1. Marion Nicoll: A Retrospective at the Nickle Galleries (Opening Friday, Jan. 25)
Marion Nicoll was both the first female instructor at the Alberta College of Art (before it added the “and Design” to its name) and the first prairie woman to join the Royal Canadian Academy. The Nickle Galleries, which recently changed its name and moved across the University of Calgary campus into the Taylor Family Digital Library, hosts a retrospective exhibition of Nicoll’s long career. On display will be over 70 works spanning 40 years, including Journey to the Mountains, which you can see above.
2. Gaslight at Vertigo Playhouse Theatre (Opening Saturday, Jan. 26)
Gas Light was written in 1938 by British playwright Patrick Hamilton and spawned both a British and an American film version. (The trailer for the American one is above). It also spawned it’s own term—gaslighting—which describes a specific form of psychological abuse. Vertigo is not the only company launching a new production this weekend, as Bruce Weir details in this handy gallery. Also, don’t forget about the High Performance Rodeo, which continues as detailed in its handy online schedule.
3. No Roads Here: Corb Lund’s Alberta at the Glenbow (Opening Saturday, Jan. 26)
Corb Lund isn’t just an iconic Albertan musician, he also has deep roots in this province as a fourth-generation cowboy. The new exhibition at the Glenbow opening this weekend is a personal exploration of the province’s history inspired by nine of Lund’s tracks.
4. Eighth Blackbird at Eckhardt-Gramatté Hall, U of C (Saturday, Jan. 26)
The Grammy-Award winning Eighth Blackbird chamber music ensemble tapped Calgary composer Allan Bell to compose a piece for their trip to Calgary. He delivered Sages, as he explains in a Q+A with Swerve’s Jacquie Moore. The ensemble performs as part of the University of Calgary department of music’s Happening Festival of New Music and Media.
5. Festival Hall Unleashed at Festival Hall (Saturday, Jan. 26)
Years of work and fundraising have led to this moment: The Calgary Folk Music Festival finally has a year-round venue to call its own. Festival Hall opens to the public this weekend with a free, day-long extravaganza featuring local bands and DJs. Read more about the Hall in this week’s Our Town.
Songza Playlist of the Weekend: Indie Apartment Party
This playlist goes perfectly with having a party in a 350-square-foot, eight-room, transforming apartment. Or, alternatively, imagining you’re having a party in a 350-square-foot, eight-room, transforming apartment.