Major Barbara at Max Bell Theatre, Epcor Centre (Opening Friday, Feb. 14)
Theatre Calgary and the American Conservatory Theatre in San Francisco teamed up to present George Bernard Shaw’s play about a Salvation Army officer’s moral struggle when she learns that her mission is accepting money from an arms manufacturer. The play opened in San Francisco to great reviews and has now made its way up north. Find out more about the play in Swerve‘s Poseur’s Guide from Friday’s magazine. There are a few tickets available for each of the shows on opening weekend; grab them on the Epcor Centre’s website.
Slow Dance Party No. 8: Valentine’s Sway at The Hub, Wyckham House, Mount Royal University
Lacking a sweetheart for Valentine’s Day? Don’t despair; get out and dance at We Should Know Each Other’s slow dance party. The all-slow-song set list features some high-school dance classics, as previewed in Swerve‘s playlist, and if you are feeling shy, there will be designated dancers on hand to get you off the wall. Proceeds from the event benefit Possibilities Calgary; tickets are $10 ($7 for MRU students) online.
Wyrd Distro Launch Gathering at Sloth Records (Saturday, Feb. 15)
Weird Canada is a great source for obscure Canadian music and they’re putting that in-depth knowledge to work at their new project, Wyrd Canada Distro, a non-profit online store and distribution service for emerging and experimental Canadian music. They’re launching this new website at Sloth Records on Saturday with an all-ages show Google Hangout and show featuring Wicked Healing and records played by Bitter Falcons. The event kicks off at 6 p.m., get the full details on the Facebook event.
Hairy Valentine’s at Bamboo Tiki Lounge (Sunday, Feb. 16)
The Valentine’s fun doesn’t have to stop Friday; it also doesn’t have to be about slow dances and romance. Hairy Valentine’s promises “to have you crushing beers, banging your head and ruining your hearing for at least a week.” The bands, gathered by the revealingly named Stoner Rock Guy, include A Day As Wolves, Triton, Chronobot, and Napalmpom. Party starts at 4:20 p.m. (a time likely dictated by Stoner Rock Guy) and it’s free. The complete details are on the Facebook event.
Smalltown Sunday Best with Smalltown DJs, DJ Pump, Carl Cassidy and Tubby Burgers at Commonwealth Bar & Stage (Sunday, Feb. 16)
If stoner rock ain’t what you’re looking for this long weekend, the Smalltown DJs might be more your speed. They have a good track record for long weekend shakers. You can celebrate the release of the above track, too, featuring Lisa Lobsinger best known for her work with Broken Social Scene. Carl Cassidy and DJ Pump are also on the bill and you can fuel up with a Tubby Burger, a special weekly concoction by the hole-in-the-wall Tubby Dog location inside the bar. Again, Facebook’s where you’re going to want to go for complete info.
For Those Looking For Family Friendly Stuff To Do
On Family Day weekend? Well, if you insist: we also have a Five Family Friendly Things To Do blog post.
Bonus Cat Video for the Long Weekend: Catcerto
That cat’s got some chops (give it some time to get going). —Jon Roe