1. Avatar at High Performance Rodeo (Tuesday, Jan. 8 to Saturday, Jan. 12)

It’s an accepted (un?)reality of the Internet: the way people appear online may have no connection to how they are in real life. In Avatar, Winnipeg’s Freya Björg Olafson combines technology with live dance to explore this concept. Of course that’s not the only thing going on at the Rodeo. Visit the High Performance Rodeo website for a complete schedule.

2. Steve Pineo’s Annual Elvis Presley Birthday Bash at The Ironwood (Tuesday, Jan. 8)

Elvis Presley would’ve been 78 on Tuesday. Steve Pineo marks the occasion with his annual tribute to the King at the Ironwood.

3. Brooklyn Castle presented by Doc Soup at the Plaza Theatre (Wednesday, Jan. 9)

The chess team at Intermediate School 318 in Brooklyn has been called the New York Yankees of chess, after they won more national high school championships than any other school in the United States over the last decade. But budget cuts threaten the chess program at the school where 70 per cent of the students live below poverty level. Learn about the inspiring students of the school in Doc Soup’s January documentary.

4. The Mount Royal Jazz Faculty at Cliff Bungalow-Mission Community Centre (Wednesday, Jan. 9)

The Cliff Bungalow-Mission Jazz Concert Series hosts the faculty of Mount Royal University’s Jazz program: Sheldon Zandboer on piano, Rubim de Toledo on bass, Ralph Buschmeyer on guitar, Tyler Hornby on drums, Jim Brenan on saxophone, Jon Day on trumpet and Carsten Rubeling on trombone. You should probably go, in case they’re marking you for attendance.

5. The Harlem Globetrotters at the Scotiabank Saddledome (Thursday, Jan. 10)

The Harlem Globetrotters are pop icons. They have appeared in a bunch of movies and TV shows (including several episodes of Futurama, as you can see above). Oh, and they play basketball during their arena tours, too. —Jon Roe

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