Just Jazz at Lolita’s Lounge (Friday, Jan. 31)
The cosy confines of Lolita’s Lounge become a classy jazz lounge every week starting this Friday. The first Just Jazz evening features the Tyler Hornby Quartet (Hornby, drums; Jon Day, trumpet; Michelle Grégoire, piano; Jeremy Coates, bass). The foursome will play Hornby originals and a sprinkling of jazz classics. The show starts at 9 p.m., but you can get a good seat and grab some grub when the doors open at 6 p.m. Lolita’s served the Mexican food of Salt & Pepper, which is on the buildings ground level. You can find out more about the show in Swerve‘s Cheap Date from Friday’s magazine. Tickets are $15 at the door.
The Flying Dutchman at Jubilee Auditorium (Opening Saturday, Feb. 1)
Much like the late French explorer Jacques Cousteau, the cursed Dutchman is forced to sail the seas until he can make landfall once every seven years to look for love. Calgary Opera presents Wagner’s ocean-worthy tale, beginning Saturday. There are still tickets available for opening night online.
All the Way Cabaret at Big Secret Theatre, Epcor Centre (Friday, Jan. 31 and Saturday, Feb. 1)
Sadly, with the turning of the calendar, One Yellow Rabbit’s High Performance Rodeo draws to a close for another year. You still have Friday and Saturday to check out the remaining shows (How iRan: Three Plays for iPod, Agokwe, Do You Want What I Have Got? A Craigslist Cantata, Triangular Theories of Love), but after that, it’s gone. The Rabbits will be closing out the festival inside the Big Secret Theatre with the All the Way Cabaret, two nights of “dazzling and surprising performances” by Denise Clarke, Blake Brooker, the Rabbit team and featured local entertainers. Tickets are online at the Epcor Centre’s website for $48. Check out the High Performance Rodeo’s website for a complete schedule of the remaining days.
BIG Winter Classic at The Ship & Anchor (Saturday, Feb. 1)
SAvK (the new music project headed by Stephen A. van Kampen, formerly of local faves Beija Flor) gets the dubious honour of headlining the first ever outdoor stage at The Ship & Anchor. On the plus side, by the time the first band, The Hockey Fight, hits the patio stage at 2 p.m., Calgary will be reaching its high of the day of -4 °C. I guess that should be “on the slightly negative side.” On the more negative side, it’s supposed to drop to -9 °C by the time van Kampen and crew gets up. The fun moves indoors as the temperature drops and continues into the night. Check the schedule for a list of bands and performers (including Cowtown Opera). Tickets are free, but the Ship is sure to fill up. Doors open at 1 p.m. for Big; or you could show up and watch Manchester United continue to disappoint their spoiled fans on tape delay at 10 a.m.
CUPS Charity Fundraiser with special guest J-Roc at The Republik (Saturday, Feb. 1)
It was nice of J-Roc to make his final Calgary show a charitable endeavour. The Edmonton DJ lends his spinning skills to help the Calgary Urban Project Society. The night also features sets by Crush le Muck, Mertz, Donald Bump, 8-Bit Ninja, Benny B-Side, Strange Manner and DeepOne and will only cost you a $10 donation to CUPS at the door.
Bonus Football-Related Video for Super Bowl Weekend: Bad British NFL Commentary
If only all football commentators could be as entertaining as this guy. Enjoy the game. —Jon Roe