Red at Martha Cohen Theatre, Epcor Centre (Opening Friday, May 3)

The moody impressionist painter Mark Rothko is the subject of Alberta Theatre Projects’ last production of the season. You can find out more about him in Swerve’s Poseur’s Guide from tomorrow’s magazine. After the Second World War, the work of Rothko and his peers—Jackson Pollock, Robert Motherwell, Willem de Kooning—was somewhat controversial and disliked by the general public. At the same time, as The Independent lays out in a fascinating read, the CIA was sponsoring exhibitions of modern art as a way to promote free expression in the U.S. and fight communism abroad.

Cinco de Mayo Celebration at Vagabond Beer Works (Saturday, May 4)
There’s no such thing as starting a party too early. The Museum of Contemporary Art Calgary tests that theory with their Cinco de Mayo party on Saturday at the fresh new digs of Vagabond Beer Works. Enjoy live music by Los Majes and DJ Mikey Da Roza along with a silent art auction and, of course, tequila. Get your tickets at Eventbrite.

Jane’s Walks (Saturday, May 4 and Sunday, May 5)

The legacy of urban activist and thinker Jane Jacobs lives on every year in the form of walks in her honour in cities around the world. This year, over 40 different walks explore urban and suburban areas in Calgary’s historical and current neighbourhoods. Get a full list of the walks here. The walks include treks headed by Swerve’s own Julie Van Rosendaal and her mom, Meg, who will take you on a tour of the food- and arts-related treasures of Inglewood.

Sled Island Rock Lottery Fundraiser at The Palomino (Saturday, May 4)

Who knows what you’ll get at this Sled Island fundraiser? Band members from The Dudes, Stalwart Sons, Miesha and the Spanks, The Soft Option, Woodpigeon, Dojo Workhorse, The Gooeys and Faux Fur, to name a few, are getting together to form new bands, create new songs and then perform them all in a short span starting at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday. Drop by in the evening to see the final result and support Sled Island. Find out a bit more about the event in Swerve’s Cheap Date from tomorrow’s magazine.

Investors Group Stars on Ice at Scotiabank Saddledome (Sunday, May 5)

Patrick Chan had a season to remember. He won the World Championship for the third time in a row and took home the Canadian Championship for the sixth time in a row. He’ll be skating with the other stars, including Kurt Browning, Tessa Virtue, Scott Moir, Joannie Rochette and more, at the Saddledome. Snag tickets at Ticketmaster.

Bonus Three Minutes of Entertainment for the Weekend: CJSW’s 3 Minutes: Fact or Fiction

Would you drink coffee from beans that you pulled out of your kitty litter? Friday mornings on CJSW 90.9FM they do a segment where Marc Affeld tells Big Friday host (and CJSW station manager) Myke Atkinson a three-minute story and Atkinson has to decide whether it’s fact or fiction. The story from a few weeks ago was about cat and elephant poop coffee. Basically, as the story goes, the coffee cherries are eaten by cats and elephants, expelled by the animals and then turned into coffee. Listen to find out more about this strange thing and if it’s true or completely fabricated. You can hear more and subscribe to the podcast on CJSW’s website. —Jon Roe

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