1. Everything Is Terribly Nice Here presented by Ghost River Theatre at Pumphouse Theatres (Opening Friday, Dec. 14)
Ghost River Theatre’s December production is no holiday show. David Van Belle’s new play dives deep into the gulf between Western and Muslim societies with two characters based on the murdered Dutch filmmaker Theo Van Gogh and his assassin Mohammed Bouyeri. He talks about some of questions raised by the play in a Q+A in today’s magazine.
2. Artstravaganza at Motion Gallery (Saturday, Dec. 15)
The not-for-profit co-op gallery celebrates a year in its Eau Claire location on Saturday. The celebrations kick off at noon, when the gallery is open for all ages, and then continues into the night when it morphs into an adults-only atmosphere at around 8 p.m. There will be music throughout the day. Check out the schedule on the Facebook event page.
3. Freak Motif album release with The Firm Handshake and The Goodtime Specials at the Palomino (Saturday, Dec. 15)
The Calgary eight-plus member funk band releases its first album (you can sample it from their bandcamp page above). They’ll be supported by blues band The Firm Handshake and The Goodtime Specials, whose rootsy music you can hear on Soundcloud.
4. Gathering at Jarvis Hall Fine Art (Opening Saturday, Dec. 15)
Jarvis Hall Fine Art gathers some of its gallery artists for a group show that opens on Saturday (see some of the art that will be featured in the collage above). Billy McCaroll, Dan Whiting, Herald Nix, David Foxcroft, Jeffrey Spalding, Marianne Gerlinger, Dean Turner and Mark Dicey are among the artists featured. The gallery holds its open house on Saturday, Dec. 15, 2-5 p.m.
5. Once Upon a Christmas at Heritage Park (Saturday, Dec. 15 and Sunday, Dec. 16)
Heritage Park has your requisite dose of Christmas cheer: Christmas trains, Christmas train displays, Christmas plays, Christmas farm critters, Christmas carols, Christmas crafts, Christmas gingerbread-cookie decorating, Christmas outdoor fire pits, Christmas skating rink… I think you get the picture. Gate admission is just $8 for adults and $6 for kids. —Jon Roe