Top Chef Canada Battle of the Sexes Viewing Party at Charcut (Monday, March 10)
Calgary is well represented in the fourth season of Top Chef Canada. The cooking competition show, which premieres Monday night, features three local chefs: Gabriela Neda, of the Calgary Petroleum Club; Karine Moulin of Hotel Arts; and Pierre Lamielle, cookbook author, illustrator and T-shirt designer at foodonyourshirt.com (he also formerly contributed recipes to Swerve). Charcut Roast House is hosting a viewing party that features prize giveaways, trivia, a special menu (including contributions from Lamielle and Neda) and T-shirts for sale with proceeds going to Meals on Wheels. Reservations are required; call Charcut at 403-984-2180. Foodies will also want to get in on The Big Taste, which runs until Sunday, March 16. Charcut is participatig with two prix-fixe lunch menus. A full list of participating restaurants is on calgarydowntown.com.
Moulin’s pals at Hotel ARtsare also hosting a get-together to cheer her on. The Raw Bar is offering $7 cocktails, a selection of $9 small plates and a special dessert for $7. Moulin herself will be in Toronto for the premiere but she will join the party for Episode 2. To book a spot a Raw Bar, click here.
El rumor del incendio at Theatre Junction Grand (Opening Wednesday, March 12)
To explore Mexico’s “Dirty War,” Theatre Junction turned to a bunch of lizards. The socially conscious Mexican theatre company Lagartijas Tiradas al Sol (Lizards Basking in the Sun) brings El rumor del incendio, Theatre Junction’s first production in Spanish. (Worry not non-Spanish speakers, there will be English surtitles.) The play tells the story of the Dirty War from the perspective of the children of the guerrillas. Tickets cost between $20 and $39 and you can grab them online. For more info about the play, you can read Swerve‘s Five Facts from last week’s magazine.
Kinkonauts March Show Week at Birds and Stone Theatre (Opening Wednesday, March 12)
The Kinkonauts take over the basement theatre for five days of shows, including STUdent night on Wednesday (featuring students coached by Jason Lewis), One Lions improv on Thursday, two nights of improvised Shakespeare on Friday and Saturday and another Mixtape on Saturday night. Tickets are only $5 to $10 at the door and Swerve has a bit more info for you in our Cheap Date from last week’s magazine.
Late, A Cowboy Song at Motel, Epcor Centre (Opening Wednesday, March 12)
Third Street Theatre, Calgary’s queer theatre company, presents a “life-affirming story about the search to find courage and authenticity in an increasingly cynical and pre-fabricated world.” The play was written by Tony Award nominee and Pulitzer Prize finalist playwright Sarah Ruhl. Those looking to get in early and for cheaper can take in the two-for-one preview on Tuesday, March 11. Otherwise, tickets are $25 and you can grab them online.
Adults Only Night: Celebrating Einstein at Telus Spark (Thursday, March 13)
Albert Einstein would’ve turned 135 on Friday and Telus Spark is celebrating with a night dedicated to the pioneering scientist. At the monthly Adults Only Night, the science centre offers talks (on gravitational lensing and Bell’s theorem) and demonstrations (of light’s dual nature as a wave and a particle, Brownian motion and gravity). Drinks will be served in case all the Einstein is making your head spin. —Jon Roe