Above: Gael García Bernal plays Rene Saavedra, an ad man who coined the slogan “Happiness is coming if you vote ‘No!’” in No, which screens at the Calgary International Film Fest on Wednesday, Sept. 26.
By Jon Roe
1. Richard Ford at John Dutton Theatre, W.R. Castell Central Library (Monday, Sept. 24)
It’s a WordFest warmup with a Pulitzer-Prize winner downtown. Ford’s new novel is the border-hopping Canada.
2. YYComedy (Monday, Sept. 24 to Sunday, Sept. 30)
It’s a celebration of Calgary comedy’s future, past and present and it starts with three events tonight: Tongue in Cheek with Rebecca Northan, Albert Howell and Derek Flores at Loose Moose; Dirty Laundry at Lunchbox; and Comedy Monday Night at Broken City (the subject of a recent Our Town in the magazine). For a primer of who of the Calgary comedy community is returning and some other events going on, check out my Five Facts from Friday’s magazine.
3. 5 Broken Cameras at the Taylor Family Digital Library, U of C (Wednesday, Sept. 26)
Movies That Matter kicks off its 10th season in a new space with a documentary about a Palestinian farmer. Read more about the film in Ruth Myle’s Cheap Date.
4. The Weeknd at the Jubilee Auditorium (Thursday, Sept. 27)
One-man band Abel Tesfaye (a.k.a. The Weeknd; and, yes, the missing “e” is correct) was on the shortlist for the 2011 Polaris Prize for his debut mixtape House of Balloons. He can’t feel too bad about losing though—he lost out to The Suburbs by the Arcade Fire, which also won a Grammy.
5. Particle + Wave (Thursday, Sept. 27 to Saturday, Sept. 29)
Emmedia launches its first media arts festival on Thursday with a variety of events, including a performance of FML…. A Polar Bear Story by Matt McKinney. There never seems to be good news for the poor polar bears.
Honourable mentions: The Calgary International Film Fest continues all week, check the schedule on their website; the Noctis Metal Fest starts headbanging on Thursday with a show at The Distillery featuring more examples that metal bands might have the best names: Blood Ceremony, The Contortionist and Deviant Arials (though those can’t hold a candle to Pig Destroyer, Psychostick and Phantom Limb, who play Friday).