Hip-Hop Karaoke at Commonwealth Bar & Stage (Monday, Feb. 24)

Do you have a rap song that you think you could kill on stage if given the chance? The monthly Hip Hop Karaoke night at the Commonwealth Bar & Stage is your opportunity—provided you’ve memorized all the words. There are no teleprompters, but instead, bright lights, smoke machines and DJs live-mixing your backing tracks. Sign up at hhk@commonwealthbar.ca before the show. If that’s too intimidating, it’s still a fun night out for a hip-hop fan, but be prepared for a late one as the action didn’t really start until after 10 p.m. last month. Swerve‘s Our Town from last Friday’s magazine has more info on the night for the curious.

Midwinter Blues Fest at The Blues Can (Opening Monday, Feb. 24)

The fest starts with amateurs and slowly mixes in the pros. Monday night you can sign up for the Sing the Blues Vocal Camp taught by Sherry Kennedy. Then, on Tuesday night, the singers apply what they’ve learned (backed by the Vernon Wills Band). The blues enthusiast looking for lunchtime action can check out the free ProArts Society show featuring Fruteland Jackson at the Cathedral Church of the Redeemer at noon on Wednesday. The blues pros start taking the stage at the Blues Can on Wednesday with the CBMA Blues Awards & Twilight Blues Jam. For a full schedule, check out calgarybluesfest.com.

Double Launch: Migratory Words Vol. 5 and The Song of Lur at Shelf Life Books (Tuesday, Feb. 25)
Migratory Words is an annual anthology of Bow Valley writers, and you can celebrate its release with some of the writers involved at this free launch. Tim Murphy, Braydon Beaulieu, Jane Chamberlin, Weyman Chan, Matt Smith, Erin Dingle, Carolyn Yates, Sasha Semenoff, James Louden and Rebecca Hanson read while you enjoy wine. Also, Weyman Chan, David Eso and Matt Smith will perform “The Song of Lur,” a jazz dining aria.

Chasing Ice at ConocoPhillips Theatre, Glenbow (Thursday, Feb. 27)

Exposure is drawing to a close, but you can still get involved in the fest. (A lot of the exhibitions run past the festival’s official closing at the end of February.) Check out Chasing Ice on Thursday. The documentary features James Balog travelling to the Arctic to capture images of the Earth’s changing climate, including some powerful images of glaciers shedding huge chunks of ice. Tickets are $10 at the door.

Calgary Home + Garden Show at BMO Centre and Corral, Stampede Park (Opening Thursday, Feb. 27)
An undeniable herald of spring (with no appreciable effect on the weather, sadly), the annual Home + Garden show takes over Stampede Park this weekend. As always, there are stylish guests with tips to improve your interior and exterior design. It begins Thursday with Jennifer Reichert, Melissa Wagner and The Style Guys on the mainstage. You can save $3 a ticket if you buy online. —Jon Roe

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