Calgary Horror Con (Friday, Aug. 2 to Sunday, Aug. 4)
They’re coming to get you! The zombies have awakened this long weekend, first at the Calgary Horror Con, which starts Friday night with a gala at the Calgary Tower with guests Tom Savini (makeup artist on the original Dawn of the Dead and director of Night of the Living Dead), Tony Todd (the Candyman in the Candyman series) and Herschel Gordon Lewis (nicknamed the Godfather of Gore). The shambling continues Saturday at the fest itself, with photo-ops with special guests, signings and screenings. Saturday concludes with a screening of the Night of the Living Dead at the Plaza Theatre. Tickets for the fest, the opening gala and the individual screenings are available at the Horror Con’s website. Also go there if you want a complete schedule of the convention.
The Calgary Fringe Festival (Friday, Aug. 2 to Saturday, Aug. 10)
The Fringe Fest officially kicks off Friday and the opening night of shows include Fruitcake by former psychiatric nurse Rob Gee about his time in the psych ward (you can see a trailer here, but there is NSFW language) and An Apocalypse Survival Guide: Undead or Alive by Delia Barnett and Jamie Northan, which is presented as a zombie-survival seminar and includes a game of zombie tag after the show. (Find out more about Undead or Alive in Swerve’s Q&A with Northan.) For a a complete Fringe schedule, visit the Calgary Fringe Festival website.
Inglewood Sunfest (Saturday, Aug. 3)
It’s a great weekend to be in Inglewood, as the Calgary Fringe Festival runs at the same time as the Inglewood Sunfest. The Sunfest features a pie-eating contest, street performers and a kids zone. It runs from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. During that time, you can duck into a Fringe show, but keep in mind that many of these shows are not kid-friendly.
Free Heritage Day at the Glenbow Museum (Monday, Aug. 5)
Chevron Canada sponsors a day of free admission to the Glenbow. It’s your chance to check out the mathemagical art of graphic artist M.C. Escher, Made in Calgary: The 1970s, the second installment of the Glenbow’s exhibition series about artists in Calgary, and The Big Four, Kent Monkman’s installation. All three exhibitions close in the next few weeks and free is the best price you could hope to pay.
Calgary Underground Film Festival Rooftop Films: Wet Hot American Summer at Oak Tree Tavern (Monday, Aug. 5)
It’s the first in the Calgary Underground Film Festival’s patio screening series at the Oak Tree Tavern. The film is the raunchy comedy Wet Hot American Summer, about the last day at a Jewish summer camp in the 1980s. Janeane Garofalo plays the camp director and David Hyde Pearce is an astrophysics associate professor at a local college. Molly Shannon and then-unknowns Amy Poehler and Bradley Cooper play camp counsellors. The screening is pay-what-you-can, but you should get there early as seating on the patio at Oak Tree is limited.
Bonus Video of a Man Dancing with a Raccoon for the Weekend
No explanation necessary. That raccoon loves “Chain of Fools” as much as any human. —Jon Roe