1. The Room at the Plaza (Saturday, Aug. 25)
“You’re tearing me apart Lisa!” This movie is awful, but it’s masterfully constructed in its awfulness. Still, you may want to imbibe a few scotchkas (scotch plus vodka, a drink downed by characters in the movie) before the show.
2. Expo Latino at Prince’s Island Park (Friday, Aug. 24 to Sunday, Aug. 26)
Poor Expo Latino got the short end of the weather stick to start this weekend, but it should warm up over the weekend. The weather should be fine for Chilean superstar Americo and his 10-piece band Sunday.
3. Joane Cardinal-Schubert Tribute at Museum of Contemporary Art Calgary (Saturday, Aug. 25)
Celebrate the life and work of the Blackfoot artist. The day also marks the closing of two exhibitions, Narrative Quest and Carl Beam, at MOCA.
4. FOUR+ at Eau Claire Plaza (Saturday, Aug. 25)
A festival of urban arts featuring four different disciplines: the MC, the DJ, the break dancer and the graffiti artist. Highlights include Dragon Fli Empire and a three versus three all-styles dance off. I hope it looks like this:
5. Hidden Gems Film Festival at Cardel Theatre (Friday, Aug. 24 and Saturday, Aug. 25)
On tap this weekend at the annual celebration of Indian films (there are also entries from Bangladesh and South Africa): Bol, which questions many traditions, Baishe Srabon, a film that features a serial killer who leaves behind poetic verse (they call it a chryme movie!), and Adaminte Makan Abu, a film that follows one man’s quest to go on a pilgrimage to Mecca. See some more highlights in this handy gallery I made.
Honourable mentions: The Remones final show at the Ship (which Jacquie Moore mourns in The Poetry Corner); Mariah Carey’s comedian hubby Nick Cannon at the Laugh Shop; and Get Literary, a celebration of Alberta writers at Olympic Plaza.