Night Owl Coffee Beer Launch at Phil & Sebastian Coffee Roasters – Mission (Tuesday, April 22)
Local roasters Phil & Sebastian team up with local brewers Tool Shed Brewing Company and Big Rock Brewery for a stout that combines uppers and downers in a way that should be safer for the heart than a vodka Red Bull. The beer is Night Owl, a Kenyan French-pressed coffee stout, and you can try it out at the launch with proceeds from beer sales going to the Olds College brewing program. No reservations are necessary and the launch party runs from 4-10 p.m.
Odysseo at Canada Olympic Park (Opening Wednesday, April 23)
The big top is up, the horses have arrived and the massive stage (10,000 tonnes of stones, dirt and sand) is assembled. All that’s left is for the acrobatic-and-equine spectacle to begin. Tickets are still available online for opening night on Wednesday.
Green Calgary’s Earth Day Celebration with Dr. David Suzuki at The Red and White Club (Wednesday, April 23)
Who better to spend Earth Day with than the face of environmental awareness in Canada? Okay, Earth Day is actually April 22, but I’m sure the good doctor won’t mind the extended spotlight on our planet. Eventbrite has tickets to the event, which includes a screening of Climate Change in Atlantic Canada, a Q&A with Suzuki, reception and silent auction.
Calgary Comic & Entertainment Expo at Stampede Park (Opening Thursday, April 24)
The four-day celebration of nerdom starts with a variety of events, including demonstrations on how to properly fight like a viking for those Norse cosplay enthusiasts. There will also be spotlights on the singing Hobbit Billy Boyd (Pippin, The Lord of the Rings) and Barry Bostwick (The Rocky Horror Picture Show, Spin City). Also, the massive trade show opens, and there are still tickets available for Thursday and Friday (four-day and weekend passes are sold out online).
Peter von Tiesenhausen: Concentrations at Jarvis Hall Fine Art (Opening Thursday, April 24)
Von Tiesenhausen is a man about town: he currently has exhibitions at the Esker Foundation (Experience of the Precisely Sublime—he sat down with Swerve to talk about the exhibition in January) and whatever is left at the Leighton Centre (Sanctuary). His latest features the type of work you expect from Von Tiesenhausen (carvings in wood like Transformation, above) and paintings in oil on canvas in a return to an earlier phase of his artistic career. The artist will be at the opening reception, which runs from 5-8 p.m. on Thursday. —Jon Roe