1. Blanche: The Bittersweet Life of a Wild Prairie Dame presented by Lunchbox Theatre (Opening Monday, Jan. 14)
Onalea Gilbertson sings the story of her grandmother in Lunchbox Theatre’s addition to the ongoing High Performance Rodeo. Gilbertson told Jacquie Moore about the production and what scares her about getting old in Friday’s magazine.
2. Surviving Progress at River Park Church Auditorium (Tuesday, Jan. 15)
The Marda Loop Justice Film Festival presents a doc that brings together some of the world’s finest thinkers, including David Suzuki, Margaret Atwood, Jane Goodall and Stephen Hawking, to discuss how we can move toward a more sustainable future.
3. Haptic and Holistic Strata at Theatre Junction Grand (Opening Wednesday, Jan. 16)
Haptic and Hollistic Strata are companion pieces by the Tokyo-based multidisciplinary artist Hiroaki Umeda. His combined dance and special effects show make for stunning visuals.
4. L’Avventura at The Plaza Theatre (Thursday, Jan. 17)
Michelangelo Antonioni’s classic film about the uncertainty of modern life holds up well despite being over 60 years old. Calgary Cinematheque presents it twice this week, first on Thursday and then again on Saturday afternoon.
5. Jack de Keyzer at Engineered Air Theatre, Epcor Centre (Thursday, Jan. 17)
Jack de Keyzer got his first guitar at the age of eight and it became so much a part of his life that he slept with it. The Juno award-winning bluesman plays the PCL Blues Series at the Epcor Centre. —Jon Roe