Meatballs at Oak Tree Tavern (Monday, Aug. 19)
Check out Bill Murray in his first starring role. In Meatballs, he plays a wacky camp counsellor with a heart of gold. The Calgary Underground Film Festival continues its weekly screening of summer-camp flicks in Kensington at the Oak Tree Tavern.
Hip Hop Workshops with Bobby Mileage at Pulse Studios (Tuesday, Aug. 20 and Thursday Aug. 22)
If you’ve ever wanted to try hip hop dancing, doing it with Mileage, who danced in Will Smith’s “Men in Black” music video, might be the best opportunity. Mileage drops into Pulse Studios for two workshops this week, both are open level (open to everyone from pros to beginners). Also this week, there’s another drop-in workshop on Tuesday with special guest Sweepy, where you can learn how to pop. Take a look at Sweepy’s moves in the video below.
Drum Mania at The Ironwood Stage & Grill (Wednesday, Aug. 21)
Usually drummers hang out in the background, but they take centre stage on this night. Three of the faculty of Mount Royal University’s Drumset Educational Camp— John Riley (who has played with the Village Vanguard Big Band), Mark Kelso (Gino Vanelli and Holly Cole) and Tyler Hornby (Ingrid Jensen and Randy Brecker)—hit the stage.
Music in the Plaza: Classical Revolution at Heritage Park (Wednesday, Aug. 21)
For those less rhythmically inclined, Heritage Park offers another night of free music in the Heritage Town Square. The featured group this week is Classical Revolution, who play monthly at Cafe Koi. You can find out more about the group in Swerve‘s five facts from May.
Opera in the Village at Riverwalk Plaza (Starting Thursday, Aug. 22)
It’s Canada’s first outdoor opera festival, but worry not for Calgary’s daily thunderstorm watch: Calgary Opera has erected a tent along the Riverwalk. The main course of Calgary Opera’s takeover of the East Village is The Pirates of Penzance, which, as one of Gilbert and Sullivan’s more popular operas, has been performed hundreds of times across the world. To get you in the mood, you can check out Opera Australia’s version of “I am a Pirate King.” —Jon Roe