THE LIST: Alberta Symphony Orchestra celebrates Giuseppe Verdi's 210th birthday


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In celebration of Italian composer Giuseppe Verdi’s 210th birthday (think of the poor cake under those candles!) the Alberta Symphony orchestra is presenting a night of operatic music boldly titled Verdi-ssimo Tuesday.

“The superlative title well summarizes a festive night entirely dedicated to Verdi’s works,” explains ASO’s musical director Emilio De Mercato, “with a vast selection from his most powerful and touching arias, duets and ensembles — one above all, Libiamo from La Traviata.

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“On this particular occasion,” he explains, “I have created an original opera-format recital program divided into one overture and three acts to give our audience the same feeling when attending opera.”

De Mercato will start by solo performing Franz Liszt’s Concert Paraphrase on Verdi’s Rigoletto.

“And then I will be the ‘orchestra’ on the piano,” he notes, “as I accompany the extraordinary Alberta-based opera singers, sopranos Cara Lianne McLeod, Helen Hassinger, Nansee Hughes, mezzo-soprano Barbara King, tenor Andrea Pinna and baritone Bertrand Malo.”

Besides the aforementioned operas, selections will touch on Aida, Nabucco and La forza del destino over its special three-act program.

The event is sponsored by the local district of National Congress of Italian-Canadians, and more information about the program, as well as $40 tickets for the concert and refreshments to follow, are at

Happy birthday, Verdi — you sound terrific for your age!


11/30-1/27: Megan Kirk, Daniel Evans, Marilène Oliver: Inter Mundos (Gallery St. Albert)

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Thru 11/30: Alberta Craft Collaborations (Alberta Craft Gallery)

Thru 12/1: Darren Emanau + Twlya Exner: A Force of Nature (Gallery@501)

Thru 12/1: Riki Kuropatwa: Roadshow Series (Bugera)

12/1-24: Holiday Exhibit (Bugera)

12/2-16: 2023 SNAP Members Show and Sale

Thru 12/7: Steve R. Coffey: An Exhibition of New Paintings (West End)

12/8-16: 2023 Art-O-Rama (Harcourt)

12/8-23: Irina Grobman, Inna Nagaytseva: Observations (UCUA)

Thru 12/8: Small Works group show (Collins)

Thru 12/9: Bolos and Boxes (Bay 1)

Thru 12/9: Silent and Present group show (Bleeding Heart)

Thru 12/16: Lisa Mayes: CodesWitcher, Alicja Habisiak-Matczak: Built to Last (FAB)

Thru 12/31: A Link with Nature: Early Botanical Photography; Second Skin (AGA)

Thru 12/31: Damian Moppett (AGA)


1/5-2/17: Andrzej Maciejewski: Ephemeral Fields ; Susan Diebel: Figuring It Out (Harcourt)

Thru 1/28: Ally McIntyre: Kindling (AGA)

Thru 1/28: The Collectors’ Cosmos: The Meakins-McClaran Print Collection (AGA)

2/3: Jadene Grimmon (Trinity)

Thru 2/3: Jacqueline Huskisson: Liminal Spaces (Gallery St. Albert)

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2/17: Brett Miles (Trinity)

Thru 2/25: Uii Savage: Celestial Passage (AGA)

Thru 3/3: Between Things: Alberta Ceramics (AGA)

Thru 3/10: ᐋᐧᐸᑲᐧᓃᐊᐧᐣ Wâpakwanîwin (To bloom, it has many flowers) (AGA)

3/16: Terri Heinrichs (Trinity)

4/6: Nancy Corrigan (Trinity)


11/30: Lorne Fitch’s Streams of Consequence launch (Audreys)

11/30: Virtual Book Launch for Antiracist Kitchen (Audreys)

12/2: Karlynn Johnston’s A Very Prairie Christmas Bakebook signing (Audreys)

12/3: Myrl Coulter’s She Who Burns launch (Audreys)

12/9: Gregory Koop’s The Donkey Cutter (Audreys)

12/12: Doris Jeanne MacKinnon’s The Premier and His Grandmother launch (Audreys)

