FictionKNITstas at Stash Needle Art Lounge (Tuesday, May 28)

The reading series Fictionistas, featuring Canadian women writers, hits the knitting shop in Inglewood. Betty Jane Hegerat hosts a night featuring readings from Astrid Blodgett, Dora Dueck, and Ali Bryan. Each author will be showing off a hand-knitted garment that relates to her book. You can read more about the knitting-literary connection in this blog post from the 49th Shelf.

Red Carpet Comedy at Lolita’s Lounge (Wednesday, May 29)
It’s all new, all the time at Red Carpet Comedy, a monthly showcase of standup comedy featuring nothing but new material. This week’s show (the second-to-last one of the season) features Kyle Francis, Donovan Deschner, Mary Schatschneider, Jeff Toth, Ian Wallace, Jeff Kubik, Brent Constantine and Todd Ness. Tickets are $10. Get there before the 8 p.m. start time; Lolita’s Mexican fare is worth showing up early for.

Primus 3D at MacEwan Hall, U of C (Wednesday, May 29)

The 3-D visuals that support Primus’ current tour will only look half as good as the band did in this video for “John the Fisherman.” Tickets are still available over at Ticketfly.

The Lover at Lunchbox Theatre (Opening Thursday, May 30)
Every year at Lunchbox Theatre an emerging director works as the assistant director on a variety of  productions to learn the ropes. Valmai Goggin is wrapping up her stint and now takes over the director’s chair for The Lover, a 1962 dark comedy by Harold Pinter. Find out more about Goggin and why she chose the play in Swerve’s Q+A with Lunchbox’s RBC emerging director.

FunnyFest (Opening Thursday, May 30)
The annual standup comedy fest gets started on the right foot—a free one. There’ll be a free comedy show Thursday at noon downtown on Stephen Ave. and 1st Street S.W. The fun continues with a best in the fest show later in the night in Marda Loop. There are comedy events all over the city; check the schedule at FunnyFest’s website. —Jon Roe

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