Ryan Sluggett: Instabilities at TrepanierBaer (Opening Friday, Sept. 13)
For Ryan Sluggett, a bathrobe is more than a comfortable piece of home fashion. It plays an integral part in his above piece “Floss” (the floss, actually). Sluggett will be in attendance at the opening reception of his new exhibit of photographs and collages on Friday from 6-9 p.m.
Cliff Bungalow Community Picnic at Cliff Bungalow Park (Saturday, Sept. 14)
The skies are supposed to be clear on Saturday—it’ll be a perfect day for a picnic. The Cliff Bungalow Community Picnic is in its second year and will feature a free yoga lesson at 9 a.m., bands starting at 11:30 a.m. (including AM Static, who you can hear above) and a garden playground where you can learn tips and tricks from gardening pros.
Fall Launch Party at Glenbow Museum (Saturday, Sept. 14)
The Glenbow opens its doors to celebrate the launch of their fall exhibits. The above piece by Chris Cran is part of the museum’s Made in Calgary series; this time the exhibition focuses on the 1980s. A.Y. Jackson and Otto Dix team up for an exhibition called Transformations, which features war-influenced paintings. The war theme continues into the Glenbow’s other exhibition launching Saturday, War in the Trenches, which shows off pieces from the Glenbow’s collection. The party is pay what you can at the door, but they’re requesting you RSVP through email@example.com or 403-268-4110. Local band The Mannequin Depressives provide the soundtrack.
Beakerhead (Until Sunday, Sept. 15)
There’s a lot of stuff to see at Beakerhead over the weekend. It’s probably best to check its website to get a full sense of the events, but here’s a few highlights:
- The Walrus Talks: Experimentation on Saturday features an intriguing mix of speakers including experimental poet Christian Bök, jazz bassist Steve Kirby, psychology, music and computer science professor Daniel Levitin, MDA Space Missions mission system and operations engineer Natalie Panek, University of Alberta president Indira Samarasekera and Arts & Crafts (music label that reps artists like Broken Social Scene, Feist, Stars, Dan Mangan and Timbre Timbre) president Jeffrey Remedios
- The Mini Maker Faire on Saturday and Sunday at ACAD shows off 150 local makers’ creations. If you didn’t check out the faire last year on the Riverwalk, there’s demonstrations of robotics, weaving, theatre, painting, sculpture and more.
- Saturday night there are three different sites for Beakernight, which features a nine-foot tall fortune-telling laser cat. Sold!
YYComedy Festival (Until Sunday, Sept. 15)
This is another festival that features a pile of events this weekend. The big event is the comedy gala on Sunday starring Dave Foley, Derek Edwards, Nikki Payne, Pete Zedlacher and more. Tickets are $40 – $50 and you can grab them online. For the thriftier comedy fans, there’s a pay-what-you-can taping of Daybreak’s Afternoon Delight with Russell Bowers that includes festival guests on Saturday at 2 p.m. at Yuk Yuk’s and Graham Clark is hosting a secret show on Friday at a secret location with secret guests for $10—you’ll have to stay tuned to YYComedy’s Twitter and Facebook pages to figure out where it’s happening.
Bonus Event to Keep in Mind Tomorrow: PechaKucha Night #17: Rock
PechaKucha night is a pretty regular cool thing that features interesting, fast-paced presentations from local people. Everyone gets 20 slides and only 20 seconds per slide. The problem is, it always sells out. Tickets for the next one go on sale on Friday, and the event is rock-themed, featuring musicians and geologists. It’s best to get on this early, so here’s a reminder to run out and buy tickets if you want to check this out. —Jon Roe