12/16: Dianne Koebel-Pede’s My Soccer Season signing (Audreys)

12/20: Ifeoma Chinwuba’s Sons of the East launch (Audreys)


11/30: Jeff Dunham: Still Not Cancelled (Rogers)

11/30-12/2: Rick Ingraham (Comic Strip)

12/1: James Smith: The C Word (Midway)

12/1-2: Bob Angeli (Comedy Factory)

12/1-2: Brittany Lyseng (Yuk Yuk’s)

12/2: Sunee Dhaliwal (Endeavour)

12/2: Ben McKay, Braydon Lynch (Grindstone)

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12/2: Josh Thomas: Let’s Tidy Up (Metro)

12/7: Tarah Buchanan, Ben Dyck (Lone Pine)

12/7: Sunee & Dalbir (Grindstone)

12/8: Simon King (Dive Bar)

12/8-9: Patrick (Main Event) Maliha (Yuk Yuk’s)

12/15-16: Chad Anderson (Yuk Yuk’s)

12/14-23: Die Harsh: A Christmas Musical (Varscona)

12/16: Dan Schmidt (Comedy Factory)

12/22-23: Art Bellerose (Comedy Factory)

12/24: Ex-Baby Motha, Andrea Wright (Al Shamal Shriners)

12/29-30: Simon Glassman (Comedy Factory)

12/31: Todd Ness, Sean Lecomber (Yuk Yuk’s)


1/13: Adam Blank (Endeavour)

1/19: Chelsea Handler: Little Big Bitch (Jubilee)

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1/30: This Is That (Festival Place)

2/23: Kathy Griffin: My Life on the PTSD List (Winspear)

3/7: Snowed In Comedy Tour (Metro)

10/19: Sebastian Maniscalco (Rogers)


Thru 2/24: First Languages (St. Albert Musée Héritage Museum)


11/30: Eats on 118 (Alberta Avenue)


1/24-28: Winterruption YEG (various)

2/9-24: Canadian Birkie Ski Festival (Cooking Lake-Blackfoot Provincial Recreation Area)

3/25-31: Springboards New Play Festival (Gateway Theatre)

3/29-30: Downtown Defrost (Churchill Square)

5/2-4: Kinfest (Roxy)

5/14-19: From Cradle to Stage (Walterdale)

5/30-6/9: Nextfest (Roxy)

7/15-28: The Magpie Collective: A Dance Festival (MZD)

8/1-4: Big Valley Jamboree: Cody Johnson, Lainey WIlson, Keith Urban (Camrose)

8/8-11: Edmonton Folk Music Festival (Gallagher Park)

8/15-25: Edmonton International Fringe Theatre Festival (Old Strathcona)


12/17: Kino Confidential: A Top Secret Screening (Metro)

12/26: The Lebanese Burger Mafia (Metro)

12/31: Frozen Sing-Along (Metro)


11/30: Bent River Records Artist Spotlight (Yardbird)

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11/30: Bones, Xavier Wulf, Eddy Baker (Midway)

11/30: The Congregation (Soho)

11/30: ESO New Music: Of Time & Flames: Poetry in Music (Winspear)

11/30: Fools, Rage Revival, Sexy Dreams (Aviary)

11/30: Hannah Georgas, Sam Lynch (Starlite)

12/1: Bassjackers (Union)

12/1: Calverts (Cook County)

12/1: Camo & Crooked (Midway)

12/1: Lisa Chan (Felice)

12/1: Luis Quintero (Knox Church)

12/1: Rooster Davis Group (Blue Chair)

12/1: Jed and the Valentine, Maddy Killoh, Travis Matthews (Aviary)

12/1: KOAN Sound (Starlite)

12/1: Queen Kong (Yardbird)

12/1: Stevon & Kayla, K4TGR4M, The Age of Willing (SOHO)

12/1: Suicide Pact, Closetalkers, Conmoción (Starlite)

12/2: Absent Mind, Undivided Attention, Pre-Breaker (Aviary)

12/2: Sean Brewer (Black Dog)

