Immersion by Gordon Milne at The Changing Gallery, Canada’s Sports Hall of Fame (Opening Friday, April 4)
For painter Gordon Milne, dancers are basically elite athletes. Considering the amount of practice, discipline and athleticism needed to complete an Alberta Ballet show, he’s probably right. Milne has sat in the Tuesday morning class at Alberta Ballet for 15 years and he’s turned the sketches he’s made into paintings for Immersion, which opens this weekend at Canada’s Sports Hall of Fame. Admission is free for kids three and under, $8 for youth aged four to 18, $10 for seniors over 65 years and $12 for everyone else. While you’re there, check out the Sochi 2014 exhibit featuring artifacts and behind-the-scenes looks at athletes from the Winter Olympics and Paralympics, including gold-medal winners Charles Hamelin, Kaillie Humphries and Brian McKeever.
A.Y.E. 90 Now release at HiFi Club (Friday, April 4)
Warning: NSFW language.
The dream of the ’90s is still alive in Portland and for Calgary rapper A.Y.E. His upcoming 10-track LP is a tribute to the greatness of ’90s hip-hop. He calls on support from Ayoo Angie, Rubix, Maxjullian, Halfcut, Chale, Kaz Mega, Jazzlib, Ouda Ouda, I.P., ItsJab and Dragon Fli Empire’s Teekay to celebrate the release. Doors open at 9 p.m.; tickets are $10.
Japan Film Festival at Globe Cinema (Friday, April 4 and Saturday, April 5)
Neil deGrasse Tyson may have been a national ballroom dance champion, a wrestler and a rower, but he’s got nothing on Tenchi Meisatsu, samurai astronomer. Tenchi: The Samurai Astronomer screens Saturday at 6:15 p.m. at the Globe as part of the Japan Film Festival. The movie tells the story of Shibukawa Shunkai, a Japanese astronomer of the Edo period. The fest starts Friday and admission is free; the Consulate-General of Japan’s website has the full schedule.
Art of the Cocktail (Saturday, April 5 to Monday, April 7)
This event started in B.C. as a fundraiser for the Victoria Film Festival, but it’s a perfect fit for a cocktail-thirsty Calgary audience. The First Annual Bar Games Competition where bartenders test their knowledge, rack glasses and speed-pour goes Sunday at Raw Bar. Ryan Lindsay and Katie Summers from 90.3 AMP Radio host the event—don’t let them get your wallet near any flaming cocktails. Tickets are $10 online. The full schedule is at artofthecocktail.ca.
Madame Butterfly at the Jubilee Auditorium (Opening Saturday, April 5)
It’s a new look for a classic: Calgary Opera brings a new production to life with contributions from Albertan designers Bretta Gerecke (set) and Harry Frehner (lighting) and costumes from the Canadian Opera Company. There are still a few seats available for the opening night show Saturday—grab them at Calgary Opera’s website.
Bonus Photo Gallery of the Weekend: Taco Bell’s New Breakfast Menu
American fast food is fascinating. It’s like a self-parodying arms race of junk (say hello to Subway’s Fritos Chicken Enchilada Melt). Taco Bell recently started serving breakfast, and someone on the Internet decided he (it was likely a male) had to eat every dish in one sitting. The waffle taco seen here was a particular challenge: “Syrup makes it better, but do you really want to do that to yourself? I mean look at the thing. Does dumping high fructose corn syrup and maple flavoring on top of that sound like the right thing to do? Doesn’t matter, because I did it.” Read about the rest of his misfortunes over at imgur. —Jon Roe