By Jon Roe
1. Calgary International Film Fest at the Globe Theatre and Eau Claire Cineplex (All weekend)
So many films, so little time. If you need some help picking films to go to, start by taking a look at Bruce Weir’s selection of films from today’s issue of Swerve, then move on to CIFF associate programmer Peter Hemminger’s blog for a 10-movie countdown of some of his favourite films from the fest. At the very least, you should check out Ping Pong on Sunday (see trailer above) for an indepth look at the world of the over-80 ping-pong championships.
2. Hamlet at Vertigo Theatre Centre (Opening Friday, Sept. 21)
Something is rotten in the state of Denmark, but let’s hope that the stench doesn’t make its way to The Auburn, where you can enjoy a pre-show meal and wine-sampling with Vine and Dine on Saturday, Sept. 22. (Reserve your tickets at 403-870-9802).
3. Astrochemistry: A Search for the Origins of Life in the Universe at the Rothney Astrophysical Observatory (Saturday, Sept. 22)
The sky is right to get a good look at Cygnus the Swan. Bring your questions for the Observatory’s astronomers, but maybe leave your solar-powered laser beam guitar at home.
4. Equinox in Union Cemetery (Saturday, Sept. 22)
Fourteen local artists, including event organizer Sharon Stevens, will hold a vigil in Union Cemetery. Craft a tribute with help from the artists or contribute a message to a digital shrine by Emmedia.
5. Bruce Springsteen tribute at the Ironwood (Sunday, Sept. 23)
It’s The Boss’ birthday and you’ll have to make do celebrating with an all-star band at the Ironwood rather than with Springsteen himself.
Honourable mentions: March with Take Back the Night on Friday; Anthrax turns MacHall into a madhouse on Friday; Joel Plaskett and Mo Kenney roll through Turner Valley on Friday and Canmore on Sunday; if Anthrax whetted your appetite for metal, then fill out your weekend with a Motorhead and Metallica tribute at the Distillery on Saturday; watch those basset hounds waddle on Sunday; Colin Mochrie closes out the Calgary Improv Fest on Sunday; Calgary-filmed-and-based zombie flick The Dead Mile premieres at Horror-Con on Sunday.