Kim’s Convenience at Max Bell Theatre, Epcor Centre (Opening Friday, Sept. 6)

Theatre Calgary kicks off its 2013-14 season with an acclaimed production from Toronto’s Soulpepper Theatre. Kim’s Convenience is the story of a Korean family who run a convenience store in Toronto and is loosely based on playwright/actor Ins Choi’s life. The bulk of the cast (featured in the above video discussing the play) travel to Calgary for the production. Stephen Hunt has a good write-up on the play over at the Calgary Herald. You can snag tickets at the Epcor Centre’s website (and there’s still tickets available for opening night on Friday).

…this used to be easier… at The New Gallery (Opening Friday, Sept. 6)

The Everyman is the subject of Sam Blanchard’s multimedia exhibition at the New Gallery. He explores morning jogs, doing paperwork and, as you can see here, getting a haircut. The above piece, “…a little off the top…,” is a video projected onto a barber’s chair raised three metres off the ground. You can help start the exhibition off on the right foot at The New Gallery’s new space in Chinatown (208 Centre St. S.E.) on Friday, beginning at 5 p.m.

Steve Martin & Martin Short in a Very Stupid Conversation at the Jubilee Auditorium (Friday, Sept. 6)

As evidenced on the Late Show With David Letterman, Steve Martin and Martin Short have a lot of chemistry. Although the price is steep ($169.40 to $273.65 a pop but still available at Ticketmaster), it’s a chance to see two legendary funnymen together and raise money for the Owen Hart Foundation, which helps provides affordable housing and education to people with limited means. If you want some more reading material before making your decision, Vanity Fair published a great profile of Short in January. Closer to home, Swerve pits Martin and Short against each other in our Tale of the Tape.

Tour of Alberta Finish Line downtown (115 4th Ave. S.W.) (Sunday, Sept. 8)
The end is nigh for the cyclists on the 850 km Tour of Alberta bicycle race. You can welcome them to the finish line in downtown Calgary at the end of their long journey that started Tuesday in Edmonton. Starting at noon, there will be a festival with a beer garden, big screens to watch the race (which starts that Sunday in Okotoks), fun stuff for kids and, strangely, no food trucks. Just kidding. There’s always food trucks at everything. The racers will get into the downtown via Memorial Drive (in case you don’t want encounter road closures on your way to the festival, see this map for more info), and then finish the race on a circuit around downtown. The broadcast runs on Sportsnet from 3-5 p.m., which gives you an idea of when they expect the race to finish. For more information, check the Tour of Alberta website.

Sun, Sandals and Symphony at John Long Park (Sunday, Sept. 8)

The timing of the finish of the Tour of Alberta works out so that you can go and check out this benefit concert from the Calgary Civic Symphony in Inglewood. For the price of a donation to Alberta Flood Relief, you can hear an hour of music including “Carmen,” Beethoven’s “Pastoral Symphony” (hear it above) and “Olympic Fanfare.” The weather might cooperate; the Weather Network says most of the rain will come Saturday, but there might be a few isolated showers on Sunday.

Bonus Strange Japanese Commercial of the Weekend: Jii Lighter
I take you now to the strange world of Japan, where no product is too insignificant for its own two-minute song-and-dance routine.

I’d question the wisdom of animating a commercial for a product clearly not aimed at children, but I’ll chalk that up to cultural differences. —Jon Roe

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