National Geographic Live: Polar Obsession at the Jack Singer Concert Hall (Tuesday, Nov. 19)
Paul Nicklen’s ready to go pretty far to get the best shot. As he describes in the above video, to get his incredible shots of leopard seals, Nicklen had to get up close and personal—he spent a brief time with his head in the mouth of a seal. Hear more of the stories behind his polar photos at the first National Geographic Live! of the season. Tickets for this event seem to be sold out online, unfortunately, but there are tickets still available for the rest of the series in the spring. Those sad at missing out on Nicklen can hear him speak on National Geographic’s Youtube channel or at his TED Talk from two years ago.
Movember Sketch Comedy Show at Dickens Pub (Tuesday, Nov. 19)
Finally, you can get rewarded for your sweet Movember moustache (on top of the rewards of raising money for a good cause, I suppose). The comics at ADHD Sketch Comedy will let you in for free with a Movember moustache at their Tuesday show at Dickens Pub, which promises Saturday Night Live-style fun. Those unmoustachioed will have to fork over $10.
CUFF Docs at the Globe Cinema (Opening Thursday, Nov. 21)
The Calgary Underground Film Festival launches its first CUFF Docs festival with a fascinating look at the Russian punk band Pussy Riot. If you’re not familiar with their impromptu cathedral concert and their subsequent incarceration, Swerve has you covered with our Poseur’s Guide. CUFF’s showing nine films over the three days of the fest and you can see a full schedule at the website. Tickets are $10 ($8 for CUFF members) for each film or you can get a five-film punch pass for $40.
Noir x Soul Candy at Habitat Living Sound (Thursday, Nov. 21)
The dance club Habitat is celebrating its fifth anniversary by combining two popular nights: Noir and Soul Candy. Noir brings its live congas and sax by Reggie Suave and Juicy Jamey while Soul Candy brings a roster of DJs including Buffalo Child, who you can hear above.
Freehand (and Friends) Fall Bash at National Music Centre (Thursday, Nov. 22)
Freehand Books celebrates new books by Rosemary Nixon and Michael Hingston. Nixon will be touting her fourth book, Are You Ready To Be Lucky?, while Hingston presents his first, The Dilettantes. Kelli Deeth (author of The Other Side of Youth and The Girl Without Anyone) will also be around. Entry is free, but Pages on Kensington will be offering books for sale, in case you wanted to grab a copy of one of the authors’ tomes. —Jon Roe