The stakes rise as the annual celebration of the written word continues. Tonight, Todd Babiak, Lisa Moore, Alan Silberberg ad D.W. Wilson go head-to-head at Literary Death Match at Festival Hall. The four writers have seven minutes to perform their most eclectic writing in front of judges Ophira Eisenberg, Will Ferguson and David Macfarlane. Tomorrow, there’s a slew of events including the Wednesday night showcase at John Dutton Theatre which features readings from Babiak, Wilson, Andrew Pyper and Michael Winter. Peruse the full schedule of events at Wordfest’s website.
Jon Batiste & Stay Human at Jack Singer Concert Hall, Epcor Centre (Wednesday, Oct. 16)
The New York piano and melodica player Jon Batiste has an affinity for trains. To promote his show in Calgary, he hopped on the C-train at noon on Tuesday and did an impromptu show. He and his band Stay Human honed their talents on New York City’s subways and even recorded an album while riding the rails. You can find out more about the man and his band who kick off the Epcor Centre’s new jazz series in Swerve‘s five facts. Tickets are still available for the show online.
Fluid Movement Arts Festival (Opening Wednesday, Oct. 16)
If fluid movement of the body interests you more than fluid swipes of the pen, then there’s plenty for you to see at Springboard Performance’s annual festival of contemporary dance. The Theatre Junction Grand opens its doors for Junkyard/Paradise on Wednesday. The piece by Melanie Demers of Mayday “exists in the fragile place between precious and disposable.” You can see a trailer over at Vimeo (but be wary of the NSFW language). There’s more shows that open over the weekend; see a full list over at Springboard’s website. Swerve also has a fun scavenger hunt for you to fill out as you check out the dance.
Don Quixote at Cineplex Odeon Crowfoot Crossing and Scotiabank Theatre Chinook (Wednesday, Oct. 16)
For one night only, you can see the Royal Opera House’s production of Don Quixote at two theatres in town. Showtime is 7 p.m. You can pre-buy your tickets online.
Method Man and Redman at Marquee Beer Market & Stage (Thursday, Oct. 17)
The Marquee Beer Market & Stage is opening up where The Back Alley previously called home. Their first show is the rap duo who starred in the 2001 stoner flick How High. Tickets are at Ticketmaster. —Jon Roe