Eric Fischl at Barbara Edwards Contemporary (Opening Friday, Oct. 4)
Eric Fischl stirred up a lot of strong emotions when he first displayed his bronze sculpture “Tumbling Woman.” The piece, which you can see above in glass form, was first exhibited on the first anniversary of 9/11 in Rockefeller Centre and only lasted there for two days. The figure was inspired by a dancer that Fischl had photographed, but he realized the imagery could also mimic the form of the people who jumped out of the World Trade Centre buildings on 9/11. People were so upset with it, the piece was covered up and then moved. He’s since revisited the sculpture in glass and with a second version in bronze, both of which you can see at the newly opened Barbara Edwards Contemporary. There is a great piece about the people who jumped on 9/11 in Esquire in 2003 that you can read online to learn a bit more about the reaction to the initial exhibition of the sculpture. You can meet Fischl at the opening reception on Friday night, 6-9 p.m. RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Honens Bison Noir: The Prokofievs at Local 522 (Saturday, Oct. 5 and Sunday, Oct. 6)
Gabriel Prokofiev is putting his classical genes to use. The great grandson of Sergei Prokofiev (who composed the music to the Romeo and Juliet ballet and Peter and the Wolf) combines classical music instrumentation with hip-hop and grime beats. He plays Local 522 with CPO musicians and Honens laureate Katherine Chi. Stephen Hunt over at the Calgary Herald has a great write-up about the show. Tickets are online at Honens’ website.
Emily Saves the Orchestra at Jack Singer Concert Hall, Epcor Centre (Sunday, Oct. 6)
Some of the most famous classical pieces of all time provide the musical backdrop for a theatrical adventure about a girl who saves the orchestra from an evil monster. The show’s preceded by an instrument petting zoo at 2 p.m. Tickets for kids start at $19; adults start at $30.
Red Bull Thre3style Canadian Finals at Cowboys Nightclub (Sunday, Oct. 6)
The worldwide DJ competition has reached the nationals stage and the top DJs from across Canada are competing for a chance to play for the world title in November. Calgary will be represented by DJ C-Sik, who won the regional final back in September. A-Trak (who you can see above) headlines the show. Tickets are $15 and are available online.
BreakOut West (Until Sunday, Oct. 6)
For the low price of $20, you can experience two nights of club hopping to see some of the best musical acts western Canada has to offer, including Vancouver, B.C. collective Five Alarm Funk, who you can hear above. They play Friday at the Royal Canadian Legion No. 1 and Saturday at at The Republik. Breakout West has a full schedule online. Swerve also has a list of five other acts for you to check out. Snag a wrist band online.
Bonus Recently Released Local Album of the Weekend: Solar Shifting by Devonian Gardens