1. Tribute to Benny Goodman at Wine-Ohs (Monday, April 22)
The University of Calgary’s Monday Night Jazz series pays tribute to the King of Swing. Benny Goodman was an all-star clarinet player during swing’s prominence in the ’30s and ’40s and, as we explain in our Tale of the Tape, pitting him against crease monster Ken Dryden (who is at the U of C today to talk about concussions), he was a bit of a political maverick as well.
2. 2013 Alberta Literary Awards Readings and Celebration at Rose and Crown (Tuesday, April 23)
Presented as part of the near-completed Calgary Spoken Word Fest. The Writer’s Guild of Alberta celebrates the best and brightest literary releases of the year with readings as a prelude to their gala night. Come early as it’s first come, first served. Also, the final event of the Spoken Word Festival is the Calgary Slam Finals on Thursday, April 25. Help send off the poets in style at Wine-Ohs.
3. Spanish Festival (Starting Wednesday, April 24)
The opening night celebration at the National Music Centre featuring music, dance, wine and tapas is unfortunately sold out, but there are still tickets available to the Thursday movie night of the city’s first-ever festival celebrating Spanish culture. Volver is the story of a family matriarch who comes back from the dead to fix some family issues and it stars Penelope Cruz as the woman’s daughter.
4. I Am My Own Wife at Motel, Epcor Centre (Opening Wednesday, April 24)
Third Street Theatre’s new production tells the story of Charlotte von Mahlsdorf, who was born a man and discovered her true gender identity in the worst possible circumstances: Nazi Germany and then communist-controlled East Germany. You can find out more about the play in Swerve’s Q+A with star and Third Street artistic director Paul Welch.
5. This Is My City Festival Finale at Arts Learning Centre, Epcor Centre (Thursday, April 25)
The month-long celebration of arts at the fringes also closes this week with a finale Thursday. Poet Kirk Miles headlines a night that also features music from Drop-In Centre artists and the opportunity to meet some of the artists who contributed to the festival. —Jon Roe