1. Marda Loop Justice Film Festival at River Park Church Auditorium, 3838 14A St. S.W.  (Friday, Nov. 16 to Sunday, Nov. 18)

The annual festival of documentaries opens Friday with a film about the Great Bear Rainforest, which conservationists worry could be under threat by the proposed Enbridge Northern Gateway pipeline. After the film, Globe and Mail reporter and National Magazine Award-winner Nathan Vanderklippe will speak about his experience covering the oil industry for Report on Business.

2. Otello at Jubilee Auditorium (Saturday, Nov. 17; Wednesday, Nov. 21; and Friday, Nov. 23)

Calgary Opera’s 2012/13 season is all about Verdi, and it gets underway on Saturday with his dip into Shakespeare. If you’re worried you’re coming into the production blind, don’t worry—Bruce Weir has you covered with a poseur’s guide.

3. Curvilicious at the Auburn Saloon (Saturday, Nov. 17)

Urban Curvz’ annual fundraiser is split into two parts: Part 1 is a meet, greet and drink with the artistic team and board of directors co-hosted by We Should Know Each Other. Part 2 is a dress-up dance party with the DJs from Girls on Decks. The costume theme is inspiring women, so hopefully you saved your Hillary Clinton costume from Halloween.

4. James Murphy DJ set at Commonwealth Bar & Stage (Sunday, Nov. 18)

Commonwealth has been celebrating its one-year anniversary with a series of shows, and it continues with James Murphy, the former LCD Soundsystem front man. Murphy broke up the band and now spins records to entertain himself (you can see him doing part of his set at Sasquatch in May, above). If you want to sample his taste in music, Songza has a great playlist of his record collection up. If you don’t know what Songza is, you should really check out the music-streaming service which suggests music based on what you’re doing and the time of day.

5. Gamer Sundays One-Year Anniversary at Dickens Pub (Sunday, Nov. 18)

The weekly tradition is also celebrating its one-year anniversary. A great hangover hangout, Dickens serves breakfast all day and you can enjoy games on boards (like Settlers of Catan or Carcassonne) or on screens (replays of Starcraft matches between top players and they’ve setup video game systems). The anniversary party will also feature video game music cover bands Thwomp (seen above rocking some Final Fantasy VII music in a kitchen) and FADC.

Honourable mention: There’s no cheaper date than free, and Street Frostival‘s free-to-attend street fair is a great place to go on Saturday from noon to 5 p.m. on Stephen Avenue. —Jon Roe



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