12/2: Chixdiggit!, The Ramblin Ambassadors, Midnight Peg, Kathleen McGee (Buckingham)

12/2: The Eric St. Godard E4 (Yardbird)

12/2: Jungle Money, Angelitos, Mr. Relaxer (Soho)

12/2: Kat Krys, Avery Simpson and Addison Wall (Felice)

12/2: Will Randall (Cook County)

12/2: The Rault Brothers (Blue Chair)

12/2: Swiftmas: Taylor Swift Dance Party (Starlite)

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12/2: USO: From Middle Earth to the Baltic Sea (Convocation Hall)

12/3: Cantilon Choirs Presents Dancing Day (WInspear)

12/3: DJ Paul from Three 6 Mafia (Union)

12/3: U of A Concert Band: All Creatures Great and… (Convocation Hall)

12/3: Vaughan and Friends Quartet Fest 2023 w/ Vertex String Quartet (Holy Trinity)

12/4: Festival of Lessons & Carols (Winspear)

12/5: Christmas with Buzz Brass (Arden)

12/5: Serena Ryder (Winspear)

12/5: Alberta Symphony Orchestra: Verdi-ssimo (Santa Maria Goretti)

12/6: Early Bedtime, Kip Lily, Velvet Hooks (Aviary)

12/6: Lagwagon (Union)

12/7: Blue Oyster Cult (River Cree)

12/7: Drake Milligan (Cook County)

12/8: Dave Babcock: Cool Yule (Yardbird)

12/8: Christmas Carol SIng-Along (Winspear)

12/8: Lori Cole (Cook County)

12/8: Culture Shock, Nineteen91 (Starlite)

12/8: Grey the Band (Aviary)

12/8: Kentucky Eileen (Blue Chair)

12/8: The Kryple Experience (Temple)

12/8-9: Handel’s Messiah (Winspear)

12/9: Borgore, Grind Your Teeth (Union)

12/9: Brad Bucknell and the oHNo Band (Blue Chair)

12/9: Jeff Catto (Cook County)

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12/9: Cikwes, Enoch Attey, Cheyenne Rain LeGrande (Aviary)

12/9: Trevor Howlett (Black Dog)

12/9: Raygun Cowboys, Fire Next Time, The Devil’s Sons (Starlite)

12/9: River City Big Band: Jazzy Christmas (Yardbird)

12/9: Tides of Kharon, Enosis, Tatara (Starlite)

12/9: Vanic, Grind Your Teeth, Synus (Union)

12/10: Littlebirds Fall Concert (Yardbird)

12/11: Edmonton Opera: Home for the Holidays (Jubilee)

12/11: RCA Band: Sounds of the Season (Winspear)

12/13: Sean Nicholas Savage (Aviary)

12/14: Chic Chameleon, Social Eyes (Aviary)

12/14: Tenille Arts (River Cree)

12/15: Borrowed and Blue Christmas Show (Blue Chair)

12/15: Funk Hunters, Maddy O’Neal, Caraboo (Union)

12/15: Caity Gyorgy (Yardbird)

12/15: Hiedi Hyacinth (Cook County)

12/15: Mint Club, Super Ego, Repulse Reprise (Starlite)

12/15: Pigeon Breeders, Pike, Whiling (Aviary)

12/15-16: ESO’s A Lightly Classical Christmas (Winspear)

12/16: Clay Bolen (Cook County)

12/16: Calcium, Chassi (Starlite)

12/18: Jivin’ Belles: 10th Anniversary Christmas Extravaganza (Yardbird)

12/16: Keithmas Food Bank Fundrager (Temple)

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12/16: K-OS, Robbie G (Starlite)

12/16: Murky Waters (Black Dog)

12/18: Zakk Sabbath (Midway)

12/19: Noise Café (Aviary)

12/21: Call Off the Gods, Velvet Hooks, Trevor Mann (Aviary)

12/21: Andrew Neufeld (Comeback Kid), Furthermore, Boiling Lye (Buckingham)

12/22: Fort Knox Five, Father Funk, The Sponges (Starlite)

