WowFest Magic Arts Festival at Motel, Epcor Centre (Ongoing)
The magic resumes Wednesday: WowFest occupies Motel in the Epcor Centre with shows at 8 p.m. First up is Sheldon Casavant, who you can see in the video below. Tickets to the Wednesday show (it’s recommended for kids over the age of 12.) are $20. Then, Thursday, the Calgary Magic Circle Showcase features amateur, hobbyist and professional magicians in a variety of styles. The show is also recommended for kids over the age of 12 and tickets are only $12. The fest gets busier over the weekend; check out the schedule for more magic fun.
All Night Taco Party at Tubby Dog (Tuesday, Feb. 18)
Taco Tuesday is a regular thing at Tubby Dogs, but they typically run out early in the evening. Not this week. Tubby Dog is cooking up three times the noraml number of tacos for you to chomp down. Leah Van Loon and Neil spin some tracks to accompany the food fiesta.
Alexis. A Greek Tragedy at Theatre Junction Grand (Opening Wednesday, Feb. 19)
Alexis is a production by the Italian political-theatre company Motus which draws a parallel between the true story of a 15-year-old boy killed by policemen in 2008 in Greece and the Greek myth of Antigone. You can grab tickets online; five percent of all proceeds from the Thursday night performance go to support Amnesty International.
Ailey II at Jubilee Auditorium (Opening Thursday, Feb. 20)
Alberta Ballet opens its home stage to the offshoot of the legendary Alvin Ailey American Dance Theatre. Ailey II showcases new works commissioned by artistic director Troy Powell, including External Knot, which Powell choreographed, a snipped of which you can see above. Tickets are on Alberta Ballet’s website.
The Glenbow Museum and Exposure Photo Festival combine to present the work of Zoltan Varadi, who documented Calgary’s alt music scene as the photographer for Vox and Fast Forward. The exhibit ties in with the current big thing at the Glenbow, Made in Calgary: The 1990s, as Varadi did the bulk of his shooting during that decade. Any photo exhibit that features The Mants is worth your time (see them rock out in their plastic ant masks below). Mike Bell’s got a great write-up on the exhibit from Friday’s Calgary Herald. —Jon Roe