1. Calgary Midwinter Bluesfest (Ongoing)
The blues don’t hibernate. The genre re-emerges every February at the Calgary Midwinter Bluesfest, which kicked off yesterday. It continues all week at the Blues Can with a vocal camp performance Tuesday, Calgary Blues Music Association blues hall of fame awards ceremony and twilight blues jam Wednesday and concerts, including an acoustic blues showcase featuring Rocky Lawrence, Lloyd Jones and Graham Guest on Thursday. The party moves to the Kerby Centre for more concerts, Friday. You can see a full schedule on the Bluesfest’s website. You can also check out an interview I did with Lawrence, who is noted for his covers of Robert Johnson and is headlining the fest.
2. Sequence presented by Downstage at Big Secret Theatre, Epcor Centre (Opening Wednesday, Feb. 20)
Arun Lakra spends his days operating on eyes and his nights writing plays. Naturally, we thought he’d have an interesting bookshelf. He talked about some of the books that inspired his play Sequence, which is presented by Downstage and opens Wednesday, in Friday’s magazine.
3. Sci-Fi Spectacular at Jack Singer Concert Hall, Epcor Centre (Wednesday, Feb. 20)
Sci-fi music is epic, which means epic talent is needed to pull it off. The Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra has brought in Jonathan Frakes, a.k.a. Commander Riker from Star Trek: The Next Generation, and Victor Vanacore, who worked with Ray Charles and the Jackson Five. We put them head to head in our tale of the tape in Friday’s magazine. Unfortunately, it looks like tickets for the show are sold out, but you can get a partial look into the experience with the above shakey-cam film of a similar show in San Francisco with George Takei, a.k.a. Lieutenant Sulu.
4. Naked in the House at Art Gallery of Calgary (Wednesday, Feb. 20)
It wouldn’t be a month-long photography expo without some nudes. At Brent Mykytyshyn’s show Wednesday, 11 photographers were given 30 minutes to shoot a nude model. There was no prep or location scouting allowed. The results will be on display while the photographers themselves vote on the winner through a blind ballot. Exposure continues until the end of February.
5. Heaven on Earth at W.R. Castell Central Library (Thursday, Feb. 21)
In conjunction with its exhibition, Off the Beaten Path: violence, women and art, which continues until Saturday, March 9, the Art Gallery of Calgary has been screening related films at the central libraray. There are two films left; first up this Thursday is Deepa Mehta’s Heaven on Earth, which tells the story of a young bride who comes to Canada to marry a man whom she has never met. —Jon Roe