Calgary Underground Film Festival at the Globe Cinema (Opening Monday, April 7)
The underground films bubble to the surface for a full week starting Monday. The Calgary Underground Film Festival opens with a screening of Frank, based on the memoir by Jon Ronson, about a bandleader who lives inside an over-sized papier-mâché head (Michael Fassbender). Tickets, which are still available tonight for $10 to $12 online, include entry into the opening gala after-party at Sole Korea Restaurant (that’s the karaoke place with the alley entrance). There are plenty of choice films in the rest of the fest as well, check out Swerve‘s five across for some suggestions.
Cabaret Brise-Jour (Shattered Cabaret): The Music of Kurt Weill at Theatre Junction Grand (Wednesday, April 9 to Saturday, April 12)
This performance art-music ensemble L’orchestre d’hommes-orchestres previously took over Theatre Junction with their interpretation of the music of Tom Waits. The group uses rare instruments and “music-objects” this time to play the music of Kurt Weill (The Threepenny Opera). There’s a free pre-show talk with Maria Euchner, assistant professor of German studies at the University of Calgary, on Thursday, April 10 at 7 p.m. (RSVP with the boxoffice at 403-205-2922 or firstname.lastname@example.org). Tickets are in limited supply for the whole run online.
Adults Only Night at Telus Spark (Thursday, April 10)
Sometimes Hollywood doesn’t quite reflect reality. That’s an enormous understatement when it comes to disasters, as you can find out at this month’s Adults Only night, which takes advantage of the Nature Unleashed: Inside Natural Disasters exhibit running at Telus Spark. Hear about the real consequences of climate change from geography professor John Yackel, learn about flood mitigation from the Alberta WaterPortal and try your hand at filming a disaster with local set designers F&D Scene Changes (whose work you can see in the upcoming Broadway Across Canada tour of Wicked). Regular admission prices apply; grab your tickets online.
Andrea Büttner Piano Destructions at Walter Phillips Gallery, Banff Centre (Thursday, April 10)
Andrea Büttner requires a lot of moving pieces for her exhibition Piano Destructions. It features nine female pianists playing in chorus with documentary footage of piano destructions in avant-garde art. On a more stationary note, there are also a series of large format woodblock prints made with disassembled pianos. Tickets ($10, online) include a free drink to help you unwind afterwards.
In Conversation: Made in Calgary: The 1990s at the Glenbow Museum (Thursday, April 10)
Curator Nancy Tousley leads a panel of Calgary artists in a discussion about the local art scene in the 1990s. Tickets are $10 to $12, and afterwards, you can check out the exhibit which features the work of Chris Cran, George Webber, Rita McKeough, Laura Vickerson and more. (Read about the exhibit in Swerve‘s Five Facts from February.) —Jon Roe