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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Oscar’s After Hours

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So a bunch of new restaurants popped up in the last year and they are awesome. If you still haven’t tried Nick’s on Broadway, The Merchant Kitchen, The Planit, Clay Oven Express at MB Hydro, or Fools & Horses Coffee Co., I don’t know what you’re waiting for!

But what about a brand new twist on an old fave? Yep – Oscar’s Deli is launching Oscar’s After Hours – these guys know your lunch order by heart (ham and swiss on rye, hot mustard, pickle cut in half lengthwise, extra coleslaw, diet cola, lots of ice, am I right?) and now they want to offer you the best of the best for after work and dinner too.

These guys made a real impression during Burger Week, and if you check out their Instagram, your mouth is guaranteed to water.

So plan to hit up 175 Hargrave between 5 & 7 PM on December 16 and/or 17 for a set price ($30), set menu, craft cocktails, beer & wine, and don’t forget to tag me @downtownpeggy in your #finditdowntown foodie pics!

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Peggy’s Picks – The Biggest Gift Guide Ever!

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December is here! The most wonderful time of the year! And this year, something extra-special happened. Downtown Winnipeg Magazine asked me – yes, ME! – to curate their BIGGEST GIFT GUIDE EVER!

I humbly agreed, and here’s a little taste of what I came up with. Be sure to grab a copy for yourself – you can find them in magazine racks around downtown, being handed out at Jets games, at the airport, the Liquor Mart, and maybe even in your very own mailbox!

sandwich
Luxury Lunch – SANA Souphouse $13.50
rubber boots
Splish Splash – Designer rubber cowboy boots, Bella BALAS $94
perfume
Scentual – Bvlgari Jasmin Noir, Perfume Paradise $146
pajar boots
Boot It – Men’s Pajar Guardo winter boots (rated -30C), Canadian Footwear $199.90
noodles
Spice of Life – Clay Oven Express at MB Hydro, Clay Oven at Shaw Park
nailpolish
Spec-tacular – Pure Anada Cosmetics eco-friendly nail polish (Made in Manitoba), Generation Green at The Forks $14
kitty purse
Change Purrrrrse – Mr. Cat pouch, Best of Friends at the Library
hook mug
Hooked! – Fly fishing enamel mug, Gallery Shop at The WAG $14.50
hat
Cap it Off – 103rd Grey Cup hat, Uptown Sports $31.99
cookies
Christmas Cookie – George Box 13 cookies, Cookies by George $26.95
cook book
Dish it Out – Winnipeg Cooks cookbook, The Merchant Kitchen, Prairie 360, Sydney’s at The Forks $30
coffee
Coffee Kick – Pilot Coffee, Fools & Horses Coffee Co.
bracelet
Crystal Clear – bracelet, Neeta Gupta Jewellery $185
boot
Snow Big Deal – Mukluks, Teekca’s Aboriginal Boutique $139
books
Literary Library – classic tales, Bison Books
bird vase
For the Birds – festive arrangement, starting at $20
wings
Wings ‘n’ Things – downtown dining at Tavern United MTS Centre, 12 Resto Bar, The Met, Garbonzo’s Pizza Pub
wag bowl
Stick to It – bowl and plate, Gallery Shop at the WAG $190
turkey
Happy Host – turkey takeaway with fixings for 15, The Fairmont Winnipeg $390
soup
Full of Beans – soup mix and wooden spoon, The Forks Trading Company $10.99, $22.99-$24.99
scarf
Warm & Wooly – Shupaca alpaca wool circle scarf, Friends of the Canadian Museum for Human Rights $79.95

Don’t forget to keep your eyes peeled for your chances to win some of these items – in the magazine and through CTV Morning Live.

Happy shopping! And don’t forget to share when you #finditdowntown with me on Instagram, Facebook & Twitter @downtownpeggy!

Top 5 must-haves for your next holiday party

It’s my favourite time of year, I think we’ve established that already. But just to remind everyone, I LOVE the holidays. I love getting creative with gift-giving (aka shopping!), indulging in all the delicious treats that seem to come with the season, and I especially love throwing a good holiday party for all my friends.

I know you’ll make great use of these five tips for your next holiday party!

1. Music to set the tone.

To get yourself in the mood, you have to put on some holiday tunes while you get ready. Personally, I like to check out the seasonal collection of CDs at the Millennium Library (2nd floor) for an eclectic mix.

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2. A signature scent.

I love working a delectable signature scent into my ensemble – it’s an important accessory! Which is why I could only narrow it down to two favourites. Hermes Rouge ($134) and Des Merveilles Elixir ($145), both from Perfume Paradise. I suggest putting a little dab right behind each ear once you get out of the shower, and let the compliments about your subtle yet sophisticated choice wash over you all night.

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For your man, spritz him with Abercrombie & Fitch Fierce ($114) and thank me later.

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3. Chic table setting.

It’s coming together. It’s sounding good, you’re smelling fabulous, now it’s time to set the table. This one takes some thought. Will you have a theme? What’s the nature of the event? Classic and classy? Casual and friendly? Upscale cabin in the woods? Whatever you’re looking for, Glucksteinhome at Hudson’s Bay downtown has some beautiful tables set up for inspiration, and some even more beautiful sales. I’m a fan of the Alpine Cabin series – plaid tablecloth (regular 69.99) and napkins (19.99), now 40% off – you can dress them up or down.

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4. Make your own floral arrangement

Not a DIY-er, you say? Nonsense. I love leaving it to the experts too, but it feels good to make something beautiful for yourself (or someone special). Plus in this case, the experts at Freshcut Downtown will be guiding you along every step of the way.

What: Create a beautiful centrepiece to take home for the holidays!

When: December 16, 5:30 PM

Where: Freshcut Downtown (Portage Place)

Cost: $25 plus tax, portion of proceeds go to Change for the Better

Space is limited! Call 204-943-6514 to reserve your spot!

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5. Wine.

Need I say more? Fenton’s Wine Merchants at The Forks has you covered – even if the MLCC strikes this holiday season. I suggest anything red or white, sparkly or pink, frequent re-fills and a plan for a safe ride home.

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Wish you had something special for your next holiday party? Snap a photo and put it on your #downtownwishlist by tweeting or Instagramming me (@downtownpeggy) or posting on my Facebook wall! Remember to use the hashtag #downtownwishlist. You have to #finditdowntown!

Happy holidays!