For the Cinephile:
Down by Law at The Plaza Theatre (Saturday, March 1)
A weekend indoors sounds like a good idea, but if you can brave the cold and leave your house, Calgary Cinematheque is showing the hip-as-hell Down by Law. The film’s part of Cinematheque’s Amazing Soundtracks series: John Lurie stars and wrote most of the music; Tom Waits also plays a prominent role and contributes songs from his album Rain Dogs. The movie’s at noon, which is also when it gets the warmest on Saturday (a balmy –25). Tickets are $12 at the door.
Pan’s Labyrinth at The Plaza Theatre (Saturday, March 1)
The only thing colder than Calgary is Captain Vidal in Pan’s Labyrinth. Guillermo Del Toro’s dark fantasy flick, presented by Cinema Fantastique, is worth bundling up for. You can grab tickets for the show at Eventbrite for $10.
For the Fashionable Geek:
Make Fashion Gala at WestJet Campus (Saturday, March 1)
This cool video shot at last year’s gala by David Elliott gives you an idea of the technofashion that you can expect to see at the Make Fashion Gala. Fashion designers take the lead to create wearable technology that looks, well, fashionable at this runway show. Tickets start at $20 for students and go up to $160 if you want the VIP experience at Eventbrite. Find out more in Swerve‘s Five Facts.
For the Booty Shakers:
HiFi Club 9th Anniversary with Christian Martin, DJ Sabo, The Wet Secrets and Night Committee at the HiFi Club (Saturday, March 1)
You’re getting a lot of bang for your $15 (tickets on Zoobis): Christian Martin’s a tech house DJ from San Francisco, who according to the lady introducing the mix above will get either your hands or your ass clapping. He’s the nightcap for a party that starts with Edmonton’s The Wet Secrets celebrating the release of their latest, Free Candy. In between mourning heart-wrenching Vancouver Canucks playoff losses, CBC Radio 3′s Grant Lawrence named the Wet Secrets’ “Secret March” one of the Best 20 Songs of the Decade. You can sample the new album below on Bandcamp.
For Those Who Mistakenly Gave Away All Their Winter Clothes Because They Thought Winter was Over:
Market Collective at the Chinese Cultural Centre (Friday, Feb. 28 to Sunday, March 2)
For The Family:
Swerve has you covered in a separate blog post.
Bonus Inspiring Cat Story of the Weekend:
Mercury the Two-Legged Cat
Who needs front paws when you can use your tail for balance and walk like a dinosaur (obligatory tangentially related link)? Awwwwwwwwww. —Jon Roe