shop

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As an alternative, you can also come into the shop at anytime to do a DIY terrarium or planter. They have all the materials you’ll need to create your special piece for your home or office.

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Verde is a one-of-a-kind shop and its uniqueness makes it an inspiring place that allows people to get creative with plants, while also providing an opportunity to learn more about them. Make sure you visit the next time you’re downtown!

For more information about workshops that Verde offers, visit their website at: http://www.verdeterrariums.com/workshops/.

See you downtown,

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Everybody loves an After Party

Anyone reading my blogs knows that yours truly LOVES a good party. Whether it’s drinks on a patio, sunsets high up on a rooftop, or dancing all night at one of my fave downtown bars—let’s just say I like to make the most of my non-nine-to-five hours.

And for me, I’m never quite ready to go when the party ends, the musicians sing their last song, the bar makes last call and queues Patio Lanterns. Lucky for me—there’s a little wonderful thing called the After Party!

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After Interstellar

Next weekend, Interstellar Rodeo is coming to Winnipeg and hosting a weekend-long event at The Forks. There’s a whole big impressive line-up of artists and musicians like Wilco, Serena Ryder, Nathaniel Rateliff & the Nights Sweats, The Strumbellas, and k.d. lang (HALLELUJAH!)—just to name a few.

And guess what.. there’s an after party! After Interstellar is the place to be for your post-festival celebrations on Saturday August 13 from 10pm to 2am. The after party will take place at the new Forks Market Food Hall with an evening full of wine tasting, food pairings and great music. Winnipeg Wine Cru will be hosting the event, and Ben MacPhee-Sigurdson is creating fancy wine pairings with each artist.

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Local artists Duotang (got to love that name) and DJ Co-op will be entertaining party-goers into the wee hours of the night—so best bring your dancing shoes!

General admission is $50, or $40 if you’re an Interstellar weekend pass holder or Grand Cru Member. You can also use the coupon code, 16170WWC, to get a 20% discount! And sorry kids, the event is 18+. Find out more about After Interstellar tickets at: interstellarrodeo.com/Winnipeg/tickets.

ManyFest After Hours

Still thirsty for more after parties? The Common inside The Forks Market will also be host to the official ManyFest after party on September 10, 2016. ManyFest is Downtown’s biggest street festival taking place September 9-11, with a weekend full of food trucks, live entertainment, local farmers’ and artisans’ market, and much, much, much, much more. Find out more at: manyfest.ca.

Stay cool Winnipeggers, and I’ll see you at the after party!

Family fun night

Attention child-rearing readers! There are a lot of family-friendly shows coming to Winnipeg in the next few weeks. So whether you have two kids, ten kids, or you’re a big kid—I thought I’d share them with you now so you have time to get your tickets!

Disney FANTASIA: Live in Concert – April 30

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This concert at the Centennial Concert Hall is going to be really cool. The Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra is going to accompany two full-length Disney movies – the original FANTASIA and FANTASIA 2000 – while they play on the big screen. What a fun and engaging way to watch a movie! Plus tickets start as low as $25. What a deal!

Peter Pan – May 4-8

Everyone knows the story of the boy who didn’t want to grow up, but have you ever seen it acted out live in front of your eyes? You’re going to want to grab the family and head down to the Centennial Concert Hall for a night to remember. This show includes all your favourite characters from the story and is sure to be a real thrill.

Stars on Ice – May 11

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Join Canada’s best and most accomplished skaters for a night of amazing performances at the MTS Centre. This show is sure to be action packed with lots of jumps, spins and tricks from the stars. All kids who are interested in skating are sure to like this show, so make sure to get your tickets.

If these events don’t appeal to you, there are lots of other fun things to do with your kids downtown. Check out the calendar of events at the Children’s Museum or visit the Manitoba Museum and the CMHR – I’m sure you’ll have fun doing whatever you decide to do!

Party like a Goddess

Shouldn’t all weekends be three days long? I certainly think so! Crawling out of bed this morning was particularly painful and my full inbox has me already day dreaming about next weekend.

