1. Picture This Film Festival at West Island College (Monday, Feb. 11 to Wednesday, Feb. 13)
Today is the start of the Picture This Film Festival, an international disability film festival featuring films about disabilities or films produced, directed or written by people with disabilities. The stories are inspiring, like that of Darol Kubacz, who is the subject of Changing Gears on Kilimanjaro (see the trailer above). In 1992, Kubacz, then a U.S. soldier, was wounded in action and lost the use of his legs. He was determined to become the first disabled person to summit Mount Kilimanjaro without being pulled, pushed or carried.
2. Fake It ‘Til You Make It at The Hose & Hound (Thursday, Feb. 14)
It’s nearly Valentine’s Day, but it’s not too late to plan a fun and unique evening with your loved one. The Kinkonauts are offering a Valentine’s Day improv workshop at The Hose & Hound in Inglewood, which is a great way to show that you can make your beau or belle laugh.
3. Margaret Atwood at MacEwan Hall (Thursday, Feb. 14)
For the more bookish, Margaret Atwood’s appearance as the Calgary Distinguished Writers Program’s 2012/13 Distinguished Visiting Writer also coincides with Valentine’s Day. As Jacquie Moore points out in Friday’s magazine, this is the perfect opportunity for a Cheap Date and a chance to showcase your literary chops.
4. Christine Wignall at Axis Contemporary Art (Opening Thursday, Feb. 14)
Arty lovers can drop by Axis in Art Central for the opening of Christine Wignall’s show of sculptures. Champagne and chocolate will be served at the opening reception, which runs from 5-8 p.m. on Thursday.
5. Slow Dance Party No. 6: Be My Valentine at The Auburn Saloon (Thursday, Feb. 14)
Finally, for the more traditional romantics, Mark Hopkins of Swallow-A-Bicycle and We Should Know Each Other is co-hosting a slow dance party at The Auburn with Poly Calgary and Venus Envy. Besides being an appropriately intimate way to spend Valentine’s, it’s also an opportunity to get over your high-school dance phobia. There will be designated dancers to help get the shy people out on the floor and secret mailboxes if you’re too shy to make a direct approach. —Jon Roe