1. Johanna Sillanpaa at Costello’s (Friday, Nov. 9)
Sports and jazz don’t usually mix, but that’s about to change with jazz at Costello’s Sports Lounge. It makes for a great cheap date idea, as Bruce Weir explains in today’s magazine. Head to 17th Avenue for jazz and sushi in a sports-bar environment.
2. Kid Koala at The Republik (Saturday, Nov. 10)
The Montreal-man in a bear suit comes to town to scratch a few records. He takes the opportunity midway through the above video to explain what records are, in case people in his audience are unaware of the vintage technology. The turntablist is an innovative entertainer. In the past he’s put on shows where the audience all wear wireless headphones to hear the music, which would be a nice change for the typically sound-bombarded wait staff at most venues.
3. It Could Be Any One of Us by Vertigo Theatre (Opening Saturday, Nov. 10)
Even the actors aren’t sure who the murderer is until the play gets underway in Alan Ayckbourn’s comedy. Director Meg Roe spoke with Jacquie Moore about the challenges of directing a show with multiple possible endings.
4. Eavesdrop: The Coffee Show at Caffe Crema (Ongoing)
If you’re disappointed Kid Koala didn’t bring his headsets to Calgary, then you can get a different headphone experience with Swallow-a-Bicycle’s Eavesdrop: The Coffee Show. Drop in to the coffee shop, slip on the headphones and listen in to the actors hidden throughout in a unique immersive theatre experience.
5. Remembrance Day (Sunday, Nov. 11)
The Military Museums regular Remembrance Day Service begins at 10:45 a.m. and is outside. So bundle up and get there early to make sure you get a spot. Also, the Instrumental Society of Calgary presents a concert called Remembrance with the UCalgary String Quartet.
Honourable mention: Gruesome Playground Injuries, the story of an injury-prone boy and a depressive girl presented by Ground Zero / Hit & Myth Productions, opens at Vertigo this weekend. —Jon Roe