Monsters, Fairy Tales and the Genetic Imagination opens this weekend at the Glenbow. It might be a little horrifying, if Little Miss Muffet III (above) by Paula Rego is any indication. Courtesy Paula Rego and Marlborough Fine Art, London Ltd.
1. Alberta Culture Days; kick off tailgate party Friday in McMahon Stadium’s parking lot (Friday, Sept. 28 to Sunday, Sept. 30)
There’s something for everyone and I’m not just saying that. Alberta Culture Days’ website has a comprehensive listing of what’s going on (so does our magazine, which hits the stands Friday). Bruce Weir’s got five events for you to check out here.
2. Sweet City Lip Dub at Olympic Plaza (Saturday, Sept. 29)
Contribute your lips to Calgary 2012′s video for their cultural theme song, “Sweet City Woman” by the Stampeders. There’ll be events all day, starting at 10 a.m.
3. Doors Open YYC (Saturday, Sept. 29 and Sunday, Sept. 30)
If you’ve ever wanted to see a state of the art heating and cooling plant, you’re in for a treat! The University of Calgary’s Central Heating and Cooling Plant is one of many buildings around the city that you can tour this weekend. Jacquie Moore looks at a few of the options and gives you some ideas how to turn a tour into a Cheap Date.
4. SAITSA’s 90th Anniversary with 54-40 at the Gateway (Saturday, Sept. 29)
The SAIT Student Association could’ve made a few pearls in its 90 years of existence—if it were an oyster and not a student organization, I suppose.
5. Sugar Cube Gallery closes (Sunday, Sept. 30)
After a couple complaints about their exhibitions, including a not-really-that-offensive one by Sally Raab that was cut short in the summer, the Sugar Cube Gallery is being forced out of its current location on 17th Avenue. To mourn the gallery’s passing, there will be a wake and wailing procession starting at 2 p.m.
Honourable mentions: YYComedy finishes up this weekend with a gala Saturday, Sept. 29 at the Jube and big name headliners including Harland Williams at the comedy clubs with local openers; the Calgary International Film Fest‘s closing gala is also Saturday, Sept. 29—a screening of Mars et Avril with director Martin Villeneuve in attendance and then a party at Double Zero Pizza; choo-choo! It’s Railway Days at Heritage Park, Saturday, Sept 29 and Sunday, Sept. 30; the Glenbow’s fall exhibition Fairy Tales, Monsters and the Genetic Imagination opens Saturday, Sept. 29; the Calgary International Flamenco Festival closes out with a flamenco showcase at the Auburn on Saturday, Sept. 29; I’m not kidding you, Limblifter is the cure at the Republik on Saturday, Sept. 29. —Jon Roe