1. God of Carnage at Max Bell Theatre, Epcor Centre (Opening Friday, March 15)
Nothing brings out our inner Neanderthal like seeing our children threatened. Ryan Luhning discusses the finer points of melting down in Theatre Calgary’s behind-the-scenes video about God of Carnage above. The comedy by French playwright Yasmina Reza, which opens Friday, pits two sets of parents against each other as they—at first civilly and then not so much—try to sort out an altercation between their children. Find out more about the lauded play in my Q+A with Daniela Vlaskalic, who plays Annette.
2. Dust and The Apology, part of Alberta Theatre Projects Enbridge playRites Festival of New Plays (Ongoing)
Two more new Canadian productions open this weekend at ATP’s playRites. Dust, which takes the audience to three countries as it explores the emotional toll of war on families and communities, and The Apology, a racy romp that centres around a drug- and sex-filled trip to a castle with Mary Shelley, Percy Bysshe Shelley, Lord Byron and Claire Clairemont. Joan Macleod’s The Valley opens tonight. Consult the calendar to see when each play is playing over the next few weeks. Also check out our gallery for a summary of each of the four productions.
3. Satire and Controversy: An Evening with Oliver Stone at Eric Harvie Theatre, Banff Centre (Saturday, March 16)
Globe and Mail columnist Ian Brown leads a one-on-one conversation with the legendary director and Oscar winner out in Banff. The session will be followed by a screening of W., Stone’s 2008 biopic of George W. Bush. There are tickets still available. The question on everyone’s minds, though, is whether or not he can take down classic rocker Bob Seger, who is in town Tuesday next week, in a head-to-head fight. We answer it in our Tale of the Tape.
4. St. Patrick’s Day Fun at the Calgary Farmers’ Market (Sunday, March 17)
Enjoy a day of being Irish without all the green-tinted libations. Starting at 9 a.m., kids can hit the market for a scavenger hunt in search of six leprechauns. Finding the half-dozen nets you a prize. There will also be Irish dancing and Canadian step-dancing performances.
5. St. Patrick’s Day at the Ship and Anchor (Sunday, March 17)
Enjoy a day of being Irish with plenty of green-tinted libations. Doors open at 10 a.m. and the bands start at noon. Craic the Lens (see above), Fair Haven, The Shillelaghs, Spencer Jo & The River Jacks and King Crow & The Ladies From Hell provide the musical entertainment, Irish food specials provide a bit of authenticity and, no doubt, there’ll be plenty of green Guinness to go around.
The Weekend’s Suitably Irish Tune to Sing After Too Many Whiskeys: The Pogues, “Streams of Whiskey”
Ireland may have been a dreary looking place in 1984 (when the album Red Roses for Me, which features “Streams of Whiskey,” was released), but at least the Pogues and their friends were dancing. —Jon Roe