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Winnipeg Underground Film Festival

The Winnipeg Underground Film Festival 2016 (WUFF-2016) will kick off on Friday, April 1 at Winnipeg Film Group with Aaron Zeghers’s “Holland, Man,” a biopic about his family’s phasing out of their multi-generational farm. The film looks at the reality of the modern industrial world through the eyes of Zeghers’s family. The film is narrated beautifully and its first live screening in Manitoba will have live music, including a banjo and a violin. This performance will be followed by Scott Fitzpatrick’s “Second Star,” and later by a collection of the best of WUFF 2013-2015 featuring various local artists. Donations of $10 are encouraged.

Dazzling displays

A gem and mineral show is coming to Winnipeg. Silver Cove, Canada’s largest Gem & Mineral Company, is having shows in British Colombia, Alberta, Saskatchewan, and just added their first show in Manitoba. The event will take place over four days, April 7-10 at Canad Inns Destination Centre Club Regent Casino Hotel. The event will run from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. on April 7-9 and from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on April 10. They will hold 13 separate events, which include psychic readings, energetic cleansing, and learning how to mediate. They’ll be selling an incredible selection of stones from around the world.

Double dollars

The Canada Council will see its budget nearly doubling in the next five years. The Canada Council funds artists and cultural projects nationwide. Its current annual budget is $182 million but will only get an extra $40 million this year. Museums will be getting a large portion of the budget. The Canada Science and Technology Museum in Ottawa will get an extra $156 million over the next three years. The Canada Council will also support a new program that will sponsor promotional activities, such as promoting Canadian artists abroad. This program will receive $35 million over the next two years.