Experience of the Precisely Sublime: Peter von Tiesenhausen at Esker Foundation (Opening Friday, Jan. 17)

Peter von Tiesenhausen is best known for working with natural materials but for Experience of the Precisely Sublime, the Esker Foundation wanted him to highlight some of his work with unnatural items like power cables. Eclipse, a detail of which you can see above, was woven using one-inch diameter power cable typically used for spanning rivers. Find out more about the exhibition in Swerve‘s Q&A with von Tiesenhausen. The opening reception goes Friday night.

Art’s Birthday at Emmedia (Friday, Jan. 17)
Art turns 1,000,051 (approximately) this weekend. The birth date of art was first proposed by Robert Filliou in 1963 and first celebrated in 1973. At Emmedia, you can celebrate the art form of text with Frosst Books, Fuse Magazine and Fortune Cookies, a compilation of articles by Lindsay Sorell on the future of art. Find out more about the event on Facebook.

Boom at Max Bell Theatre, Epcor Centre (Friday to Sunday, Jan. 19)

The High Performance Rodeo rolls on with shows all weekend, including Boom, a world premiere, historical explosion of a show by Rick Miller. The show, co-presented by High Performance Rodeo and Theatre Calgary, spans the time between the end of the Second World War and the launch of Apollo 11, with Miller giving voice to prominent historical figures of the time. It looks pretty cool; take a look at the preview video above. Tickets range from $45 to $55 and you can grab them on the Epcor Centre’s website.

Munich Now at Big Secret Theatre, Epcor Centre (Friday, Jan. 17 and Saturday, Jan. 18)
It wouldn’t be a High Performance Rodeo without the Rabbits. One Yellow Rabbit’s contribution is Munich Now, “a scathing examination of media absurdity” through the lens of a German talk show. And it’s all in German. Tickets are $38 and are also on the Epcor Centre’s website. Of course, there’s lots of other great things going on at the Rodeo this weekend (schedule is over here). I was going to recommend Young Drunk Punk, Bruce McCulloch’s one-man show, but it’s sold out (in Calgary, at least; you can still get tickets to his Sunday performance in Banff at the Banff Centre). You’ll have to settle for reading (or re-reading) his cover story from last week’s Swerve.

Jim Brenan Quartet with Dana Hall at National Music Centre (Saturday, Jan. 18)

A two-part concert for the Calgary quartet: the first part will feature selections from the last five years, including the quartet’s 2013 album, January, while the back half will have Brenan and crew (bassist Rubim De Toledo, pianist Chris Andrew and drummer Dana Hall) tackle John Coltrane’s lauded classic A Love Supreme. JazzYYC has your tickets for $20 (students and seniors) or $25 (everyone else).

Bonus Synthesizer Documentary of the Weekend: TONTO & Stevie Wonder

In case you missed it last week, the National Music Centre announced a big acquisition. TONTO (The Original New Timbral Orchestra) was a giant analog synthesizer that was cutting edge at its time, back when you needed an entire room to emulate those sounds. Learn a bit about how Stevie Wonder used TONTO in the above doc. —Jon Roe

Looking for family friendly things to do this weekend? Check out our Five Family Friendly Things To Do blog post.

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