1. Ai Weiwei: Never Sorry at the Plaza (Opening Friday, Oct. 12)
Described as Beijing’s version of Andy Warhol, Ai Weiwei is a contemporary artist who isn’t afraid of going after Chinese institutions, including the government. Naturally, this doesn’t go over so well. The fascinating cinematic story of his life opens tonight at the Plaza theatre.
2. Fluid containR Party at Riverwalk Plaza (Friday, Oct. 12)
Thankfully it warmed up a bit today, otherwise hanging out in a shipping containR on the Riverwalk might not be such an attractive artistic venue for the dancers of BOOMBOX. Part of the ongoing Fluid Movement Arts Festival, containR plays host to numerous events over the length of the festival, including a party tonight that begins at 9:30 p.m. (drop by for a showing of Decidedly Jazz Danceworks’ performance BOOMBOX earlier at 8:15 p.m.), and a slow dance party on Sunday.
3. WordFest (Friday, Oct. 12 to Sunday, Oct. 14)
The annual litfest is nearly over. But if you’re late to the party, there’s still John Ralston Saul (Friday at Vertigo), Martin Amis (Saturday at the Margaret Greenham Theatre at the Banff Centre), and Vincent Lam and J. Jill Robinson (Sunday at the Kinnear Centre at the Banff Centre), two of the authors mentioned in last week’s cover story.
4. Jean Paul Riopelle at TrepanierBaer (Opening reception Saturday, Oct. 13)
Respected Canadian painter Jean Paul Riopelle spent over 20 years in Paris before he came back to Canada following his mother’s death in the 1970s. His return to the stark winter landscapes of his home province of Quebec inspired him to paint his own stark series of paintings, the Iceberg series, one of which will be part of the career-spanning display at TrepanierBaer.
5. Tittsworth with Born Gold at the HiFi Club (Saturday, Oct. 13)
The last time I saw Born Gold (formerly known as Gobble Gobble) was two years ago at a show at Tubby Dog for Sled Island. It was definitely a fun show when I wasn’t worried about being crushed to death by a horde of sweaty teenagers. There will be decidedly fewer teenagers (the HiFi Club being at a bar, after all) and far less hot-dog smell this time around.
Honourable mentions: Alberta Theatre Project’s Intimate Apparel opens tonight; read Jacquie Moore’s conversation with director Nigel Shawn Williams here; local farm animal antagonists Cowpuncher play Broken City with The Von Zippers and Black Earth; the Calgary Tattoo and Arts Fest goes all weekend at the BMO Centre; I had a video of “Cracklin’ Rosie” all ready until I found out that the All Neil All Night show happening Friday and Saturday at the Ironwood is a celebration of Neil Young and not Neil Diamond—just as well, I suppose; Hebrew rocker Matisyahu plays the Temple B’Nai Tikvah on Sunday.