16 Things to Do in Waterloo Region This Week (Oct 30-Nov 5)

Place Hacking Festivals, Wild Writers and a TV Legend Tackles Death of A Salesman

From the annual Night/Shift and Wild Writers Literary Festival to the last performances by George Wendt in Drayton Entertainment’s adaptation of Death of a Salesman, here are 16 things to do this week around Waterloo Region.


Oct 30: The Mavericks

Founded in Miami in 1989, the genre-defying group mixes neotraditional country with Latin influences. They score top 10 albums throughout the 1990s and since their triumphant reunion five years ago, they’ve released acclaimed album after acclaimed album including their latest, Brand New Day. Whitney Rose opens.
Oct 30, 8pm, $39.50-69.50. Centre in the Square, 101 Queen Street N, Kitchener. Tickets.


Oct 30: The Room

This modern day cult classic has been described as “the Citizen Kane of bad movies.” Directed and starring Tommy Wiseau, The Room quickly developed a following due to its terrible acting, bizarre storytelling and its numerous loose plot threads. A Princess Cinema favorite, The Room is the subject of James Franco’s upcoming comedy, The Disaster Artist.
Oct 30, 8.35pm, $12. Princess Original Cinema, 6 Princess Street W, Waterloo. Tickets.


Oct 30: Suspiria

For their monthly Monday Bloody Monday series, The Apollo Cinema is screening Dario Argento’s masterpiece about a ballet school with a terrifying secret history. This 4K restoration from the original uncut, uncensored 35mm Italian camera negative was painstakingly restored over three years.
Oct 30, 7pm, $11 ($8 for Apollo members). Apollo Cinema, 141 Ontario Street N, Kitchener.


Oct 31: Halloween

Last weekend may have been packed with Halloween parties but the real thing falls on a Tuesday and there’s plenty of chances to get some extra mileage out of your costume. From an electro-jazz tribute to MJ’s seminal Thriller at The Boathouse to Halloween parties at Starlight and District, check out our breakdown of Halloween parties in Waterloo Region.


Nov 1: National Geographic Live – Among Giants

For the last 40 years, National Geographic photographer Charles “Flip” Nicklin has traveled the world in the wake of whales. With more than 5,500 dives under his belt, Nicklin will relive the adventures and the majestic images that have made him one of the world’s leading whale photographers.
Nov 1, 7.30pm, $19.50-71.25. Centre in the Square, 101 Queen Street N, Kitchener. Tickets.


Nov 2-4: Night\Shift

The placehacking festival turns downtown Kitchener into a free fall art crawl mixing installations, pop-up art and performances. Some highlights include a night of experimental music at The Apollo Cinema featuring Cadence Weapon and art-tech installations like Lucid (pictured above), an immersive sensory environment that creates a therapeutic universe of sound and light driven by your brainwaves. For more, check out our Night\Shift preview or their official website.
Nov 2-4, various times, various prices. Various locations.


Nov 3: Kitchener Rangers vs Guelph Storm

After snapping a three game losing streak with a win against the North Bay Battalion, the Rangers hope to keep a good thing going when they host their divisional rivals. Other home games on tap in November include battles against Windsor Spitfires (Nov 10), London Knights (Nov 14), Guelph Storm again (Nov 17) and Peterborough Petes (Nov 19).
Nov 3, 7.30pm, $19-23. Kitchener Auditorium, 400 East Avenue, Kitchener. Tickets.


Nov 3-4: Glorious Brahms

The Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony celebrates Brahms with a performance of his ‘Alto Rhapsody’ and ‘Symphony No. 2.’ Acclaimed mezzo-soprano Krisztina Szabó will perform Wagner’s ‘Wesendonck Lieder.’
Nov 3-4, 8pm, $19-91.20. Centre in the Square, 101 Queen Street N, Kitchener. Tickets.


Nov 3-5: Wild Writers Literary Festival

Waterloo based Canlit magazine presents the sixth edition of its literary festival that toasts “the savage and free and its expression in poetry, the short story and everything in between.” Best-selling authors like Kathleen Winter, award-winning writers like Alison Pick and Katherine Humphries and other literary minds will take part in a variety of events ranging from writer workshops to literary brunches. For more, check out our festival picks or the Wild Writers’ official website.
Nov 3-5, various times, various prices. Various locations. Tickets.


Nov 3-18: Dial M for Murder

Elmira Theatre Company presents Frederick Knott’s hit stage thriller that inspired Alfred Hitchcock’s influential film adaptation. The show follows Tony, a man who marries for money, whose efforts to murder his wife go awry. Dinner starts an hour before the show.
Nov 3-18 (Thurs-Sun), 7pm (Thurs-Sat) and 1.30pm (Sun), $55. Elmira Theatre, 76 Howard Avenue, Elmira. Tickets.


Nov 4: Studiocomix Press Store Grand Opening

The independent comics store celebrates its grand opening at Frederick Mall with a 10 percent off sale and special guests Pat Mastroianni (aka. Degrassi’s Joey Jeremiah) and comic creators and artists Mitch Markowitz, A. Shay Hahn and Gerhard.
Nov 4, 10am-3pm, free entry. Studiocomix Press, 385 Frederick Street Unit #12, Kitchener.


Nov 4: 25-Hour VR Charity Marathon for Extra Life

Ctrl V Waterloo hosts its second annual VR Charity Marathon with all proceeds going to SickKids Foundation in Toronto. There’s 25 hours of VR sessions planned with plenty of challenges, giveaways and prizes up for grabs. For the full schedule, check out Ctrl V’s official website.
Nov 4, 10am, $24.99. Ctrl V, 170 Columbia Street W, Suite 5, Waterloo. Tickets.


Nov 4: OUA Semi-final

After besting McMaster to wrap up the regular season, the Wilfrid Laurier Golden Hawks begin their quest to repeat as Yates Cup champions by hosting McMaster again for this OUA semi-final game. In addition to the game, world renowned fire juggler Brian Matthews will be doing a special halftime show. There’s also activities for the kids and families including a supervised Kids Club complete with games and a bouncy castle. For the adults, the Somersby Tailgate Party is back as well.
Nov 4, 1pm, $20-25 ($10-20 for students, $5-8 for children under 12). University Stadium, 81 Seagram Drive. Tickets.


Nov 4: The Rotten

The Kitchener punk rockers first formed in 1999 and have resolutely stayed committed to channeling the original ‘77 spirit of punk rock.
Nov 4, 8pm, $8-10. Starlight Social Club, 47 King Street N, Waterloo. Tickets.


Until Nov 4: Death of a Salesman

Entrenched in television lore for his iconic role as Norm on Cheers, George Wendt steps into the shoes of Arthur Miller’s legendary creation, Willy Loman. The Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award winning drama is a poignant look at Loman, an unsuccessful salesman who struggles with understanding how he’s failed to achieve success and happiness. Marti Maraden directs.
Until Nov 4, various times, $27-46. St Jacobs Country Playhouse, 40 Benjamin Road E, Waterloo. Tickets.


Until Nov 5: Rock of Ages

Drayton Entertainment founder Alex Mustakas directs this adaptation of the Broadway hit that pays tributes to 80’s arena hard rock. Kale Penny and Jayme Armstrong star as aspiring rocker Drew Boley and aspiring actress Sherrie who try to achieve their dreams while staying in love. With a live band backing it up, expect a rousing show that features such classic rock hits as ‘Don’t Stop Believin’,’ ‘Wanted Dead or Alive’ and ‘The Final Countdown.’ Recommended for adult audiences only.
Until Nov 5, various times, $27-46. Dunfield Theatre, 46 Grand Avenue S, Cambridge. Tickets.