Mac’s AAA Midget World Invitational Tournament at Max Bell Centre, 1001 Barlow Tr. S.E. (opens Thursday, Dec. 26)

If you’ve been driving anywhere near the Max Bell Centre over the past week, you may have noticed illuminated traffic signs already prepped to guide the throes of minor hockey fans to the aforementioned tourney. This is a big one. In it’s 36th year, the event draws 25 male teams and 15 female teams of midget age (15 to 17 years old) from across Canada, the States and Europe. It all culminates on New Year’s Day at a championship game at the Scotiabank Saddledome. See the website for a detailed schedule of events (there’s plenty to choose from). Oh, and the final championship games will be broadcast live on Shaw TV (check out Shaw’s 30-second advertisement for the 2014 tournament above) on January 1, so there really is no excuse for not tuning in, am I right?

Winter CARnival at Gasoline Alley Museum, Heritage Park (opens Friday, Dec. 27)

This one is for the entire family. A week-and-a-half of winter inspired fun awaits you at Heritage Park, and it begins today. There’s milk jug curling, ice skating, a scavenger hunt and a flurry of other post-Christmas activities. The CARnival runs every day (except for New Year’s Day) from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. until Sunday, Jan. 5. A day at the museum will run you $10 for an adult and $4.89 for a child, so it’ll be kind to your recently depleted wallet, too.

Madchild at Dickens Pub (Friday, Dec. 27)

No, he’s not a disgruntled youth who was slighted by St. Nick this year. Madchild (aka Shane Bunting) is one distended part of the Canadian hip-hop duo Swollen Members (check out his track Judgment Day featuring Sophia Danai above). The rapper performs at Dickens Pub on Friday (1000 9th Ave. S.W) in support of his latest solo album Lawn Mower Man. There are still tickets available online for $25.

Comedy Showcase at Cafe Koi (Saturday, Dec. 28)

Fight the after-Christmas let down with an entertaining all-ages line-up hosted by Calgary comedian Ben Valentine. There will even be an opportunity to personally contribute to the merriment during an open-mic segment. All proceeds will benefit the Red Cross to aid the Haiyan typhoon relief effort, so you’ll laugh your head off while warming your comedy-loving heart. Doors open at 6:30 p.m., and admission is by donation. Check out Cafe Koi’s website for venue information.

Vexations at Pith Gallery (opening Saturday, Dec. 28)

The latest exhibition at Pith Gallery & Studios (1018 9th Ave. S.E.) features sculptural works by Vancouver-based artist Justin Patterson. Patterson works with wool and hand felts small sculptures, frequently focusing on images of Batman and cats. You can check it out starting this Saturday (it’d be smart check the website or call to make an appointment before heading down, as the gallery is only open to the public on Saturdays from 12-5 p.m., though or by appointments can be made).

The exhibition officially kicks off with an opening reception next week (Tuesday, Dec. 31 from 8 p.m. to 12 a.m.) and will be on display until Friday, Jan. 31. Give Frosst Books a call at 403-265-2664 or head over to the Pith website for more information.

Have the happiest of weekends, friends! —Kerianne Sproule

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