Eavesdrop at Weeds Cafe (Opening Tuesday, April 15)
If you missed Swallow-a-Bicycle’s coffee shop takeover in 2012 at Caffe Crema, don’t despair. The theatre company is returning with a revamped version at three, more central, coffee shops over the next month or so. Audience members put on headphones and are witness to a play happening between patrons at a coffee shop. Weeds Cafe in the northwest is the first stop on the coffee shop tour, and you can grab tickets ($15; groups of four, $12.50 each) to one of the two nightly performances over at Brown Paper Tickets.
Lee Kvern Beer and Bathrobe Book Launch at Memorial Park Library (Tuesday, April 15)
Village Brewery provides the suds; you bring the duds. Calgary author Lee Kvern—who provides a practical, warmth-related reason for her regular wearing of a bathrobe while writing—launches her collection of short stories, Seven Ways to Sunday. If you can’t make it out to the event, you can grab the book for $19.95 from Great Plains Publications online.
The Hanson Brothers at Commonwealth Bar & Stage (Wednesday, April 16)
The timing of the start of The Hanson Brothers show (doors, 9 p.m.) is such that you can catch the early games of the start of the NHL playoffs. I’d recommend an early dinner at Beer Revolution, where the beer selection and amount of TVs (plenty) and pizza (delicious) make it a great hockey-watching location. Also, it’s a short jaunt away from the TV-sparse Commonwealth, where you’ll be able to enjoy the hockey-themed punk rock from Nomeansno’s alter egos and a taste of their new beer, Punk Rauch. Grab tickets to the Hanson Brothers at Zoobis ($15).
Kenny Garrett Quintet at Jack Singer Concert Hall, Epcor Centre (Wednesday, April 16)
Garrett’s got some jazz bonafides: he was a member of the Duke Ellington Orchestra and Miles Davis’ band and he’s played with Art Blakey, Woody Shaw and Freddie Hubbard. Tickets are $35 to $55 over at the Epcor Centre’s website.
Touch Me: Songs for a (dis)Connected Age at Pumphouse Theatres (Opening Thursday, April 17)
Joe Slabe and musical theatre writers from across Canada and Britain explore how technology affects real life connections in Forte Musical Theatre Guild’s new production. Tuesday is a pay-what-you-can preview and the show officially opens Thursday night. Tickets are at Brown Paper Tickets. —Jon Roe