Dancers in Love at Theatre Junction Grand (Opening Friday, March 28)
It’s a transitional year for Decidedly Jazz Danceworks. The company has a new artistic director; Kimberley Cooper took over this season for co-founder Vicki Adams Willis. It’s the company’s 30th anniversary season and DJD is looking forward to a new Beltline facility opening in the fall of 2015. Their final production of the season, therefore, is a little nostalgic. Dancers in Love, shares its name with one of the first duets Willis choreographed for DJD’s first production in 1984. The show pays tribute to Willis with a selection of pieces from DJD’s 30 years. If you buy a ticket today (Thursday), you can get 30 percent off tickets to the show using the promo code 30BDAY.
The Mountaintop at Max Bell Theatre, Epcor Centre (Opening Friday, March 28)
Theatre Calgary takes audiences to the last night of Martin Luther King Jr’s life in The Mountaintop by Katori Hall. The play imagines a conversation he had with a motel worker the night before he was assassinated in 1968. You can hear his final speech above, which he delivered the day before. Buy your tickets at the Epcor Centre.
The City Dark at the Rothney Astrophysical Observatory (Saturday, March 29)
If the first three episodes of Cosmos with Neil De Grasse Tyson ha you wanting more astronomy in your life, head out to the Rothney Astrophysical Observatory. There will be a screening of The City Dark, a film that examines the effects of light pollution on society. Fittingly, the screening marks Earth Hour (Saturday, 8:30-9:30 p.m.), a movement started by the World Wildlife Fund to get people to shut off their lights for an hour. This event, starting at 6:30 p.m., is free, but donations to the food bank will be accepted.
The Calgary Project: A City Map in Verse and Visual Launch at John Dutton Theatre (Sunday, March 30)
Kris Demeanor’s two-year reign as poet laureate is over and to cap it, Frontenac House is releasing The Calgary Project, an anthology of work by poets like Sheri-D Wilson and Christian Bök, artists like George Webber, Mandi Stobo and Jeff de Boer, and locals both famous, like mayor Naheed Nenshi, and ordinary, including youth aged 18 and under. The resulting book is a colourful snapshot of Calgary and you can get a taste at this free event from 2-4 p.m. at the John Dutton Theatre.
Aboriginal Youth Animation Project Screening at Globe Cinema (Sunday, March 30)
Twenty-five weeks of work will be on display on Sunday at the Globe Cinema. That’s how long the participants in Quickdraw Animation Society’s Aboriginal Youth Animation Project are immersed in a program that teaches them not only animation skills, but also lessons that will help them in the workplace. Their work (some of which includes original soundtracks) as well as a short documentary about the process will be shown on the big screen at the Globe. The event runs 6-8 p.m. and it’s free.
Bonus Video of Christopher Walken Dancing for the Weekend
The kind SEO-driven souls at the Huffington Post deliver what the world wants: nearly five minutes of Christopher Walken dancing spliced together from a bunch of his movies. —Jon Roe