1. Lloyd the Conqueror at the Plaza Theatre (Opening Friday, Nov. 30)
The Calgary shot movie gets an extended homecoming. If you’ve seen people wearing armor running at each other with swords in parks around town (there are a few groups out there), then you may have witnessed some LARPing. Harland Williams, Brian Posehn and the Trailer Park Boys‘ Bubbles are some of the bigger names in this comedy.
2. A Christmas Carol presented by Theatre Calgary at Max Bell Theatre, Epcor Centre (Opening Friday, Nov. 30)
‘Tis really the season for holiday shows and Theatre Calgary’s is always a doozy. Attend armed with the knowledge of which version Scrooge (Stephen Hair) of the movie prefers, or what song is Mrs. Dilber’s (Rebecca Northan) favourite.
3. Beat Street Battles West #2 at Dickens Pub (Friday, Nov. 30)
The best beat-writers and b-boys Calgary has to offer go head-to-head for cash prizes. The producers have the honour of having their beats judged by Teekay of Dragon Fli Empire fame.
4. Calgary Carol Festival at Knox United Church (Saturday, Dec. 1 to Monday, Dec. 3)
A collection of Calgary choirs go falsetto-à-falsetto for the Calgary Inter-Faith Food Bank. Check the schedule for your favourite tune and bring down either a non-perishable food item or a cash donation to get in.
5. Live Haiku Contest at the Auburn (Sunday, Dec. 2)
If you didn’t have any luck with your beats or flow at the Beat Street Battles at Dickens, then maybe take Saturday to somehow craft them into a haiku to showcase at the Auburn. You’re likely going to have better luck with the raps than any backing musical compositions you’ve made, but the Calgary literati are a fairly open crowd, so who knows. This also makes a great cheap date idea, as Ruth Myles chronicled in the latest issue, for those in the process of wooing a New Year’s kissing partner. —Jon Roe