1. Billy Bragg at MacEwan Hall, U of C (Monday, April 8)
“Which Side Are You On?” is an old protest song. It was written in 1931 during the Harlan County War, a violent struggle between miners and owners in Kentucky. Bragg updated the lyrics and included the song on his 1987 album, Back to Basics, this time singing about the UK miners’ strike of 1984-1985. He’s changed the lyrics again for more recent performances of the song, this time singing about banks and the financial system, as you can hear above. There are tickets still available for his show tonight at MacEwan Hall.
2. Amaluna at Stampede Park (Opening Wednesday, April 10)
Cirque du Soleil presents Amaluna, which includes elements of Shakespeare’s The Tempest, a mostly female cast and an all-female band. Find out more about the newest Cirque from our poseur’s guide to director Diane Paulus from Friday’s magazine.
3. Lauren Mann and the Fairly Odd Folk CD release at The Ship & Anchor (Wednesday, April 10)
Local folkster Lauren Mann and her fairly odd folk (Jay Christman on drums and guitar, Jessica Christman on bass and keys, and Zoltan Szoges on keys, percussion and glockenspiel) release their album Over Land And Sea. You have a chance to wish the crew well as they embark on a three-month tour after a couple dates (they also play on Friday at the New Black Centre) in Calgary.
4. Shake Rattle and Roll—Poetry That Sings at Festival Hall (Thursday, April 11)
Calgary’s poet laureate Kris Demeanor leads you through a night of hip-hop beats and international slam stars including Regie Cabico, Greg Frankson, Malcolm Mooney, Alexis Marcelo, Luis Tovar, Brendan McLeod, Transit and Magpie Ulysses. This event is part of the 2013 Calgary Spoken Word Festival, which continues all month. Visit the fest’s website for a complete schedule.
5. The Science Behind Science Fiction at Telus Spark (Thursday, April 11)
This month’s adults-only night at Telus Spark is all about a behind-the-scenes look at how the far-out science of science fiction movies comes to life. As usual, there’ll be a licensed bar and a live DJ. —Jon Roe