10 things to do in Edmonton this week: Old Man Luedecke, Little Mermaid, and The Debaters

10 to Do, Nov. 21 to 27

Old Man Luedecke, at Festival Place Nov. 21. supplied

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Old Man Luedecke

He’s not really as aged as his stage name suggests, but Nova Scotia’s Old Man Luedecke clearly has the vibe down. On his latest album, Easy Money, he sings about dad jokes, family, and the sudden arrival of middle age, all to the sound of his ever-present, ever-lilting banjo. With special guest Charlotte Cornfield.

When: Thursday, Nov. 21 at 7:30 p.m.

Where: Festival Place, 100 Festival Way, Sherwood Park

Admission: $25, available at the Festival Place box office or in advance from the website

Info: festivalplace.ab.ca

Skin of Our Teeth

It’s been a tough go for the Antrobus family in Thornton Wilder’s Pulitzer Prize-winning black comedy, The Skin of Our Teeth, playing at the Varscona Theatre until Nov. 30. Cataclysms of biblical proportions, to be precise; in short order they survive a dawning Ice Age in New Jersey, storm systems and floods in Atlantic City, and finally the near decimation of mankind. One might think that it’s a metaphor for something or other. Directed by Dave Horak, cast includes Jeff Haslam, Andrea House, and Stephanie Wolfe. Tuesday, Nov. 26 is pay-what-you-can.

When: Until Nov. 30. Evening performances are at 7:30 p.m., with matinees on Saturdays at 2 p.m. No shows on Monday and Tuesday.

Where: Varscona Theatre, 10329 83 Ave.

Admission: $25 and up, available at the door or in advance from the Varscona website

Info: varsconatheatre.com

Vinok Worldance performs Christmas Around The World at the Chateau Louis. Supplied

Christmas Around the World

There are so many anniversaries for Vinok Worldance this year that they’re practically stacking them on top of each other. The dance company, celebrating 30 years as a going concern in 2019, are also saluting the 20th anniversary of the annual Christmas Around the World event this weekend at the Chateau Louis. Performances include flamenco, Hasidic Jewish dances, and more; ticket price also includes a cocktail reception, plated meal, and a special gift for the occasion.

When: Thursday, Nov. 21 and Friday, Nov. 22 at 6:30 p.m.; Saturday, Nov. 23 at 5:30 p.m.; and Sunday, Nov. 24 at 11 a.m.

Where: Chateau Louis Conference Centre, 11420 117 St.

Admission: $85 and up, available in advance from the Vinok website

Info: vinok.ca

Little Mermaid

You’ve been there in stories and in film, but maybe you’d like to consider revisiting the kingdom of Atlantica at the Arden Theatre. On the 30th anniversary of the Disney animated classic St. Albert Children’s Theatre is staging the musical story of the mermaid princess Ariel, who dreams of becoming human and falling in love with Prince Eric. Directed by Janice Flower, choreographed by Jackie Pooke.

When: Thursday, Nov. 21 to Sunday, Dec. 1. Evening performances are at 7:30 p.m., with Sunday matinees at 2 p.m. No shows Monday, Nov. 25 to Thursday, Nov. 28.

Where: Arden Theatre, 5 St. Anne Street, St. Albert

Admission: $23.50 to $30, available at the Arden box office or in advance from Ticketmaster

Info: ticketmaster.ca

Taste My French

Performer and dancer Isabelle Rousseau curates the latest edition of the Dirt Buffet Cabaret, over at Mile Zero Dance’s Spazio Performativo. Featured performers include multidisciplinary artist Alexis Devilla, dance educator Sarah Dharshi, movement artists Sylvie Boisclair and Rita Chehaveb, chef Doreen Prei, drag queen Lady Tenderflake, and theatre artist Emanuel Dubbeldam. Check the website for a full listing of performers.

When: Thursday, Nov. 21 at 8 p.m.

Where: Spazio Performativo, 10816 95 St.

Admission: $10, or best offer at the door

Info: milezerodance.com

Le Vent du Nord

Two-time Juno Award-winning Francophone folk outfit Le Vent du Nord are back in town with a new album in tow, Territoires. The acclaimed quintet keep to their Quebecois roots on their latest release, but as always with a considerable amount of Celtic influences, evident in the Irish bouzouki, fiddle, and button accordion. Opening is Kat Zel.

When: Friday, Nov. 22 at 7:30 p.m.

Where: St. Basil’s Cultural Centre (New Moon Folk Club), 10819 71 Ave.

Admission: $23 to $27, available at the door or in advance from Tix on the Square

Info: tixonthesquare.ca

Lynne Hanson, at Parkview Community League Nov. 23. Supplied

Lynne Hanson

Ottawa-based singer-songwriter Lynne Hanson returns to Edmonton in advance of her upcoming record, Just Words, which she’ll be releasing in early 2020. Hanson, who also tours and records with Lynne Miles as The LYNNeS, brought on multi-instrumentalist and occasional Tragically Hip sideman Jim Bryson as producer for her seventh solo effort, along with guest players Kevin Breit and Catherine MacLellan. Opening is Joe Nolan.

When: Saturday, Nov. 23 at 8 p.m.

Where: Parkview Community League (Northern Lights Folk Club), 9135 146 St.

Admission: $23 to $27, available at the door or in advance from Tix on the Square

Info: tixonthesquare.ca

The Uncas, at Rec Room South Nov. 23. supplied

The Uncas

Christmas comes early for fans of oddball country-rock as The Uncas reassemble for one of their periodic reunions, this time at the Rec Room on Saturday night. The popular local cowpunks have been busy on newer projects, including Red Ram, The Brigadiers, and Tallest to Shortest, so don’t miss this brief window in which to catch them. Opening are The Denim Daddies.

When: Saturday, Nov. 23 at 8:30 p.m.

Where: The Rec Room South, 1725 99 St.

Admission: $15 to $20, available at the door or in advance from the Rec Room website

Info: therecroom.com

The Debaters

Three comedians enter the ring, but only one emerges victorious. Such is the premise behind The Debaters Live on Holiday Tour, as host Steve Patterson shepherds stand-up comedians DeAnne Smith and Graham Chittenden through their paces with two holiday-themed debates. Fans of the CBC show take note; these performances are for live audiences only, and will not be recorded for later broadcast.

When: Monday, Nov. 25 at 7:30 p.m.

Where: Winspear Centre

Admission: $38 and up, available from the Winspear box office or in advance from the website

Info: winspearcentre.com

Mr. Burns

Thornton Wilder isn’t the only playwright with a hankering for apocalyptic storylines. In Anne Washburn’s Mr. Burns, a Post-Electric Play, the characters have to deal with no electricity, no food, and no hope. Instead of giving up, they huddle around whatever warmth they can find and retell their favourite Simpson’s episodes to each other; take that, Cormac McCarthy! Directed by Andrew Ritchie, starring Elena Porter, Nadien Chu, Patrick Howarth, and more.

When: Tuesday, Nov. 26 to Saturday, Dec. 7. Evening performances are at 8 p.m., with 2 p.m. matinees on Saturday. No shows on Sunday or Monday

Where: Westbury Theatre, ATB Financial Arts Barns, 10330 84 Ave.

Admission: $22, available in advance from the Fringe Theatre Adventures website

Info: fringetheatre.ca

Ten to Do is compiled and written by Tom Murray. If you are co-ordinating an event you want featured here, email the information to rgarner@postmedia.com. Information for the What’s On listings should be uploaded to