Big Trouble in Little China at Oak Tree Tavern (Monday, Feb. 10)
The Oak Tree screens films on Mondays and offers $4.50 pints of their Oak Tree Lager on special. The flick this week is John Carpenter’s Big Trouble in Little China starring Kurt Russell, a fun ’80s action flick that doesn’t take itself too seriously.
West Side Story at Jubilee Auditorium (Opening Tuesday, Feb. 11)
The musical that popularized snap walking comes to town. It’s really the whole package: There’s rumbles, plenty of dancing and a Romeo and Juliet story wrapped in classic, jazzy tracks by Leonard Bernstein. Ticketmaster has your tickets; the show runs until Sunday.
Alter Egos at The D (Tuesday, Feb. 11)
New study says turning down the thermostat may help weight loss. This supports research that people will try anything to not diet/exercise.
— Jeff Toth (@jefftoth) January 23, 2014
That’s a tweet from the host of the new twice monthly standup night at The D. Jeff Toth brings comedy to the metalheads twice a month on the second and fourth Tuesday of the month. The lineup this week includes Kyle Francis, Amy Bugg, Jeff Kubik, Chris Naish, Donovan Deschner, Derek Adams, Scoot Laird and headliner Chris Gordon. Tickets are only $5 at the door; The D is serving $2 tacos that you can wash down with $5.25 Jack Daniel’s.
Vaudevillian Valentine’s: Love Letters from the Sugar Sweets at Fort Calgary (Thursday, Feb. 13 and Saturday, Feb. 15)
Calgary’s vintage chorus girl dance troupe takes over Fort Calgary for two Valentine’s shows featuring dancing (obviously), cash bar, photobooth and music from local jazz songstress Ellen Doty. Tickets are $25 in advance online or $30 at the door.
Sochi Fan Central at Canada Olympic Park (Ongoing)
Breaking news: the Olympics have started (in case you were living under a rock). Canada Olympic Park is marking the Winter Games by transforming the park into Sochi Fan Central. There are viewing screens, Russian-themed food and drink specials and occasional marshmallow roasts—including one on Monday night from 5-8 p.m. The onsite Canada Sports Hall of Fame opened a Sochi-themed exhibit last week which includes artefacts from past Olympics and videos on who to watch for Gold at the Olympics. This is a fun way to get involved with the Olympics while getting off your couch. —Jon Roe