1. High Performance Rodeo (Ongoing)
One Yellow Rabbit’s month-long arts festival is in full swing with shows all weekend including Metamorphosis, David Farr’s and Gisli Orn Gundarsson’s stage adaptation of Franz Kafka features music by Nick Cave; Ride the Cyclone, a musical comedy that starts with an amusement park tragedy (see the trailer above); and Anybody Waitin?, an impromptu show by Irish group Ponydance in various locations around downtown.
2. f100 Exposure Photography Festival Fundraiser at The Lougheed House (Friday, Jan. 11)
The annual photography showcase is nearly upon us. You can get in on the action early and help the fest raise funds at the Lougheed House. There will be musical entertainment, a silent auction and, appropriately, an interactive photo booth.
3. Andy Warhol—The Athlete Show at Museum of Contemporary Art Calgary (Opening Saturday, Jan. 12)
Warhol was a big sports fan, apparently. He painted a series of portraits of the most famous athletes of his era (including Tom Seaver, who’s in the photo above) and all of the athletes signed the prints. The complete series sold for $5.6 million at auction in 2011. The opening reception for the show runs from noon to 10 p.m. on Saturday, but you need to pre-register online to attend.
4. Slam Poetry Workshop with Sound Kreations at Shaganappi Public Library (Saturday, Jan. 12)
The workshop is part of Calgary Young People’s Theatre and The Calgary Catholic Immigration Society’s new initiative called Y Calgary. This is the first in a series of bi-weekly workshops and it focuses on the art of slam poetry. The classes are open to youth aged 11 to 18. Also, they’re free, but you need to pre-register at 403-230-2664 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
5. Banff Mountain Film Fest World Tour (Opening Sunday, Jan. 13)
The best films of the Banff Mountain Film Fest are coming to town (how nice of them to save you the trip out to Banff in these snowy conditions). They’ll be showing for a week starting on Sunday at two locations: first at the John Dutton Theatre at the W.R. Castell Central Library and then at the Rozsa Centre starting on Tuesday. There are two separate programs that screen on alternate nights, starting with Program 2 on Sunday which includes Industrial Revolutions, a trial-riding exhibition video shot at an old ironworks. Read about that and some of the other films in this slideshow.
Songza Playlist of the Weekend: Unexpected Best Night Ever
Any Songza playlist that features Funkadelic, Stevie Wonder and The Talking Heads gets an A+ from me. Bonus marks for a solid name.—Jon Roe