Fairy Tales Queer Film Festival (Opening Friday, May 24)
The 15th annual celebration of queer films kicks off Friday with a gala party. There’ll be screenings of Margarita and The Go Doc Project (click through for trailers) as well as a pre-dinner at the Brasserie and post-drinks at the Wine Bar. You have to reserve your seats for the dinner; the Fairy Tales website has all the info. Also this weekend, there’s a Sexy Shorts package featuring Simply Rob, a short profile of poet and activist Rob Vassilarakis (you can see the trailer above). There’s plenty more, see the full schedule at fairytalesfilmfest.com.
Burning Man Film Festival at Globe Cinema (Friday, May 24)
Get the Burning Man experience without heading to the desert. Well, not really. But you can get an idea of what the annual festival that attracts 50,000 people to an empty desert is all about. Local “Burners” will introduce the films and you can see some of the amazing art that populates the fest. Tickets are available online.
M.C. Escher: The Mathemagician at the Glenbow Museum (Opening Saturday, May 25)
The Glenbow launches its spring exhibitions this weekend: M.C. Escher: The Mathemagician and the Big Four. Escher’s mindbending works made him one of the most recognized artists in the world. The Big Four by Kent Monkman is a new installation commissioned by the Glenbow that is the result of Monkman’s visit to the 100th anniversary of the Stampede. You can hear Monkman talk about his work at 6 p.m. on Saturday; later, there’ll be a pay-what-you-can launch party featuring The Soft Option and DJ Myke Atkinson. You have to RSVP ahead of time—find out more at the Glenbow’s website.
Pew Sale at St. Stephen’s Anglican Church (Saturday, May 25)
He without sin casts the first stone; but he with a lot of sin might want to pick up a pew to increase their at-home piety. The St. Stephen’s Anglican Church is buying some new seats so it’s selling some of the old furniture. Up for sale are benches, pews, kneelers, spice and book racks and screens. Also, you can pick up the church’s carved pulpit for $4,000 (they’ve since reduced the price to $3,000—everything must go!), if you were looking for a show piece, I guess. The sale starts at 10 a.m. Saturday.
Lilac Festival on Fourth Street (Sunday, May 26)
It’s cold and rainy for the next few days, but it should clear up for Sunday—good news for the attendees of the annual parade and street fest on Fourth Street. The parade kicks everything off at 10 a.m. at 25th Avenue and heads north along Fourth Street. Afterwards, there will be five stages of entertainment (four for music, one for dance). It wouldn’t be an outdoor event in Calgary without a food truck presence, so look for food truck lane alongside of nearly 500 other vendors.
Dating Site of the Weekend: Farmers Only
Consider this a public service announcement for any of my lonely farmer readers (or any of you who know lonely farmers): in a world of increasingly specific dating sites—Facebook was trying to get me to join one just for bikers the other day, despite the fact that I don’t own a motorcycle—farmers also need a place to go to find other farmers. I guess their houses are pretty far apart. —Jon Roe