1. Odd Future by Bradley Harms at Newzones (Opens Saturday, Sept. 15)
See new paintings by Harms (including Tabletop Sinew (Lg. Cloud) above) which “continue to explore painting as a tool with which to address contemporary experience.” From the Artist’s Statement, “The surfaces, painted with mechanical conviction, undoubtedly borrow from the tropes of digital art and, though I enjoy the mimicry, I eschew machine techniques by hand applying the delicately modulated lines; trumping the manufactured aesthetic with the hand made.”
2. Nuit Blanche at and around Olympic Plaza (Saturday, Sept 15)
There’s lots of interactive art to explore tomorrow night at Olympic Plaza. Caitlind Brown’s Cloud, which you can light up using a variety of pull cords; BGL’s Carrousel, which you can ride; and Theo Sims’ The Candahar, which can quench your thirst with a beer. Plus, four nearby galleries will be offering extended hours so you can check out their ongoing exhibits: Museum of Contemporary Art Calgary, The New Gallery, Stride, and Truck.
3. Girls on Decks 9th Anniversary/Calgary Electronic Music Fest afterparty at Dickens Pub (Saturday, Sept. 15)
The perfect place to crash after checking out Nuit Blanche. The Calgary Electronic Music Fest is happening Friday and Saturday at Shaw Millennium Park and it closes out with the ninth anniversary of Calgary all-female DJ collective Girls on Decks at Dickens Pub, Saturday night. Squamish, B.C.’s The Librarian, fresh off playing a show at Burning Man, is headlining. You can check out one of her groovy, downtempo mixes below.
Also, Dickens Pub is the only place in Calgary I’ve found that has the arcade game Bags, a digital simulation of bean bag tossing. Trust me, it’s more fun than it sounds and well worth your loonies.
4. Calgary Pinball and Arcade Show at Acadia Recreation Centre (Saturday, Sept. 15 and Sunday, Sept. 16)
Maybe if you go and play enough Street Fighter II, you can be as good as this guy. In this week’s Cheap Date, Jacquie Moore shows you how to do the Pincade show in style.
5. Herman’s Hermits at Deerfoot Inn & Casino (Saturday, Sept. 15)
The music of Herman’s Hermits is delightfully pleasant, spend an evening with Peter Noone and the boys.
Honourable Mentions: Eat some pulled pork poutine and then hear Dragon Fli Empire at the Palomino, Friday; hear a dub/jazz combo at Midnight Ravers at Kawa, Saturday; Rebecca Northan closes out her stint as Mimi in Blind Date, Saturday; see all that’s slimy and scaly at the Calgary Reptile Expo, Saturday and Sunday; crawl galleries at Art Walk with this handy map, Saturday and Sunday; see (one member of) The Smiths (Andy Rourke, who will be DJing) at the Republik, Saturday; run then pamper yourself at Telus Spark’s Urban Venus Deliciously Sweet Run, Sunday.