12/22: Sam Heine sings Sinatra (Blue Chair)

12/22: Kayzo (Midway)

12/22: Food Bank Fundraiser: Swear By the Moon, F&M, Kip Lily (Aviary)

12/22-23: ESO’s A Very Merry Pops (Winspear)

12/23: An Elegant Affair – A Very Count Basie Christmas (Triffo)

12/23: The Emo Nightmare Before Christmas w/ DJ Katie Sutton (Starlite)

12/23: Floydian Waters Pink Floyd Tribute (Yardbird)

12/23: Lori Reid (Black Dog)

12/23: A Very Swiftie Christmas (Midway)

12/28-29: ESO’s Hollywood for the Holidays (Winspear)

12/29: The Velveteins, Mox Jet (Aviary)

12/30: Ross Fizzard (Black Dog)

12/30: Prism, Harlequin (River Cree)

12/30: Salute to Vienna New Year’s Concert (Winspear)

12/30: Twinsick, Azaan Datoo, Ancell Rad (Union)

12/31: Fruit Loop New Year’s Eve 2024 (Starlite)

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12/31: Merkules, Chris Webby (Union)

12/31: Rumba Caliente (Yardbird)


1/5: Pallor, Window Lamp, Utils (Aviary)

1/5: SAMU Presents Battle of the Bands, Misfortune Tellers (Starlite)

1/6: Real Sickies, The Brewtals, Overdrive to Oblivion (Aviary)

1/12: Le Quatuor International de Saxophones (Convocation Hall)

1/13: Cory Danyluk (Black Dog)

1/13: Joshua Hyslop (Parkview)

1/13: Logan Klaus (Starlite)

1/18: Jeremy Fisher (Festival Place)

1/18: The McDades (Maclab)

1/18: Zakk Sabbath (Midway)

1/19: James Kennedy (Union)

1/20: ESO’s Ennio Morricone: A Fistful of Film Scores (Winspear)

1/20: Gourd, Taylor Jade (Black Dog)

1/20: The Man in Black (Midway)

1/25: Geese, Hot Garbage (Starlite)

1/25: Machine Head (Midway)

1/26: Battles, Good Information, Asko (Starlite)

1/26: Bogore, Grind Your Teeth (Union)

1/26: Ghastly (Midway)

1/26: Vundabar, Thomas Thomas, Mom Weed (Starlite)

1/26: Wake, Withdrawl, Detherous (Temple)

1/27: Case of the Mondays, Thomas Anthony, Dark Side (Union)

1/27: Debbie Friday, Janette King, Limited Hangout (Starlite)

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1/27: JP Saxe (Midway)

1/27: Tyra Whitson (Black Dog)

1/27: Alfie Zappacosta (Festival Place)

1/28: Hotel Mira, Fake Shark (Starlite)

1/28: Musical Mornings (Winspear)

2/2: A Joni Mitchell Tribute: Sarah Slean with the ESO (Winspear)

2/3: Crankdat (Union)

2/3: Trevor Howlett (Black Dog)

2/7: The Free Label (Starlite)

2/8,10: ESO’s Mozart & Mendelssohn (Winspear)

2/9: Aaron Pritchett, Matt Lang (Century)

2/9: ESO’s Mendelssohn & Hope (Winspear)

2/10: City and Colour, Nathaniel Rateliff & the Night Sweats, Ruby Waters (Rogers)

2/10: David Francey (Parkview)

2/10: Ikky (Double Dragon)

2/10: Lori Reid (Black Dog)

2/14: The Strumbellas (Midway)

2/15-16: Star Wars: A New Hope – In Concert (Jubilee)

2/16: Chase Rice (Midway)

2/17: Jake Ian (Black Dog)

2/20: Fit for a King, The Devil Wears Prada (Midway)

2/20: The Man in Black (Midway)

2/23: The Rural Alberta Advantage (Midway)

2/23: Souls in Rhythm (Maclab)

2/24: Newberry & Verch (Parkview)

2/24: Nate Smith (Midway)

