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Five cool things to do this week (April 12 to 18)

Don't have anything planned for the week ahead? Work your green thumb in your local community, experience the taste of India and check out renowned film-maker Rob Stewart's cool new documentary.

Butter chicken

 

1. Join a community garden

Communal green spaces are blooming across the country, and with April showers upon us now’s the time to start planting.  Locally grow your veggie crops, and fresh floral bouquets alongside other members of your community, and who knows, you may pick up a green tip or, two! Visit CanadianGardening.com for a list of organizations across Canada that can help you discover a community green space in your area.

 

2. Listen to Molly Ringwald 

Best known for her roles in 1980’s classics like Pretty in Pink, and Sixteen Candles, Molly Ringwald is back in the limelight performing, however this time she is singing jazz standards like, “The Very Thought of You,” and “Where Is Love,” as well as an interpretation of the infamous closing track from The Breakfast Club, “Don’t You (Forget About Me).  The ideal accompaniment to a rainy afternoon and a good book, press play on her debut album, Except Sometimes.

 

3. Discover Revolution the movie

A follow up to his critically acclaimed documentary Sharkwater, renowned film-maker and biologist, Rob Stewart brings us on another journey that takes him through 15 countries over four years.  What makes this one different?  Instead of uncovering the environmental dangers facing sharks, he discovers the human race to be an endangered species.  According to David Suzuki, “If you go to one movie this year, it must be Revolution.”

Watch the trailer here. In theatres: April 12.

 

4. See the mighty Oprah

It’s true! Arguably one of the most influential voices to grace talk-show television is back on this side of the border. Catch a 90-minute talk from the Mighty Ops herself, and then enjoy the turning table, as she opens the floor to a Q&A.

April 13 – Copps Coliseum, Hamilton

April 14 – Credit Union Centre, Saskatoon

 

5. Catch a taste of India

This Sunday marks Vaisakhi day and over 50,000 people will flock to Ross Street Temple in Vancouver where the annual Vaisakhi parade will commence.  If you’re not in the area, toast the celebration on Sunday night with an array of mouth-watering dishes: butter chicken, biryani, baingain bhartha — hungry yet?