The Room at The Plaza Theatre (Friday, Nov. 22)
The film buffs at The Fifth Reel are turning one-year-old and they’ve decided to celebrate by screening one of the worst films ever made. The Room was dubbed the Citizen Kane of bad movies by Entertainment Weekly. If you haven’t experienced the film’s combination of poorly written and delivered dialogue, and bizarre star/writer/director/producer Tommy Wiseau, you’re in for a treat. But act quickly, the tickets are disappearing according to The Fifth Reel. Also, check out Swerve’s Q&A with actor Greg Sestero to learn more about the book, The Disaster Artist. Sestero co-wrote the account of his experiences making the quirky film.
Truck’s 30th Anniversary Party (Friday, Nov. 22)
Truck’s entering that semi-mature age where people start to feel the need for fancy drinks mixed by a mixologist (in this case Lowell Smith), while still enjoying the visceral thrill of a good fireworks show (by Matthew Mark). You can get in on the fun for free from 9-10 p.m.. After 10 p.m., entry will run you $5. There’s more info over at the event’s Facebook page, including the address of Truck’s new Sunalta location.
Around the World in 80 Days at Martha Cohen Theatre, Epcor Centre (Opening Friday, Nov. 22)
Alberta Theatre Projects’ holiday play is fun adventure with three actors taking on 20 parts between them as they jump on trains, boats and an elephant on a world-spanning journey. Read more about the play in Swerve‘s Scavenger Hunt featuring some of the clever props or in Ruth Myles’ preview for the Calgary Herald. Tickets are up on the Epcor Centre’s website.
Better Get Hit In Your Soul at the Big Secret Theatre, Epcor Centre (Opening Friday, Nov. 22)
Charles Mingus is the angry man of jazz, so naturally Decidedly Jazz Danceworks’ show set to his music that launches their 30th season features an ax fight. But, as DJD’s newly minted artistic director Kimberley Cooper tells Swerve in our Calgary Arts All Star, he wasn’t all fire and brimstone. The Epcor Centre’s website has the tickets.
Alberta College of Art + Design Show + Sale (Friday, Nov. 22 to Sunday, Nov. 24)
This is a great place to look for a unique Christmas gift. ACAD students sell their works (painting, drawing, printmaking, glass, ceramic, fibre art and jewellery). Friday from 1-8 p.m. is the VIP pre-sale, but don’t be out off; you can become a VIP by paying the $5 entry fee. Saturday and Sunday you can get in by donation from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. The show also has a fun interactive website over at showandsale.ca. Also, if you’re looking for more gifts that have the vibe of handmade but with none of the requisite effort, you can check out Swerve‘s massive Christmas craft sale list that we’ve been updating weekly.
Bonus Magazine Feature of the Weekend: The Internet Owes Its Sense of Humor to This Man by Brian Raftery
Get to know the man who has been about the town filming the Fargo mini-series remake, Bob Odenkirk (perhaps most widely known as Saul in Breaking Bad). Odenkirk even popped in on Comedy Monday Night over at Broken City. This Wired piece (full of NSFW language) tells the story of how he became the godfather to a crop of comics who idolized Odenkirk’s sketch show Mr. Show. —Jon Roe