This Little Piggie at Festival Hall (Friday, April 18 and Saturday, April 19)
The multi-talented Pete Balkwill (subject of a Swerve Arts All-Star from Friday’s magazine) combines his folk music acumen (he drums in the Agnostic Mountain Gospel Choir) and his puppetry (he’s the co-artistic director of The Old Trout Puppet Workshop) in This Little Piggie, a Dustbowl Musical. It’s very much a work-in-progress, but you can get an early look before it premieres at this summer’s Calgary Folk Music Festival. Tickets are $20 at the Folk Fest’s website for Friday and Saturday.
Reefer Madness at The Plaza Theatre (Saturday, April 19)
The timing is a little off (4/20 is Sunday, after all), but you can get your weed-panic in a day early at Cinema Fantastique’s screening of Reefer Madness. The film re-purposes melodramatic anti-marijuana propaganda from the 1930s and makes it satire. Tickets, $10, are at Eventbrite.
Calgary Poutine Week (Starting Saturday, April 19)
The timing of Poutine Week, however, is perfect. Weed enthusiasts and non-stoners alike can enjoy the delicious concoctions of 21 different bars and restaurants and help a good cause, Mealshare, at the same time. Above is Diner Deluxe’s breakfast poutine, a monster of a creation featuring roast chicken, poached eggs, arugula and red peppers. Here’s a list of the participating venues.
Record Store Day at Recordland (Saturday, April 19 and Sunday, April 20)
Saturday is Record Store Day, the annual celebration of all that is vinyl. (OK, not all that i s vinyl, sorry fetishists.) Recordland in Inglewood is hosting a sale Saturday and Sunday with 20 per cent off used vinyl and 10 per cent off new vinyl. Heritage Posters and Music (1502 11th Ave. S.W.), The Inner Sleeve (117, 3411 20th St. S.W.), Melodiya (2523a 17th Ave. S.W.), Sloth Records (736b 17th Ave. S.W.) and Hot Wax (114 10th St. N.W.) are also participating.
Black Sabbath at Scotiabank Saddledome (Sunday, April 20)
The timing of Black Sabbath is also kind of perfect. Not many tickets are left on Ticketmaster to their 4/20 show at the ‘Dome.
Bonus Short Documentary of the Weekend: The story behind the Windows XP wallpaper
Via AdWeek: Bliss, the default wallpaper in Windows XP, might be the most viewed photo of all time (amusingly, the photographer, Charles O’Rear, shot it on film). Microsoft looks back as it ends the support for its long-running software. —Jon Roe