The Secret Art of Dr. Seuss at Art Evolution (Opening Friday, March 21)
Dr. Seuss was pretty good at keeping secrets. The famed children’s author and illustrator drew, painted and sculpted all his life, yet none of his, shall we say “adult” work, was seen by anyone other than close friends, until after his death in 1991. The estate began releasing his work in limited editions in 1997. You can see it at The Secret Art of Dr. Seuss exhibition at Art Evolution. Find out more about the event in Swerve‘s Q&A with Seussologist Jeff Schuffman.
Giselle at Jubilee Auditorium (Until Saturday, March 22)
This is the first time Alberta Ballet’s taken on Giselle, a romantic French ballet first performed in 1841. Alberta Ballet has rented the sets and costumes from the American Ballet Theatre to do it, and will soon be packing them up to send them back to New York. There are still tickets available to the final performances this weekend (Friday and Saturday night and a matinee Saturday) over at Alberta Ballet’s website
Soul Night in the Bourbon Room at National on 10th (Saturday, March 22)
The Friday morning crew at CJSW gets the night shift at the Bourbon Room. DJ Haley of Dixie Fried (10 a.m. to noon on Fridays) will be spinning dusty 45s while you sample the variety of bourbons National has in stock. You can sample flights of bourbon starting at $10 (three $4 to $8 bourbons) and all the way up to $21 (three $12 to $16 bourbons). If you have money burning a hole in your pocket, you should try the Pappy Van Winkle 20-year. It’s $50 (!!) and you can only have one per visit. If you’re curious why it’s so steep, Grantland had a story profiling the lauded and limited distillery back in 2011. Reserve your spot in the room at firstname.lastname@example.org and skip the line. The fun starts at 7 p.m.
Carsick Cars, White+, DJ Loud Panda and Dead Pretty at Local 510 (Sunday, March 23)
There wasn’t much of an indie rock scene in Beijing when Chinese band Carsick Cars formed in 2005 (as you can find out in this preview in Edmonton’s Vue Weekly) because there weren’t many venues for them to play. They stuck to it and ended up opening for Sonic Youth on a European tour in 2007. They’re coming to Canada for the first time, a visit that gives you a rare chance to see Chinese music live. The show’s free at Local 510.
Zucchero at Jack Singer Concert Hall, Epcor Centre (Sunday, March 23)
Italian rock star Zucchero adds to this weekend’s international flavour. He’s sold millions of records, yet hasn’t really made a name for himself in North America (there’s quite a disparity in size between the Jack Singer Concert Hall and whatever mega-stadium he’s playing in the video above). The Epcor Centre website has your tickets; Swerve‘s got some more info for you in our Five Facts from Friday’s magazine.
Bonus Photo Gallery for the Weekend: Stuff Being Thrown at My Head by Kaija Straumanis
I guess after taking a pumpkin in the head for the sake of a photo, nothing else coming at your noggin really fazes you. Kaija Straumanis survives all manners of objects in her photo series which you can see at demilked. —Jon Roe