Ink Spot’s May Poetry Slam! & Open Mic at Wine Ohs Bistro & Cellar (Monday, May 26)

Erin Dingle hosts and Kirk Ramdath is the featured performer at Ink Spot’s monthly poetry slam and open-mic night. If you want to compete in the slam, do bring three poems. Don’t use props, costumes, musical instruments or pet tricks or take off your clothes. Entry is $5 (cash only) at the door.

Broken City’s 10th Anniversary (Tuesday, May 27 to Friday, May 30)

The rock ‘n’ roll club celebrates hitting double digits by doing what it does best: hosting four nights of music fun. First up is the regular Tuesday night Quiz Shoe Trivia gussied up with a dance party featuring DJ Andrew WK. You can see the former Sled Island curator spin records by getting in early to the trivia show and grabbing some of the limited tickets available at the door the night of the show. Later in the week, there will be shows by Chixdiggit ($15 – $20), 3 Inches of Blood ($30) and Belvedere ($15). The tickets for those three shows are online at Ticketfly.

Ellen Doty album release at The Ironwood Stage & Grill (Thursday, May 29 and Friday, May 30)

Unfortunately, you’re already too late to grab tickets to the Gold album launch over two nights at the Ironwood. There were still tickets available had you acted over the weekend, however. Say, after reading Swerve‘s Q&A with Doty from Friday’s magazine. Just saying.

Barber of Cowtown at Lantern Community Church (Thursday, May 29 to Saturday, June 1)

Last year, the Cowtown Opera Company Calgary-fied La bohème. This year the company is westernizing the Barber of Seville, which you might know from Bugs Bunny. Tickets are $39.90 to $44.10 for adults and $20 for kids aged five to 17.

Fairy Tales Film Festival at The Plaza Theatre (Ongoing)

Centrepiece night at the Fairy Tales Film Festival features the yin and the yang of Kidnapped for Christ, a social justice documentary about American teenagers who were taken from their homes and forced into a Christian behaviour-modification program in the Dominican Republic, and Boy Meets Girl, a sweet coming-of-age comedy about a love triangle between Ricky, a transgender girl, Francesca and Robby. Thursday is Shorts Night, which includes the Youth Queer Media Project shorts package and gala. Tickets to each film are $10 to $12. —Jon Roe

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