Fireside Chat with Will Ferguson at Marda Loop Community Association Hall (Monday, March 24)
The Marda Loop Community Association is getting literary. Harry Sanders moderates a new three-night series on how Calgary has influenced and inspired authors, starting with Will Ferguson. Naomi Lewis (April 16) and recent Swerve cover-story writer Marcello Di Cintio (May 7) round out the roster. Community association members can get in for $10 (seniors/students) to $15 (everyone else); non-members, $25.
Broken City Quiz Shoe with hosts John Frosst, Evan Bootle and DJ Danny Vacon at Broken City (Tuesday, March 25)
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Punk Rock Bingo gives way to a weekly trivia night that includes multiple-choice questions, name that tune, fill in the blanks and plain-old yelling out the answer. Wings (both the chicken type and veggie cauliflower imitations) are $5/lb and pitchers of PBR are $16. And, of course, there will be prizes.
Closer at Studio Theater, Vertigo Theatre Centre (Opening Wednesday, March 26)
Things are getting steamy at Vertigo Theatre Centre. Ground Zero Theatre and Hit & Myth combine in Closer, a 1997 play by Patrick Marber which carries a warning of strong language and sexually explicit content. The play details a love quadrangle between four strangers and explores what it means to be in a modern relationship. Wednesday night is the official opening, but you can pay what you can to get into the preview performance on Tuesday. Tickets are $25 to $30 for the regular performances.
Single Onion No. 112 at Shelf Life Books (Thursday, March 27)
The topic is “Body Marking: an anti-fascist approach to poetry” which is guaranteed to get your head spinning. The night begins with a lecture by author and poet Cecelia Frey and continues with readings by Erin Dingle, Vivian Hansen and Stuart Ian McKay. Entry is free, which is why Swerve had an eye on the event for a Cheap Date from Friday’s magazine.
Denny Morrison at Twisted Element (Thursday, March 27)
Fresh off a medal-winning turn at the Winter Olympics, Denny Morrison returns home for a victory lap that includes thanking his sponsors. Twisted Element helped Morrison live the Olympic dream by sponsoring his season, and it’s hosting a homecoming party for him on Thursday. The speed skater says that Twisted Element’s owner R.J. Fafard helped change his perspective on gay people. Celebrate Morrison’s victories in athletics and progressive attitudes as well as the weekly sexy shorts night at the club. Entry is free. —Jon Roe