2/24: Wafer Thin Mints (Black Dog)

2/25: Mad Caddies (Starlite)

2/24-25: ESO Classics: Stern Conducts Music of Courage & Resistance (Winspear)

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2/27: Organist Mark McDonald Plays Holst’s the Planets (Winspear)

2/28: Rusty Musicians: B-Sides (Winspear)

3/1: Psycho Circus: Circus of Light (Starlite)

3/2: ESO’s Gerschwin, By George! Rhapsody in Blue’s 100th (Winspear)

3/4: Kxllswxych (Starlite)

3/6: Ministry, Gary Numan, Front Line Assembly (Midway)

3/7: Jeremie Albino (Starlite)

3/8: ESO Classics: Brahms’ Symphony No. 3 (Winspear)

3/9: Ímar (Festival Place)

3/9: Payphones, Jed and the Valentine (Black Dog)

3/9: Women of Folkways (Parkview)

3/9-10: Corb Lund, 49 Winchester (Midway)

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3/10: The Zuckerman Trio (Winspear)

3/14: ESO’s Castle’s & Warriors: Transcendent Sounds (Winspear)

3/15: Rêve, Ralph (Starlite)

3/16: Mike Dunn (Black Dog)

3/22: Bywater Call (Maclab)

3/23: Kevin Chen Plays Beethoven’s Emperor (Winspear)

3/23: DZ Deathrays (Starlite)

3/23: Tim Isberg Trio (Parkview)

3/23: Bretton Lee John (Black Dog)

3/23: Skofa, Dovi, Kozak Siromaha (Union)

3/24: Franz Liszt Via Crucis w/ Kappella Kyrie (Anglican Parish of Christ Church)

3/30: Saxophonic Reverie w/ Melissa Aldana (Triffo)

3/30: Shaguar (Black Dog)

3/31: Dahkabrakha (Winspear)

4/4: Matthew Good (Midway)

4/4-6: ESO Classics: The Organ Concert (Winspear)

4/5: Alestorm, elvenking, Glyph (Midway)

4/6: Ben Sures & Eileen Laverty (Parkview)

4/6: Mini Pop Kids (Jubilee)

4/9: Tyr, Trollfest, Aether Realm (Starlite)

4/10-12: Edmonton Opera: Golijov’s Ayre (Triffo)

4/10-11,13: ESO’s The Magical Music of Harry Potter (Winspear)

4/12-13: ESO Robbins Pops: Latin Fire (Winspear)

4/19: ESO Pairings: Tchaikovsky & Folksong (WInspear)

4/20-21: Angela Cheng Plays Clara Schumann (Winspear)

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4/20: Pharis & Jason Romero (Parkview)

4/25: ESO’s The Wolf of Lafontaine: Song & Dance (Winspear)

4/26-27: Celeigh Cardinal w/ the ESO (Winspear)

4/27: Close Talker, Postdata (Aviary)

4/28: Young Artists Concert (Holy Trinity)

5/2: Rory Gardiner (Maclab)

5/2-4: ESO Classics: Schubert’s Unfinished Symphony (Winspear)

5/4: Talk, Lord of the Flies & Birds & Bees (Midway)

5/9: Kim Churchill (Aviary)

5/10: Foreigner, Headpins (Rogers)

5/11: M is for Music (Winspear)

5/14: Laube Plays Liszt (Winspear)

5/17: ESO Pairings: Rachmaninoff & Dance (Winspear)

5/18: Zuzana Šimurdová (Holy Trinity)

5/18-19: ESO’s Fantastic Dances: Rachmaninoff & Ravel (Winspear)

5/23: Ones — The Beatles #1 Hits (Winspear)

5/31-6/1: ESO Robbins Pops: From Broadway to Hollywood (Winspear)

6/2: Mahler’s Resurrection Symphony (Winspear)

6/4: Queen: It’s a Kinda Magic (Winspear)

6/12: Derina Harvey Band (Maclab)

6/13-15: ESO’s Marvellous Melodies: Dvořák’s Cello Concerto (Winspear)

