Space Jam, Basketball and the Animation Lockdown at Hillhurst-Sunnyside Community Centre (Friday, May 23)
Last weekend, animators locked themselves in the offices of the Quickdraw Animation Society. Then, over the course of 30 sleepless hours, they worked on short animated (naturally) films on the theme of Life vs. Cartoons. This weekend, the results of all that feverish activity are screened alongside the 1996 Looney Tunes-Michael Jordan mash-up. You can also test out your hoops skills with some pick-up basketball. This all-ages event will run you $7; $5 if you’re a QAS or Hillhurst Sunnyside Community Association member.
National Jazz Summit at National Music Centre (Friday, May 23 and Saturday, May 24)
For the aspiring Coltranes and Davises, the jazz summit offers free-of-charge workshops on Saturday (register online). For those who are more comfortable in the audience than on the stage, there are concerts Friday and Saturday night, featuring the big show with the Laila Biali trio on Saturday night. The Friday night show will run you $15 – $20; Saturday’s, $20 – $30.
Fairy Tales Film Festival at The Plaza Theatre (Opening Friday, May 23)
The annual LGBTTQ (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, two-spirit and questioning) film festival celebrates it’s sweet 16th year with a double-header on opening night. Bruno Baretto’s Reaching for the Moon, the story of the romantic relationship between Pulitzer-prize-winning poet Elizabeth Bishop and Brazilian architect Carlota de Marcedo Soares, opens the night. Test, the story of a dancer in 1985 San Francisco in the heat of the AIDS crisis, closes the night. Afterwards, the party moves to Brasserrie/Wine Bar for a proper sweet 16 celebration. Each film is $10 – $12 (grab tickets for Reaching for the Moon and Test), but you can package it with the gala afterparty for $25. You can also grab three-film ($30) and six-film passes ($55) or a full festival pass for $100. Swerve’s got you covered with five films to check out during the fest or you can scan the full schedule at fairytalesfilmfest.com.
Local 510’s 5th Anniversary Weekend Celebration (Saturday, May 24 and Sunday, May 25)
Fourth Street is a hub of activity this weekend. Local 510 celebrates its fifth anniversary on the corner of 4th and 17th with two days of local bands inside and outside (check out the full list on Facebook; sample the Soft Option, who play Saturday, above), DJs, BBQ and beer. (I know you’re thinking, “Wow, no Lilac Fest?’ Worry not: it’s covered in our 5 Family Friendly Things To Do blog and bring this scavenger hunt card with you.)
Hidden Gems Film Festival at Alberta College of Art + Design (Ongoing)
It’s a stacked weekend for film enthusiasts as Hidden Gems is also in full swing. The fest officially opens Thursday night, but there are four flicks to check out over the weekend, including Endless Summer, the true story of parents trying to recover their dead son’s frozen sperm to continue their lineage. Tickets to single films are $15; you can grab a four-pack pass for $50. Call Niru at 403-457-3036 for tickets. The full schedule is online.
Bonus Football Related Event of the Weekend: The Champions League Final at The Ship & Anchor (Saturday, May 24)
Much as with watching Arsenal win the FA Cup last weekend at the Pig & Duke, you’re going to want to arrive super early to secure a seat at The Ship & Anchor for the all-Spanish Champions League final between Real Madrid and Atletico Madrid. (The Pig & Duke is also open at 10 a.m. and is showing the game; so is Wurst, which will have the sound on downstairs) But that’s OK, because their brunch menu is solid. Treat yourself to a loaded breakfast poutine (hash browns, homemade Hollandaise, cheese curds, egg and sausage or bacon) for $10.95. —Jon Roe