Dad, Day 1 at Lunchbox Theatre (Opening Monday, March 31)
Rebecca Northan has had a busy month. The co-creator of Legend Has It gets into the director’s chair for Dave Kelly’s one-man show about the “awe and terror” of being a new father. Stephen Hunt sat down to talk about the play with Northan and Kelly in this Calgary Herald video. Tickets to the lunchtime performances are available online.
Gabriela Montero at Leacock Theatre, Mount Royal University (Tuesday, April 1)
The above video showcases two notable things about the Venezuelan pianist: her skill as an improviser and her political activism. The piece, titled “Hasta Cuando?” (loosely translated as “when will it end?”) begins with some sobering statistics on the number of murders in Venezuela in the last three years. There aren’t many tickets left to the show on MRU’s online ticket site, so act quickly.
Green Fools Theatre April Fool’s Day Parade starting at Tomkins Park (Tuesday, April 1)
That colourful archive photo is from the 2001 April Fool’s Day Parade by the Green Fools, their 10th. Now in it’s 23rd year, the parade will start at Tomkins Park (17th Avenue between 8th and 9th Street S.W.) at 4:30 p.m. and feature stilt walkers, giant puppets and costumes.
Calgary International Spoken Word Festival (Opening Tuesday, April 1)
The annual festival officially starts on Tuesday, but if you can’t wait, the Ink Spot Poetry Collective Slam Finals are Monday night at Wine-Ohs. Entry is only $5 and you get to see the city’s best slam poets compete for a shot at representing Calgary in Victoria at the Canadian slam finals. The fest officially gets rolling on Tuesday night at Wine-Ohs with an event titled April Foolery & Wicked Poetry with Johnny MacRae, Mike McGee, Shayne avec i grec, Paul Finkleman, Orunamamu, Lori D. Roadhouse and Christa Mayer. Wednesday night is Montreal Night. The lineup features poets, including Moe Clark, whom you can hear above. Find out more about Clark, who got her start at the 2005 Calgary International Spoken Word Festival, in Swerve‘s Q&A with the poet. The full schedule and tickets to the event are available online.
Kaboom Episode 29 at Yuk Yuk’s, Elbow River Casino (Wednesday, April 2)
The comics of Kaboom bring back knowledge from Toronto. They recently performed at that city’s Sketch Comedy Festival and they return to the city for their regular dose of standup, sketch and candy. Tickets are $10 at the door. —Jon Roe