Three to See Edmonton Events: Ukrainian War Requiem, Allyson June Smith and Fallout

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Ukrainian War Requiem: After Putin’s unforgivable war escalated in 2022 in Ukraine, Axios Men’s Ensemble commissioned two-time Grammy winner Benedict Sheehan to compose a Requiem in honour of the ever-growing number of dead. The ensemble for this heartfelt Sunday performance will feature choristers from Pro Coro Canada and amateur and professional singers from across Canada, the United States and Ukraine, including Yuliia Zasimova and Volodymyr Bondar, under the direction of award-winning Maestro Michael Zaugg. This world-premiere performance is a rare and special moment of artistic resilience and contemplation not to be missed.

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Ukrainian War Requiem
Axios Men’s Ensemble presents Ukrainian War Requiem at St. Basil’s Church 3 p.m. Sunday. Photo by supplied photo /Finbarr O’Reilly

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Details: 3 p.m. Sunday St. Basil’s Church (7007 109 St.), $40/general, $25/student, $10 youth at axioschoir.com

Allyson June Smith: A self-confessed over-sharer, this Canadian comic now living in Manchester, U.K., serves up an observational cocktail of wit, bite and shame at her shows, aspiring to make every performance feel like an intimate group therapy session. Co-host of the Horror Motel and Women Talking Bollocks podcasts, she’s gotten multiple nominations for Best Female standup at the Canadian Comedy Awards, taped her own Comedy Now special and did stints on MuchMusic’s Video on Trial and CBC’s The Debaters.

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Details: 7 and 9:30 p.m. Saturday at Yuk Yuk’s (13103 Fort Rd.), $22 at yukyuks.com

Fallout: Jaw-droppingly loyal to the inventive, elseworlds video game series set 200 years after a 2077 nuclear war between China and the U.S., Fallout’s retro-futuristic charm magnificently translates to live action by keeping its source tone of comedy-tragedy-horror with loads of ambiguously moral choices. The cloistered world of tidy apple-pie Vault Dwellers crashes head-on into a make-do, rusted wasteland of chaotic Mad Max-y survivors, where Ella Purnell as Lucy and Walton Goggins as skull-faced bounty hunter The Ghoul will have you bingeing all eight episodes in a row — so make sure and pack a good supply of stimpacks. Gory as hell, be warned — but generally for comic effect.

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Details: now streaming on Prime Video 

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