The Real McKenzies at Dickens Pub (Monday, March 17)

The Real McKenzies are always in Calgary for St. Patrick’s Day, even if that means ripping it up on a Monday. If your desire for green beer is stronger than your fear of suffering with a hangover at work on Tuesday (or of missing work entirely), then check out our list of places where you can get your fix.

Customer Appreciation Night with Sleepy Sun, Devonian Gardens and Divepool at Broken City (Tuesday, March 18)

They like you, they really do: Broken City is throwing a free show to celebrate you, the customer. RSVPing at this website gets you in for a show that features San Fran rockers Sleepy Sun and local crews Devonian Gardens and Divepool. Oh and it’s brought to you by Sled Island, which started slinging tickets to individual shows for its little June party recently.

How to Win Friends and Influence People at ArtBox (Opening Tuesday, March 18)

Dale Carnegie made a lot of money with his self-help book, How To Win Friends and Influence People. First published in 1936, the book moved over 15 million copies worldwide including, famously, to Warren Buffett and Charles Manson. If the poster is any indication. it’s going to be a weird time when Theatre Encounter takes it on at ArtBox. I am both intrigued and concerned for the models well-being.

Tomorrow’s Child at Ghost River Theatre (Opening Tuesday, March 18)

Close your eyes and listen: Ghost River Theatre take you on an auditory journey in Tomorrow’s Child, based on Ray Bradbury’s short story of the same title. Audience members will be blindfolded, forcing them to  rely on the high-end speakers of PK Sound and, of course, the actors to follow the story. Find out more about the play in Swerve‘s Poseur’s Guide. Tickets are on Brown Paper Tickets.

The Coming Out Monologues at John Dutton Theatre (Opening Wednesday, March 19)
The University of Calgary was an early participant in The Coming Out Monologues. The University of California, Riverside hosted the first one in 2007, based on The Vagina Monologues. The U of C was the first Canadian university to hold one in 2010. This year’s instalment is being held off campus for the first time and features three evenings of performances featuring spoken word, movement, music and the musical comedy group The Dirrty Show. Brown Paper Tickets has the tickets ($12 – $15). —Jon Roe

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