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Much ado about walking

July 5, 2013

I mentioned my dislike of walking the other day. Walking is a thing, downtown. Yesterday, I walked to the Hydro Building (just in time to witness the Farmer’s Market packing up – shoot), to the Concert Hall, to the RWB, and home again.

In other words, my legs are ACHING. The upside? My calves look fantastic, and I feel more alive.

Walking is not the solitary culprit for my pain. The Royal Winnipeg Ballet offers adult classes, and I was very excited to sign up for one. I have been dancing since the age of five, but I’ve never taken a class at the RWB school. The quality is top notch, but you do pay a pretty penny for it. Of course, there are plenty of cheaper alternatives out there.

I could write a whole blog post about all the opportunities available to adults (young and old) in this city looking for drop-in and registered classes for all kinds of dance. But for now, let me just say that there are lots: from hip hop at Creative Creations to ballroom at Ted Motyka, both of which are mere steps away from my new place.

One of the first attractions I attended specifically to blog about was the Dinner and a Movie combo at Bodegoes. The restaurant was kind enough to give me two gift certificates, so I dragged a friend to grab two boxes of delicious noodles (with plenty of leftovers) and then see Much Ado About Nothing at the Globe.

Much Ado… I was lucky enough to see it at SXSW (and watch the talk with Joss Whedon, cast, and crew), and I have been itching to see it again ever since. This movie may look and sound super arty (black and white, original Shakespeare text, made on a micro-budget), but it is surprisingly accessible. Whedon brings the language to sparkling new life. The modern context allows the character of Beatrice to shine and….

Oh no, this is turning into a film review. I didn’t mean to, honest (but you can read this one instead).

Regardless of what film you see, the Dinner and a Movie concept is a great one. We had many options to choose from for food and theatres. The restaurant closed at 9 pm, so we had just the right amount of time to make it to our 9:40 show.

The Globe didn’t seem to follow their schedule, though. We arrived at 9:40 on the dot but still had to sit through pre-show chatter (unusual) and lots of trailers. The movie only truly started at 10:05, 25 minutes later! I don’t understand why movie theatres would make an audience wait so long, particularly for a late night movie on a weekday.

Despite some holdups and inconveniences, it has been a lovely week so far, thanks in part to things like this generous offer from Bodegoes.

This weekend, I am also looking forward to more fun exploration. Maybe I’ll check out an art gallery, go see something at Cinematheque, or just chill out in Old Market Square. Wherever I go, I can assure you that I will be walking there.