What to see in March: local events


King Ubu
Brock University
March 1-9

It’s a wonder to think that a small play written in the 1890s — closed following its’ opening performance, nonetheless — could still hold up to this day, but King Ubu has managed to make it through the test of time. In today’s political climate, King Ubu is worth a watch and Brock’s Department of Dramatic Arts is here to give you that familiar glimpse into the past. The play has been widely remembered for being surreal and comedic to the point of obscenity due to its shamelessness in poking fun at political and personal power. Clearly, what was revolutionary in the 1890s remains relevant to today’s issues. Tickets are currently on sale at the FirstOntario Performing Arts Centre.
Render This Student Film Festival
Brock University
March 8

Submissions for BrockTV’s annual Render This Student Film Festival just closed, meaning the festival itself is on the horizon. While you’re going in blind to the films the Brock and Niagara College communities have put together, be assured that you’re in for a pleasant surprise no matter what. With little to no limits on what the content of their films may be, the student filmmakers that make Render This what it is have the freedom to bring fresh ideas to the table year after year and are always up for the challenge. In 2018, a record 17 films were screened within two hours — an entire extra hour than Render This usually aims to be. It’ll be interesting to see what surprises come out of Render This this year — and what film will run away with the $600 grand prize.
Girls Nite Out
FirstOntario Performing Arts Centre
March 9

What better way to support International Women’s Day than by supporting female performers? All-female comedy variety show, Girls Nite Out has been brought back to the Performing Arts Centre by popular demand following three successful shows last year. The lineup, led by Canadian comic Elvira Kurt, features Second City alumni and Canadian Comedy Awards recipients. The show itself revolves around a mix of stand-up, improv and sketch comedy. As if the deal of laughter topped off by some female empowerment doesn’t already sound good enough, all ticket holders are automatically entered to win a prize from the Elite Spa Group. Two performances will be taking place on Mar. 9 and tickets for both are on sale now.

Heathers the Musical
FirstOntario Performing Arts Centre
March 14-16

Brock Musical Theatre’s long-awaited take on the 1988 cult classic-turned-musical Heathers is finally hitting the stage this March. Anticipation has been steadily building for the musical since the beginning of the year, brought on by social media previews and fundraising performances at Mahtay Cafe. Heathers is a unique and perfect mix of absurd dark comedy and unforgettable musical numbers. Teamed with the incredible cast and crew who have been working tirelessly on Brock Musical Theatre’s version, Heathers is surely something you can’t miss. Heathers is only on for four nights and tickets are already halfway sold out. Make sure to pick yours up at the FirstOntario Performing Arts Centre soon — it’ll be big fun.

Shows at Warehouse
March 1-31

It was impossible to choose one or two events happening at Warehouse this month to highlight on this list. March is stacked with performances worth seeing and the programmers behind them have ensured that there’s something for everyone to check out, from fans of classic hip hop to easygoing acoustic guitar. A number of local performers will be taking the stage throughout the month, including folk rock band Fat Moth kicking things off with a concert on Mar. 1. The end of the month sees alternative rock band Eleven North bringing some guests along with them for a concert on Mar. 22. Warehouse has also made room for a number of tributes throughout the month — a 90’s hip hop night on Mar. 8, an Ozzy Osbourne and Black Sabbath tribute on Mar. 16 and a Tom Petty tribute on Mar. 23. No matter your musical tastes, the full lineup is something worth checking out.

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