Like always, I have the inside scoop on the best upcoming events. Today’s feature: the Art & Soul: Clash of the Titans party at the Winnipeg Art Gallery on Saturday, February 20 at 8pm. It’s going to be AMAZING.

My insiders tell me that there will be three floors of fist-pumping dancing action with performances by The Lytics, MEMETIC DJs, DJ Co-op and DJ Hunnicutt. The Aveda Institute Winnipeg will have an onsite beauty bar and will be giving free makeovers all night long. Albert Street Cocktail will be serving up delicious mythical creature-inspired cocktails. Best of all—it’s a costume party!

Peggy as MedusaWhich favourite mythical creature are you going to dress up as? Sweet and beautiful goddess of love Aphrodite? Strong Athena, goddess of wisdom and war? Personally, I think I make a pretty fierce Medusa.

Whoever you choose be, you’re going to need a costume.

And what’s a Greek party without a toga?! Mitchell Fabrics on 637 Main Street is your go-to-place for all your ancient linen needs, and clearance cloth prices start as low as 99 cents per metre.

I found some amazing local jewellery at the Downtown Farmers’ Market last week that fits perfectly with my goddess gear. It’s a Cree-owned company called Boreal Workshop and they create all their handmade jewellery right here in Manitoba.

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If you’re in a pinch, I find Ardene at Portage Place is perfect as a one-stop-shop for all your accessories for any party. I found a pair of gladiator sandals (3 for $10), some golden necklaces (4 for $10), and a flowy peasant top ($10)—I love a good bargain!

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Tickets for the event start at $55 and for an additional donation you can get some pretty sweet perks. For an added $10 donation, you will receive a laurel wreath to complement your costume. An added $25 donation gets you access to the exclusive VIP lounge in The Bacchus Room. And either donation will get you entered to win a night’s stay at the Mere Hotel, dinner for two a Cibo, and two tickets to see Rhianna, April 18 at the MTS Centre.

For more info and to get your tickets, check out wag.ca.

As for me, time to get back to the work day and start tackling all these emails!

A stroll for photographers (and aspiring photographers, architecture lovers…)

New date (due to rain, boo) September 7th!
New date (due to rain, boo) September 7th!

The third annual Don’s Photo Walk got rained out last weekend, but it’s still on! New date – September 7!

It’s no big secret (partly thanks to Instagram) that Winnipeg’s downtown is filled with some amazing architecture . Modern buildings, modernist buildings, turn-of-the-century landmarks…they all get captured every day on camera phones and look amazing.

In a couple of weeks, Don’s Photo has your chance to step it up and see what those photos look like when you graduate from a camera phone! They’re inviting any Winnipeggers that’s interested to bring their camera – whether it’s a point and shoot, that DSLR you bought but need practice with (although hey, experts also welcome!)  – and take a guided tour of downtown capturing photos along the way.

They’ve also got their first theme this year – and it’s COLOUR! I’ve taken a sneak peek at the route, and there are colourful buildings, parkades, murals, gardens, and more to make for a bright finish to the summer.

More details:

  • Admission is totally free, just bring your own camera.
  • Participants please meet at the Don’s Photo location at 410 Portage Avenue, Winnipeg MB for 12:00pm
  • Dress for the weather and don’t forget to put on a comfortable pair of walking shoes!
  • Facebook event is here – RSVP to make sure you get updates in case rain happens again :/

I’m going to the ball!

I’m so giddy I’m practically giggling – I’ve got an invite to an ACTUAL BALL.

For the next few months, I’m going to be the official blog correspondent for the Gallery Ball 2014. The Ball supports one of my very favourite places – and pieces of architecture – downtown, the WAG. They’re raising money so that kids have access to their youth outreach and education programs. So watch out here from now till October for special Gallery Ball posts – I’m going to have sneak previews and info on all their plans! Food, decor, outfits, you name it.

It’s going to take me a while to process that I’m going to this event – but there’s one very important question I have to settle first.

What on earth am I going to wear?