Back to the Future at the Plaza Theatre (Friday, May 17)
The Fifth Reel wants to ask you to the prom. It’s a ’50s-style prom party at the Plaza featuring a screening of Back to the Future, spiked punch and music by 36? (hear them below).
Calgary Street Food Festival at Kingsland Farmers’ Market (Friday, May 17)
It’s the long weekend, it’s okay to pig out a little. Get a start Friday from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. as a hoard of food trucks set up at the Kingsland Farmers’ Market. You’ll find food priced at $5 and under from Los Compadres, Subs-N-Bubbles and Without Papers Pizza. Go to Kingsland’s website for a list of participating vendors.
Fleetwood Mac at Scotiabank Saddledome (Friday, May 17)
Do you own a copy of Fleetwood Mac’s 1977 album Rumours? You and 40 million other people, apparently. The album, which celebrated its 35th anniversary last year, is eighth in all-time sales. (Of course, if you’re a fan of the band, that will likely be Second Hand News. Their appearance in town so close to the new kings of folk rock, Mumford & Sons, made for a perfect opportunity to stack the bands side-by-side. Read Swerve’s Tale of the Tape from tomorrow’s magazine.
Canadian National Underwater Hockey Tournament at the Talisman Centre (Friday, May 17 to Sunday, May 19)
So apparently Underwater Hockey is a thing? (Not to be confused with the Calgary Flames, who just seemed like they were playing underwater the entire season). The Canadian National Underwater Hockey Tournament goes this weekend at the Talisman Centre, so it’s a perfect time to learn more about this wet take on our national pastime.
Tweed Ride YYC at Sunalta Community Centre (Monday, May 20)
It’s the second annual Tweed Ride in Calgary on Victoria Day Monday. Cyclists are encouraged to dress up in tweed and explore town. If you’re going to use this as an opportunity to roll out your penny-farthing, just be careful you don’t take a header; those things are dangerous.
Bonus Video of the Weekend: London, 1927
Penny-farthings were well out of fashion by the time this film was made, but if we’re getting tweedy and nostalgic, than this is a good fit. The film was made as a showcase of a new colour process and provides a rare and vibrant glimpse of 1920s London. —Jon Roe