6/16: Musical Mornings (Winspear)

6/21: Don Berner Big Band Meets the Rhythm Gunners Big Band (Triffo)

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10/18: Jordan Davis (Rogers)

11/19: Bruce Springsteen (Rogers)


12/1-9: Indecent (Timms Centre)

12/2: Timmy Happy Christmas (Festival Place)

12/2-3,9-10,16-17: It’s a Wonderful Christmas Carol (Capitol Theatre)

Thru 12/3: Elf — The Musical (Arden)

12/5-23: With Bells On! The Musical (Roxy)

12/6-16: Harvey (Walterdale)

12/7-8: Nutcracker: A Burlesque (Varscona)

12/7-9: Almost a Full Moon (Citadel)

12/8: Top Talent Wrestling (Midway)

12/10: The Best Little Newfoundland Christmas Pageant… Ever! (Holy Trinity)

12/14-23: Die Harsh: A Christmas Musical (Varscona)

12/14-23: Girl Brain (Roxy)

12/15-16: BWDC presents Face to Face (Tim Ryan Black Box Theatre)

12/15-16: Shumka’s Nutcracker (Jubilee)

12/15-24: The Nutcracker (Jubilee)

12/15-29: Narnia — The Lion The Witch & The Wardrobe (Festival Place)

12/16: All Tease All Shade: Seasons Groomings (Evolution)

12/17: God Is a Scottish Drag Queen Christmas Special (Metro)

Thru 12/23: A Christmas Carol (Citadel)

12/27: Alberta Dance Educators: Dance Spectacular (Winspear)

12/27: Henjamin Sir & Guests Remember Ben Sir (9910)

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12/27-31: Cirque de Soleil CORTEO (Rogers)


1/9-14: Mean Girls (Jubilee)

1/18-20: She Loves You (Citadel)

1/19-2/15: Donna Orbits the Moon (Studio Theatre)

Thru 1/21: Alison Wunderland (Spotlight)

Thru 1/28: Canada Rocks! The Reboot (Mayfield)

1/31-2/4: This is the Story of the Child Ruled by Fear (Gateway Theatre)

2/1,3: Mozart’s Don Giovanni (Jubilee)

2/6-3/31: One Night with the King (Mayfield)

2/7-17: Amigo’s Blue Guitar (Walterdale)

2/9-10: Ballet Edmonton’s Avancer (Triffo)

2/10-3/3: Rubaboo (Citadel)

2/17: Gershwin’s Magic Key (Winspear)

2/18: Vástádus eana/ The answer is land (MZD)

2/23-24: Beijing Dance Theatre in Hamlet (Jubilee)

2/25: Canada’s Drag Race (Jubilee)

3/2: Bill Nye: The End is Nye (Jubilee)

3/2-31: The Sound of Music (Citadel)

3/8-9: Entre Chien et Loup (MZD)

3/14-16: Motown Getdown (Citadel)

3/16: Charlotte & the Music-Maker (Winspear)

3/22-23: Hansel & Gretel (Jubilee)

3/22-4/6: Champions of Magic (Festival Place)

3/31-4/21: The Mountaintop (Citadel)

4/2-21: Ronnie Burkett’s Wonderful Joe (Roxy)

4/5-20: Candy & The Beast (Studio Theatre)

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4/9-6/16: Grease (Mayfield)

4/11-12: Golijov’s Ayre (Triffo)

4/17-27: The Swearing Jar (Walterdale)

4/20-5/12: The Three Musketeers (Citadel)

5/3-4: Ballet Edmonton’s Unir (Triffo)

5/9-12: Hits of Broadway: Celebrating Motherhood (Citadel)

5/10-11: Der Wolf & The Rite of Spring (Jubilee)

5/10-11: Wheel of Fortune Live! (River Cree)

5/17-6/2: Dead Letter (Gateway Theatre)

5/28-6/1: Wagner’s Das Rheingold (Maclab)

5/30-6/9: Nextfest (Roxy)

6/25-7/28: On Golden Pond (Mayfield)

7/10-20: Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike (Walterdale)

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