1. Exposure Photo Festival (Opening Friday, Feb. 1)
The annual celebration of all things photographic kicks off this weekend with numerous gallery openings and a movie tonight. Throughout February, there’ll be a film on photography or photographers every Friday at the Glenbow, starting with Gregory Crewdson: Brief Encounters tonight. The film profiles the photographer Gregory Crewdson, whose intricately constructed work blurs the lines between reality and fiction. For more Exposure exhibitions opening this week, check out our gallery pulled from this week’s magazine.
2. The Kite Runner presented by Theatre Calgary at Max Bell Theatre, Epcor Centre (Opening Friday, Feb. 1)
The Kite Runner was a bestselling novel, then a well-received film. Now it hits the stage, and director Eric Rose sat down with me to talk about the challenges of creating an authentic production steeped in Afghan culture.
3. Groundhog Day Breakfast at Blue Grass Nursery & Garden Centre (Saturday, Feb. 2)
Balzac Billy pops out of his hole to prognosticate whether there will be more winter or an early spring. Starting at 7 a.m., there’ll be live entertainment, a free breakfast and Tim Hortons coffee. One piece of advice: unless you’re absolutely sure you’re in a time loop, don’t start punching people or try driving your car off a cliff.
4. Cool Runnings 20th Anniversary at Canada’s Sports Hall of Fame (Saturday, Feb. 2) and The Plaza (Sunday, Feb. 3)
The iconic film of the ’88 Winter Olympics turns 20. You get two chances to check it out with some of the original Olympians and the actors who portrayed them in the movie: at a gala reception on Saturday at Canada’s Sports Hall of Fame and at a more family-oriented screening on Sunday at the Plaza. Here’s five facts about the film to whet your appetite.
5. Falstaff presented by Calgary Opera at the Jubilee Auditorium (Opening Saturday, Feb. 2)
Falstaff was Shakespeare’s lecherous oaf across a few plays and composer Giuseppe Verdi saw that there was enough there he could carry his own opera. Calgary Opera’s Verdi season in celebration of his 200th birthday continues with only his second comedic opera, and the last one he ever wrote.
Football-Related YouTube Video in Honour of Super Bowl Weekend: Key & Peele: East/West College Bowl
Comedy duo Key & Peele, former MadTV cast members Keegan-Michael Key and Jordan Peele, are hilarious on their Comedy Central sketch show. Here they take on the ever-evolving world of football players’ names. —Jon Roe