Teghan's top 5 things to do this weekend in Winnipeg (March 17-19)

This weekend is less about watching '80s movies in the back of a bar and more about fancy French films, contemporary composers and stuff like that.

Friday, Cluster Festival has a classical/electronic pop crossover show at the West End Cultural Centre, and Wee Johnny's has a sketch show with free snacks.

Meanwhile, Tim Hoover and Anthony Sannie are going to introduce you to the latest and best British hip hop at The Handsome Daughter, and one of the most important comedy institutions in the country is bringing a bunch of young talent to the Centennial Concert Hall to team up with an orchestra.

There's also a chance to catch that movie that did very well at Canadian Screen Awards last weekend — Xavier Dolan's It's Only the End of the World is playing at Cinematheque.

WHAT: FEST — Cluster's Plumes x Grimes

When: Friday, March 17 at 7 p.m.

Where: The West End Cultural Centre at 586 Ellice Ave.

Cost: $15

On Friday, Cluster Festival will debut a show that has been more than two years in the works.

Montreal-based Plumes will play a re-imagined version of Grimes' album Visions.

The album has been reconfigured by more than a dozen composers, and the band will play the new version live.

Cluster Festival founders and Plumes originally conceived the project at the festival a few years ago, so it's a big deal now that it's happening — and not just because it's grabbed the attention of Pitchfork, Spin and other major music outlets.

This is probably the most accessible show of the entire festival, and SC Mira is opening, which is a nice perk.

This is the only Winnipeg stop for the show, so try to grab tickets before it sells out!

WHAT: COMEDY — Skit or Die at Wee Johnny's

When: Saturday, March 18 at 8 p.m.

Where: Wee Johnny's at 177 McDermot Ave.

Cost: $5

The local sketch comedy group H.U.N.K.S. is back in town (finally!) for a show at Wee Johnny's this weekend.

For $5 you can see  H.U.N.K.S., President Bear, Ryan Ash and a whole bunch of others do live sketches.

I wasn't a huge sketch fan until a seeing a lot of H.U.N.K.S., Hot Thespian Action and Outside Joke sketches after stand-up shows, and now I think everyone should go check them out.

H.U.N.K.S., especially, has seen a ton of success nationally and internationally, so it's worth checking them out before they hit the summer festival circuit.

This one is super affordable for the depth of the lineup, and apparently there will also be snacks!

WHAT: DANCE — Tea and Biscuits Vol. 3

When: Friday, March 17 at 10 p.m.

Where: The Handsome Daughter at 61 Sherbrook St.

Cost: $10

I can't believe it's already been a month since the last Tea and Biscuits party, but I'm so happy it has 'cause that means it's time for another one.

Volume 3 is on Friday night at The Handsome Daughter with DJ Co-Op and DJ A.O.K.S. spinning rap, British hip hop, electronic and lots of other stuff.

Cover is only $5 if you show up early, and then you can sample HD's cocktail menu — the best of which, I think, is the "Gin Whatever."

WHAT: COMEDY — Second City and the WSO

When: Friday, Saturday and Sunday

Where: The Centennial Concert Hall at 555 Main St.

Cost: $25 and up

Lara Rae is hosting a mash-up of music and comedy this weekend at the Centennial Concert Hall.

Folks from the Second City in Toronto are coming to town to do sketch comedy, songs, improv and some satire stuff with classical music from the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra.

These are two pretty niche audiences: serious comedy fans and regular symphony-goers, so I'm not sure how busy this one will be. You might be able to get some very good seats for a reasonable price.

Now, not too long ago, you could buy drinks at the Centennial, but you couldn't bring them into the actual performance area.

They recently changed that and you can get a funny sippy cup to bring wine in with you now.

Comedy, sippy cups and the symphony is an OK Friday or Saturday night, right?

WHAT: FILM — It's Only the End of the World

When: Saturday and Sunday at 7 p.m.

Where: Cinematheque at 100 Arthur St.

Cost: $12

This weekend at Cinematheque, you can check out the movie that cleaned up at the Canadian Screen Awards last week.

Xavier Dolan's It's Only the End of the World is screening Saturday and Sunday at 7 p.m.

This is a French drama with Marion Cotillard, Léa Seydoux and Vincent Cassel about a terminally ill man who returns home to see his family after 12 years.

Critics didn't love this one, but it did win the Grand Prix at Cannes and picked up both best movie and best director at the Canadian Screen Awards.

Basically, there's a lot of hype around this film, but you'll want to watch the trailer first to see if it's your bag.


WHAT: MUSIC — Tanya Tagaq at the WECC

When: Saturday, March 18 at 8 p.m.

Where: The West End Cultural Centre at 586 Ellice Ave.

Cost: $35

Tanya Tagaq is touring her new album, Retribution, and has a stop in Winnipeg Saturday night at the West End Cultural Centre.

This one is sold out, but if you can track down tickets, you absolutely should try and go.

Hit up the all-Neptunes dance party at The Good Will afterward.