Chris Millar: Lost a Cartful, Found a Wagonload at TrépanierBaer (Opening Friday, April 11)
That’s Reap, the near two-metre tall sculpture that forms the centrepiece of Chris Millar’s exhibition of new work at TrépanierBaer. The paint sculpture with a resin core took nearly two years to make, as you can find out in Swerve’s story about Millar and his studio from Friday’s magazine. The rest of the exhibition is comprised of eight smaller pieces that feature complex worlds often inside tiny portraits. The opening reception is Friday night from 6-8 p.m. with Millar in attendance.
Yuri’s Night at Rothney Astrophysical Observatory (Saturday, April 12)
Russian Yuri Gagarin became the first man in space on April 12, 1961 and the day is marked with an astronomical celebration worldwide. RAO celebrates with a talk by starman Don Hladiuk (you may have heard him on The Eyeopener on CBC Radio). Afterwards, you can use the observatory’s telescopes to view Mars and Jupiter, which will be high in the sky. Gates open at 8 p.m.; admission is $20 per car or $10 per person. Also, keep RAO in mind for the upcoming lunar eclipse on Monday night. The centre will be open at 11 p.m. Check out their website for more information.
The Bard’s 450th Birthday Bash at Bridgeland Riverside Community Hall (Saturday, April 12)
The immortal bard lived a very mortal 52 years, but sometime this month, he would’ve celebrated his 450th birthday. The folks at the Shakespeare Company, being enthusiasts for the man, celebrate with a fundraiser on Saturday. Your $30 ticket (available online) gets you a performance of Much Ado About Nothing by the company’s outreach program, first glance at the upcoming season, access to a raffle and an auction and a Shakespeare-inspired photo booth.
Calgary Underground Film Festival (Until Sunday, April 13)
All you ever want to know about the subculture of van enthusiasts is contained within Vannin’, a documentary screening Friday night at the Calgary Underground Film Festival (tickets are $8.25 to $10 online). The festival wraps up with a full schedule of movies this weekend, including one of the highlight events of the festival, the Saturday Morning All-You-Can-Eat Cereal Cartoon Party. Kier-La Janisse (film programmer for Fantastic Fest and SF Indie, founder of The Miskatonic Institute of Horror Studies and owner/editor-in-chief of Spectacular Optical) curates a three-hour program of cartoons from the ’60s through the ’80s and vintage commercials and PSAs. Tickets are $12 for adults, $10 for CUFF members, students and seniors, and $6 for kids six and under.
PJ Perry Quartet at River Park Church (Sunday, April 13)
Jazz YYC presents a concert at River Park Church with saxophonist P.J. Perry, a Calgary-born, Edmonton-based jazz luminary who has played with Dizzy Gillespie, Ray Charles, Henry Mancini, Aretha Franklin and Tom Jones. He brings a quartet featuring Renee Rosnes, piano; Neil Swainson, bass; and Terry Clarke, drums. Tickets are $25 online.
Bonus YouTube Video of the Weekend: Ballad of a WiFi Hero
H. Jon Benjamin (Bob’s Burgers) reads Mike Lacher’s piece from McSweeney’s Internet Tendency titled “In Which I Fix My Girlfriend’s Grandparents’ WiFi and Am Hailed as a Conquering Hero.” Cute. —Jon Roe