OUTSIDE: Things to do in Winnipeg this weekend

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It seems reasonable to assume that Sophocles could not even imagine a rock musical finding its way into his Athens tragedy Antigone.

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Antigone, whose title character was the daughter of his better-known Oedipus, was born around 441 BC. Written in 300 BC, it opened Thursday at the Cercle Moliere theater with more than a few surprises.

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Using a translation by Canadian poet Anne Carson and original music by The Mariachi Ghost, the production is presented by Sick + Twisted Theatre, one of only a few Canadian theater companies directed by disabled artists. Performed by a cast that integrates deaf and disabled artists, it aims to highlight “the vulnerability at the heart of courage”.

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Tracey Nepinak, Vivi Dabee, Sarah Luby, Christophere De Guzman and Debbie Patterson (from left) in Antigone by Sick + Twisted Theater which opens November 17 at the Theater Cercle Molire in Winnipeg.  Dylan Hewlett/HANDOUT
Tracey Nepinak, Vivi Dabee, Sarah Luby, Christophere De Guzman and Debbie Patterson (from left) in Antigone by Sick + Twisted Theater which opens November 17 at the Theater Cercle Molire in Winnipeg. Dylan Hewlett/HANDOUT Photo by DYLAN HEWLETT /DYLAN HEWLETT

A brief synopsis: When her dead brother is declared a traitor and his body is left unburied behind the city walls, Antigone refuses to accept the severest of punishments. She defies her reigning uncle and dares to say “no”. She advances and buries her brother in secret, putting personal loyalty before politics, a persistent act that will unleash a cycle of destruction.

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Carson’s adaptation was called “a masterwork about tyranny, resistance, and one woman’s act of civil disobedience” and conveys “a chilling sense of how easily democracy can descend into tyranny when citizens are paralyzed in silence and inaction,” according to the Harvard Review.

Pay What You Can tickets are available for any show, with a recommended range of $0 to $40.

Strike or move on

Though it’s a little less dated, it’s still surprising to think that The Offspring’s Smash is fast approaching its 30th anniversary.

The Southern California ensemble will perform hits from this 1994 release and others when they make a stop at the Canada Life Center with Simple Plan on Friday night.

Dropping every three days after Kurt Cobain’s suicide, Smash managed to ignite a firestorm for independent label Epitaph — long considered the best-selling indie release of all time — amid the day’s ongoing debate about what’s punk and what’s a sellout made out

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The off spring
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Soon after, “alternative” music splintered in multiple directions, and post-grunge acts like The Offspring threatened to be overshadowed by the pop-punk movement being repopulated by (then) labelmates Green Day.

Nicely flying or not, The Offspring has moved in that direction and, surprisingly, continues to headline arena tours to this day. Guess you don’t have to keep them separate.

collage concert

Billed as the music circus, former WSO New Music Festival curator Glenn Buhr presents collage concerts at the West End Cultural Center on Saturday and Sunday.

The shows feature the songs and stories of Scott Nolan mixed with poems and stories by Duncan Mercredi, set to music by Buhr, performed by the Fallen Angels Orchestra, a 15-piece band that performs on the WECC floor surrounded by the audience.

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The wild card is percussionist Victoria Sparks, who shows up occasionally and plays a drum or flower pots or junkyard toys.

Free Movies

Cineplex theaters in Canada kick off the holiday season with a lineup of free children’s movies on Saturday mornings.

Doors open at 9am, with Paws of Fury: The Legend of Hank, followed by Sonic The Hedgehog 2, The Spongebob Movie: Sponge on the Run and The Lost City.

Seating is limited and available on a first come, first served basis. Popcorn, sodas and select confectionery are available for $2.50, with $1 from every concession order and sale of XSCAPE arcade game cards throughout the day going to youth empowerment programs through BGC Canada.

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