Within the Landscape—Art Respecting Life at Telus Spark (Opening Friday, Jan. 24)

Coastal and marine biome. Atlantic red cliff, Prince Edward Island National Park. Photo by Roberta Bondar. Click to see a larger version.

Former Canadian astronaut Roberta Bondar took her galactic appreciation of the planet and shrank the scale when she returned to Earth. She took up nature and landscape photography, which you can see at Telus Spark’s newest exhibit, Within the Landscape—Art Respecting Life opening Friday. Nature Unleashed, a travelling exhibit about natural disasters, is still running as well. Also, you can explore your self-image, Reflections, in the Creative Kids Museum. Tickets are $19.95 for adults, $17.95 for seniors, $15.95 for youth and $12.95 for children, unless they are under three, then they’re free; you can grab them online.

Do You Want What I Have Got? A Craigslist Cantata at Martha Cohen Theatre, Epcor Centre (Opening night Friday, Jan. 24)

Alberta Theatre Projects’ contribution to the High Performance Rodeo is a musical show that brings the weirdness of Craigslist to the stage. If you’re in the dark about the classifieds website, then take a look at Swerve‘s poseur’s guide to Craigslist. There are still tickets available to the four weekend shows (Friday and Saturday, 7:30 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday, 2 p.m.) over at the Epcor Centre’s website.

Robbie Burn’s Night at Fionn MacCool’s (Friday, Jan. 24)

There is nothing I don’t like about this video, except for maybe the closeups of the haggis. If you’re like me and have never had haggis, now’s the best weekend to do it. Scotland’s most celebrated poet Robert Burns was born on Jan. 25, 1759, and his birthday is celebrated annually on or near the date with whisky, haggis, poetry readings and music. At Fionn MacCool’s, you get a dose of all four, plus a free appetizer if you’re named Robert. The haggis is piped in at 5 p.m. and there will be hourly whisky toasts and poetry readings. Also, at 6 p.m., there will be a scotch whisky tasting featuring Dewar’s White Label, Dewar’s Highlander Honey and Dewar’s Alberfeldy 12. Doors open at 4 p.m.

Vanuary at The Palomino (Saturday, Jan. 25)

Vandits VC is a local group of van enthusiasts who last year threw their first Vanfest. (It seems to have mostly involved drinking and admiring each others’ classic rides. The club needs to scratch up some funds to keep running, so it is holding a fundraiser featuring Mancub, Jenny!, Spliff Troll, Solid Brown and Muf Dvr at the Palomino. The bands will cover classic vanning tunes by Black Sabbath, AC/DC, Lynyrd Skynyrd and more. Tickets are $10 at the door.

Ice Magic Festival at Fairmount Chateau Lake Louise (Saturday, Jan. 25 and Sunday, Jan. 26)
The carvers finished last weekend, but due to the magic of winter temperatures, you can still see their masterpieces on display. This weekend is all about the kids, as there will be demonstrations and fun activities all weekend for them to explore the fun of ice carving. Most of the events are free, but check out the Ice Magic Festival website for more information.

Bonus Video of the Weekend: Cat Super Skateboarding Adventure!

Unlike that skateboarding dog, this feline doesn’t seem to actually be propelling himself (apparently it’s remote controlled or something), which makes it less impressive but no less cute. —Jon Roe

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