Jane’s Walk (Friday, May 2 to Sunday, May 3)
This weekend is an unfortunate time to hold 44 walks around the city (the high every day this weekend is in the single digits and there’s a chance of snow), but this is the kind of weather we’ve been dealing with for months. We should totally be used to it! (Or completely demoralized by it.) If learning always gets you out of the house regardless of the weather, there are plenty of opportunities to get to know your city better. Learn about the public art of the Calgary Stampede or the history of the gay community in downtown Calgary or the politics of parking or the plight of urban coyotes. They’re all free; see janeswalk.org for a full list and locations for the walks.
The Red Priest (Eight Ways to Say Goodbye) at Martha Cohen Theatre, Epcor Centre (Opening Friday, May 2)
The Red Priest premiered at playRites in 2003; Alberta Theatre Projects is remounting the production with a new twist. The original run featured Ashley Wright as Vivaldi teaching an unnamed woman (Mieko Ouchi, who also wrote the play) to play the violin. Wright returns for the remount, but the character of the woman is now played by Jamie Konchak, who doesn’t play the violin. So a third character, the violinist, has been added and will be played by Allison Lynch. Find out more about the production in Swerve‘s five facts from tomorrow’s magazine. Tickets are still available for this weekend’s run of performances online ($30 – $72).
Calgary International Beerfest at BMO Centre, Stampede Park (Friday, May 2 and Saturday, May 3)
There will be 600 different types of beer—and 30 restaurants to help offset the effects of the beert. There are still tickets online. Admission runs $19 – $25.
The Lens of Adventure with Bryan Smith at Jack Singer Concert Hall, Epcor Centre (Sunday, May 4 and Tuesday, May 6)
The popular National Geographic Live ends this season’s run at the Epcor Centre and, surprisingly, there are still singleton tickets available to the Sunday show. The adventure filmmaker will talk about how he chases people up mountains to film them jumping off and swooping down in their wing suits. Get a taste with Swerve‘s Q&A with Smith from Friday’s magazine.
May the 4th be with Brew at The Drum & Monkey (Sunday, May 4)
Yeah, yeah, there’s a new episode coming out (they just announced the cast) and there were those unfortunate ones from the early part of this century, but the best Star Wars will always be the original trilogy. The folks at the Drum & Monkey agree, and will be screening all three back-to-back with free popcorn and happy- hour prices all day. It’s a bar, so it’s 18-plus, but it’s a perfect way to celebrate Star Wars day.
Bonus video of the weekend: Tiny Hamsters Eating Tiny Burritos
The chef looks relieved when the hamster eats the burritos, but I’m struck by the amount of effort he puts in to create a foodstuff that lasts less than a second on the hamster’s plate. —Jon Roe