Flashlight Nights at Calgary Corn Maze and Fun Farm (Friday, Oct. 11)
It’s getting to the time of year when you don’t want to be wandering around farmers’ fields at night, but there are a few more opportunities to get lost with only a flashlight to guide you at the Calgary Corn Maze and Fun Farm. This is the second last weekend, and though it promises to be cold (Friday’s low is right at zero degrees), you can probably stand the chill for a few hours of fun.
The Legend of Zelda: Symphony of the Goddesses Second Quest at the Jubilee Auditorium (Friday, Oct. 11)
For a man who was working with a fairly limited range of sounds, Koji Kondo has come up with some iconic melodies. The Japanese composer wrote the score for Super Mario Bros. and The Legend of Zelda. Hear his music fully fleshed out by a symphony at The Legend of Zelda: Symphony of the Goddesses Second Quest. Good luck perfecting those sweet dance moves from the Japanese commercial for The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past before the show though.
Titus Andronicus at Vertigo Theatre Centre (Friday, Oct. 11 and Saturday, Oct. 12)
The gore fest has been held over, but the rain of blood is almost over. This weekend is your last chance to see The Shakespeare Company’s production of Shakespeare’s bloodiest play.
Heritage Park Thank You Weekend (Saturday, Oct. 12 to Monday, Oct. 14)
The historical village is thanking Calgary for another season of reminiscence with free rides on their attractions. You can jump on the midway, the steam train and the horse-drawn wagon without forking over any additional money. Also, for those without turkey plans, you can snag a traditional three-course Thanksgiving diner at the Wainwright Hotel Dining Room from 11 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. each day for $22.95 for adults and $14.95 for children under 12. Park admission will still run you the regular rate of $9.99 for adults, $4.89 for children (ages three to 17) and $7.99 for seniors.
Wordfest (Opening Monday, Oct. 14)
The annual celebration of the written word gets off on the right foot: the legendary Margaret Atwood reads from her new book, MaddAddam, at the John Dutton Theatre at the Central Library on the first night of the festival. For the literati, you can hobnob at a wine and appetizer reception at 5:30 p.m. before the reading for $100 (which includes your admission to the reading afterwords). For the thriftier readers out there, you can get your seat at the 7 p.m. reading for $25. You can see a full schedule of the rest of the fun at Wordfest’s site.
Bonus Life Advice for Your Thanksgiving Weekend: Bo Diddley’s Guide to Survival
The man lived to be 79, I think he knows what he’s talking about. Happy Thanksgiving. —Jon Roe