TEDxYYC at Jack Singer Concert Hall, Epcor Centre (Friday, June 14)

Calgary hosts its own version of the massively popular speaker series and conference. Sit-skier Josh Dueck is one of the first speakers at 1 p.m. on Friday (there are still tickets available over at the Epcor Centre’s website), but in case you’re finishing off the workweek, you can listen to all the inspiring talk over at TEDxYYC’s website. If you haven’t experienced any TED at all, then I’d suggest you start with brain researcher Jill Bolte Taylor’s famous narration of her own stroke and then read Swerve’s Five Facts.

Summer Exhibition at the Esker Foundation (Opening Friday, June 14)

Janet Werner, Ghostyhat, 2009. Photo: David Jacques (detail). Courtesy Esker Foundation.

The Esker Foundation is feeling sinister. “What might appear to be light summer exhibitions actually contain some sinister undertones and dark narratives,” says Esker’s director/curator Naomi Potter. The exhibition shows off works by Janet Werner (her piece Ghostyhat is above), Dagmara Genda and Jillian McDonald. The opening reception is Friday at 6 p.m.

LabWorks Arts Festival at Arrata Opera Centre (Opening Friday, June 14)
Mob Hit Productions presents three plays over eight days, starting with their original dance theatre play, Habanera, adapted from the classic opera Carmen on Friday night. Visit Mob Hit’s website for a full schedule and to grab tickets.

Invisible at Theatre Junction Grand (Friday, June 14 and Saturday, June 15)

Invisible, presented by Mpact, is a dance show that tells the stories of women who “feel shamed, invisible or vulnerable.” Proceeds  will help Wildgarden, a new initiative to help pregnant girls in need. You can buy tickets on Theatre Junction’s website.

Rendez-vous (Saturday, June 15 and Sunday, June 16)

The latest and greatest of French film from Quebec and Europe comes to Calgary thanks to Cinémagine. The weekend starts at the Globe Cinema with Le jour des corneilles (The Day of the Crows), an animated film about a boy who grows up in the forest raised by his father, a tyrannical ogre (voiced by Jean Reno). You can see the trailer above. Sunday the fest continues at Mount Royal University’s Salle Jenkins and at La Cite Des Rocheuses nearby. See the full schedule at Cinémagine’s website.

Bonus DJ Mix of the Weekend: Gimme Sum DJ Mix 2013 by Isis Graham

Tahiti Treat celebrates a decade at the Bamboo Tiki Room on Friday with Jon Delerious, Matt Caine and Isis Graham, whose mix you can hear above. The place will be rocking with live sax, live trumpet and live percussion. —Jon Roe

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