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Ten cool as ice weekend picks 

Yeah, winter's here, but so are cool cyborg operas, Wes Anderson screenings and Daft Punk tributes worth braving the cold for.

The Boar's Head and Yule Log Festival
Friday // Saturday
This Twelfth Night celebration is a centuries-old tradition of theatre, music and dance that brings the medieval and the modern together in a spectacle for all ages. World renowned performers from Ireland, the US and right here make this Cathedral Church of All Saints show one you won't wanna miss.

Ballet for adult beginners
If your new year's resolution has you looking to move more, try new things or finally rid yourself of your two left feet, this beginners' ballet lesson has your back: Basic concepts like posture, turns and using the right muscle groups will be covered during the one-hour Maritime Dance Academy session.

Folk-punk troubadour Bryan McPherson adds a stop at Gus' Pub to his Canadian tour dates (see 2). - EA ZIMMERMAN PHOTO
  • Folk-punk troubadour Bryan McPherson adds a stop at Gus' Pub to his Canadian tour dates (see 2).
  • EA Zimmerman photo

The Culture of Bollywood
Rohini Bannerjee analyzes popular Bollywood films at this Central Library talk while also giving a primer on the commercial and cultural context of south Asian cinema.

Battle of the Bands 2018
Headbang all night (or at least until 10pm) as three local groups vie for hardcore supremacy at this Pavilion show.

Saturday // Sunday
Only days into 2018, Adriana Kuiper and Ryan Suter break new ground with this experimental Hermes Gallery show that blends video, sound, collected objects and handmade quilts into organized tableaus that speak volumes.

Maria Osende gives beginners the basics of ballet (see 9). - J. VALLINAS PHOTO
  • Maria Osende gives beginners the basics of ballet (see 9).
  • J. Vallinas photo

Featured Director Series: Wes Anderson's Rushmore
Kendra Barnes introduces this flick at the Central Library that follows a rebellious teen's attempts to woo a first grade teacher by building an aquarium in her honour.

Dan Hendricken
Thursday // Friday // Saturday
Local comedy gem Hendricken is known for lighthearted jokes and a goofy delivery. See it all in action at this Yuk Yuk's string of gut-busting shows.

Digital Love: A Daft Punk Party
Pineo & Loeb, Isaac Haze and more local wax-spinners keep 2018 rolling on the right note with French house, disco and Daft Punk tunes at The Seahorse.

Bryan McPherson w/Paul Boudreau, Scott Saccary
The punk-folk prince brings a slew of his signature protest songs to Gus' Pub for a bound-to-be-epic show that'll feed your inner activist.

Cyborg Song
The Open Waters Festival returns with a mini-opera contemplating the existential crisis of a half-human, half-cyborg singer at the James Dunn Theatre.

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