Pretty in Pink with Kenna Burima and Lorrie Matheson at Wine-Ohs (Friday, Feb. 7)

Remember that scene in the 1980’s classic Pretty in Pink, when rich-boy Blane asks hip record store employee (and the film’s Cinderella protagonist) Andie her thoughts on a particular Steve Lawrence album? “It’s hot,” she says. “White hot.”

Enter Calgary musicians Kenna Burima (formerly of Woodpigeon) and Lorrie Matheson. They’ve set out to perform a full re-creation of the Pretty in Pink soundtrack (preceded by some of their own tunes), and are asking the audience to dress up in their best Andie, Duckie, Ionia or Blane-inspired attire.

With a song-list that includes songs by new wave bands like The Smiths, The Psychedelic Furs, New Order and Echo & the Bunnymen (in fact, the soundtrack has been listed as one of the 25 greatest soundtracks of all time by Rolling Stone), I have little doubt that this evening will be white hot.

Head down to Wine-Ohs (811 1st St. S.W.) The performance begins at 9 p.m. and cover is $10. Oh and above? Undeniably one of the greatest scenes of the flick.

One touch: Triple Threat 2014 at the University of Calgary (Saturday, Feb. 8)

For all my fellow wannabe Bgirls/boys who ever practised their breakdancing “moves” in their parent’s basement, this event is for you. This six-and-a-half hour Bboy battle sees dancers going head-to-head in two categories, vying for the glory of being No. 1.

Check out a 2012 dance-off between Bboys “Monstar Ted” and “Emperor Siah” above. The latter placed first at last year’s competition in the bboy/bgirl category. The event runs from 1-7:30 p.m. and spectator tickets are $15. You’ll find the competition in The Alberta Room beside Hotel Alma on the University of Calgary campus. Here’s a map just to make it that much easier.

Bedtime Stories for Sleepless Nights at Pages Books on Kensington (Opening Saturday, Feb. 8)

There’s something beautiful about breathing new life into unwanted books, especially given the rise of e-reading and the decline in paperback bookstores. Pages Books on Kensington (1135 Kensington Rd. N.W.) is celebrating the rebirth of discarded books with a display of work by local artist and book lover Julya Hajnoczky. Essentially, she turns the pages of old books into teeny-tiny theatre sets (see the image above). The opening reception runs from 5-8 p.m., but you can check out the display until Friday, Feb. 28.

The Birkenstock Ball at Festival Hall (Saturday, Feb. 8)

The good people at the Calgary Folk Music Festival have seen their share of ups and downs over the last 12 months or so. They opened Festival Hall in January 2013 (up), saw their festival site on Prince’s Island flooded in June (down), then volunteers rallied to restore the site in time for last summer’s festival (a definite up). Given all that, it should come as no surprise that festival folk might need a drink. Drinks will certainly be on offer at the Birkenstock Ball, a folk-infused soiree in honour of the festival’s 35th anniversary. Why not join them? A $75 ticket will get you two cocktails, some munchies and performances by the Compadres (see video, above) and Wil. You can still purchase tickets online.

Razom 2 at the Southern Alberta Jubilee Auditorium (Sunday, Feb. 9)

Four Ukrainian dance groups from three provinces unite in this ode to the Ukraine. You can expect bright colours, big movements and fast-paced music in this Sunday afternoon performance, which features Calgary’s own Tryzub Ukrainian Dance Ensemble. Tickets will run you $46.90 and can be purchased at Ticketmaster. —Kerianne Sproule

2 responses to “Five Things To Do This Weekend In Calgary”

  1. Lorrie Matheson says:

    Thanks for plugging our show at Wine-Ohs! One error, though, there is a $10 cover (its how we get paid!).

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